Gate to Gage Park Community Garden

Community gardens provide food security

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 …

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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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Outside the yoga studio on Barton.
Photo by Trish Sprawson

To begin, again

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 …

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Proposed Hunter Street Design
This image formed part of the staff presentation to the Public Works Committee.

We need streets that work for everyone

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 …

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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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Tony Lemma: The Independent

Hamilton Centre became home for Tony Lemma in 2006. He’s very passionate about his City and deeply committed to adding value to his local neighbourhood. He’s a servant leader in his community and feels a good community leader should also be a participant in community activities and ‘lead from among’. He’s shown this most recently …

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Breakfast in The Point: Curbside Grill

There are a few reasons to visit Curbside Grill. One is that while many breakfast spots serve a bottomless coffee, Curbside has good coffee. A second is that they’re on Ottawa Street close to the market. The third is the The Breakfast Club.  I like a breakfast sandwich. I’m that guy constructing a sandwich at …

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Sean Hurley

Biting into food literacy

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][sam_pro id=1_11 codes=”true”][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]October is the second annual food literacy month here in Hamilton.  But what does that really mean?  When I think about food literacy, I ask where the food in my kitchen came from? Did I grow it myself, or did I meet the person or farmer that did? If not, do I know …

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