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Thursday, March 29, 2007
Organizers have sold fewer than 30 per cent of tickets for former United States president Bill Clinton's appearance in Hamilton, prompting them to move next week's event from Copps Coliseum to Hamilton Place.

Last month, Ellis Katsof, executive director of Burlington's Transitions for Youth, said he expected to sell 7,000 tickets to Clinton's noon-hour speech April 3. The cash raised will support Transitions, a charity for at-risk kids and their families.

But ticket sales had only reached about 2,000 yesterday for the $175 to $200 per ticket event. The shortfall prompted Hamilton Entertainment and Convention Facilities Inc. (HECFI) to offer up Hamilton Place instead. It seats about 2,200, said CEO Duncan Gillespie.

MEANWHILE, A council debate that approved increasing bus fares by 15 cents dissolved into a shouting match and threats of political revenge yesterday.

Councillor Brian McHattie said he is investigating his options after feeling harassed in a confrontation with Councillor Sam Merulla.

In a side conversation that interrupted the meeting, Merulla called McHattie, a vocal transit advocate, a "hypocrite" for supporting the fare hike and warned "I'm coming after you." Source...

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