a-mal-ga-ma-tion (noun): the result of combining things

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By: Nicole Rallis (This is Hamilton) I live in a residential area on Main St West where Main turns into Osler. When I moved to Hamilton a year ago I chose this location because of its proximity to McMaster University. Knowing very little about the city prior to my arrival, I did not realize that … Continue reading

Got Consent?: Reflections on re-appropriation, sexism, and patriarchy

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 By: Nicole Rallis (This is Hamilton) Sunday, July 8, 2012, was the second annual Hamilton SlutWalk. Over a hundred local residents and activists gathered in solidarity at City Hall to address issues of victim blaming and (social) structures of patriarchy that stratify Hamilton and greater society based on gender, sexual orientation, racial, and economic lines.  Formally … Continue reading

Inaccessible Potential: Transit, Mobility, and Street Infrastructure in Hamilton

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By: Layla Mashkoor (This is Hamilton) Throughout the research process of creating this documentary, we have been searching for possible answers to the question “what barriers are holding Hamilton back from further development?” The answer to this question almost always drifts back to the transforming steel industry. An issue receiving significant attention this summer from … Continue reading

Gentrification and the City: The Struggle for Re-Claiming Public Spaces in Hamilton

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By: Nicole Rallis (This is Hamilton) As McMaster graduate students, Layla and I came to Hamilton with very little prior knowledge about the cultural and political life of the city. More specifically as globalization students, we did not foresee ourselves to be engaged with the vast amounts of social justice activism happening on the ground … Continue reading

The Elwins at Dr. Disc!

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The Elwins stopped by Dr. Disc’s record store for an in-store performance on June 2, 2012. Check out the video below to see what singer and guitarist Matthew Sweeney, drummer Travis Stokl and guitarist/keyboardist Feurd Ian Roberston Moore had to say when we caught up with them before their set.  Later that night they wrapped up The Casbah’s first ever Brews and … Continue reading

Art on James St. North

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Check out this art project we stumbled upon while strolling down James St. North. We tried to find out more about this ChildisHeArt project, but we can’t find much information. If you know more about it, please get in touch!

Local 1005 Steelworkers Union Meeting

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The Hamilton Steelworkers union, Local 1005, holds weekly meetings open to the public, so we decided to drop in on May 17 to find out more about the issues concerning steelworkers in Hamilton. By: Layla Mashkoor (This is Hamilton) With roughly 40, all male, union members in attendance, the meeting began with a report by … Continue reading