Michael Carruth
Michael Carruth inside his restaurant. Photo by Sean Hurley

Down The Street Food Co.

Tucked between Hambrgr and Burger Lab on Ottawa Street North, is a small, dimly lit, unassuming little building housing the Down The Street Food Co., owned and operated by chef Michael Carruth who serves up soup and sandwiches. Between burger joints and opposite Simply Italian Bakery and the new Ottawa Market, both of which serve …

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Transport truck southbound on Ottawa Street
A transport truck travels southbound on Ottawa St. N. from Barton. Sean Hurley

Heavy trucks coming to Ottawa Street

Ottawa Street South, between King and Main boasts one and two story brick homes with front porches and tall mature trees. At Main, where Ottawa Street divides between North and South, Memorial Public School sits opposite Caro, a trendy and busy Italian eatery with big windows and a patio. Continue northbound and a traveller will …

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Ottawa St. N. during the pandemic.

Things are still happening on Ottawa Street

The pandemic may have induced a lockdown and provincial state of emergency, but life and business continue in Crown Point. There will be two new cannabis stores opening up in the neighbourhood. Each are on the east side with one conveniently close to Roxborough and the other closer to Barton. True North Cannabis Co., near …

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Cover photo of Reclaiming Hamilton
Cover photo of Reclaiming Hamilton. Photo by Mike Kukucska Photo by Mike Kukucska

Reclaiming Hamilton: A book review

Crown Point based author and journalist, Paul Weinberg, has edited a book of essays about Hamilton. RECLAIMING HAMILTON: ESSAYS FROM THE NEW AMBITIOUS CITY, brings together a series of contributors, many familiar, to write about Hamilton in the context of change and progress. In his acknowledgements he writes he wanted a book about the “significant …

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The ribbon cutting at the Gage Park Pump Park in 2015

Rolling along despite vandalism

In Crown Point we’re fortunate to have a number of people, groups and organzations that engage in activities that enrich the community and build up social capital. Among them, the people behind and within New Hope Community Bikes (NHCB) stand out as leaders. The work and legacy of NHCB reaches beyond the confines of their …

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Stilt walkers and actors perform the history of water treatment and delivery in Hamilton.
Stilt walkers and other performers the history of water delivery in Hamilton. Sean Hurley

Finale delights everyone

There was a standing-room-only crowd on hand for the closing reception to the month long DeLight Festival at the Hamilton Steam Museum on Woodward Avenue this past weekend. It was worth it. The Hamilton Aerial Group provided a unique telling of Hamilton’s water history that was spellbinding. With intricate costumes, puppets, and recorded music, a …

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Canadian Dime

Ten cents a day

Ten cents a day is all it would take to clear every sidewalk in Hamilton of snow and ice after a storm. Ten cents a day. With every heavy snowfall or after an ice storm, people become trapped in their homes or at risk on the streets. Life doesn’t stop. Missing appointments can cost money …

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Review: When Poverty Mattered: Then and now

Like many Canadian cities, Hamilton is beset with crises of poverty. From the steady erosion of affordable housing, to an increasingly visible homeless population, to addiction, mental health, and the stigmatization of entire neighbourhoods, Hamilton struggles with both the direct and indirect costs of poverty. Society relies upon volunteer organizations and underfunded social services to …

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Inside the 1101 Cafe Bar

Shades of cool in Crown Point

Last week a neat little cafe opened up on Cannon at Kensington and then the very next day a beer hall opened next door.  Neighbours alarmed by the idea of beer hall in the neighbourhood will be pleasantly surprised. It’s not that kind of beer hall. They do serve beer, and cocktails in the cafe, …

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When good eats meets good deeds

The best cod in the world is coming to Hamilton. Fogo Island Fish is a small Newfoundland family fishery that catches fish in the traditional way. They use a line and catch them one at a time from the cold waters of the Labrador current. The market for the cod is high end Toronto eateries. …

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