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Old Posted Jun 25, 2019, 8:40 PM
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Busting myths about innovation and the public sector
https://www.thespec.com/opinion-stor...public-sector/
Hamilton’s public servants are incredibly passionate about what our city and our residents need, writes Jason Thorne.
This a pretty uninspiring list from Thorne.
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Old Posted Jun 26, 2019, 4:11 AM
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Great news for the municipal tax base and the ongoing struggle to boost the commercial/industrial share of it.

The Spec's version of this notes 1,200 employees so there will be some job gain, but the existing jobs/production are simply shifting within the local economic region. The real positive about that is L3 Wescam remaining in the area!

It could be a gain for the CMA's economy though if the new site allows the company to grow its business and/or generate more spin-off activity for related local firms.

And the Burlington building isn't likely to remain empty...


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New L3 Wescam headquarters moving 1,000 jobs back to Hamilton
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L3 Wescam is breaking ground on its new headquarters in Hamilton Tuesday, in a move that will bring over a thousand jobs back to the city.

It's a company with history in the area stretching back to the 1950s that's essentially coming home to Hamilton.

"We're excited to be a part of this community again," Wescam said when it first announced the project two years ago.

The new headquarters, which will be located at the southeast intersection of Highway 6 North and Highway 5 in Waterdown, will bring over 1,000 "highly skilled" workers to the city, L3 Wescam says. The company's headquarters is currently in Burlington.

The idea of Wescam itself dates back to 1957, when engineers for Westinghouse Canada on Longwood Road helped develop a stabilized camera system for surveillance applications.

The company went through various changes and buyouts, L3 Wescam said in a media release, and is now seen as a "world-leader in electro-optic and infrared imaging technologies and system solutions."

The company says it has over 4,700 systems operational in over 80 counties as part of search and rescue, airborne law enforcement and homeland security missions.
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Old Posted Jun 26, 2019, 4:18 AM
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Hmm, Clappisons Corners isn't really what EcDev has in mind when they talk about attracting high tech jobs. This will be spoken about as a win, but I expect the walk score for the new location vs the old one by the Go station is quite a bit worse.
I don't know about that. The current site is pretty far from anything, including Aldershot GO.
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Hamilton Centre had second highest per capita food bank use in 2018: Feed Ontario report
(Hamilton Spectator, Teviah Moro, july 18 2019)

The riding of Hamilton Centre had the second highest concentration per capita of food bank use in Ontario last year, according to a new Feed Ontario study.

The organization, formerly called the Ontario Association of Food Banks, worked with the Fleming College Geographic Information Systems program to examine data from every riding in the province.

The study, with data presented via an interactive online map, found access to food banks in 2018 increased by three per cent — 507,977 people and 3,033,970 visits — over 2017.…

Only Ottawa-Vanier, which saw 16,537 people use food banks 80,332 times, had a per capita figure of 15 in 100 among Ontario electoral ridings.

Here's how other local ridings compared:

•Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas: four in 100 people
•Hamilton East-Stoney Creek: four in 100 people
•Hamilton Mountain: six in 100 people
•Burlington: two in 100 people


Read it in full here. Or, if the paper breaks its link, here.
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Food is getting so expensive to buy nowadays. Back in the day, I could get a shopping cart filled and pay $100. Now a whole shopping cart of food and stuff is like over $400.

Even a box of KD is like a dollar whereas I remember it used to be like 10 cents or 25 cents a box.
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A new CCPA research report, Unaccommodating: Rental Housing Wage in Canada, finds that it takes 54 hours a week at minimum wage to afford the average 1BR apartment in Hamilton.

Going off their data, this is actually fairly middle-of-the-pack.

