Hamilton, Ontario
  • Aerotropolis fights continue
    Oct 27, 2014

    The battle lines are being drawn for phase three of the aerotropolis hearings before the Ontario Municipal Board and the outcome could result in a much larger loss of agricultural land than the 555 net hectares (695 gross hectares) approved for industrial development last year. While the efforts of citizen groups to limit the expansion of the urban boundary dominated phase two in January 2013, this round pits multiple land developers against the city to determine the exact boundaries and whether or not some lands will be earmarked for future residential use.

  • Tar sands challenges
    Oct 19, 2014

    The admission that “limited pipeline access” is adding to the financial challenges of tar sands extraction, plus a visit from the leader of the global effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions, are giving new hope to Hamiltonians concerned about climate change who have stepped up their campaign for fossil fuel divestment. The Rockefeller Foundation recently joined that rapidly expanding movement and the former governor of the Bank of Canada is warning that most oil, coal and gas must be left in the ground if the planet is to avoid catastrophic climatic changes.

  • More challenges to Line 9
    Oct 13, 2014

    The exclusion from shutoff valve protection of all of Hamilton’s streams crossed by Line 9 as well as many others along the cross-province route is being condemned by the National Energy Board (NEB). The rejection of Enbridge’s plans means several months more delay in starting up the controversial transmission pipeline for Alberta tar sands bitumen and could trigger more intervention by municipal governments.

  • Voting record of the mayoralty candidates (3)
    Oct 06, 2014

    As new promises emerge from the three leading candidates for mayor, we continue to examine the actual voting records of Brad Clark, Fred Eisenberger and Brian McHattie. Among issues they differed on while sitting together on council were the proposed mid-peninsula highway, drive-thru facilities, the reform of election donation rules, the city’s 9-year Red Hill lawsuit against the federal government, and specific aspects of the Code of Conduct imposed on councillors.

  • Mayoralty candidates voting record (2)
    Sep 29, 2014

    The three front runners to be Hamilton’s next mayor – Fred Eisenberger, Brad Clark and Brian McHattie – were all elected decision-makers during the 2006-2010 term of city council. That allows us to directly compare their voting records on multiple issues related to commercial and industrial land development including decisions to facilitate Wal-Mart centred big box complexes as well as the controversial approvals of the aerotropolis and city land purchases around the airport.

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