Hamilton, Ontario
  • Ban on nuclear weapons
    Aug 14, 2017

    They gathered last week celebrating last month’s United Nations treaty banning nuclear weapons, mourning Canada’s refusal to support it, solemnly remembering the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and affirming in unison their commitment to real security. The Dundas councillor brought greetings from “peace mayor” Eisenberger, noting Hamilton is officially a nuclear-free city, all while two presidents rattled their bombs in an international competition for who is most willing to bring an end to life on earth.

  • Local democracy now up to OMB
    Aug 07, 2017

    The shape of next year’s council election is now in the hands of two members of the Ontario Municipal Board. Deliberations started last week on how many wards Hamilton will have and how equal their populations will be, with clashes over the number of alternatives the OMB will consider, and whether it will rule on the ethics of city council’s choice to reject change. 

  • Plans for more boundary expansions
    Aug 01, 2017

    In addition to the planned 3100 acre expansion onto rural lands around Elfrida, the city is spending nearly five million dollars to determine what other possible boundary extensions to accommodate predicted population growth.  The GRIDS2 study, named after the Growth Related Integrated Development Strategy conducted shortly after amalgamation, is being combined with a Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR) that was promised to developers as part of the aerotropolis settlement three years ago. 

  • How they voted in June
    Jul 25, 2017

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

  • Cutting city pollution
    Jul 24, 2017

    Both Hamilton and Toronto are formally committed to reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80 percent by mid-century, but the latter city has decided major immediate steps are required and approved a detailed plan on how to achieve this goal that may provide a blueprint for Hamilton. The Transform TO plan comes as hundreds of cities across the continent and many US state governments have increased their climate actions in response to the Trump withdrawal from the global Paris accord. 

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