Hamilton, Ontario
  • How they voted in July
    Sep 19, 2017

    This is a regular CATCH summary of votes at committee and council meetings. This report covers the month of July 2017. 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. 

  • City money may preserve unequal voting
    Sep 18, 2017

    A whack of public money may preserve unequal voting arrangements in Hamilton and help some city councillors keep their seats in next year’s election. The city has allocated $75,000 to the Ontario Municipal Board hearings that will decide whether to keep existing ward sizes or replace them with ones that are much more equal in size. 

  • City growth still skewed
    Sep 13, 2017

    Despite provincial rules, a new analysis finds greenfield development accounted for more than two-thirds of new Hamilton residential units last year. And the infill that has taken place over the last decade was not in the intended areas leaving population density levels far below targets in most designated growth centres such as LRT stops.

  • We have a problem
    Sep 04, 2017

    Houston, we have a problem, and so do cities and towns across the continent including Hamilton. The financial burden of the increasing frequency and intensity of severe weather falls mainly on local governments and individuals with limited capacity to pay.

  • Wholesale tree cutting underway
    Aug 28, 2017

    Thousands of trees are being cut down across rural Hamilton to make way for the controversial expansion of the Enbridge Line 10 oil export pipeline opposed by local climate activists. Company plans call for the clearing of more than fifty times the “treed area” that was logged this summer near Scenic Drive by a housing developer. 

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