Commercial and long-haul freight trucks are like modern-day dinosaurs. They lumber along and dominate the road networks they share with smaller vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. But we’ve learned to depend on these massive beasts which deliver vegetables, fruit, appliances and other goods to every community across North America, 24-7. In our fulfillment economy, they’ve been …Continue reading "Truck Route Master Plan a wrong turn?"
Ten cents a day is all it would take to clear every sidewalk in Hamilton of snow and ice after a storm. Ten cents a day. With every heavy snowfall or after an ice storm, people become trapped in their homes or at risk on the streets. Life doesn’t stop. Missing appointments can cost money …Continue reading "Ten cents a day"
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][sam_pro id=1_11 codes=”true”][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]October is the second annual food literacy month here in Hamilton. But what does that really mean? When I think about food literacy, I ask where the food in my kitchen came from? Did I grow it myself, or did I meet the person or farmer that did? If not, do I know …Continue reading "Biting into food literacy"
To begin, it’s important to note that the Board of Health passed a motion that has several components and consequences. These components and consequences can be best summarised and explained as three parts. The first being the symbolic (but important) act of the declaration of the climate emergency. The second being what the City of Hamilton will be doing differently in light of this declaration, as outlined in the motion. Finally, the third part is far from guaranteed, but together we can ensure a broad collective action is taken by all Hamiltonians to respond to the emergency.Continue reading "What the emergency means"
HSR has struggled for years with virtually no growth, but could look down the highway to the transit innovations of another older Ontario city that is making giant strides. By utilizing multiple methods Kingston has jumped its bus ridership by 80 percent in just five years.Continue reading "How to increase transit riders"
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As your new City Councillor, I am looking forward to updating you on what is happening in our ward and ensuring residents are able to contribute over the next four years. I am committed to upholding the values of respect, engagement and empowerment as we work together to deliver what is needed for our ward and our city. …Continue reading "Dear residents and readers of The Point"
If you are unhappy that Hamilton City Council members banned public observers from the “public” meeting they held at a resort in Niagara-on-the-Lake, I would like to ask you to file a complaint to the Ontario Ombudsman. It’s the legal avenue for a complaint under the “Sunshine Law”. Source: Ask the Ontario Ombudsman to Investigate …Continue reading "Ask the Ontario Ombudsman to Investigate Committee Meeting in Niagara – Raise the Hammer"
This was my first time running the race on a rainy day, and I couldn’t help but notice that the pavement on Red Hill seemed a lot more slippery than the surface roads connecting to it. Of course, this observation was purely subjective and anecdotal, but I was not at all surprised to learn that …Continue reading "We Deserve to Know the Truth About the Buried Red Hill Parkway Report – Raise the Hammer"
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Another prominent voice is calling for stormwater fees to reduce the flooding that has plagued Hamilton and other cities. Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe also wants full protection of “green infrastructure” such as remaining wetlands and woodlands, but her watchdog office is now on the chopping block of the Doug Ford administration. Source: Citizens …Continue reading "Citizens at City Hall – CATCH – Stormwater fees endorsed"
The Hamilton Public Library Board voted to send City Council a budget submission which will maintain present library services, despite direction from City Hall to submit a budget with cuts. Interim City Manager Mike Zegarac instructed all City departments, Boards, and Agencies to submit 2019 operating budgets with a maximum increase in spending of 1.5%, …Continue reading "Library Board Votes To Maintain Current Services in 2019 Budget Submission to City Council | The Public Record | Hamilton’s Civic Affairs News Site"