Hamilton Port Authority Reviewing HPA Land Use Plan

The Hamilton Port Authority is reviewing its Land Use Plan written in 2002 and looking for community feedback. The Port says it plans to update the plan to reflect changes since 2002 including the HPA acquiring new lands, the development of the West Harbour into a recreation and community attraction, and security requirements in the age of concern about terrorism. On the Port website, there is information on the land use plan review. The site includes a link to the 2002 land use plan and an online survey for public feedback on land use priorities.

Hamilton Mountain MPP Monique Taylor Profiled by Jane Taber in Globe and Mail

Monique Taylor, the NDP MPP for Hamilton Mountain, was relentless in her fight with the Wynne government over its changes to funding for Ontario’s new autism program – so much so that she was kicked out of the legislature during a particularly heated Question Period when she refused to stop yelling across the aisle at the government. Thus opens a profile of Taylor in today’s The Globe and Mail as part of Jane Taber’s series “Women in Politics”. I won’t post spoilers here, I strongly encourage you to read the full column to learn more about the struggles Taylor overcame and her perseverance in becoming Hamilton Mountain’s MPP.  

Federal Electoral Reform Page Launch

The House of Commons is reviewing the federal electoral system with the possibility of formally proposing changes to how we elect federal Members of Parliament. To this end, the Government of Canada launched a webpage early today on the topic and the Special Committee on Electoral Reform which is mandated “to identify and conduct a study of viable alternate voting systems to replace the first-past-the-post system, as well as to examine mandatory voting and online voting.” The webpage is here: http://www.democraticinstitutions.gc.ca/eng/content/electoral-reform