- Sprawl subsidies set to continue
Mar 09, 2014
It appears the city has little appetite to relieve taxpayers of millions each year in subsidies for sprawl development. While corporate services staff are suggesting some minor increases in development charges (DC), they also call for continuing steeply discounting industrial growth fees and are facing a battle to even end a policy that has deferred $10 million in payments by developers.
- Line 9 decision
Mar 05, 2014
The National Energy Board has announced it will release its decision tomorrow on Enbridge’s controversial plan to increase flows in Line 9 between Sarnia and Montreal and to also ship bitumen from the Alberta tar sands through the 39-year old pipeline. Local opponents are already pointing to problems with the regulator and its review process and have announced a protest rally at noon on Friday at Hamilton City Hall.
- Transit fix delayed again
Mar 03, 2014
A decision has been put off again on the first city-funded improvements in residential HSR service in over twenty years that would add service to the fastest-growing parts of Hamilton. The main obstacles are election-year penny pinching and a pre-amalgamation tax system that gives preferential treatment to Ancaster.
- How they voted in January
Feb 23, 2014
This is a regular CATCH summary of votes at committee and council meetings. This report covers the month of January 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.
- City opposes fracking
Feb 20, 2014
At the request of the Hamilton chapter of the Council of Canadians, city council is calling on the provincial and federal governments to impose a moratorium on hydraulic fracking – the unconventional method of extracting oil and gas that uses high pressure mixtures of chemicals, sand and large volumes of water to blast apart underground rock formations. The growing challenge to the practice gained national attention after a violent confrontation last October on lands of the Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick – a conflict that will be explained to Hamiltonians in a public presentation on Friday evening.
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