North End Breezes Hamilton North End Community Newsletter Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:59:52 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 September Events Thu, 31 Aug 2017 20:21:43 +0000 Lady Hamilton club. Walking tours Free event.

Weekly Walks from July 14 – December15 28 James st n.Admission is free

Details and Registration at  (905) 546-2666


H.M.C.S. Haida 74th Birthday Free Event. August 27th 10a.m.-5p.m. 658 Catherine st N  (905) 526-6742


Supercrawl Free event. James st N September 8-10th


Locke st Festival Free event. September 9th Free event, Locke st s. 11a.m.-5p.m.


Binbrook Fair. September 15th – 17th Binbrook Fairgrounds


Telling tails Free Event September 17th Westfield heritage village


7th Annual Strides for the General Fund Raiser September 16th Bayfront park


Mec Century ride September 17th 9a.m. – 3 p.m. 100k & 50k Bicycle rides Starting point Bayfront park finish point Collective arts brewery Cost $40


Take back the Night Rally. A March to bring awareness to Spousal abuse September 28th 6p.m. City Hall 71 Main st w.


Ancaster Fair, Free event, September 21st-24th. Ancaster fairgrounds.


Apple festival, Free event. September 30th 11a.m. – 5 p.m. Battlefield house museum.


LMFRC Amazing Race III Hamilton $50 per 2- person team September 23rd 8:30 a.m. – 5p.m.

Facebook event: LMFRC Amazing race Hamilton 3.  (905) 972-4000 Ext 6623


Pipeline Trail Parade. Free event. 1203 Main st E (Near Huxley Ave N)

September 23rd 7p.m. – 9 p.m.  (905) 599-6830


Hamilton Comic Con. September 30th – October 1st Canadian Warplane Heritage museum


H.M.C.S. Haida Robins redemption, Interactive play by”Live History Theater company”

658 Catherine st n.September 30th – October 1st 10a.m.-5 (905) 526-6742


Festitalia Various dates in September


Dundas studio tours.Free event September 30th – October 1st. Various locations


Walkabout – Super Crawl Thu, 31 Aug 2017 20:10:22 +0000 by Ken Hirter

This month’s walkabout finds me on James Street North once again with the annual Super Crawl which is coming to Hamilton on September 08th -10th 2017.

Before I write about Super Crawl I like to introduce Tracee Lee-Holloway who will be writing the entertainment piece for the New North End Breezes with Follow Tracee. I affectionately call her the Art Crawl Ambassador.

Tracee Lee-Holloway is an arts advocate and creative community builder here in Hamilton. A 2015 Hamilton’s Arts nominee for Arts innovations. A fervent supporter of the grassroots arts and music scene, her main agenda is helping and supporting others build momentum to get to the next level. When not sleeping she can be found every month documenting Artcrawl and every day on all the usual social media channels. Keep up ALL the Good tireless work that you do.

Welcome aboard Tracee.

A brief history of Super Crawl:

Originally start in 2001 with a small group of local artists whose vision was to bring and expand the Art scene here in Hamilton. Vision was “Art is the New Steel”


A driven team of community builders founded Super Crawl in 2009 (previously known as Super Art Crawl) out of a desire to expand on the promise of the James Street North Monthly Art Crawl. As of 2016 Supercrawl has expanded the festival physical footprint (covering 16 City Blocks) Attendance to the festival was 165,000+ (2014)

Some highlights to expect and too numerous to list all. What to see as you venture to James Street North and neighbouring streets. * Please note James Street North will be closed during this 3 day festival. Here is a list of just a few of many events taking place during this festival.

All galleries, restaurants and shops are open. All various vendors from Art, craftmakers, photography sell their wares under tents and some on the streets. As for music they’ll be 3 center stages and many musician’s just playing on the streets. There is a kids free zone with face painting and many activities for the little one’s. It would not be a festival without food trucks offering an array of diverse and many variations of ethic dishes.

For more information on Super Crawl please go to

So mark your calendar for this wonderful event festival happening here in wonderful Hamilton. Hopefully I will see some of you during the festival as I too will be selling my wares as well.

Till next month, take care of you and those around you.

