Aaron Newman is the proprietor of Newman's Menswear on King Street East, a family business that has been in operation since 1927.
Abdallah Al-Hakim has a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Dundee, Scotland. Currently he is a research fellow at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto where his research focuses on understanding how cells respond to the damage caused to DNA by radiation, chemicals and other factors. He maintains a personal website.
Adam Sobolak is an executive of the Toronto Architectural Conservancy, but writes here as an individual, so as not to make undue claims.
Adele Konyndyk is a freelance writer living in Hamilton, a city she first explored while pursuing a BA in English at Redeemer University College. After completing a MFA in creative writing through Seattle Pacific University, Adele made Hamilton her home. She adores books, Chilean wine, and almost any cheese in the world. Her blog can be found at adelekonyndyk.wordpress.com.
Adrian Duyzer is an entrepreneur, business owner, and Associate Editor of Raise the Hammer. He lives in downtown Hamilton with his family. On Twitter: adriandz
Adrienne Havercroft is a Ward 2 resident, HWDSB teacher, licensed Realtor, wife, and mother to two cats, taking time out of her busy schedule to be an actively engaged citizen.
Aidan Cooper is 12 years old. She lives at home with her Mom and Dad, four brothers, and beloved dog Molly. She is currently homeschooled.
Ainsley Lishman is currently a starving student, finishing her Journalism course at Mohawk College this summer, and then off to Carleton University in Ottawa. She likes Buddy Holly, aerosol whipped cream, and traveling.
Al Cormier is the President and CEO of the Centre for Sustainable Transportation, based in Mississauga.
Alasdair Rathbone is a first year McMaster University Kinesiology student. Although he lives on the Mountain he still maintains an interest in the lower city where he spent his early years. He follows politics at all levels and likes to comment to anyone that will listen.
Albert DeSantis watches a lot of movies and TV and has been since childhood. More recently, he has written movie reviews for View Magazine in Hamilton for a few years (This may have warped his mind). The two best flicks ever are The Empire Strikes Back and Aliens. Both are sequels. Go Cats!
Allison Chewter is a recent graduate of the University of Waterloo's undergraduate planning program, where she specialized in land development and urban design. She is a born-and-raised resident of Hamilton (downtown and up) and is eager to put her newly honed planning skills to work in her community. She is currently the co-chair of the Beasley Neighbourhood Association's Planning and Development Sub-committee.
Allison Chewter is a recent graduate of the University of Waterloo's undergraduate planning program, where she specialized in land development and urban design. She is a born-and-raised resident of Hamilton (downtown and up) and is eager to put her newly honed planning skills to work in her community. A lifelong cyclist and avid aimless walker, Allison is a supporter of complete streets in Hamilton where street space is happily shared between users rather than begrudgingly divided into various realms.
John Neary lives in Beasley Neighbourhood and practices general internal medicine at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. He would like Hamilton to develop an urban environment that creates less gainful employment for his profession.
Allison Maxted has recently completed an MA in Planning: Urban Development at the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP). She has acted as a Coordinator for Kitchener's Festival of Neighbourhoods and a volunteer for the Collingwood
Neighbourhood House in Vancouver. Allison is currently working with a team of volunteers to develop a Community Land Trust that will aid the equitable revitalization of downtown Hamilton.
Amanda Kleinhuis was born and raised in Lindsay Ontario, but moved to Hamilton to attend Redeemer University in 1995. After falling in love with her husband Mike, she also fell in love with Hamilton and now spends most of her time as an at-home mom to their three children in the North End of Hamilton.
Amanda N. Nesbitt is a McMaster graudate with a double major in English/History and a minor in Theatre and Film Studies. An avid writer/photographer, she thrives being a part of Hamilton's theatre/arts movement and has been very active in the theatre community since 2003. Writing for the Fringe marks her third year participating with this amazing group of people that make up the festival and she hopes you enjoy the shows. Thank you for promoting the arts!
Amy Gringhuis and Christopher Godwaldt are the owners of Café Oranje, a Dutch-styled coffee house planned to open in Hamilton.
Amy Kenny graduated from Ryerson University's journalism program in 2004. She is currently a Hamilton-based freelance writer who loves the arts and the outdoors. In addition to Raise the Hammer, she writes for H Magazine, The Corktown Crier and TorontoPlus. She cycles everywhere, all the time and urges you to do the same.
Andrew Allen is a Hamilton resident and student at Mohawk College in his final year studying to be Biotechnology Technician.
Andrew C. Bome is a lawyer practicing in Hamilton with McQuesten Legal & Community Services. He is a self-described trivia and political geek. He traveled to New Hampshire to observe the 2008 Presidential Primary taking place in the 'Granite State'.
Andrew Cech graduated in graphic design at Mohawk College. He enjoys drawing and lives in Hamilton.
Jonathan Lambert is a returnee to Hamilton, Ontario. In between studies at the University of Toronto and stellar pick-up soccer, he enjoys taking in Monday night Hamilton Red Wing home games.
Andrew Hughes has been living in the downtown area for over 20 years. He lives with this wife and two daughters.
Andrew Iler is a Hamilton lawyer, practising in the areas of litigation, administrative law and family law. He is the former President of the National Cycling Centre Hamilton. Andrew is also presently working towards his Level 4 National Coaching Certification at the National Coaching Institute in Toronto.
Andrew McKillop is a writer and consultant on oil and energy economics. Since 1975 he has worked in energy, economic and scientific organizations in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America. These include the Canada Science Council, the ILO, European Commission, Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and South Pacific, and the World Bank. He is a founding member of the Asian chapter of the International Association of Energy Economics. He is also the editor, with Sheila Newman, of The Final Energy Crisis (Pluto Press, 2005).
Andrew Muller is a retired Professor of Economics, having taught at McMaster from 1972 to 2008. Professionally he specialized in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics and in Experimental Economics. Since retiring he has pursued many other interests. He lives in Dundas.
Andrew Pettit grew up in Toronto before migrating to Hamilton to study at McMaster. Back in 2006 he noticed a change in his long-standing response when asked "Where are you from?" - Toronto was out, and Hamilton has been home since. Follow Andrew on Twitter at @4Pettit.
Anna Greenspan holds a doctorate in philosophy and cybernetic culture. Her current research interests include urbanism, digital technology, street markets, futurism and the philosophy of time. Her book Shanghai Future: Modernity Remade is forthcoming in December 2013. Anna lives for most of the year in Shanghai, China. She guides walks for Context Travel and works as an adjunct professor at NYU Shanghai. Anna is a founder of the Shanghai Studies Society.
Anne Bokma is an award winning writer and editor in Hamilton. Check out her website at annebokma.com.
Anne Van Dyk earned her Professional Writer's Certificate at Mohawk College and is currently working on two non-fiction books. One is a biography on the life of her godmother, and the other is a history of the last high school she attended in England, of which she is also the Alumni Secretary.
Anton Lodder is a Masters Student in Electrical Engineering at University of Toronto. He previously worked at McMaster University in Hamilton.
Arthur Bullock is studying communications at McMaster University.
Ashleigh Bell is a designer, project manager and historic property consultant. She will graduate in April 2013 from the acclaimed Heritage Conservation program at Willowbank. Ashleigh has been working on various restoration and adaptive reuse projects in Hamilton since June 2012 and has a background in contemporary design and development, which led her to work in the cities of Toronto, Halifax and Calgary before she committed to an education in conservation. After a few idyllic years of the country life in Niagara, she has found herself a sunny spot in a grand old building of the North End and looks forward to working with businesses and property owners, creating articulate contemporary spaces within reimagined historic settings. She has a profound respect for traditional craftwork and materials, and sustainability, authenticity and local motives are at the core of her design philosophy. Follow her on twitter @AshleighMBell.
Ashleigh Patterson is a student in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences at McMaster University. She lives in Crown Point West with her husband and preschooler. Follow her on twitter @theashleighp.
Azher lives in Hamilton's east end with his wife and four small children.
Barry Magrill holds a doctoral degree from UBC and he is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Victoria studying Muslim architecture. He specializes in architectural and cultural history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Beatrice Ekwa Ekoko is a member of the dedicated team at Environment Hamilton.
Ben Bull lives in downtown Toronto. He's been working on a book of short stories for about 10 years now and hopes to be finished tomorrow. He also has a movie blog.
Betsy Agar, B.Eng., M.A.Sc., P.Eng. is a research engineer and sessional lecturer at McMaster University who has a passion for the environment and concern for socioeconomic inequalities.
Biljana loves strawberries, dark chocolate, all things caffeinated, and living in downtown Hamilton. She likes shopping for groceries without fearing for her life.
Bob Berberick has lived in Hamilton for all of his 65 years. For most of that time he lived on the mountain. Since moving to the core five years ago he has a newfound love of his city. Walking and cycling was re-started and he can only hope that the conditions improve so he can continue to explore the hidden beauty here.
Bob Bratina is the Mayor of Hamilton, Ontario.
Bob Green Innes is a retired engineer and resident of Ward 4. His interests include blogging, roof gardening, solar energy, material and political sustainability, politics and enjoying the life of a curmudgeon.
Bob Leach is the lead pastor at Living Hope Christian Assembly. You can follow him on Twitter @bobwleach.
Bob Robertson, Ph.D. is a consultant and professor of international business. He was the City Manager for the City of Hamilton from 2002 to 2004.
Bob Wood is a community worker at the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic where he works on the clinic website. He is also a freelance writer who has worked with youth, in housing and served as a municipal councillor in Burlington/Halton from 1991-97 and in 2006.
Brendan Simons is a member of Hammer City Makers, a mentor for “Celt-X”, Bishop Ryan Robotics Team 5406, an engineer at a Hamilton firm, and a hopeless idealist. He is lucky to have a generous wife who supports an excess of volunteer commitments.
Brian Hatch was was born at St. Joe's and raised in Hamilton, first in the north end and then on the mountain. He went to Hill Park, then graduated from MacMaster with a B.Eng. (Mechanical). He worked in various management positions at Stelco for 30 years until his retirement in 2002.
Brodie Chree is a local Hamilton bon vivant and boulevardier. You can catch him head banging at rock shows, scanning negatives and stamping envelopes at the library as well as encouraging you to please place the item in the bag at Fortinos.
Brydie Huffman is former stage performer who now spends her time fondling artifacts in museums for a living.
Brynn Horley grew up in rural Brigden, ON, and moved on to Toronto where she studied Architecture. After working in that field for several years she is now a Grad Student at Dalhousie University, studying her Masters of Planning. Brynn has had the pleasure of working for the summer on food issues in Hamilton, and has had an incredible time with the art, culture, food, nature and sailing it this amazing place! Brynn is very passionate about environmental issues as well as community and culture building. You can follow her on Twitter @Urban_Leaves.
Candace Iron is a PhD student at York University, Toronto. Malcolm Thurlby, PhD, FSA, is Professor of Visual Arts at York University, Toronto.
Cherise Burda directs research and implementation strategies for transportation solutions in Canada, including policy initiatives for urban form. In addition to her role as transportation director, Cherise leads the Pembina Institute's Ontario policy program, focusing on research to advance renewable energy solutions, and is a regular spokesperson on transportation, renewable energy and Ontario policy issues.
