Articles from October, 2010

Hamilton's Poorer Neighbourhoods Underrepresented on City Council
If we're really serious about addressing poverty in our community - as 97% of candidates professed to be - perhaps we should start by extending an equal voting franchise to rich and poor alike.
by John Neary
Published October 29, 2010 in Municipal Election 2010 (50 comments)

Time for Open Government Data in Hamilton
Open data is difficult to explain with words alone. A visualization combined with citizen delegations will give Councillors a full picture of what Open Data means and why they need to embrace it.
by Joey Coleman
Published October 29, 2010 in Special Report: Open Public Data (12 comments)

What to Expect from the Mayor-Elect
Bob Bratina's voting record in ward 2 shows a progressive councillor who chooses consistently in support of the downtown core and urban revitalization.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 28, 2010 in Municipal Election 2010 (79 comments)

In Which the Dreaded Leaf Blower Gets its Comeuppance
Ted Mitchell explains in painstaking detail exactly why you find leaf blowers so damned annoying.
by Ted Mitchell
Published October 27, 2010 in Ideas (66 comments)

Waking Up With a Rob Ford-Sized Hangover
As I drove home past the line-ups of still-to-vote voters, listening to the news that Ford was already elected, confirmed to me how broken our democracy is.
by Ben Bull
Published October 26, 2010 in Accidental Activist (47 comments)

After Election, Time for Democracy
Now that the municipal election is over, the real work of democratic engagement begins.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 26, 2010 in Municipal Election 2010 (45 comments)

Hamilton Elects Bratina as Mayor, Re-Elects Nearly All Incumbent Councillors
Bob Bratina wins the mayoralty with 37.5% of votes cast. Jason Farr wins in Ward 2, Judi Partridge wins in Ward 15, and the incumbent wins in every other ward except Ward 11, in which Brenda Johnson beat David Mitchell.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 25, 2010 in Municipal Election 2010 (112 comments)

Open Thread: Hamilton Municipal Election
Election day is finally upon us. We want to hear what you think about it.
by RTH Staff
Published October 25, 2010 in Municipal Election 2010 (143 comments)

Candidates' Ideas on Improving Hamilton's Image
Municipal candidates share diverse ideas on how they will improve Hamilton's image and make the city more attractive to visitors, students, commuters and newcomers.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 25, 2010 in Municipal Election 2010 (5 comments)

Candidates Tackle Poverty
RTH asked candidates whether poverty is the most critical issue facing Hamilton. Of the 38 respondents, 37 or 97.4% answered Yes, and one or 2.6% answered No.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 25, 2010 in Municipal Election 2010 (0 comments)

Candidates' Ideas on Doubling Transit Ridership
We asked candidates if they support the city's goal of doubling transit ridership by 2020. Of the 43 respondents, 42, or 97.7%, answered Yes and one, or 2.3%, answered No.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 25, 2010 in Municipal Election 2010 (11 comments)

More Like Hamilton
Despite the knee-jerk cynicism and Hammer-hating rants, our economic prospects are looking pretty good.
by Jason Leach
Published October 24, 2010 in Downtown Bureau (19 comments)

Most Candidates Say Council Could Be More Respectful
As at this writing, 51 active candidates, or 61.4% of the total, have responded. Of the 51 respondents, 45 or 88.2% agreed, 3 or 5.9% disagreed, and 3 or 5.9% were undecided or ambivalent.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 22, 2010 in Municipal Election 2010 (7 comments)

Is Hamilton an American City?
The USA stands on its own among industrialized countries in sheer inequality. Canada as a whole is somewhere between the USA and Europe, but Hamilton is closer to the American model.
by David Cohen
Published October 21, 2010 in Municipal Election 2010 (22 comments)

Most Candidates Clueless About Open Public Data
Looking at the detailed responses, it is clear that even most of the candidates who agree with open public data don't really understand what the concept means.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 21, 2010 in Municipal Election 2010 (43 comments)

Aerotropolis Costs
The AEGD issue has flown silently under the radar in the mainstream media, but it threatens to have major impacts on our future growth and sustainability.
by Sean Burak
Published October 21, 2010 in Special Report: Aerotropolis (42 comments)

Incumbents Support AEGD, Candidates Split
Of the 57 respondents, 20 or 35.1% support the Airport Employment Growth District. Another 29 or 50.9% oppose it, and 8 or 14% are undecided or ambivalent.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 20, 2010 in Municipal Election 2010 (0 comments)

Most Candidates Support LRT, Mayoral Candidates Split
Of the 65 candidates who responded, 47 or 72.3% support LRT, 13 or 20% oppose LRT, and 5 or 7.7% are ambivalent or undecided.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 20, 2010 in Municipal Election 2010 (29 comments)

