Articles from February, 2015

Integrity Commissioner Should Resign Immediately
The report on Councillor Ferguson's assault tells the public that legitimate complaints about abuse of power will not be taken seriously.
by Adrienne Havercroft
Published February 27, 2015 in Special Report: Integrity Commissioner (22 comments)

International Women's Day 2015
On March 8, do something special for all of the women and girls in your life. Make sure the issues affecting 52 percent of Canadians are up for debate.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published February 27, 2015 in Healing Gaia (3 comments)

Farr to Hold Off on Market Curbside Parking Motion
Ward 2 Councillor Jason Farr has decided to shelve a contentious motion to restore curbside parking to the south curb of York Boulevard in front of the Farmers' Market, between Park and MacNab Streets.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 27, 2015 in Special Report: Farmers Market (7 comments)

Integrity Report on Councillor's Assault a Sad Day for Hamilton
Council voted to accept the report finding that Councillor Ferguson violated the Council Code of Conduct by assaulting a journalist, despite the fact that it recommended no reprecussions.
by Gail Berberick
Published February 26, 2015 in Special Report: Integrity Commissioner (22 comments)

EA Shortage Shortchanges Students with Special Needs
Students with an identified need for an individualized education plan are missing out on the education they deserve due to a lack of Educational Assistant resources.
by Debra Hughes
Published February 26, 2015 in Commentary (1 comment)

An Evening With Waterloo Regional Chair Ken Seiling on City Building and Transportation Investment
Seiling will be in Hamilton to discuss how Waterloo Region is using LRT to help shape future growth more affordably and sustainably.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 25, 2015 in Events (7 comments)

Political Activist Ken Stone Takes CSIS to Task for Alleged Harassment
The retired school teacher is making a formal complaint against the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) after the sudden appearance of two agents at his Hamilton home two years ago.
by Paul Weinberg
Published February 25, 2015 in Feature (6 comments)

My Life as An, Um, Activist
I care about a healthy city from Dundas, where I live, right across to Stoney Creek and up and down the mountain. That apparently makes me an 'activist'.
by Richard Gelder
Published February 25, 2015 in Special Report: Transit (19 comments)

Opposition to Safe Streets Holding Up a Better Hamilton
Why is it so onerous that residents of the Downtown want to feel safe on the streets where we live, work, go to school, shop and play?
by Lee Edward McIlmoyle
Published February 24, 2015 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (46 comments)

Funding Watchdog Journalism and the 1% Internet Rule: My Plan to Become Sustainable and Grow
Watchdog journalism is a public good. Everyone benefits from it, and we need to work together to fund it for everyone's benefit to ensure we have a strong society.
by Joey Coleman
Published February 24, 2015 in Media (7 comments)

Letter: Keep Mountain Secondary Open
The School Board has high schools that provide specialized learning programs for students who do well in school, but nothing for students who will struggle once Mountain Secondary School is closed.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 24, 2015 in Special Report: Education (0 comments)

More Correspondence With Councillor Whitehead
Councillor Terry Whitehead doubles down on his claim that downtown transit activists are trying to hijack the city's transportation plans.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 23, 2015 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (99 comments)

Concerns From a Ward 8 Constituent
A Ward 8 resident asserts that Ward 8 Councillor Terry Whitehead does not speak for him in accusing downtown advocates of wanting to "hijack" the Transportation Master Plan
by Gord Stephan
Published February 23, 2015 in Opinion (29 comments)

Canada Learning Bonds Help Pay for Postsecondary Education
The Canada Learning Bond is available to families receiving the National Child Benefit Supplement with children born on or after January 1, 2004.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published February 23, 2015 in Healing Gaia (0 comments)

Let's Go Dutch Part V: Shopping by Bike
It takes a grand total of 15 seconds to hitch up the trailer to my bike to be ready for shopping. What could be easier?
by Kevin Love
Published February 20, 2015 in Special Report: Cycling (37 comments)

Open Letter to Councillor Whitehead on 'Hijacking' and Engaged Citizens
We need to stop pretending that there is any part of this city to which we do not all have a shared responsibility to govern with fairness and insight and respect.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 20, 2015 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (108 comments)

More Divisive Anti-Downtown Rhetoric from Councillor Whitehead
How does denigrating citizen engagement, driving a wedge between neighbourhoods, and reducing the lower city's role to that of a place to drive through promote any of the City's goals?
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published February 19, 2015 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (55 comments)

Heavy-Handed Planning an Obstacle to Growth
Let people risk a little, decide things for themselves, throw their smarts into a shoestring restaurant operation and see whether the public bites or not - but don't clamp the killing bonds of government all over everything.
by Toby Yull
Published February 19, 2015 in Opinion (9 comments)