Since joining the Institute in 2007, Cherise has written dozens of energy, transportation and urban development publications, including: Behind the Wheel, Live Where You Go, Making Tracks to Torontonians, the RBC-Pembina Home Location Survey, and Plugging Ontario into a Green Future.
Cherise's 17-year career as a policy specialist and senior manager includes past experience as a program director with the David Suzuki Foundation and a senior researcher with the Polis Institute at University of Victoria's Faculty of Law.
Follow her on twitter @CheriseBurda.
Cheryl Hills is the owner of a graphic design business that specializes in providing complete graphic design solutions to the fitness industry in Hamilton.
Cheryl Hobbins lives in Hamilton with her family.
Chris is 38 years old and married with one child. While he lived in Hamilton/Stoney Creek very early on, he now lives in Burlington and commutes to work in Toronto daily.
Chris Erl, a born and raised Hamiltonian, has wanted to change the world ever since becoming the Westwood Elementary School Chief Returning Officer in Grade 5. After receiving both a B.A. (Honours) and M.A. from McMaster, Chris decided to purse his passion and study urban planning.
In addition to serving on the City of Hamilton’s LGBTQ Advisory Committee, Chris is also a registered candidate for Public School Board trustee in Wards 1 & 2.
Chris Erskine is a labour and community activist. He is also a print artist, exploring historic landscapes and building themes using lino-cut and woodblock printing methods. You can visit his website.
Chris Healey is an artist and online publishing professional living in Hamilton, Ontario. He has had an interesting 20 years in the art and media scenes of Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. http://chrishealey.me/
Chris Higgins is a PhD student in McMaster University's School of Geography and Earth Sciences. His full departmental profile is available here.
Chris is currently a copywriter at Burlington ad-agency JAN Kelley Marketing. He has worked in the Canadian advertising industry for over 10 years, providing communications for blue-chip brands such as Labatt Breweries, Toronto Blue Jays, Johnson & Johnson, Navistar/ International Truck & Engine, H&R Block, Firkin Group of Pubs, among others. Chris was born in Hamilton, spent his childhood living in Dundas, has lived downtown and currently resides in Lloyd Ferguson-land.
Christine Bingham is a parent of a Parkview Secondary School student. She is also a candidate for Public School Trustee for Wards 1 and 2 in the 2014 Municipal Election.
Christopher Cutler is a community activist and disability advocate. He is Managing Director of Accessibility Edge. Christopher is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). He is currently Vice President of the Board of Directors of the St Leonard's Society of Hamilton.
Christopher and his husband, Kevin, live in downtown Hamilton. Chris co-owns Cafe Oranje, a small coffee shop in the International Village, and is passionate about seeing Hamilton progress at the hands of entrepreneurs and citizens all over the great city.
Christopher Kiely is a "middle class white guy" who was raised to believe certain things and has watched the world do the complete opposite for 30+ years. He attended Mohawk College in the 1990s, has traveled around some since and now lives with his family in Hamilton.
Christopher R.G. Redmond is pursing a PhD in public policy at Ryerson University. He has lived in downtown Hamilton for the last ten years and is an active member in the Durand neighbourhood. You can follow him on twitter @introspect_red.
Ciaran Taylor is an aspiring writer starting this fall at McMaster University.
Connie Kidd is a retired educational researcher who lives in downtown Hamilton.
Connie Stefanson was born in Hamilton and has spent most of her life here, having collected a dozen diverse addresses within the City boundaries. She and her family recently moved to the Strathcona neighbourhood and have fallen in love with everything that their new 120-year-old home and historic, vibrant location offers.
Dr. Corinne Schuster-Wallace is the Programme Officer (Water and Human Development) at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health, based at the McMaster Innovation Park.
Craig Burley is a tax lawyer in Hamilton. You can follow him on twitter @craig_burley. Comments here are not legal advice.
Craig is a staff lawyer at McQuesten Legal & Community Services in Hamilton. In 2006, Craig reprsented Hamilton's Income Security Working Group in presenting a brief to the United Nations Committee on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights in Geneva on the right to an adequate standard of living. Craig lives in central Hamilton with his wife and daughter.
Dan Botham is a long-time Hamilton resident with an interest in advancing state of cycling in Hamilton. He is a member of the Hamilton Cycling Committee.
Dan Chiras is a leading authority on green building and renewable energy options for home construction. He paid his last electric bill in June of 1996, and is has written 21 books, including Superbia! 31 Ways to Create Sustainable Suburbs, co-authored with Dave Wann. He currently is a Melon Visiting Professor at Colorado College where he teaches courses on renewable energy, ecological design, and sustainable development. He lives in Evergreen, Colorado.
Dan Jelly is a life-long resident of downtown Hamilton and occasional blogger. You can visit his website.
Daniel O.W. Smith is a writer and editor who lives in Hamilton and comes from Maine. Feel free to get in touch via email.
Daniel Pelc, B.Sc is a Chartered Life Underwriter and Registered Retirement Consultant with Investors Group Financial Services Inc.
Dan Rodrigues was born and raised in London, Ontario, where he was an active community member in East London. He moved to Hamilton in late 1996, residing on the East Mountain. He has been married for 27 years, with a son who works with adults with physical and mental disabilities, and a daughter completing her degree in Chemistry at Western University this coming year. He is an active community volunteer, sitting on a number of committees and Boards, as well as coaching soccer. His professional life includes food and beverage industry sales and consulting, building industry sales, human resources consulting, and transportation consulting. Dan's diverse skills inventory allows for fuller discussion and better understanding of individual and community concerns. Currently, Dan is campaigning to be the Ward Six Councillor.
Many of us have our own take on what it means to be green. For Darren, "green" goes beyond just the mechanics of living lightly on the earth, to a more soulful understanding of ourselves as part of nature. He authors a weekly blog, Raise a Little Green, where he highlights the "mis-adventures of turning green," challenges our cultural ideologies and assumptions, and asks the deeper questions of purpose and fulfillment. Darren is a TV director and filmmaker who lives in downtown Hamilton with his wife and two children.
Dave Heidebrecht is the Coordinator for McMaster University's Network for Community-Campus Partnerships. Since graduating from McMaster's Masters in Globalization Studies program in 2010, Dave has worked directly with academic, non-profit, and community organizations to help them work towards their goals. In this time, Dave has collaborated with local, national, and international groups to foster and support organizational strategies that produce positive, sustainable, and effective change. Especially interested in the intersections between environmental, political, and social issues facing our global society, Dave is very excited to be working with the Network for Community-Campus Partnerships to strengthen relationships amongst colleagues - both at McMaster and in the community - who are working to address these issues in our communities.
Dave Heidebrecht and Johanna Bleecker are collaborators with Cycle Hamilton.
Dave Serafini was born and raised in Hamilton. He lived in some other places, but returned to Hamilton for family and friends. Traditionally, his extracurricular activities have been sport related, but recently, he has been looking for ways to get involved with broader civic issues.
David Appleyard is an aspiring music journalist and musician, attempting to chronicle some of the more experimental acts in Hamilton. Whether crafting his next review or intently focused on the coda of his next song, he puts his all into the loves of his life. David has written for Newscliptv.com and hopes to become a mainstay in the Hamilton music scene.
David Brace is an artist who lives and works in Hamilton.
David Cohen is a freelance writer and a part-time teacher. He has worked as a journalist and a communications officer (promoting workplace health and safety). He served on the Dundas Town Council from 1991 to 1994.
Architect and urbanist David Greusel is committed to the restoration of American cities. With over 25 years experience in architecture, David has had the opportunity to help design many of the buildings that make up a city, from schools and supermarkets to ballparks and office buildings. Some of those projects have contributed to suburban sprawl, while others have helped to heal the wounds of central cities. A project David worked on of which he is particularly fond was helping to design PNC Park, the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, which has been rated the best ballpark in America by several publications and websites.
Over the years, David has come to value the "messy vitality" of cities, and has focused his work on projects that help restore the urban fabric. When he is not practicing architecture, David performs in a syndicated radio comedy program "Right Between The Ears," which is produced by Kansas Public Radio. He is the author of the book Architect's Essentials of Presentation Skills, published by Wiley. David and his family live in the Kansas City area.
David Harvey is a retired lawyer living in Burlington. For 20 years, he represented people who had become infected with HIV and hepatitis C through blood and blood products in Canada. He represented patient groups at the Commission of Inquiry into the Blood System in Canada (the Krever Commission). He won damages for people infected with HIV, including precedent setting cases at the Supreme Court of Canada, and negotiated a $1 billion compensation package from the federal government for people infected with hepatitis C. Follow him on Twitter @davidharvey.
David Holmgren, co-originator with Bill Mollison of the Permaculture concept, is an innovative environmental design consultant based at Hepburn Springs in central Victoria, where he maintains one of Australia's best-known permaculture demonstration sites. David has written several books, conducted numerous workshops and courses on sustainable living, and developed several properties himself using permaculture principles. The following feature is adapted from a public lecture given at the Aldinga Arts EcoVillage in Adelaide in January 2005. You can check David's website: http://www.holmgren.com.au.
David Steele is an award-winning architect currently practicing in Chicago, Illinois. He is a graduate of both Buffalo State College and The State University of New York at Buffalo. While these fine institutions provided him with the professional tools necessary to excel in the architectural field it was the city's rich history, manifested in its treasure trove of great buildings, that fed and informed an early interest in the built environment.
As a kid, David endlessly wandered the city streets soaking up architecture with each step. Although life's unpredictable paths have led him away from Buffalo, this city remains as a major influence on his life. Many of David's Buffalo Rising stories highlight the city's architecture and urbanism, shining a light on this often under appreciated and fragile asset.
He recently published a photo book on Buffalo architecture titled Buffalo: Architecture in the American Forgotten Land. It can be seen in its entirety online at www.buffbuildings.com. It is available for purchase online at www.blurb.com, search word "Buffalo".
David Thompson is an independent consultant specializing in environmental and energy policy and organizational development. His clients include research organizations, corporations, government, First Nations and non-profits.
David Van Beveren is a Hamilton native. He grew up in Ancaster and now lives in Ward 1.
David-James Fernandes is a filmmaker, small business owner, driver, pedestrian and cyclist.
Dawn Cattapan is an arts management and communications professional who is currently working with Green Venture. The former Executive Director of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra and Education Manager for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, she is particularly interested in the potential of the Hamilton arts community. In her spare time, Dawn is an active yogi, burrito aficionado and can be found on Twitter @dcattapan.
Dawn Danko is a candidate for Public School Trustee in Ward 7, Hamilton Central Mountain.
Debra Hughes is an activist for special needs issues.
Derrick Jensen is an activist, author, small farmer, bee-keeper, teacher, and philosopher whose speaking engagements in recent years have packed university auditoriums, conferences and bookstores nationwide. He has authored or co-authored a number of books that examine western civilization, including The Culture of Make Believe, a finalist for the 2003 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, A Language Older than Words, and Walking on Water: Reading, Writing and Revolution. Visit his website: http://www.derrickjensen.org
Don McLean is chair of Friends of Red Hill Valley and coordinator of Citizens at City Hall, a volunteer group that has monitored city affairs since 2004 and distributes free news articles via email. The group can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doreen Nicoll is a feminist and a member of several community organizations working diligently to end poverty, hunger and gendered violence.
