- Airport residential development approved
Jan 22, 2018
There’s been no progress in attracting any industry to the controversial Airport Employment Growth District (AEGD aka aerotropolis) that was finalized several years ago. But last week’s approval of a big residential development next door to the airport promises to double the population of Mt Hope.
- Climate moves up budget agenda
Jan 15, 2018
In the wake of a year of costly flooding and rock falls, worries about climate change are more prominently featured in this year’s city budget. References to extreme weather are found in the public works and health division lists of emerging issues and trends, although not yet in those of planning or economic development.
- Election budget shortchanges HSR
Jan 04, 2018
The proposed tax increase in this municipal election year is one of the lowest in a decade even before councillors try to whittle it down. In trying to minimize a tax hike, transit gets shortchanged once again as the budget fails to include all the monies promised to improve the HSR.
- Fallout from OMB decision
Jan 02, 2018
Last month’s Ontario Municipal Board decision didn’t just slam city councillors for trying to manipulate their ward boundaries. The OMB also strongly criticized the city for denying citizens the critical information required to challenge council’s electoral scheming.
- How they voted in November
Jan 01, 2018
This is a regular CATCH summary of votes at committee and council meetings. This report covers the month of November 2017. The first line of each entry identifies the issue, followed by a brief description. This is followed by the location of the vote. Multiple votes on the same issue are reported together. Absentees are only listed where reported in the minutes and where the missing councillors are members of that committee or decision-making body. Links are provided to source documents. Note that the vast majority of council decisions are unanimous and the votes are not officially recorded. Changes to the city’s website mean it is no longer possible to provide direct links to motions and staff reports.
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