Articles from September, 2011

Council, Province Must Work Together to Break LRT Funding Standoff
The only way to break the political deadlock is to keep up the public pressure, at both the provincial and city level, to show the politicians that this initiative has a lot of vocal support.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published September 30, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (20 comments)

A One-Car Family at a Crossroads
In its current form, public transit in Hamilton is just not convenient or reliable enough to depend on for what should be a relatively simple commute - even on the two best served bus routes in the entire City.
by John-Paul Danko
Published September 29, 2011 in Special Report: Transit (92 comments)

Council Calls on Province to Confirm LRT Commitment
Council voted last night to ask the Province to confirm whether it will honour its 2007 promise to fully fund LRT in Hamilton. But what happens if the Province says no?
by Ryan McGreal
Published September 29, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (7 comments)

Leadership and Bold Vision on LRT
We don't need more study. We don't need to 'step back and respect the process'. And we certainly don't need to be 'protected'. What we need is leadership and bold vision.
by Jason Allen
Published September 27, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (22 comments)

Clark to Present LRT Motion to Council
Councillor Clark will bring forward a motion at the October 28 Council meeting to call on the Province to commit to funding LRT in Hamilton.
by Ryan McGreal
Published September 27, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (10 comments)

A Crucial Turning Point for Hamilton
Hamilton's future can become the envy of cities across Canada and even the world. Will we take a bold step forward at this crucial moment in our history?
by Jason Leach
Published September 23, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (33 comments)

Introducing the Hamilton Light Rail Initiative
A new citizens' campaign asks Council and the Province to commit to finishing the job of building Light Rail Transit in Hamilton.
by RTH Staff
Published September 23, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (9 comments)

Time to Increase Social Assistance Rate
Increasing the social assistance rate would provide a boost to the economy and actually save the government overall in poverty-related health costs.
by Laura Cattari
Published September 23, 2011 in Commentary (9 comments)

City Wants Your Comments on B-Line Design Charrettes
The City's Nodes and Corridors planning team have published the results of this summer's design charrettes along the B-Line LRT corridor and want your feedback.
by Ryan McGreal
Published September 21, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (26 comments)

Don't Vote on October 6
Just in time for the 2011 Provincial Election, Ontario has finally taken the leap into the 21st century and made some very progressive changes to the way we vote.
by Michael Borrelli
Published September 16, 2011 in Ontario Election 2011 (19 comments)

Hamilton Must Leverage Positive Change of Velodrome
Cyclists are all in this together. We need to find ways to leverage positive change where we can, in a way that benefits as broad a section of the community as possible.
by Andrew Iler
Published September 16, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (11 comments)

$17 Million Would Buy a Lot of Bike Lanes
Compared to a velodrome, a continuous citywide bike lane network would produce much bigger and broader public benefits.
by Ryan McGreal
Published September 15, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (67 comments)

Into a Mirror, Darkly?...Or Twin Siblings of Different Mothers
A feeling of helplessness pervaded the goings-on at both the general issues committee and the NEN meeting. Perhaps Council feels just as beleaguered and handicapped as residents consistently do.
by M Adrian Brassington
Published September 14, 2011 in Opinion (16 comments)

A Short History of LRT Planning in Hamilton
We can't properly evaluate the state of LRT planning in Hamilton today without the context of the four-year history that brought us here.
by Ryan McGreal
Published September 14, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (40 comments)

Clark: Hamilton is Being Played on LRT
In a candid interview, Councillor Brad Clark argues that Hamilton is running out of time to get a decisive commitment from the Province to keep their promise to build two light rail lines in Hamilton.
by Ryan McGreal
Published September 12, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (52 comments)

What Next For Barton-Tiffany?
Suddenly and without any public discussion, the City wants to rezone Barton-Tiffany for commercial use.
by Sheri Selway
Published September 11, 2011 in Events (68 comments)

Making Amalgamation Work for Hamilton
If we can start to imagine ourselves as a region instead of a bickering jumble of competing interests, Hamilton can finally start to assert itself as an important centre.
by Ryan McGreal
Published September 09, 2011 in Editorial (80 comments)

Jill Stephen Leaving City of Hamilton
The manager in charge of the rapid transit office has resigned from the City of Hamilton after a summer of politicking against LRT by Mayor Bratina and senior management.
by Ryan McGreal
Published September 08, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (82 comments)

Energy Consumption and Sustainability
Despite the insistence of the consumer society, quality of life depends upon nourishment from the environment, and not upon energy consumption.
by Nikos A. Salingaros
Published September 06, 2011 in Architecture (8 comments)

More Words of Comfort from Dear Leader
Fellow dissidents, misguided vigilantes, agenda people, and bloggers, it's time once again to review the words of our Dear Leader.
by Graham Crawford
Published September 06, 2011 in Commentary (29 comments)

Hamilton: City of Opportunity
McMaster's involvement in Hamilton's rebirth could be profoundly more transformative than UW's impact on the City of Waterloo.
by Keanin Loomis
Published September 06, 2011 in Signs of Life (57 comments)

Another Friday, Another Secretive Communication from City Hall
Hamilton City Council to hold in camera meeting on Monday or Tuesday, but no notice was sent to the news media or the public.
by Joey Coleman
Published September 03, 2011 in Politics (8 comments)

Velodrome: Burden or Opportunity?
Councillor Terry Whitehead argues that we should regard the Velodrome as an investment in a better quality of life, an improved image and an enhanced community college.
by Terry Whitehead
Published September 02, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (45 comments)

Experienced Space and the Innovative City
People who work with ideas and who drive the knowledge economy are those most able to relocate, and they will do so if repelled by a city with an alien geometry, towards a city with spatio-temporal attractions on the human scale.
by Nikos A. Salingaros
Published September 02, 2011 in Architecture (10 comments)

Salvaging the Pan Am Opportunity: Move Brian Timmis to West Harbour
The importance of West Harbour has always been much more than just a potential location for a stadium.
by Paul Shaker
Published September 01, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (51 comments)

Libya's Slippery Oil Prize
Western governments (and oil companies) are eager to exploit Libya's oil reserves, while China is actually talking seriously about the reconstruction of Libya's critical infrastructure.
by Andrew McKillop
Published September 01, 2011 in Special Report: Peak Oil (1 comment)

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