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Don McLean is chair of Friends of Red Hill Valley and coordinator of Citizens at City Hall, a volunteer group that has monitored city affairs since 2004 and distributes free news articles via email. The group can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Published June 16, 2015 in Special Report: Climate Change
No Shortage of Denial About Global Warming - There's a pretty good case to be made that denial extends right through our consumer society, which dumps greenhouse gases into an atmosphere that is already obviously overloaded. Published March 23, 2015 in Special Report: Climate Change
Lake-to-Lake Overnight Bicycle Trip - Participate in this exciting fundraiser to support Environment Hamilton's research and advocacy work. Published May 29, 2014 in Events
Recommendations to Planning Committee on Airport Employment Growth District - This presentation on the Airport Employment Growth District (AEGD) was submitted to the City's Planning Committee on behalf of Environment Hamilton. Published February 19, 2014 in Special Report: Aerotropolis
Red Hill Lawsuit Questions - Ten years into the city's lawsuit against the Federal Government on the Red Hill Valley Parkway, we must ask whether and how this serves the public interest. Published November 25, 2013 in Commentary
Exposing the Hidden Subsidies for Sprawl - In her book and upcoming lecture, Toronto-based urban planner Pamela Blais argues that hidden subsidies promote sprawl and penalize the inner city. Published October 25, 2011 in Events
Details Missing from Development Charge Debate - Residential and industrial development charges are going up, but they are still a long way from paying the real cost of growth. That means higher water/sewer rates and higher taxes for Hamiltonians. Published June 28, 2011 in Commentary
Where Are the Jobs? - The number one objective of corporations is to make money, and today their number one method of doing so is to eliminate jobs. Published November 26, 2010 in Commentary
Paying Lip Service to Provincial Growth Plans - A developer hopes to get council approval to convert highway accessible employment lands to a new big box complex on a technicality. Published May 26, 2009 in Commentary
Aerotropolis Secrecy Leaves Citizens and Councillors in the Dark - If our governments don't tell us what the debate is about, how can we reasonably be expected even to know what questions to ask? Published July 07, 2008 in Special Report: Aerotropolis
The Green Standard on User Fees - A look at three recent major environmental issues dealt with by council sheds some light on whether user pay is a principle or just a convenient debating tool. Published March 24, 2008 in Commentary
Upper James Rapid Transit a Dumb Idea - It is disturbing that our transit officials are now being told to put the aerotropolis scheme ahead of providing service to those who want and need it. Published December 20, 2007 in Special Report: Transit
Terry Cooke, Red Hill, and the Politics of Division - Far from 'redundant', the environmental assessment Terry Cooke helped squash would have revealed major problems with the planned expressway and given opponents a fair hearing. Published November 08, 2007 in Commentary
Fuel Efficiency is Not the Answer - Increasing fuel efficiency in vehicles by itself simply lowers the cost of driving and encourages more sprawl development. Published March 19, 2007 in Commentary
Eisenberger Must Stand Firm on Ending Red Hill Lawsuit - Mayor Eisenberger needs strong backing from the community to fend off those who want him to shake down Canadian taxpayers for cash. Published January 24, 2007 in Commentary
Compromise Works Both Ways - It takes two to compromise or negotiate, but expressway supporters refused even to consider the many alternatives proposed by Friends of Red Hill and others. Published October 07, 2005 in Opinion
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