Coun­cil­lor-drawn ward bound­ary changes ap­proved

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

The city will en­act ward bound­ary changes largely sug­gested by coun­cil­lors.

The de­ci­sion was rat­i­fied Wed­nes­day de­spite a warn­ing from the city’s own con­sul­tants that they wouldn’t be able to sup­port the new po­lit­i­cal map if it is ap­pealed. The city spent about $260,000 on a re­view and pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion de­signed to sug­gest ward bound­aries that bet­ter re­flect a chang­ing pop­u­la­tion. A ma­jor­ity of coun­cil­lors re­jected the con­sul­tant’s rec­om­men­da­tions, ar­gu­ing they would hurt ru­ral rep­re­sen­ta­tion and split neigh­bour­hoods. A for­mal by­law on the changes will come to coun­cil in late Fe­bru­ary, kick-start­ing an ap­peal pe­riod that could send the plan to the On­tario Mu­nic­i­pal Board. Coun­cil also voted Wed­nes­day to ask the prov­ince to take ward bound­ary changes out of the hands of lo­cal coun­cils, in part to re­move the per­cep­tion of ger­ry­man­der­ing.

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