It is just over 5°C in Hamilton at 9:00 pm this New Years Eve. I am walking in Downtown Hamilton, going nowhere in particular. COVID has ruined New Years Eve, Again. The present Ontario COVID regulations require restaurants to close at 11:00 pm, indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people, and outdoor gatherings to 25 people. With
There is no special Sunday print edition of The Hamilton Spectator on this Sunday Boxing Day. It is the end of a tradition and another marker of the decline in the importance of print advertising.
I am finding joy in this second Christmas of COVID. Friends have delivered gifts to my porch; I enjoyed a beautiful walk on this warm Christmas Eve, had a good laugh watching tonight's local evening newscast, and am enjoying the relaxation of this restful weekend. I sit beside a Christmas tree, my Spotify library playing in the background (radio gave
who is working at these laptops, why, what it means for the revenue of these cafes, if it is impacting the "regulars" who frequent these places, and how long the present trend may hold.
Propublica looks into St. Jude's Children's Hospital and finds it is not living up to the mission of its fundraising statements. Equally concerning is that St. Jude's is fundraising in regions of the United States where they do not treat children, taking funds which local children's hospitals could use more effectively. It is quite the read, well researched as only
Readings and thoughts on a Saturday morning. New York Times Adds 455,000 Subscriptions in Third Quarter - I have a subscription to the NYT. No other publication covers such a breadth of topics at such high quality. I do wish the NYT's would expand their Canadian coverage. Licensed to thrill: Kim Sherwood set to ‘expand the James Bond universe’
A local newspaper in Tennessee is following its sister paper in going fully digital by ending its daily print edition in favour of digital editions while retaining the Sunday print edition. A couple of key points from the article for other local newspapers to keep in mind: Journalism matters - this paper is part of a smaller chain which is
The Guardian's Hadley Freeman is ending her time as a columnist and takes time in her final column to discuss her career and being a columnist. A couple things stand out for me: "Here’s a funny thing: I can’t recall a single day – and there were thousands – that I spent sitting at my desk writing a column", which
Walking down the escalator to the subway platform I noticed something different this morning, there were people waiting for the next train. I had to stand find a six foot separated spot to stand, the first time I needed to during this pandemic. What a change from mid-May 2020 when I went into Toronto to retrieve my belonging. (I left
Election polling is showing the People's Party of Canada growing in support. Why is this and what does it mean for the future of Canada's political landscape? These questions will be explored in the coming weeks, I am hearing of work being done by national journalists and academics to answer some of these questions. Here in Hamilton, I am seeing
Twenty years later, what memories have stuck with me of the day war came to North America? Unexpectedly, the initial shock is not a primary memory. Of course I remember being momentarily frozen, then hectically scrambling to get to the Hamilton armoury. The eyes of an older woman looking at me on the bus going downtown, her and others not