Articles from March, 2016

Vision Zero Bolted Onto Road Safety Status Quo
Vision Zero is not just some hand-wavy "principles and values" you can say you support and then go back to doing what you were already doing.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 31, 2016 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (70 comments)

Loomis, Whitehead Clash Over Complete Streets Policy
The Chamber of Commerce President and west mountain Councillor exchanged strong words over motions that undermine the goal of a more balanced transportation system.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 30, 2016 in Special Report: Light Rail (44 comments)

Blue Sky, Beautiful City
Sometimes it's nice to set aside policy and politics and just take a moment to enjoy how beautiful our city really is.
by Jason Leach
Published March 30, 2016 in Photo Essay (3 comments)

Reflections on a Council By-Election Campaign
At some point we thought the media would finally realize that we were in this to win and cover our campaign with the weight we thought we had earned.
by John-Paul Danko
Published March 28, 2016 in Ward 7 By-Election 2016 (12 comments)

Stills in Motion: Niagara Escarpment
A natural escarpment runs through the middle of the Hammer, giving us beautiful green space year-round.
by Dave Harrison
Published March 28, 2016 in Stills in Motion (0 comments)

City to Present LRT Communication Strategy after Preliminary Plan Leaked
When important operational decisions are released through media leaks rather than developed in an open, inclusive process, it feeds into the knee-jerk fear and cynicism that drives opposition to change.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 24, 2016 in Special Report: Light Rail (33 comments)

Sexual Assault and the Neurobiology of Trauma
The information presented by Diana Tikasz should be mandatory for all police officers, lawyers, and judges throughout Canada.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published March 24, 2016 in Healing Gaia (1 comment)

Hamilton Has a Dangerous Speeding Problem, Not a Congestion Problem
It is not a coincidence that we have among the lowest levels of traffic congestion and among the highest rates of injury risk for people walking and riding bikes.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 24, 2016 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (42 comments)

Hamilton Health Sciences Can Do More to Reduce Parking Demand
It's not surprising no one is taking the bus or carpooling when you can park for a month at the General for $60 and an HSR bus pass is almost 60 percent more expensive!
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published March 23, 2016 in Special Report: Parking (27 comments)

Hamilton Transit Expansion Threatened by Continued Underfunding
Comparable transit systems across Canada have grown ridership by expanding service frequencies and routes. By contrast, Hamilton City Council in Hamilton has a closed wallet for transit expansion.
by Tony Turrittin
Published March 23, 2016 in Special Report: Transit (7 comments)

Alleys of Hamilton: Durand and Kirkendall
Kevin Love will be leading a Jane's Ride on May 8, 2016, 1:00 PM touring the alleyways of Durand and Kirkendall Neighbourhoods.
by Kevin Love
Published March 23, 2016 in Special Report: Cycling (18 comments)

Domestic Violence in the Workplace
Compassionate leave is one way for government, employers, co-workers and society to support those living with, and leaving, abuse. Ongoing education, advocacy and support in workplaces is another important piece.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published March 23, 2016 in Healing Gaia (2 comments)

New Ward 7 Councillor Faces Great Challenges and Opportunities
Ward 7 is at a crossroads: it can slide deeper into inequality, crisis and disinvestment, or it can begin to recover and flourish.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 22, 2016 in Ward 7 By-Election 2016 (17 comments)

Don McLean and the Local Implications of Climate Change
There is a growing understanding of what can be done to slow the nightmare of climate change that is unfolding and change direction.
by Beatrice Ekwa Ekoko
Published March 22, 2016 in Special Report: Climate Change (31 comments)

Toronto Neighbourhoods Choosing Safety, Livability Over Speeding Traffic
A city can plan for people, patios, jobs, commerce and vibrant neighbourhoods, or else plan for speeding cars and window mattresses.
by Jason Leach
Published March 21, 2016 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (43 comments)

Review: Sonoluminesence Trio and Dave Gould at Art Gallery of Hamilton
The music was incredibly rich, nuanced and lively, and the musicians exhibited a palpable rapport, carefully tuned into each other to improvise music that sounded at once assured and exploratory.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 21, 2016 in Reviews (1 comment)

Stills in Motion: TH&B Hunter Street Tunnel
This new series will share photos taken in and around Hamilton.
by Dave Harrison
Published March 21, 2016 in Stills in Motion (1 comment)

Alleys of Hamilton: Downtown to Hamilton General Hospital
Kevin Love will be leading a Jane's Ride on May 7, 2016, 1:00 PM showing how you can ride from downtown Hamilton to the General Hospital on a network of alleyways.
by Kevin Love
Published March 18, 2016 in Special Report: Cycling (29 comments)

Curious Purple, Remembered Snow
How relentlessly audiences look for a feature that identifies this artist and this artist alone.
by Mark Fenton
Published March 17, 2016 in Photo Essay (3 comments)

The War at Home
Let's have uncomfortable conversations about the hidden wars being waged in our homes and let abusive men know that this war is coming to an end.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published March 17, 2016 in Healing Gaia (2 comments)

