Hamilton, Ontario
  • How they voted in August
    Sep 15, 2014

    This is a regular CATCH summary of votes at committee and council meetings. This report covers the month of August 2014. The first line of each entry identifies the issue, followed by a brief description. This is followed by the location of the vote in the third line. 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.

  • Climate impacts and actions
    Sep 12, 2014

    Residents on both sides of the bay are participating in next weekend’s global push for serious government action on climate change, while city staff warn councillors that Hamilton is unprepared for extreme rainfalls like the one that clobbered Burlington last month. Progress is being reported on catch basin maintenance, but staff say they still don’t have the budget to take care of culverts and stormwater ponds, and don’t even have the authority for flood management of most of the city streams.

  • Campaign donations picture shifts
    Sep 09, 2014

    For the first time in a decade, all of Hamilton’s perceived leading mayoralty candidates are accepting corporate and union donations to finance their campaigns. Most council incumbents also rely heavily on these funding sources to win and hold their seats.

  • How they voted in July
    Sep 03, 2014

    This is a regular CATCH summary of votes at committee and council meetings. This report covers the month of July 2014. The first line of each entry identifies the issue, followed by a brief description. This is followed by the location of the vote in the third line. 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.

  • Inside track for lobby group
    Sep 01, 2014

    Observers are not allowed at monthly meetings that have been going on for more than a decade between the city and a developers’ lobby group. The “liaison committee” meetings with the Hamilton Halton Home Builders Association (HHHBA) appear to provide ample opportunity for lobbying but would not be covered by the currently proposed lobbyist registry.

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