Articles from February, 2017

Systemic Racism and Class Inequality a Reality in Hamilton School Closures
Closing these schools and leaving a neighbourhood with a large immigrant population without any schools is an injustice that should be challenged.
by Yen Graham
Published February 27, 2017 in Special Report: Education (15 comments)

Stills in Motion: Cobblestone Way
Seeing and appreciating the world around you starts right under your feet.
by Dave Harrison
Published February 27, 2017 in Stills in Motion (0 comments)

Delegation to Council on HSR Funding
Three things need to happen in order that public transit be properly funded: recommit to the Ten Year Transit Plan, funding and all; use the federal gas tax money the way it was intended; and end area rating so that public transit can be funded properly a
by Richard Gelder
Published February 24, 2017 in Special Report: Transit (2 comments)

Searching Hamilton Public Library for Dual-Language Books
Dual-language story books can contribute to introducing children to print literacy, bilingualism, and multilingualism, and serve as a bridge to literacy engagement, literacy achievement, and critical understanding.
by Jonathan Lambert
Published February 24, 2017 in Feature (0 comments)

Brandon Love: Brainsprouting and Beyond!
Brandon is a local magician and motivational speaker who apparently trained on some side of a mountain in Tibet where he was taught how to read minds and control space and time. He probably walks through walls when I'm not looking.
by Mackenzie Kristjon Jenkyns
Published February 24, 2017 in Events (0 comments)

Proposal for York Boulevard Centre-Aligned Bike lanes
Some cities have implemented centre-aligned bike lanes. Here is how that might work on York between Hess and Dundurn.
by Martin Zarate
Published February 24, 2017 in Special Report: Cycling (2 comments)

Flamborough Chamber: Make LRT the Best it Can Be
The executive director of the Flamborough Chamber of Commerce argues that if Hamilton is going to go ahead with its LRT plan, Council should do what it can to ensure the plan is successful.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 22, 2017 in Special Report: Light Rail (2 comments)

Some Uncomfortable Truths about Shameless Dishonesty
People who tell lies will always be two or three steps ahead of people who are dedicated to the truth. This bodes ill for the future of our civilization.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 22, 2017 in Politics (6 comments)

Bay Street LRT Station: An Active Transportation Hub
Metrolinx would likely look favourably on a proposal to better integrate the LRT with cycling infrastructure that has been Metrolinx-funded.
by Dave Heidebrecht
Published February 21, 2017 in Special Report: Light Rail (0 comments)

Interview with Steve Parton, Author of Cancer Trip
I had the opportunity to sit down with Steve Parton, owner of Avalon Music Academy, who will read from his hilarious book, Cancer Trip, about his misadventures with cancer.
by Mackenzie Kristjon Jenkyns
Published February 21, 2017 in Events (0 comments)

Letter: King and Bay LRT Stop
This stop has the strong support of the local business community, would add less than one minute to the route travel time, and would attract new investment to the adjacent under-developed parking lots.
by Bob Berberick
Published February 20, 2017 in Special Report: Light Rail (14 comments)

Stoney Creek Chamber: Reconsider Vote Against Bay LRT Station
A letter from the executive director of the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce calls on Stoney Creek Councillors to support a Bay Street LRT station at Council.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 20, 2017 in Special Report: Light Rail (1 comment)

Letter: Help Make LRT the Best it Can Be
This development alone will generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in new property tax revenue for the City and bring economic vitality, jobs and new residents.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published February 16, 2017 in Special Report: Light Rail (7 comments)

Letter: Support the LRT Station at Bay Street
We all support the aim of a system of rapid transit in the LRT plan, and there are compelling reasons to support the stop at Bay Street.
by Richard Gelder
Published February 16, 2017 in Special Report: Light Rail (9 comments)

Letter: Please Support LRT Bay Street Station
Even - indeed, especially - if you are not sure that LRT will be successful, you should be doing everything in your power to set it up for the best possible outcome.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 16, 2017 in Special Report: Light Rail (4 comments)

How to Watch the Official City of Hamilton Livestream
Three easy steps to watch the city's Council and committee meeting livestream on almost any computer or phone platform.
by Joey Coleman
Published February 16, 2017 in Media (2 comments)

Councillors Punish LRT with Vote Against Bay Station
The LRT opponents on Council can't kill LRT outright, but they are willing to do their damnedest to undermine, sabotage and cripple the system that does get built.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 16, 2017 in Special Report: Light Rail (16 comments)

