Articles from March, 2017

Flamborough Councillor Spins Misleading Claims to Oppose LRT
Councillor Partridge needs to explain why she would reject an investment that will pay for infrastructure replacement, increase Hamilton's property tax assessment and improve its net transit operating cost obligations.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 31, 2017 in Special Report: Light Rail (16 comments)

Time to Start Gearing Up for April 19
The work of LRT supporters is not over. Between now and April 19, we need as many voices to speak up in favour of this transformative opportunity as possible.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 31, 2017 in Special Report: Light Rail (2 comments)

Central Neighbourhood Association Light Rail Support Letter
The CNA has lent its support to the city's LRT plan, even as Council wavers on whether to keep its commitment.
by RTH Staff
Published March 31, 2017 in Special Report: Light Rail (0 comments)

Wellington Water Watchers Say No to Bottled Water
Over 4.7 million litres of water per day is pumped from wells located in Aberfoyle and Hillsburgh. If Nestle gets its way a proposed new well in Middlebrook will increase water extraction to 6.4 million litres per day.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published March 31, 2017 in Anniversary Party (0 comments)

Maximum Benefits of LRT are Within Our Power
The transformative power of LRT is about helping our city grow in a way that is more environmentally sustainable, socially equitable, healthy, and economically prosperous.
by Chris Higgins
Published March 28, 2017 in Special Report: Light Rail (11 comments)

Loomis: Rejecting LRT 'Would be Breaching the Duty of Good Faith'
The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce president pulled no punches in a recent interview with Bill Kelly on CHML.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 27, 2017 in Special Report: Light Rail (0 comments)

Why Does Council Not Support LRT More Strongly?
Community and business support for LRT is as close to unanimous as feasibly possible. How has this unprecedented level of support not translated into strong political support?
by John-Paul Danko
Published March 25, 2017 in Special Report: Light Rail (5 comments)

Shocking Letter from Former Anti-LRT Activist
A letter from a former No Hamilton LRT activist apologizes for stirring 'fear and doubt' and 'scheming' to 'disrupt' LRT project and also notes collaboration with Councillor Donna Skelly.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 24, 2017 in Special Report: Light Rail (6 comments)

Council Betrays Transit Riders by Delaying Service Improvements
It seems the very people who were elected to help build and support the city as it grows toward the future fight tooth and nail against this future.
by Myke Hutchings
Published March 24, 2017 in Special Report: Light Rail (4 comments)

Southern Ontario Gets Spencer MacKenzie's Blues
While he may try not to look too far into the future, it isn't difficult to see it will be sunny, as Spencer continues to learn and exercise his musical chops with a busy concert schedule.
by Shiona Mackenzie
Published March 24, 2017 in Arts and Music (0 comments)

Letter: We Support LRT Poster
Every logo represents taxes, rents, employment, salaries and civic contribution by leaders and owners who felt it important enough to demonstrate their support for LRT.
by Graham Crawford
Published March 23, 2017 in Special Report: Light Rail (12 comments)

The West Hamilton School Accommodation Review, So Far
School Board Trustees will be presented with at least eight options which they will have to weigh against the problems this accommodation review was launched to address.
by Jason Allen
Published March 22, 2017 in Special Report: Education (4 comments)

Ontarians Want to Protect Fresh Water
Mark World Water Day by taking steps to protect Canada's fresh water from corporate bottled-water exploitation.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published March 22, 2017 in Healing Gaia (0 comments)

LRT Support Letter from Anchor Institutions
The letter expresses support for the benefits of transit investment and urges Council to continue implementing its rapid transit plan.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 22, 2017 in Special Report: Light Rail (2 comments)

Major LRT Milestone Under Threat - We Need Your Help
This vote should be a mere formality, but LRT opponents want to use it to obstruct, delay and ultimately kill the project.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 21, 2017 in Special Report: Light Rail (3 comments)

Stills in Motion: Winter Tracks
We didn't get a lot of snow this winter, but it was enough for this haunting photo.
by Dave Harrison
Published March 21, 2017 in Stills in Motion (0 comments)

Take Whitehead's Advice and Make Yourself Heard
This call to action on complete streets, bike lanes, parking lots, parking rates and LRT from a senior member of Council should not go unheeded.
by Craig Burley
Published March 17, 2017 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (4 comments)

Angry Right-Wing Populist Whitehead Smears Movement for a More Inclusive City
Whitehead wants the best of both worlds: to be seen magnanimously doing the right thing at a policy level, while at the same time dog-whistling the bitterness and resentment of cynical anti-urbanists who see the lower city as 'nowhere'.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 15, 2017 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (17 comments)

Evaluating Success Conditions for Hamilton Light Rail Transit
To achieve its full potential, LRT must be implemented in conjunction with supportive land use and transportation policy.
by Kathleen Pereira
Published March 14, 2017 in Special Report: Light Rail (27 comments)

Podcast: Art, Anguish and Real Estate
Ruminations from the rust-belt revival in Canada's Steel Town on whether artists are the "foot-soldiers of gentrification".
by Stephen Dale
Published March 13, 2017 in Commentary (1 comment)

Lunchgate: The Small Fry Scandal
Giving council the time off to go buy their own lunches would actually cost the city more than the current practice of paying for lunch and forgoing the break.
by Mark Robbins
Published March 13, 2017 in Commentary (11 comments)

Vague, Arbitrary Tribunal Broadcast Policy Enables Abuse
The city's broadcast policy for quasi-judicial tribunals should be clear, it should be consistent, it should strike a reasonable balance between competing rights, and it should be applied fairly and consistently.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 10, 2017 in Media (2 comments)

Bus Log of Phileas Fogg
Those who have adequate means have no idea how big an issue transportation is for poor people.
by Terry Leach
Published March 10, 2017 in Special Report: Transit (1 comment)

The Public Record Kicked Out of City Hall Public Meeting for 'Broadcasting' By Tweeting
TPR was ordered to leave a public meeting of the Property Standards Committee today after the City Hall objected to the use of Twitter in the public gallery.
by Joey Coleman
Published March 07, 2017 in Media (12 comments)

Wasted Electricity Generating Potential in Brantford
When private companies own Grand River water rights, these tend to be used for electrical generation. Publicly owned water rights should also be used.
by Kevin Love
Published March 06, 2017 in Commentary (4 comments)

Delta Block, or Life on the Wedge
Solid though they are, the survival of buildings is as precarious as the survival of texts.
by Mark Fenton
Published March 06, 2017 in Photo Essay (0 comments)

Hydro Rate Cut a Missed Opportunity for Grown-Up Policy Discussion
Electricity pricing has become yet another wedge to drive between different parts of the province while the economic system that leaves so many people vulnerable to rising electricity prices in the first place persists mostly unchallenged.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 02, 2017 in Commentary (10 comments)

Canada 150: What's for Indigenous People to Celebrate, Exactly?
Canadians tend to overlook the fact that this country was born out of treaties with Indigenous peoples - legally binding agreements the Canadian government has failed to live up to.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published March 02, 2017 in Healing Gaia (0 comments)

Review: McMaster Musical Theatre's Production of Pippin
Director Matt Moore and his talented cast and crew have laboured to produce a spontaneous, theatre-of-the-moment experience that engages the audience from its opening seconds.
by Daniel Gariépy
Published March 01, 2017 in Reviews (0 comments)

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