Articles from March, 2015

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by RTH Staff
Published March 30, 2015 in Site Notes (3 comments)

Growth, Smart Growth, and Not-so-Smart Growth on James Street North
Approval of the proposed condo tower on the Tivoli site will set a precedent which will significantly change the character and future development of James Street North.
by Herman Turkstra
Published March 30, 2015 in Commentary (69 comments)

Crossing at Wentworth and Cumberland Only an Interim Measure: Farr
A safe crossing at the Rail Trail is still a long-term goal but that will take a long time to achieve, since Canadian Pacific Railway needs to be part of the process and that tends to take a long time.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 30, 2015 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (13 comments)

Community Supported Agriculture in Hamilton
CSAs are a partnership. Consumers support the local men and women who feed us every day by sharing the risks as well as celebrating the times of plenty.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published March 30, 2015 in Healing Gaia (6 comments)

Beasley Neighbourhood Association's Official Position on Tivoli Condominiums
We encourage the redevelopment of vacant lots and surface parking, but any proposed tall buildings should be designed and massed to make a positive contribution to the public realm and fit harmoniously with the surrounding context and skyline.
by Allison Chewter
Published March 30, 2015 in Commentary (97 comments)

Gimme Shelter: Broken Glass a Symptom of Bigger Problems
It may be one pane of glass, but it truly is a symptom of everything that is going wrong with transit in the City of Hamilton.
by Simon Carroll
Published March 26, 2015 in Special Report: Transit (37 comments)

Charlton-Wentworth Traffic Calming Proposal a Cop-Out
This back-handed recommendation is typical of a city that does everything it can to avoid inconveniencing people in cars for the sake of people not in cars, even when people are being killed.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 25, 2015 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (80 comments)

What I learned in Europe
My trip to Europe has increased my resolve to make a difference in the promotion of transit, bikes and busses right here at home.
by Richard Gelder
Published March 25, 2015 in Commentary (37 comments)

Hamilton Bike Share Review
The comfortable bikes and advanced electronics make it easy and convenient to use. Even although I have my own bicycle, I will continue to use SoBi so I can walk away from the bike worry-free.
by Kevin Love
Published March 24, 2015 in Special Report: Cycling (14 comments)

'Modified Standard' Sidewalk Curb Cuts Put Pedestrians at Risk
Why replace a design that worked for decades with a design which puts pedestrians at risk, particularly the elderly and those with disabilities?
by Steven Toth
Published March 23, 2015 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (44 comments)

No Shortage of Denial About Global Warming
There's a pretty good case to be made that denial extends right through our consumer society, which dumps greenhouse gases into an atmosphere that is already obviously overloaded.
by Don McLean
Published March 23, 2015 in Special Report: Climate Change (31 comments)

Hamilton Bike Share Officially Launches
The new bike share network will have 750 bicycles at 110 hub stations across the city, spanning Dundas to Gage Park and the waterfront to Concession Street.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 20, 2015 in Special Report: Cycling (74 comments)

Chasing Sydenham Creek Upstream from Cootes Drive
There's nothing like following a creek upstream through a traditional neighbourhood to make you fall in love with your city all over again.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 20, 2015 in Photo Essay (11 comments)

Is Affordable Housing a Priority for the Broader Hamilton Community: One Year Later
The benefits of universal access to safe, affordable and appropriate housing remain clear to individuals, communities and the entire city.
by Greg Tedesco
Published March 19, 2015 in Commentary (3 comments)

Celebrate World Water Day
Canada is home to 7 percent of the world's fresh water, yet we have few laws to protect it.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published March 19, 2015 in Healing Gaia (0 comments)

No Need to Remove Curbside Parking on Bold and Bay
Removing curbside parking spots will only result in higher vehicle speeds, less protection for people walking, and needless opposition from people concerned about the loss of parking.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 13, 2015 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (70 comments)

Two-Way Conversion on Bold, Duke Meets Knee-Jerk Fear of Change
You can't have a successful participatory process if it gives a veto to those who don't participate.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published March 12, 2015 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (92 comments)

One More Appeal for LRT in Hamilton
Our only hope for LRT at this point is to convince the Province to save Hamilton from its own short-sightedness.
by RTH Staff
Published March 11, 2015 in Special Report: Light Rail (29 comments)

India's Daughters and Canada's Daughters
The gang-rape and murder of Jyoti Singh has provoked global outrage over the failure of police and judicial systems to protect women and ensure their human rights.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published March 11, 2015 in Healing Gaia (4 comments)

Not Quite Zero Tolerance: The Shove
Our society runs more smoothly when people have consequences to their actions and receive punishments, whether big or small, those that fit the crime. It's a deterrent and satisfies our innate sense of fairness.
by ELizabeth King
Published March 11, 2015 in Special Report: Integrity Commissioner (15 comments)

