Hamilton, Ontario
  • Developers win delay in fee hikes
    Jul 30, 2014

    In response to pleas from developers, city council has agreed to delay increasing growth charges on new residential development and forego over $7 million that will now have to be made up through property taxes and water rates. And a 60 percent discount on fees for new industrial development has been extended that will also have to be covered by other city revenues.

  • How they voted in June
    Jul 23, 2014

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

  • Line 9 battle not over
    Jul 17, 2014

    A Line 9 worksite occupation launched this morning is only the latest challenge to Enbridge’s plans to expand the flow in its Sarnia to Montreal pipeline and begin shipping diluted bitumen from the Alberta tar sands. There was a similar action earlier this week in Etobicoke, and the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation has won the right to appeal the March National Energy Board decision that had seemed to clear the way for the controversial project.

  • No action brings more warnings
    Jul 15, 2014

    Clean Air Hamilton (CAH) has again warned city councillors that serious action is required to address climate change and its consequences, and last week Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner telegraphed a similar message to Queen’s Park. However, a citizen reminded last week’s Board of Health meeting that an action decision approved in response to last year’s CAH climate warnings has yet to be acted upon.

  • Airport destination disappears
    Jul 07, 2014

    Statistics Canada says itinerant flights to and from Hamilton airport fell in 2013 for the seventh consecutive year. The trend seems likely to continue this year as direct flights to another large Canadian city have been quietly discontinued. Meanwhile the aerotropolis boundary expansion that was launched on anticipated airport success heads back to the Ontario Municipal Board to determine which agricultural lands will be converted to future industrial or other urban uses.

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