Douglas E. Morris is the author of five books, a magazine columnist, and an international entrepreneur who has lived for 14 years outside the US in a variety of safe, community-oriented urban areas in seven different countries. His newest book, Its a Sprawl World After All, has just ben published by New Society Publishers. Visit his website: http://www.ItsaSprawlWorld.com.
Duncan O'Dell lives on Flatt Avenue in the Kirkendall neighbourhood with his wife and their 2.5 year old son. He has lived in many other countries including England, Israel, the Netherlands, Qatar and Scotland. He moved to Hamilton from Toronto in 2007. He works at McMaster University where he teaches and does research in physics.
Dwayne Ali recently completed an MA at McMaster University in Communication and New Media with a focus on the convergence of online and real space through "urban interface design".
Ed Sculthorpe is a father, veteran, small business owner, and candidate for Public School Trustee in Wards 1 and 2. www.edsculthorpe.com
Elizabeth King is a writer in Hamilton.
Elizabeth Parker moved to Hamilton permanently in 2000. She grew up in Toronto's west end, then went to McMaster University and studied English, Religious Studies and Psychology. She worked for over ten years in the film industry as a locations scout before moving to Hamilton fulltime. She is currently a real estate agent living a short walk from Downtown with her husband and two boys.
Emily Foster, OCT is an education coordinator with No.9: Contemporary Art and the Environment.
Emma Cubitt is an architect with Invizij Architects in downtown Hamilton. She is a co-founder of the Hill Street Community Garden and a member of the Community Food Security Stakeholders Committee for the City of Hamilton. As a founder of The Mustard Seed Co-operative Grocery, she has participated in the overall project management, design, volunteer co-ordination,and community-building necessary in the development of Hamilton's non-profit grocery co-op. She loves Hamilton, foraging, and laneways and lives in downtown Hamilton with her husband, Graham.
Environment Hamilton (EH) was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 2001 with a central mandate to facilitate the ability of people in the Hamilton area to develop the knowledge and skills they need to protect and enhance the environment around them. Visit the Environment Hamilton website.
Eric Britton was the founder of EcoPlan in 1966, formed to create an effective forum of international collaboration and independent counsel on issues regarding the management of technology as it affects people in their daily lives. In recent years he has turned his attention to sustainability, land use and urban planning, particularly in response to the challenges of climate change.
Eric Gillis is a born-and-raised Hamiltonian, and a student at McMaster University who is very passionate about politics.
Eric McGuinness is a writer and editor who worked for many years at the Hamilton Spectator. He lives downtown.
Eric Tarquinio is a fourth year student at McMaster University in the H. English/CSCT and History program. He currently resides in Hamilton ON, enjoys music and literature, and is patiently awaiting pond-hockey season.
Erich Nolan Bertussi is a spirit in a physical human being living on a rock in the vacuum of outer space. He photographs/videographs things too. 647 529 5259 PiN:2A646426 BBM ENFJ
Frances was born in Toronto and has lived in various places since that time returning to her urban roots in 2010 by moving to downtown Hamilton. She is developing a keen interest in urban issues with a focus on improved walkability and bikeability.
Francie O'Flynn is a Hamilton writer with a degree in Fine Art from University of Toronto. A collector and art aficionado for most of her life, she is now taking classes at Dundas Valley School of Art. As a child, she lived in pre-revolutionary Havana with her parents. She is no stranger to the country and its people, although it took them 47 years to find each other again. Since returning from her first visit, Francie has designed a Cuban art tour with Tom Robertson of Cuba 1 Tours, a pioneer of specialized small-group tours for ten years.
Frank Borger is an engineering technologist who lives in Stoney Creek. He moved to Hamilton when he was 18 and has lived in East Hamilton, the West Mountain and Downtown. He grew up in Beamsville.
Fred Eisenberger was Mayor of the City of Hamilton from 2006 to 2010. Mayor Fred was first elected to Hamilton City Council as the representative for Ward 5 in 1991. He was re-elected in 1994 and again in 1997. In addition to local and regional council boards and commissions, including the Hamilton Port Authority, Fred has also served on several charitable and corporate boards in recent years. As the Mayor of Hamilton, Fred has been a proponent of the Next Hamilton Vision, which aims to make Hamilton a clean, green and prosperous city. He is a strong believer in the community model of leadership, which incorporates ideas from all stakeholders in the community in seeking solutions for the City's common problems.
Gary Santucci is the co-owner, with Barbara Milne, of The Pearl Company theatre and arts centre.
George Patrick is a retired civil servant living in Oakville. He is firmly of the opinion that most people are wrong most of the time, and tends to question his own judgment when too many people agree with him.
George Sweetman has been a civil engineer for 30 years working in land development and renewable energy, as well as teaching university students. He volunteers at various organizations focused on food security and affordable housing.
Gerard V. Middleton is a retired professor of geology, who taught at McMaster from 1955 to 1996, his field of specialization being sedimentary rocks. Since 2005 he has been compiling a set of notes on the sources of building stones using in the nineteenth century in southern Ontario. For a more complete bio, see his entry in Wikipedia.
Gerry Balt is a retired professional accountant who has made Hamilton has home for over 40 years. He resides in the Ainslie Wood neighbourhood with his wife.
Giuliana Casimirri, PhD, is an environmental sociologist, intercultural negotiation and community forest researcher, kid and nature connector and organic gardener.
Glenna Jones is a retired dancer, choreographer and actress. She has lived and worked in numerous countries, starting in 1953 with CBC TV Toronto and including Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and Sydney Australia. She came home to CBC in the 1960s and spent many years as a resident choreographer and performer for the Wayne and Shuster Shows, as well as many Norman Campbell specials as a dancer and numerous guest appearances as an actress. She moved to Hamilton nine years ago and lives in a super old Victorian house with attached studio near Sanford School. Her husband is visual artist Robert Carley.
Gord Stephan is a resident of Ward 8 in Hamilton.
Graeme Douglas is a writer and communications specialist in Hamilton.
Graham Crawford was raised in Hamilton, moving to Toronto in 1980 where he spent 25 years as the owner of a successful management consulting firm that he sold in 2000. He retired and moved back to Hamilton in 2005 and became involved in heritage and neighbourhood issues. He opened Hamilton HIStory + HERitage on James North in 2007, a multi-media exhibition space (aka a storefront museum) celebrating the lives of the men and women who have helped to shape the City of Hamilton.
Graham is a partner in the firm, Toms + McNally Design. In addition to his firm's work, he has a particular interest in Hamilton's urban design and issues.
Grant Ranalli lives in Hamilton and works as an elementary school teacher.
Greg Galante is 46 years old, a life long Hamilton resident, and business owner. He is also a 22-year member of the Toronto Fire Service and holds the rank of Acting Captain.
Greg Smith and his family moved to Hamilton in March of 2008 from Toronto. His wife was working at McMaster and they were attracted to the Locke Street area due to its "village like" feel and very affordable real estate. Coming from Toronto, a city of many villages, it had the same atmosphere that they strongly identify with. Unfortunately his wife has returned to working in Toronto. Greg works in central Hamilton and is considering opening a business himself in the city.
Greg Tedesco is a proud Hamiltonian for the past ten years. He is interested in issues around health, equity, inclusion & social justice. Connect with Greg on twitter @greg_tedesco.
Harold Stebbe is a Chartered Accountant. He spent 21 years working for the Office of the Auditor General in Ottawa. After leaving the OAG, he worked as controller for a small business in Ottawa before retiring to Vancouver Island in 1993.
Harry Stinson is a real estate developer whose projects include the Candy Factory Lofts and One King West in Toronto. In 2008, Stinson relocated his business and family to Hamilton. His current projects include Stinson School Lofts at 200 Stinson Street.
Herman Turkstra practises environmental and planning law in Hamilton. He has represented land developers, municipalities, neighbourhood associations and other parties active in land use planning in many parts of Ontario. He represents clients regularly at the Ontario Municipal Board. He has been active in Hamilton municipal affairs for many years including a short time as a member of Hamilton City Council a long time ago.
Herman van Barneveld is editor of The Wood Duck, the magazine of the Hamilton Naturalists' Club. Herman teaches Science (and students) at Guido de Bres High School near Upper Wentworth and Stonechurch Road.
Ian Graham is a community chaplain, activist, retired entrepreneur and resident of Burlington. He had 25 years in business up to 2000, then steered himself into a religious education masters degree, asking, What is the future of community and role of religion in that? He is a Quaker, with strong social activist tendencies.
Ian Reynolds is a sound recordist in the film industry. You can visit his website: www.ianreynolds.ca
Ira Rosen is a candidate for Ward 1 Councillor in the 2014 municipal election. You can visit his website: www.irarosen.ca.
Jack Santa-Barbara is a retired business executive, and former Co-Chair of Action 2020. He is the co-director of Hamiltonians for Progressive Development, an organization dedicated to articulating and supporing a progressive approach to city planning.
Jacob Matthan is a writer, activist, and retired technology consultant who lives in Oulu, Finland with Anniki, his wife of 39 years. He maintains a political blog at http://jmpolitics.blogspot.com/.
James Arlen, CISA, is a senior consultant at Leviathan Security Group providing security consulting services to the utility and financial verticals. He has been involved with implementing a practical level of information security in Fortune 500, TSE 100, and major public-sector corporations for 18+ years. James is also a contributing analyst with Securosis and has a recurring column on Liquidmatrix Security Digest. Best described as: "Infosec geek, hacker, social activist, author, speaker, and parent." His areas of interest include organizational change, social engineering, blinky lights and shiny things. http://jamesarlen.net/ * Note: his RTH username is "Myrcurial" *
James Howard Kunstler was born in New York City in 1948. He moved to the Long Island suburbs in 1954, and in 1957 he returned to the city where he spent most of his childhood. He graduated from the State University of New York’s Brockport campus, worked as a reporter and feature writer for a number of newspapers, and finally as a staff writer for Rolling Stone Magazine. In 1975, he turned to writing books on a full-time basis, writing nine published novels. In 1994 Kunstler published The Geography of Nowhere, a landmark book that traced America's evolution from a nation of coherent communities to a wasteland of placeless architecture and parking lots. He continued his exploration of American architecture with Home from Nowhere and The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition. His most recent non-fiction book, The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century, describes the changes that American society faces in the 21st century.
Jan Wolf is a long-term wildlife advocate and a nonprofit admin who wants to open a small educational animal facility in 2015.
Janet MacLeod is the operations coordinator of Grand River Carshare and Hamilton Carshare.
Jason Allen is a chronic hive whacker in the Kirkendall neighbourhood. He currently sits on the Development Review Committee of the Kirkendall Neighborhood Association, and is a Scout Leader with the 47th Hamilton.
Jason Leach was born and raised in the Hammer and currently lives downtown with his wife and children. You can follow him on twitter.
Jason Morse is a graphics industry professional brimming with good will for his adopted home city of Hamilton. He lives in Strathcona with his family.
Jason Thorne is General Manager of the City of Hamilton's Planning and Economic Development Department.
Jay Robb lives and works in Hamilton.