Cheers!  Ken

Talk Like a Pirate Thu, 31 Aug 2017 20:06:26 +0000 Yes…Arrr!! Is actually a word…

It is not only a word used by pirates, it is also a meaningful reply, not just a grunt or mumbling. West Country natives from the Southwest region of England that includes counties such as Devon and Glouceshire preferred the hard “R” sound and “Aye” which is historically a nautical term meaning “Yes” aboard ships. Combine the two and you have “Arrr!!”

Ahoy, me hearties!!…. It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day on Tuesday, September 19th.Its a fun celebration of dressing up and talking like pirates.  Talk Like a Pirate Day was created by two ordinary guys John Bauer and Mark Summers of Albany, Oregon in 2002. While playing racquet ball one them suddenly screamed “Arrrgh!!!” after pulling a hamstring. The two men laughed about it later and thought it sounded like a pirate. It became an inside joke between the two at first ;they picked this day for their made-up holiday simply because it was Summer’s ex-wife’s birthday. It would be an easy date for them to remember. The two men then sent a letter outlining their idea to American Syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry. He loved the idea and wrote about their little holiday and it  quickly became an international celebration.

For many of us our fuzzy perception of pirates was fostered during the 1950’s by The Australian movie Long John Silver and the many Walt Disney movies and animations such as Treasure Island (1950) and Blackbeard (1952).

The earliest documented acts of piracy occurred during the 14th century when a group of raiders called the ‘Sea Peoples’ attacked Aegean and Mediterranean ships and civilizations robbing them of gold, silver and even food.


Port Update: Port Recognizes Environmental Excellence Thu, 31 Aug 2017 19:51:41 +0000 Canadian grain handler Richardson International has been named winner of HPA’s annual Environmental Excellence Award: Richardson International. Richardson operates a terminal in the Port’s Eastport area that provides Ontario growers of soybeans, wheat and corn with export access to international markets.

The annual award recognizes a port partner’s contribution to respecting and protecting the natural environment. For example, to control fugitive dust, Richardson has installed automated roll-up doors at the unloading pits to better keep dust within the pit area when transport trucks are unloading. The terminal has self-leveling baffles in its truck pits, so that areas of the pit that are full remain sealed, thereby reducing dust from billowing back out, and the company is in the process of doubling its dust collection capacity. Richardson is also a participant in the Port of Hamilton’s annual Team Up to Clean Up community event.

“Environmental stewardship is important in everything we do at the Port of Hamilton,” said HPA President & CEO Ian Hamilton. “We encourage a high level of environmental performance on the part of our tenants. We embed robust environmental standards right into our contracts, and then work together proactively to protect air, land and water. Richardson is an excellent example of a company that is showing leadership.”

Each year, the winner of HPA’s Environmental Excellence Award is invited to select a local Hamilton-area environmental organization to receive a $5,000 donation. Richardson has selected the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club, where the funds will be put to good use in the protection of Hamilton’s natural environment, including planting trees and enhancing habitat for birds and pollinators.

“Richardson International Ltd. is excited to provide additional funding through the Port’s Environmental Excellence Award to the Naturalist’s Club so that they can continue to grow their very important program of protecting and growing the natural habitat in the Hamilton area,” said Riley Verhelst, Director of Operations for Richardson’s Hamilton Terminal.

ACCESS TO THE INTERNET – IS IT YOUR RIGHT? Thu, 31 Aug 2017 19:45:57 +0000 How important is it to you to have easy access to the Internet?

Many of us take easy access for granted.  But research has shown that only 59% of Canada’s lowest income households have home internet access (CRTC, 2013).

For those who face the dilemma of whether to feed the kids or pay the rent, the additional issue of paying for the internet is now added to this unsolvable equation.

Recently the Clinic engaged researcher Charis Jung from Pro Bono Canada to look at the idea of access to the Internet as a Basic Human Right.   Ms. Jung looked at what is happening in various jurisdictions and what legal experts have to say on the matter.

For example, the UN has declared that online freedom is a human right that must be protected.  Also, several countries (Costa Rica, Estonia, and Finland, to name a few) have established internet access as a fundamental right in law.

