- City-developers meetings going public
Dec 15, 2014
After more than a decade, the secret meetings between the city and the Hamilton Halton Home Builders Association are being replaced by gatherings that will be open to the public. The “HHHBA / City of Hamilton Liaison Committee” has met multiple times a year since 2002, but the new general manager of economic development and planning announced this week that this arrangement is being restructured.
- Enbridge reassures city on Line 9
Dec 06, 2014
Enbridge is assuring city staff that shutoff valves are not necessary to protect Hamilton’s largest stream, but has made no response to concerns about nationally significant wetlands crossed by the 40-year-old pipeline in which the company wants to expand capacity and transport diluted bitumen. The continuing conflict over more costly conditions being imposed on Line 9 by the National Energy Board is just one example of the push for greater municipal and provincial say about pipeline proposals including a massive cross-country project that would carry nearly four times more bitumen to export markets (video).
- Boosting transportation options
Dec 02, 2014
The majority of car trips in Hamilton could be replaced easily by bicycles or even walking but that isn’t likely to occur until the city provides more complete streets argue alternative transportation advocates. And even the city’s limited cycling master plan won’t be in place until 2053 at the current rate of implementation.
- Council faces torpid HSR
Nov 24, 2014
The new city council inherits the slowest growing transit system in the province which has recorded drops in ridership in four of the last seven years. Councillors are arriving with lots of election promises to improve the HSR but also saddled with a quarter-century tradition of refusing to increase transit funding.
- Pipeline regulator challenged
Nov 17, 2014
Along with three First Nations, the city has formally weighed in with the National Energy Board seeking protection of waterways and wetlands in the path of Enbridge’s Line 9 bitumen pipeline. It comes as the federal regulator faces a huge credibility problem over its response to a controversial pipeline expansion in southern British Columbia, as well as multiple challenges to the massive Energy East proposal to pipe tar sands products across Ontario and five other provinces for export via Atlantic ports.
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