Jeff Griffiths lives in the north end of Hamilton with his wife and two young children. He instructs the Workshops with Local Writers continuing education course at Mohawk College. His short fiction, poetry, and book reviews have appeared in Front and Centre, Hammered Out, The Puritan, Qwerty, The Nashwaak Review and various on-line journals. He also received the Arts Hamilton award for short fiction in 2007 and 2008.
Jeff Mahoney is a columnist for the Hamilton Spectator and an all-around great guy. We paid him a lot of money to write nice things about us.
Jeff Reid attended Humber College for journalism before starting an internet development firm in the 90s. As a proud Ward 3 homeowner, Jeff lives, works and has three children in school on Wentworth St with his wife Heather, in the city of Hamilton, ON, Canada. In 2010, launched Hamilton-ON.ca to expand mobile news coverage.
Jeff Strong is a pastor at Grindstone Church in Waterdown Ontario. He’s a graduate of Redeemer University College and McMaster Divinity College. A Hamiltonian for 15 years, Jeff and his wife Heather live with their four children in Westdale.
A low-key Hamiltonian who has been amassing poetry since about the age of 15, Mr. Stewart has worked in various careers including managing the classical department at the downtown Sam the Record Man, operating a catering company, and managing an out-of-print bookstore. Mr. Stewart enjoys life with his wife and family of cats.
Jen Dawson is a local community activist and freelance writer. She is a volunteer with the Hamilton 350 Committee.
Jenn Nelson is an experienced public historian and museum professional. She is the owner of The Social Studio and can be found at jennnelson.com.
Jenny Dunlop is an Oakville housewife and mother to three teenagers. Her favourite past job involved dressing up in a pioneer costume and teaching children how people used to live in the early nineteenth century.
Jenny Gladish is the Communications and Brand Lead at Cobalt Connects, a Hamilton-based arts service organization committed to advancing the creative sector, and which is currently leading the cultural planning research project Expressing Vibrancy. Her favourite place to experience Hamilton’s unique culture is the Chedoke stairs, which provide a non-vehicle means of transportation between upper and lower city, promote health and exercise, and allow for a natural respite from urban life.
Jeremy Compton is a father and husband, and has been a Hamilton resident for five years. He enjoys gardening, motorcycling and working with his hands and is interested in urban farming and self sustainability. He is a manager in the warehousing/distribution industry.
Jeremy Parsons is a Hamilton resident living in Westdale and working downtown. He is deeply interested in municipal issues that involve questions of justice and environmental stewardship. He is unflinchingly non-apathetic in his political involvement and would like to see more young people get involved in city-wide issues.
Jeremy Wilkins lives with his family in Hamilton's Landsdown neighbourhood, Ward 3. Before Hamilton he lived in eleven other cities, including Hong Kong, Tokyo, St Louis, Toronto, Boston, and Houston. He is here now and loves it. He plans to stick around.
Jessica Mace is a PhD candidate at York University in Toronto, specializing in nineteenth-century architecture in Canada.
Jessica Maurice lives in downtown Hamilton and is one of the owners of Gameopolis. When she is not playing board games, she can be found out enjoying the city.
Jessica Ramsay is the owner of Finch Espresso Bar and a die-hard idealist. She first came to Hamilton to study Theology at Redeemer University College but left before finishing her program to study accounting at Mohawk College. Before opening the cafe, she worked as a corporate accounting specialist in Grimsby but the coffee calling was much stronger.
Jessica Rose works as a senior editor in educational publishing by day and writes book reviews by night. Her reviews have appeared in Hamilton Magazine, Ricepaper, rabble.ca, This, and Broken Pencil. She is currently also on the committee of gritLIT, Hamilton's reader's and writer's festival. You can find her blogging on her website, Not My Typewriter, and the Hamilton Arts Council.
Jim Ruxton is an electronics engineer and media artist. He is director of programs for Subtle Technologies Festival.
Jim Sweetman is currently the Chair of the Finance Committee of the Hamilton Civic League. He is a retired Chemical Engineer. He has lived in Dundas, Ontario since 2006.
Joachim Brouwer is a member at large of the City of Hamilton's plaquing sub-committee of the Hamilton Historical Board and the Municipal Heritage Council. Joachim also belongs to the Gibson Landsdale Neighbourhood Hub and the Head-of-the-Lake Historical Society.
Joe Minor is a biologist and lives in Westdale. Both of his children attended GR Allan.
Joel Pierce is the father of five children. He and his family currently reside in an old farmhouse in Bloomfield, New Brunswick on the border with Maine. Mr. Pierce has been a forest-thinner, a farm-hand on a religious commune, a carpenter, and, recently, a teacher's assistant at McMaster University. He hopes to return with his family to live in Hamilton.
Joey Coleman covers Hamilton Civic Affairs.
John Bandler is a professor, engineer, entrepreneur, innovator, researcher, speaker, artist, and author of fiction and non-fiction. Four of his plays have been performed at Hamilton Fringe Festivals. Some of his talks and clips of his plays are available on the internet. See www.bandler.com.
John Milton a local writer and activist. He is the administrator of Hamilton Indymedia.
John Neary lives in Beasley Neighbourhood and practices general internal medicine at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. He would like Hamilton to develop an urban environment that creates less gainful employment for his profession.
John Rawlins is a retired nuclear physicist who lives in Washington with his wife (a psychologist). He teaches physics at Whatcom Community College. They live on ten acres of mostly wooded land about sixteen kilometres (ten miles) northeast of Bellingham and enjoy bicycle trips on the islands, skiing (near Mt. BGaker), sea-kayaking in the Sound, and occasionally some river kayaking. Prior to his retirement, Rawlins worked for 19 years for Westinghouse-Hanford Co, but took early retirement because he wanted his work to make a difference. Visit his website: http://faculty.whatcom.ctc.edu/jrawlins/.
John Thompson was born and grew up in Toronto, the city that, in the 1950s, bucked the trend and kept its streetcars. After high school, he took various courses in journalism and writing at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, and Centennial College. In 1974 he joined a community newspaper in the Collingwood area as a reporter/photographer, subsequently being promoted to News Editor. Returning to Toronto in 1975, he worked for two years for a government agency as a Public Relations Officer. John's goal of working for the Toronto Transit Commission was reached in early 1977, when he joined the staff as Assistant Editor of the Commission's employee magazine, Coupler. Now retired and living in Hamilton, John is pursuing a career as a freelance writer, concentrating on transit subjects for trade publications.
John-Paul Danko is a professional photographer and an amateur engineer. He has lived in Hamilton his entire life - although he has attempted to escape several times. For more information visit http://www.blurMEDIAphotography.com.
Jonathan Dalton runs a small music shop on a two way street in downtown Hamilton. He is a board member of the Durand Neighbourhood Association, and volunteers with Transportation for Livable Communities.
Jonathan Lambert is a returnee to Hamilton, Ontario. In between studies at the University of Toronto and stellar pick-up soccer, he enjoys taking in Monday night Hamilton Red Wing home games.
Joseph Sneep is currently finishing his Masters of Arts in Philosophy at McMaster University. He is the former gardener for the Dundas Butterfly Gardens, where he was equally inspired by two very different forces of nature: lepidoptera and Joanna Chapman.
Joshua Weresch lives in the neighbourhood of Centremount with his wife and daughters. He tends vegetables, writes songs and sings, and is only beginning to care about community.
Joy Jones is learning to remember that in Hamilton, the lake is to the North. She particularly likes the street in the top photo on page 38 of Hamilton: Brutal Beauty, Hidden Heritage Guide.
Joy Liu is a Hamiltonian studying environmental engineering at UWaterloo. She is working as a summer intern at Environment Hamilton working on gaining public support for local improvement charges.
Judi Partridge is the City Councillor for Ward 15 - Flamborough.
Judith Bishop is the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board Trustee for Wards 1 and 2.
Judith Sandiford is a theatre designer, a visual artist, and Managing Director of Artword Theatre. With partner playwright and director Ronald Weihs, she created and operated a performance facility in Toronto, where, for over 12 years, they created, fostered and presented many original works of theatre and dance. In 2008, Artword relocated to Hamilton where it has just completed its season of four original works with a Hamilton theme. Artword is currently working on its plans for its 2009-2010 season here.
Julia Kollek lives in Dundas and considers herself one of our city's environmental guardians. For more info visit www.juliakollek.ca.
Justin Jones is the Manager, Bicycle Friendly Ontario at the Share the Road Cycling Coalition. Justin is a project manager, sustainability professional and rabble rouser with nearly a decade of experience in the sustainability field. His work with student groups, municipal governments and NGOs has taken him all over the country. He is passionate about civic engagement, with a special focus on active transportation issues and the creation of liveable cities through better infrastructure and education.
Kabir is a Toronto area activist organizing with the Toronto Haiti Action Committee and other anti-war and community outreach projects. Kabir also co-hosts the radio program "Voices of the Movement" on CIUT, University of Toronto community radio. He just started his first year of high school.
Karen Burson is a self-trained chef living in Hamilton. She established the Bread & Roses Café that operated out of the Sky Dragon Community Development Cooperative in downtown Hamilton. This organic/fair trade café won a major national award from Canadian Organic Growers in its first year of operation, on a shoestring budget, with no paid advertising or marketing. Karen went on to establish Kidzfood, the city's only local/organic healthy school lunch service, which now serves three area schools. Karen is now the new Project Manager for Hamilton Eat Local, under the wing of Environment Hamilton. She administers three busy blogs, writes for two monthly publications (H Magazine and Mayday), and is founder and a current Co-chair of Slow Food Hamilton.
Kari Dalnoki-Veress is a Physicist at McMaster University living in downtown Hamilton. Follow Kari on Twitter @KDalnokiVeress.
Katie Stoneman is currently in her first year of journalism at Mohawk College after transferring out of UWO. She was born but not raised in Hamilton and has since come back to the city to which she has a connection.
Katrina Simmons is a freelance journalist in Dundas, with a background in horticulture. She grows flowers and vegetables organically, has taught other gardeners to do the same, and is an active member of Canadian Organic Growers. Visit her website: http://www.2020studios.com/.
Kayla Jonas is a graduate from the University of Waterloo in Environment and Resource Studies with a joint major in Anthropology. Kayla works as a Heritage Planning Specialist at the Heritage Resources Centre, a research centre that specializes in built, cultural and natural heritage.
Her professional experience has focused on the documentation of historic places including individual sites, heritage conservation districts and cultural heritage landscapes.
Her blog Adventures in Heritage can be found at: www.kaylajonas.wordpress.com.
Keanin is the President and CEO of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.
Kelly Foyle and Simon Kiss have recently moved to downtown Hamilton. Kelly is an astrophysicist at McMaster and Simon is a political scientist at Wilfrid Laurier. They've enjoyed watching Hamilton grow even in the short time they've been here.
Kelly Hilton is a local writer, publicist and yoga teacher.
Kelly Scott is a physical activity specialist with the City of Hamilton department of Public Health Services.
Ken Sills is a physicist and engineer who works and studies at McMaster University. He also is the bass player and singer for the Hamilton band Wednesday's Engine. He served as member-at-large representing Wards 1 and 2 on the Citizens' Forum on Area Rating.
Ken Stone is a veteran trade unionist, environmentalist, and an anti-racist and anti-war activist, resident in Hamilton. Currently, he is the Chair of the Community Coalition Against Racism (Hamilton) and Treasurer of the Hamilton Coalition To Stop The War. He is also active in Environment Hamilton, the 350 Committee, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, and Independent Jewish Voices. He is a retired teacher and postal worker and father of four children.
