The news outlet then became independent in 1961, making it the first independent television station in Canada. Pictured: CHCH headquarters. Photo Credit: CHCH TV.  CHCH TV, Hamilton’s only television news channel, is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year with special broadcasts, merchandise, and even a branded beer can. The station signed on the air on […]

McMaster University bends to pro-Palestinian protesters’ demands

by Kevin Geenen

Hillel McMaster, the university’s Jewish student group, says that the agreement that McMaster made with protestors will only “embolden” the group that held the campus hostage. Pictured: McMaster encampment. Photo Credit: HDLC/X.  Pro-Palestine protesters have been occupying the grounds of post-secondary institutions over the past number of weeks, with groups making various demands. Hamilton’s McMaster […]

Council considering municipal alcohol, tobacco, and land transfer taxes

by Kevin Geenen

Councillor Maureen Wilson says that the city should study these other revenue tools since the total financial pressures facing the city over the next 10 years is estimated at $22.8 billion. Pictured: Councillor Maureen Wilson. Photo Credit: City of Hamilton.  Hamilton City Council recently voted to have staff study the “legislative requirements, framework, and implementation […]

The city says that costs include engineering, construction, and contingency and take into account inflation. Pictured: Woodward Water Treatment Plant. Photo Credit: City of Hamilton.  The City of Hamilton is set to move forward with a massive 10-year $543 million project to upgrade the municipality’s Woodward Water Treatment Plant. The plant was constructed in 1931 […]

Average rents in Canada and in Hamilton decline slightly: report

by Kevin Geenen

One-bedroom rents are down 4.8 per cent year-over-year from June 2023. Photo Credit: iStock.  The average one-bedroom rent in Hamilton was down 1.5 per cent month-over-month to $1,780 in June 2024, according to the latest market update. One-bedroom rents are also down 4.8 per cent year-over-year from June 2023. Meanwhile, a two-bedroom unit in […]

The number of June 2024 sales represents a 26.6 per cent decrease compared to June 2023. Photo Credit: iStock The latest update on the area housing market from the Cornerstone Association of Realtors, a new amalgamated association that includes the former Realtors Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB), says that sales activity in the region continues to […]

Hamilton’s Aberdeen Avenue named CAA’s worst road in Ontario

by Kevin Geenen

Each year, CAA invites drivers, cyclists, transit riders and pedestrians to vote in their Worst Roads Campaign. Pictured: Aberdeen Avenue near Bay Street South.  Hamilton’s Aberdeen Avenue was recently named the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) worst road in Ontario for 2024. The announcement also marks the third year in a row that a Hamilton road […]

The renewal is the longest duration licence issued to the McMaster Nuclear Reactor in its history. Photo Credit: McMaster University.  The nuclear reactor operating at Hamilton’s McMaster University has been granted a 20-year renewal of its licence by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), Canada’s nuclear materials regulator. The university calls the reactor “Canada’s most-powerful […]

Hamilton-based affordable housing charity launches community bonds program

by Kevin Geenen

There are five options for those wishing to invest. Photo Credit: Indwell.  Hamilton-based affordable housing charity Indwell has launched a new community bonds program in the hopes of raising the $5 million needed to launch four projects that will create 140 units of supportive and affordable housing. The new program, called the Hope and Homes […]

Hamilton City Council recently directed staff to complete a competitive procurement for private property clean ups, funded up to a maximum of $150,000. Photo Credit: City of Hamilton/X. The City of Hamilton will begin offering clean up services to residents and small-business property owners impacted by homeless encampments. Hamilton City Council recently directed staff to […]

The city has already had issues finding contractors to conduct repairs and upgrades to the waterpark. Pictured: Wild Waterparks. Photo Credit: Wild Waterparks.  As Hamilton’s Wild Waterworks opens for the summer, the future of the aging attraction remains uncertain. The waterpark, which is owned by the City of Hamilton and operated by the Hamilton Conservation […]

Advocates asking for Indigenous-specific seat on Hamilton Council

by Kevin Geenen

Hamilton City Council and recently delegated to Council on the matter. Photo Credit: City of Hamilton/X.  The addition of another voting member to Hamilton Council would have to be approved by the Province of Ontario since it requires changes to the Municipal Act.  A local advocacy group called Circle of Beads is asking for an […]

LIUNA Gardens development plans for Winona rejected at Ontario Land Tribunal

by Kevin Geenen

The decision was delivered by the Ontario Land Tribunal Vice-Chair Shannon Braun. Pictured: Rejected proposed development. Photo Credit: Urban Solutions. A plan for 1,060 residential housing units on the site of the former LIUNA Gardens banquet centre at 526 Winona Road on the waterfront was recently rejected at the Ontario Land Tribunal. The decision was […]

Changes at Hamilton Airport as some domestic flight routes suspended

by Kevin Geenen

The announcement is another of a rapid decline in domestic flight options out of Hamilton Airport in recent years. Photo Credit: West Jet/X.  There will be less options for air travel at Hamilton’s John C. Munro International Airport (YHM) with WestJet recently announcing that they are suspending their flights to Atlantic Canada as of July […]

Fireworks festival coming to Ancaster Fairgrounds in August

by Kevin Geenen

The festival website states that there will be live musicians, including Mudmen, Burning Bridges, Revive the Rose, One in the Chamber, and Side Street Band. Photo Credit: Adobe Stock Images. A fireworks festival called Pyro Fest is coming to Hamilton for the first time on Saturday, Aug. 17. The festival was started in Lindsay, Ontario […]

Staff are directed to analyze, select, and then seek Council approval for new operating locations for those two cameras for 2024 and 2025. Photo Credit: City of Hamilton/X.  At a recent Public Works Committee meeting, Hamilton City Council voted unanimously to approve the expansion of the Automated Speed Enforcement Program and the addition of six […]

One-bedroom rents are down 3.8 per cent year over year from May 2023. Photo Credit: iStock.  The average one-bedroom rent in Hamilton was down 1.8 per cent month-over-month to $1,806 in May 2024, according to the latest market update. One-bedroom rents are also down 3.8 per cent year over year from May 2023. Meanwhile, […]

Awards were given out in recognition of exemplary service, acts of bravery, and outstanding service for the community. Pictured is Member of the Year recipient Domenic Di Cienzo. Photo Credit: Hamilton Police Service.  Hamilton Police Service (HPS) held their Annual Appreciation and Awards Night last month, with multiple awards presented to both citizens and members […]

Those in favour of keeping the exemptions say that the city is disincentivizing new developments and the tax revenue that those new builds bring. Photo Credit: City of Hamilton/X. Hamilton City Council recently voted to phase out long-standing development charge discounts meant to encourage new builds. However, the phase out of the development charge exemptions […]

Hamilton’s anti-renoviction bylaw made official, will begin January 2025

by Kevin Geenen

Landlords will be required to have all building permits already in place and will have to provide an engineer’s report showing that vacant possession is necessary in order for work to be completed. Pictured: Mayor Andrea Horwath. Photo Credit: City of Hamilton.  Hamilton City Council has officially passed a new bylaw meant to protect tenants […]

Hamilton Police say the city is experiencing an increase in shootings

by Kevin Geenen

Police say that a number of shootings have taken place in broad daylight in busy areas, which they say is “especially concerning.” Pictured: Hamilton Police Chief Frank Bergen. Photo Credit: Hamilton Police Service. An increase in shootings in the City of Hamilton recently has led the Hamilton Police Service (HPS) to issue a press release […]

May housing market saw inventories rise, slow sales: Realtors Association

by Kevin Geenen

With the Bank of Canada cutting interest rates to 4.75 per cent on June 5, it remains to be seen what the housing market will look like throughout the summer. The latest update from the Realtors Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) says that sales activity in the region continues to be slow and the decline in […]

It is unclear how the existing building would be used if the heritage designation moves forward. Pictured: Philpott Church. Photo Credit: Facebook/Philpott  A developer that bought property at the corner of York Boulevard and Park Street North in Hamilton’s downtown is seeing their plans for two residential buildings stalled, and likely cancelled altogether, due to […]

CityLAB Hamilton and Mohawk College receive national award

by Kevin Geenen

CityLAB began as a pilot project in 2017, but transitioned into a permanent program with support from Hamilton City Council. Photo Credit: City of Hamilton.  CityLAB Hamilton and Mohawk College were recently awarded the Gold Medal in Program Excellence by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan). CICan is the national association for publicly supported colleges, institutes, […]

Hamilton Vacant Unit Tax bylaw confirmed, City sets rollout dates

by Kevin Geenen

Starting in 2025, the City will be charging an additional tax of one per cent of a property’s assessed value on any residential unit that is vacant for more than 183 days in a calendar year. Photo Credit: City of Hamilton/X.  The City of Hamilton’s vacant unit tax bylaw has received final approval from Council […]