In Canada, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has declared that high-speed internet is a basic service.  It is “necessary to the quality of life” and is a “vital” and “basic telecommunications service” that all Canadians are entitled to receive.  Significant money has been recommended to help achieve these goals.

But the issue of a right to access is not being addressed by decision makers in Canada. Generally speaking, experts are divided.

Perhaps the right to access can be assumed under other basic human rights like the right to assembly or the right to free expression.  Or, maybe, the declaration of the internet as an essential service, as the CRTC has done, will achieve the same result.

Lethbridge stands out as a community that has thought and acted on this issue.

This Alberta city of 98,000 people has embraced the opportunities and challenges created by information technologies

They’ve recognized that some residents and businesses don’t have access to fast and reliable internet services.  Or they may reside in weak cellular coverage areas and in locations where publicly available WiFi is desired but not available.

The city has set up a connectivity working group made up of nine different municipal departments.  The group works with various carriers to streamline processes to improve service and “develop a broadband and Wifi strategy for the city.”

Lethbridge believes that their community should be one where “everyone has the ability to access the internet regardless of age, race, gender, or socio-economic group.”

Lethbridge’s response seems like something all communities should aspire to.

How about Hamilton?

Bob Wood is a Community Worker at the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic. More information on this issue can be found at



What’s Happening at the Waterfront? Thu, 31 Aug 2017 19:43:40 +0000 Hello Breezes readers. By now you have notices a great deal of activity on Pier 8 as the City prepares for exciting new piece of North End ‎community.

Soon you will see more action as it relates to the relocation of the pipeline.

As part of the ongoing redevelopment of the West Harbour Waterfront, Sun-Canadian Pipeline will soon begin the second phase of the relocation of the existing petroleum refined products pipeline to accommodate our future development on Pier 8. The work site limits are on Pier 7 (the west side of Discovery Drive)  from approx. 120m south of Williams Café, to Guise Street.  Then on Guise Street moving easterly from Discovery Drive to John Street.

The contractor will mobilize on/or about September 14th to setup the staging yard, site trailer, deliver supplies etc..     The work zone will be delineated as per MTO Book 7 for construction sites to support pedestrian and traffic protection.  It is anticipated that the actual construction activity will commence on September 19th, 2017,  and is expected to be complete by October 5th, 2017.

And just as the long awaited reopening of the waterfront trail beside Bayfront and heading west happens, the waterfront trail along the west side of Discovery Drive from Guise Street to Williams Café will be affected by this work.  Fortunately, for a much shorter time.

The alternate walkway along the east side of Discovery Drive will remain open for the duration of the project and will provide a safe area for all recreational users.  The asphalt trail/sidewalk on the north side of Guise Street from Discovery Drive to John Street will be closed to traffic.  Trail users will be directed to utilize the concrete sidewalk on the south side of Guise Street.

All trail users should exercise caution when traveling through this area.  The construction area will be marked with safety fencing and signage.  All traffic movement will be maintained, however, restrictions may apply during specific operations and vehicular movement will be controlled by the appropriate control devices ( signage, flagmen etc.)

This project is being administered by Sun Canadian Pipeline in cooperation with the City of Hamilton.  Signage on site will incorporate emergency phone numbers for SCPL and their prime contractor.

If you have any questions, you may call

Jeff Pidsadny

Senior Project Manager, Waterfront Development

City of Hamilton, Public Works

Engineering Services Division

(905) 546-2424  Ext.2556

International Bacon Day Thu, 31 Aug 2017 19:40:17 +0000  

By Brian Roulston

Around the world Bacon has long been a staple of many people’s diet from Sunday morning breakfasts, Caesar salads to being wrapped around filet mignon.

The Saturday before Labour Day, September 2, 2017,  we celebrate this cooked salty, strip of pork on International Bacon Day.

In Canada an astonishing 44 slices or $22.62 worth of bacon is purchased every second. In 2016 Canadians were expected to spend $715 million on bacon and that did not take into account what was sold in restaurants and other food establishments.

