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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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"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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Strong Towns - Online Ward 1 Q&A with author Charles Marohn & Maureen

 

June 9, 2020 at 8:00 PM

Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Build American Prosperity 

Presenting the foundational ideas of the Strong Towns movement he co-founded, Charles Marohn explains why cities of all sizes continue to struggle to meet their basic needs, and reveals the new paradigm that can solve this longstanding problem.

Read the book, then join Maureen in conversation with the author Charles Marohn followed by Q&A with the author.

Preregistration required. See events for details

The Hamilton Public Library has several e-copies of the book and an audio copy, but if you're able, we encourage you to support your local independent booksellers by ordering your own copy through King West Books or Epic Books.

 

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Why electric buses are no substitute for Light Rail Transit

As part of Hamilton City Council’s deliberation of the city’s 2020 operating budget, Council spent “Transit Day” discussing Hamilton’s HSR operations.  At the same time, the Government of Ontario announced who would be sitting on the panel tasked with determining the future of LRT in Hamilton. 

These two events are of enormous importance to Hamilton’s future budgets, public transit system and levels of property tax that will be paid by existing and future Hamiltonians. 

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Queen Street South Conversion moved to the Spring 2020

 The conversion, tentatively scheduled for completion in fall 2019, is planned for early Spring 2020. City staff re-evaluated the timeline for the following reasons:

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Safety on the Street

Neighbourhood street speed reductions coming to your community

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