Sugaring Off at Westfield Heritage Village
The wafting smells of wood smoke and boiling sap are a intoxicating combination when walking from display to display.
by Margaret Lindsay Holton
Published March 10, 2015 in Photo Essay (0 comments)

Councillors Approve $300M Change to Provincial Transit Request
This new plan accomplishes two politically palatable goals simultaneously: it lets the City off the hook to invest local money in local transit, and it lets the Province off the hook to invest Provincial money in rapid transit.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 09, 2015 in Special Report: Light Rail (49 comments)

Benchmark Study: City of Hamilton's Proposed New Bus Garage
This article will benchmark the proposed new Hamilton garage against new public transit bus garages in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and East Gwillimbury.
by Kevin Love
Published March 09, 2015 in Special Report: Transit (27 comments)

Mayor to Introduce Motion for Citizens Forum on Transit
Proposed Focum will be modeled after the 2011 Citizens Forum on Area Rating and will consider rapid transit and local transit plans.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 06, 2015 in Special Report: Transit (22 comments)

Plain Language is More Inclusive
If knowledge is indeed power, we have a responsibility to provide as much of it as possible to others by communicating it plainly.
by Michelle Martin
Published March 06, 2015 in Belonging (7 comments)

Tell Council to Regain Control of the LRT File
This plan will completely reverse almost eight years and $10 million of rapid transit planning, without Council being clear what is being proposed and what the stakes are.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published March 06, 2015 in Special Report: Light Rail (14 comments)

Ken Seiling Explains Why Waterloo Region Chose LRT
What Waterloo did is both a blueprint for Hamilton and a painful reminder of what we were doing until we suddenly, unaccountably stopped.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 05, 2015 in Special Report: Light Rail (8 comments)

Urgent: Transit Plan is LRT Killer
Staff and Council need to hear loud and clear that they can't decide Hamilton's future behind closed doors.
by RTH Staff
Published March 05, 2015 in Special Report: Light Rail (22 comments)

HSR Ten Year Strategy Very Different from What Council Requested
Council needs to push back on this plan and start asking some hard questions about how the city's transit strategy has drifted so far from what staff were directed to produce.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 04, 2015 in Special Report: Light Rail (29 comments)

Don't Let Rapid Transit Be Decided Behind Closed Doors
Council has an opportunity to demonstrate that Hamiltonians can count on its leadership to ensure that we do not slam the door on the transformative investment we need.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 03, 2015 in Special Report: Light Rail (21 comments)

Council Silence on Integrity Report Sends Three Damaging Messages
I do not know what a complete Integrigy Commissioner's report may say about the incident involving Councillor Lloyd Ferguson and Joey Coleman. I would like to find out.
by Laura Babcock
Published March 03, 2015 in Special Report: Integrity Commissioner (6 comments)

City Still Treating Transportation and Land Use as Separate Issues
Comprehensive zoning reform to implement transit-oriented development it is the single largest issue still to be overcome if transit ridership is to improve in this city over the long term.
by Chris Higgins
Published March 03, 2015 in Special Report: Light Rail (9 comments)

Council Silence on Bullying Incident Hurts Public Confidence
Council's continued silence shows citizens and taxpayers who expect the City's public areas to be zones of safety from bullying and harassment that this is not the case if the aggressor is a member of Hamilton City council.
by Myke Hutchings
Published March 03, 2015 in Special Report: Integrity Commissioner (1 comment)

Ten Year Transit Strategy: LRT Delayed is LRT Denied
Remind Council that the only way to transform Hamilton's transit profile is to invest in rapid transit, but the Ten Year Transit Strategy effectively pushes even the beginning of rapid transit construction out beyond the ten-year horizon.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 03, 2015 in Special Report: Light Rail (31 comments)

The Council Motion I Would Put Forward
Here is a way to address the deficiencies with the Integrity Commissioner's report on the incident between Councillor Lloyd Ferguson and Joey Coleman.
by David Harvey
Published March 03, 2015 in Special Report: Integrity Commissioner (0 comments)

Judge's Headscarf Decision Does Not Reflect Canadian Values
I could not believe that in a country with our advanced Charter of Rights and Freedoms, a local judge can use their position to make such a foul statement to the world.
by Jeff Reid
Published March 03, 2015 in Commentary (5 comments)

Merulla to Call for Police Investigation in Ferguson-Coleman Incident
Merulla wants to remove Ferguson from Police Services Board while outside police agency investigates.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 02, 2015 in Special Report: Integrity Commissioner (27 comments)

Intensive Behavioural Intervention Therapy and Errorless Learning
Errorless teaching is a great way to improve a child's confidence. I would recommend the training in teacher's college and that it be used by supply EAs and EAs in one-on-one placements.
by Debra Hughes
Published March 02, 2015 in Commentary (0 comments)

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