Ottawa St. N. during the pandemic.

Things are still happening on Ottawa Street

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 …

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Update: 319 Sherman Demolition

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, …

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Ottawa Street North
Photo by Sean Hurley

Master Plan for Ottawa Street North?

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 …

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Dreaming of a Red Christmas

I want what is best for us all, taking into account how something as severe as a lockdown over the Christmas holidays and not being able to spend it with our parents, grandparents, and others we would normally spend this very special time with, will affect our mental health these next few weeks.

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As If It Was The Last

Hockey looks different for everyone this year. One parent only. We all stand at an arrow around the glass and we wear masks as do the kiddos until they put their helmets on. They spread out on the ice, have to come to the arena dressed except for their skates, helmets, and gloves. There are no faceoffs, they play four on four, and have split their team into two so there are only four on the bench at any given time. They also have one other team they play. Cayuga.

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