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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Bill boards in Toronto promoting climate protest.
Climate change protest posters. Photo by Sean Hurley.

Students step up as climate change leaders

Following a U.N. Climate Summit in New York City last September, Hamilton students have picked up the gauntlet. At a Youth Eco-Summit at Mohawk College this past October, the message was clear: we must all take an active role in the fight against climate change. Fifteen years ago, the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board (HWCDSB) …

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Part of Donna Arkey's piece at night. Photo by Jeff Hayward.
Part of Donna Arkey's The Last icebergs at night. Photo by Jeff Hayward. Photo by Jeff Hayward.

‘Tip of the Iceberg’ vandalized at Andrew Warburton Memorial Park

Donna Akrey’s comment on the vandalism against her installation on the Pipeline Trail was candid: “…the layers of meaning in a work to ‘replenish’ icebergs being vandalized is pretty poignant.” Akrey’s work contains many layers of meaning for anyone willing to contemplate it. The installation provides moulds in which the Hamilton artist invites viewers to …

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Caged fish farm

Is That Fish Farmed?

Photo by Thomas Bjørkan – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 A very common question and it’s one people ask because they want to stay clear of it. There’s a good chance nobody forages their vegetables or hunts their meat. People are, however, concerned about aqua farming and for good reason: Sixty-five per cent of fish …

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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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