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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The Starless Sea: Land of Books and Honey

The Starless Sea – Erin Morgenstern “Not all stories speak to all listeners, but all listeners can find a story that does, somewhere, sometime. In one form or another.” This sentence in The Starless Sea is writer Erin Morgenstern taunting the reader. “Read my book. Find your story. Come on. I dare you”, Morgenstern challenges. …

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An odd couple in Nice – A book review of Akin by Emma Donoghue

Noah is about to spend his 80th birthday in Nice, France revisiting his birthplace that he hasn’t seen since he was four. His wife died almost a decade before, although she still pops in to be the sassy voice of reason in his head. He plans on investigating the mystery surrounding his mother when she …

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A new chapter on Ottawa Street

On a Friday, after work, I bought a hardcover copy of Beautiful Scars: Steeltown Secrets, Mohawk Skywalkers, by Hamilton musician and artist, Tom Wilson. I found a bench, parked myself, and started reading. Tom Wilson tells stories and he’s good at it. In the few chapters I got through on Ottawa Street, on an early …

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Fighting Doug Ford’s budget cuts to Ontario libraries

By processing large volumes of loan requests, providing expedited delivery services and obtaining significant postal-rate discounts, SOLS and OLSN exemplify efficiency through co-operation. Recreating these services locally will duplicate effort and magnify costs. Source: Fighting Doug Ford’s budget cuts to Ontario libraries

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