Articles from October, 2014

Embracing Our Hero
The woman whose son was abducted from EK has released this emotional statement of gratitude.
by Adrian Duyzer
Published October 31, 2014 in Local News (5 comments)

Part of Rebecca Added to Baby-Steps Two-Way Conversion Schedule
On November 15, Rebecca will be converted to two-way between John St N and Wellington St N.
by RTH Staff
Published October 31, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (28 comments)

Matthew de Zoete: Where Past and Future Meet
De Zoete's music offers listeners an opportunity to reflect upon what was with gratitude and, at the same time, to look toward what will be with optimism.
by Shiona Mackenzie
Published October 31, 2014 in Arts and Music (4 comments)

Active Transportation Roundup, October 2014 Edition
It has been a beautiful autumn in Hamilton, but with cold weather approaching, the City is winding down its outdoor Public Works so this will probably be the last roundup until next spring.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 30, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (17 comments)

James and Young: Yet Another Broken-By-Design Crosswalk
Why bother spending the money to put this crosswalk in, only to make it minimally useful for pedestrians (while claiming that it is an improvement)?
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published October 30, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (48 comments)

A Preference is Not a Bias
It is not journalistic bias for a journalist to have a considered preference. It is only journalistic bias to allow one's preference to distort one's presentation of the facts.
by Jeremy Wilkins
Published October 28, 2014 in Commentary (5 comments)

Why I Didn't Endorse in the 2014 Municipal Election, But May in the Future - Updated
Analysis is important, news judgment is important. We are all busy. I want to do more to help you stay informed.
by Joey Coleman
Published October 28, 2014 in Municipal Election 2014 (4 comments)

November is Woman Abuse Awareness Month
Most men are not abusive, but we need to get all young boys and men involved if we're going to be successful in eliminating woman abuse.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published October 28, 2014 in Healing Gaia (7 comments)

Eisenberger Elected Mayor, All Incumbents Re-Elected
Former mayor Fred Eisenberger will return to office this December after winning with 39.9 percent of the vote.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 28, 2014 in Municipal Election 2014 (68 comments)

Every Single Vote Counts
The outcome of this election will shape Hamilton's future for literally decades to come.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 26, 2014 in Municipal Election 2014 (21 comments)

Proactive Role for Education in Reducing Poverty (Candidate Submission)
By providing our children and youth with a wholesome, well-rounded education, we can play a proactive role in ensuring they have the skills and abilities to get them further in life.
by Sarah Warry-Poljanski
Published October 26, 2014 in Municipal Election 2014 (1 comment)

The Math of Taxes: Pricing and Cost of Services
The way we pay for municipal services and roads is a bizarre system of hidden subsidies which encourage waste.
by Ted Mitchell
Published October 25, 2014 in Ideas (6 comments)

Trustees: The Invisible Part of a Municipal Election (Candidate Submission)
The Board of Trustees is an important governing body that everyone should watch carefully and know intimately, and not just every four years during the last few weeks of a campaign.
by Christine Bingham
Published October 25, 2014 in Municipal Election 2014 (0 comments)

People Are Not Stupid: Calgary's Mayor on Making Extraordinary Change
The core of Naheed Nenshi's political philosophy is that everyday people can do extraordinary things when they are respected and given the information they need to act.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 24, 2014 in Events (17 comments)

Challenges to Citizen Advocacy for Healthy Communities
Notes from a talk I gave at the 2014 Health Summit on Aging, Chronic Disease and Wellness, organized by the Conference Board of Canada.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 24, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (4 comments)

Abduction Attempt Sends Shockwaves Through Earl Kitchener Community
Yesterday's snatching of a child from a playground is being dubbed an "attempted abduction", but it was essentially a successful abduction, followed by a fortuitous rescue a few minutes later.
by Adrian Duyzer
Published October 24, 2014 in Local News (44 comments)

Why Experience Counts in Run for Public School Trustee (Candidate Submission)
Please read my thoughts on why I believe experience counts in the run for Ward 7 – Hamilton Central Mountain – Public School Trustee.
by Dawn Danko
Published October 24, 2014 in Municipal Election 2014 (0 comments)

Why I'm Running For Ward 1 and 2 Trustee (Candidate Submission)
I feel I can represent Wards 1 and 2 with the eyes and heart of a parent, strengthened with the courage of an advocate to do the right thing for our students.
by Christine Bingham
Published October 24, 2014 in Municipal Election 2014 (0 comments)

Light Rail Transit Infographic
To be a truly great city, we need a 21st century transportation network that drives our economy and promotes prosperity for every person who calls Hamilton home.
by Graeme Douglas
Published October 22, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (33 comments)

HSR Needs an Independent Commission (Candidate Submission)
Hamilton's transit service should be governed by a commission of citizens, transit experts and councillors to shepherd the troubled agency through the coming cultural transformation.
by Jason Allen
Published October 22, 2014 in Municipal Election 2014 (10 comments)

A Proven Community Leader for Trustee (Candidate Submission)
Public education has a direct result on the vitality of a neighbourhood, and it's time for community impact to be weighed heavily against what happens with our schools.
by Ed Sculthorpe
Published October 22, 2014 in Municipal Election 2014 (3 comments)

A Bridge Over Troubled Politics
In the upcoming municipal election, I'm going to remember the symbolism of the bridge. I'm going to cheer for the great things that we can accomplish when we work together.
by Ned Nolan
Published October 21, 2014 in Opinion (6 comments)

