Hamilton, Ontario
  • Shrink or grow the Greenbelt
    Mar 23, 2015

    A battle is looming over whether to shrink or expand the sprawl-restricting provincial Greenbelt that is now into a mandatory ten-year public review. Citizen groups are pushing for expanded coverage of stream valleys and prime agricultural lands, but city politicians may seek reduced protection as they did when the Greenbelt was established.

  • The new sex
    Mar 15, 2015

    “Everybody knows about it, people are experiencing it, but nobody wants to talk about it.” That’s how Robert Sandford described “the silence around the silence” on climate change when he spoke last week in Hamilton.

  • Council rejects climate planning
    Mar 09, 2015

    Reversing two earlier decisions, council has turned down a senior staff recommendation on how to deal with the impacts of extreme weather and other effects of climate change. Tom Jackson’s argument that money is better spent fixing broken water pipes than planning how to address city vulnerabilities to climate change won majority support despite the pleas from the city manager and public health staff.

  • More spending on new roads
    Mar 02, 2015

    As the city slips further behind in the maintenance of existing roads and bridges, a growing portion of its budget is being dedicated to building new ones. Already consuming more than a fifth of total road spending, road “growth projects” will take up nearly a third next year, and 44 percent in 2017.

  • Backroom deal sacrifices foodlands
    Feb 22, 2015

    Last week’s settlement between the city and airport-area land owners could more than double the amount of foodland converted to urban uses since Hamilton politicians adopted a target of “no loss of agricultural land” more than two decades ago. The aerotropolis deal was unsuccessfully challenged at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) by Environment Hamilton and Hamiltonians for Progressive Development.

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