Kent Lee is a urban planning technician currently living in Toronto, but with intentions to return to Hamilton.
Kevin Browne organizes events to connect and help grow Hamilton's technology community such as DemoCampHamilton and StartupDrinks. He is currently a PhD Candidate in computer science at McMaster University researching user interface design for educational tablet software.
Kevin Carmona-Murphy is currently pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Software Engineering at McMaster University. A Toronto native, Kevin came to Hamilton not only for the excellent educational opportunity, but because the city beckoned him in a seductive way. The waterfalls, the red brick houses, the burgeoning arts sector, and numerous brown-field redevelopment sites screamed come to the Hammer! One of his goals in life is to make Hamilton a more recognized and appreciated city.
Kevin Hollingworth is a young Professional Engineer currently employed in the Land Development industry working as a consulting engineer. He studied at McMaster and originally set up shop in the downtown core where he fell in love with the City of Hamilton but eventually drifted out to the suburbs to begin a family.
Kevin is a professional accountant and a retired infantry officer with the Canadian Forces. Kevin keeps encountering people who were students of his father, Dr. Robert Love, who was a professor at MacMaster University from 1977-2008. Kevin is married with three children. He lives near Durand Park in Hamilton.
Kevin Wiens is an engineer by day, an amateur filmmaker and a resident of the Strathcona Neighbourhood in Hamilton. He recently moved back to the Hammer after a few years living in Vancouver. The move seems to be suiting him well.
Kieran C. Dickson is a partner with the downtown Hamilton law firm Evans, Philp LLP. He is the Vice President, External Affairs and Government Relations, of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario and has carried out his own heritage property redevelopment projects in the downtown core.
Krista Kruja studies at McMaster and since moving to Hamilton has been falling ever-more-deeply in love with the city. This summer she is working through OPIRG McMaster as a coordinator for the Hamilton Street Tree Project. Follow @TREEs4sTREEts on Twitter for more info.
Kristine Hammill is a native Hamiltonian and M.Sc. candidate at McMaster University studying Aquatic Toxicology. Amongst her many hats, she is currently the Social Media Coordinator for the McMaster Water Network Student Chapter.
Kyle Slote lives in Hamilton with his wife and two small children. He works as an architect at TCA Architects and serves as the Chair of Young Architects Hamilton. He loves his city deeply and will champion its virtues to anyone who will listen. His infrequent tweets are found @kyleslote.
Lakis Polycarpou writes about energy depletion and society on his blog at http://www.nea-polis.net. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
Larry Di Ianni is an educator and politician. He was the Mayor of Hamilton from 2003 to 2006, after serving as a Stoney Creek town councillor and a city councillor in the amalgamated City of Hamilton. In recent years he has hosted several programs on Cable 14.
Larry Pattison is a local blogger, life-long resident of Hamilton, and father to two amazing girls. You can follow his writing at Shaking the Tree. Larry is a registered candidate for Ward 3 School Board Trustee.
Larry Strung was trained as a mechanical engineer, and worked in that field for 20 years before following his heart and launching a second career as a commercial photographer. Originally from Toronto, Strung and his family moved to Hamilton in the fall of 2006 following a four-year stint in Liverpool, UK. Best known for his Hamilton 365 project, where he created a portrait of a different individual in this city each day throughout the 2008 calendar year, Strung remains passionate about the revitalization of his adopted city.
Laura Babcock is President and Owner of POWERGROUP Communications Inc, a national communications firm providing branding strategies, corporate communications, professional development training, and multimedia products since 1999.
Laura is a community advocate specializing in social policy, shifting attitudes and economic revitalization. She is proud to be a collaborative member of the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction.
Laura Farr was born and raised in Hamilton, and loves living downtown. She currently works at City Hall, is volunteering with a few campaigns, and is an engaged citizen who ethically and professionally walks the line between employee and citizen every day.
Entrepreneur by day, waitress by night, passionate Hamiltonian at any hour. Loves old books, small dogs and Dundurn Castle.
Leanne Pluthero is a cofounder of Save the Hermitage, a citizens group to protect the Hermitage ruins from demolition.
Lee Edward McIlmoyle writes fiction, songs and reviews. He designs commercial graphics and dabbles in creating comics and video games. You can visit his website.
Les Szamosvari was born and raised in Hamilton. He has held down many jobs, from lumberjack to massage therapist, across Canada. Presently, Les works as a chef and as a musician/songwriter and has used writing to promote businesses and in a role as socialist activist. Les returned to Hamilton in 2005 and has been exploring this peaceful, active city as well as lobbying for a Hamilton CarShare network since returning.
Lindsay Soomet is a Hamilton-based freelance writer who enjoys dog-walking, latté-sipping, magazine-flipping and more. She holds a joint B.A. in Cultural Anthropology/Philosophy as well as a Certificate in Magazine Publishing.
Lisa Marie DiLiberto is a professional actress and clown and the Artistic Director of FIXT POINT, a theatre company with a mandate to inspire audiences to imagine change. FIXT POINT has a home studio in Parkdale, Toronto but the company has toured original work across Canada, (Toronto, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver) to Graz and Vienna in Austria, to the Prague International Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe and the Isle of Whyte (UK). Lisa Marie is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School, an alumus of Second City and has trained in character, mask, vaudeville and clown with Philippe Gaulier in Paris, France. Lisa Marie animates neighbourhoods through her work in community arts where she is Associate Artistic Director for Jumblies Theatre, and the Artistic Director of Arts4All. This fall, FIXT POINT will be producing THE TALE OF A TOWN in studio and then in association with Theatre Passe Muraille in May 2010. FIXT POINT: DREAM BIG, start small...
Lisa Marie Williams is a research assistant at the Wellesley Institute, a research and policy think tank that focuses on issues of urban health.
Lisa McGlade grew up in Ottawa and has lived in Toronto for the last ten years. She currently works at the Royal Conservatory of Music to pay for her writing habit.
Liz Duval and Walter Furlan live in Ward 3 and operate a business on Barton Street.
Liz Enriquez is a McMaster graduate with a long list of experiences acquired through unique adventures. She is passionate about community development and engagement as well as environmental sustainability. She is an active participant in Hamilton and also loves traveling. Originally from Mexico, Liz has spent time living in different provinces and visiting over 15 countries. She tries to be active to stay fit and her favorite yoga pose is Savasana.
Lloyd Alter is managing editor of TreeHugger and editor of the Design section. He has been an architect, developer, inventor and prefab promoter. He now writes for green websites TreeHugger and Planet Green, and teaches sustainable design at Ryerson University School of Interior Design. Lloyd is also a Past President of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario.
Lorenzo is a former COO and co-founder of Pownz Games Center Inc, a youth oriented business formally located in downtown Hamilton, Ontario. He is passionate about inspiring leadership and resilience in others and using purpose driven strategic planning to achieve goals. Lorenzo advocates that the entrepreneur will be the labour force of the new economy, with creativity being the new bottom line. Lorenzo has served individuals and organizations as an intrapreneur and business coach over the last several years.
Lorne Opler is a freelance writer on the side, and has recently moved to Hamilton from Toronto. Coming from a city where anonymity is a way of life, Lorne is amazed by how friendly and approachable people are in Hamilton, and finds himself always telling people from Toronto (who don't know better) what a great place Hamilton is.
Lorne Warwick is a retired high school teacher who spends his time reading, traveling, doing crosswords, volunteering, and becoming increasingly concerned about the state of democracy in Canada.
Lorraine Johnson's most recent book is 100 Easy to Grow Native Plants for Canadian Gardens, published by Whitecap Books. Contact the yard improvement helpline at email@example.com or (905) 540-8787 x18 for answers to your lawn and garden questions. Take a natural approach. With simple steps, you too can transition your yard into an attractive pesticide-free landscape.
Lucas Mascotto-Carbone is an honours history student at McMaster University, an urban activist and a public servant.
Lucien Steil, Nikos A. Salingaros, and Michael W. Mehaffy are the President, Vice-President, and Secretary, respectively, of Katarxis Urban Workshops. Visit the website: http://luciensteil.tripod.com/katarxis/. Nikos A. Salingaros is also a Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Texas at San Antonio. Visit his website: http://www.math.utsa.edu/~salingar/
Lynn Watkins is a beginner writer. She started writing in 2012 and has been writing ever since. Lynn attended Parkview Secondary School. Her favorite subjects were English, sewing and baking. She has her diploma thanks to her Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course Teacher. She graduated High School in 2013 and hopes to have a career in writing.
She Loves writing from her heart and speaking when others can't. She got into writing because of her grandmother, Betty, as she is one of Lynn's major writing influences: Her Grandmother was always writing lyrics. Also her Mom, April, and her Uncle Greg, are two of her major musical influences. When she isn't writing she is often taking photos and she loves photography.
Lynn volunteers at a Church Choir, basically doing whatever is asked of her. You can find her singing in the Choir, and she also has a Scholarship for her Music Classes, which take place every Wednesday at 3:15 pm on Beechwood Avenue in Hamilton, Ontario.
Lynn is currently working on her first book, hopefully to be published in 2014 or 2015. Lynn lives in Hamilton.
M Adrian Brassington is a Hamilton writer.
Mackenzie Kristjon Jenkyns is an Icelandic-Canadian singer-songwriter and financial planner. He has published numerous books including the award-winning Culinary Saga of New Iceland. He also has roots in community radio at CFRU 93.3 FM in Guelph. To hear/see/download his music, you can visit www.thismaddesire.com and if you want to talk about finance, life, the universe, and anything else, please contact Mackenzie.jenkyns @ investorsgroup dot com.
Madeleine Verhovsek lives in Kirkendall neighbourhood. She works as a physician at St. Joseph's Hospital.
Maggie Fox lives and works in Dundas. Co-owner of a small custom publications firm specializing in print and web content, she's new to the activist game, and hopes she can make a positive difference in her neighbourhood.
Maggie Hughes hosted The Other Side, a weekly independent podcast. The Other Side looked at the issues that mainstream media tends to downplay or ignore, using interviews and lectures to show the effects that economic, corporate and political policies have on society. Maggie died in November 2012 after a long struggle with multiple sclerosis. The Hamilton Independent Media Awards were established in her honour.
Mahesh P. Butani is a non-architect, and a developer by default. He is involved in re-developing properties in downtown Hamilton; and has an MA in Arts Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, NYC (1986), and bachelors in Architecture from Bombay, India (1982). Currently he is not an architect in Ontario on account of not having enough Canadian Experience; and does not qualify to teach as he carries too much baggage to fit into the Canadian education system. He refuses to be re-trained to fit in, on a matter of principle, and is a passionate disbeliever of icons and self-regulation of professions in Canada - but still maintains his belief in collective self-organizing behavior; and feels that the large swath of intellectual brownfields across Ontario are far more harmful to the economy than the brownfields left over from deindustrialization - and in response has set up a social network called Metropolitan Hamilton. http://metrohamilton.ning.com/
Professor Malcolm Thurlby. PhD, FRHist.S, FSA, teaches art and architectural history at York University, Toronto. His research focuses on Romanesque and Gothic architecture and sculpture in Europe, and 19th- and early 20th-century architecture in Canada. He concurs with John Medley (1804-92), Bishop of Fredericton and champion of the Gothic Revival in New Brunswick, that "some knowledge of Church Architecture ought, surely, to be a part of every liberal education."
