Articles from December, 2015

Cycling Infrastructure One of the Smartest Investments a City Can Make
Our decision-makers need to value cycling infrastructure for what it is: an incredibly cost-effective way of moving lots of people.
by Matt Pinder
Published December 23, 2015 in Special Report: Cycling (11 comments)

Toronto Showing the Way With Year-Round Cycling Network
Let's hope 2016 sees a more balanced approach take root at City Hall where complete streets become the norm citywide.
by Jason Leach
Published December 23, 2015 in Special Report: Cycling (19 comments)

13-Year-Old Pedestrian Struck at Mud Street and Winterberry Drive
We need to stop blaming people for being human and start blaming our streets for punishing normal, predictable human behaviour with tragedy.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 21, 2015 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (87 comments)

King-403 Ramp Crossing Update, December 2015
The City has made some changes to the King Street West ramp over Highway 403, but the fundamental issues remain unresolved.
by Martin Zarate
Published December 21, 2015 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (22 comments)

Highway's A Tale of Monstrous Extravagance: Imagining Multilingualism
Tomson Highway, a genius musician and outstanding thinker, shares a complex and edifying reflection on language and experience, narratives that entertain, surprise and inspire.
by Jonathan Lambert
Published December 21, 2015 in Reviews (0 comments)

Because Christmas
we are all just one catastrophic event, one diagnosis or one accident, one flood, or one fire away from being a person who relies on state support. We are only one war away from no longer being a citizen.
by Michelle Martin
Published December 21, 2015 in Belonging (2 comments)

Miracles Don't Come Cheap at Theatre Aquarius
This new play is written and performed entirely by Hamiltonians and their collective holiday wish is to make you laugh.
by Kevin Somers
Published December 17, 2015 in Entertainment and Sports (1 comment)

CHCH All-Day Experiment Lessons Will Help Save Local TV
There are lessons to be learned from CHCH's experiment. Let's hope they don't give up and once this restructuring is complete, they get back to innovating, albeit it on a smaller scale.
by Joey Coleman
Published December 15, 2015 in Media (27 comments)

Yet Another Pedestrian Fatality: When Will Council Commit to Safe Streets?
It is not a coincidence that senior citizens are disproportionately represented among the victims or that so many of these deadly collisions happen on wide, multi-lane thoroughfares designed to maximize the flow of automobile traffic.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 14, 2015 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (72 comments)

Christmas Wish List: End Child Poverty in Canada
Ending child poverty means ending poverty in Canada. To be effective, the entire family needs to live well enough above an established poverty line in order to be able to afford the necessities of life, have a cushion for emergencies and a few treats once
by Doreen Nicoll
Published December 14, 2015 in Healing Gaia (2 comments)

Councillors, Staff Present Wentworth Two-Way Conversion Plan
The final designs are not yet complete, but the two-way conversion of Wentworth Street should be complete in time for the start of school in September 2016.
by Bob Berberick
Published December 11, 2015 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (21 comments)

He Named Me Malala and the Art Gallery of Hamilton's ilovefilmseries
With community partner South Asian Heritage Association of Hamilton and Region, the Art Gallery of Hamilton presented another impressive documentary at Jackson Square.
by Jonathan Lambert
Published December 11, 2015 in Reviews (0 comments)

Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Starts with Pre-Inquiry
This first step is essential to ensuring that the inquiry will accomplish its mandate as well as have the human power and funding to implement and monitor all recommendations.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published December 10, 2015 in Healing Gaia (0 comments)

Compress Work Week to Reduce Greenhouse Gases
Cut carbon emissions in half, save money and have more time to enjoy life.
by Gregory Ciupka
Published December 10, 2015 in Special Report: Climate Change (6 comments)

Open Letter to Council to Support Good Shepherd Notre Dame Community Resource Centre
By failing to fund this prevention program, much of the fallout will simply default to levy funded services such as Police and Emergency Services as well as impact the Ontario Works case load as youth spend a longer time in the system.
by Brother Richard MacPhee
Published December 10, 2015 in Commentary (3 comments)

A Moratorium on Progress that Undermines LRT Planning
It is our fear that the motion before Council would tie the hands of city staff and the LRT Project Team by preventing them from designing into the project the very best practices that are essential to the success of LRT.
by Keanin Loomis
Published December 09, 2015 in Special Report: Light Rail (15 comments)

