Hamilton, Ontario
  • Climate action heats up
    Jun 29, 2015

    At least two bus-loads of Hamiltonians will join the Toronto march for jobs, justice and climate action starting at Queen’s Park on Sunday July 5 that will be addressed by Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein. It comes as Klein has been recruited by Pope Francis to lead a global conference on the environment, and as scientists warn that climate change has already committed the planet to at least five metres of sea level rise.

  • Significant election audit requests
    Jun 27, 2015

    Requests submitted last week to audit the election finances of eight councillors could result in charges and even dismissals from office. In addition, calculations that five corporations or unions exceeded the maximum allowable donations have implications for five additional members of council including the mayor.

  • Making sprawl easier
    Jun 23, 2015

    City staff are seeking changes to the provincial growth plan that will encourage more sprawl development in Hamilton. Some repeat arguments made by the city to increase the size of the aerotropolis, or to bookmark future boundary expansions onto farmland, while others call for shifting growth decisions from Queen’s Park to the municipality.

  • How they voted in May
    Jun 17, 2015

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

  • City wants Greenbelt changes
    Jun 15, 2015

    City staff want significant changes to the provincially-protected Greenbelt including removal of parts of the recently-approved aerotropolis as well as lands in upper and lower Stoney Creek. They are also pushing to enlarge some rural hamlets, seeking weaker rules on protecting vegetation near streams, and calling for a shift to the city of some decisions governing the ten-year-old protected agricultural zone.

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