On the same day in December I went to two public meetings and in a post mortem thought how they presented a portrait of old Hamilton and new Hamilton.

The first meeting was about traffic. A city official was assigned to a marathon session of answering questions, and explaining the role of speed bumps, chokers, and knock down sticks. It was a review of the North End traffic management plan, held at a small room…

Rosanne Cash coming to Burlington
The Bay Observer
One of North America’s  pre-eminent singer/songwriters, Rosanne Cash will be at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre Friday, February 23. Rosanne Cash has released 15 albums of extraordinary songs that have
Man was that cold!
The Bay Observer
Burlingtonians have established a reputation for their generosity in helping to feed the hungry in Third World countries. However, the book Burlington Firsts, by Ray Mifflin, reports that even the
All day GO may be more gradual than thought
The Bay Observer
After unsuccessfully trying to get answers from Metrolinx about what it would take to get all day GO service into Hamilton, the Bay Observer talked to some transit experts familiar
Hamilton architect’s work endures throughout the GTA and beyond
The Bay Observer
Perhaps the mark of architect John Lyle’s brilliance is the fact that so much of his work endure – a lot of it more than a century after he created
Bus Rapid Transit A Victim of Systematic Bias: Expert
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As this year’s elections near, it is acknowledged that the LRT issue will not move towards any significant resolution until after the results are in. First will be the Ontario
Three seek Burlington Mayor’s post
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A race for the mayor’s job in Burlington in this year’s municipal election is assured now that former Burlington MP Mike Wallace and city resident Greg Woodruff have declared their



Time was we defined and understood the difference between right and wrong.  We knew that to behave wrongly with intent most likely would result in negative consequences.

Governments were to assume a role in leading, supporting and defending proper behaviour and holding to account violators, particularly within their own ranks. Proven ethical misconduct was expected to lead to resignation.

Policing parliamentary ethics began…

Monthly Editorial

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2018 has the potential to be a year of reckoning here in the Bay area and across Ontario. First Ontario where voters will get a chance to pass judgment on the 15 year McGuinty-Wynne regime. This marks the longest stretch of Liberal rule in this century.  The Conservatives managed to cobble together a 42 year reign by judiciously changing leaders every decade or so. We will see if that formula works with the Liberals or whether it all comes to an end in June. Premier Wynne’s personal approval numbers are poor, but the party overall shows somewhat better depending on which poll is cited. Wynne has pulled out all the stops to appeal to the electorate with big increases to the minimum wage, hydro rate cuts and free drugs for millennials to name three popular measures. To win, Patrick Brown needs the NDP to have a decent showing, allowing a split of the left-leaning vote; and he needs to avoid the campaign gaffes of his two predecessors. For its part, Burlington will have an…

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Where despite sporting more new faces than we had seen in a long time, the 2014-2018 Council has in our view not lived up to what were pretty modest expectations. On the biggest issue likely to face Hamilton in a generation, some of the most senior members of council allowed themselves to be manoeuvered into a corner on the LRT issue which a majority of them and their constituents opposed. Afraid to clearly state their position and to vote their conscience they allowed fearmongering of being tagged with rejecting a billion dollar gift to be the deciding factor, not what they believed was best for Hamilton. In the previous administration most of the same councillors voted to muzzle Bob Bratina as he dealt with transit issues at Queen’s Park suggesting he was not reflecting the mood of council. But they did nothing when Fred Eisenberger went back on his campaign promise to consult with the public on LRT and instead took a very early opportunity to go to Queen’s Park to lobby the Premier…

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Idling away during the Christmas Lull I came across a documentary by the Smithsonian Institute on baseball great Babe Ruth. I thought I knew a fair bit about Ruth having read at least one biography of the star somewhere along the line. His on-field exploits—as a Yankee he almost invented the home run with a lifetime batting average of an incredible .342; and let’s not forget what a fabulous pitcher he was when he started his career with the Red Sox (94-46 with a 2.28 ERA!). Off-field he was a Falstaffian character—hard drinking, cigar-chomping and a perpetual womanizer. He could be crude, tempestuous and a bully, but he also had a genuine streak of generosity and kindness, especially with kids. Compared to the sports stars of today he was tremendously available to fans and the media.