The draft standards identify five impact categories that include a whole host of performance requirements. Pictured: Mayor Andrea Horwath. Photo Credit: Andrea Horwath/Facebook.  The City of Hamilton just wrapped up consultation on introducing Green Building Standards and are set to review and report back to Council in the coming weeks before drafting their final recommendations […]

The investment will support the creation of 682 new student spaces and 176 licensed child care spaces in Hamilton. Pictured: Education Minister Stephen Lecce at the Waterdown announcement. Photo Credit: Donna Skelly/X.  The Ontario government recently announced $31.2 million in funding for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB), Hamilton’s public board, to build a new […]

Hamilton Jewish Federation opens new Holocaust Learning Centre

by Kevin Geenen

The Centre plans to work with the public and Catholic school boards to educate students about the Holocaust. Pictured: Margaret’s Legacy’s namesake, Margaret Weisz. Photo Credit: Margaret’s Legacy.  As Jewish communities around the world gathered last month for Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Hamilton Jewish Federation also gathered for the opening of a new […]

With construction finally beginning, Hamiltonians can expect the venue to open in just 18 months. Photo Credit: Hamilton Honey Badgers website. On May 16, Oak View Group (OVG), the largest developer of sports and live entertainment venues in the world, officially broke ground on their major renovation project that is set to transform Hamilton’s FirstOntario […]

Of the 21 bypass events in 2023, the city says that 17 were secondary bypasses and four were primary bypasses without disinfection. Hamilton City Council recently received a report from the Director of Water and Wastewater Operations Shane McCauley, showing that about 2.50 billion litres of wastewater bypassed various levels of treatment in 2023. That […]

Hamilton Police recommend implementation of body-worn cameras for officers

by Kevin Geenen

The move would see HPS buy 650 cameras from Axon, a technology company based in the United States, at a total program cost of about $15.5 million over five years. Pictured: Hamilton Police Chief Frank Bergen. Photo Credit: Hamilton Police Service.  Hamilton Police Service (HPS) Chief Frank Bergen recently submitted a report to the Hamilton […]

The province says that the program also aims to reduce incidences of bullying, hazing, harassment, violence, and abuse among male student athletes. Pictured: Minister of Education Stephen Lecce. Photo Credit: Stephen Lecce/X. Hamilton-based organization Interval House, which runs a woman’s shelter and multiple support programs, was chosen by the Government of Ontario to run a […]

C.D. Howe Institute gives City of Hamilton an F for budget transparency

by Kevin Geenen

Hamilton’s F grade ranked the municipality as the worst under the criteria. Pictured: Mayor Andrea Horwath. Photo Credit: City of Hamilton.  The C.D. Howe Institute, a Canadian research think tank, gave the City of Hamilton a failing F letter grade for its 2023 budget process, citing issues with the transparency and timeliness. The grade and […]

 In addition to the Open Streets festival, the Lincoln Alexander Parkway will be closed in both directions for the entire weekend. Photo Credit: Wikipedia.  Hamilton’s King Street East will be closed this Sunday, May 26, 2024, for the majority of the day for the city’s car-free street festival initiative. The festival, called Open Streets Hamilton, […]

One-bedroom rents in Hamilton decrease slightly in April: Report

by Kevin Geenen

The average one-bedroom and two-bedroom rents in the City of Hamilton are below the Canada-wide average. Photo Credit: iStock.  The average one-bedroom rent in Hamilton was down 0.9 per cent month-over-month to $1,840 in April 2024, according to the latest market update. One-bedroom rents are also down 1.9 per cent year over year from […]

The revised plan would see approximately 600 to 650 units instead of the previously planned 458 units. Photo Credit: City of Hamilton.   The City of Hamilton recently reaffirmed its support for the high-density, mixed-income redevelopment of a 2.2-hectare site in the city’s north end. The existing site is a run-down 91-townhouse complex that was […]

Photo Credit: City of Hamilton New data from a group of local healthcare providers shows that one person experiencing homelessness dies every ten days on average in the City of Hamilton. The data has been collected since June 2021 as part of the Hamilton Homeless Mortality Data Project. According to their latest data update, the […]

Hamilton’s HSR celebrating 150 years with festivities starting next week

by Kevin Geenen

HSR first converted diesel buses to compressed natural gas in 1985 and nearly 90 per cent of buses will be powered by the fuel source by the end of 2024.. Photo credit: Twitter/HSR The Hamilton Street Railway (HSR), Hamilton’s transit service, is celebrating its 150th anniversary, with festivities starting on both Monday and Tuesday. The […]

April housing market saw slow sales activity: Realtors Association

by Kevin Geenen

Photo Credit: iStock   The latest update from the Realtors Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) says that sales activity is slow, while new listings rise and prices continue to trend slightly upwards. The report notes that the region, which includes Hamilton, Burlington, Haldimand County, and Niagara North, saw 1,041 sales in April. April sales were nearly […]

Northern Heat Rib Series Ribfest returning to Hamilton this weekend

by Kevin Geenen

Photo Credit: Facebook/Northern Heat Rib Series   The Northern Heat Rib Series returns to Hamilton this weekend with the Binbrook Rib and Beer Fest at the Binbrook Fairgrounds. The ribfest begins on Friday, May 17 at 4pm and will end at 7pm on Monday, May 20.  The Binbrook event runs for four days due to […]

The Red Hill Inquiry was ordered by the city in 2019 after a number of fatal crashes on the roadway. Photo Credit: Red Hill Parkway Inquiry. City of Hamilton staff released their first management update regarding the progress made on the recommendations set out in the Red Hill Valley Parkway (RHVP) Inquiry Report. The Red […]

The proposal also has considerable local opposition. Pictured: Hamilton Mayor Andrea Horwath. Photo Credit: City of Hamilton. Hamilton Mayor Andrea Horwath has officially used her strong mayor powers to push through a controversial affordable housing project in Stoney Creek despite the fact that council voted down the proposal. The proposal also has considerable local opposition. […]

Speed limit increases coming to Hamilton area highways this summer

by Kevin Geenen

Out of the 10 new sections being introduced this summer, there are three stretches in the Hamilton area. Pictured: Ontario Transportation Minister Prabmeet Sarkaria. Photo Credit: Prabmeet Sarkaria/X.  The Ontario government under Premier Doug Ford recently announced that they will be raising the speed limit permanently from 100 km/h to 110 km/h on 10 additional […]

On Saturday, Poilievre spent the morning door knocking with Hamilton East-Stoney Creek CPC candidate Ned Kuruc. Pictured: Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre. Photo Credit: Pierre Poilievre/X.  Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) Leader Pierre Poilievre, who is campaigning to oust Justin Trudeau and become the next Prime Minister of Canada, visited Hamilton and Stoney Creek this past […]

With Jason Thorne’s departure, Steve Robichaud is currently listed as the City of Hamilton’s Acting General Manager of Planning and Development. Photo Credit: City of Hamilton/X. Hamilton’s General Manager of Planning and Economic Development, Jason Thorne, who had served in the position for almost ten years, recently announced that he would be leaving the job […]

The city announced that they have launched an entirely new job posting website which will replace the previous platform that was used. Pictured: Mayor Andrea Horwath. Photo Credit: City of Hamilton.  The city of Hamilton announced on Monday that they have resumed hiring following the Feb. 25 ransomware attack that shut down multiple city services. […]

Those opposed argued that they could not justify the increase in their budgets amidst such a large residential tax hike while those in favour of the proposal argued that the increase will increase public engagement and allow them to provide better service to residents. Photo Credit: X/City of Hamilton.  The debate over increasing office budgets […]

The referendum vote was 3,970 to 299 (94 per cent) in favour of adding the student pass to fees. Photo Credit: City of Hamilton.  McMaster University undergraduate students recently voted in a referendum to include access to a discounted Hamilton Bike Share pass as part of their annual fees. Under the Hamilton Bike Share program, […]

City of Hamilton set to get first children’s hospice

by Kevin Geenen

Kemp Care Network has been raising funds for the project through a capital campaign. Pictured: Donor Paul Paletta with Kemp hospice chief executive officer Danielle Zuccet and board chair Janice Shearer. Photo Credit: Kemp Care Network.  Kemp Care Network, which operates Hamilton’s Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice, is seeking to build the city’s first children’s hospice. […]

McMaster University touts that the move “will be one of the highest-valued acquisitions of a Canadian university spinout company.” Photo Credit: Facebook/McMaster University.  British-Swedish pharmaceutical and biotechnology giant AstraZeneca, known for developing one of the COVID-19 vaccines, is set to acquire Fusion Pharmaceuticals, a Hamilton-based company founded by a McMaster University professor, for $2.4 billion […]