Cheap, Easy Fixes to Raise Visibility of Bike Lanes
In light of recent tragedies on Hamilton Streets, we should make these types of safety improvements city-wide at all bike lanes and trail crossings.
by Jason Leach
Published December 09, 2015 in Special Report: Cycling (4 comments)

Hamilton Bike Share Exceeding Membership, Ridership Expectations
Hamilton Bike Share has already generated 7,500 active members, almost 200,000 trips and 426,000 kilometres since it launched this past March.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 08, 2015 in Special Report: Cycling (38 comments)

Commit to Vision Zero in Hamilton
With a traffic fatality rate of just 3 in 100,000 and falling, Sweden is inspiring other jurisdictions to look more carefully at what it has done to achieve such impressive progress.
by Jason Leach
Published December 07, 2015 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (38 comments)

OAITH and Yellow Brick House Launch 'The Window Project'
This new campaign in Toronto will raise public awareness and generate funds for women and families impacted by domestic violence in Canada.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published December 07, 2015 in Healing Gaia (0 comments)

Enough Platitudes: We Need Safe Streets Now
I honestly don't know how many more ways we can come at this to try and make the point that Hamilton needs to change how it designs its streets.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 07, 2015 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (21 comments)

Claremont Cycle Track an Important First Step
Now is the time to commit to a city-wide transportation network that is safe, equitable and inclusive, and makes it easy for everyone to choose healthier, cleaner, more sustainable and enjoyable ways to get around.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 06, 2015 in Special Report: Cycling (30 comments)

Transportation Master Plan Public Meeting Results
The results from participants at the most recent Transportation Master Plan review public meeting.
by Bob Berberick
Published December 06, 2015 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (7 comments)

Why We Ride Our Bikes
The car culture is a dead-end model, and as long as this is entrenched in our collective systems and heads it will continue to bear tragic deaths.
by Walter Furlan
Published December 06, 2015 in Special Report: Cycling (31 comments)

Requiem for a Coin: Regina ... Hamilton ... Edmonton ... Marienbad ... Winnipeg
Before the Internet, before cable, before we had more than CBC on a black and white TV, my friends and I knew the joy of squashing pennies on railroad tracks.
by Mark Fenton
Published December 04, 2015 in Photo Essay (1 comment)

Food Banks Were Never Meant to be Permanent
After three decades it's time to implement sustainable solutions that will allow every Canadian to have financial and food security.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published December 04, 2015 in Anniversary Party (2 comments)

Memorial Walk up Claremont to Commemorate Cyclist
A memorial walk travelled up Claremont Access to place a 'ghost bike' at the site where Jay Keddy was killed last night after being struck by a pickup truck.
by RTH Staff
Published December 03, 2015 in Special Report: Cycling (6 comments)

How Many More People Have to Die?
Enough is enough. It's time to stop using endless plans and studies as an excuse to keep delaying necessary action to make Hamilton safer for everyone.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 03, 2015 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (68 comments)

Tragic Deaths Highlight Need for Safer Streets
The recent fatality of a pedestrian walking on the sidewalk and a cyclist riding on Claremont Access highlight the unmet need for safe pedestrian and cycling infrastructure in Hamilton.
by Jason Leach
Published December 03, 2015 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (17 comments)

Accidental Activist in Ottawa for Climate Justice
My kids are no longer oblivious to the ills of the world. As they barrel through their teens, they are starting to read the paper and ask informed questions.
by Ben Bull
Published December 02, 2015 in Accidental Activist (2 comments)

Get Your Mind in the Gutter
There are lots of ways we can help to reduce the amount of water flowing off hard city surfaces into sewers.
by Candy Venni
Published December 02, 2015 in Gardening (3 comments)

Let Hamilton Be Ambitious Again
There will always be people who complain when any change to the status quo happens. We expect better from our leaders.
by Jason Leach
Published December 01, 2015 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (15 comments)

Bad Pricing, Bad Behaviour in City Building
Because the old city is effectively subsidizing new suburban development, we end up promoting a form of growth that has a higher cost to the city as compared to inner city development and a significant negative impact on the environment.
by Gregory Ciupka
Published December 01, 2015 in Events (37 comments)

Ferguson Shove Debacle Demands Answers
The whole Ferguson shove video has become an instruction manual on how an organization shouldn't handle this type of incident.
by Dan Jelly
Published December 01, 2015 in Special Report: Integrity Commissioner (7 comments)

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