Parking is Not the Problem With the Farmers' Market
The limited hours, lack of places to sit and interior glass wall cutting the Market off from the street are the real problems.
by Jason Leach
Published February 18, 2015 in Special Report: Farmers Market (48 comments)

Campus Concerns: Confronting Sexual Assault in Canadian Postsecondary Schools
The fact that a handful of universities are openly admitting that they had higher numbers of reported sexual assaults tells me that these institutions are acknowledging that rape happens.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published February 17, 2015 in Healing Gaia (1 comment)

Vision: Hamilton's Touchstone
A vision is a blueprint for where you're going, how you plan on getting there, and how you'll behave along the way.
by Graham Crawford
Published February 16, 2015 in Media (25 comments)

How to Define Hamilton's Neighbourhood Boundaries and Localisms: East, West, North, South, Upper and Lower
With Hamilton being a large and growing amalgamated city, the terminology used to describe its various neighbourhoods and areas is being forced to change.
by Joey Coleman
Published February 16, 2015 in Commentary (23 comments)

Area Rating Keeps Us Divided
We cannot unite this city until we end area rating for transit and establish a single, unified funding policy across the urbanized area with service improvement costs and benefits shared equally by everyone.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 13, 2015 in Special Report: Transit (109 comments)

Have a Heart on Family Day
The intention behind the ODSP was admirable. Unfortunately, it has evolved into a system that penalizes recipients and makes it extremely difficult to form long term relationships or support families.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published February 12, 2015 in Healing Gaia (5 comments)

What Does Hamilton Know that Waterloo Region Does Not?
The Province offers to pay the capital cost for a transportation investment that will concentrate new development within the already built-up area and increase the city's property tax revenue per unit of area.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 10, 2015 in Special Report: Light Rail (60 comments)

Just Do Something to Improve Transit
We are tired of public transit being a second-class mode of commuting. If transit is important to City Hall, we the citizenry cannot tell.
by Ryan Janssen
Published February 09, 2015 in Special Report: Transit (67 comments)

Breaking the Link Between Sports Events and Domestic Violence
Super Bowl Sunday was a weekend of heightened vigilance for many women and children.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published February 09, 2015 in Healing Gaia (4 comments)

Hunter Bike Lanes Blocked with Snow Piles
Leaving bike lanes uncleared creates safety concerns for people travelling by bike and possible traffic concerns for people travelling by motorized vehicles, and is a waste of city resources.
by Rob Rombouts
Published February 06, 2015 in Special Report: Cycling (112 comments)

HSR Ten Year Plan: Preliminary Review
The plan is modest and offloads most new capital and operating revenue to the Province and riders, but it represents a break from the status quo of constant stagnation.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 06, 2015 in Special Report: Transit (42 comments)

Hamilton Deserves a Straight Answer from Province on LRT
The Liberals have been bobbing and weaving around the LRT issue ever since former Premier Dalton McGuinty first backpedaled from his government's funding commitment.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 06, 2015 in Special Report: Light Rail (13 comments)

Province Suggests Reducing Speed Limit, Victim-Blaming Ensues
We don't accept "blaming the injured" as a sufficient response for workplace injuries. Why is it okay on our streets?
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published February 05, 2015 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (40 comments)

Killed Puppy Part of a Common Pattern
Intimate partners and ex-partners will use any means to exert power and control over their victims. Children and pets are not immune from the violence.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published February 04, 2015 in Healing Gaia (4 comments)

Three Solitudes: Canada and Macdonald's Legacy
Far from being the country that Sir John A. Macdonald founded, Canada is in many ways just the country he explicitly did not want.
by Shawn Selway
Published February 04, 2015 in Commentary (12 comments)

Let's Talk Transit: A Discussion Event on Thursday, February 5, 2015
Our discussion starts with a belief that efficient high-quality public transit is essential for Hamilton's economic future and quality of life. We believe this means HSR improvements are necessary and needed.
by Joey Coleman
Published February 04, 2015 in Events (10 comments)

Confronting the Challenges of Elder Abuse
The situation of a rapidly aging population brings with it a whole new set of challenges for individuals, their families and society.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published February 03, 2015 in Healing Gaia (5 comments)

What Can We Expect From a Citizens' Forum on Rapid Transit?
Mayor Eisenberger's proposed Citizens' Forum is expected to be similar to the 2010 Citizens' Forum established to find a solution to area rating.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 02, 2015 in Special Report: Light Rail (13 comments)

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