Hamilton, Ontario
  • Transit budget differences
    Nov 13, 2017

    Despite unanimously approving HSR emergency funding to address public outrage over no-show buses, councillors showed less harmony last week about transit’s capital budget. The lukewarm commitment contrasts sharply with new provincial plans that call for much more transit spending.

  • How they voted in September
    Nov 07, 2017

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

  • City emissions decline
    Nov 06, 2017

    The city says it is back on track in reducing the pollutants that cause climate change but so far most of the cuts have come from local industry. Air quality and climate change coordinator Trevor Imhoff reported last month that overall community greenhouse gas emissions have fallen twenty percent in the last decade although residential and commercial sector reductions have stalled since 2012 and transportation emissions are on their way up.

  • City election rules changing
    Oct 30, 2017

    New provincial rules ban city council candidates from accepting corporate and union donations, change the maximum allowable gifts, and regulate third-party interventions in next fall’s municipal elections. Of particular interest to Hamilton, the changes to the Municipal Elections Act also restrict how much can be spent on post-election gifts and parties.

  • Pipeline woes
    Oct 23, 2017

    Enbridge is facing another protest over its controversial expansion of 35 kilometres of oil pipeline across rural Hamilton, but this one has a children’s logic. The mega-pipeline company – the largest in North America – is facing multiple challenges from climate activists across the continent but also got some positive news last week. 

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