Articles from November, 2012

No Such Thing as a Referendum in Canada: Bill 76 and Our Prorogued Provincial Government
In Canada, a referendum has no force of law. It is nothing more than a non-binding plebiscite, or a glorified, expensive opinion poll.
by Larry Pattison
Published November 30, 2012 in Special Report: Casino (8 comments)

Pearl Company Heritage Nomination Deferred Due to Legal Issue
The Pearl Company was nominated for a Heritage Recognition Award, but the nomination was deferred because the City is suing the business over an alleged violation of the zoning by-law.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 30, 2012 in Special Report: Pearl Company (30 comments)

No New Information in Metrolinx Announcement
Our political leaders need to champion the cause of a fair deal for Hamilton, take the long view on Hamilton's return on investment and shepherd this project to a successful completion.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 30, 2012 in Special Report: Light Rail (5 comments)

Aerotropolis a $500 Million Pitfall
We can have more jobs at less cost by investing in our existing infrastructure than by spending half a billion dollars on a greenfield development around the airport.
by Larry Pomerantz
Published November 29, 2012 in Special Report: Aerotropolis (21 comments)

Complete Streets Support Public Health
A Complete Streets Policy for the City of Hamilton would help the city focus on addressing the relationship between health and the built environment, but success will not come without public support.
by Maria Topalovic
Published November 29, 2012 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (1 comment)

Transportation and a Healthy Hamilton: A Growing Community Dialogue
When communities attempt to engage with decision-makers on the importance of complete streets, it is crucial to frame the argument within the context of larger policy issues.
by Dave Heidebrecht
Published November 27, 2012 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (2 comments)

The Elephant in the Equation
While there is no shortage of commentary about the City's need to increase revenues or payments from other levels of government, there is no budgetary consideration being given to expense control.
by Jim Sweetman
Published November 25, 2012 in Commentary (36 comments)

Spirit of Red Hill Valley Annual Lecture: Andrew Nikiforuk on Bitumen, Pipelines and the Petro State
What we need, says Nikiforuk, is a radical new emancipation movement that confronts the most pressing challenge we face: learning to use energy on a moral and truly human scale.
by RTH Staff
Published November 23, 2012 in Events (5 comments)

Applying a Social Inclusion Lens to Electoral Boundary Changes in Hamilton
As long as concentration of poverty exists, residents living in these neighbourhoods remain a community of interest that should be considered when electoral boundaries are set.
by Sara Mayo
Published November 23, 2012 in Federal Election 2015 (17 comments)

Toronto Board of Health Recommends Against Expanding Casino
Toronto's Chief Medical Officer of Health concludes that a new Toronto Casino will increase the risk of problem gambling and exacerbate its serious public health impacts.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 21, 2012 in Special Report: Casino (13 comments)

Councillors Launch Complete Street Study Group For Cannon, Queen
Hamiltonians are invited to walk Cannon and Queen and plan their conversion from one-way thoroughfares into complete streets.
by RTH Staff
Published November 20, 2012 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (56 comments)

School Board Governance Review Recommends Less Public Input
Anything that restricts the ability of the public to participate in the Board's decision making process will only exacerbate its institutional reflex for secrecy and unaccountability.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 17, 2012 in Special Report: Education (16 comments)

Casinos and Low-Income Households: Research Review
If a casino is built downtown, Hamilton's low income households are likely to bear significant social, economic, and other costs, in exchange for an increase in mostly lower-paying jobs.
by Sarah V. Wayland
Published November 16, 2012 in Special Report: Casino (21 comments)

International Village BIA Formally Supports Walkable Two-Way Streets
'There is no greater obstacle to the success of businesses within our core, and no single issue that could be fixed more easily' than conversion to two-way streets.
by RTH Staff
Published November 14, 2012 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (22 comments)

Evaluating Radial Separation Distances For Residential Care Facilities in Hamilton
It is recommended that the radial separation bylaw be eliminated; a central registry of facilities be established; the capacity limits on facilities be maintained; and the City facilitate positive incentives for the dispersion of facilities.
by Sam Nabi
Published November 14, 2012 in Special Report: Radial Separation (10 comments)

What About the Horse Race Industry?
With all the recent debate about a Hamilton casino, we are forgetting that Hamilton already has a casino in Flamborough - and an extensive horse race industry that depends on it.
by Judi Partridge
Published November 14, 2012 in Special Report: Casino (21 comments)

Care Facilities at a Crossroads
The ongoing case of Lynwood Charlton Centre exposes serious problems with how the city currently regulates care facilities.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 13, 2012 in Special Report: Radial Separation (27 comments)

Predictions About a Downtown Casino, aka A Citizen's Horrorscope
The fix is in and we're being played - all of us, including the majority of Council.
by Graham Crawford
Published November 13, 2012 in Special Report: Casino (41 comments)

Why Downtown Hamilton Does Not Need a Casino Now
We downtowners are not anti-casino or anti-gambling: we just recognize a bad deal when we see it. A casino can't fix our problems, and might make them worse.
by Michael Borrelli
Published November 12, 2012 in Special Report: Casino (76 comments)

Support Independent Journalism in Hamilton with Joey Coleman
Contributing to Joey Coleman's crowd-funding campaign will enable all of us to be better informed about our city.
by Dan Jelly
Published November 08, 2012 in Cover (14 comments)

Hamilton: Still Anti-Urban in 2012
King Street west of Bay carries 24,800 cars per day. As anyone in the area has noted, traffic flows fine with the lane closures, even during rush hour. The rest of the day it's a downright scary freeway.
by Jason Leach
Published November 06, 2012 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (54 comments)

Enough is Enough: No More Pedestrian Carnage
City streets designed for slow-moving automobile traffic are streets designed to be inherently safe.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 02, 2012 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (34 comments)

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