Local housing market continues to be balanced: Realtors Association

by Kevin Geenen

Sales in March were nearly six per cent lower than in 2023, but there had already been significant gains in sales in January and February which offset the March decline. Photo Credit: Mountainview Homes.  The latest update from the Realtors Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) says that the local housing market continues to have “balanced conditions,” […]

A total of 4,142 new housing units reportedly broke ground in 2023 in the city, representing 120 per cent of the target. Pictured: Hamilton Mayor Andrea Horwath. Photo Credit: City of Hamilton. The City of Hamilton recently received over $17.5 million in funding from the Government of Ontario through the Building Faster Fund since the […]

Flour milling and grain storage expansion coming to Port of Hamilton

by Kevin Geenen

The company says that the new expansion project will “solidify P&H’s position as the single-largest user of Ontario wheat.” Photo Credit: P&H Limited/X.  Winnipeg-based agribusiness company Parrish & Heimbecker Limited (P&H), which specializes in flour milling and pea processing, recently announced a significant expansion of their facility at the Port of Hamilton. P&H self-describes themselves […]

The city has been sending letters to the 68,000 property owners across Hamilton who have signed up for pre-authorized payment plans, informing them of the resumption of withdrawals and the revised schedule. Photo Credit: Unsplash.  In the midst of the major cybersecurity incident targeting City of Hamilton services since Feb. 25, the municipality has announced […]

Average rents in Hamilton stabilize slightly in March: report

by Kevin Geenen

Regarding rankings, the city of Hamilton is now the 17th most expensive city to rent a one-bedroom unit out of the 35 cities examined. Photo Credit: Pexels.  The average one-bedroom rent in Hamilton was up by 2.2 per cent from last month to $1,857 in March 2024, according to the latest market update. Although […]

Hamilton Police Core Patrol pilot to continue, possibly expand in the future

by Kevin Geenen

About nine months into the program, Core Patrol has reportedly led to 75 arrests and over 230 charges. Photo Credit: Hamilton Police/X. The Hamilton Police Service (HPS) will be continuing its Core Patrol pilot program in the city’s downtown. Core Patrol, which was introduced in June 2023, sees two officers monitor the downtown, primarily by […]

 In a number of cases councillors have asked builders to create new plans that preserve trees. Pictured: Hamilton Mayor Andrea Horwath. Photo Credit: City of Hamilton. With Hamilton Councillors backing an ambitious city-wide Urban Forest Strategy earlier in their term, council is taking a strict approach when it comes to developers who are planning to […]

During the OCPC investigation Kroetsch is required to step away from his duties as a member of the HPSB, and he is thus suspended until the inquiry is complete. Photo Credit: City of Hamilton. Downtown Hamilton Councillor Cameron Kroetsch (Ward 2) is under investigation by the Ontario Civilian Police Commission (OCPC) after a complaint was […]

McMaster University partners with Silicon Valley firm Celesta Capital

by Kevin Geenen

McMaster University and Silicon Valley company Celesta Capital have announced a new partnership. From left to right: Provost Susan Tighe, Celesta founding managing partner Sriram Viswanathan, President David Farrar, Celesta CEO Nicholas Brathwaite, Associate Vice-president of Research Leyla Soleymani and acting Vice-President of Research Andy Knights. McMaster University and Silicon Valley company Celesta Capital have […]

A concept proposal was even created in 2017 and included plans for a nine-storey building to be located on the west corner of the school’s property. Photo Credit: Lake Avenue School/X. Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) trustees have voted to revive an affordable housing project on land that is part of Lake Avenue Elementary School’s […]

Data for the City of Hamilton indicates that in 2013 88.0 per cent of properties were available at $500,000 or less compared to just 11.1 per cent of properties in 2023. Photo Credit: Adobe Stock Images.  The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) recently released new data showing just how unaffordable the housing market is getting […]

At the season opener Forge will be unveiling their new championship banner. Photo Credit: Forge FC. The countdown is on as Hamilton’s Forge FC soccer club is set to start the 2024 Canadian Premier League (CPL) season at Tim Hortons Field on Saturday, April 13 at 4 PM. The team has already been preparing for […]

As of May 2024, trips on the Air Canada shuttle are able to be combined with Pearson flights as a single itinerary which includes baggage transfers, allows users to earn Aeroplan points, and features “full itinerary protection.” Photo Credit: Air Canada.    Air Canada has announced that they are partnering with The Landline Company to […]

City of Hamilton has third longest walk-in clinic in Ontario: Report

by Kevin Geenen

The average wait to see a doctor at a walk-in clinic in Hamilton in 2023 was 68 minutes. Photo Credit: Shutterstock. A new report from healthcare tech company Medimap indicates that the City of Hamilton has the third longest walk-in clinic wait times in Ontario. Medimap’s “2024 Walk-in Clinic Wait Index” indicates that the average […]

While the attendance for the game at Tim Hortons Field was 28,808 people, the study says that the total reported attendance for the entire event, which included a six-day festival, was 223,216. Photo Credit: Hamilton Tiger-Cats.  A new study by Sport Tourism Canada (STC), commissioned by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Canadian Football League (CFL), […]

Left-wing Hamilton councillors hosting youth town hall event

by Kevin Geenen

A webpage describing the event on Eventbrite notes that attendees should be between 14 and 29 years of age and live in Hamilton. Pictured: Councillor Maureen Wilson. Photo Credit: Maureen Wilson/X.    Six of Hamilton’s 16 municipally elected officials will be hosting a youth town hall event on Saturday, April 13, 2024, at City Hall. […]

Hamilton Police make Shooting Response Team permanent after one-year pilot

by Kevin Geenen

The SRT is placed within HPS’s Major Drugs and Gangs division, meaning that intelligence is easily shared between the team focusing on shootings and those investigating gang activity, drug cases, and homicides. Photo Credit: Hamilton Police Service.    Hamilton Police Service (HPS) recently announced that they are making their Shooting Response Team (SRT) permanent. The […]

Killer remains wanted after brazen Downtown Hamilton shooting homicide

by Kevin Geenen

Police say that the shooting was targeted, and that the victim was in the area for an appointment, with the shooter waiting in a car for him to walk past.   It was a brazen shooting homicide in the middle of the day in a busy part of the city. On Wednesday, March 6, just […]

The winners in each category will be awarded at the Chamber’s annual gala at Carmen’s Banquet Centre on Wednesday, April 10 at 6pm. Pictured: Hamilton Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Greg Dunnett. Photo Credit: Hamilton Chamber of Commerce/X.     The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce recently announced the finalists for the 40th annual Outstanding Business […]

February housing market had “balanced conditions”: Realtors Association

by Kevin Geenen

There were 1,489 new units listed in the region in February, which is nearly 23 per cent higher than last February. Photo Credit: Mountainview Homes The Realtors Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) released their February market update on the local housing market, noting that the month saw an increase in both sales and listings. The report […]

The city is also still unable to process pre-authorized payments for resident taxes, meaning that withdrawals will be delayed and the city will be temporarily short of tax dollars. Pictured: Hamilton Mayor Andrea Horwath. Photo Credit: Andrea Horwath/X The City of Hamilton issued a press release last Thursday announcing that the municipality’s response to the […]

SpacesShared was launched in 2023 and the group says they are “responding to the Canadian housing crisis with a solution that prioritizes connection, comfort, and community.” Photo Credit: Mohawk College.    Hamilton’s Mohawk College recently announced that they are collaborating with a new Toronto-based company called SpacesShared to offer students the ability to live in […]

City of Hamilton confirms cybersecurity incident is a ransomware attack

by Kevin Geenen

The city is also reportedly working with legal counsel, insurers, and authorities, including the Hamilton Police Service. Photo Credit: Unsplash.   As multiple City of Hamilton services continue to be inaccessible due to an ongoing cybersecurity incident, officials announced to the public that the incident is a ransomware attack. A ransomware attack is when malware […]

Rent supply “vastly insufficient”: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

by Kevin Geenen

The turnover rate amongst renters in Hamilton was also rather low at 11.1 per cent in 2023, which is reportedly the lowest since first tracked in 2016. Photo Credit: Homestead.  A new report by Canada’s federal crown corporation for housing, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), has determined that rent supply in the country […]

Councillor Esther Pauls (Ward 7 – Central Mountain) has a son who is a police officer with the Hamilton Police Service (HPS), which previously led some to question whether or not it is a conflict of interest for Pauls to vote on the city’s police budget. Photo Credit: City of Hamilton. Hamilton Councillor Esther Pauls […]

The slowdown in the economy was reportedly driven by inflation and high interest rates which have impacted consumer demand and discretionary spending. Photo Credit: Getty Images.   The Conference Board of Canada, one of Canada’s leading research organizations, released a new report on their major insights into Hamilton’s economy for the upcoming year and beyond. […]

