As a graduate of McGill University, you’d think Dr. John Hewson would at least know which day is Sunday.

Apparently he never learned to read a calendar because he wears a three-piece suit, vest, tie, pouf in the lapel, fedora and dress shoes seven days a week, even when he’s picking up loose garbage on the street.

Hewson, who retired in 2000 from his job as Chief of the Department of Critical Care Medicine for Hamilton Health Sciences, has an easy explanation for why he’s always dressed to the nines.

“I’m showing respect for…

Jackie Shane, a Transgender Soul Pioneer, Re-emerges After Four Decades
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From The New York Times: Jackie Shane, a Transgender Soul Pioneer, Re-emerges After Four Decades Her electric performances in the 1960s made her an elusive cult heroine. A Numero Group
Creating a culture of reading at the 9th annual telling tales festival
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More tha 6,000 book enthusiasts showed up at the Telling Tales last month as guests joined 30 award-winning Canadian authors, illustrators, storytellers, and musicians for a day of reading and
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John William Boich Parkette will be officially opened on Oct. 12 from 3 to 5 p.m. The parkette is located on Stonehaven Drive in the Dundas-Appleby area. John William Boich
Sarcoa litigants up the ante
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The owners of the defunct Sarcoa  restaurant on Pier 8 have expanded their lawsuit against the city and have now added Parks Canada, and Werner Plessl, the Manager of Hamilton
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Television City Signs on
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Bring on the feathers, chandeliers and custom cocktails, Brad Lamb’s in town and he’s throwing a party. The lucky folks on a curated guest list experienced just that and more,
Trees are down but the wood lives on
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There is a great deal of public interest in the wood that was salvaged from the two iconic weeping willow trees that were cut down from Spencer Smith Park in
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PBS in Buffalo has confirmed that it will be airing Gridiron Underground—a Canadian documentary that explores the migration of talented African American football players to Canada in the 1950’s. The
Saving parking for customers
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In the world of business and politics, some actions are almost impossible to comprehend. Such is the case in downtown Burlington, which has been struggling to attract customers ever since



The middle class. For political parties the most significantly important voter bloc. All parties rattle on about assisting the middle class, or boosting those not quite at the middle class level economically upward.
You qualify as middle class if your income positions you somewhere between the working and upper classes. Or in more honest lingo, between the…

Monthly Editorial

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For those of us saddled with the tag “baby boomers” it has been a remarkable march toward human perfection, or at least what is now considered the prerequisites for perfection. When those of our generation were entering our teens the world looked like this: abortion was illegal, homosexuality was a crime, African-Americans were being beaten and shot for demanding the right to vote and pregnant teens were sent to homes for “unwed mothers.” In the late 1960’s a student of the University of Western Ontario was sentenced to a lengthy prison term for simple possession of the impotent weed that passed for marijuana at that time. I often wonder what became of his life.
Against that backdrop it was no surprise that the bulk of the younger generation of that day became liberal or progressive in outlook. We rebelled in varying degrees against the world of our parents, who we later realized, thanks to reminders from writers like Tom Brokaw with his Greatest Generation, that we were rebelling against one of the most decent, self-sacrificing…

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Hess Village bar and restaurant owners are getting a break on the extra policing costs they have been assessed over the years. They now will split a $48,000 tab instead of the $115,000 they had been paying in past. With restaurants and clubs springing up all over town, Hess village has seen a sharp reduction in business in recent years, and the Hamilton Police Service has reluctantly agreed that a lower level of policing is justified. Nonetheless, in our view, any special levy on any particular district in the city is unjustified. As Ward Two councillor Jason Farr pointed out, Hamilton is the only city in Canada that imposes a policing surcharge on a particular neighbourhood. Using the same logic could it be argued that the taxpayers in say, Ward Three should pay more because the crime rate in the inner city is higher than in a suburban ward? The fact is that policing is a fundamental service, like education or health care that benefits the entire community, and even though usage of the…

