Articles from February, 2013

Mayor Says He Will Champion LRT Now
Mayor Bob Bratina has just stated that he will now champion LRT with full capital funding in his dealings with the Province.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 28, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (35 comments)

Hamilton's Transportation Dilemma: A Two-Wheeled Winter Perspective
Sustainable transportation infrastructure is not a scheme to raise taxes and divide our city, but a plan to address a major gap without which our city will fall behind in livability and competitiveness.
by Dave Heidebrecht
Published February 27, 2013 in Special Report: Cycling (23 comments)

Moving From a Culture of Fear to a Culture of Innovation
Risk-averse leaders who want to be known as courageous should look for opportunities to take safe bets that look riskier than they really are: unpopular proposals that quickly gain support once people experience them firsthand.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 27, 2013 in Special Report: Creative City (14 comments)

LRT, Active Transportation and Bike Share at Epic Transportation Meeting
Councillors approved Hamilton's LRT plan to be submitted to Metrolinx, but punted a vote on a proposed bike share until late march.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 26, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (12 comments)

Rapid Ready: Staff Recommend a Real Commitment to Integrated Transportation
Councillors will receive a staff report recommending a broad commitment to active, integrated transportation and a submission to Metrolinx for Hamilton's B-Line LRT.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 25, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (26 comments)

Trustee Accused of Conflict of Interest in School Closure
A West Hamilton resident has filed an application accusing HWDSB Trustee Judish Bishop of violating the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act over her votes to close Prince Philip School while keeping GR Allan and Dalewood open.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 25, 2013 in Special Report: Education (16 comments)

Unleashed Dog Attacks Girl on Chedoke Radial Trail
Dog owners have a responsibility to keep their dogs on a leash and under control when they are out in public.
by Andrew Hughes
Published February 25, 2013 in Commentary (35 comments)

Ideas for Vibrant City Building
There are lots of ideas circulating in Hamilton right now that could maximize our return on investment and further our goals of city building.
by Jason Leach
Published February 22, 2013 in Downtown Bureau (25 comments)

Merulla Wants Grassroots Approach to City Motor Hotel Redevelopment
Councillor Sam Merulla wants to engage the community in a grassroots design effort to redevelop the site of the City Motor Hotel into a diverse, mixed-use, mixed-income project.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 22, 2013 in Local News (25 comments)

Hamilton's Choice: Bickering or Engagement
Will we have two more years of the current casino debate, or can we achieve better civic engagement for Hamilton?
by Joey Coleman
Published February 21, 2013 in Special Report: Casino (12 comments)

Hamilton Must Build on its Unique Strengths
When we chase insubstantial opportunities for which Hamilton has no particular ability to deliver, we are merely shifting money from one place to another - or worse, taking it from the causes for which it is better suited.
by Ben Bull
Published February 21, 2013 in Special Report: Casino (17 comments)

LRT, Bike Share on Agenda at February 25 General Issues Committee
Councillors will consider a 'rapid ready' report endorsing Hamilton's light rail transit plan, as well as an implementation plan for a self-sustaining bike share program.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 20, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (20 comments)

Billions at Stake in LRT Project
Why isn't Council up in arms over the flouting of their decisions and directions to staff on their support for light rail transit with full provincial funding?
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published February 18, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (44 comments)

Repositioning Hamilton As The Gateway To The Niagara Region
As we seek to establish our place and identity, Hamilton tends to orient itself with relation to Toronto - but if we chose to, we could look east to the Niagara Region instead.
by Adrian Duyzer
Published February 17, 2013 in Ideas (18 comments)

Downtown Casino Still Not a Bet Worth Taking
Despite yesterday's vote, we may well end up having to watch Council panic in 2014 and chase its losses, with another municipal election coming and enormous pressure to make a fear-based decision.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 15, 2013 in Special Report: Casino (39 comments)

Farr: Global Spectrum, Live Nation will Object to Downtown Casino Development
If Council approves a downtown casino/entertainment complex, the companies the City just contracted to run Copps Coliseum and Hamilton Place will seek a change to their contract.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 14, 2013 in Special Report: Casino (46 comments)

Big Move Consultation Continues LRT Holding Pattern
LRT is the preferred option, but no one will commit to it until a new funding model is decided on by the provincial government.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published February 13, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (11 comments)

