Hamilton City Council GIC for February 1, 2017: Ward Boundaries and More

Hamilton City Council meet for their first GIC of February, the headline issue was the final vote on Ward Boundary reform. Councillors voted for their own gerrymandered wards, despite a clear warning from expert consultants that the gerrymander will be indefensible at a Ontario Municipal Board hearing.

Councillors also received a task force report on workforce development, which will guide numerous private and public sector partners in the coming year.

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Hamilton City Council for January 27, 2017: 2017 HSR Budget Debate

City Council debated the 2017 HSR budget. The budget proposal was based upon the Council approved 10-year transit strategy, and the year three budget calls for Council to invest in transit after two years of incremental improvements funded primarily by fare increases.

Council voted to ask the HSR’s Director to return with budget proposals of a 3% or 1.8% budget increase.

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Hamilton City Council for January 26, 2017: Library and Police Budgets

Hamilton City Council received and debated the 2017 Hamilton Public Library and Police Board Budgets.

The Library budget received extra attention – in the form of praise – from City Councillors following comments the week prior by Councillor Donna Skelly questioning the relevance of libraries in the Internet Age.

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Hamilton City Council Budget Debate for January 24, 2016

Council debated the budget requests of Boards and Agencies:
– Conservation Halton
– Grand River Conservation Authority
– Hamilton Beach Rescue Unit
– Royal Botanical Gardens
– Hamilton Region Conservation Authority
– Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority