Hamilton, Ontario
  • Voting for what matters
    Feb 19, 2018

    This fall’s city elections give Hamiltonians a chance to select their representatives for the next four-year term. While there are no shortage of controversies affecting the present and future of Hamilton, a new book argues that issues have little to do with who gets elected.

  • A downtown of skyscrapers
    Feb 12, 2018

    Opposition is building to city plans that would pre-approve much of downtown Hamilton for 30 storey buildings and leave almost nothing under six storeys. And despite the significant population increase that would result, public park space remains extremely limited in the draft plans.

  • Guiding city expressway actions
    Feb 05, 2018

    Hamilton councillors should be paying close attention to a major evaluation of Ontario’s climate actions released late last month by the province’s environmental commissioner. It underlines in great detail the commitment of Queen’s Park to fundamental change and suggests what Hamilton can and most likely will be required to do in the same direction.

  • How they voted in December
    Jan 31, 2018

    This is a regular CATCH summary of votes at committee and council meetings. This report covers the month of December 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. Recent changes to the city’s website mean we can now provide direct links to motions and staff reports. 

  • And the bus wheels go round
    Jan 29, 2018

    Shortly after last week’s transit budget presentation, the city took the unusual step of sending out a media release highlighting HSR accomplishments and the funding provided by council decisions. It echoed the main message that councillors presented during the budget meeting and like their comments appeared intended at countering the negative publicity of the last few months over cancelled buses.

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