Articles from May, 2016

Undiscovered Country
Unlike flesh and blood people, forgetting about fictional characters is all it takes to make them go away. This difference can be a bad thing or a good thing, depending on the companion you've brought with you.
by Mark Fenton
Published May 31, 2016 in Photo Essay (1 comment)

Architects Letter Endorsing Light Rail Transit
The Hamilton-Burlington Society of Architects has written a letter explaining why the organization supports the city's LRT plan - and reminding Council why they have supported it as well.
by RTH Staff
Published May 30, 2016 in Special Report: Light Rail (18 comments)

Eyes on the Street: Camouflaged Bollard in Woodlands Park
Camouflage is bad for bollards, as many people have been hurt by crashing into them.
by Kevin Love
Published May 30, 2016 in Eyes on the Street (12 comments)

Stills in Motion: Halls Lake, Haliburton
Boat on the water in Halls Lake.
by Dave Harrison
Published May 30, 2016 in Stills in Motion (2 comments)

Eyes on the Street: Traffic Calming at Locke and Stanley
The foundation of good urbanism is a willingness to carefully observe city life in order to understand how we can make it better.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 27, 2016 in Eyes on the Street (7 comments)

Eyes on the Street: Herkimer Bike Lanes and Cannon Planter Boxes
Kevin Love observes a notice about upcoming bike lanes on Herkimer Street and the return of the Cannon Cycle Track planter boxes.
by Kevin Love
Published May 27, 2016 in Eyes on the Street (0 comments)

Proposal for Light Electric Vehicles
If I had a billion dollars and wanted to provide sustainable local transportation for 400,000 people, I would buy each one of them an electric bicycle.
by Gregory Ciupka
Published May 27, 2016 in Opinion (24 comments)

Bill Elliott on Light Rail Transit: Investment Is Good for Entire City
In a nine-minute address to the Flamborough Chamber of Commerce, a long-time Flamborough resident beautifully articulates the case for supporting Hamilton's LRT plan.
by RTH Staff
Published May 26, 2016 in Special Report: Light Rail (10 comments)

Premier: 'I Honestly Thought That the Conversation Was Done'
A flustered Premier Kathleen Wynne was "surprised" to learn that suddenly Hamilton City Council is not sure whether it wants the LRT funding it spent the past eight years requesting.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 26, 2016 in Special Report: Light Rail (58 comments)

Vranich: Light Rail Uncertainty 'Extremely Concerning' to Developers
Property developer Darko Vranich calls on Council to move forward with LRT initiative.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 26, 2016 in Special Report: Light Rail (32 comments)

McMeekin on LRT: 'There's No Economic Future if You're Disconnected'
Ontario Minister Ted McMeekin spoke with Bill Kelly on AM 900 CHML about LRT and new rules banning corporate and union donations in elections.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 25, 2016 in Special Report: Light Rail (9 comments)

Hamilton is Not a Bedroom Community
Nearly 70 percent of Hamiltonians work in Hamilton, and another 38,000 people commute into the city.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 25, 2016 in Special Report: Creative City (8 comments)

Stills in Motion: Spring Out Like a Lion
Wooden doorway in central Hamilton.
by Dave Harrison
Published May 24, 2016 in Stills in Motion (0 comments)

How Councillors Have Voted on Light Rail Transit
Vote breakdown on all major LRT votes since 2011 vote asking for confirmation of Provincial funding.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 24, 2016 in Special Report: Light Rail (1 comment)

Letter from LiUNA Local 837 Supporting Light Rail Transit
Decrying loud naysayers and Council's tendency to over-debate matters, the letter calls on Council to think rationally and move forward.
by RTH Staff
Published May 24, 2016 in Special Report: Light Rail (5 comments)

Answers to All Your Light Rail Transit Questions
Grand list of responses to every serious question that has been put forward about Hamilton's light rail transit plan.
by RTH Staff
Published May 20, 2016 in Special Report: Light Rail (36 comments)

Extreme Librarian: Margaret Houghton, One of Hamilton's Most Valiant Civic Defenders
Margaret Houghton has not only expanded the extensive library holdings over the years, but she seems to retain, with what appears to be a photographic memory, most of that voluminous collection in her head.
by Margaret Lindsay Holton
Published May 20, 2016 in Feature (6 comments)

How Payday Lenders Trap Borrowers in Cycle of Debt
The problem lies in predatory behaviour which would be absolutely condemned, at least publicly, by the head offices of these outfits but in fact are reinforced in the form of pay raises, bonuses and promotions.
by RTH Staff
Published May 20, 2016 in Commentary (7 comments)