OMB Dismisses HHS Appeal for Surface Parking Expansion in Beasley
Thanks to the joined strength of all our voices, we were able to defend residents' vision for a renewing downtown.
by Michael Borrelli
Published March 15, 2016 in Special Report: Parking (45 comments)

Help Support the Escarpment Project
What started with one Hamiltonian taking the lead has quickly erupted to become the largest volunteer environmental clean-up in Hamilton and one of the largest of its kind in Canada.
by Sajid Pathan
Published March 15, 2016 in Events (0 comments)

The Technology of Human Kindness
Technology is a wonderful thing, but it cannot make up for a lack of understanding, or a refusal to include others who are different.
by Michelle Martin
Published March 13, 2016 in Belonging (2 comments)

A Walk In The Neigbourhood
Is this our fate, to live in our own closed universes where our needs and wants take precedence over the most pressing of issues?
by Lorne Warwick
Published March 13, 2016 in Commentary (2 comments)

Time to Retire Special Infrastructure Levy?
The levy seemed like a fair compromise and an equitable resolution to the difficult task of harmonizing tax rates for area-rated services.
by Viv Saunders
Published March 11, 2016 in Commentary (24 comments)

Citizens' Jury on Transit Report: Reasonable People Reaching Reasonable Conclusions
Instead of their mandate being fractured by parochialism and divisiveness, the Jurists were able to come together and arrive at a consensus that supports the best interest of the city as a whole.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 09, 2016 in Special Report: Transit (8 comments)

Council Has a Responsibility to Resolve Area Rating for Transit
The boundaries for transit rates match the old boundaries of the municipalities that were amalgamated to form Hamilton, but they are illogical from the perspective of the transit network.
by Viv Saunders
Published March 08, 2016 in Special Report: Transit (25 comments)

New Food Desert Opening in East Hamilton
The irony is that Loblaw is making this short-sighted move at a time when the hot housing market is moving into the eastern portion of Hamilton's lower city.
by Paul Weinberg
Published March 08, 2016 in Commentary (20 comments)

Celebrate the 105th Anniversary of International Women's Day
With inspiring leaders using a gender lens to look at human rights issues, I have no doubt that we will empower women and girls and make Canada the equitable country it can be.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published March 08, 2016 in Anniversary Party (1 comment)

West Harbour - No Ghetto Hamilton
This new short video by Graham Crawford makes the city's West Harbour redevelopment plan crystal-clear.
by RTH Staff
Published March 07, 2016 in Special Report: West Harbour (3 comments)

Terry Whitehead's Cute War Against Safer Streets
Whitehead's covert war on safe, inclusive streets aims to tie staff's hands and passively block the City from being able to achieve the goals that Hamiltonians have repeatedly called for and Council has repeatedly set.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 07, 2016 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (30 comments)

Familiar Themes in Rolston Neighbourhood Action Plan
It turns out we all want to live in safe, healthy, walkable neighbourhoods that meet our physical and social needs.
by RTH Staff
Published March 07, 2016 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (5 comments)

Review: Crackle Pop by Juliana LaChance
After repeated listens, this synthy, dreamlike album unfolds like a secret you're not supposed to know.
by Mackenzie Kristjon Jenkyns
Published March 04, 2016 in Reviews (0 comments)

No Good Reason Not to Include Cycling Infrastructure on West 5th
From east to west, West 5th north of Fennell could have: a northbound vehicle lane, a centre turn lane, two southbound vehicles lanes and a protected two-way cycle track.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 04, 2016 in Special Report: Cycling (17 comments)

City Should Consider Getting Out of Golf Business
As city after city regularly confronts their lethargic, money-losing golf courses, the debate always focuses on how to improve them, rather than whether they still serve a purpose.
by Zachary Spicer
Published March 03, 2016 in Commentary (42 comments)

Deficit of Ideas in Hamilton's Civic Governance
In the case of our crumbling public housing, budgeting has become a matter of choosing which deficit to grow. This is a political choice.
by Shawn Selway
Published March 02, 2016 in Commentary (8 comments)

Our Raging Roads Are Dangerous By Design
No amount of education or enforcement can overcome the predictable effects of streets that are designed to maximize the likelihood, speed and severity of collisions.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 02, 2016 in Anniversary Party (74 comments)

West Harbour Redevelopment Must Be Inclusive
We need to make sure that Hamilton's revival has long-term positive outcomes for all residents. The West Harbour has to include a maximized social benefit rather than a maximized private profit.
by Matt Jelly
Published March 01, 2016 in Commentary (27 comments)

A Community Perspective on Citizen Involvement in City Planning
Never doubt that you can make a difference, even if you seldom hear the stories of regular citizens getting organized and standing up to powerful interests.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 01, 2016 in Commentary (8 comments)

Transportation Alternatives Key to Attracting Knowledge Workers
If we want our economic development to thrive, we need to change our attitudes fast and accept that the future of our workforce needs alternative methods of transportation.
by Meg Smith
Published March 01, 2016 in Commentary (16 comments)

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