Bacon has been around since the Roman Empire, when it was called ‘Petaso’. The word bacon was derived from the Old High German word “bahho” meaning back of .By the 14th century the word found its way into Old French as “bacun”; some say “bacoun”. Today in Britain many call it “Streaky”.

Bacon is so popular there’s even an air freshener to make the inside of your car smell like bacon. So much for the new car smell,eh! There’s also chocolate covered bacon strips, Chocolate bacon bars, bacon flavored bubble gum and even bacon-scented deodorant.

The Americans tend to call strip bacon Canadian bacon and obviously it is not Canadian. However, peameal is uniquely Canadian created in Toronto around the beginning of the 20th century. It is part of the reason we call Toronto ‘Hog Town’. This bacon is a salty, much leaner piece of cured wet pork. It is taken from the back of the hog and has been trimmed of its fat and rolled in corn meal giving it its yellow crust. Originally it was rolled in crushed yellow peas. This is the origin of the word “peameal”. The brining process makes it almost impossible to over cook this meat. Peameal bacon is rarely seen outside of Canada today.

According to Hamilton ranks in the top 5 in the purchase of bacon at $62 per household. Overall Canada ranks 10th, Calgary is number one in bacon consumption while Montreal ranked last among the major urban centers. The rural areas actually account for 43.1% of the bacon consumption in Canada versus 36.8% for the cities.

Just to let you know, in the time it took you to read this article, collectively,Canadians consumed 10,000 strips of bacon.

Gone Fishin’ Thu, 31 Aug 2017 19:34:42 +0000 Almost any time you walk around Bayfront Park or Pier 8, you see people fishing, and you notice that quite a few North End convenience stores sell bait. It’s obvious that fishing is a popular activity around here. How long has this being going on and why? Is it just North Enders or do others come here for the fish?

Indigenous communities have fished lakes and streams in this region for thousands of years. Then, in the mid 19th century, the workers who settled the North End, supplemented their diet with catch from Hamilton Harbour. This happened all year round, with ice fishing in the winter. Until the mid 20th century, the bay was the North Enders’ playground, with fishing, swimming, skating and ice hockey. After that, development of the area by industry and the military encroached on this community space. You can still angle from the shore in warmer weather, but ice fishing is now only in Bayfront Park. Only a few old North Enders remember it in the harbour.

All sorts fish in the north end: parents with children, married couples, large families, solitary fishers and groups of friends, women and men, young and old. A lot of people come from elsewhere. Sometimes it’s word of mouth. Felix, from Brantford, was recommended the harbour by his brother, but Jasmine, who moved to Hamilton Mountain from St. Catherines, where she enjoyed fishing, discovered Bayfront Park online. A relaxing, pleasant environment also draws people, like Olivia, who also lives on the mountain, but has been coming to Bayfront Park for 5 or 6 years.

There is also a strong North End connection. Joseph, who was born on Ferguson Street, but moved away, has been coming back here to fish for 50 years. Fishing is a family activity. Erin and his son James like to fish at Pier 8. James, aged 7, has been fishing since he was 4; Erin is descended from a long line of fishermen, originating in Newfoundland in the 1700s. Seth, also 7, who lives right next to the harbour, has been fishing since he was 3. I found him reconnoitering his catch outside William’s Coffee Pub, assisted by his grandfather.

What kind of fish can you catch in the North End? Seth boasted that he and his friends had caught 18 inch (45.72 cm) carp as well as perch and bass.  Along with catfish, these are the most common catch.  I didn’t see many fish being caught except by one fisherman. Tage, originally from Thornbury, had never been to Pier 8 before, although he has “always fished”. In a few minutes he caught an 18 inch carp and three catfish! Was this beginner’s luck?

Nobody eats fish caught in Hamilton Harbour anymore, because the water is too polluted. The fish are all returned to the water, as they are supposed to be. So, why do people fish? Of course there is the thrill of catching the fish and an element of competition with others, but most agree it is a contemplative, restful activity. Joseph enjoys the quiet companionship of his “fishing buddies, ” as Olivia does the shady shoreline of Bayfront Park.  But fishing in the North End is more than enjoying quiet companionship or communing with nature — it’s part of a long tradition.

