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It's Time to Take Yes for an Answer

Fear of the unknown is a useful evolutionary tactic to avoid getting eaten. But it needs to be tempered with reason, experience and imagination, or else we remain stuck in place and miss opportunities to thrive.

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An Earth Day Letter

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804-816 King Street West (Westdale) Development Approved and Why

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Hamilton Gets Hosed

Premier is shortchanging Hamiltonians on LRT funding

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Upstream Thinking & Supportive, Affordable Housing

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Aberdeen Road Diet

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Encampments in Hamilton

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There have been encampments across the lower City of Hamilton for years. 

Before COVID-19, most if not all the encampments in Ward 1 were hidden from public view – in ravines, under highway overpasses or adjacent to railway lands. 

The growth of encampments caused the City of Hamilton to adopt a protocol of response in 2018. Once identified, a team of public health and housing services workers from the City of Hamilton make contact with those living rough to begin the process of determining the health, housing, and social needs of encampment residents. When accommodation and supports were in place, the encampment was cleared and cleaned. 

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Joint‌ ‌Statement‌ ‌to‌ ‌support‌ ‌the‌ ‌call‌ ‌to‌ ‌defund‌ ‌police‌ ‌and‌ ‌prioritize‌ ‌investment‌ ‌in‌ ‌ community‌ ‌safety‌ ‌and‌ ‌well-being.‌ ‌ ‌

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"An act of civic vandalism"

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Chedoke Creek Report - MECP Order: Update to Council

On April 29 Hamilton City Council received a city staff and consultant report detailing the impact of the sewage spill on Cootes Paradise. The consultant's report concluded that the spill did not cause a long-term impact on water quality in Cootes Paradise.    

I voted against receiving the report due to its lack of consultation with our agency partners, especially the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG). Secondly, the City of Hamilton was given a very short period in which to respond to the Provincial Order. As a result, no new information about the spill itself could be collected, and the availability of data for essential ecosystem components was limited. The City could have announced that it was planning to do more to investigate and remediate the spill in future.  

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