Remembering WHY Hamilton and the Province Chose Light Rail Transit
Without LRT, we are stuck with a stock of infrastructure we can't afford, a band of under-performing urban properties, and a cost/revenue model that puts us $200 million further into deficit each year.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 19, 2016 in Special Report: Light Rail (18 comments)

Rolston Neighbourhood Action Team Letter to Council on Light Rail Transit
The Rolston NAT has sent a letter to Council in response to the recent controversy over whether to continue supporting the Hamilton LRT project.
by RTH Staff
Published May 19, 2016 in Special Report: Light Rail (0 comments)

Full List of Rapid Transit, Light Rail Transit Votes Since October 2006
Council has voted 45 times on rapid transit and light rail transit related motions in the past decade.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 18, 2016 in Special Report: Light Rail (7 comments)

North End Neighbours Letter to Council on Light Rail Transit
The NEN has sent a letter to Council in response to the recent controversy over whether to continue supporting the Hamilton LRT project.
by RTH Staff
Published May 18, 2016 in Special Report: Light Rail (0 comments)

Ainslie Wood-Westdale Community Association Letter to Council on Light Rail Transit
The AWWCA has sent a letter to Council in response to the recent controversy over whether to continue supporting the Hamilton LRT project.
by RTH Staff
Published May 18, 2016 in Special Report: Light Rail (0 comments)

Born in Beasley: A History of the Hamilton Community Land Trust, Part 1
The history of Hamilton Community Land Trust is intermingled with the history of the Beasley Neighbourhood Association and with the neighbourhood itself.
by John A. McCurdy
Published May 17, 2016 in Special Report (0 comments)

Challenging Some Urban and Suburban Myths
Let's continue to call out leaders out on their divisiveness politicking, but in such as a fashion that we're not making disparaging comments towards each other in the process.
by Viv Saunders
Published May 17, 2016 in Commentary (14 comments)

Lakewood Beach Community Council Letter to Council on Light Rail Transit
The LBCC has sent a letter to Council in response to the recent controversy over whether to continue supporting the Hamilton LRT project.
by RTH Staff
Published May 17, 2016 in Special Report: Light Rail (2 comments)

Durand Neighbourhood Association Letter to Council on Light Rail Transit
The DNA has sent a letter to Council in response to the recent controversy over whether to continue supporting the Hamilton LRT project.
by RTH Staff
Published May 17, 2016 in Special Report: Light Rail (3 comments)

Kirkendall Neighbourhood Association Letter to Council on Light Rail Transit
The KNA has sent a letter to Council in response to the recent controversy over whether to continue supporting the Hamilton LRT project.
by RTH Staff
Published May 17, 2016 in Special Report: Light Rail (0 comments)

Concerns About Effectiveness of Partner Assault Response (PAR) Program
A mere 24 hours of counselling is hardly sufficient to unlearn a lifetime of violence.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published May 17, 2016 in Healing Gaia (0 comments)

New Hamilton Light Rail Engagement Campaign
Now, more than ever, citizens need to demonstrate the vision, courage and leadership to look past the politicking, hand-wringing and fear-mongering and see this once-in-a-generation opportunity for what it is.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 16, 2016 in Special Report: Light Rail (62 comments)

Photo Tour of Waterloo Region ION Light Rail Construction
A contingent of LRT supporters from Brampton and Hamilton visited Waterloo on Saturday to tour its LRT construction.
by Mark Rejhon
Published May 16, 2016 in Special Report: Light Rail (12 comments)

Pier 7 and 8 Urban Design Study: Good, but not yet Great
There are still opportunities, specifically from a transportation perspective, to develop this community as one that embraces sustainable transportation and can lead Hamilton and the broader region towards better health and reduced emissions.
by Matt Pinder
Published May 16, 2016 in Special Report: West Harbour (15 comments)

Stills in Motion: Overlooking Church of the Ascension
Overlooking Church of the Ascension with the Olympia and the Escarpment Green Wall in the background.
by Dave Harrison
Published May 16, 2016 in Stills in Motion (0 comments)

Whitehead Withdraws Divisive Motion, Introduces Different Divisive Motion
An otherwise sensible motion to look at adding sidewalks to suburban streets without them turns into yet another attack against the lower city.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 13, 2016 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (21 comments)

Hamilton LRT Design Excludes Cycling for Most of its Length
Toronto's Eglinton Crosstown LRT will include protected bike lanes. Hamilton's LRT, not so much.
by Kevin Love
Published May 13, 2016 in Special Report: Cycling (39 comments)

New Merulla Motion Threatens to Revisit Area Rating for Transit
The Ward 4 Councillor has struck back with an email notice of motion threatening to push a vote on area rating for transit if Council rejects provincial LRT funding.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 12, 2016 in Special Report: Light Rail (24 comments)

