To The Point

“Painter …. understood that the overall goal of removals, allotments, treaties, reservations and reserves, terminations, and relocation’s, was not simply to limit and control the movement of Native peoples, but more importantly to relieve them of their land base.”

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Photo by L. Pattison

Winter boots and fishy crackers

Staying at home has been hard on all of us, but it’s breakdowns like we had last night at our house, that remind us that all of this has been a lot to cope with for our youth. Missing their friends, frustrations with online learning, cancellation of grade eight trips and grads and the entire Scott Park baseball season. Dresses long bought, pre-season warmups were already underway.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Courtesy Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board

School to be a showpiece of architectural art

Judging from design sketches of the new St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School, presented to trustees earlier this month, the new school building will be not only a welcome addition to the downtown community, but a showpiece of architectural art. The school’s contemporary design is the work of Tony Svedas from Svedas Architects Inc., the firm …

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