Mayoral Candidates on Two-Way Complete Streets, Cycling, Traffic Fatalities
Municipal candidates respond to RTH policy questions related to the city's street infrastructure.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 21, 2014 in Municipal Election 2014 (22 comments)

Mayoral Candidates on Light Rail Transit
Raise the Hammer reviews the mayoral candidates' various positions on the City's Rapid Ready LRT plan.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 21, 2014 in Municipal Election 2014 (14 comments)

We Need to Reclaim Status As Innovators, Community Builders
We've forgotten our true identity, which was to be always on the cusp of growth and technology. We have a chance to reclaim that if we can just get rid of the knee-jerk reaction to progress and evolution/innovation.
by Lee Edward McIlmoyle
Published October 20, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (13 comments)

My Campaign for Ward 7 Councillor (Candidate Submission)
So if you've read this far and like some or all of what you see, I hope you share this website, its link, and its contents with your friends and neighbours.
by Keith Beck
Published October 20, 2014 in Municipal Election 2014 (0 comments)

Area Rating: A Satire
In which Jeremy reflects on the wonders of inner city living, one-way streets, timed lights, transit, and the imagination of Brad Clark.
by Jeremy Wilkins
Published October 20, 2014 in Commentary (14 comments)

October 2014 Brad Clark vs. May 2014 Brad Clark
Clark's latest policies are a total repudiation of his analysis in May, when he understood that investing in urban intensification is more economically sustainable than low-density, high-cost sprawl.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 16, 2014 in Municipal Election 2014 (9 comments)

Roundup of Pro-LRT Spectator Op-Eds
It's nice to see some coherent, evidence-based contributions to this crucial debate in the city's daily newspaper.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 16, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (9 comments)

Hope, I Hope, Eye Hope
I hope the next time there is a once-in-a-century opportunity for Hamilton, we don't allow carpet-bagging old-boys, who can't see past their glorious past, to hijack the process.
by Kevin Somers
Published October 16, 2014 in Entertainment and Sports (7 comments)

Chris Higgins Sets the Record Straight on Cable 14's Trending
The lead author of a much-abused LRT study makes clear what the report actually says about whether LRT is a good idea for Hamilton.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 15, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (27 comments)

What I Have to Offer Ward 2 (Candidate Submission)
This article describes a little bit about me, how I will do the job of City Councillor, and why I am qualified to be elected to this position.
by Terri Wallis
Published October 15, 2014 in Municipal Election 2014 (1 comment)

Revised Platform (Candidate Submission)
Mayoral candidate Michael Baldasaro's revised platform.
by Michael Baldasaro
Published October 15, 2014 in Municipal Election 2014 (4 comments)

Brad Clark Keeps Saying Things About Rapid Transit That Aren't True
The mayoral candidate's recent comments on both light rail transit and bus rapid transit continue a pattern of being just factually wrong.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 14, 2014 in Municipal Election 2014 (28 comments)

Herkimer and Charlton Bike Lane Installation on Hold
The City of Hamilton has halted the installation of new bike lanes on Herkimer and Charlton Streets after the Durand Neighbourhood Association raised serious safety concerns about their designs.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 10, 2014 in Special Report: Cycling (25 comments)

Looking for Cyclists' Feedback on Bay Street South Bumpouts
What has been your experience with the knockdown sticks at intersections along Bay Street South? What cycling accommodations would you like to see when concrete curbs are installed?
by Dan Botham
Published October 10, 2014 in Special Report: Cycling (18 comments)

Flawed Design For Herkimer and Charlton Bike Lanes
As it stands, this cycle infrastructure 'improvement' feels like another case of one step forward, two steps back that will undermine the cycle-ability of these streets rather than improve it.
by Kyle Slote
Published October 08, 2014 in Special Report: Cycling (49 comments)

Hamilton 311 (Candidate Submission)
It's time we do away with 'good enough for the likes of you' when it comes to customer service, and demand that when we call the City, we get the right answer, the first time.
by Jason Allen
Published October 07, 2014 in Municipal Election 2014 (19 comments)

A Whale of a Tale: The Scrimshaw Artistry of Dennis Sinclair
There must be something in a scrimshander's temperament that draws those who are investigating the bountiful and beautiful treasures of nature, both minute and massive, to attempt to capture those treasures on one of Nature's basic building blocks, bone.
by Margaret Lindsay Holton
Published October 06, 2014 in Arts and Music (1 comment)

City Fixes Broken-By-Design Crosswalk on Hunter at MacNab
Deciding that we can't design for walkability because it will disrupt our previous designs to optimize driving is a recipe for preserving the status quo indefinitely.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 03, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (36 comments)

Riding Bikes for Fun (Candidate Submission)
If only we could all just remember what it was like to be a carefree ten-year-old riding a bike around town or somewhere far off in the woods.
by Marc Risdale
Published October 02, 2014 in Municipal Election 2014 (26 comments)

Bus-Only Lane Experiment Actually Supports Light Rail Transit, Traffic Calming, Two-Way
Why have we designed a downtown shopping street on which just crossing it is such an unpleasant experience that it is driving customers away?
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published October 01, 2014 in Special Report: Bus Lane (70 comments)

Anti-LRT Oped Based Entirely on a False Premise - Updated
The author's whole argument is that Hamiltonians will see their taxes go up to fund LRT under the Metrolinx Investment Strategy - but that strategy was rejected from the approved 2014 Ontario budget.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 01, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (32 comments)

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