- Energy and pipeline battles intensify
Dec 04, 2013
Yesterday’s Toronto occupation of Line 9 and Monday’s characterization of Canada as a rogue state by a senior economist are just the most recent indications of an increasingly bitter war over pipelines and the energy superpower plans of the federal Conservative government. That’s complicated by startling evidence of National Energy Board involvement in spying by the RCMP and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) on First Nations and non-profit groups like the Council of Canadians and the Sierra Club, with accumulated information then being passed on to oil companies.
- Reclaiming public space
Dec 02, 2013
Hamilton has “enormous potential” to become a much more vibrant and prosperous city as it undergoes the required global transition to a low-carbon future, says one of the leading experts on the shift to renewable energy. What is crucial, Chris Turner told city staff last week, is the reclaiming and expansion of public space.
- Empty parking lots
Nov 25, 2013
Preserving parking, especially free parking, is a frequent demand heard at city hall from residents and businesses in neighbourhoods, in suburban downtowns like Waterdown and Stoney Creek, for specific purposes like the downtown farmers’ market, and as an absolute requirement for new developments. But evidence points to a massive excess of urban parking that is wasting valuable land, blocking new tax revenues, increasing sprawl, damaging transit, flooding storm sewers and making cities less liveable.
- How they voted in October
Nov 21, 2013
This is a regular CATCH summary of votes at committee and council meetings. This report covers the month of October 2013. 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.
- Lawsuit spends ‘inexhaustible resources’ of city
Nov 19, 2013
A judge has described it as a waste of Hamilton’s money, but the city’s lawsuit against the federal government is now into its tenth year with no end in sight and local bills already appearing to be well in excess of $2 million. That includes $310,000 that the city was forced to pay in federal legal costs for pursuing motions that were “contrary to fundamental fairness and the system of justice in this country” according to the judge who made the ruling after three and a half years of failed preliminary motions by the city’s outside lawyers.
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