Yes, mayors shake hands and smile for the cameras, but when cities make friends it’s more than a photo op.
City twinning, the pseudo-formal process of declaring a sister city or a “friendship agreement” with a city in another country, is less common than it used to be, yet local municipalities still take time — and spend thousands of taxpayer dollars — to legitimize and maintain their relationships.
Published On Sun Apr 29 2012
COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: World Citizenship Award honours Hamilton’s best
By Jeff Bonner, special to the News
Wednesday, April, 25, 2012
On May 8, 1968, the City of Hamilton, by a resolution of council, and witnessed by the Canadian ambassador to the United Nations, was declared mundialized — a World City. The mayor of the day, Victor Copps, called upon the citizens of Hamilton to “pledge their efforts to the establishment of peace and to use all possible resources for the betterment of mankind.”
Mundialization is an old municipal peace activity. The word is derived from the Latin word mundus, meaning world, and it is an act whereby city council declares its city to be a “world city,” interdependent with other communities worldwide. Hamilton’s sister city relationships include: Shawinigan, Que.; Flint, Mich.; Sarasota, Fla.; Monterrey, Mexico; Mangalore, India; Ma’anshan, China; Fukuyama, Japan; Kaga, Japan; Racalmuto, Italy; and Valle Peligna, Italy.