Vancouver: 84 hours
Toronto: 79 hours
Victoria: 67 hours
Regina: 65 hours
Saskatoon: 65 hours
Oshawa: 64 hours
Barrie: 63 hours
Winnipeg: 63 hours
Halifax: 61 hours
Kelowna: 61 hours
Ottawa: 61 hours
Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo: 58 hours
Guelph: 57 hours
Calgary: 56 hours
Kingston: 55 hours
St. John’s: 55 hours
Hamilton: 54 hours
Abbotsford-Mission: 51 hours
Belleville: 50 hours
Peterborough: 50 hours
Brantford: 49 hours
London: 48 hours
Moncton: 48 hours
St. Catharines-Niagara: 48 hours
Greater Sudbury: 47 hours
Montreal: 47 hours
Quebec: 47 hours
Gatineau: 46 hours
Thunder Bay: 46 hours
Lethbridge: 45 hours
Saint John: 44 hours
Windsor: 42 hours
Sherbrooke: 33 hours
Trois-Rivieres: 31 hours
Saguenay: 30 hours

But that's about as much good news as you'll find in the report.
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Food is getting so expensive to buy nowadays. Back in the day, I could get a shopping cart filled and pay $100. Now a whole shopping cart of food and stuff is like over $400.
$400? How many people are you feeding? And is that what you're spending every week?
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Old Posted Jul 30, 2019, 12:18 AM
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Hamilton construction up a whopping 30 per cent in the first six months of 2019
Some of the increase is explained by developers rushing to avoid new development charges that went into effect in July

https://www.thespec.com/news-story/9...onths-of-2019/

Hamilton is having a record-breaking year in construction, with a 30 per cent increase over 2018 for the first six months of the year.

According to new figures from the city's Planning and Economic Development Department, there was $800 million in construction activity from January to June 2019 compared to $619 million in the same period last year.

And 2018 was very strong, finishing the year with $1.26 billion in construction, the second highest ever.

The figures are produced by having developers estimate the value of their projects when apply for building permits. Those figures are tallied each month to get a sense of how the construction sector is doing.

Glen Norton, the city's director of economic development, said he believes some of the activity in June is explained by developers wanting to avoid new development charges that were to come into force in July.

"Our development charges went up July 6, so builders who have projects coming would want to get their building permit applications in early to lower the rate," he said.

The charges vary depending on the type of construction but, Norton said, in the case of multi-unit residential construction, it will mean thousands of dollars per apartment.

The increases, he said, were put into place because city council believes "growth should pay for growth. So suburban types of development that require more infrastructure from the city are going to pay more of the development charges."

The biggest project recorded in June, was a $65-million, 251-unit apartment development on Dundas Street East in Flamborough — by Flamborough Centre Properties — followed by a $32 million addition project at McMaster University. Details were available about the McMaster construction.

Norton said the record-breaking six month total across the city is both a reflection of developers rushing forward to avoid additional costs but it also a sign that the construction industry is continuing to boom in the city.

"Both factors are at work in explaining the increase," he said. "It's going to be a good year. There is no doubt about it. We're clearly going to pass the $1 billion mark again for the year.

"It's the exodus from Toronto. We are relatively affordable for residential, commercial and industrial developments. Hamilton is becoming a viable alternative, not just to live but as a place to bring business from Toronto," he said.

The report says residential construction was up 12 per cent — in the first six months of the year — compared to the three year average, whereas industrial, commercial and institutional construction was up by 59.5 per cent.

June's report follows a previous month's report from the city's planning and development department that had a major miscalculation — because of an extra zero added to one project.

A $12.7-million City Hamilton Housing Corp. buildingon MacNab Street North was mistakenly counted as $127 million. So instead of a 30 per cent increase in overall construction activity for the first five months of the year — as compared to the same period in 2018 — the increase was really 9 per cent.

Asked whether there might be a calculation problem with the June report — that found a 30 per cent increase — Dio Ortiz, a spokesperson for the department, said "we're more than confident that it is accurate."
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Old Posted Jul 30, 2019, 11:10 AM
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Hamilton construction up a whopping 30 per cent in the first six months of 2019
Some of the increase is explained by developers rushing to avoid new development charges that went into effect in July

https://www.thespec.com/news-story/9...onths-of-2019/

Hamilton is having a record-breaking year in construction, with a 30 per cent increase over 2018 for the first six months of the year.

