Hamilton, Ontario
  • More commuters and more cars
    Aug 26, 2014

    More than a third of Hamilton’s workforce is now commuting outside the city, slowly continuing a long-standing trend and adding to highway congestion. The recently released results of the massive Transportation Tomorrow Survey show local residents have more cars, and are driving them further and more often, although there is also a slight uptick in transit use.

  • Resisting smart growth
    Aug 09, 2014

    Ten years after they were unveiled, Hamilton is still not ready to implement mandatory provincial smart growth policies says mayoralty candidate Brian McHattie. One consequence is a five-year delay in correcting the subsidies that favour greenfield sprawl and punish the infill development required by the province.

  • Blocking progress
    Aug 04, 2014

    The glacial pace of change in Hamilton appears closely tied to city council’s extreme reluctance to add more city staff. Their stated objective is avoiding higher taxes, but the stance appears to be crippling the city’s ability to achieve its own stated goals particularly in areas where both public pressure and population growth argue for significant change.

  • Developers win delay in fee hikes
    Jul 30, 2014

    In response to pleas from developers, city council has agreed to delay increasing growth charges on new residential development and forego over $7 million that will now have to be made up through property taxes and water rates. And a 60 percent discount on fees for new industrial development has been extended that will also have to be covered by other city revenues.

  • How they voted in June
    Jul 23, 2014

    This is a regular CATCH summary of votes at committee and council meetings. This report covers the month of June 2014. The first line of each entry identifies the issue, followed by a brief description. This is followed by the location of the vote in the third line. 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.

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