I’m going to try something new, a blog-like scrapbook of items that I would normally tweet and forget. The primary purpose of Joey’s Notepad is to ensure easy future reference of information, something which is not possible with tweets. This differs from Coleman’s Notes, which are full posts of analysis, opinion, blog, or insights. (take your pick of what term you prefer).
A listing of links and articles of interest
- The City is funding insurance fees for Easter Egg hunts, the cost is expected to be $6500. A noteworthy risk of this – a concern expressed by the City’s legal department that due to the religious roots of Easter, the City could run afoul of legal requirements for the City to remain neutral towards religions.
- An interesting twist on the ongoing Red Hill Parkway asphalt scandal, will the Province need to drop Highway Traffic Act and Provincial Offences charges against individuals who lost control of their vehicles on the Red Hill.
- A major file to watch (keep watching really): Canadian Civil Liberties Association is taking Waterfront Toronto and all three levels of government to court regarding the Sidewalk Toronto project. You’re go-to expert on this is
@biancawylie — follow her.
- Mike Crawley, CBC’s Queens Park reporter, tweets that the Premier guarantees no cuts in the number of paramedics in the planned merger of paramedic services. (See TPR story link in section below)
- Over at the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, 42 secondary school teachers have received “surplus notices” which indicate their positions may exist next school year. The province is increasing the average class size, and enrollment is decreasing, meaning less teachers will be funded next year. Surplus notices are precursors to potential layoffs.
- Over at CBC, a report on the guilty plead of Hamilton Police Service Media Relations Officer Cst. Jerome Stewart who was impaired when operating a motor vehicle in July 2018. He plead guilty in Provincial Court, and today guilty in a Police Services Act hearing. He is demoted for a year.
Planning Committee is underway.
Stories on The Public Record
- AMO Email: Hamilton Paramedic Service to be Disbanded, Merged into a Super-Sized Paramedic Service — Ontario’s Paramedic Chiefs are holding an “emergency meeting” in response to news that the Progressive Conservative provincial government is planning to merge local paramedic services together to create 10 paramedic services across Ontario.
- Resident Pier 8 Appeals Scheduled for Contested Hearing in October – LPAT encourages all parties to continue negotiations, offers mediation assistance, and sets September 30th as the date for a contested hearing.
- Province Plans to Cut Public Health Funding, and Number of Health Units – Hamilton’s Health Unit on the Block – Hamilton’s Public Health Unit is likely to be merged with Niagara, Brant, and other areas near us as Premier Doug Ford cuts budgets and number of health units. Doctors awaiting more details before prescribing their opinions on the changes.
- Lime Brings Scooters to City Hall – Will Hamilton See Electric Scooters in 2020? – City staff took the scooter for test rides, and a staff report will be presented to Council in the near future with options to consider regarding regulations of E-Scooter sharing companies.
New Coleman’s Notes
- HSR Shortening the 34-Upper Paradise Routing Downtown – This is not a rider-centric change, quite the opposite. Instead of providing needed bus service to Redeemer University College, Mayor Fred Eisenberger has once again shortchanged the HSR and its riders.
Production Details v. 1.5 Last edited: April 16, 2019 Author: Joey Coleman Edit Record Note: for Scrapbook posts, versioning only changes if there are changes to existing content such as a correction, clarification, or typographical error.