Lawrence was named a CFL All-Star three times, an East Division All-Star five times, and was named the East Division nominee for Most Outstanding Defensive Player three times. He also helped lead the Ticats to nine playoff appearances, six East Finals, and four Grey Cups in ten seasons. Photo Credit: Peter Power/Canadian Press.    Hamilton […]

New research provides evidence that COVID-19 school closures were in fact not necessary. Photo Credit: Facebook/McMaster University.    McMaster University researchers made national news recently after they published a study which provides evidence that schools did not need to close in order to prevent significant COVID-19 transmission. The extensive review was led by researcher Sarah […]

In terms of the city’s response to the incident, a statement says that the city “has taken swift action to investigate, protect systems, and minimize the impact, which are key priorities as the city continues to contact the breach.” Photo Credit: Unsplash. The city of Hamilton is experiencing a major multi-day cybersecurity incident impacting IT […]

Some Hamilton students facing suspension over missing vaccines

by Kevin Geenen

During the 2018-2019 school year approximately 16,000 students did not have vaccine information on file with Hamilton Public Health. There are reportedly about 80,000 students in Hamilton. Photo Credit: Blue Cross Blue Shield.    Hamilton Public Health recently updated city council on student vaccinations, with the agency saying that students born between 2006 and 2009 […]

Hamilton home prices remain stable: RAHB

by Kevin Geenen

Hamilton saw 383 sales in January, which represents a five per cent increase year over year. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons.  The latest monthly update from the Realtors Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) says that “relatively tighter market conditions in Hamilton and Burlington have kept prices stable,” while higher supply in Haldimand and Niagara North “contributed to […]

City staff will now come forward with the final bylaw for council approval in the near future, with councillors likely to clear their schedules this time to ensure that the vote passes. Photo Credit: X/City of Hamilton.    Hamilton City Council voted 9-6 to once again direct staff to create a bylaw putting in place […]

The average one-bedroom rent in Hamilton was $1,795 in January 2024, according to the latest market update. That number is down 1.6 per cent from December 2023 and even down 3.9 per cent year over year from January 2023. Photo Credit: Homestead.   The average one-bedroom rent in Hamilton was $1,795 in January 2024, […]

  Mayor Andrea Horwath and Councillor Danko touted the budget as a balance between reducing the increased tax burden on residents and making critical investments. Photo Credit: X/City of Hamilton. Hamilton City Council gave final approval to the 2024 budget last Thursday, with taxes set to increase by 5.79 per cent. The increase means that […]

Jama appears to be organizing formally to reverse her censure and also appears to be gearing up for the next provincial election (slated for June 2026) by forming a riding association. Photo Credit: Peter Power/The Canadian Press.   Controversial Hamilton Centre Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) Sarah Jama has been organizing and has officially launched […]

As part of 2024 budget deliberations, Hamilton city councillors voted unanimously to remove a $12 million (one per cent) tax increase meant to raise funds for a major local hospital redevelopment. Photo Credit: City of Hamilton.   As part of 2024 budget deliberations, Hamilton city councillors voted unanimously to remove a $12 million (one per […]

Kroetsch’s motion passed in a 12-3 vote and the Police Services Board has scheduled a special meeting for today to review the budget just two days before Councillors are scheduled to vote on final budget approval. Pictured: Councillor Cameron Kroetsch. Photo Credit: City of Hamilton. As final decisions are set to be made regarding the […]

This Thursday is decision day for Council as Hamiltonians await final word on how high their taxes will rise. Pictured: Hamilton Mayor Andrea Horwath. Photo Credit: Andrea Horwath/Facebook.   Hamilton City Councillors are set to approve the municipality’s tax-support capital budget this Thursday (Feb. 15) as efforts are still underway to trim what was proposed […]

Hamilton will soon be home to Canada’s largest sugar refinery

by Kevin Geenen

The plant will be located in the north end at the Port of Hamilton’s Pier 15 between Wentworth Street and Sherman Avenue on lands that are owned by the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority (HOPA Ports). Photo Credit: Global News.    Sucro Can Sourcing LLC recently announced that they are making an estimated $135 million investment to […]

For 2024, the government says they will be approving approximately 360,000 study permits, which represents a 35 per cent decrease compared to 2023. Study permit renewals will reportedly not be impacted. Photo Credit: Mohawk College.   The federal government recently announced an intake cap on international student permit applications for a period of two years. […]

Province’s goal of building 1.5 million homes requires more land supply: study

by Kevin Geenen

A recently released study by planning consultant firm Malone Given Parsons Ltd. (MGP) posits that new land must be opened up for housing within the Greater Golden Horseshoe and Greater Toronto Area in order to account for expected population growth. Photo Credit: Greenbelt Foundation.   A recently released study by planning consultant firm Malone Given […]

Damage was estimated at $500,000, leading Hamilton residents to question how a one-storey park washroom is worth so much money, especially because some of the structure remains intact. Photo Credit: Global News.   On Jan. 2, a large fire broke out at a washroom facility in Hamilton’s Woodlands Park. What would follow was a somewhat […]

Despite the province’s recent move to reverse its previous approval of the expansion of Hamilton’s urban boundary, multiple groups are still pressuring the city and the province to open the land for new housing. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons.   Despite the province’s recent move to reverse its previous approval of the expansion of Hamilton’s urban […]

Amid projected 2023 surplus, Council wants more control

by Kevin Geenen

Councillor Cameron Kroetsch’s motion, which was passed unanimously, will see city staff report back on the feasibility of giving Council the ability to receive and approve any police service or library board recommendations related to transfer funds to and from reserves relating to year-end surpluses and deficits. Pictured: Ward 2 Councillor Cameron Kroetsch. Photo Credit: […]

As of Dec. 31, 2023, the City of Hamilton’s data table also shows that shelter occupancy is at 111 per cent for male beds, 98 per cent for female beds, 103 per cent for family rooms, 63 per cent for youth beds, and 88 per cent for emergency beds. Photo Credit: University of Toronto Scarborough.  […]

The City of Hamilton announced late last year that it would be working with Kiwanis Homes and the Hamilton Community Foundation on the launch of a $3 million mortgage pool pilot program. The pilot, run by Kiwanis, will be available to select tenants of theirs to help them purchase the homes that they are renting. […]

Tiny shelters group has new goal of starting pilot project in mid-2024

by Kevin Geenen

The Hamilton Alliance for Tiny Shelters (HATS) says that they are working with the City of Hamilton on launching their planned two-year, 25-home pilot project in mid-2024. Photo Credit: HATS.    The Hamilton Alliance for Tiny Shelters (HATS) says that they are working with the City of Hamilton on launching their planned two-year, 25-home pilot […]

The tax is meant to encourage owners to rent out or sell their empty properties, thus increasing the housing supply to combat rising home prices and rental rates. However, in November there was a procedural vote to confirm the bylaw that would put the vacant unit tax in place, but that failed unexpectedly 6-6 at […]

Councillors heard that the project would take until 2028 to complete, with a detailed design phase spanning approximately 24 to 30 months followed by construction activities between 2026 and 2028.    Hamilton’s previous city council voted in May 2022 to convert Main Street to two-way traffic, but a recent report back from staff about the […]

Interestingly, it seems that both environmental groups and developers are on the same page when it comes to the changes: there is widespread support. Photo Credit: iStock.    City councillors recently directed city staff to move forward with public consultation on changing the city’s parking standards. Currently, when there are applications for new buildings or […]

Latitude President and CEO Peter Byl said in a press release that they are specifically investing in Hamilton because the city offers “international airport capabilities, access to a large labour market and the potential for healthcare partnerships with local academia and healthcare facilities.” Photo Credit: Vantage Airport Group.   A company called Latitude Air Ambulance […]

Thousands of people leaving Ontario, echoing issue heard by Hamilton councillors

by Kevin Geenen

One key observation in the report was that Hamilton is struggling to retain young families, losing thousands of people on net yearly to Brantford and St. Catharines-Niagara and also losing more people to other provinces than other mid-sized Ontario metros. Photo Credit: Government of Alberta.   New data from Statistics Canada in December details “record-high […]

Council heard that there were 62 suspected opioid-related deaths in the city during the first four months of 2023, which was higher than the same four-month period in 2021 and 2022. Photo Credit: The Canadian Press/Jonathan Hayward.    Hamilton City Council recently voted to launch a new open data program complete with an “evaluative framework” […]

Hamilton City Council voted in December to direct Mayor Andrea Horwath and the City of Hamilton’s government relations staff to facilitate official discussions with the Government of Ontario regarding control over the city’s two municipal parkways. Photo Credit: Wikipedia.    Hamilton City Council voted in December to direct Mayor Andrea Horwath and the City of […]

