Articles from March, 2010

Save the Dragon
The Sky Dragon Centre is too critical a social, political and cultural node in this city's landscape of civic engagement to let it fall by the wayside.
by RTH Staff
Published March 29, 2010 in Editorial (29 comments)

Whistle Stops and Sustainable Cities
Hamilton, with its extensive network of inner city rail lines and spurs, and proximity to an even more cost effective mode of transporting goods (marine!) is ideally suited to capitalizing on the skyrocketing cost of diesel.
by Jason Allen
Published March 26, 2010 in Special Report: Peak Oil (34 comments)

Ontario Budget and LRT: Are We Screwed?
The Province has effectively abandoned its commitment to transfomative transit investment.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 26, 2010 in Special Report: Light Rail (58 comments)

Queen's Park Forces Hamilton To Reward Failure
The Municipal Act mandates property tax breaks for vacant properties, which reward property owners who keep their buildings empty and encourage speculators to hold out for public subsidies.
by John Neary
Published March 22, 2010 in Commentary (48 comments)

Open Letter to Council: Call for Action on Royal Connaught
If the dereliction of the Connaught continues unabated, council should consider expropriation and resale to a developer who fully appreciates the building and has the wherewithal to redevelop.
by Matt Jelly
Published March 22, 2010 in Architecture (21 comments)

Where are the Goal-Oriented Leaders?
Councillors should be viewed as successful not by how long they can get the same people to vote for them but by how much they can improve our city.
by Frank Borger
Published March 19, 2010 in Commentary (28 comments)

Best Picture Nominees I Haven't Seen Yet Part 2 of 2: An Education And Precious
An Education inverts the romance/coming of age story, while Precious straddles the line between gritty realism and cliche.
by Albert DeSantis
Published March 15, 2010 in Reviews (0 comments)

Rolled Over
What is Tim Hortons but a very, very hot cup of coffee and kids going to camp? Smiling soldiers and snowplow drivers? Winter, spring, summer, and fall?
by Anders Knudsen
Published March 15, 2010 in Commentary (7 comments)

Best Picture Nominees I Haven't Seen Yet, Part 1 Of 2: A Serious Man and The Blind Side
One of these films is very dark and very weird, but also unique. The other has Sandra Bullock in it. Take your pick which one is better.
by Albert DeSantis
Published March 15, 2010 in Reviews (15 comments)

End of the Century
I know the economy soured, but so did Hamilton's leadership - gasp, choke and fade to indifference.
by Letter to the Editor
Published March 15, 2010 in Letters (2 comments)

Siemens Factory to Shut Down
The Siemens factory on Sanford Ave will be shut down and over 500 well-paying jobs will disappear with it.
by Trey Shaughnessy
Published March 11, 2010 in Downtown Bureau (48 comments)

Searching for Signs of Inspiration
For too many of Hamilton's institutional and political elites, the status quo is lucrative.
by Keanin Loomis
Published March 11, 2010 in Signs of Life (4 comments)

Don't Let Narrow Interests Hijack Stadium Plan
Some decisions are huge and can only be made once. We either get it right, or we continue with our botched legacy of failed projects and misused tax dollars.
by Jason Leach
Published March 11, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (83 comments)

Hamilton: A Love-Hate Story
No place can meet every need all the time. Better to embrace the adventure of the inconvenient and learn to love our less-than-perfect neighbourhoods than to fly in search of the elusive perfect place.
by Michelle Martin
Published March 10, 2010 in Belonging (10 comments)

Uncertain Future for Green Energy
When energy prices rise, consumers tend to use less of it, after a little heart-wrenching and soul-searching, and with plenty of collateral damage in the economy.
by Andrew McKillop
Published March 09, 2010 in Special Report: Peak Oil (3 comments)

Open Letter to Terry Cooke: Please Intervene to Save Brantford Heritage
As a member of the YMCA Brantford Governing Council and the Chair of the Canadian Urban Institute, Terry Cooke is well-positioned to put a stop to the destruction of 41 Victorian buildings on Colborne Street in Brantford.
by Mahesh P. Butani
Published March 09, 2010 in Opinion (12 comments)

Getting to the Bottom of Toyota's Sudden Acceleration Problem
Instead of analyzing vehicles with identified failures, the firm hired by Toyota tested several ordinary vehicles and components - like testing healthy people to identify an illness.
by Joel S. Hirschhorn
Published March 09, 2010 in Commentary (7 comments)

Small Jump From Pad Thai to Cinnamon Buns
How we are supposed to live a healthy life when even our more reputable dinner joints are serving us fat-, sugar-, salt- and carcinogen-laden fodder?
by Ben Bull
Published March 09, 2010 in Accidental Activist (5 comments)

Don't Weaken Cycle Plan
Despite the strong correlation between the density and connectivity of cycling infrastructure to increasing the number of cyclists, council ignores these data, erring on the side of nervous ward parochialism.
by Randy Kay
Published March 08, 2010 in Special Report: Cycling (7 comments)

Last Call at the Gladstone Hotel
The closing of a rooming house forces us to deal with the terrible conditions single occupants often live in. The argument is not whether or not these hotels should remain in existence, but what we are doing and should be doing for residents of this type
by Anders Knudsen
Published March 08, 2010 in Commentary (7 comments)

By-Law Crawl #2: Spring Cleaning
The Second monthly By-Law Crawl event happens on Saturday, March 6, 2010, starting at 1 PM in Gore Park, in front of the Royal Connaught
by Matt Jelly
Published March 04, 2010 in Events (5 comments)

Laurier Brantford: You've Come A Long Way, Baby!
Humour staves off depression, and maybe satire can ward against intellectual bankruptcy in the Crisis on Colborne.
by Mahesh P. Butani
Published March 01, 2010 in Commentary (11 comments)

Spring Is Coming
Given the laughable incompetence of government level "strategists" piloting us erratically towards the low carbon future, the most legitimate fear is that low carbon economic crash is the likely result.
by Andrew McKillop
Published March 01, 2010 in Special Report: Peak Oil (2 comments)

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