But what amazed me the most was how articulate and unaffected he was as a speaker in the various newsreel clips that survive, and incredibly that he displayed a surprising naturalness as an actor in a series of short…

Culture & Living

Film director Guillermo del Toro has an interest in, and leads the way, in creating cinematic fairy tales for adults (children may be intrigued but have difficulty grasping the visuals/story lines). His latest project has captured glowing reviews (especially from media critics) and brings to mind his equally stunning 2006 classic, “Pan’s Labyrinth.” Both films engage the imagination.

Here del Toro spins a fable blending magic, anger, love, and loneliness, in a Romeo and Juliet love opus between a human woman and an underwater creature (a merman if you will). Though unconvential, the events make a lot of emotional sense. Their partnership is a unified force against detractors ridiculing their “freak” relationship.

Sally Hawkins (“Maudie”) stars as Elisa, a meek mute with a kindly disposition employed at a restricted government facility during the Cold War. Her work requirements are satisfying, and socially her life is pleasantly shared with a couple of pals. Elisa is at ease in relationships with Zelda (Octavia Spencer) a work colleague, and her neighbour who’s an artist (Richard Jenkins). Feeling out of step with society, their kinship is a comforting rampart. Del Toro’s telling blends the dark and light sides of life, balanceing reality and make believe, grounding the plot in a secure foundation allowing free reign for viewer imagination.

There’s buzz about Hawkins being recognized for best actress honors in the upcoming awards season. She’s already nominated for a Best Actress Golden Globe, which puts her on track for Oscar recognizion. As in her sensitive…


The Lorax
Who or what is the Lorax? He/it is an invention
Bat out of Hell
As house lights dim, the darkened stage lights up to
Does History Matter?
On 11 November 1918, in Hamilton,author David Campbell in his

After the briefest fling with the outstanding Alfa Romeo Giulia at Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) car of the year testing in October, I got to drive it for a whole week in December. Of course the day after I…


Flirting with Alexa
I’m cheating on Siri with Alexa.  Alexa is Amazon’s voice-activated
10 fun things to do while visiting New York City
Actually there are probably a hundred fun things you could
VW Atlas
When I picked up the Volkswagen Atlas for a week’s
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Burlington looking for input on official plan
The Bay Observer
The City of Burlington has scheduled a number of public meetings over the next two months to obtain input on its new Official Plan titled Grow Bold. In its preamble
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Hamilton City council will have to trim about $23 Million from the preliminary budget estimates for 2018 if it is to stick to its goal of turning in no more
The Sacred State of Parkland
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It didn’t take Ward 2 councillor Jason Farr long to realize that people don’t want bits of their city parks sold off to pay for dilapidated buildings or to solve
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The decline of testosterone levels in men are shown by a number of emotional and physiological changes that many men experience as they age. The consequences of low testosterone (T)
The Bay Observer
Crude prosthetics have been with us from the very first experience of losing a part of ourselves whether it’s a fictional Captain Hook or the immortalized Long John  Silver’s peg
How well do flu vaccines work?
The Bay Observer
Studies by CDC researchers and other experts indicate that flu vaccine reduces the risk of doctor visits due to flu by approximately 40% to 60% among the overall population when
Agri-Food Innovations Recognized at Award Ceremony in Hamilton
The Bay Observer
The Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence recognizes and celebrates agri-food producers, processors and organizations who are helping create jobs, boost the economy, strengthen communities and support a sustainable environment
BEDC helping Robotics Company from Finland establish North American base
The Bay Observer
Burlington Economic Development Corporation recently signed a service agreement with leading Finland based robotics company, Orfer. This agreement leverages the resources of TechPlace and BEDC to support Orfer as they
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CityLAB will bring together City of Hamilton staff with students and educators from McMaster University, Mohawk College and Redeemer University College to work on real community problems and come up