Hamilton, Ontario
  • Ward boundary changes
    Nov 28, 2016

    Citizens are moving to ensure that ward boundaries are redrawn before the next city elections after city council again delayed a decision and instead invited individual councillors to suggest amendments to options prepared by an independent consultant. Further complicating the issue, the consultant’s two options don’t include the one that garnered the most favour when suggested last spring.

  • Going bold in Burlington
    Nov 21, 2016

    Over 450 people came out last week for a two-hour public session with the mayor of Burlington, key staff and two world-renowned urban experts who are bluntly advocating a dramatic shift in the lakeside city toward walking, cycling and transit. They rejected road widening as a proven failure, and emphasized municipal transportation visions are useless if they aren’t backed up by major spending to implement them.

  • Water rates and debt heading up
    Nov 13, 2016

    Water rates are set to climb nearly five percent in January and are projected to keep rising faster than inflation for at least another decade. The 2017 budget report for water, sewer and stormwater also warns about sharply rising debt, plunging reserves, significant reliance on growth, and the shaky future of one of the systems biggest customers.

  • How they voted in September
    Nov 10, 2016

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

  • Millions in jeopardy at airport
    Nov 07, 2016

    The city is increasingly worrying about tens of millions in promised benefits from privatizing the airport management that are now long overdue and looking more and more shaky. But at last week’s Airport Implementation Committee, Tradeport International officials pushed for even more subsidies from both the city and the province.

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