Hamilton, Ontario
  • News Briefs
    Apr 15, 2014

    1. Airport finances remain secret

    2. Line 9 lawsuit

    3. Environmental Summit

    4. Response to fracking resolution 

  • Spending wasted at stagnant airport
    Apr 14, 2014

    Local taxpayers have spent over $10 million buying land at inflated prices for an airport runway extension that may never be built. After pushing the city repeatedly to make the land purchases, Tradeport now says it has no timetable for the addition, and won’t move ahead unless it receives federal monies that appear unlikely to be provided to a facility whose passenger and cargo volumes are stagnant or declining.

  • Increasing development discounts
    Apr 04, 2014

    More financial incentives for growth are being advocated by city staff who believe that already steeply-discounted development fees are not enough to boost Hamilton’s competitiveness, and who contend additional concessions should be made to attract large corporations. On the residential side, fees for new homes are set to climb 27 percent as the city completes the five-year update of its development charges bylaw.

  • City versus province
    Apr 03, 2014

    The city will spend $1 million on studies for a future urban boundary expansion that’s opposed by the province and is currently before the Ontario Municipal Board. It’s another major issue where council has placed itself in direct opposition to provincial policies, with at least one instance leading a cabinet minister to describe the city’s position as “ridiculous”.

  • How they voted in February
    Mar 31, 2014

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

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