According to new figures from the city's Planning and Economic Development Department, there was $800 million in construction activity from January to June 2019 compared to $619 million in the same period last year.

The figures are produced by having developers estimate the value of their projects when apply for building permits.
In terms of trend within trends, the City’s numbers on year-to-date permits issued show that Jan-June activity (compared to the three-year average) is asymmetrical:

Industrial up 2.6%
Commercial up 2.3%
Institutional up 8.4%
Residential down 13.4%
Miscellaneous* down 35.1%

Permits issued in the first half of 2019 were down 16.4%.

In terms of value assigned to these projects by sector:

Industrial: $160,815,919 (up 149.7%)
Commercial: $60,097,624 (down 4.1%)
Institutional: $82,494,355 (up 30.7%)
Residential: $477,846,152 (up 11.8%)
Miscellaneous*: $18,731,290 (up 118%)

The article’s claim that “residential construction was up” is in reference to valuation of projects, not in number of permits (which trend opposite).

Another interesting detail: 94% of the residential building permits issued Jan-June 2019 were for "Minor Residential Additions And Renovations (Less than $50,000)".

The above numbers are the three-year average trends. Compared against Jan-June 2018, the building trends shake out as follows:

Industrial: Up $105,874,175 YOY (+60.2%)
Commercial: Down $4,048,849 YOY (-6.3%)
Institutional: Up $25,591,424 YOY (+45%)
Residential: Up $40,639,838 YOY (+9.3%)
Miscellaneous*: Up $12,156,232 YOY (+185.0%)

*Miscellaneous includes Demolition, Fire Repair, Sewage Systems, Protective Plumbing, Signs, and Tents/Stages.

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Presumably that should read "few details". The 108,198 square foot addition is recorded as Permit #18-128062-00 G3, with builder TBD.
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Construction in Hamilton breaks new record
There have been more than $1 billion in building projects this year after less than 8 months

https://www.thespec.com/news-story/9...ks-new-record/

It is not unusual for the city to record more than $1 billion in construction in a year, but never has Hamilton managed the milestone in less than eight months.

City of Hamilton chief building official Ed VanderWindt announced Tuesday that the city has officially surpassed the threshold, marking the earliest point in a calendar year that the city has crossed the $1-billion milestone.

The city's previous record was nine months, set last year in 2018.

The results are significant because building activity is an important economic indicator and show the construction sector remains strong after several years of steady growth.

"Hamilton's economy continues to be a progressive success story — reaching new heights like this one year after year," said Glen Norton, Hamilton's director of economic development.

The milestone draws from 4,719 building projects in the residential, institutional, commercial and industrial sectors. The value of Industrial building permits in the first seven months of this year was up 151 per cent over the average of the last three years, compared to 14.4 per cent for the residential building sector.

A media release from the city said, the results are "attributable to several factors, one of the most important being the continued movement of people and businesses to Hamilton from other parts of the region. Other factors would include the success of many of our local businesses, leading to their expansion."

Mayor Fred Eisenberger was quoted in the release as saying, "This important milestone sends a strong message that the momentum in Hamilton is real. With major investments and development happening now and into the future, I am proud of the dedication of city staff and building partners as we continue to work together to create employment opportunities and ensure Hamilton's transformation can and will move forward."
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The milestone draws from 4,719 building projects in the residential, institutional, commercial and industrial sectors. The value of Industrial building permits in the first seven months of this year was up 151 per cent over the average of the last three years, compared to 14.4 per cent for the residential building sector.

Residential construction permit valuation is 60% of that milestone valuation. YTD, YOY: 23% increase in permits for new one and two family dwellings.

YTD, fewest total building permits issued since 2015.

Commercial construction permit valuation is down 30% YOY.

