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 …Continue reading "That bad smell"
Now is a good opportunity to learn about our shared history in Canada and the beautiful spirits, languages, belief systems, stories, and traditions we tried to (thankfully) unsuccessful break through the 168 year history of Canadian residential schools.Continue reading "Understanding Canadian Residential Schools"
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 …Continue reading "The hex on 180 Ottawa street is finally over"
To me, being more careful with how we build the city is one of the most important conversations we can have and that means we cannot rush expanding our urban boundary.Continue reading "What is your Hamilton?"
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 …Continue reading "Updated: Family food, not feud"
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 …Continue reading "Car crash central: Ottawa and Cannon"
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"
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 …Continue reading "Master Plan for Ottawa Street North?"
If lockdown’s aren’t working, what are alternative measures that can be put into place in an effort to adopt a less ‘cancel the school trip’ attitude to addressing the root problem?Continue reading "With Baited Breath"