A July 28 editorial in the Hamilton Spectator, following two news stories earlier in the week–one about the Trust’s property tax arrears and a second about its loss of charitable status; appears to signal that the city’s newspaper of record  will be subjecting the organization and its management  to greater scrutiny in future. This is a welcome development.  In volume 1, Number 1 of the Bay Observer back in October of 2008, this publication first raised concerns about lack of transparency with the HWT. At that time we praised the work…

The Bay Observer
On August 24th at a public meeting we will get to see what designers envision for the future Promenade Park to be built on Pier 8 at Hamilton’s West Harbour.
Transit Union stepping up lobby on LRT
The Bay Observer
Eric Tuck, President of the Hamilton local of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) says his members are getting  great support from the public as they circulate a petition calling for
Landmark Nelson Pool reopens
The Bay Observer
Until pollution reared its ugly head, Lake Ontario provided Burlingtonians with a cool place to swim during the long, hot summers. The book Pathway to Skyway names LaSalle Park as
Battle lines beginning for 2018 Ontario election
The Bay Observer
The Liberals have firmed up their plans to contest two of Hamilton’s suburban ridings. MPP Ted McMeekin has announced his intention to go after the newly-redistributed riding of Hamilton-West Ancaster
Wind: 7mph ESE
Humidity: 100%
Bay Area Weather
The Bay Observer
From October 2014 to June of this year the owners of Sarcoa Waterfront restaurant paid approximately $972,000 in rent, property taxes and utilities to the Hamilton Waterfront Trust. The figures
Kaboom: When Hamilton was the fireworks capital of Canada
The Bay Observer
With Canada’s 150th birthday just past, with its many celebrations—most involving fireworks–it’s a good time to contemplate the pivotal role Hamilton played in Canadian pyrotechnic history. We refer, of course
The Bay Observer
The old Victory Restaurant in Burlington was so busy on Canada’s 100th birthday Sandra Andersen had to be called in to wash dishes. It was there that her brother Paul
Despite court ruling tensions persist between Burlington and Airpark
The Bay Observer
The city of Burlington has decided not to further appeal an Ontario high court decision that essentially Ok’s landfill activities the airport undertook prior to 2014. Left in force, however



As my personal Canada150 project I’m building a large scale model of the Great Western Railway station in Stoney Creek as it might have looked in 1867.  It should be ready for display by the beginning of the fall school term, and I hope to make a presentation to the Stoney Creek Historical Society about the town’s railways over the years. …

Monthly Editorial

Written by:

With a municipal election a little over a year away, it is time for the growing number of people who believe there is something seriously amiss with our municipal government to start organizing an agenda for change. On two files—one with long-term generational implications, the other less so, but nonetheless a source of concern, a number of members of the current council have demonstrated they are not up to the job. On the LRT file, which was opposed by a majority of council, at least three councillors knuckled under to political pressure and voted against their better instincts, and their own public pronouncements. For them it was about political survival, pure and simple, and not what they believed to be in the best interests of the community. Contrast that performance with the image of cancer-stricken octogenarian Senator John McCain getting out of a hospital bed to vote no on repeal of Obamacare, in the face of the censure of almost all of his Republican colleagues. Principled political stands are as rare in Hamilton as…

Written by:

Herewith the kinds of musings that can occur when one has too much time on one’s hands. I got to thinking about how most of the languages in the world have two forms of the word “you”—one formal and polite as when addressing a superior, or in addressing more than one person; the other familiar– as when addressing a close friend, a child or a subordinate. So in French its “TU” for kids, lovers and subordinates and VOUS for strangers, your boss and, somewhat incongruously, waiters in bars and restaurants. Also for some reason God is referred to in the familiar as in sanctificetur nomen tuum (Latin: Thy will be done). And so it is that we have the tu-vous phenomenon around the world or as linguistic scholars refer to it—T-V. In German it’s du and Sie or ihr, in Italian its tu and lei, in Spain it’s tu and usted, in Czech its ty and vy and in  Welsh it’s ti and chi.

Only in English do we get YOU across the board—singular, plural,…

Written by:

Peter Mansbridge said his goodbyes with good humour and grace over the Canada Day weekend– thus ending an almost three decade run as Anchor of CBC’s the National. News anchors for some reason are subject to an inordinate amount of derision—perhaps stemming from their portrayal as mindless idiots—a la Ted Baxter, or William Hurt in Broadcast News. Frank Magazine dubbed news anchors, “bingo-callers” and Mansbridge became “Mansbingo” in the satirical rag’s lexicon. A certain amount of the stereotype can be true, but a lot of the criticism is pure jealousy. As I always said when I was running the CHCH newsroom—“the news anchor is making more money than the rest of us so he must be smarter.” At roughly $1 Million a year, Mansbridge was easily making more money than all of his bosses, and in the case of CBC’s bloated and largely inert bureaucracy—thank God.