A property at 310 Frances Avenue in Stoney Creek, near the Green Road and North Service Road intersection, will soon be home to three residential towers of 34, 37, and 44 storeys. Combined, the plan will mean 1,390 new residential units. Photo Credit: New Horizon Development Group.    A property at 310 Frances Avenue in […]

Hamilton food banks struggle as donations drop amidst affordability crisis

by Kevin Geenen

Amid Canada’s cost-of-living crisis, high inflation, and unaffordable housing market, Hamilton food banks have seen donations drop significantly, putting them in a precarious position. Photo Credit: Hamilton Food Share.   Amid Canada’s cost-of-living crisis, high inflation, and unaffordable housing market, Hamilton food banks have seen donations drop significantly, putting them in a precarious position. As […]

A new by-law would likely require landlords to ensure that temperatures in rental units do not exceed 26°C. Photo Credit: Wikipedia.    A motion brought forward in 2023 by City of Hamilton Councillor Cameron Kroetsch (Ward 2 – Downtown Hamilton) could see the municipality require landlords to provide air conditioning to their tenants. The motion […]

Hamilton Mayor Andrea Horwath has used strong mayor powers 16 times

by Kevin Geenen

Strong mayor powers were extended to Hamilton Mayor Andrea Horwath in July of 2023. Photo Credit: Facebook/Andrea Horwath   Hamilton Mayor Andrea Horwath has used strong mayor powers 16 times since they were granted by the Government of Ontario on July 1, 2023. Strong mayor powers were first exclusively extended to Toronto and Ottawa in […]

The City of Hamilton faces scrutiny from the Ontario Ombudsman for the deletion of a meeting recording on its YouTube page amidst an investigation regarding an alleged violation of open meeting rules by a sub-committee. Photo credit: City of Hamilton   The City of Hamilton received a stern letter from the Ontario Ombudsman after a […]

A report by Zoocasa predicts significant increases in monthly mortgage payments for Hamilton-Burlington homeowners up for renewal in 2023, with an average rise of $879 per month, marking a 32.5% increase. Photo credit: Pexels A recently released report shows that Hamilton homeowners who are up for mortgage renewal this year will see a rather high […]

Unique 30-storey Condo Development Coming to Downtown Hamilton

by Kevin Geenen

Rosehaven Homes unveils plans for The Rebecca Condos, a 30-storey mixed-use development in Hamilton’s Beasley neighbourhood, featuring world-class amenities and Scandinavian design elements in a strategic downtown location close to key community facilities and transportation hubs. Photo credit: Rosehaven Homes   A new 30-storey mixed-use condo and retail building by Rosehaven Homes Limited is now […]

A $28 million public inquiry report on the Red Hill Valley Parkway (RHVP) suggests low friction levels contributed to collisions before 2019. Justice Herman Wilton-Siegel’s findings highlight withheld information that could have prompted earlier safety measures, such as speed limit adjustments, potentially reducing accidents. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons   A public inquiry into friction levels […]

Hamilton City Council votes 9-5 to explore alternatives like a ‘laser light show’ or ‘drone show’ to replace Canada Day fireworks, citing environmental concerns. The motion by Councillor Nrinder Nann prompts heated debate among members, directing staff to study the feasibility of eco-friendly alternatives for the city’s annual event. Photo credit: Pexels In a recent […]

Zoocasa’s report shows Hamilton-Burlington’s townhouse down payment doubled, hitting $48,130 in 2023 from $22,305 in 2018. Surveying 19 regions, the study highlights varied trends, with cities like Regina experiencing minimal increases, illustrating diverse real estate dynamics. Photo credit: Investment Executive A recently released report by property technology company and brokerage Zoocasa found that the average […]

Hamilton losing young families: housing expert

by Kevin Geenen

Housing experts from the Smart Prosperity Institute present a report to Hamilton City Council highlighting the city’s struggle with housing affordability, citing a need for more diverse housing options to retain young families and talent.” Hamilton City Council recently heard a delegation from housing experts that the city is losing young families due to the […]

Hamilton Fire Department Chief David Cunliffe proposes a ‘Large-Volume Hazard Storage Database’ to improve emergency response, seeking City Council’s support for detailed tracking of hazardous materials stored in commercial and industrial buildings across the city. Photo Credit: City of Hamilton   In a report to the City of Hamilton’s Emergency and Community Services Committee, Hamilton […]

Ontario’s $30 million funding infusion to Hamilton’s pediatric health services aims to improve access, reduce wait times, and introduce advanced technologies while addressing mounting pressures in hospitals as the winter season approaches. Photo Credit: Wikipedia   The Government of Ontario announced a $30 million funding boost to expand pediatric health services in the Hamilton region […]

Hamilton Police Service receives provincial grant to combat auto theft

by Kevin Geenen

Hamilton Police Service secures nearly $900,000 in Ontario funding to combat escalating auto thefts, amid rising trends of high-end vehicle thefts and declining recovery rates, prompting intensified efforts with additional investigators and technology upgrades. Photo Credit: Hamilton Police Service   Hamilton Police Service (HPS) will be receiving $895,760 in funding from the Government of Ontario […]

City, Transit Union Ratify New Deal Despite Tense Strike

by Kevin Geenen

Hamilton City Council has agreed to a new four-year Collective Agreement with ATU Local 107, ending a seven-day HSR bus strike. The deal includes raises and enhanced benefits for workers after tense negotiations. Photo credit: X/HSR   After a tense standoff between the City of Hamilton and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 107 that saw […]

City of Hamilton breaks annual construction value record

by Kevin Geenen

Hamilton officials celebrate a new construction value record of $2.133 billion reached by October 25th, surpassing the 2021 mark.  City of Hamilton officials recently announced that the municipality has surpassed its annual construction value record. The record was broken on October 19th, with construction value reported at $2.133 billion as of October 25th. The previous […]

Councillors vote to pause most Volunteer Advisory Committees pending staff review

by Kevin Geenen

Councillor Maureen Wilson’s motion spurs Hamilton Council to pause volunteer advisory committees for inclusivity review. Photo: YouTube/City of Hamilton   Hamilton Councillors have voted to pause the majority of the city’s Volunteer Advisory Committees and have directed staff to undertake an extensive review of the committee process. One of the main reasons for the review […]

  The City of Hamilton prepares for tax surge amidst growing worries over 2024 budget projections The City of Hamilton’s 2024 budget process officially began in November, with the first public delegations heard at the beginning of the month. The targeted rate budget approval date is set for Wednesday, December 13, 2023, with a tax […]

In the wake of the Red Hill Valley Parkway (RHVP) Inquiry report, the City of Hamilton, led by Mayor Andrea Horwath, is placing utmost importance on the recommendations outlined in the report. Photo Credit: Red Hill Valley Parkway Inquiry website Hamilton Mayor Andrea Horwath has responded to the conclusions drawn in the Red Hill Valley […]

The controversy has drawn sharp condemnation, notably from Jewish human rights group B’nai Brith Canada, accusing Green of further stoking tensions amid a rise in antisemitism. Photo: X/@bnaibrithcanada   Hamilton Centre Member of Parliament (MP) Matthew Green was the latest local politician to attend a controversial anti-Israel rally. The event was organized by Toronto4Palestine, a […]

Photo Credit: Slate Asset Management New renderings and site plan details were released for a new project called Steelport, which will see a large waterfront industrial hub and public trail system built on former Stelco lands. While the official master plan still needs to be submitted to the city, the group spearheading the project, Slate […]

Route change to Hamilton LRT could mean cost savings

by Kevin Geenen

Photo: Facebook/Hamilton LRT A few days ago, Metrolinx provided an update on their planned light rail transit (LRT) line that will be built in Hamilton, announcing that they are proposing a slight route change. The portion in question involves figuring out the best way for the LRT to cross Highway 403 as it approaches McMaster […]

Housing prices and rents in Hamilton fall slightly, but housing starts are up

by Kevin Geenen

Analysis shows Hamilton’s housing sector witnessing a minor retreat in prices and rents despite a significant surge in new construction projects. Photo credit: Shutterstock   Recently released statistics show that housing prices and rents in Hamilton have fallen, but only slightly. Meanwhile, the City of Hamilton has seen a 237 per cent increase in housing […]

New manufacturing facility open at Flamborough Business Park

by Kevin Geenen

With a strategic move to Hamilton, AAG solidifies its position as an industry leader, providing customers with hands-on experience and training opportunities, bolstering efficiency across various sectors. Photo: Facebook/Flamborough Chamber of Commerce AAG Tailored Cutting Solutions, a leading international manufacturer of computer numerical control (CNC) routers and waterjet cutting systems, opened up a new 105,000-square-foot […]