Mara McHaffie is an undergraduate student at the University of Guelph, studying wildlife biology and conservation. She was born and raised in Hamilton and is the Hamilton Naturalists' Club Trees Count Technician for 2014.
Marc Risdale is a candidate for Ward 13 (Dundas) in the October 29, 2014 municipal election.
A mid-career Golden Horseshoe artist and author, Lindsay is available for commissions and assignments via 'mlhpro' at 'hotmail' dot 'com'. See samples at http://canadadaPHOTOGRAPHY.blogspot.com.
Maria Topalovic lives in Hamilton and works as an environmental specialist. She completed a Masters of Engineering and Public Policy at McMaster University where she focused her studies on healthy communities and complete streets. She is an avid runner, part-time cyclist and all around nature lover. She is the Chair of the Hamilton Sustainability Professionals Network and a board member with the Hamilton Conservation Authority. Maria is an optimist about what the future of Hamilton holds - she's hoping for more Complete Streets!
Marianne Daly is a teacher who loves storytelling, improv and writing creative non-fiction.
Marie Robbins is a candidate for Ward 9 - Heritage Stoney Creek in the 2014 municipal election.
Mark Coakley is a writer, activist and parent in Hamilton's Ward 1.
The advent of wireless communications has made it possible for Mark to hold down a day job while spending quantity time out beyond the limits of something approaching a general consensus about what's important in post-industrial society. In addition to working as a product demonstrator at Sobeys, Mark has worked as an ID photographer for a community college, a Kelly Girl, a Legal and Consumer Counsellor for an Auto Club, a Hall Director for a Southern Ontario University Residence, and an Aviation Analyst. He is the co-author of a television pilot called Bad Hall Director, which is unproduced but was once (and for all he knows may still be) seriously considered by serious producers, and he is the sole author of the e-novel of the same title on which it is based, and which must still exist on a CD at the bottom of a bottom drawer of his desk. He makes his home in Hamilton, Ontario.
Mark Rejhon lives in Hamilton Ward 3. He works as an IT software developer and commutes daily on GO. A home-owner, car-owner, bike-owner, SoBi bike-share user, public transit user, and GO user, he is a big-time advocate for improved transit. Mark frequently tweets about #hamont and transportation at @MDRejhon. He also works on a new Hamilton LRT advocacy run by local residents.
Mark Richardson has lived in Hamilton since 1993. He is a Stationary Engineer and is one of Hamilton's many Industrial Nomads. He currently is employed at US Steel.
Martin Hering is a political scientist and preservationist who is interested in architecture and Hamilton's heritage buildings.
Martin Zarate is a software developer who lives in Westdale with his wife and three children.
Marvin Caplan is a former member of Hamilton Council where he served Ward One for nine years. Prior to his election to City Council he was a retailer of fine men's clothing in downtown Hamilton. He was a founding member and past chair of the Downtown Hamilton Business Improvement Area (BIA), president of the Social Planning and Research Council, while on Council he served as Chair of the Public Health Committee, member of the Niagara Escarpment Commission, Chair of the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa), member of the board of directors of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), member of the board of the Hamilton Conservation Authority, he founded the Immigrant and Refugee Advisory Committee and the Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Advisory Committee (GLBT)and was active on the Status of Women Committee, the Disabled Advisory Committee and the Race Relations Committees. He currently practices as a Real Estate Sales Person for Coldwell Banker Pinnacle Real Estate.
Mary Lou Reiman is the chair of the [Kirkendall Neighbourhood Association(http://kirkendallhood.ca/) (KNA)'s Development Review Committee.
Mary Louise Pigott is a Co-Chair of the George R. Allan School Home & School Association, and a member of the George R. Allan School ARC Sub-Committee.
Matt Jackson lives and works in downtown Hamilton. He enjoys biking around this great city and hanging out with friends and family. Matt writes a regular bike blog at www.realmenhamilton.tv and helps run bike ride meet-ups around Hamilton.
Jelly is a local artist, graphic designer and map maker living in Downtown Hamilton, Ontario in the Central Neighbourhood. Matt is an advocate for built heritage, toxic waste eradication and the revitalization of downtown Hamilton. www.mattjelly.com
Matt McPeak is the Art Director at factor[e] design initiative, a local design, strategy and technology. He lives and works in downtown Hamilton. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/matt_mcpeak.
Matt Moir is a teacher and journalism student at Sheridan College.
Matthew Sweet is a graduate of Mohawk's Transportation Engineering Technology program and is also a McMaster alumnus. He currently works in Cambridge and lives in Hamilton. If you run into him in public at various transportation related events, please don't bring up his ramblings on RTH comment threads, everyone knows such things don't count in real life.
Matthew is the RTH film and culture critic. He runs The In Between: Moving Pictures and Culture, which you can find inside Sky Dragon at 27 King William Street.
Maxine Kendall is a very busy stay at home Mom of three, plus husband, dog, hedgehog and bearded dragon. Too many years ago, she was in the fashion business, but put it aside to take care of her family. She kept my creative side busy making clothes for the children and creating artsy stuff for the house. A couple of years ago, Maxine discovered writing and never looked back. She writes poetry and short fiction, and has almost completed a children's novel.
Megan and Mike host myboytheriotgirl, a weekly indie/alternative radio show on McMaster University radio station 93.3 CFMU. Megan began hosting myboytheriotgirl as a student in 2003, and in 2004 Mike came to McMaster and joined her on-air. They have been (happily) collaborating ever since.
Meghan Greaves is a Content and Marketing Strategist in Hamilton. She recently completed her studies at Conestoga College and the University of Guelph where she earned a marketing diploma and degree.
Meredith Broughton is a pastor to students and board member of the Hamilton Civic League. She is completing two graduate programs, one in theology at McMaster Divinity, another in echocardiography at Mohawk. Meredith lives downtown with her husband Jarod and loves showing visitors and newcomers all the good things Hamilton has to offer.
Born at Little Current, Manitoulin Island, May 23, 1949. Resettled to Hamilton in 1949. Schooled at St. John The Baptist, De la Salle Oak lands (Camp), Delta High School and Universe University. Worked as an Operating Engineer, since 1967, Family Construction Business, Baldasaro & MacGregor Ltd. (General Contractors) and with the International Union of Operating Engineers as an out-side Contractor in Stelco, Dofasco, Westinghouse, International Harvester, McCoy and other Foundries. Experienced in road, sewer, water main, tunnel, building construction and demolition. Minister Plenipotentiary, Church of the Universe since 1979. Professor Legal Self Defence, Universe University. Civil, Criminal, Constitutional Litigation. Human Rights Activist since 1967 and an aspiring servant to my fellow human beings, all my life.
Michael Black is a print and media journalist and a soon to be graduate of the Mohawk College 3-year Print and Broadcast Journalism program. You can visit his website.
Michael Borrelli is a social researcher living with his family in the Hamilton's North End. He tweets @BaysideBadger.
Michael Canton's passion is to combine writing, drawing, photography and video to tell stories. He is the creator of Tech Talk X, a web-series dedicated to highlighting tech and creative startups in the Hamilton region. He is also the new social media manager for the Independent Webseries Creators of Canada. You can visit his website and follow him on Twitter @MichaelCantonVM.
Michael Cumming is a designer, writer and photographer concerned about sustainable design and urban development. He has training in Architecture and Computational Design and has lived in several cities in Canada, the US and Europe. He is delighted to have settled with his wife and two children in the Strathcona neighbourhood of Hamilton. You can view his website or follow him on Twitter.
Michael Desnoyers is co-chair of Hamiltonians for Progressive Development. He is also the founder, president and CEO of Etratech, a successful high tech business.
Michael Desnoyers and Jack Santa-Barbara are the Chair and Co-chair, respectively, of Hamiltonians for Progressive Development, an organization dedicated to a progressive approach to city planning and development with an emphasis on Vision 2020.
Michael Druker is from the US, but now makes his home in Kitchener-Waterloo after completing two degrees at the University of Waterloo. He is active on urban issues in Waterloo Region, including as part of the Tri-Cities Transport Action Group (TriTAG) and as a co-founder of Open Data Waterloo Region. Michael has served on the board of Community CarShare since 2010, and currently is Treasurer as well as chair of the Kitchener-Waterloo Action Committee.
Michael P. Clarke is a lawyer in Hamilton. He has been involved in several successful renovation projects on James Street North, including the redevelopment of the Hotel Hamilton into artists studios and a thriving coffee shop.
Michelle Hruschka is a member of the CAWDB (Campaign for Adequate Welfare and Disability Benefits) co-chair of the sub committee, Food Security Issues, and involved with the Income Security Working Group. She has been actively trying to organize temp workers and is the chair for the Temp Workers Rghts/Action Group. Her dream is to have a Workers' Centre here in the city.
Michelle Martin and her husband are watching their children reach adulthood one by one in Hamilton, where they relocated from Toronto 15 years ago. She has been published in both the Hamilton Spectator and Raise the Hammer, as well as in the online edition of the National Post. Michelle has worked in the developmental services sector for many years, most recently as coordinator of the Community Access to Transportation project. However, the opinions she expresses in Raise the Hammer are her own. She sometimes tweets @deltawestmom
Myke Hutchings is a musician, writer, photographer, foodie and coffee addict.
Narayan Donaldson is a fourth-year Urban Planning student at the University of Waterloo, currently working in Hamilton for a four month work term. Originally from the suburbs of Toronto, he became active in his adopted community of Waterloo, campaigning for Dutch-quality bicycle infrastructure along with the group WaterlooBikes. You can read a more detailed bio.
Natalie Bull is the Executive Director of the Heritage Canada Foundation. She is happiest when doing porch repairs or glazing windows at her 1840s farmhouse in New Brunswick, which was saved from demolition by her first act of heritage activism.
Ned Nolan lives with his family near the Pearl Street bridge and is a lawyer with the downtown firm Nolan Ciarlo, LLP.
Nicholas Kevlahan was born and raised in Vancouver, and then spent eight years in England and France before returning to Canada in 1998. He has been a Hamiltonian since then, and is a strong believer in the potential of this city. Although he spends most of his time as a mathematician, he is also a passionate amateur urbanist and a fan of good design. You can often spot him strolling the streets of the downtown, shopping at the Market. Nicholas is the spokesperson for Hamilton Light Rail.
Nick Tomkin is a web developer who works and lives in Hamilton with his wife, a few cute pets and a robot or two.
Nikos A. Salingaros is a professor of mathematics at the University of Texas at San Antonio, as well as a noted urbanist and architectural theorist. You may visit his website.
Norma LaForme is a person with disability who lives on Hamilton Mountain. Norma works with people with disabilities and is a trained counsellor. Norma is involved in the Chamber of Commerce.
Paige Louter is a recent graduate of Redeemer University College, where she received a BA in Theatre and Writing. In the fall, she is heading to the National University of Ireland to pursue an MA in Theatre.
Paris Rutherford IV, AICP is the Vice President of Planning and Urban Design at RTKL Associates, an architecture firm based on New Urbanist principles.
