Hamilton, Ontario
  • How they voted in April
    May 21, 2015

    This is a regular CATCH summary of votes at committee and council meetings. This report covers the month of April 2015. 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.

  • Suburban bus service blocked
    May 10, 2015

    Despite plans to collect an extra $6 million from riders in fare hikes, the HSR faces significant obstacles to improving transit service to the former suburbs. Council’s decision to continue the variable transit tax rate system limits HSR funding and also appears to block the completion of the bus system in other parts of the city.

  • How they voted in March
    May 07, 2015

    This is a regular CATCH summary of votes at committee and council meetings. This report covers the month of March 2015. 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.

  • Preparing for extreme weather
    May 01, 2015

    In the wake of the hottest March in global records, there are growing provincial and municipal efforts to address the impacts of climate change, including a major McMaster symposium next week on how to respond to weather extremes in Ontario. And in contrast to Hamilton’s refusal to fund additional climate staff, Halton is trumpeting its financial commitment in the opposite direction.

  • Busing in different directions
    Apr 27, 2015

    Hamilton’s decision to use fare hikes rather than taxes to pay for overcoming HSR deficiencies could further reduce ridership and runs counter to policies being followed by rapidly growing transit systems in other Ontario cities. The 2015 budget numbers show seven out of every eight tax dollars devoted to transit are being paid by residents of the old city of Hamilton.

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