Hamilton, Ontario
  • City rejected and ignored
    May 24, 2016

    In a victory for Environment Hamilton and other advocates of foodland preservation, virtually all of the city’s recommendations to remove land from the protected Greenbelt or otherwise weaken its rules were rejected or ignored by the provincial government. Underlines the divergence between the city and Queen’s Park, the Wynne government is emphasizing rapid transit, higher residential densities and restrictions on boundary expansions that also run counter to the views of the majority of Hamilton councillors.

  • Stark warnings from the Minister
    May 10, 2016

    Ontario’s minister of the environment and climate change had some blunt advice when he spoke at the climate resilient cities conference in Hamilton. Glenn Murray offered detailed evidence that climate change already threatens our food and water security and it’s going to get much worse.

  • How they voted in March
    May 06, 2016

    This is a regular CATCH summary of votes at committee and council meetings. This report covers the month of March 2016. 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. Changes to the city’s website mean it is no longer possible to provide direct links to motions and staff reports. 

  • More expressways
    May 02, 2016

    Recommendations of the city’s draft Transportation Master Plan (TMP) unveiled last week include over $700 million for new road construction plus more pressure on the Ontario government to expand existing provincial highways and build new ones. Improving transit is also emphasized but the required bus purchase plan is described as “unfunded” and the claim for past ridership growth is much larger than HSR numbers.  

  • Contrasting climate priorities
    Apr 26, 2016

    In the wake of more record-smashing global temperatures, the mayors of Burlington and Hamilton got an opportunity to speak last week at a McMaster-organized conference on climate change. The two cities that straddle the western end of the lake appear to have quite different approaches to what is increasingly being described as a planetary emergency.

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