Don't Just Vote Angry, Vote For Forward-Looking Change
If you are voting for change, make sure you take the time to question your choice on what their plans are for managing the change that is yet to come.
by Daniel Rodrigues
Published October 20, 2010 in Municipal Election 2010 (5 comments)

Civic Engagement and Social Media
A campaign backed by a solid platform and promoted through effective use of social media to communicate directly with voters can confirm public support and inspire new voters to the polls.
by Jason Allen
Published October 19, 2010 in Municipal Election 2010 (7 comments)

Candidates Split on Accepting Corporate, Union Donations
Overall, a majority of responding candidates have stated that they will not accept corporate or union donations. However, several incumbent councillors running for re-election defend their 'right' to accept such donations.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 19, 2010 in Municipal Election 2010 (10 comments)

Words I Like
Kevin Somers doesn't know who would name a fruit kumquat, but he's glad they did.
by Kevin Somers
Published October 19, 2010 in Entertainment and Sports (4 comments)

Most Candidates Oppose Stadium Funding
Of the 46 candidates who responded as at this writing, 33 or 71.7% answered "No", 6 or 13.0% answered "Yes", and 7 or 15.2% were ambivalent or undecided.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 18, 2010 in Municipal Election 2010 (37 comments)

Eisenberger Stumbles In Race For Mayor
The large number of undecided voters indicates that many have yet to find any mayoral candidate particularly appealing. This is a straightforward failure of Eisenberger's campaign.
by Adrian Duyzer
Published October 16, 2010 in Municipal Election 2010 (82 comments)

Council Suspends Zoning Enforcement for Culture Industries
A newly approved council motion establishes a Community Improvement Plan for the Creative Cluster and suspends zoning enforcement for existing creative businesses.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 14, 2010 in Special Report: Pearl Company (48 comments)

A Beasley Resident's Election Issues
Will the Ward 2 candidates commit to supporting urban redevelopment and liveable streets?
by John Neary
Published October 14, 2010 in Municipal Election 2010 (46 comments)

100 Friend Diet, Redux
In the end, this experiment has been just what we hoped it would be: An exercise in eating great food and building closer ties to where that food comes from.
by Jason Allen
Published October 13, 2010 in Special Report: Peak Oil (34 comments)

Strong Candidate Support for Bicycle Plan
Most of the respondents to the RTH question about support for the City's bicycle plan strongly support it. Nearly all agree that continuous, safe bicycle routes are important.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 12, 2010 in Municipal Election 2010 (39 comments)

Live Coverage of October 12 Committee of the Whole
Joey Coleman provides live coverage of the Committee of the Whole meeting to discuss the latest staff update on the proposed Pan Am stadium at the CP Rail Yard location.
by Joey Coleman
Published October 12, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (12 comments)

Far Too Many Unasked Questions in Stadium Report
This is a multi-million dollar business deal that has generational implications to taxpayers in Hamilton. If we are going to pander to investors, then we should focus our gratitude on the long-suffering, fatigued taxpayers of the City of Hamilton.
by Graham Crawford
Published October 11, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (32 comments)

Ticats: $10 Million Toward Stadium
In the latest staff report on the CP Rail Yard site, the Ticats offer to contribute $8-10 million in capital costs toward the stadium.
by RTH Staff
Published October 08, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (44 comments)

Hamilton Civic League Gears Up for Election
From the Hamilton Civic League, we hope there's a record number of voters this fall.
by Meredith Broughton
Published October 07, 2010 in Municipal Election 2010 (27 comments)

Responsiveness To Questions Varies Widely Among Candidates
In spite of the fact that the questions are important and the answers are being read by voters, not all candidates are as responsive as others.
by Adrian Duyzer
Published October 06, 2010 in Municipal Election 2010 (24 comments)

A Real Social Network
Do our social networks have room for the woman on the bus whose clothes don't quite match and whose rough attempts at conversation may interfere with us checking our iPhones?
by Michelle Martin
Published October 05, 2010 in Belonging (14 comments)

Noticing
Odd things observed at the last COW meeting.
by Graham Crawford
Published October 04, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (41 comments)

Ottawa, Summer 2010 (in a Convex Mirror)
If you can't imagine a purposeless walk from one strip mall to another being beautiful, spend two hours in the Diefenbunker.
by Mark Fenton
Published October 01, 2010 in Photo Essay (1 comment)

Pearl Company Issue Indicative of City Attitude Toward Investment
Until the city's reaction to new investments is 'how can we help and make this work', Hamilton will continue to lose opportunities to those communities with a more positive engaging approach.
by Roland Dube
Published October 01, 2010 in Special Report: Pearl Company (14 comments)

Six More Words Ben Hates
Ben Bull hates many, many things. Here are another six of those things.
by Ben Bull
Published October 01, 2010 in Accidental Activist (29 comments)

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