Dr. Dave Carll, the Medical contributor for the Bay Observer, died suddenly last month on the Mississippi Gulf Coast where he had been living since his retirement 13 years ago.

What emerges in discussions with Mississippi residents who knew “Doc,” as they called him, is a portrait of a man who spent his last years, in a somewhat nomadic existence, tirelessly scrounging food and supplies to donate, first to hurricane victims, but later to thousands of desperately and chronically poor people in the region; and in doing, becoming a beloved figure along the Gulf…

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Burlington is creating design guidelines for mid-rise buildings. These guidelines will be used by city staff to evaluate development applications where mid-rise buildings between five and 11 storeys are proposed.
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January 2018 A race for the office of Mayor of Burlington is assured as former MP Mike Wallace and web designer Greg Woodruff declare their candidacies. Ward 2 Councillor Marianne
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The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce has secured a $189,000 grant from The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) to study the possibility of recovering waste heat from Hamilton industry to help accelerate smart

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Asked for his reaction to the announcement he was to be recognized with one of this nation’s highest recognitions Ron Foxcroft said “It is with great gratitude I accept this honour on behalf of my family and my teammates at work and in the community who have helped me along the way.  If I have achieved any success it is because…

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Sometime between 1996, when I left journalism, and 2008 when I returned to it, I must have written a cheque to an Ontario Liberal candidate. I can’t remember who or when, but I know I did somewhere along the line, based on the deluge of fundraising emails I started getting starting from the party this past summer and reaching a crescendo on New Year’s Eve.

At first it would be one or two emails a week, but the frequency began to build as New Year’s approached. New Year’s you see is the deadline for persons who want to claim a political donation as a tax deduction of 75 cents on the dollar. That’s right, the taxpayer foots the bill to the tune of 75 percent of all political donations by individuals, plus it provides the parties with more than $13 Million to divvy up based on votes received, (although Doug Ford is talking about scrapping the whole scheme).

So for me it started in earnest on Saturday December 29th with an email from former Provincial Treasurer…

Between HBO and Netflix, television viewers are getting an unprecedented opportunity to watch foreign language television, and some of it is great. We’re not talking cinema art snobbery here, no Ingmar Bergman self-indulgence– just great stories and riveting characters. HBO’s best offering right now is the eight-part series, My Brilliant Friend, based on the Neapolitan novels of Elena Ferrante.  The Neapolitan Novels tell the life story of two perceptive and intelligent girls born in Naples in 1944, who try to create lives for themselves within a violent and stultifying culture. Life is really tough in postwar Italy and things are so bleak for schoolgirls Lila and Lenu that even though they live in a suburb of Naples, they have never seen the sea. Both girls are brilliant at school and the first eight episodes take them from primary school through to high school, in a community where the Commorra run free and people are attacked in the streets by gangs. Against that backdrop Lila and Lenu study languages and the classics and as they…

Now that Premier Doug Ford has, for the umpteenth time, reaffirmed his position that Hamilton can use the $1 Billion in provincial funding for LRT—or not, there is no need for Council to get dragged into a “re-affirmation vote.” It is clear from his remarks, that the premier understands the local situation, including the fact that there is deep local division on the issue.

Given a growing sense that the LRT project is likely to cost significantly more than $1 Billion, and the fact there is no indication that the Province is prepared to increase its commitment beyond the $1Billion, council would be reckless to commit to something that after ten years still has no firm price tag in terms of either capital or operating costs. Another unanswered question is what would be the procedural impact of a positive affirmation vote? Right now, anything regarding LRT that comes before council requires a simple majority yes or no. A question we would like answered is would a positive affirmation by council make any subsequent vote on…

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GREEN BOOK

Earning critical praise and awards (including Oscar) buzz, “Green Book” is collecting accolades for its simple buddy narrative spinning in a vortex of volatile racial turmoil. For reasons to be explained later, I have a personal interest in the film (my rating is five reels out of five).

A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver for an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960’s pre civil rights era American South. The mismatched traveling companions face continuous verbal and physical hardships throughout the segregated states.

It’s not the night/day visual disparity, but the cultural backgrounds of the two men which gives purpose to this very entertaining opposites-attract Civil Rights Era buddy road movie. The rough-hewn bouncer with a Calabrese-Bronx dialect Tony Vallelonga, known professionally as Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), is engaged by classical pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) as a bodyguard, chauffeur and valet for a concert tour in 1962. Tony, a likable Italian-American, who brushes shoulders with mob-types, also has a soft inner self, very protective of his wife and children. His racial bias, rooted in childhood innocence, keeps him somewhat open minded rather than harboring hard core prejudice toward Black American culture.

Ali portrays piano man Don Shirley with majestic reserve, impeccable manners and professorial intelligence. His speech, laden with literary perception, a contrast to Tony’s street lingo utterances, fuels much of the film’s humor. Yet, despite the disparity, there’s a sense of character camaraderie prompted by the casting esprit de…

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The City of Hamilton has opened registration for the 2018 Our Future Hamilton Summit. The theme for this year’s annual summit is Public Safety in a Connected World. Now in