Deconstructing PJ Mercanti's Argument For A Casino
PJ Mercanti promises to reveal "the truth" behind his quest to create a downtown casino in this month's Urbanicity. The result is disappointing.
by Adrian Duyzer
Published February 13, 2013 in Special Report: Casino (49 comments)

Alarming Notice for Metrolinx Big Move Meeting
Has Metrolinx simply published a sloppy and confusing notice about tonight's meeting, or has the plan for LRT in Hamilton changed without anyone being told?
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published February 12, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (13 comments)

Everything's Coming Up Merulla
Councillor Sam Merulla's early and vocal opposition to a downtown Hamilton casino is looking less headstrong and more prescient with each passing day.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 12, 2013 in Special Report: Casino (29 comments)

A Gamble Worth Taking
We should be betting on the power of Hamiltonians and their indigenous, creative, and productive enterprises that are already revitalizing our city.
by Jeff Strong
Published February 12, 2013 in Special Report: Casino (6 comments)

Council Fails to Realize Hamilton's Needs and Potential
As a group, City Council has demonstrated too much passivity, a serious disconnect from the potential of this city, and a lack of long-term vision.
by Eric Gillis
Published February 12, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (8 comments)

Development and Degradation: Making Adaptive Re-Use the Default Option, Part 3
Our buildings are not garbage. 'Development' which leaves us poorer than before, culturally or financially, is not development. It is degradation.
by Shawn Selway
Published February 10, 2013 in Special Report: Heritage (7 comments)

Bold Plans for James Street Baptist Church
The Toronto-based buyer is committed to preserving the building's heritage and marrying it with high quality modern design to create a valuable space that enriches the community.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 08, 2013 in Special Report: Heritage (33 comments)

Hamilton: An Idea Whose Time Has Come
I'm writing out of fear that, if they put a casino in our core, all the jokes and comments that people make about our beautiful city will come true.
by Lauren E
Published February 08, 2013 in Special Report: Casino (24 comments)

Development and Degradation: Making Adaptive Re-Use the Default Option, Part 2
As a citizen and member of the larger community, the meddlesome pundit does have a legitimate interest in the fate of heritage buildings.
by Shawn Selway
Published February 07, 2013 in Special Report: Heritage (16 comments)

Hamilton Snow Coverage
It looks like Hamilton will be on the receiving end of our largest snowfall in five years, with 25 to 30 cm possible.
by Joey Coleman
Published February 07, 2013 in Events (12 comments)

Musicians, Labels, Promoters, Venue Owners Oppose Downtown Casino
A group of 137 local musicians, venue owners, recording companies and promoters have signed a letter pledging to boycott a music venue attached to the proposed downtown Hamilton casino.
by RTH Staff
Published February 07, 2013 in Special Report: Casino (86 comments)

McMaster Department of Psychiatry Warns Council about Casino Public Health Impacts
A letter by the McMaster Department of Psychiatry warns about the potential for negative health impacts from a new downtown casino.
by RTH Staff
Published February 06, 2013 in Special Report: Casino (32 comments)

General Issues Committee Considers Casino
Councillors will discuss the matter of a proposed downtown Hamilton casino, including a motion by Councillor Merulla to demand a referendum and delegations from several presenters.
by RTH Staff
Published February 06, 2013 in Special Report: Casino (5 comments)

Saving Health Care: Increasing Transparency
If public figures knew their actions would be visible, only the most honest and competent would succeed.
by Ted Mitchell
Published February 06, 2013 in Special Report: Health Care (2 comments)

Casino Crisis is a Provincial Problem
It is grossly insulting to the people of Hamilton to suggest that the City should have to finance its share of what is essentially a provincial responsibility.
by Sam Merulla
Published February 05, 2013 in Special Report: Casino (30 comments)

Development and Degradation: Making Adaptive Re-Use the Default Option, Part 1
I am not arguing against public expenditure but against environmentally and culturally damaging expenditure which further impoverishes the lives of those who are paying for it.
by Shawn Selway
Published February 04, 2013 in Special Report: Heritage (9 comments)

Not Too Late to Stop the Casino
There is still time for engaged citizens to organize and advocate for a smarter, healthier, and saner decision on the proposed casino.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 04, 2013 in Special Report: Casino (72 comments)

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