Let's start with the sort-of good news: at last night's meeting, City Council sort-of passed the one container limit for garbage collection. For those people who think it's impossible for a family to limit their garbage output to one bag, the by-law includes some allowances:
Residents can put out a second bag as long as it's clear plastic and does not contain recylables or compostables. (Er, better make that a two-bag limit.)
The by-law takes effect on March 31, 2008, but the first year will be a transition period in which enforcement is educational, not punitive.
For three weeks following Victoria Day, Thanksgiving and New Years, the limit will be raised to three containers.
In addition, the city will give "special consideration" to familes with three or more children under the age of five or who have medical conditions that warrant more than normal garbage production.
Councillor Terry Whitehead summed up the majority approach to transit when he argued that taxpayers can't afford to subsidize transit any more than they already do.
Until this Council recognizes that transit is an investment in a stronger, healthier city rather than a subsidy for the poor, we will continue to have substandard service and embarrassing levels of ridership.
Just about every successful city on earth has a great transit system. Our City Council has confirmed once again that Hamilton is not interested in becoming a successful city.
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