Hamilton, Ontario
  • Pipeline hearings conclude after violent confrontation
    Oct 24, 2016

    The National Energy Board hearings on Enbridge’s Line 10 pipeline have concluded after a large protest rally and a violent clash inside the Crowne Plaza hotel when a small group attempting to attend the closed door process were blocked by about 15 police officers. The only challenge in the hearings room to the oil pipeline expansion across rural Hamilton came from the band council of Six Nations whose main focus appears to be obtaining more financial compensation from Enbridge.

  • News Briefs
    Oct 17, 2016

    Oil spills

    Modelling activism

    Media awards 

  • Greenbelt clash
    Oct 16, 2016

    As the deadline looms for input on changes to the provincial Greenbelt and Growth Plan, land developers and municipalities, citizen groups and individuals are making their final arguments. Hamilton city council is highly critical of proposed changes to the Growth Plan, and is still pushing to have some lands removed from the Greenbelt, but has agreed to a substantial Ancaster addition to the protected agricultural zone despite intensive opposition from its landowners.

  • Home energy savings
    Oct 11, 2016

    A plan to help homeowners cut their energy bills with a city-run program is being pushed by ward three councillor Matthew Green along with climate campaigners at Environment Hamilton. Under the Home Energy Retrofit Opportunity (HERO) initiative the city would provide low-interest loans to help residents make their homes more energy efficient. 

  • How they voted in August
    Oct 08, 2016

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

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