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With the resumption of Parliament, Justin Trudeau and Bill Morneau have been getting an earful on the tax changes they are proposing to impose on small business owners and professionals like doctors. They are getting at least as much pushback from Liberal members as they are from the opposition. The plan would close so called “loopholes” such as income redistribution, and the ability to accumulate income in a business against a future downturn. It didn’t help that in the torrent of clichés, buzzwords and other pious sentiments that accompanied the budget; that the government seemed to be lumping entrepreneurs who have been taking advantage of these legal tax measures for years with tax cheaters. In the absence of any particular public outcry against the tax system, it is difficult to determine from where the pressure for these controversial changes came. It is estimated that the changes will bring in tops, an additional $250 Million on a budget of almost $300 Billion– or less than one tenth of a percent. The government could raise as…

Culture & Living

In the 1959 thriller, one of the most iconic of Alfred Hitchcock’s films, we’re reminded of the dynamic pairing of screen hunk Cary Grant, and the master suspense director. Who else would conjure up sequences of imaginative creativity; stranding the suave Grant in the midst of a vast cornfield being bombarded by a crop dusting aircraft…and having him clamber over the famous presidential stone faces carved on Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.

In a sense, the story mimics a James Bond figure, in this case a dapper advertising executive who, in a case of mistaken identity, gets harassed and drawn into a lethal game of cat and mouse. Exotic action sequences and steamy erotic tensions (blonde femme temptress), the plot’s debonair villain, toxic espionage, and the sardonic, self-aware tone of the acting, nods to the reality of events in the source film. Carried over to this theatrical adaptation its an acknowledgement of Hitchcock’s mastery of the genre.

With all its flurry, this isn’t a slapstick variation of an old theme. It leans more towards comedy than a pulse pounding thriller, without diluting the suspense factor. As a further stimulus for audiences, the clever and intricate construction of events are shown in full view (actors manipulate equipment simulating film close ups projected on the upstage backdrop). This effectively reinforces the creative inventiveness of stagecraft artistry, the life blood of theatre. Viewers imaginations kick in, and coupled with scintillating cast performances, this retelling crackles.

The film comes to life on stage. From opening curtain, the assembled cast display cards…


Moonlight Review
Focusing on a painful American reality, this multi-award nominated and
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Thanks for the emails about book stores.  This month’s choice

It’s October, World Series time. I hardly follow baseball during the season, especially the…


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Comfort with a Sophisticated
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In the pre-historic days of electric cars, they used to
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You should ask the City of Hamilton how much the
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Two community housing reports simultaneously  landed on the desk of Hamilton Councillors at the final council meeting in September—one a recommendation to spend $50 Million on social housing over the
MY TAKE: A training course needed for those entering political life
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The backgrounds of many elected officials have not provided them with the skills and understandings to be demanded of them. In coming to this conclusion, I have called on an
Diving in to Murky West Harbour Waters
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Thank goodness an internal auditor fire roasted the city over lavish spending on consultants. In 2016 alone the auditor reported, the city spent $40 million on consultant reports. I fell
Insomnia – Part 2
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The consequences of sleep deprivation are extremely important to acknowledge.  Part 2 of Insomnia will address some of the effects of sleep deprivation has on your health such as your
Understanding the dark side
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All primate brains contain a pleasure center with unpredictable and highly individualized responses to a variety of stimulants. Much of our knowledge of how it functions has been derived from
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I note, once again,  another American President has declared a new war on drugs (opioids) promising once and for all elimination of the problem. I, for one, having spent all
Stryker Canada makes commitment to Hamilton with new headquarters
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Medical technology company Stryker Canada will be expanding its presence in the Waterdown area with a new national head office situated along Highway 6 near Parkside drive. The new facility
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The City of Hamilton’s Economic Development Office won seven national and international marketing awards over the past two weeks. The office was celebrated for its foreign direct investment work as
Things taking off at Hamilton Airport
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For Vijay Bathija President & CEO of John C. Munro Airport 2017 is shaping up to be a great year and he expects better things to come. Halfway through 2017,