Month: October 2017

Community Legal Clinic – Year in Review

by Bob Wood Preparations for our recent Annual Meeting typically provide an opportunity to reflect on some of the Clinic’s achievements from the past year.  While the Clinic provides a variety of services including legal advice & referrals and legal representation in a number of areas of law, we are also mandated to do community development and law reform work. Here are a few recent achievements from those areas. *The Hamilton Outreach Project (HOP) serves clients with mental health and/or addiction issues. HOP has continued to expand adding a Case Co-ordinator and providing onsite legal services at six different community agencies.  Feedback has overwhelmingly confirmed the importance of the community-embedded model for legal services. *Our Indigenous Outreach Project developed the campaign so that citizens can publicly state their Commitment to Reconciliation and the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  The Clinic was one of the first organizations to produce its own Reconciliation report. It will guide the development and revision of our policies, practices and procedures. *The Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction is a program of HCLC. Among its many achievements from the past year, the Roundtable can point to the launch of Hamilton tax filing awareness initiative which helped support 7,000 Hamilton families with information and awareness on the importance of filing taxes to receive income supports and entitlements.  In addition, the Roundtable was awarded...

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Councillor Update with Jason Farr

Hello, Breezes Readers.  Good to get back in touch with North Enders through this wonderful monthly newspaper that I have heard received a nomination for a Maggie Award in independent journalism.  Much deserved. For this addition, I would like to sum up just what occurred respecting the John Street North two way conversion alternative, but first I’d like to focus on Eastwood Arena and how I am seeking your thoughts on the future for this iconic ice-skating barn. Eastwood Park Update A few months ago, I successfully moved a motion that asked for City staff to support us at...

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Pier 8 park – changing the direction of Hamiton?

by Candy Venning The Pier 8 Park proposal: ‘Park’ has to be one of the broadest terms for a space that can be so many things but in this case, a 30m wide strip of public, park space wrapping itself around the new developments and alongside the waters’ edge. Also, it’s a massive opportunity for change. Change in our city with regards to a built in connection to the waterfront, a change in direction to refocus waterfront use, changing the city to a standalone destination for tourism. (this includes our 100+ waterfalls, Botanical Gardens, Gage park revitalization and more)...

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By Pam Winter It’s been quite the summer despite some of the weather. As most readers know, I have been on the side lines and it’s great to be feeling like myself and being able to appreciate my good friends. My two grandchildren joined us in a family get together this summer. We had a glorious day at Barangas on The Beach with great food and perfect company. Baltimore seems so far away so it was nice to get together and share their travel adventures. They visited Bahamas and shared their stories. I may not have been there but...

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Cranksgiving Cancellation

“Due to some challenging circumstances, we won’t be running a Cranksgiving in Hamilton for 2017. We love Cranksgiving – the fun of riding in the cooler fall temperatures, watching the first person zip through the finish line, hearing the stories about line-ups at the grocery stores or the routes participants took to shave a few minutes or kilometers off their ride. We also love the generosity of all of our participants. In past years, we’ve gathered over 1000 lbs of food ($2000 worth of food) for the Welcome Inn Community Centre in one day! Welcome Inn has come to depend on this generosity and so we’d like to ask all our previous participants to consider giving their $25 (or more) in money or food directly to the Welcome Inn either online ( or in person (40 Wood St E). We love organizing this event and want to ensure Cranksgiving 2018 is better than ever before so if you are interested in being a part of the 2018 Cranksgiving organizing team, please send an email to We’ll be meeting once per month starting January 2018 to start securing sponsorships and partnerships with local bike shops and grocery stores. We’ll start meeting bi-weekly in July to ensure publicity, registrations, and manifests can be created with enough lead time before the day of the event: Saturday October 6, 2018! Thank you for your...

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