Hamilton, Ontario
  • Development subsidy balloons
    Apr 20, 2015

    Downtown building fee exemptions cost the city over $11 million last year – more than ten times the usual cost of these growth subsidies and greater than the normal annual total across the entire city. This unusually large hit comes as the city begins to gradually reduce these exemptions in order to finance promised infrastructure for greenfield subdivisions.

  • Oil shipments challenged
    Apr 13, 2015

    Toronto city councillors are challenging the safety of bitumen transport by both rail and pipeline, echoing similar concerns of Hamilton staff but advocating much stronger action. Toronto wants the National Energy Board (NEB) to block the opening of Enbridge’s Line 9 and is also demanding higher safety and transparency standards for oil trains.

  • Who financed councillors
    Apr 07, 2015

    Once again corporations and unions – especially those involved in construction and land development – were significant election donors for those elected to city council last fall. The proportion of gifts from individuals is increasing, although many multiple donors now appear to be the owners or principals of corporations.

  • How they voted in February
    Apr 06, 2015

    This is a regular CATCH summary of votes at committee and council meetings. This report covers the month of February 2015. 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.

  • Questioning election finances
    Mar 30, 2015

    There are numerous questions generated by the dozens of campaign financial statements filed last week by councillors and other candidates in last fall’s municipal election. But answers will have to be pursued by individual voters because no official oversight of the statements is required under provincial law. And in Hamilton you can’t even compare the 2014 campaign spending to earlier elections.

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