March 20: Hamilton City Council approves 2020 Tax Operating Budget

This post has the latest press release from the City of Hamilton regarding the passing of the 2020 Tax Operating Budget on March 20, 2020.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

Taking social distancing seriously as well as taking all the necessary health and safety precautions, Hamilton City Council met on Friday, March 20 and approved the 2020 Tax Operating Budget. We have previously touched on the 2020 budget here and here.

For more details, please continue reading below…

Continue reading “March 20: Hamilton City Council approves 2020 Tax Operating Budget”

Complimentary Menstrual Products Will Be Available At Westmount Recreation Centre

The City of Hamilton will provide complimentary menstrual products at Westmount and four other recreation centres along with at Hamilton Food Share and local food banks through a new 12 month pilot project.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

I am proud to support Hamilton City Council’s recent decision to provide complimentary menstrual products at five City recreation centres including Westmount Recreation Centre in Ward 8 and through Hamilton Food Share and various local food banks city wide.

For more details, please continue reading below…

Continue reading “Complimentary Menstrual Products Will Be Available At Westmount Recreation Centre”

Hamilton City Council Trims $750,000 from 2020 Budget Through Service Cuts to Under-Performing HSR Routes

Hamilton City Council recently voted to cut service levels to several under-performing HSR routes. The service cuts are anticipated to save taxpayers $750,000 from the 2020 budget and up to $1.7 million from future budgets.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

Since being elected, I have worked very hard to advocate on behalf of improving transit for Ward 8 residents on the Hamilton mountain.

Behind the scenes, I was able to work closely with City of Hamilton staff to secure an application for $8.5 million in Federal/Provincial funding dedicated to improving transit for Ward 8 and the Hamilton mountain.

I have also consistently advocated for new investments in HSR transit to better serve Ward 8 residents by realigning the existing bus routes through the HSR’s (Re)Envision campaign, and the elimination of the unfair area rating for transit taxation system.

However, I reluctantly voted in favour of the proposed service cuts – continue reading for find out why…

Continue reading “Hamilton City Council Trims $750,000 from 2020 Budget Through Service Cuts to Under-Performing HSR Routes”

Hamilton City Council Votes Against Becoming a Living Wage Employer

As part of recent 2020 budget deliberations, Hamilton City Council voted against making Hamilton a living wage employer. If accepted, this change would have cost taxpayers $292,550 over a three year phase in.

I am very dissapointed for our City of Hamilton staff and all minimum wage earners across the City that a 3 year phase in of a living wage was rejected by Hamilton City Council.

I believe this was a missed opportunity for Hamilton to take a principled leadership role and set an example for business – sending a message that the people who build wealth are worth more than the minimum.

Please continue reading for further details…

Continue reading “Hamilton City Council Votes Against Becoming a Living Wage Employer”

New Life for the Historic Balfour Estate

One of Hamilton’s oldest historical structures looks to finally have some new life (and investment) breathed into it as the picturesque Balfour Estate has potentially found a new tenant.

Pending approval by the Ontario Heritage Trust (OHT), Cardus will lease the property from the City after Council recently voted in favour of moving forward pending the OHT’s approval for “intensity of use” and “adaptive reuse” plans.

For more information, please continue reading below…

Continue reading “New Life for the Historic Balfour Estate”

Sidewalk Snow Clearing: What’s at Stake?

We’ve been hearing from many of you regarding the ongoing debate centred around sidewalk snow clearing. With 2403 kilometres of sidewalk citywide, including 201 km in Ward 8, it’s an important matter and one we’d like to address here.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

We’ve been hearing from many of you regarding the ongoing debate centred around sidewalk snow clearing. With 2403 kilometres of sidewalk citywide, including 201 km in Ward 8, it’s an important matter and one we’d like to address here.

For more details, please continue reading below…

Continue reading “Sidewalk Snow Clearing: What’s at Stake?”

City Amends Idling By-Law

Last week, Hamilton City Council continued its commitment to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by approving amendments to the City Idling Control By-Law to regulate the idling of vehicles.

Last week, Hamilton City Council continued its commitment to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by approving amendments to the City Idling Control By-Law to regulate the idling of vehicles.

For more, please continue reading below…

Continue reading “City Amends Idling By-Law”

Join us on February 11th for Do the Math!

What does math have to do with how and where cities develop? What does this have to do with the city’s budget and your property taxes? It has EVERYTHING to do with them!

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

What does math have to do with how and where cities develop? What does this have to do with the city’s budget and your property taxes? It has EVERYTHING to do with them!

For more details, please continue reading below…

Continue reading “Join us on February 11th for Do the Math!”

Rapid Transit, Elimination of Area Rating Can Help Improve Mountain HSR Service

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

On January 24, HSR Director Debbie Dalle Vedove gave council an update on plans for bus service improvement this year, as well as the results from the HSR’s most recent citizen survey, “Re-envision”.

Dalle Vedove shared with City Council that “frequent, reliable service” was the overwhelming improvement needed for Hamiltonians to make transit their first option when it comes to transportation.

For more details, please continue reading below…

Continue reading “Rapid Transit, Elimination of Area Rating Can Help Improve Mountain HSR Service”

Photo Radar Coming to Hamilton

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

Hamilton city council is taking another step to address aggressive drivers and speeding across the city this year.

At the January 13 Public Works meeting, councillors voted in favour of a photo radar pilot project in school zones, to help curb a growing trend of speeding in certain neighbourhoods.

For more details, please continue reading below…

Continue reading “Photo Radar Coming to Hamilton”