- Fare hikes hit families hardest
Aug 27, 2015
The first wave of HSR bus fare increases coming on September first will hit elementary and high school students the hardest. HSR says the increases will make service more reliable but it isn’t planning any new routes before 2017.
- Line 9 opening delayed
Aug 17, 2015
The fate of tar sands pipelines across the country – including Enbridge’s Line 9 that runs through Hamilton – is now in the hands of whoever wins the October 19 federal election. Despite full support from the Harper government and direct Conservative assistance to Enbridge via Mike Duffy, no increase in pipeline transport of Alberta bitumen anywhere in Canada has occurred since the Conservatives won a majority four years ago.
- Red Hill lawsuit long abandoned
Aug 09, 2015
Newly revealed legal costs indicate the city abandoned its $75 million Red Hill lawsuit long ago and is using the recent transfer of Pier 8 lands as political cover while privately admitting that its serious accusations were unfounded. That’s small comfort for the dozens of federal employees who lived for more than a decade charged with unethical behaviour and facing costs that could have forced them into personal bankruptcy.
- Grants have Conservative bias
Aug 03, 2015
Five city wards – all part of Conservative ridings – got seven of the eight federal grants last week as part of the Canada 150 infrastructure funding announced on the eve of the election call. Three of those went to the only Hamilton riding that might change hands on October 19.
- Excessive election donations
Jul 28, 2015
Councillors insist they can’t be influenced by campaign donations, but that didn’t stop numerous contributors from pouring large amounts of money into last fall’s municipal elections. That included as many as five donors who may have exceeded the legal limit of $5000, but it is unclear whether they or the candidates who benefitted from their largesse will face any penalties.
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