This week had huge news in Hamilton. Local area MPP Donna Skelly earned some local headlines, by saying that #Hamilton city council made the wrong call in not expanding its urban boundary earlier this year. And the PC government tabled legislation based on the Housing Task Force report, and this gives a lot of power to developers, restricting municipalities in how they respond to proposals, and puts it all basically on the Ontario Land Tribunal to sort it out.
Multiple environmental groups have recently formed the Reform Gravel Mining Coalition aimed at province-wide change to the aggregates industry. They are calling for an immediate moratorium on all new gravel mining approvals in Ontario.
We are joined by Greg Sweetman, to put the aggregate industry’s case, and Sarah Harmer and Graham Flint, co-chairs of the Reform Gravel Mining Coalition, to explain their case for a moratorium.
Burlington’s UGC change has finally been implemented. Has the city got what it was promised? Or has the barn door been slammed only after the province has let the horse run away?
Hamilton has a new councillor for Ward 5, but Ward 5 didn’t get to choose him. Why?
905 MP Erin O’Toole is facing a rebellion. What’s going on with the CPC?
Stop Sprawl Ham ONT is fighting to stop the proposed urban expansion of Hamilton onto farmland and to direct the focus to intensification in the downtown core. One of the founders of this group is Nancy Hurst. Nancy helped to found Stop Sprawl HamONT in January 2020. The campaign has gathered over 5000 supporters and peppered the city with anti-sprawl lawn signs. She joins us to discuss the campaign and how we should be thinking of our cities in the 905.
Joel and Roland discuss the connection between political donations and the policy priorities of the Ford government. If any single subject can be said to encapsulate the priorities of the provincial government since 2018, it must be the efforts to weaken the legislative checks and balances on what can be built where, and who gets to have a voice in shaping development proposals.