Issues: Arts funding battle brews

Art Gallery of Hamilton AGHJohn Rennison The Hamilton Spectator2/26/14

To what degree is arts funding an issue for this fall’s municipal election? A fight over scarce arts funding looms with a planned overhaul of the city’s hodgepodge of community grants. The public will have the month of July to comment on a new “city enrichment fund” designed to swallow all other city grant programs […]

Issues: Hamilton’s prospects for medical marijuana

MARIJUANA GREENHOUSE

  New federal regulations on medical marijuana officially take effect this week (April 1).  Health Canada predicts users will balloon from the current 38,000 to as many as 450,000 within a decade. Pot may well be an issue in the 2014 municipal election campaign, since producers are looking for sites to grow in cities like […]

Dreschel: NDP says the rich should fund LRT

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It’s clear that LRT is an election issue. Above: Spectator editorial cartoonist Graeme MacKay speculates on delays that might occur before Hamilton gets LRT. Below, Spectator columnist Andrew Dreschel reports on the funding scenario being promoted by the NDP. * * * By Andrew Dreschel NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says Hamilton’s proposed LRT system should […]

ISSUES: Homelessness

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The extreme cold of recent weeks underscores the issue of homelessness in Hamilton, an important topic  in the campaign for the October municipal election.

Issues: Hamilton’s Suburban-Urban Divide

Urban Suburban-Cathie Coward

De-amalgamation is a potentially hot topic for this year’s municipal election. Spectator reporters Jon Wells and Teviah Moro looked into how the community’s split between rural, urban and suburban could play out in the October vote. 

Issues: Traffic Congestion

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Traffic is an issue for most Hamiltonians, as is the case across Ontario these days.  But bottlenecks are a particularly difficult problem in Waterdown, where streams of cars are squeezed through the narrow downtown core.

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