Beasley Street Art
Sean Hurley

Barton Neighbourhood is Diverse and Vibrant – Raise the Hammer

I’ll admit, my response to Andre Ramshaw’s opinion is a little biased. Maybe it’s because I live beside the corner that was featured in a photo at the top of his article. Maybe it’s because I feel like I’m part of the community he’s calling a cavity. Read this here: Barton Neighbourhood is Diverse and …

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Ask the Ontario Ombudsman to Investigate Committee Meeting in Niagara – Raise the Hammer

If you are unhappy that Hamilton City Council members banned public observers from the “public” meeting they held at a resort in Niagara-on-the-Lake, I would like to ask you to file a complaint to the Ontario Ombudsman. It’s the legal avenue for a complaint under the “Sunshine Law”. Source: Ask the Ontario Ombudsman to Investigate …

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We Deserve to Know the Truth About the Buried Red Hill Parkway Report – Raise the Hammer

This was my first time running the race on a rainy day, and I couldn’t help but notice that the pavement on Red Hill seemed a lot more slippery than the surface roads connecting to it. Of course, this observation was purely subjective and anecdotal, but I was not at all surprised to learn that …

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Livable Lanes: Laneway Housing in Hamilton

  I have been presenting the idea of laneway housing to our city’s planning department since 2008, and finally this housing typology has become legal: a pilot zoning for Wards 1-4 was approved by Council in September 2018. This article explores how the new pilot zoning can help improve housing options in our city.┬áSource: Livable …

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New Unprotected Bike Lanes on Gage North of Dunsmure – Raise the Hammer

New bicycle lanes were recently installed on Gage Avenue, north of Dunsmure Road. As we can see from the following photographs, there is a very serious safety issue with the bicycle lane being obstructed by the door zone of adjacent parked cars. Source: New Unprotected Bike Lanes on Gage North of Dunsmure – Raise the …

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Running in Hamilton: About the Media and Moving Forward – Raise the Hammer

It wasn’t a mistake that these articles ended up in Raise the Hammer. I asked Ryan McGreal, its editor, if he would publish them not only because of the longer format but because I think that independent media in Hamilton are important. They need to have a bigger role to play in disseminating information to …

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