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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Delight Festival Poster

deLight Festival: Last Days of Ice and Snow

Red Tree Collective, in collaboration with Hamilton Dialogues and Pipeline Trail Hamilton presents the 4th annual DeLight Festival February 1st to 29th, 2020 A multi disciplinary festival with installations of visual art, poetry, sound and community art along the Pipeline Trail between London Street North and Strathearne Avenue. Hamilton’s Pipeline Trail is an urban walking path with …

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Phone It Forward Logo

This Christmas, Phone It Forward

As 2019 winds to an end, phone plans turn over, new devices are purchased, and the spirit of giving fills the air, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind is on a mission with its Phone It Forward program. The Phone It Forward program is a game-changing program that accepts any modern smartphone to help …

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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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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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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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Can Delta be saved?

PSA: Delta, INSE Intro There were two things that drove me to put my name forward for School Board Trustee back in January of 2014: special needs children and saving local schools that uniquely naturally served students within this demographic and two, to stop the closing and sale of local community schools and invaluable public …

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