- Sewer pipe fixing will continue
Jan 16, 2017
Contrary to last week’s CATCH report city officials say correction of illegal sewer hookups will continue despite council’s rejection of staff recommendations to make permanent the effort to reduce fecal contamination of local streams. Staff warn, however, that only a tenth of the sewer system has been inspected it will take many years and additional initiatives to complete the cleanup originally ordered by the Ontario government more than fifteen years ago.
- Sewage into local streams
Jan 10, 2017
Council has quietly abandoned the clean-up of widespread fecal contamination flowing into local streams despite a successful corrective program that has operated for the last two years. Citizen groups originally exposed the problem of illegal hookups of bathrooms to creeks via storm pipes that resulted in provincial cleanup orders more than 15 years ago.
- How they voted in November
Jan 05, 2017
This is a regular CATCH summary of votes at committee and council meetings. This report covers the month of November 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.
- Cheaper bus fares
Jan 03, 2017
The already meager HSR subsidy for low-income riders will get less generous this year as fares rise again. While Hamilton was an early adopter of income-based fares, it is now falling further and further behind other Ontario municipalities.
- Fix the HSR
Dec 19, 2016
Hundreds of residents have signed a “Fix the HSR” petition launched by Environment Hamilton, but so far city councillors don’t appear to be listening. After two straight years of falling ridership, another fare hike is already approved and the HSR is asking for only a modest budget increase.
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