Patrick Brennan is the artistic director of Public Utility Performance. Public Utility Performance wishes to support a broad variety of performance in Hamilton, Ontario and the surrounding area. PUP grew out of Patrick Brennan technical, managerial and design practice. Recent projects span theatre, film and dance in the professional, community and educational arenas. A need for support of site specific and community arts has arisen out of his involvement with the Downtown Arts Centre. PUP hopes to provide dance and performance artists in Hamilton with both the opportunity to develop new skills and explore new areas of expression and design.
Patti Turnbull grew up in Binbrook. After traveling the world and living in the USA and Europe, decided to come home and again become a resident of Ward 11. She's actively involved in the Right to Play Charity, Hamilton's Chamber of Commerce and Solar Renewable Energy.
Paul J. Bedford FCIP, RPP is the Chief City Planner Emeritus for the City of Toronto and a passionate advocate of transit and city building throughout the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
Paul Bedford is an Adjunct Professor of City Planning at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University and an Urban Mentor with Paul Bedford & Associates in Toronto, which includes proactive involvement in a wide variety of public planning issues in numerous capacities primarily within the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
He is a member of the Waterfront Toronto Urban Design Review Panel, a member of the National Capital Commission Planning Advisory Committee in Ottawa, and a futures columnist in the Ontario Planning Journal and a Senior Associate of the Canadian Urban Institute. He is also a member of the CAMH Property Committee guiding the long-term redevelopment of the Queen Street Mental Health and Addiction Facility.
He is a member of the Metrolinx Board of Directors.
Paul Glendenning is a Hamilton writer and activist.
Paul Johnson is the Chair of the Steering Committee for the Citizens' Forum on Area Rating. In his day job, he is the executive director of Wesley Urban Ministries.
Paul Shaker is an urban planner and a co-founder of the Centre for Community Study, a Hamilton-based urban research organization.
Paul is the founder of Ward 3 Residents Association, Parade of the Pumpkins and other community-based events. He lives in Ward 3 close to Ivor Wynne Stadium/Scott Park and ran in the 2010 Hamilton Municipal Election, finishing second to incumbent Councillor Bernie Morelli.
Paul Vicari lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a web developer in Toronto.
Paul Weinberg is a veteran freelance writer who has recently moved from Toronto to Hamilton. His articles have appeared in NOW Magazine, rabble, eye weekly, Inter Press Service, Outlook, the Globe and Mail's Report on Business, This Magazine and Sustainable Times. You can visit his website.
Paul Wilson wrote for The Spectator for a long time and CBC Hamilton for a short time. Twitter: @PaulWilsonInHam
Peter Hill has served on the Boards of Hamilton Children's Aid Society, Amity Goodwill Industries, Haldimand & Area Woodlot Owners' Association, Ontario Woodlot Association, and many other community committees. He was inducted into the McMaster Alumni Gallery of Distinction in 1991. He is a Past-President of the Durand Neighbourhood Association, Hamilton Public Relations Society, Lupus Society of Hamilton and was the founding Business Co-chair of the Hamilton-Wentworth Training Board. He served as President of the Dundas Valley Orchestra in 2009-2010 and 2012-2013. He has served on the city's Urban Advisory Committee and was a member of Hamilton's Rapid Transit Citizens' Advisory Committee (2010-2012). He holds a Master's degree in Geography. Now retired, he was Associate Registrar at McMaster University where he initiated its student recruitment activity and, subsequently, Director of Public Relations at the Hamilton Civic Hospitals where he initiated its community communications programs.
Among his many contributions to social justice and environmental sustainability, Peter Hutton represents the Hamilton Social Justice Coalition at the Hamilton Roundtable on Poverty Reduction, is the treasurer of Hamiltonians for Progressive Development and the Hamilton Transit Users Group, serves as a member of the city's Transit Steering Committee, volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail and is also involved with the city's low-income transit subsidy program.
Peter lives near Bayfront Park in Hamilton's historic North End. He enjoys writing about sustainable possibilities and the local benefits that result. Peter is the Green Party of Ontario Candidate for Hamilton Centre.
Praesto Presto is a political analyst working in the non-profit sector at the federal level. Formerly residing in Ottawa, she has returned to Hamilton, where municipal affairs are once again grabbing her attention. She understands the minefield of federal politics well enough to prefer a pseudonym.
R. (Rob) William Patry is a published author (Pinnacle of Vandalism (A selection of thoughts, feelings and musings) ISBN 978-0-9918166-7-5), blogger and consultant. A passionate writer with a biting sense of humour. His work includes broadcasting and freelance. You can visit his website or follow him on Twitter @rwilliampatry.
Ramzy Baroud is an author and editor of www.palestinechronicle.com. His work has been published in many newspapers and journals worldwide. His latest book is The Second Palestinian Intifada: A Chronicle of a People's Struggle (Pluto Press, London).
Randy Kay is a volunteer with OPIRG McMaster's Transportation for Liveable Communities (TLC) working group. http://www.tlchamilton.org/
Ray Fullerton is a Hamiltonian for life. Educated at Barton S.S. and McMaster University, he enjoyed a life-long learning career at Dofasco as a Research Engineer. Ray has recently retired and become an engaged citizen in civic politics.
Ray Lawlor is a professional student living in downtown Toronto who follows urban and particularly transit issues in his free time. He is also an avid cyclist, environmentalist, reader and film fan.
Reg Beaudry was the owner of THREE 16 lounge in downtown Hamilton. He was the creator, editor, publisher and design artist of the original urbanicity magazine.
Toronto-born, Hamilton-raised, Rene has been a Hamilton and area resident for over 35 years. He has been politically engaged for over 20 years and is continually looking at the world around him. The Mohawk College graduate currently works as an independent IT consultant. Visit his blog.
Richard Gelder is an educator who lives in Dundas with his partner, Catherine, and two sons, Liam and Jamie. He commutes by bicycle and cares passionately about bicycles, track and field and all things Hamilton.
Richard Register is an internationally-recognized urban design specialist and activist. He is the founder and President of Ecocity Builders, a non-governmental organization dedicated to environmentally-responsible urban development through public education and consulting with governments and planners.
Richard White is an experienced everyday tourist. Over the past 30 years, his "day job" has taken him from scientist to director/curator of a public art gallery to executive director of downtown business association to director of 3D animation studio to consultant. All the while – when travelling for work or pleasure – he honed his flaneuring skills. He writes for Everyday Tourist, and you can follow him on Twitter @everydaytourist.
Rob Fiedler is a transplant to Hamilton from Vancouver via Toronto, who lives in the North End with his spouse and their daughter. He is currently President of the North End Neighbours (NEN). When not getting entangled in matters of local urbanism and enjoying life in the heart of the Golden Horseshoe, he is working to complete a PhD dissertation on the planning and politics of postwar metropolitanization and suburban development in Toronto.
Rob Rombouts lives in Ward 3 and works in Ward 2, as a marketing professional. He is committed to active transport, through all sorts of weather.
Robert Fick is a local health and social economics/policy researcher and author.
Robert Yates is an artist living in Hamilton. His website: robertclarkyates.weebly.com.
Robin De Danann is a hobbyist writer, born and raised in Hamilton. Local history is one of her favourite topics of study.
Roger Lambert was born in Hamilton in 1947 and lived most of his childhood years in the north end. Six years after high school, he was hired nto the Woodward Ave. wastewater treatment plant. He completed a certificate program for environmental studies at Mohawk College and passed the fourth class operator's exam from the Ministry of the Environment and Energy. He is presently retired, but still active in the environmental field, particularly, wastewater treatment.
Roland Dube is married with two children. He was born and raised in Hamilton. He has lived in the North End, East End, and Mountain, and now resides in Stoney Creek Mountain. He attended St Jean de Brebeuf High School and attended a professional "Organizational Behaviour" program at McMaster University. Professionally he has worked most of his adult life in sales, marketing and business develompent, and worked as VP of business develompent with an international health care recruiting firm. His last job before starting Rolly Rockets BBQ was with a development company researching and negotiating the purchases of developable property in Ontario, so he is somewhat familiar with the business practices of various municipalities in Southern Ontario.
Roy J. Adams, McMaster University Emeritus Professor, is Executive Director of the Hamilton Civic Coalition a group of community leaders dedicated to realizing the city's potential.
Rudo de Ruijter is an independent analyst based in The Netherlands.
Ryan Danks is a Project Engineer for a wind engineering consulting company. After living in Stoney Creek for many years he and his fiancée are now enjoying all Ward 2 has to offer.
Ryan Janssen was born and raised here in Hamilton - living first in Dundas, then in Westdale, and now in the downtown core. He is currently finishing a Masters degree in Toronto, working in Mississauga, and living in Hamilton.
Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. He also maintains a personal website and has been known to post passing thoughts on Twitter @RyanMcGreal.
Ryan Moran was born and raised in Hamilton's Strathcona neighbourhood. After obtaining an MBA in strategic marketing at the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, where he also did a Bachelors of Arts in a combined major of Political Science and Theatre & Film, he joined the staff of factor[e] design initiative as their Marketing Communications Specialist.
Professionally, Ryan has been engaged with a number of consulting projects, particularly pertaining to topics of youth community development, marketing and social engagement, through both electronic and interpersonal means. He has previously worked for the McMaster Students Union, and ArcelorMittal Dofasco, and is a former chair of Hamilton Hive.
Saira Peesker is an ace reporter who covers politics, business and current events. Her work has appeared on YourHamiltonBiz, OpenFile and CTVNews.ca, among others. When not snooping for scoops, she skates in counter-clockwise circles with Toronto Roller Derby's all-star team, CN Power. You can follow her on Twitter @SairaPeesker.
Sam Merulla is the City Councillor for Ward 4 in Hamilton.
Sam Nabi is studying Planning and International Development at the University of Waterloo. He has researched transportation, housing, and civic engagement issues in Hamilton and Toronto. An occasional Hamilton resident, he loves biking the escarpment trails.
Santo Barbieri is a stay home dad and long time resident of the Strathcona neighbourhood.
Sara Mayo is a Social Planner, Geographic Information Systems with the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton.
Sarah Wayland researches and writes for a living, mostly focusing on social issues such as immigration and settlement, employment, and poverty. She grew up in the southern United States and came to Canada the way most Americans do, by marrying a Canadian. She has been a proud Hamiltonian since 2001 and an avid RTH lurker since the advent of the Great Stadium Debate.
Sarah Warry-Poljanski is a candidate for School Board Trustee, Ward 7 in the 2014 Municipal Election.
Scott Koblyk has been a member of the BARC Board of Directors for nine years and is currently serving his sixth year as BARC president. A lifelong Hamiltonian, Scott is a writer and consultant.
Sean Burak was born in Hamilton but raised elsewhere in Ontario. He returned to his birth town at the turn of the century and has never looked back. Sean is the owner of Downtown Bike Hounds.
Shawn Selway is a Stelco trained millwright who runs a consultancy in the interpretation and conservation of historic machinery. He lives in the North End with his family.
Shekar Chandrashekar is a Canadian of Indian decent and has lived in Hamilton for over 50 years. For over 34 years he worked in local Government. He has been married to his Canadian wife for over 43 years. They have two daughters. Shekar continues to be very interested in local, national and international politics, literature and art.
