Man charged after walking off with ‘ghost bike’ memorial on Claremont Access

Posted: Jun 30, 2016

Hamilton Police apprehended a man walking down Claremont Access with the memorial for Jay Keddy

The “ghost bike” monument on Claremont Access was moved yesterday by a 50-year-old-man who claimed he didn’t know the memorial’s significance. (Kelly Bennett/CBC)

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Small-scale online-entrepeneurs face up to risks of a postal stoppage

Posted: Jun 29, 2016

Small online ‘stores’ are preparing for potential Canada Post strike Saturday

Canada Post’s looming strike deadline worries Jentine Gootjes, who runs her store The Edit online and sends 80 per cent of her packages with the mail carrier. (Claire Dam Photography)

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What you need to know about possible work stoppage at Canada Post

Posted: Jun 29, 2016 updated June 30, 2016

The CUPW expects that Canada Post management will lock its members out.

Postal workers took part in a 24-hour strike in Calgary in 2011. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is in a strike position starting July 2. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

Here is what you need to know about the contract dispute between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal workers.

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Tim Hortons Field ready for Ticats home opener on Canada Day

Posted: Jun 29, 2016 12:16

The Tiger-Cat stadium is ready for the home opener Friday, following speaker collapse

Hamilton Ticats are ready to go for the 2016 home opener this Friday versus the B.C. Lions, following a month of structural malfunctions at Tim Hortons Field. (Aaron Lynett/The Canadian Press)

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This Canada Day treat fireworks ‘with respect’

Posted: Jun 30, 2016

Hamilton Fire Department issues safety guidelines for Canada Day celebrations.

Hamilton Police have issued a series of tips to stay safe on Canada Day. (Submitted to the CBC by Monique Nenson)

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Hamilton housing market shows no sign of cooling down

Posted: Jun 28, 2016

Seller’s market continues as prices rise and listings fall in the city.

The Conference Board of Canada says there is ‘no sign of cooling down’ for Hamilton’s housing market. (Mike Cassese/Reuters)

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McMaster student stroke prevention idea wins pitching competition

Posted: Jun 27, 2016

Nawal Behih, 25, wins funding with a three minute pitch that could save lives.

Nawal Behih, 25, won Hamilton’s Quick Pitch Competition with her company HINT, which is developing stroke detection technology. (Clare Bonnyman/CBC)

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Hippos, horses and hockey sticks for sale in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Kelsey’s Restaurant in Thunder Bay is renovating, and getting rid of everything in a silent auction on May 5, 6 and 7. Collectors and bargain hunters alike are finding the auction a unique place to shop for essentials and mementos, including a giant hippo head, carousel horse, and vintage neon Miller Lite sign.

The restaurant, which has been on Memorial Avenue for 19 years, is doing a complete overhaul to adopt new brand standards, said owner Claudio Foresta.

The auction has more than 500 items listed, including countless pieces of memorabilia that have lined the walls of the restaurant.

“It’s all got to go,” said Monique Crago, who has worked at Kelsey’s for 13 years and is organizing the auction.

Rob Cain, Pastor at Slate River Baptist Church, said the auction was a unique opportunity to shop with his four-year old daughter Ellie.

Cain is opening up a coffee shop at the church and was on the market for some chairs, tables and bar stools, almost 100 of which are being auctioned off by Kelsey’s. Ellie, on the other hand, was drawn to the carousel horse.

“There’s a lot of good stuff here on offer,” he said, but the variety of items is tempting.

“Once you start  looking around at things you kind of want things you didn’t think you wanted when you first came in. It’s difficult to control yourself.”

Thunder Bay students stand up and stand together

Third annual We Stand Up conference brings 1,400 students together.

 CBC News Posted: May 05, 2016 7:30 AM ET

Almost 1,400 students, from 30 local elementary and secondary schools, attended the third annual We Stand Up Student conference in Thunder Bay, Ont. for a day of education and inspiration on Wednesday.

This year’s key message was ‘How can you be a good human being?’

Hannah Smith, 17, is a grade 12 student from Hammerskjold High School, and on the executive team for the 2016 We Stand Up student conference in Thunder Bay. (Clare Bonnyman/CBC)

“The slogan of being a good human being really translates to student life and keeping kids engaged in school,” says Hannah Smith, a member of the We Stand Up executive team and student trustee for the Lakehead District School Board.

“If there’s anything that I hope people can take away from today is the confidence, and the drive, and the motivation to do something that they feel really passionate about,” Smith said.

Talitha Tolles was one of 12 speakers helping motivate the students at this year’s event.

She’s the ambassador of the We Stand together campaign, which focuses on bridging gaps between Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal youth.

“This day to me is really important, because I have the opportunity to share a piece of my culture, and being able to share that and give a voice to young people who have had that voice taken away is really important,” she said.

Talitha Tolles, Aboriginal programming coordinator and motivational speaker with Free The Children, addressed students at the event. (Clare Bonnyman/CBC)

It’s a privilege, Tolles said, to reach out to youth and remind them of the power that they can and already have. “Being a good person is taking those things that you really love and sharing those gifts and talents with other people,” she said.

“It’s not just labelling yourself as a good person, you have to work on it every single day.”



A tropical take on ice cream made fresh in Thunder Bay

Singing Poplars Ice Cream offers non-dairy ice cream made local, just in time for summer

CBC News Posted: May 04, 2016 7:30 AM ET

Singing Poplars Ice Cream was started three years ago in Thunder Bay, Ont. by mother-daughter duo Mary and Ayla Ludwig. Their coconut-based non-dairy ice cream has now become a popular frozen alternative in the city.

“I was a little unsure of how it would be received in the community,” said Ayla, who’s been “getting the ball rolling” before her mother moves to the city in June.

“There seems to be a lot of people who are excited to have an alternative product.”

Ludwig has been at the weekend market in Thunder Bay for a month now, and works with Espresso Joya, a local coffee shop. All of the ice cream and products are made and packaged out of her home kitchen.


The majority of customers they get at the market are people who are looking for a dairy alternative for their dietary requirements. But Ludwig said others show interest as well. “Once I lure them in with a sample and get them to try it, they enjoy it and can have dairy, but opt to get the non-dairy.”

Running a small business has been her mother’s retirement dream, and Ludwig is excited to start working with her in the kitchen, but also nervous.

She said, “I will report back and let you know how it is in a month.”