Planning for Spring? Thu, 31 Aug 2017 19:31:42 +0000 By Candy Venni

I’m going to ask you to use the power of Google to search for images of Double tulip ‘Angelique’ follow it up with a ‘Fritillaria imperialis’ search and close your browser after ‘Allium giganteum’ – now that you can see the incredible diversity available – there’s no excuse for 1970’s style ‘red soldiers’ & ‘Yellow sentinels’ boring tulips, planted en masse all across parks in Canada (when cities had the budget for such extravaganzas) Yes, there was something amazing about the sudden appearance of these long stemmed clones poking up from barren soil but at the same time it seemed so artificial and bland.

We have more choices than ever before for our home gardens. Mix it up! Plant every colour of everything; what may seem gaudy at the end of a bright colourful summer will be balm to your snow blasted eyeballs come spring. Trust me – spring colours cannot clash.

Sure, sure, you say – but WHAT ABOUT THE SQUIRRELS???

Yes, the squirrels have more time than you do and a much keener sense of smell but we are (usually) smarter so I recommend…

  • Plant lots; More is more, I believe the very best way to stump a squirrel is to plant a few hundred bulbs rather than 10 or 15 (if squirrels eat 5 out of 10 tulips it will be disheartening, if they eat 5 out of 50 or 100 it will not be noticed)
  • Go deep or stay home – following the instructions on the packaging is nice but not accurate as the bulbs are packaged in Holland which has a milder climate and apparently milder squirrels. I know we all cheat a little just to get the job over with, and just who takes a measuring stick out into the garden anyway? Squirrels will only dig in loose soil and not very deep so dig deep.
  • Get sneaky & cover your tracks; leaving a trail of papery bulb casings is a map to your buried treasure, combine it with freshly turned soil & it’s a flashing scent beacon to furry fiends. Tromp the soil down with your Wellies. (prevents frost from heaving them up to the surface too) Watering afterwards also helps to dilute scent signals.
  • Fritillarias, Alliums, Daffodils, Muscari and Eranthis are less appetizing and wonderful bulb choices if you can’t bear the thought of tulips disappearing
  • Blood, Bone & Hen – it’s fertilizer, not voodoo – a good idea for the health of your soil overall, also rumoured to be somewhat effective at ‘cloaking’ your bulbs. Acti-sol is my favourite organic manure but there are plenty of other options.

The biggest problem with planting bulbs is the time of year.  Generally we’re feeling done with the garden and ready to curl up with a good book in front of a fire, carve pumpkins, drink spiced cider; anything but planting something that is completely invisible – BUT – your delayed gratification is repaid with compound interest come spring when each fresh bloom confirms that life will again come to the garden

Fashion for September 2017 Thu, 31 Aug 2017 19:26:40 +0000 Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.”- Lauren Hutton.

As we cast away our summer wardrobe and embrace the beginning of autumn, our thoughts are with designers who are dutifully preparing themselves for the fall fashion scene. September is a very important month for the fashion world as every week is fashion week in one of the four fashion capitals of the world. Whether your favourite fashion city is Paris or Milan (mine is London) each destination is setting up for the shows that are about to unfold. Let’s have a look at the designs that are about to make their debut on the catwalks.

With the chillier weather comes the need for a jacket, but just because your outfit is hidden under your coat doesn’t mean you have to look less stylish! This season, belted coats are all the rage. Belted coats are a great way to stay warm and to hug your figure all at the same time. Plus, a larger belt can also act as a cover for your stomach area and make you look slimmer! Two birds one stone.

An outfit without accessories is like French fries without salt; what’s the point? An outfit can be made even more stylish by selecting the right accessories and they add more fun to your look. This season, retro hats are hitting it off with many great designers. Whether you pick a bowler, a cloche, or a paperboy cap, retro hats are a great way to add a bit of fun to your outfit. They look great and help you out if your hair is less than perfect on those windy days. Concerned that you don’t have the head for a retro hat? No worries! Men’s hats and caps always look great in the fashion world on women. They add a look of defiance to your outfit and fit almost any head!


  • High Collars
  • Glitter Boots
  • Fishnet Tights


  • Leggings
  • Stripes
  • Wedge boots

Stay beautiful!