Dalton McGuinty's Liberal government has promised millions for city waste
initiatives and hints it will keep a rapidly sinking Royal
Botanical Gardens afloat in the run-up to Thursday's Hamilton East
High-profile Liberal MPPs continue to flood into Hamilton, some spreading
the dough, as the fight for the late Dominic Agostino's
seat comes down to the wire.
Liberal byelection goodies so far include $16 million to update
the psychiatric hospital on the Mountain, $19.5 million to help
Hamilton deal with its budget shortfall and a $9-million break
on provincial education taxes for Hamilton businesses.
Hamilton Mountain cabinet minister Marie Bountrogianni, flanked by Hamilton East
candidate Ralph Agostino, yesterday announced $14 million for waste management
and recycling projects.
The money, matched by the city, will be used to
decommission the rusting SWARU solid waste incinerator on Kenora Avenue,
help assess and remediate 10 closed landfills across greater Hamilton
and open three recycling and reuse centres.
Bountrogianni also suggested Queen's Park will find extra funds to
keep the RBG from closing.
Last week, officials at the gardens said the province's current
$1.6 million a year is not enough to keep it
going. RBG's board said it may have to recommend closing.