July 2019
Residential: 66.57% of the month's total
Commercial: 12.42% of the month's total
Industrial: 3.57% of the month's total
Government/institutional: 16.06% of the month's total

July 2018
Residential: 59.00% of the month's total
Commercial: 14.02% of the month's total
Industrial: 1.54% of the month's total
Government/institutional: 24.49% of the month's total
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3rd best at best cities to find a job?

I'm not sure ai agree with that at all. The job market is growing, but extremely slowly, and not amazing employment. I really want to stay in Hamilton,but I'm finding it extremely difficult to find jobs.
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A full time job paying more than $50k a year...
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Hamilton’s Economic Development Office released its latest investment video. Entitled “We Are Hamilton”

https://investinhamilton.ca/blog/201...-we-are-ready/
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https://investinhamilton.ca/blog/201...-we-are-ready/
Stupid question: Who's the audience for this video?
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https://www.thespec.com/news-story/9...-feel-at-home/

Tour of Hamilton hot spots designed to make Toronto investors feel at home


A fellow in a bright blue sailor outfit served ice cream to a group of urban professionals, who were bused in from Toronto on Tuesday to take a closer look at Hamilton's business hot spots.

The 100 urban planners, commercial real estate agents and developers were standing outside the City Centre mall on the first stop of the Urban Land Institute's tour of Hamilton, waiting to meet the mall's prospective new owner.

And then, there he was: Darryl Firsten, president of IN8 Developments, dressed up as an ice cream vendor from the hit series "Stranger Things."

The unintentionally retro feel of Hamilton City Centre and its dead-ringer resemblance to the Starcourt Mall from the popular Netflix show was the rationale for Firsten's costume from the fictional shop Scoops Ahoy.

Eighties-era nostalgia aside, don't expect the mall's eerie vibe to last much longer was Firsten's message to the crowd, who heard his vision for multiple towers and other mixed-use features in a $700-million reinvention of the space. He admitted that some of the plans are "back of napkin" ideas prior to the deal closing in early December.

Across James Street, the tour stopped in at the new collaborative hub of consultant Urban Strategies in a former art gallery at 66 James St., where Hamilton's economic development director Glen Norton talked about how the city ranks second in North America after Tucson in terms of fast-growing "opportunity markets" for tech talent, according to a CBRE study.

Heritage buildings are vital to feeding the entrepreneurial, youthful spirit in the downtown core, said Norton, who added that the city's strength extends beyond the downtown to a wide diversity of sectors — from a base of advanced manufacturing to aerospace, a sector that will take a prominent spot on the city's next four-year "action plan."

"We're playing to who we are and what we are," Norton said.

The $60 million spent in Hamilton last year by the film industry was on the marquee when the tour stopped near the site of a film district proposed to be built on between 12 and 20 acres of Barton-Tiffany land that had previously been set aside for a West Harbour stadium.

Debbie Spence, business development consultant for the city's creative industries, told the group gathered in an empty walkway at the James North GO station that film permits were up 50 per cent in 2018 compared with the previous year, and noted that 100 hotel rooms were booked on a five-day shoot by one production company alone.

Aeon Studio Group co-founder Jeff Landers said talks are moving along, but there was "very little" to discuss publicly about progress on the Barton-Tiffany project that is intended to be a live-work space combining film production facilities and residential condos — "a Liberty Village but here."

Brock Boehler, a representative of Waterloo-based Momentum Developments, which intends to build residential units at the Barton-Tiffany site, said the building activity in Hamilton reminds him of where Waterloo Region was 10 years ago. Today, he described 10 cranes hovering over Waterloo Region, rushing to get in under an expiring deadline on discounted development fees.

Phased-out incentives is a technique Hamilton also uses to encourage action by developers — because not everyone has the same sense of timing.

IN8's Firsten calls himself a "trailblazer" who "wants to get in at the beginning" of Hamilton's ascent.

But Norton of the city's economic department said "that after 10 years of slogging," he doesn't share Firsten's view that this is the "beginning."
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