One truck negotiates a left turn while another waits at the light.
Photo by Sean Hurley

Truck Route Master Plan a wrong turn?

Commercial and long-haul freight trucks are like modern-day dinosaurs. They lumber along and dominate the road networks they share with smaller vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. But we’ve learned to depend on these massive beasts which deliver vegetables, fruit, appliances and other goods to every community across North America, 24-7. In our fulfillment economy, they’ve been …

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Smoke On The Water

That bad smell

In late March the smell of burnt coal hovered over east Hamilton’s Crown Point neighbourhood, not far from the steel plants along Lake Ontario.  A March 25 article in the Hamilton Spectator reported that a temperature inversion (two layers of air, warm on top of cool) was keeping pollutants in a holding pattern that posed …

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The corner of Ottawa and Cannon.
The corner of Ottawa and Cannon facing 180 Ottawa St. N. Photo by Sean Hurley

The hex on 180 Ottawa street is finally over

A boarded-up building with a troubled history at 180 Ottawa St. N. at Cannon is coming to life.  Contractors hired by social housing provider Indwell, are conducting restoration work inside a gutted interior which has experienced fire and water damage.   To Councillor Sam Merulla the Indwell purchase of this property is nothing short of a …

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Fruits and vegetables at the market.

Updated: Family food, not feud

The Ottawa Street Farmers Market on Saturday is here to stay and there is no tension nor rift with the retailers and merchants in the Ottawa Street BIA. Nica vanBeuzekom, co-owner of the Branching Path Farm, is of the view that an opinion piece in the Hamilton Spectator on Feb. 27 paints an erroneous picture …

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Collision at the intersection of Ottawa and Cannon.
Collision at the intersection of Ottawa and Cannon.

Car crash central: Ottawa and Cannon

Two recent instances at Ottawa and Cannon last year, where drivers lost control of their cars and smashed into buildings, have highlighted the issue of road safety for local residents and merchants in the Crown Point area. Fortunately, nobody walking along the sidewalk during these incidents were injured or killed, but many residents are deeply …

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Ottawa Street North
Photo by Sean Hurley

Master Plan for Ottawa Street North?

It was fall 2013 when I first talked to Khaldoon Ahmad, a planner with the City of Hamilton, who was developing a street master plan for the one-kilometre long stretch of Ottawa Street North between Main Street East and Barton. Major funds had not yet been put aside at City Hall for a makeover, but …

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