Hamilton takes step toward accepting LRT, Green Party leader fires back & Ont. to protect green space but only for sped-up developments

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Hamilton’s light rail transit project is back on the rails.

The city’s general issues committee (GIC) voted 9-6 on Wednesday to negotiate a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Metrolinx, regarding a 14 kilometre LRT line from McMaster University to Eastgate Square.

City council must still ratify GIC’s decision next Wednesday.

Another vote will eventually be needed to approve the MOU, once it has been negotiated and presented to councillors.

GUEST: Lloyd Ferguson, councillor for Ward 12.

GUEST: John Best. President of the Bay Observer.

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Annamie Paul held onto her position as leader of the Federal Green Party. Now she is firing back at what she described as a “small group of councillors” who she says were behind a push to dethrone her on Tuesday night.

These councillors, Paul said, tried to “force a vote of non-confidence” on her leadership with “no substantive consultation with the members they represent.”

“They produced a list of allegations: allegations that were so racist, so sexist that they were immediately disavowed by both of our MPs as offensive and inflammatory and contrary to party ethics, and I thank our MPs for that,” Paul said.

“The plan of this small group of councillors, who are on their way out, did not succeed,” she added.

GUEST: Richard Brennan, Former Journalist with The Toronto Star covering Queen’s Park and Parliament Hill

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Ontario promised Wednesday to add more protected land to the Greenbelt every time it employs a political tool that fast-tracks land development.

Critics warned, however, that the move may signal the Progressive Conservative government’s plans to push through new projects without full consultation.

The government said Wednesday it will add two acres of land to the Greenbelt in southern Ontario for every acre of land developed through a minister’s zoning order, which give the government power to fast-track development in a given area.

GUEST: Steve Buist, The Hamilton Spectator

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