Month: May 2017


  This sale benefits North End Breezes and will be held at the parking lot off Hughson behind Cathedral Place at 252 James St. N. Hamilton on Saturday, May 27 2017 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Contact Brenda Duke, or 289-933-4810, for location specific questions or for product specific questions.

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Celebrating Our Volunteers 2017

Submitted by Brenda Duke Not many people know that April is National Volunteer Month. I, for one, think that it is important that we honor the people who dedicate themselves to taking action and solving problems in our communities. And there are a lot of them. The donated time and expertise has a value and an economic impact. One of the greatest aspects of volunteerism is that there are so many different ways to do it, and sometimes, we volunteer without even making conscious recognition of it. For example, helping out at church or coaching your child in soccer....

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Easter Egg Hunt 2017

Thank You to Our Community! Lots of fun was had the the neighbourhood Easter Egg hunt on Saturday April 15, 2017 at the Sunset Cultural Garden.  We were lucky – all the rain cleared and the sun shone on the friends, both young and older, who gathered.  Young ones had fun finding eggs and getting a grab bag of treats, even a free book and frisbee!  Games were played, such as egg and spoon race.  Parents and neighbours chatted! A big thanks to all who participated and helped out – you know who you are! When asked “what was...

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Things to do in May

This is our new section to help you discover fun things to do, share your stories and let us know what’s happening in the North End for family fun. LEARNING & FUN AFTER SCHOOL! Is your child in grade 1-4 and looking for something to do afterschool? If they love playing games, need help with their homework, learning about financial literacy and connecting with friends then LAF is for you! Our Learning and Fun program has spaces available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:00-5:00pm for children in grades 1-4! Please call Tom Wittreich, the Children’s Programs Coordinator at...

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Talking Taxes

Tax talk is timely.  Particularly now.  Many readers will have just filed or maybe just missed the May 1st deadline for federal and provincial tax returns.  Just about everyone has an opinion on taxes, right? Take President Donald Trump. On paying taxes Donald apparently doesn’t.  “That makes me smart,” he said during a debate last year. Others have funny ideas about tax avoidance.  “Dear IRS, I am writing to cancel my subscription.  Please remove my name from your mailing list.” (Snoopy – aka Charles Schulz) I’m partial to Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.’s adage, “I like to pay taxes. With them, I buy civilization.”  In that context, most of us look for fairness in our tax systems.  What exactly “fairness” is the subject of debate.  Indicators, though, should include simplicity, ability to pay and transparency. That said, multi-residential property taxation in Hamilton fails the fairness test. Today, there is a greater awareness by tenants that they pay taxes through their rent.   Ten years ago, the Clinic and community partners reached out through the I am a Tenant and I Vote Campaign to bring this reality to public attention. At the time, tenant advocate Tom Cooper noted that many tenants were unaware that they were, in fact, paying much higher taxes than those in single family homes. Writing in Raise the Hammer (, Cooper used real property to property comparisons. Tenant...

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