Brian Roulston

Brian Roulston

Hello everyone, since 2015, I’ve been lucky to be among the many great volunteers and writers at the North End Breezes. It’s been fun researching and reading about our North End and the city in which we live, Hamilton, Ontario.

JAMESVILLE SOCIAL HOUSING

JAMESVILLE SOCIAL HOUSING

By Brian Roulston The Jamesville Social Housing units located between Strachan and Ferrie Streets now sit largely vacant and boarded up as the city contemplates their future role in Hamilton’s North End. For 50 years this 91 unit complex was home to many low income...

The Baptist Church

The Baptist Church

The Baptist Church By Brian Roulston The term “Baptist” is a name given to Christians who were baptized after they have made a public profession of faith as adults. The earliest Baptists in Ontario moved into the area following the American Revolution in 1812. Some of...

This is Your Street…

By Brian Roulston Mary Street was at one time considered a major street to the old Port of Hamilton; it was once called Gore Street named after the Gore District here in Hamilton. The street was later renamed Great Mary Street which of course later was shortened to...

This is Our Street – Sawyer Street

This is Our Street – Sawyer Street

By Brian Roulston Sawyer Street is one of those streets you just don't notice when you’re driving by. It’s located across from the Hamilton Community Health Center on Victoria Street and got its name from the Sawyer-Massey plant, a once thriving agricultural...

This is Your Street

By Brian Roulston Before there was a North End or a Hamilton for that matter, creeks and streams fed by hundreds of waterfalls ran from the escarpment to the lake instead of streets like Bay and James. A canopy of heavy green forest covered the lower escarpment long...

THE HISTORY OF THE CANDY CANE

THE HISTORY OF THE CANDY CANE

By Brian Roulston The Candy Cane started out simply as a plain white sugary candy stick around the late 1400’s. At the Cologne Cathedral in Germany 1647 the choirmaster was looking for a way to keep children from chattering while watching the long nativity scenes at...

NOW YOU CAN GO SURFING – WIFI ON BUSES

NOW YOU CAN GO SURFING – WIFI ON BUSES

By Brian Roulston The City of Hamilton announced on October, 2018 the start of a two month pilot project to outfit 15 Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) buses with FREE 4G WiFi. HSR will join other major city transit services throughout North America, such as Vancouver...

PEANUT BUTTER

PEANUT BUTTER

By Brian Roulston   As much as Canadians love their bacon, they also love their peanut butter too, in fact, 97% of all Canadians eat peanut butter at least once a week according to a 2016 survey by the Canadian branch of The American Peanut Council.   November is...

REMEMBERANCE DAY: ANIMALS IN WAR

REMEMBERANCE DAY: ANIMALS IN WAR

Submitted by Brian Roulston For as long as there have been wars, animals have aided military personnel with transportation, communications, and companionship. They too deserve to be recognized and remembered for their heroic efforts, just as we remember our fallen...

HALLOWEEN IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!

HALLOWEEN IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!

Submitted by Brian Roulston It that’s time of year again when you open your door and see all the cute youngsters dressed not only as the traditional demons, skeletons, pumpkins and goblins but maybe you’ll see Prince Harry or William, Princess Kate or Meghan. The...