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Tiny Homes, Huge Controversy

Hamilton needs big wins to meet the housing crisis but it seems we can’t even manage tiny ones.  In April 2020, the City of Kitchener embarked on a transitional housing project called A Better Tent City – a community of tiny cabins for people experiencing chronic homelessness.
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Density is the answer to the housing crisis

We need to build more homes – of all kinds – in Hamilton. That means understanding that we can’t simultaneously hold fast on the urban boundary while fighting intensification in existing neighbourhoods. We are in a housing crisis, in Hamilton specifically and across Canadian cities more broadly. The…
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We deserve to know why Hamilton LRT is so delayed

Ryan McGreal wants to know what, exactly, Metrolinx has been up to for the past two years. On May 13, 2021, the federal and Ontario governments jointly announced a $3.4-billion funding commitment to build and operate a new light rail transit (LRT) system in Hamilton. This milestone was…
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Flip-flopping Ford

Doug Ford promised Ontarians that the Greenbelt was off-limits to developers – only to go back on his word. The abrupt policy shift has enraged much of the populace and as Ryan McGreal points out, Ford looks to have one heckuva fight on his hands. On June 2,…
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The Times Are A-Changin’

The municipal election saw the welcome winds of change swirl through a fractious city hall, but as Ryan McGreal points out, the new faces at the council table will have their work cut out for them. Andrea Horwath will be the first woman to serve as mayor of…
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Vision Zero or Zero Vision?

How many pedestrians have to die before council gets serious about making our streets safer? I started writing this in early July. Over the next few weeks, I had to rewrite the opening no less than six times.  On July 4, a driver struck…