Sheri Crawford, ARIDO, IDC, NCIDQ, BCIN is an interior designer based in Hamilton. Her area of expertise ranges from corporate/commercial office design, medical clinics, and adaptive re-use designs, the latter for which she was awarded a Hamilton Architecture and Design Award of Merit in 2007. In addition to practice, she is a part time professor at Sheridan College in the Interior Design Degree & Interior Decorating Diploma programs.
Sheri Selway is a long time resident of the North End and current President of North End Neighbours. A retired elementary public school teacher in central Hamilton, Sheri currently is a fitness instructor at the YWCA Hamilton.
Shiona Mackenzie is a communications professional with 17 years of international experience and a lifelong love of music.
Simon Carroll is a husband, father and singer, living and playing in the Hammer.
Simon Geoghegan lives in Hamilton with his wife and three sons. In addition to being active in the community with Hamilton CarShare and Hamilton Out of the Cold, Simon is also a Leadership Coach and Partner in Epiphany Coaches Inc. He is also a member and volunteer with the Green Party of Canada.
Simon Kiss is a political science professor at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Simon Woodside lives a few blocks from where he was born at St. Joseph's hospital. He grew up in Hamilton, and continues to live here while managing his business developing iPhone and iPad software. He co-produces the unconferences BarCampWaterloo and StartupCampWaterloo, promotes Hamilton Light Rail, and enjoys the rejuvenating culture in the city.
Sonja Macdonald and Paul Shaker are Co-Directors of the Centre for Community Study, a Hamilton-based, not-for-profit organization focused on the research, development, and implementation of public policy.
Stavros Rougas lives in Hamilton and works in media.
Stephanie Shuster is the Creative Manager at Innovation Factory, heading up their marketing, communications, design, social media, and events. Before coming to iF, she was manager of the marketing and communications department at Theatre Aquarius, wrote op/ed for The Province newspaper, and directed plays for Black Box Fire. Stephanie came Hamilton from Vancouver to study at McMaster University, where she earned a Combined Honours BA in Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Communication Studies, and is proud to have made Hamilton her home, residing downtown where she lives with her husband and her espresso machine.
Stephanie Trendocher is the Co-founder of Beaux Mondes, Marketing Coordinator at the provincial transportation agency for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, member of the Tourism Hamilton Advisory Committee, transit geek, nostalgist, lover of print, scribbler of thoughts and day dream believer.
Stephanie Vegh is the executive director of the Hamilton Arts Council.
Stephen Barath works at the CanmetMATERIALS laboratory on the McMaster Innovation Park campus, and lives in Kirkendall North. He is a newcomer to Hamilton, having moved here with his wife Jen from Kitchener in 2012.
Stephen Otto is a Toronto-based historian who once lived in Hamilton and retains a great interest in its history. A former head of Ontario's heritage conservation programs, he has written widely on biographical and architectural subjects, notably in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, and as revising editor of Eric Arthur's Toronto: No Mean City. His most recent book, Robert Wetherell and Dundurn: An Architect in Early Hamilton, was published by Heritage Hamilton in 2004. The preceding piece on F.J. Rastrick is based on a slide lecture he gave to a meeting of the Head of the Lake Historical Society in March, 2003.
Steven Toth lives in Hamilton.
Steven Watts is a local environmentalist who is attempting to raise awareness about ecological issues in the city. His goal it to highlight environmental initiatives around the city and expose ecological concerns that deserve attention.
Stuart Trew is the Trade campaigner for the Council of Canadians. He lives in Hamilton.
Sue Yarwood is a mother of two amazing girls, is prone to wandering the streets of Hamilton sticking things in boxes and is a huge fan of Fringe.
Susana is a former Hamiltonian, mother of four kids, living in downtown Toronto. She is married to regular RTH contributer Ben Bull.
Sylvia Nickerson is Co-President of the Beasley Neighbourhood Association.
T.S. Ritchie was born, raised and educated in Hamilton, Ontario. Over the past 35 years I have become involved in owning and renovating properties in the lower city. I have been quite sad with the state of my city and urban core rotting away. A recent upsurge of creative interest has shown a glimmer of hope; it needs to be nurtured.
Tanya Ritchie is an immigrant who moved to Hamilton ten years ago and lives in Ward 3. She is the co-owner of Hamilton Guest House, Hamilton's only backpackers' hostel.
Ted Mitchell is a Hamilton resident, emergency physician and sometimes agitator who recently completed a BEng at McMaster University. He is fascinated by aspects of our culture that are harmful, but avoid serious public discussion.
Ted Trainer is a professor in the School of Social Work, University of New South Wales. His main interests have been global problems, sustainability issues, radical critiques of the economy, alternative social forms and the transition to them. He has written numerous books and articles on these topics, including, The Conserver Society: Alternatives for Sustainability, Saving the Environment: What It Will Take, and What Should We Do?. He is also developing Pigface Point, an alternative lifestyle educational site near Sydney. Visit his website: http://www.arts.unsw.edu.au/tsw/
Lived in Hamilton’s Ward 2 for over 14 years. Almost 30 years experience in politics, including: eight years on Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities and its Sub-Committees; seven years on Accessibility Advisory Committee for Metrolinx; and other committees.
Terry Whitehead is the Councillor for Ward 8 (West Mountain).
Theresa Nicholson lives in the Central neighbourhood of Hamilton. She's been a home based caregiver for the past 10 years and has been President of Central Neighbourhood Association for three years. Before that, she was an active participant in the group.
Thom Oommen is passionate about building truly sustainable communities. But far from technological solutions and other flights of fancy, he believes that the only way to build a just and ecologically responsible community is to embrace frugality and simplicity. He is currently focusing on actively learning the skills that will enable him and his community to face an unknown future with a measure of confidence. Check out his blog.
Bio: Thomas Wilson is songwriter in Hamilton. He released a CD in 2007 with his wife Sarah, entitled Long Songs and Sinner Ballads. His music can be heard on his MySpace page. He also runs a songwriting workshop in downtown Hamilton called Forge.
Tim O'Shea, MD, FRCPC, MPH, is an assistant professor, Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases at McMaster University.
Toby Yull is a consulting interior designer in Dundas. Prior to her design career, she was a municipal employee in three cities. A candidate for city council in the 2014 election and a longtime Spec freelancer, Toby finds it difficult not to comment on civic affairs.
Todd Litman is founder and executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative solutions to transport problems. His work helps to expand the range of impacts and options considered in transportation decision-making, improve evaluation techniques, and make specialized technical concepts accessible to a larger audience. His research is used worldwide in transport planning and policy analysis.
Mr. Litman is author of the Online TDM Encyclopedia, a comprehensive Internet resource for identifying and evaluating mobility management strategies. He has worked on numerous studies that evaluate the costs and benefits of various transportation services and activities. He authored Transportation Cost and Benefit Analysis: Techniques, Estimates and Implications, a comprehensive study of transport impacts, which provides cost and benefit information in an easy-to-apply format.
Todd is active in several professional organizations, including the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the Transportation Research Board (a section of U.S. National Academy of Sciences) and the Centre for Sustainable Transportation. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Transportation Research A, a professional journal.
Tom Cooper is the Director of the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction.
Tom Mackan is Publisher and editor of NEWZY BITZ, an online Community Theatre newsletter in the GHA, with over 200 subscribers. He is a Member of the Board, Theatre Burlington; an actor and director in GHA Community Theatre for fifty years; winner of over 25 awards and citations in the Western Ontario region and beyond; recipient of 2007 City of Hamilton Arts Award (Theatre); a Graduate of Canadian Theatre School (Sterndale Bennett) Toronto, 1955; and a retired teacher of English and Drama in public and private schools in the GHA and abroad.
Tomasz Wiercioch is a Project Coordinator with the Burlington Green Environmental Association.
Toon Dreessen Architect, OAA, MRAIC, AIA, LEED AP is the president of the Ontario Association of Architects. He is committed to cultivating an engaging dialogue with the public about the value of architecture to society. President of the Ottawa-based firm Farrow Dreessen Architects Inc, based in Ottawa, Mr. Dreessen has spearheaded the execution of a wide variety projects in commercial, retail, office, industrial and institutional settings throughout his career.
Transportation for Liveable Communities is an all-volunteer Sustainable Transportation advocacy group, founded in Hamilton in 2000. TLC supports walking, cycling, transit and other alternatives to single-occupancy vehicle use.
Trey lives in Hamilton with his family. He is co-owner of an advertising agency, and develops brand awareness and creative services for the entertainment and tourism industry. His essays have appeared in The Energy Bulletin, Post Carbon Institute, Peak Oil Survival, and Tree Hugger, and he has appeared on Toronto's Goldhawk Live. Trey volunteers with the London Chapter of The Council of Canadians.
Tyler Collins moved to Hamilton in 2011. He lives in the West End and works downtown.
Undustrial is a writer, tinkerer, activist and father who lives in Hamilton's North End. He chooses to remain pseudonymous as he frequently works with much of Hamilton's Development industry.
Walter Furlan is a lifelong cyclist and has ridden his bike in many capacities throughout the world. He was born and raised in Hamilton's east end, where he began to work in the steel mills alongside his father. He attended McMaster part-time in the evening and received a BA in social science. He is now a heritage conservation restorer, assessing and restoring historic buildings and landscapes. He is in training at The School of Restoration Arts at Willowbank in Niagara on the Lake. Walter advocates for those who cycle in this city because of choice or circumstance. He believes in the 8-80 idea: that our streets should be safe for an eight- or eighty-year-old to navigate. He is a member of the Hamilton Cycling Committee and serves as its current chair.
Wayne MacPhail has been involved in creating online community, collaboration, conversation since the early 1980s when he created the first hypermedia journalism in Canada. He is a former photographer and managing editor for Hamilton Magazine and a reporter and editor with the Hamilton Spectator. He went on to lead Southam Inc’s exploration of future information products at Southam InfoLab, and helped to design the first polypublishing toolset for newspapers in Canada. He then co-created a comedy site for AOL Canada that had a robust international community and fanbase.
Since then he has created online content for major online network players in Canada (including AOL, CANOE, MSN and Bell-Emergis). As Director of Content for Sympatico-Lycos he introduced rich content and powerful discussion forums for the cross-Canada site. Wayne has also launched discussion forums internal and externally for York University, Centennial College and the Alzheimer’s Society of Ontario (ASO). He teaches online journalism at the University of Western Ontario and Ryerson University and is a published playwright and book author.
Wayne is also an avid runner, cyclist, photographer, videographer and gardener and lives with his wife, Barb, on Ray Street North in Hamilton. He has his own emerging media consultancy, w8nc inc., whose clients include University of Toronto, McMaster University, Random House, The Association of Science and Technology Centres and the Association of Ontario Health Centres.
Yvonne Woodley is a writer, researcher, editor and broadcaster as well as a passionate advocate for her adopted hometown of Hamilton, Ontario.
Zachary Spicer is a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto. He recently received his PhD in political science from The University of Western Ontario. His research has been featured in the Canadian Journal of Urban Research, the Journal of Legislative Studies, Canadian Public Administration, the International Journal of Canadian Studies, the Canadian Political Science Review and the Journal of Canadian Studies. You can follow him on twitter @ZacSpicer.