City of Hamilton retains “AAA” credit rating for second consecutive year

by Kevin Geenen

Photo: Facebook/City of Hamilton The City of Hamilton has retained a “AAA” credit rating – the highest possible rating – for the second consecutive year, according to the latest report from the S&P Global Rating Agency. S&P Global has over 70 offices in 35 countries and delivers credit ratings, assessments and analyses worldwide. The company […]

$280 million Hamilton arena deal officially signed

by Kevin Geenen

Photo Credit: Honey Badgers website   On November 2, Oak View Group (OVG), the Hamilton Urban Precinct Entertainment Group (HUPEG) and the City of Hamilton officially signed a $280 million deal to begin major renovations on the FirstOntario Centre (formerly Copps Coliseum). The renovations are entirely privately funded. The arena was originally opened in 1985. […]

Photo Credit: Peter Power/The Canadian Press   Minister Neil Lumsden spoke to The Independent about the big game The Grey Cup has arrived in Hamilton. The physical trophy arrived via Lake Ontario aboard the HCMS Harry DeWolf on Monday and the over 40 events that make up the Grey Cup Festival have officially begun. Organizers […]

Neil Lumsden not leaving for Alberta despite media rumours

by Kevin Geenen

Photo Credit: LinkedIn/Neil Lumsden   An article originally published by the Canadian Press on October 31st states that Hamilton East-Stoney Creek Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) Neil Lumsden is “in the mix” to become the next president of the Edmonton Elks of the Canadian Football League. Lumsden currently also serves as Ontario’s Minister of Tourism, […]

Hamilton City Council Appoints New Integrity Commissioner

by Kevin Geenen

Hamilton City Council entrusts Boghosian + Allen LLP with Integrity Commissioner duties, aiming for enhanced accountability. Photo Credit: Facebook/City of Hamilton   The City of Hamilton has appointed Toronto-based law firm Boghosian + Allen LLP to serve as the city’s new Integrity Commissioner and Lobbyist Registrar. In the role, Bogohsian + Allen will oversee members […]

Hamilton Councillors vote to keep select park washrooms open for winter

by Kevin Geenen

Hamilton City Council extends winter park washroom access following a successful two-year pilot program. Photo Credit: Facebook/Nrinder Nann, Ward 3, Hamilton City Council   The City of Hamilton will continue to keep select park washrooms open for winter after a staff report recommending the decision was approved unanimously by Council. Standalone washrooms in parks are […]

Items smashed, multiple fires set in brazen attack on Hamilton church

by Kevin Geenen

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church is one of at least 83 Canadian churches desecrated since 2021. Photo Credit:  St. John the Baptist Catholic Church   On Wednesday, November 1st a fire broke out at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church located near King Street East and Ottawa Street South at 128 Edgemont Street South. […]

Photo credit: HSR   Although construction on Hamilton’s new bus barn has not yet begun, the project is already over budget by about $70 million. The project was originally pegged at around $264 million according to a July 2021 Government of Canada funding breakdown. A joint funding announcement was made back in 2021 with the […]

Photo Credit: Pexels   According to a new report, the average monthly mortgage payment in Hamilton-Burlington is now $5,034, up from $1,680 in 2013. That means that the average monthly mortgage payment has increased by almost 200 per cent in just ten years, rising by $3,354. The report says that a consistent upward climb in […]

Photo Credit: Facebook/Hamilton Santa Claus Parade   Hamilton’s four Santa Claus parades were at risk of cancellation this year after new City of Hamilton grant funding criteria cut funding to three parades and significantly reduced funding for the fourth. The four Hamilton Santa Claus parades are held in Downtown Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Binbrook, and Flamborough. […]

Decision on City of Hamilton anti-renoviction bylaw pushed to January

by Kevin Geenen

Hamilton City Council delays final verdict on Pioneering Renoviction bylaw to January 2024, extending time for evaluation and enhanced tenant protections. In a unanimous vote, Hamilton City Council voted to defer the final decision on a new anti-renoviction bylaw to January 2024. Called the Renoviction Licence and Relocation Listing bylaw, some advocacy groups were expecting […]

Hamilton Police arrest over 1,000 wanted individuals in Project KORA

by Kevin Geenen

Hamilton Police Arrest Over 1,000 Wanted Offenders in 18 Months as Project KORA Delivers Safer Community. Photo Credit: Facebook/Hamilton Police Service   Hamilton Police Service (HPS) announced on October 20th that they have arrested over 1,000 outstanding individuals over the past 18 months as part of Project KORA (Keeping Offenders Responsible and Accountable). HPS launched […]

Where other Hamilton politicians stand on the Israel-Hamas war

by Kevin Geenen

Local politicians respond to the October 7th Hamas attack on Israel and the controversy surrounding Hamilton Centre MPP Sarah Jama.   While Hamilton Centre MPP Sarah Jama’s position is well known, other local politicians have also spoken out. Local media coverage following the October 7th Hamas terrorist attack on Israel has primarily focused on the […]

Controversial Hamilton MPP Sarah Jama removed from NDP caucus

by Kevin Geenen

Controversial Ontario MPP Sarah Jama removed from the NDP caucus amid disputes over her social media statements and actions, while the Ontario legislature censures her, leaving her unable to speak in the House until specific conditions are met. Photo Credit: Peter Power/Canadian Press   Ontario NDP Leader Marit Stiles says Jama took “unilateral actions” that […]

Hamilton Public School Board scores below the provincial average in the latest EQAO report, while the Catholic Board excels. Photo Credit: Pexels   New data released by Ontario’s Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) shows that Hamilton public school board (HWDSB) scores are below the provincial average and have decreased from the previous year’s results. […]

Average one-bedroom unit rent in Hamilton up 12.6 per cent year-over-year

by Kevin Geenen

Hamilton one-bedroom rents are higher than the Canada-wide average, while two-bedroom rents are slightly lower than the 35 cities measured by Photo credit: Shutterstock   The average one-bedroom unit rent in Hamilton was $1,881 in September 2023 according to the newly released market update. That number is actually down 1.1 per cent from […]

Hamilton water bills expected to increase 20 per cent in 2024

by Kevin Geenen

The increase comes as forecasts show the city will need to spend over one billion dollars on the city’s water and wastewater infrastructure. Photo credit: Pexels/Mikhail Nilov    City of Hamilton Corporate and Finance Services General Manager Mike Zegarac recently told City Council that staff will be proposing a water bill increase of close to […]

Tiny homes pilot project cancelled amidst location controversy, costs

by Kevin Geenen

The pilot would have seen a community of 25 tiny homes erected at Strachan Linear Park. Pictured is an artist’s rending of the proposed community. Photo credit: Engage Hamilton/City of Hamilton   The Hamilton Alliance for Tiny Shelters (HATS) announced that they are cancelling their planned Strachan Street pilot project which received Council approval in […]

Pro-Palestine supporters attempt to storm NDP convention in Hamilton

by Kevin Geenen

Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh was giving a keynote address when a group of around 25 to 30 protestors attempted to enter the room. Photo credit: Twitter/Jagmeet Singh   Police are investigating after a group of 25 to 30 pro-Palestine supporters attempted to storm the federal NDP convention being held at the Hamilton Convention Centre […]

Slowest September for Hamilton home sales since 2010: RAHB

by Kevin Geenen

Photo credit: Getty Images   The Realtors Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 620 home sales in September, which they say is “the slowest level of activity seen for this month since 2010.” RAHB notes that the 18 per cent decline in sales also came with a surge in new listings such that the sales-to-new listings […]

Jama and Ontario NDP Leader Marit Stiles on the night of the Hamilton Centre MPP’s by-election win, March 17, 2023. At present, Stiles is standing by her MPP and has not answered calls to kick Jama out of the NDP caucus. Photo credit: Twitter/Marit Stiles   Hamilton Centre Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) Sarah Jama […]

Only hours after Hamas launched its assault last Saturday, CUPE 3906 made a post saying, “Palestine is rising, long live the resistance.” Photo credit: Facebook/McMaster University   The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3906, the union which represents 3,500 McMaster University workers, is under fire from the university and Jewish groups for a […]

Council wants to show support for federal Liberal government’s Online News Act. Photo credit: Pexels/Pixabay   In a move meant to show support for the federal Liberal government’s Bill C-18 Online News Act, Hamilton city councillors look set to direct staff to cease all Facebook and Instagram ads from municipal accounts. A motion brought forward […]

Courses focus on sustainability in construction, transportation, agriculture, and clean tech. Photo credit: Quick Train Canada   Quick Train Canada, a new program led by Hamilton’s Mohawk College, has been offering fully funded training for upskilling and reskilling workers across Canada. Quick Train Canada was initially launched in January 2023 and 1,800 learners have reportedly […]

