Articles from January, 2014

Dangerous, Unacceptable Bus Transfer at Longwood and King
Each morning, passengers risk running across King Street on a red light in an attempt to catch the bus on King before it pulls away. Eventually, someone will be injured or killed.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published January 31, 2014 in Commentary (33 comments)

Parsing Parkview's Perilous Position
It is easy to place all the blame for neighbourhood-harming school closures on Trustees, but they are making their decisions in a policy context that makes bad decisions all but inevitable.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 30, 2014 in Special Report: Education (11 comments)

Bob Bratina's Amalgamation Fascination
Hamilton has a lot to talk about between now and Election Day. Re-fighting old battles is just a distraction.
by Zachary Spicer
Published January 30, 2014 in Municipal Election 2014 (15 comments)

Parkview Students Need Some of the HWDSB's Support for Mental Health
If the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board truly takes mental health seriously, it will reverse its decision to close a dedicated school for students with mental health issues.
by Christine Bingham
Published January 28, 2014 in Special Report: Education (2 comments)

Hamilton's Sustainability Potential: Taking the Leap
Hamilton is on an "impressive trajectory" to develop into an urban hub of modern sustainability, but must first get beyond "a lot of inertia" that still exists in the city.
by Dave Heidebrecht
Published January 27, 2014 in Commentary (11 comments)

Suggestions to Make the Farmers' Market More Appealing
The market feels barren and disconnected from the street and is inhospitable to families looking to enjoy a meal together.
by Jason Leach
Published January 27, 2014 in Special Report: Farmers Market (40 comments)

School Food Programs Top Ward 1 Participatory Budget Picks
The ward's second annual participatory budget results, unveiled Thursday night at a community meeting, saw two different school food programs land at the top of the priority list of how to spend the ward's area rating budget of $1.5 million.
by Saira Peesker
Published January 24, 2014 in Participatory Budget (57 comments)

Alberta Oil Sands: Seeing is Disbelieving
If we forced oil sands companies to pay the real costs of their activities instead of externalizing them to future generations, the oil sands would very quickly lose their economic appeal.
by Justin Jones
Published January 23, 2014 in Special Report: Climate Change (19 comments)

Waterfront Development an Exciting Opportunity for Complete Streets
What if, instead of thousands of people driving going to and from the waterfront each day, we had thousands of people walking, cycling, and using transit?
by Jason Leach
Published January 23, 2014 in Special Report: Cycling (16 comments)

Collateral Damage in School Board Machinations
Parkview students are the most immediate, most tragic victims of the Board's outsized game of Monopoly with the city's essential public infrastructure.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 22, 2014 in Special Report: Education (43 comments)

Living the Lives We're Given
It is no coincidence that the Christmas classics we revisit every year feature protagonists who are facing the very real possibility of their own deaths.
by Michelle Martin
Published January 22, 2014 in Belonging (4 comments)

Great Infill Opportunities With Mid-rise Development
The majority of the city is going to see mid-rise, mixed-use with animated streetfronts as the way we revitalize, intensify and enhance existing neighbourhoods.
by Jason Leach
Published January 21, 2014 in Downtown Bureau (15 comments)

Now 90, Bernice May Still Holds Barkeep's IOU
To survive in this town, it helps to be hardworking, good humored and tough. There, we've described Bernice May.
by Paul Wilson
Published January 21, 2014 in City Life (12 comments)

Disappointment, Hope, and Local Community
A new payday loan centre on Main and Dundurn might be exploiting inner-city poverty, but the question is: what exactly are we going to do about it?
by Ryan Janssen
Published January 17, 2014 in Opinion (28 comments)

Cycling Committee Wants Your Feedback on Winter Bike Lane Maintenance
Share your feedback on the bicycle lane winter maintenance pilot project by completing the maintenance survey.
by Dan Botham
Published January 16, 2014 in Special Report: Cycling (8 comments)

Bernie Morelli, a Man Who Inspired and Mentored a Generation of Hamilton's Leaders
Had Bernie Morelli not given me encouragement after my first delegation to City Council, it's quite possible you wouldn't be reading this now.
by Joey Coleman
Published January 15, 2014 in People (13 comments)

Bernie Morelli Dies
Bernie Morelli, the long-serving councillor for Ward 3, died last night at age 70 after a long struggle with illness.
by RTH Staff
Published January 15, 2014 in People (4 comments)

Apartment Rises on Downtown Lot Empty for 50 Years
A forlorn piece of land on Main Street just west of City Hall is about to become a construction site for a new $10 million-plus building.
by Paul Wilson
Published January 15, 2014 in Downtown Bureau (43 comments)

We Need to Invest More in Hamilton's Tree Canopy
This would seem to be one of those rare win-win issues. The public wants more trees and the city knows we need more trees.
by Jason Leach
Published January 14, 2014 in Downtown Bureau (10 comments)

Traffic Calming on Lansdowne in Toronto a Model for Queen Street
Lansdowne used to be four lanes but the city narrowed it to one lane each way with parking on one side - exactly what Queen should look like.
by Jason Leach
Published January 13, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (8 comments)

Bristol Moves Ahead With 32 km/h Speed Limit
Bristol is moving quickly to establish a safer speed limit over much of the city, while Hamilton insists on a five-year pilot in the North End before considering any other reductions.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 10, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (34 comments)

Longwood Road Should Follow Complete Street Guidelines
According to Chicago's complete streets design guidelines, Longwood Road is an excellent candidate to be one lane in each direction, not four lanes with a centre turn lane.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 10, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (68 comments)

Bratina Fumbles De-Amalgamation Again
The city has to move on and as long as Bratina insists on opening old wounds, finding closure will be difficult.
by Zachary Spicer
Published January 09, 2014 in Municipal Election 2014 (42 comments)

City Fixed Broken-By-Design Crosswalk at Herkimer and Caroline
City staff installed the crosswalk with a non-functioning button and a long delay for pedestrians.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 08, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (40 comments)

Bratina Still Repeating False Information About LRT
Transit ridership on the east-west route of the LRT line is already high enough to justify the line and will only grow when the LRT line opens.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 08, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (11 comments)

Wilson-Blanchard Complies with No Parking Order on 20 Jackson Street West
The property owner has complied with an order from the City not to use the footprint of the recently-demolished office building as a surface parking lot.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 08, 2014 in Special Report: Heritage (7 comments)

Bratina Raises Amalgamation Issue Again
At today's State of the City talk, Mayor Bob Bratina brought up the forced amalgamation of Hamilton with its suburbs.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 08, 2014 in Municipal Election 2014 (12 comments)

Environment Ministry Wants Comment on Landfill Expansion
A Hamilton company wants to expand its landfill to include waste from New York and Michigan states.
by Joshua Weresch
Published January 08, 2014 in Opinion (10 comments)

Support Joey Coleman's Crowdfunding for Independent Journalism in Hamilton
The city's best-known independent journalist has made it his mission to cast a bright, steady light on City Hall, and he needs your support.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 06, 2014 in Media (5 comments)

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