Articles from June, 2015

Hamilton Can Learn From Toronto's Waterfront
Despite its flaws, the rapidly developing waterfront down the QEW can teach us a lot about creating great public spaces.
by Jason Leach
Published June 30, 2015 in Downtown Bureau (12 comments)

Victoria Park at Dusk: A Photo Tour
Victoria Park is one of Hamilton's gems. It provides quiet sitting areas under beautiful trees, along with a myriad of activities to gain a broad range of users.
by Jason Leach
Published June 25, 2015 in City Life (6 comments)

Review: Human Transit by Jarrett Walker
The author's goal is to give us confidence to form and advocate clear opinions about the kind of transit we want and how that can help create the kind of city we desire.
by Gerry Balt
Published June 24, 2015 in Reviews (4 comments)

Speaking Notes from Media Panel
Speaking notes from my presentation at the first annual Hamilton Independent Media Awards panel discussion on media and democracy.
by Ryan McGreal
Published June 24, 2015 in Media (10 comments)

Toronto's Queen's Quay Finally Arrives
There is now something for everybody: smooth streetcars, lots of pedestrian space, room for cycling, jogging and skateboarding, and space for cars to cruise - albeit more slowly.
by Ben Bull
Published June 23, 2015 in Accidental Activist (17 comments)

Market Fresh: Good Things Taking Root in a Food Desert
The Code Red area in which Market Fresh is located is littered with fast food, junk food, and convenience food, but the neighbourhood was dying for raw fruits and vegetables.
by Kevin Somers
Published June 23, 2015 in Entertainment and Sports (3 comments)

Shifting Shifting Gears into Higher Gear
If we are to get serious about making cycling a viable option for more Hamiltonians, we need to make some significant changes to our Cycling Master Plan.
by Ryan McGreal
Published June 22, 2015 in Special Report: Cycling (76 comments)

Women's Shelters and Transitional Housing Need More Support
Canadians deserve better funding of emergency and second stage shelter services. They also deserve a national housing policy to address affordable and safe housing for all Canadians. The icing on the cake would be a national action plan on violence agains
by Doreen Nicoll
Published June 22, 2015 in Healing Gaia (2 comments)

Survey for Residents of Subdivided Houses
I am working on a research project through McMaster University with the goal of developing a better understanding about the quality of these units and the experiences of people living in this style of housing.
by Ashleigh Patterson
Published June 20, 2015 in City Life (0 comments)

Intensification Panel Discussion Video
Watch the panel discussion on intensification with professor Jim Dunn, planner Dana Anderson, developer Steve Kulakowsky and Planning and Economic Development general manager Jason Thorne.
by RTH Staff
Published June 19, 2015 in Events (16 comments)

Mid-Sized Infill Adds Community Value Without Negative Impacts
Increased density, walkability and vibrant infill are exactly what they're asking for from new developments. Why not consistently model that priority in the City's own projects and speed up the process for compliant applicants citywide?
by Toby Yull
Published June 17, 2015 in Commentary (17 comments)

Convert Chedoke into a Tube Park
Chedoke Golf Course should be developed into a proper year-round tubing park and zip line.
by Simon Carroll
Published June 17, 2015 in Commentary (18 comments)

Ontario Should Adopt Child Support Provision from British Columbia
The time is overdue for the Ontario Liberal government to divert child support payments from the tax coffers to the pockets of custodial parents receiving social assistance.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published June 17, 2015 in Healing Gaia (10 comments)

Over 20 Exhibits Confirmed for Hamilton Maker Faire
This free event will take place at the Museum of Steam & Technology on Sunday June 21, from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Food trucks, water stations, picnic areas, and washroom facilities will be provided so visitors can stay all day.
by Brendan Simons
Published June 16, 2015 in Events (0 comments)

Discredited NEB Poised to Approve Line 9 Reversal
The National Energy Board has refused to require Enbridge to use pressurized water to test its Line 9 pipeline running from Sarnia to Montreal before expanding its flow volumes by 25 percent and adding diluted bitumen to its product mix.
by Don McLean
Published June 16, 2015 in Special Report: Climate Change (8 comments)

New McMaster Report: Shaping Hamilton with Complete Streets
A new report by the McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics reviews the opportunities for Hamilton to adopt a street design approach to make our streets safer, more inclusive and more economically prosperous.
by Ryan McGreal
Published June 15, 2015 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (36 comments)

City Cancelled Sidewalk Inspections in 2012 due to Computer Issues
The City's beleaguered Public Works Department admitted in court that it did not inspect the City's 2,382 kilometers of sidewalks in 2012 due to "experiencing computer problems".
by Joey Coleman
Published June 11, 2015 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (14 comments)

Dangerously High Vehicle Speeds Recorded on Hunter
The fact that half of all drivers exceed the speed limit and maximum speeds of 70 km/h were observed at all times of the day indicates that we do have a very serious and dangerous speeding issue here.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published June 11, 2015 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (80 comments)

Yes, Canada Did Commit Cultural Genocide
Victors write the history books, but they forget that memories are long and passed from generation to generation.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published June 11, 2015 in Healing Gaia (7 comments)

Above the Level of a Railway Guide
At a certain age there is simply too much information, too many distinctions to be made, too many identities to be confirmed.
by Mark Fenton
Published June 10, 2015 in Photo Essay (5 comments)

Change Municipal Act to Stop Rewarding Vacancy With Tax Rebates
A better solution would be to allow a time-limited discount to allow owners to find new tenants, after which the tax returns to the normal rate.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published June 09, 2015 in Policy (29 comments)

Chance to Comment on Reviews of Municipal Legislation
Ontario's Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is undertaking reviews of two important statutes: Municipal legislation and Municipal Elections legislation.
by Ryan McGreal
Published June 05, 2015 in Policy (1 comment)

Integrate Transit and Housing Policy to Support Equity
Rather than looking at transit, housing, health and economic development as separate issues, we must continue to integrate these discussions to develop creative, local solutions that meet the needs of current and future residents along the LRT corridor an
by Greg Tedesco
Published June 05, 2015 in Special Report: Light Rail (1 comment)

Dangerously High Vehicle Speeds Recorded on Herkimer
The City's mobile radar trailer recorded maximum speeds of 80-90 km/h on every day of the trailer's operation on Herkimer Street.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published June 04, 2015 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (64 comments)

Stone Church Road East Inhospitable to Human Beings
These environments are not dangerous because of some immutable natural law. They're dangerous because we built them that way.
by Ryan McGreal
Published June 03, 2015 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (97 comments)

Kongero Brings a Touch of Sweden to Hamilton
Kongero are a Swedish vocal group of four women who sing traditional-style Nordic music which they call 'Swedish Folkapella'.
by Mackenzie Kristjon Jenkyns
Published June 03, 2015 in Reviews (0 comments)

Time to Face the Uncomfortable Truth About Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
Canadians often wonder how we have become a nation with 1,181 cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. All we have to do is look to our history.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published June 03, 2015 in Healing Gaia (3 comments)

Making Ontario's Roads Safer Act Passes
The Ontario Government has passed a new law that provides additional protection to vulnerable road users and beefs up penalties for distracted and impaired driving.
by Ryan McGreal
Published June 02, 2015 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (31 comments)

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