Hamilton, Ontario
  • How they voted in July
    Aug 25, 2016

    This is a regular CATCH summary of votes at committee and council meetings. This report covers the month of July 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. 

  • The longer we wait the worse our fate
    Aug 23, 2016

    It was impoverished Africans and Asians who were supposed to be the early victims of climate change, not the well-off residents of North America now getting clobbered by floods, fires, drought and melting ice. That’s making the long wait for a city response strategy look more and more problematic. 

  • Suburban urban split
    Aug 16, 2016

    Decisions on many key issues that have divided urban and suburban councillors could change significantly if new wards based on the principle of representation by population are approved this fall. Voting records indicate such issues include downtown renewal, heritage protection, bus lanes, most other transit issues, area rating, and development charges. And ward boundary reform might either finally achieve the projected goals of amalgamation or further intensify the bitterness it generated.

  • Corporate and union donations banned
    Aug 04, 2016

    Ontario’s new law banning corporate and union donations in municipal elections could have significant impacts in Hamilton, especially if ward boundaries are also changed to give voters more equal representation. While providing the option of ranked ballots has drawn most attention, other changes in the recently adopted legislation shorten election campaigns, regulate third party interventions, and require more accessible polling stations.

  • Local pipeline challenged
    Aug 02, 2016

    The catastrophic oil spill in Saskatchewan has raised new concerns about inadequate environmental reviews of pipelines as the National Energy Board (NEB) grapples with Enbridge’s proposal to construct 35 kilometres of its Line 10 across rural Hamilton. Farm families near Copetown are challenging the company’s re-routing of the export pipe across their properties to avoid a golf course.

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