Articles from March, 2014

City to Conduct Traffic Safety Review on Queen Street
After two serious vehicle collisions with pedestrians in less than a month, city staff will review Queen Street to identify potential improvements.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 31, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (13 comments)

No More Queen Street Carnage
Any politician who continues to defend and excuse this city's insane legacy of deadly cars-first-and-cars-only road infrastructure against all evidence to the contrary has the blood of these preventable pedestrian injuries and deaths on their hands.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 28, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (79 comments)

Toward a Community Land Trust in Hamilton
In order to protect and grow the land uses that residents value for our downtown, we have to set space aside now before it is gobbled up by profiteers with little appreciation for our shared vision for Hamilton.
by Allison Maxted and Michael Borrelli
Published March 28, 2014 in Events (5 comments)

Interview with Canadian Illustrator Tara Krebs: A Provocative Batterfly
Tara Krebs is pitting her quixotic and compassionate imagination against the brutish dominating male matrix.
by Margaret Lindsay Holton
Published March 28, 2014 in Arts and Music (4 comments)

A Challenge to Fiscal Conservatives
I'm laying down the gauntlet to all the fiscal conservatives out there. I'm going to clear a couple of things up right here, right now, and I will issue you a very simple challenge.
by Justin Jones
Published March 27, 2014 in Special Report: Cycling (85 comments)

Council Approves Cannon Street Cycle Track
This project has been bottom-up rather than top-down from the beginning, and its approval last night is a huge success for citizen engagement in Hamilton.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 27, 2014 in Special Report: Cycling (2 comments)

City Finally Notices that Traffic Volumes are Falling
For years, we at RTH have been arguing that Hamilton has too much lane capacity and that the excess roadway should be put to more productive use.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 26, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (32 comments)

Is Affordable Housing a Priority for the Broader Hamilton Community?
In acknowledging that "place matters', we must continue to explore innovative ways to ensure that everyone has options and opportunity to attain suitable and affordable housing.
by Greg Tedesco
Published March 26, 2014 in Commentary (13 comments)

Parkview and Early School Leaving
Stop the school closures to allow due process within a democratic society and find a suitable building for Parkview, the specialized programs and students.
by Cheryl Hobbins
Published March 26, 2014 in Special Report: Education (1 comment)

Cannon Bike Lane Consultation Complaint Reflects Double Standard
Status quo projects costing millions of dollars pass unnoticed while small projects to promote active transportation are subjected to impossible levels of scrutiny.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published March 25, 2014 in Special Report: Cycling (21 comments)

A Conversation About McMaster’s Role in the Hamilton Community
I look forward to sharing thoughts from a small sample of the many creative, forward-thinking voices in our community on how we can build on the momentum of Patrick Deane’s Forward With Integrity vision.
by Dave Heidebrecht
Published March 25, 2014 in Feature (6 comments)

Broad, Extensive Public Engagement for Cannon Street Cycle Track
Residents in Wards 2 and 3 are tired of consultations that go nowhere - they've spoken loud and clear on numerous occasions already. Now is the time for action.
by Justin Jones
Published March 21, 2014 in Special Report: Cycling (66 comments)

King/Dundurn Shoppers Drug Mart Plan Moves to OMB
On Wednesday evening, 25 to 30 residents of the Strathcona neighbourhood gathered to hear about the proposed development of the Shoppers Drug Mart location at the North East corner of King and Dundurn.
by Jason Allen
Published March 21, 2014 in Downtown Bureau (70 comments)

High Quality Cycling Infrastructure Saves Money
The amount of scrutiny placed on the public investment in a three-kilometre protected bike lane would never apply to the much larger costs the city routinely shoulders for automobile infrastructure.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 20, 2014 in Special Report: Cycling (72 comments)

World Water Day on Saturday, March 22
World Water Day reminds us that water, food, energy and sustainability are all interconnected.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published March 20, 2014 in Healing Gaia (1 comment)

Councillors Approve Cannon Street Cycle Track
Hamilton City Councillors voted unanimously to approve the detailed design and implementation of a protected two-way bike lane on Cannon Street.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 19, 2014 in Special Report: Cycling (60 comments)

