Smoke On The Water

That bad smell

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 …

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Sean Hurley

What the emergency means

To begin, it’s important to note that the Board of Health passed a motion that has several components and consequences. These components and consequences can be best summarised and explained as three parts. The first being the symbolic (but important) act of the declaration of the climate emergency. The second being what the City of Hamilton will be doing differently in light of this declaration, as outlined in the motion. Finally, the third part is far from guaranteed, but together we can ensure a broad collective action is taken by all Hamiltonians to respond to the emergency.

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The YWCA construction site on Ottawa Street North at Dunsmure. -Elizabeth Seidl

How to change the way we build

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The City of Hamilton has recently declared a climate change emergency and to support action to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Phew! I sighed when hearing the news. Finally, our elected representatives are starting to take climate change seriously. But despite this declaration, there are still a lot of questions needing answers as …

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Vienna Tavern against a smokestack.

Citizens at City Hall – CATCH – Environmental rights disappearing

    The Ford government’s forced silencing of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) will have major impacts in Hamilton as well as across the province. It appears likely to also seriously undermine environmental rights that Ontarians have had for a quarter century.  Source: Citizens at City Hall – CATCH – Environmental rights disappearing  

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