Hamilton, Ontario
  • Poisoned water pipes
    Sep 20, 2016

    A McMaster researcher is warning that Hamilton households are susceptible to the lead poisoning problems that have afflicted drinking water in Flint, Michigan and other US cities over the past two years. The threat is especially serious for children and pregnant mothers living in buildings constructed before 1960 when lead water pipes were the construction norm, but lead-containing soldering joints continued to be used in some homes until the late 1980s.

  • Free transit
    Sep 12, 2016

    Bus fares are up again and assistance for low-income riders has been reduced, but Hamilton has plenty of free transit service if you know how to get it and are travelling to the right places at the right time. Those complimentary rides are costing the HSR well over $100,000 a year and some have been going on for over a decade, but the city has never assessed if this is worth the money or even if it encourages more people to switch to transit.

  • Greenbelt removals pushed again
    Sep 05, 2016

    The city is still pushing for lands to be removed from the Greenbelt and it is also opposing higher densities in new developments and greater intensification targets proposed by the province. It has submitted more than three dozen objections to the growth plan and Ontario foodland protection policies to a provincial review that concludes next month after nearly two years of public consultations.

  • Affordable transit for the few
    Aug 29, 2016

    September marks the second straight year of steep fare hikes on the HSR most of whose riders are among the lowest income residents of Hamilton. The increases also chop the number of the city’s “affordable transit passes” down to just 350 riders per month.

  • How they voted in July
    Aug 25, 2016

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

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