Durand Questions James Street Baptist Demolition Process
Durand Neighbourhood Association president Janice Brown questions the process the city has followed to grant a partial demolition to the iconic church.
by RTH Staff
Published March 19, 2014 in Special Report: Heritage (8 comments)

LRT in a Tailspin After a Hopeful Start
Lack of interest from City Hall, short-sighted provincial politicking conspire to sideline Hamilton's LRT plan.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published March 18, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (50 comments)

Council Asked to Approve Cannon Street Cycle Track
We have an exciting opportunity to join a movement across North America and around the world of cities recognizing the tremendous economic, social and environmental value that comes from investing in high quality cycling infrastructure.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 17, 2014 in Special Report: Cycling (36 comments)

Driver Kills Elderly Pedestrian, Found Not Guilty of Careless Driving
It is hard to build a safe transportation infrastructure for pedestrians when the courts interpret the laws in a way that makes it clear there is no real deterrent for not driving safely around pedestrians.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published March 14, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (32 comments)

School Funding Formula Missing Social, Economic, Human Costs
When you have children with mental health struggles, Parkview Secondary School has the qualities necessary to accommodate those children in a safe environment to continue their path to education.
by Cheryl Hobbins
Published March 14, 2014 in Special Report: Education (9 comments)

Ontario NDP Waging War on Public Investment
Rather than supporting The Big Move in the service of something we might call the public interest, Andrea Horwath's NDP has re-politicized the issue and, quite possibly, doomed it in the process.
by Simon Kiss
Published March 13, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (11 comments)

Flâneur for a Day in Downtown Hamilton
In which the fruits of idleness are considered to be more precious than the fruits of labour.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 12, 2014 in Photo Essay (6 comments)

Inspiring Celebrations of International Women's Day
International Women's Day may be over for 2014, but I'm looking forward to the time when women and men will sit together at the table with no one sitting apart or behind.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published March 11, 2014 in Healing Gaia (2 comments)

Why Doesn't the CFIB Support Me?
If the Canadian Federation of Independent Business's lobbying efforts were fully successful, far more of us would live precarious lives that dictate more tightly constrained economic choices.
by Sean Hurley
Published March 10, 2014 in Commentary (56 comments)

Bratina Digs in Deeper in Radio Interview
Hamiltonians deserve better than Mayor Bob Bratina's childish games.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 07, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (16 comments)

Bratina Concern-Trolling the LRT Debate
If Mayor Bratina really supports LRT, he has had over three years to develop a properly thought-out alternative to the B-line and try to convince his colleagues that some other better option is possible.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published March 06, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (10 comments)

Mayor's Latest LRT Comments are More of the Same Nonsense
Bratina's latest dispatch is just another in a long succession of childish "gotcha"-style games calculated to sow confusion and doubt about Hamilton's LRT planning process.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 05, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (51 comments)

The Escarpment Project
After the first Devil's Punchbowl event in 2012, Greg Lenko's Escarpment Project has grown into one of Canada's largest volunteer environmental clean-ups.
by Erich Nolan Bertussi
Published March 04, 2014 in Events (10 comments)

A Multi-Use Trail on Our Hydro Corridor
Imagine a trail that encircles the city and connects with the Hamilton-Caledonia Trail, Chedoke Radial Trail, Hamilton-Brantford Rail Trail, Red Hill Trail, Escarpment Rail Trail and several conservation areas and parks.
by Jason Leach
Published March 04, 2014 in Ideas (14 comments)

Light Rail Transit, Leadership and Democracy
Our Mayor and Council should make the case, forcefully and convincingly, for what they have been officially supporting for almost six years: a B-line LRT with full funding of direct costs from the Province.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published March 03, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (4 comments)

Light Rail Generates Highest Return on Investment: Transport Minister
Speaking at a luncheon at Sarcoa Restaurant organized by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, Murray presented an evidence-based case for investment in great civic infrastructure, explaining that beautiful, well-made infrastructure in the right locations del
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 03, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (37 comments)

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