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Blast Furnace Canada Blog: OMB caves in to idiots at Hamilton City Hall with "Aerotropolis"

Earlier this week the Ontario Municipal Board gave final clearance to Hamilton destroying 555 hectares of virgin farmland for “development” lands around the Hamilton airport, when at least half that much exists in the wasteland of brownfields in the lower city. The so-called “Aerotropolis”. The claim is that businesses want clean land, and there really isn’t that much left in the brownfield

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I often don’t change my mind on a lot of issues unless I can be convinced. But this is one of them: LRT is a stupid idea for the City of Hamilton. We would be much better off with BRT – Bus Rapid Transit.

Metrolinx has said, along with the revenue proposals it put forward today, that Hamilton is definitely in the running for the first wave of rapid transit expansion across South Central

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: When WalMart meets GO Transit

A little while back I wrote about how there are dozens of bridges in the Hamilton megacity (read: consolidated city-county), most of them in a horrible state of disrepair; and how with many of them no one seems to know who actually owns them. Well, there is one that we definitely do know about now, and the cost is going to be much bigger than anyone could have dreamed just weeks ago. (

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: More problems with Ornge

This week it was learned that there could be a nasty side effect (no pun intended) to the scandals that have plagued Ornge, the air ambulance service. Hamilton could lose on staff air traffic control. Why?

It seems that the company that was contracted to do air ambulance services, and ended up being a petty cash fund for its senior executives at our expense, was supposed to use Hamilton’s

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: What passes for road maintenance — in Hamilton (Part 1 of an unending series)

Really. This is one of Hamilton’s busiest routes – the Claremount Access which connects the lower city at Victoria (northbound) and Wellington (southbound) with the upper city at Upper James. They rebuilt part of this route about two or three years ago, along the upper section where the southbound lanes actually are carried over a bridge, such that it overhangs the escarpment. And they

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: What’s in YOUR drinking water? In Hamilton it could be Scotchgard ™

Several months ago, back in the spring of this year, Radio Canada ran an investigative report regarding the run-off of chemicals from John Munro International Airport at Mount Hope, the highest point in Hamilton. This was prompted after a lot of fish and turtles were turning up dead downstream in Chippewa Creek which supplies Lake Niapenco and onward to the Welland River. This water system

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: When you can see the rebar sticking out, you have a problem

The idea behind reinforcing concrete with steel rebar is to ensure the concrete doesn’t rip itself out during the expansion and contraction caused by temperature swings.

Yet just walk or drive around Hamilton. You can easily see one or more rebar lines sticking out of light standards, overpasses, tunnels and so forth. It could just take one bad weather event, or a major spike or crasg of

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Railway bridges are falling down in Hamilton

You’d think that if a bridge carries a railway then it should be the railroad company that pays for repairs and/or replacement. Not necessarily. Hamilton has about 400 bridges across the vast city, many of them downloaded to the city years ago. And there are seven, all of them for the steel wheels, where no one is sure who owns them. Another, the underpass that carries Centennial

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Keystone XL delayed; and how many Wal-Marts does Hamilton need?

It was a big surprise but also a delight to hear that Hillary Clinton’s State Department has ordered Trans Canada Pipelines to reconsider the proposed route of the Keystone XL project, in particular the section that would have gone through Nebraska’s S… . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Keystone XL delayed; and how many Wal-Marts does Hamilton need?

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Bye Steve, and bye-bye (maybe) Tim

Hard to imagine a world without Steve Jobs … I’ll always be a “PC” (personal computer) but I love iTunes ™ — which made possible the podcast and the ability to download a lot of favourite radio and TV shows as well as discovering new ones, all for… . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Bye Steve, and bye-bye (maybe) Tim

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Quick weekend thoughts (2010-10-02)

Quick whip of two items so let’s go:Good on the Supreme Court of Canada for ruling the Insite clinic in Vancouver does not run afoul of drug control policies; more technically that it does but to deny it a “constitutional exemption” would be a far wors… . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Quick weekend thoughts (2010-10-02)

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Legacy of sports or legacy of debts?

Heaven help Hamilton on this one.    Another round of Pan Am chicken.No sooner did it seem we call Red Hat owner Bob Young’s bluff and offer to do a renovation of Ivor Wynne than it turns out that the proposal as set was for bleachers an… . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Legacy of sports or legacy of debts?

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: $10 million is the new $137 million

Only in Hamilton.    When Ontario deregulated power in 2002 (huge mistake still, in my opinion) it was left to the local utilities on what to do with the new local power companies which legally had to incorporate separately from the citi… . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: $10 million is the new $137 million

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Hamilton takes another step out of the Dark Ages

It finally looks like Hamilton is about to get out of the dark ages and allow department stores to be open 24 / 7.   It only makes sense.   Not that I really care for places like WalMart that much — but why is it that we have to dr… . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Hamilton takes another step out of the Dark Ages

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: When is a scholarship a "forgiveable loan" (or vice versa)?

A very interesting class action lawsuit has been launched here in The Hammer. It involves students of Redeemer University College and their parents who claim they were ripped off by an enticing “forgiveable loan” scheme to offset the costs of the t… . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: When is a scholarship a "forgiveable loan" (or vice versa)?

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: When settlement groups go astray

Several months back, there was a huge storm when PMS cut off funding for Hamilton based SISO, the Settlement and Integration Services Organization effectively forcing it to close down. At first many felt it was a vendetta that Team Harper had again… . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: When settlement groups go astray

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Flooding on purpose

I suppose desperate times call for desperate measures, hence today’s forced flood in rural Manitoba to destroy a hundred or so homes in order to save another 1000 or more. Still one has to wonder why more preventative measures aren’t being taken be… . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Flooding on purpose