On LRT Reaffirmation Vote, Cowardly Council Defers Decision
Are there seriously some councillors who have yet to make up their minds whether they will accept the Provincial money that Council asked for?
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 12, 2016 in Special Report: Light Rail (15 comments)

Hamilton's Urban Forest Woes
Without an urban forest management plan, when the next invasive species, or ice storm, or severe-weather event rolls in, we will continue to lose more limbs.
by Giuliana Casimirri
Published May 12, 2016 in Special Report: Urban Forest (3 comments)

The Great Canadian Birdathon in Hamilton
On May 14, we will be fundraising for Hamilton Naturalists' Club and Bird Studies Canada, while raising awareness about Hamilton's diverse bird species.
by Rob Porter
Published May 11, 2016 in Events (0 comments)

Kirkendall Neighbourhood Association Responds to 'Divisive and Sarcastic' Motion
Neighbourhood association calls on Council to remove negative language, ensure any proposed solution is balanced and inclusive, and avoid duplicating staff work already underway.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 10, 2016 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (13 comments)

An Annotated Tour of Councillor Whitehead's Latest Traffic Motion
The motion is a jumble of narrow, mean-spirited, divisive noise that presumes its own conclusions, pits different parts of the city against each other and does nothing to move the city forward.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 09, 2016 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (51 comments)

Stills in Motion: Barton Street History
The old sign for Nick Casciano Custom Tailor still hangs on the front of 622 Barton Street East.
by Dave Harrison
Published May 09, 2016 in Stills in Motion (2 comments)

Doors Open, Jane's Walk, West Hamilton Artists Tour, Oh My
This Saturday and Sunday will be packed with things to do as three major community events all coincide.
by RTH Staff
Published May 06, 2016 in Events (3 comments)

Review: The Apology
The Apology offers insightful glimpses into the lives of "comfort women" who were systematically abducted, tortured and raped by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published May 06, 2016 in Healing Gaia (3 comments)

Revised Merulla LRT Motion
Ward 4 Councillor Sam Merulla has revised the text of his LRT motion, which he will present to Council on Wednesday, May 11.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 05, 2016 in Special Report: Light Rail (6 comments)

PlanLocal: Building Safer Streets In Ward 2
We encourage anyone who lives or owns a business in Ward 2 to identify their unsafe locations and potential solutions online or at a location in their neighbourhood.
by Graeme Douglas
Published May 05, 2016 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (5 comments)

Light Rail Needs More Frequent Stops
Spreading LRT stops too far apart - up to 1.5 km - will undermine both ridership growth and economic uplift.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published May 04, 2016 in Special Report: Light Rail (52 comments)

Hundred Dollar Gallery: Training Wheels for your Art Collection
This gallery, in which every item is priced firmly at $100, originally came out of a joke about modelling an art gallery off the concept of a dollar store.
by Mackenzie Kristjon Jenkyns
Published May 04, 2016 in Arts and Music (1 comment)

Merulla: Motion to Reaffirm Council Support for Light Rail
Councillor Merulla's motion will flush out how much company Councillor Collins has in his desire to turn down a billion-dollar provincial investment.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 04, 2016 in Special Report: Light Rail (94 comments)

Rethinking Jackson Square
Where does Hamilton's decidedly unhip urban mall, located in the downtown core, stand in the face of tremendous changes going on around it?
by Paul Weinberg
Published May 03, 2016 in Downtown Bureau (55 comments)

Light Rail Alignment Renderings
Renderings of the proposed LRT alignment were presented at yesterday's Sub-Committee meeting.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 03, 2016 in Special Report: Light Rail (29 comments)

Make a Difference With Hamilton's Carbon Cycle
The third annual overnight bike trip to Haldimand Conservation Area offers a unique experience and promises to be one of the best times you've ever had making a difference to the environmental health of your community.
by Michael Nabert
Published May 02, 2016 in Events (0 comments)

Whitehead: Notice of Motion to Close Queen Street, West 5th Accesses
Angry about a housekeeping motion to fix an amendment missed from a Council-approved motion on Aberdeen Avenue, Councillor Whitehead proposes closing the Beckett Drive and James Mountain Road accesses.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 02, 2016 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (32 comments)

Stills in Motion: Bike for Mike
Yesterday was the sixth annual Mike Ride in Hamilton.
by Dave Harrison
Published May 02, 2016 in Stills in Motion (0 comments)

Getting to Real Pedestrian Safety
'Shared responsibility' messaging ignores our basic human responsibilities - to look out for the more vulnerable among us.
by Justin Jones
Published May 02, 2016 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (8 comments)

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