I liked Mansbridge in part because he didn’t have the traditional qualifications—no college diploma, no journalism school. He was a high school dropout who worked as a ticket agent…

Culture & Living

Broadway is changing, Once upon a time, the Great White Way was the incubator for plays and musicals (dramatic and humorous) that stirred the senses as well as the intellect. Then producers, driven by box office potential, began to diversify, realizing there’s gold to be mined in shows appealing to the younger masses immersed in the top 40 songs charted weekly.

Therefore, theatre became a stage for the “jukebox musical”. Creations by Porter, the Gershwins, Rogers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Kander and Ebb, etc. had to make room for shows by pop composers, teen idol singer/songwriters, as well as female and male vocal groups. “Dreamgirls,” “Mama Mia,” and “Jersey Boys” became theatre hits, drawing new bodies into “the thea-ta” who discovered the atmosphere is not “hi-falutin” and “hi-brow” as imagined but eminently entertaining in a sort of “man on the street” manner.

The most recent show flying the ”jukebox musical” banner is “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” now on stage in Toronto. Obviously, music is the big attraction, but so is Canadian Chilina Kennedy who has played the title role the past two years on Broadway and will rejoin the New York production following the Toronto run. Prior to her “Beautiful” commitment, Kennedy was cast as Mary Magdalene in the 2012 “Jesus Christ Superstar” Broadway revival. A veteran of the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, Kennedy has served three years at each facility. She was last seen in Hamilton in the 2014 Theatre Aquarius production of “Mary Poppins.” The multi-talented singer/songwriter has a busy life, as…


Canadian Mystery reviews
Thanks for the emails about book stores.  This month’s choice
The Lovers
Whatever happened to Debra Winger? After winning fame in “An
It is difficult to stage a classic play in modern

In the pre-historic days of electric cars, they used to be goofy and geeky.  The exterior designs were totally oddball, and the interiors full of half-baked reminders that you were driving something green. Things have changed. I tested two all-electric cars…


It’s weird enough that the Roomba robot is mapping your
2017 Jaguar XE
A lot of enthusiasts are in love with Jaguar these
Subaru Forester – Beauty’s Only Skin-Deep
The Subaru Forester is Quaker plain. Park it anywhere and
Community Comments
Terry has concluded better to ignore the Premier
when advocates are forced to rely upon this sort
of course we are opposed, it is foolishness defi
I tried to get this thru my G/E retiree insuranc
The Bay Observer
Ontario Conservative leader Patrick Brown says if he becomes Premier after next June’s election, he will provide funding for whatever form of transit Hamilton City Council wants. At a recent
Conservative nomination challenges popping up all over
The Bay Observer
Ontario Progressive Conservatives appear to be turning up their noses at an election victory served to them on a silver platter. Some political polls have shown as many as 70
The Bay Observer
As a rookie cabinet minister Karina Gould is burning the midnight oil trying to create a better life for Canadians. But the Burlington MP and Minister of Democratic Institutions must
Skin Rejuvenators – Promoting Healthy Skin
The Bay Observer
First let’s understand aging skin. The skin is the largest organ and detoxification organ in the body. Changes that occur within the skin during the aging process decrease its ability
The Bay Observer
You are likely between 35 and 40 years when it begins. It’s a subtle probably silent process initially. Perhaps you have bent over to tie a loose lace and experienced
A Canadian Doctor Grades America’s failing health care system
The Bay Observer
It’s appropriate the week these two great countries share a birthday to compare the front burner interest of every citizen– that being the health care delivery system. I retired as
Hamilton firm ships products to China and says why not?
The Bay Observer
If you walk into any hockey rink in Hamilton or Burlington, chances are you will be sitting under one of Superior Radiant Product’s arena heaters. Or you may bask in
WTS – Governance Failure
The Bay Observer
In 2016 Sears Canada announced its new marketing campaign “WTS” for “What the Sears is going on?” It was their idea of being trendy and speaking in the new language
City warned to stop Stonewalling Developer
The Bay Observer
A Hamilton developer has moved on from his dream of building a medium density residential complex on a former auto wrecking yard in the West Harbour precinct; but he still