In filmmaking, there is so much work. There are locations, scenery, costumes, traffic control, electrical systems, audio systems, special effects, and all the stuff that allows everything else to happen. Even a small film is a big project with many, many moving parts. Walking through Gage Park or along Ottawa Street when a movie is …Continue reading "Creeping around “Creepy Bits”"
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 …Continue reading "Truck Route Master Plan a wrong turn?"
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 …Continue reading "Things are still happening on Ottawa Street"
On the afternoon of September 30th 2019, the demolition of a decades-old structure from former steelmaker Hamilton Specialty Bar caused a massive black cloud of industrial-grade dust and debris to engulf surrounding homes and businesses and spread across several neighbourhoods, its plumes seen from many kilometres away. The dust cloud, which some described as post-apocalyptic, …Continue reading "Update: 319 Sherman Demolition"
Premier Doug Ford’s March 30th extension of the Declaration of Emergency included shutting down all “recreational amenities” including community gardens. The immediate response from some community activists, food security advocates, and gardeners was to lobby to keep community gardens open. These efforts are now meeting with backlash. It’s about land, class, and privilege. As an …Continue reading "Community gardens provide food security"
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 …Continue reading "Finale delights everyone"
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 …Continue reading "Ten cents a day"
I find myself driving around this new-to-me city over-and-over again. I’ve moved here without research. I came to slow down, to afford life, to not be in the “other city” with all its anxiety. I’m cruising the gritty streets, but what am I looking for? I’m still shrugging off the panic and hurry mixed with …Continue reading "To begin, again"
I read an article by Samantha Craggs of CBC Hamilton. She reported on a design report that was being presented by Hamilton city staff to the Public Works Committee (made up of some City Councillors). After reading the news article I decided to sit down and watch the committee meeting. I was dumbfounded by some …Continue reading "We need streets that work for everyone"
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, …Continue reading "Shades of cool in Crown Point"