- How they voted in February
Mar 21, 2017
This is a regular CATCH summary of votes at committee and council meetings. This report covers the month of February 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.
- Tenants getting a tax break
Mar 20, 2017
The Kathleen Wynne government is forcing Hamilton to freeze tenant taxes as the province seeks a way to make rental housing more affordable. The provincial move means city council’s four months of budget debates have been basically irrelevant to most apartment dwellers.
- Budget decisions delayed
Mar 10, 2017
Councillors have pushed off final decisions on the 2017 budget until March 23. Those could include more staff cuts, less money than promised for the HSR, and either good or bad news for more than a dozen proposed spending additions.
- Escarpment tree cutting
Mar 06, 2017
Recommendations to clear trees and shrubs from dozens of locations along the edge of the urban escarpment were included in the approved 2017 capital budget but appear to contain serious errors including a misunderstanding of the regulatory role of the Niagara Escarpment Commission. The Mountain Brow Vista Management Plan along 17 kilometres of the escarpment was initiated by Tom Jackson and is scheduled to primarily take place in his east mountain ward six. Public consultation was limited to three meetings in the centre of his ward and almost entirely excluded the opinions of lower city residents.
- Residents speak out on transit
Feb 27, 2017
Councillors got an earful last week about their hesitation to fund transit when residents made presentations on this year’s city budget. Thirteen of the speakers in the four-hour session pushed council to keep its promise for more funding for the HSR while two others defended the DARTS service from possible management changes.
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