Public Bikesharing Update:
Councillors have thrown their unanimous support behind a new bike-sharing program in Hamilton, reversing some initial opposition.
Giving Bike Share a Boost with more bike lanes on Cannon:
Protecting Hamilton’s Heritage
Ward 1 councillor Brian McHattie wants ordinary people to take more responsibility for protecting the city’s past. He said he’s creating a “citizen’s forum on cultural heritage protection” to ensure Hamilton’s architectural history remains intact.
Councillors will consider a ‘rapid ready’ report endorsing Hamilton’s light rail transit plan, as well as an implementation plan for a self-sustaining bike share program. Both will have implications for the Durand.
Read the Raise the Hammer Article and get links to the council reports here.
A Toronto Perspective on Urban Casinos
Check out this recent Globe and Mail article entitled: “Why Toronto’s Casino Proposals are so Last Century”. This insightful article is a reminder that many of Ontario’s large cities are debating similar issues as Hamilton is with it’s potential casino plans.
Casino on the agenda at Hamilton City Council GIC on Wednesday February 6
The agenda for the February 6th General Issues Committee of Council is available now, and includes an address from Graham Crawford regarding plans for a casino in Hamilton.
Ward 2 Participatory Budget Update
Our PB representative Nicholas Kevlahan reports that the committee is working diligently to plan the Participatory Budget Process for Ward 2. The committee has 14 members, including 6 neighbourhood association representatives, 6 nominees appointed by Councillor Farr, Councillor Farr, and facilitator Mike Cameron. Norman Kearney, (Reeves Financial Services Inc) is spearheading the process. This process is expected to be completed by the end of July with approximately $1 Million allocated by the end of the year. Once the Capital Budget projects have been identified and short listed, YOU will have the opportunity to vote for your preferred choices. This will happen in November 2013 with results announced December 2013. We will continue to keep you updated.
Please follow the proceedings by visiting the committee’s website. All minutes and agendas will be posted. And meeting are open to the public. They are being held at City Hall.
The Hamilton Civic League, Council of Canadians, Environment Hamilton and Hamiltonians for Progressive Development will host a community-wide update meeting on the Aerotropolis Project and the OMB hearing on Wednesday, January 9th at Hamilton City Hall, Council Chambers from 6 to 9 pm.
Hamilton Civic League Aerotropolis Petition:
Ontario Municipal Board Hearing Details:
WHEN: 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 14
WHERE: Albion Room, Hamilton Convention Centre
DETAILS: The OMB proceeding is expected to last about three weeks.
Aerotropolis Fundraising (from the Hamilton Civic League):
Fundraising efforts to cover the legal and land planning expertise to defend Aerotropolis residents, all Hamiltonians and all local businesses are moving along nicely, however we still have a distance to go to reach our $50,000 goal. During this wonderful giving season, please consider forwarding a donation payable to Environment Hamilton (marked Aerotropolis) to Unit 4, 22 Wilson St, Hamilton ON L8R 1G7 or make an online donation at http://www.environmenthamilton.org/view/page/Aerotropolis.