Why Confederation?
In the 1860s the British colonies were facing many different kinds of problems. One solution for all of these was for the colonies to come together to form one country. These are the problems that led to Confederation:

Political problems
The Province of Canada contained the most people and was later made into the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. The government of the Province of Canada did not run smoothly…

The Trump work-around
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Canada is getting a fair amount of favorable press in the US these days over the way our government has tiptoed around the Trump phenomenon. Justin Trudeau has carefully avoided
S&P Global Ratings affirms Region’s top credit rating, supporting low taxes and long-term investment
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S&P Global Ratings has affirmed Halton Region’s AAA credit rating—S&P’s highest rating—ranking Halton once again at the top end of Canadian municipalities. This distinction allows Halton and its Local Municipalities
Toxin-producing blue-green algae (Cyanobacteria) present along the western shoreline of Hamilton Harbour, Bayfront Park Boat Launch, Bayfront Park Beach, and Pier 4 Beach
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HAMILTON, ON – Public Health Services has confirmed the presence of toxin-producing blue-green algae (Cyanobacteria) at the Bayfront Park Boat Launch, Bayfront Park Beach, and at Pier 4 Park Beach.
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Last month we told you about former Olympic Boxer Nick Farrell who represented Canada in the Atlanta Olympics and who was the Canadian Light Middleweight Champion. Nick has a new
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Kaboom: When Hamilton was the fireworks capital of Canada
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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
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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
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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
Pushing back against LRT
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The Ministry of the Environment will have a few Hamilton citizen Light Rail Transit objections to mull over between now and early August. The Bay Observer has learned that Environmental



Fifty years ago as Bobby Gimby and a choir of children regaled us with C-A-N-A-D-A and this nation prepared for the magnificent EXPO 67 Centennial celebration on Montreal’s Ile Notre Dame, the future of C-A-N-A-D-A seemed limitless.
Still in my teens as 1967 began and living in Montreal, much, but not all was celebratory. A deeply concerning terrorist bombing campaign by the…

Monthly Editorial

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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…

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So far Kathleen Wynne has staved off a hydro rate revolt by mortgaging future generations, she has bought off the public service unions and teachers with deals that will extend well beyond the next election, she has raised the minimum wage and revamped labour laws and introduced universal pharma care. She went to London to promise high speed rail that nobody in particular was asking for. Parents worried about their kids’ school closing won’t have to worry until after the election. Lest they be left out, business owners have been promised less red tape. So nearly everyone has now received some sort of pre-election goodie; and yet the Liberals are sitting at about 23 percent in the polls and Kathleen Wynne personally is at 13 percent approval. To use a hockey term, her plus-minus is minus 59. Adding to the misery, party stalwarts say the Ontario Liberals are having trouble with fundraising. The cheques aren’t in the mail. Kathleen Wynne was forced to ban the use of Cabinet Ministers as cheque magnets following embarrassing…

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Palpable outrage has greeted Donald Trump’s tweets about MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. The first tweet on June 29th read: “I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came.” Six minutes after the first tweet, at 5:58 a.m., Trump said Scarborough and Brzezinski came “… to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”

The media has erupted in outrage. Just when you think Trump has set a new bar for boorishness, he outdoes himself. An increasing number of Republican members of congress are joining in on the condemnation. It is hard to find a historical comparison to these early Trump days in the White House. His physical mannerisms remind one of Mussolini –the jutted jaw and pursed lips. The overall impression is reminiscent of the scene in Dr Zhivago after the Tsar is overthrown, when the masses invade the White Palace…

Culture & Living

Whatever happened to Debra Winger?

After winning fame in “An Officer and a Gentleman” (1982), and “Terms of Endearment” (1983), Winger’s big screen appearances were sporatic. Tinsel Town gab suggested she didn’t want to play the “Hollywood game”. Obviously the actress is cautious in picking roles, and seems to be making somewhat of a “comback” in this romantic comedy for seniors, playing a woman struggling to cope with conflicting desires.

A husband and wife, each embroiled in a secret, extramarital affair, are sent reeling when they suddenly fall for the least likely person imaginable–one another–in this bitingly delicious grown-up comedy that enters the fray where family, love and attraction become madly tangled. Michael (Tony and Pulitzer Prize Award winning playwright Tracy Letts) and Mary (three-time Oscar nominee Debra Winger) are long past passion,never mind patience, after decades of turmoil and tedium in their marriage.

Each is now contentedly distracted by a lover on the side. And each fully intends to call it quits on the other after one last family get-together with their collegiate son. Michael has his hands full with a fiery ballet teacher while Mary is canoodling with a playful novelist – and both have grown bemusingly accustomed to claiming “late nights at the office.” But when the dried-up spark between Michael and Mary unexpectedly, indeed feverishly, reignites, it sends their plans into chaos, forcing them to navigate the gleeful new complications of having to “cheat” on their respective lovers. It all sets the stage for a collision of betrayals and agendas that builds to…


It is difficult to stage a classic play in modern
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THE CASE OF THE SUMMER READ. Two of Canada’s finest
This Australian opus delivers a festive “feet, do your stuff”

A lot of enthusiasts are in love with Jaguar these days. They are pumping out swanky and sexy designs on a regular basis.  You can put the 2017 XE on this list.

I test-drove the XE in Prestige trim with all wheel drive for a pleasurable week. The base XE…


Subaru Forester – Beauty’s Only Skin-Deep
The Subaru Forester is Quaker plain. Park it anywhere and
2017 Mini Countryman Review
Years ago I used to judge the Trillium awards with
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Reality: A Toronto lawyer getting paid handsomel
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so the Queen of citations is unable to support h
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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
Works operation gets a second probe
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Following a private consultant’s report that described a dysfunctional city operated Ontario Works system, the city’s internal auditor has released 11 recommendations to try to turn around the troubled department.
Scathing report on Ontario Works raises few eyebrows at City Council
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Despite a damning report that describes the Hamilton Ontario Works office as suffering from low morale, non-existent communications, poor business practices and failure to meet provincial standards; there was little
A Canadian Doctor Grades America’s failing health care system
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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
Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletions
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Drug induced nutrient depletion’s can be a significant contributing factor to a wide range of health problems. Add to the issue: a stressful life with a poor diet, a decline
Tips for Athletes and Weekend Warriors
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As the weather becomes warmer, 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
City warned to stop Stonewalling Developer
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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
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The next chapter in the Stelco saga began on the eve of Canada Day with the takeover of the Hamilton and Nanticoke operation by the US holding company, Bedrock Industries.
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Terrapure Environmental, with headquarters in Burlington and operations in Hamilton,  recently received an Environmental Leader Award for Product of the Year for its creative use of technology – the centrifuge