Liberal Government Disappoints on Justice for Women, First Nations
Trudeau's election was a beacon of hope, but that light is quickly dimming as he backpedals from his campaign promises.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published February 15, 2017 in Healing Gaia (1 comment)

Asking the Right Questions About Hamilton's 2016 Census Data
What we really need is some leadership to address whether intensification in Hamilton will include in its mix affordable units and housing suitable for families.
by Rob Fiedler
Published February 14, 2017 in Commentary (1 comment)

Hamilton Aerial Group's La Nuit du Frisson
An elaborate, otherworldly ritual both thrilling and mysterious, this cabaret combined majestic costumes, music and poetry with fantastic aerial dance performances.
by Mackenzie Kristjon Jenkyns
Published February 14, 2017 in Reviews (2 comments)

Noblesse Oblige and Checking One's Driving Privilege
Can the very act of driving, of experiencing that superiority of position in relation to our surroundings and to other people, lead us to be less empathetic, less careful in the moment?
by Michelle Martin
Published February 13, 2017 in Belonging (1 comment)

Time to Stop Rewarding the Whitehead Circus
The angry, right-wing politics of hatred and resentment is a troll that gets bigger and stronger when we feed it. It's time to stop feeding the troll.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 10, 2017 in Special Report: Light Rail (21 comments)

Review: It's Only a Play
In her directorial debut at the Guild, Moe Dwyer has, with her tight and focused direction, deep understanding of comedy and snappy pacing, secured herself a chair of honour at the director's table for years to come.
by Daniel GariƩpy
Published February 09, 2017 in Reviews (0 comments)

Proposed Design for York Boulevard Cycle Track
Given the constraints presented, I want to illustrate to engineers and staff, as a starting point for further discussion, that a replacement for lost cycling infrastructure is feasible using the southernmost lane along York.
by Thomas Bernacki
Published February 07, 2017 in Special Report: Cycling (14 comments)

HSR Ridership Drop is No Mystery
It is no surprise that imposing steep fare increases and moving service from abysmal to just bad have failed to produce the desired results.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published February 06, 2017 in Special Report: Transit (15 comments)

Light Rail Project Needs Protected Cycling Facilities
If there was only a painted line between human beings and dangerous moving machinery, the Ministry of Labour would shut us down in a heartbeat. People on our streets deserve no less protection.
by Kevin Love
Published February 06, 2017 in Special Report: Cycling (2 comments)

Renters Also Have a Right to Democratic Representation
The idea that a voice in the affairs of the community is the exclusive domain of the landed gentry is archaic, offensive and undemocratic.
by Richard Gelder
Published February 06, 2017 in Commentary (1 comment)

Charlton Contraflow Bike Lane Opens
The long-awaited counter-flow bike lane has finally opened on Charlton Avenue West between MacNab Street South and James Street South.
by Kevin Love
Published February 06, 2017 in Special Report: Cycling (0 comments)

Stills in Motion: Overlooking Locke Street
The spire of St. Joseph's Church reaches into the sky, with a waxing quarter moon in the background.
by Dave Harrison
Published February 06, 2017 in Stills in Motion (0 comments)

LAST FOLIO: Yuri Dojc Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Hamilton
Dojc's beautifully composed images bear witness to a near forgotten episode in human history: the expulsion and execution of Jews from Slovakia during the Second World War.
by Margaret Lindsay Holton
Published February 03, 2017 in Arts and Music (0 comments)

Province Confirms A-Line Bus Rapid Transit
The Ontario Government has cancelled the two-kilometre Light Rail Transit (LRT) spur on James Street North in favour of a 16-kilometre Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system that will run between the waterfront and the airport.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 02, 2017 in Special Report: Light Rail (29 comments)

Three Key Shortfalls of the Proposed Hamilton LRT Designs
The current LRT designs have wide curb radii and added slip lanes, involve removing bike lanes, and propose adding vehicle lanes to accommodate more automobile traffic.
by Matt Pinder
Published February 02, 2017 in Special Report: Light Rail (8 comments)

Interview with Martha Barranger of The Women's Centre
The Executive Director of the Centre discusses its history and ongoing role in opening doors for women in Halton Region.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published February 02, 2017 in Healing Gaia (1 comment)

Replace York Bike Lanes With Protected Cycle Track
If Hamilton is serious about making cycling a viable, attractive choice for more people, we should be investing in protected cycle tracks everywhere we can.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 01, 2017 in Special Report: Cycling (7 comments)

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