Turning right on a red could soon be illegal at all Hamilton intersections

by Kevin Geenen

Council committee tells city staff to study the idea’s feasibility after cyclist death.    City of Hamilton staff will soon be studying the feasibility of banning right turns on red lights city-wide after a motion from Ward 2 (Downtown Hamilton) Councillor Cameron Kroetsch was passed unanimously by the Public Works Committee. Kroetsch’s motion, which was […]

New by-law for large gatherings was passed after an infamous “unsanctioned homecoming” event near McMaster University in 2021 resulted in a flipped car, unsafe conditions, and destruction of property. Photo credit: Pexels/Maurício Mascaro   Hamilton Police released a public statement last week warning party-goers of Hamilton’s new “nuisance party” by-law which gives police the ability to […]

Metroland’s parent company, Nordstar, laying off 605 people. Photo credit: Pexels/Mike Van Schoonderwalt   Six long-time Hamilton community newspapers will no longer be distributed in print after Metroland Media Group announced just a few days ago that they would be seeking bankruptcy protection. Instead, the Ancaster News, Dundas Star News, Flamborough Review, Glanbrook Gazette, Hamilton […]

Rise in youth-related criminal incidents at Hamilton festivals and fairs

by Kevin Geenen

Police issue public advisory to travel in groups and stay vigilant. Photo credit: Hamilton Police Service    Hamilton Police issued a public advisory on Friday, warning festival-goers of a “concerning uptick in youth-related robberies and swarming incidents” at community festivals and fairs. So far, police have identified multiple incidents at four different festivals throughout August […]

McMaster tops international ranking for industry impact

by Brighter World

At McMaster’s Learning Factory, students work alongside researchers with manufacturing and post-processing stations designed to provide students with experiential learning activities. Photo credit: McMaster University   McMaster is setting the global standard for industry impact, according to a key international ranking.  With a research output rivalling universities more than twice its size, McMaster ranked 1st in the world in […]

Thousands of Canadians showed up to protests across the country. The protest at the Hamilton public school board office comes after the board released a new “gender identity and gender expression procedure” in the lead-up to the 2023-24 school year. Photo credit: Getty Images   Thousands of Canadians showed up to protests across the country […]

City of Hamilton remaining neutral on urban boundary court challenge

by Kevin Geenen

But Council leaves open the possibility of taking a side. Photo credit: Modern Farmer   Hamilton City Council recently decided to remain neutral regarding a court challenge between environmental groups and the province over the expansion of Hamilton’s urban boundary. However, the motion that Council passed regarding their position indicates that they are still leaving […]

Major transit overhaul appears on the way for Hamilton

by Kevin Geenen

New transit draft plan written by McMaster researchers to eventually go before Council after summer public consultation. Photo credit: HSR   The City of Hamilton recently revealed draft plans for a major transit overhaul meant to get the local bus system “ready for rail” and increase service to growing areas of the city. The released […]

Controversial ‘Anarchist Bookfair’ returns to Hamilton later this month

by Kevin Geenen

Similar 2018 event ended with mob of people vandalizing Locke Street businesses (pictured) in infamous riot. Photo credit: Tourism Hamilton   A controversial event that was probed by police in 2018 is returning to Hamilton on Saturday, September 30. Officially dubbed the “Hamilton Anarchist Bookfair,” the event made headlines for being linked with the now […]

Hamilton Police no longer responding to noise complaints

by Kevin Geenen

Municipal law enforcement officers to enforce noise complaints alone and only during certain hours.    Hamilton Police Service (HPS) announced earlier this year that they are discontinuing their Noise Enforcement Team partnership with Municipal Law Enforcement (MLE) due to “ongoing staffing challenges.” HPS says that they need to redeploy officers to deal with an “increased […]

Council supports increased funding and scope for city-wide security patrols.    At a recent Public Works Committee meeting, Hamilton city councillors received a report from staff that provided an update on the city’s two-year Parks Security Patrol Pilot Program. The program started in April 2021 through the contracted services of the city’s security guard vendor […]

Average one-bedroom unit rent in Hamilton now over $1,900 per month

by Kevin Geenen

Two-bedroom unit in the city costs an average of $2,294 per month. Photo credit:   The average one-bedroom unit rent in Hamilton was $1,901 per month in August, according to’s monthly market update. That number is up 2.5 per cent from last month and up 12.2 per cent year over year. Similarly, a […]

Amid public warnings of car thefts, Hamilton Police apply for provincial grant

by Kevin Geenen

From 2014 to 2021 there has been a 72 per cent increase in auto theft across the province. Locally, police recently warned that car thieves have been heavily targeting Waterdown. Photo credit: Facebook/Hamilton Police Service   The Hamilton Police Service (HPS) board recently decided to move forward in applying for a new provincial grant introduced […]

Hamilton receives B-minus grade in transit report

by Kevin Geenen

The city tied for second amongst its peers. No area scored in the A range. Photo credit: Facebook/HSR   The Toronto Region Board of Trade released a new report grading area transit service. The report analyzes 11 cities/regions including the City of Hamilton. Of the grades awarded, Hamilton was tied with Waterloo as the second-highest-ranked […]

Hamilton plagued by extremely potent ‘Yellow Down’

by Kevin Geenen

New drug contains a mix of fentanyl and sedatives. Opioid-related deaths in Hamilton are 45 per cent greater than the Ontario average. Photo credit:    Hamilton Public Health has now released two warnings in 2023 that an extremely potent fentanyl called “Yellow Down” is circulating in the community. The “Yellow Down” drug contains fentanyl […]

Hamilton becoming key federal electoral battleground

by Kevin Geenen

Three of city’s five ridings up for grabs. Current projections show that the Tories have a near-80 per cent chance of flipping Hamilton East-Stoney Creek, presently held by Liberal MP Chad Collins (pictured right). Photo credit: Facebook/Chad Collins   Recent federal polls show Liberal Party support across the country is imploding as Pierre Poilievre and […]

High-speed internet coming to more locations in rural Hamilton

by Kevin Geenen

‘But the job is not done yet.’ Federal and provincial officials gather for announcement, Aug. 28, 2023. Photo credit: Dan Muys   This past Monday, various federal and provincial politicians gathered at Dyment’s Farm in Flamborough for an announcement regarding government support for increased internet access for rural communities in Southern Ontario. The Canadian government […]

Federal government invests $22.4 million in McMaster research

by Daniella Fiorentino

In addition to an investment of $18.4 million for more than 80 McMaster researchers, the university has two new Canada Research Chairs and saw two Tier 1 chairs renewed. Photo credit: Facebook/McMaster University   The federal government has awarded $22.4 million to McMaster researchers for their research excellence and the impact of their work. The […]

Kayla Lemieux teaches woodshop. Seen here in the classroom at Oakville Trafalgar High School.    Controversial teacher Kayla Lemieux appears to have been hired by Hamilton’s public school board (HWDSB) for the upcoming school year. An email obtained by The Hamilton Independent written to parents from HWDSB Superintendent of Student Achievement Adnan Shahbaz and Nora […]

City of Hamilton has a new Opioid Action Plan

by Kevin Geenen

Plan comes after Council directed staff in February 2023 to engage with community partners and come up with a harm reduction strategy.   At a recent Hamilton Public Health Committee meeting the city’s Public Health Services staff presented a report recommending the approval of a new plan to combat opioid-related emergencies. The plan, which was […]

Hamilton City Council approves encampment protocol and tiny homes

by Kevin Geenen

A full rundown of the latest. Photo credit: University of Toronto-Scarborough   Last week, Hamilton City Council voted 10-6 in favour of its Encampment Protocol which includes the launch of a 25-cabin tiny shelter program. As such, encampments will be allowed on public property, including in municipal parks with certain restrictions. Sanctioned encampments, which would […]

Hamilton City Council votes 16-0 in support of universal basic income

by Kevin Geenen

Councillor Ted McMeekin (pictured) introduced the motion. Photo credit: City of Hamilton   At a recent Hamilton City Council meeting, municipal councillors voted unanimously 16-0 in support of a universal basic income.  The motion was introduced by Councillor Ted McMeekin (Ward 15 – Flamborough East-Waterdown). McMeekin served as a Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) under […]

Over 40 events announced as part of Hamilton Grey Cup Festival

by Kevin Geenen

Potential to be ‘the biggest and best collection of events in the history of the Grey Cup.’ Pictured is an artist rendering of James Street, which will serve as the heart of the festival. Photo credit: Grey Cup Festival   Organizers of the upcoming Grey Cup in Hamilton had already announced that Tim Horton’s Field […]

Hamilton’s public school board releases detailed gender identity policy

by Kevin Geenen

Procedure will allow students to compete on the sports team that corresponds with their “lived gender identity”.    Hamilton’s public school board (HWDSB) released a new detailed version of its “gender identity and gender expression procedure.” The new procedure, which consists of a 22-page document for students and a 12-page document for employees, includes the […]

