- Climate not on city radar
Feb 20, 2017
Last year was the third consecutive that broke global heat records; last month was far warmer than normal in Ontario; and February has seen unbelievable temperatures in the Canadian high arctic and other parts of the globe. But climate change is absent from the city’s draft operating budget except where it turns down two small funding requests.
- How they voted in December
Feb 15, 2017
This is a regular CATCH summary of votes at committee and council meetings. This report covers the month of December 2016. 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.
- Promised HSR funding in doubt
Feb 13, 2017
Funding commitments made to HSR riders when steep fare hikes were imposed over the last two years now appear headed for the dustbin as city council backs away from its half of the bargain. A key justification for the backtracking is a recent increase in the Hamilton’s tax contribution per person even though the city still remains far behind comparative municipalities.
- Council future in the balance
Feb 06, 2017
City council’s rejection of ward boundary changes required to give equal voting rights to all Hamiltonians is being criticized as self-serving, but it could also easily backfire and threaten the re-election of many incumbents in next year’s municipal election. That possibility of even more substantial changes that can now be imposed by the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) was out-weighed in most councillors’ minds by the certain upheaval that would come from either of the two options recommended by a quarter-million dollar independent review.
- City concerns ignored in pipeline approval
Jan 30, 2017
The city got the short end of the stick in the approval of an oil pipeline across 35 km of rural Hamilton by a National Energy Board panel that even seems confused about the municipal boundaries. While some fire and water department concerns are addressed in the 145-page NEB decision, the Board ignored and appears to have not even noticed council’s demand for removal of the old pipe.
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