He’s designed some of Canada’s finest buildings, and he grew up in Hamilton’s North End. Architect Bruce Kuwabara designed The National Ballet School, Tiff Bell Lightbox, Manitoba Hydro Place, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, the Canadian Museum of Nature, Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Pan Am Athlete’s Village and Gardiner Museum in Toronto. He’s an Officer of the Order of Canada and recipient of the RAIC Gold Medal.

Now his career has come full circle. Kuwabara with KPMB the firm he help found, won the bid to design  the…

Trump steel tariffs affecting selected Canadian manufacturers
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McKenna returns Burlington to PC fold
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In the knock ’em down, drag ’em out world of politics, Jane McKenna is proving to be one tough cookie. McKenna finished dead last in a field of five candidates
Chris Murray: ten years in the Hamilton trenches have not dimmed his optimism
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There are very few public servants who become synonymous with a major project, but in the case of Chris Murray, who will soon leave Hamilton to become Toronto City Manager,
50 years of research on Great Lakes
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lLester B. Pearson was starting his final two weeks as Prime Minister and the Burlington Mall officially opened when the only Canadian government-operated research ship on the Great Lakes first
Lasalle Marina bailout sparks controversy
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Burlington city council’s decision to grant the LaSalle Park Marina Association $4 million for a new floating breakwall has further driven a stake between the platforms of two leading candidates



Kathleen Wynne days before the vote assured Ontario declared she would not be returned to Queen’s Park as Premier on June 7. Contrast that with  Hillary Clinton who, it’s been reported, was editing her acceptance speech on the morning of November 6, 2016..

After all, Donald Trump, the GOP nominee for POTUS who Clinton had peppered with f-bombs during presidential debate rehearsals,…

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Post on John Best's Comment Jul 12, 2018

Chris Murray

When Chris Murray was appointed Hamilton City Manager at the end of 2008, he stepped into a role that had been something of a minefield. Two previous holders of the job had been fired and his immediate predecessor had quit with a year left on his contract. City managers had been a lightning rod for criticism from councillors since the position was created at amalgamation. Chris Murray’s problem was exacerbated by the fact that he inherited a senior management team, several of whom thought they were better equipped than he for the job. Between the skeptics on his staff and the never-ending penchant for intrigue by councillors, it could be argued that Murray was, like the Gerry Rafferty song, beset by “clowns to the left…jokers to the right,” but Chris Murray prevailed in the end — surviving almost a decade in the job..

Murray quietly worked to improve the political culture – particularly relations between staff and council. Where before Murray’s tenure, staff were often publicly berated, today the interplay, at least in public meetings,…

Within hours of being sworn in as Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Christine Elliott provided a small example of how the “efficiencies” that some are equating with draconian cutbacks can be achieved relatively painlessly. By tinkering with the so-called OHIP “Plus” plan, Elliott has left the intention of the plan intact—namely that no one under 25 should be without supplementary health coverage for prescriptions, while saving the taxpayers some money. Under the hastily cobbled-together Wynne plan the government program covered all under 25-ers—even those who were already covered by parent’s insurance. That made the plan more of a gift to insurance companies than to young Ontarians. Under the revised plan the government will become the second insurer, behind any existing private insurer. That seems to be a sensible approach. At a time when resources are scarce it is important that our social safety net funds go to those who actually need the assistance.

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“The Death of Stalin” as a movie title conjures up the harshness of life under the Soviet dictator, hardly the stuff of comedy. But that doesn’t take into account what happens when Armando Ianuzzi gets hold of the material. Ianuzzi, after all is the man who dreamed up the British political satire series, In the Thick of It, which he then transported to HBO in the US as VEEP, starring Julia Louis Dreyfus. Death of Stalin is very much in that vein. When Stalin unexpectedly keels over and dies of a massive coronary it is clear his entourage have no idea what to do next. Most of the film deals with the slapstick  intrigues of the remaining members of the Politburo to see who will take over from Stain. Initially it looks like the feared KBG chief Lavrentiy Beria will gain control. He is a monster who has tortured and executed hundreds of thousands of people during the war and various Stalinist purges. Referring to a fellow member of the politburo who is a…

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The film, (showing in select markets), explores disobedience, detailing those involved, as well as the type of disobedience. It’s an engrossing and emotional love opus from Chilean director Sebastián Lelio marking his English language debut, following “A Fantastic Woman”, a film well received at festivals this year (reviewed recently in this column).

Ronit Khruska (Rachel Weisz), returns to her Orthodox Jewish community in London after the death of her rabbi father and stirs up controversy when she shows an interest in an old childhood friend. She is living her life as a photographer in New York. During a photo shoot she is informed of her father’s passing. Stunned by the news and in a vulnerable state, she drinks up at a local bar and embarks on a one nighter with a stranger.

Ronit flies home to London where she feels out of place in the Orthodox Jewish community she left behind. Dovid Kuperman (Alessandro Nivola), a son figure to her Rabbi father, is surprised by the unexpected return of his childhood friend.

Her aunt Fruma greets her more openly, though the air is frosty between Ronit and her uncle Moshe (Allan Corduner). Ronit is both upset and angry that she was not informed of her father’s illness and that her father’s obituary claims he was childless.

Despite tension surrounding Ronit’s sudden departure in the past, Dovid invites her to stay with him and his wife. She is startled to learn that he is married…


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For a prowl around Prince Edward County what could be more suitable than the Volvo V90 wagon. The muscular looking, high class hauler handles people with care, and luggage with ease.  It’s big, big enough that it almost feels like public…


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I have previously mentioned the scientifically available evidence for prescribing marijuana in its several compilations for the alleviation of pain and even the control of some psychiatric diagnoses. Decriminalizing the
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In the summer, people move outside to become more active. Weekend warriors begin to emerge as they focus on getting involved in sports, exercise and training. Along with these activities
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Transportation Master Plan focuses on streets, roads
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LRTPerhaps the most notable feature of the Transportation Master Plan Review submitted to Hamilton Council last month was what it scarcely mentioned—LRT. Instead the plan looked ahead to 2031 and
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A government program aimed at reducing Canada’s grain backlog had been a boon to Hamilton’s National Steel Car—which has been manufacturing freight rolling stock in Hamilton for more than a
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