City studying ways to help residents build secondary dwelling units

by Kevin Geenen

Move comes as cities around the country struggle with housing availability and affordability. Staff is expected to report back to councillors early next year.    At a recent City of Hamilton Planning Committee meeting, Councillor Maureen Wilson (Ward 1 – Westdale-Chedoke-Cootes) brought forward a motion for city staff to write a report exploring the feasibility […]

Staff studying creation of voluntary citizen registry to host homeless

by Kevin Geenen

And why it’s already sparked outrage from activists. Photo credit: Getty Images/Encyclopedia Britannica   A study exploring the possibility of creating a city-wide citizen registry has not yet been presented to Hamilton Council but has already sparked outrage amongst some progressive-leaning councillors and activist groups. The motion to have staff study the possibility of a […]

HSR buses coming to Winona in September

by Kevin Geenen

Local councillor says changes will greatly help business community. Photo credit: HSR   Starting Sunday, September 3, 2023, Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) bus service will be extending eastward to Winona for the very first time. The Route 55 bus that runs along Highway 8 currently ends its route at the Stoney Creek Municipal Service Centre […]

Downtown Hamilton office vacancies high

by Kevin Geenen

Amid conversations about increased crime, high office vacancies another sign the downtown may be dwindling. Photo credit: My Main Street   Following high-profile conversations in the media and by Council regarding the state of crime in Hamilton’s downtown, new economic data that was presented to Hamilton Council appears to show that the area is having […]

Hamilton council sets four-year ‘term priorities,’ but has no costed plan

by Kevin Geenen

The uncosted priorities raise questions as to how much of the burden will be on taxpayers to fund the new goals. Photo credit: City of Hamilton   Hamilton city council recently agreed on naming three priorities for their four-year term which runs from November 15, 2022, to November 14, 2026. The three priorities are: Sustainable […]

McMaster awarded over $1 million for research on small modular reactors

by Daniella Fiorentino

The funding from NSERC and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission supports research into the design, deployment, safety and environmental protection related to SMRs, which can bring clean, reliable energy to communities. Photo credit: McMaster University   Four McMaster researchers have received more than $1 million to advance research on small modular reactors (SMRs), which can […]

Fero converts shipping containers into pressurized mobile units that can be used as mobile ICUs, mobile surgical units, triage centres, and even labs. On-hand in Hamilton last Thursday for the announcement were Minister Vic Fedeli (centre) and local MPP Neil Lumsden (left), pictured alongside Fero CEO Sabrina Fiorellino. Photo credit: Twitter/Vic Fedeli   Ontario’s Minister […]

City of Hamilton currently owed over $5.8 million in unpaid parking tickets

by Kevin Geenen

Of the total, $1.8 million is from 2022 alone, when Hamilton’s parking enforcement officers issued 125,801 tickets. The most ticketed area of the city is the Westdale neighbourhood, which is home to McMaster University and McMaster Hospital.    Recently released City of Hamilton statistics show that the municipality is owed over $5.8 million in unpaid […]

Current Hamilton public school board director of education posted tweet about equity firm’s work after original incident in 2021. Pictured is long-time educator Richard Bilkszto. Photo credit: TVO   Toronto principal Richard Bilkszto took his own life earlier this month. Bilkszto was an educator for over two decades. He was 60 years old. Bilkszto’s death […]

The Queen Victoria statue in Gore Park is one of five locations deemed “potentially problematic” by the city. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons/Rick Cordeiro   The City of Hamilton has installed new warning signs at the sites of five different monuments, stating that the city recognizes the sites as “potentially problematic.” The five locations are the […]

Median household income in Hamilton is $88,109 a year. Photo credit: The Globe and Mail   A recent report from the National Bank of Canada on housing affordability states that a household would need to earn $219,514 a year to afford the typical Hamilton home. The study lists the median Hamilton home price at $933,437, […]

Photo credit: Pexels/Mikhail Nilov   Virtually delivered rehabilitation for seniors living with frailty is a feasible way for delivering care, shows new research led by researchers from the Geras Centre for Aging Research, a research centre of McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences. The study, published in Pilot and Feasibility Studies on July 17, defined frailty, a […]

More details on arena and entertainment precinct released

by Kevin Geenen

Here’s what Hamiltonians can expect next. Pictured is an artist rendering of the renovated FirstOntario Centre. Photo credit: City of Hamilton   In the latest developments regarding the massive multimillion dollar FirstOntario Centre renovations, the City of Hamilton has released further details in an 84-page document, Hamilton Urban Precinct Entertainment Group (HUPEG) President PJ Mercanti […]

Ontario government investing in training shipbuilders in Hamilton

by Kevin Geenen

On hand for the funding announcement last Thursday were Premier Doug Ford, Minister Monte McNaughton, and local MPPs Neil Lumsden and Donna Skelly. Photo credit: Twitter/Neil Lumsden   Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Labour Minister Monte McNaughton were in Hamilton on Thursday, July 13 to announce that the Ontario government is investing over $3.7 million […]

Hamilton to get new Ornge land ambulance base

by Kevin Geenen

New facility will increase air ambulance availability for outlying rural and remote areas. Photo credit: Orgne   Ornge, the non-profit organization that coordinates Ontario’s air ambulance system, will be opening a new, permanent Critical Care Land Ambulance (CCLA) Base in Hamilton this fall. Ornge also manages Ontario’s critical care land transport program which transfers patients […]

City of Hamilton reaches $1 billion in building permits for 2023

by Kevin Geenen

New record for fastest climb to $1 billion. Pictured is an artist rendering of the Muse development at 461 Green Road in Stoney Creek. Photo credit: DeSantis Homes   The City of Hamilton recently announced that, as of June 14, the municipality had surpassed $1 billion worth of construction permits on the year.  June 14 […]

Hamilton Centre MPP Sarah Jama attends abolish the police rally in Toronto

by Kevin Geenen

It’s not the first time the Ontario NDP MPP has stirred controversy with her associations. Pictured is a Twitter post from Jama at the June 25 event. Ontario’s Solicitor General said Jama’s attendance at the march is an example of the Ontario NDP showing their “true colours.” Photo credit: Twitter/Sarah Jama   Hamilton Centre MPP […]

The initiative stems from requests and complaints from downtown businesses. Photo credit: Facebook/Hamilton Police Service    The Hamilton Police Service (HPS) recently announced that they have reintroduced “park and walks” and a new “Core Patrol” program in response to ongoing issues in the downtown core. The move comes after requests for more patrols from multiple […]

Hamilton shifting away from Eisenberger’s careful budgeting

by Jay Goldberg

Current mayor Andrea Horwath has increased Hamilton’s city spending more in her first year as head of council than former mayor Fred Eisenberger (pictured here alongside Premier Doug Ford) did in his final four years in office. Photo credit: Premier of Ontario    The budget Hamilton City Council passed this spring, under the leadership of […]

Horwath in Italy on cultural and economic “mission”

by Kevin Geenen

Over 60,000 Italian-Canadians call Hamilton home, representing almost 12 per cent of the city’s population. Photo credit: The Canadian Press/Nathan Denette   Hamilton Mayor Andrea Horwath is currently in Italy on a cultural and economic mission, according to a statement released by her office last week. The mayor left Canada on Monday, July 3 and […]

The report concludes that ‘Hamilton’s lack of attainable housing for families leaves the city in the uncomfortable situation of being unable to house the workers it needs.’ Photo credit: Getty Images   A new housing report entitled “Who Will Swing The Hammer?” suggests that the unaffordability of Hamilton’s housing market is starting to have a […]

The program, particularly the balancing of the positive aspects of drone usage with privacy concerns, remains an ongoing area of interest for privacy experts and citizens alike. Photo credit: Hamilton Police Service   A new Hamilton Police Service (HPS) report written by Sgt. Fab Giuliani for the city’s Police Services Board recommends expansion of the […]

McMaster to allow professors to integrate AI into courses

by Kevin Geenen

Starting in the fall, faculty at McMaster University will be able to use AI tools like ChatGPT in their courses. Photo credit: Pexels/Matheus Bertelli   Hamilton’s McMaster University has announced that their professors will be allowed to integrate artificial intelligence (AI) tools into their courses starting in the fall 2023 semester. The university also released […]

Stelios Georgiades (pictured) is driving an ambitious new project that will see the creation of a Learning Health System for children with neurodevelopmental disorders, thanks to a new gift of $1.8 million from the Azrieli Foundation to McMaster University. Photo credit: McMaster University/Maxine Gravina   Karen Beattie, a researcher in the Department of Pediatrics at […]


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