The new McMaster Children's Hospital Logo

The new McMaster Children’s Hospital Logo

We’ve done it again, Hamilton.  We’ve made it through another week.  I have a fabulous new photographer, and a mysterious graphic designer who has donated a logo (coming soon!).   All-in-all a good week.   I had a delicious luncheon with the mayor, sampling the goose wings of Hamilton.  They’re good, but in a gamey way.

Coming this week?   Big ideas from small minds.   Hamilton’s wish list of gigantic public works projects.

My favourite comments:

  1. razor pocket mod “You should take part in a contest for one of the best websites on the net. I most certainly willhighly recommend this website!”
  2. Hamilton’s Newest Big Idea: “Glen Nott Massive HAMILTON sign on the side of the mountain, big enough that you can read it from the CN Tower. That’ll show ’em who’s boss.”
  3. Peter Graefe – Did you spy Dollarama’s spring 2013 collections while you were there?
  4. Stam – Farley you look awesome in heels.


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This week has been exhausting.  I’ve been up around the clock covering the HSR’s biggest blunder: weight-based fares and a 1990s online presence.  And the temptation to go to the Mayor’s kissing booth today was too much.  A late nude skate always tires out me and the staff.  Also – commenters on our website helpfully pointed out racism towards heavy people, and more civic problems in the ‘province’ of Hamilton.

My favourite comments:

  1. I respect the HSR for admitting their mistake


    Weight-based fare not too popular in Hamilton

  2. This little chesnut from Peter Mercanti about the anti-casino crowd: “Who are these people? What is their background? What have they done? They get almost all the same weight as the people who really count. It shocks me.”
  3. And who can forget the negative reaction from followers of HTN when they heard about weight-based bus fares?
  • Hammergovermentfailsusagain Feb 4, 3:23 pm

    I do not ride the HSR as I drive myself…Hamilton is already a poor/hurting Provence but on top of all that lets make the disabled/weak/poor/over weight people pay for it… BOO shame on HAMILTON is this just a money grabbing scam to make up for the money lost to the BS web site they lost money on?

  • Nicole margerison Feb 4, 1:40 pm

    This is ridiculous and unethical I have been an hsr rider for years and the second I step on a bus and it

    Fat Caliper

    You have to pinch the passenger – Dr. Peever – photo by skamille

    shows my weight n tells me what I owe to ride is the day I sue the asses outta them assh***s that is completely wrong and discriminatory I am extremely offended by this :(

  • This is like putting black people on the back of the bus, just being racist to heavy people

  • This is disgusting…this is discrimination? Wtf are you thinking. I am a single mother who take her 2mon old on the bus almost everyday…are you going to make me pay for my strollera weight too? If so thats bs! Not all people are obese by choice…this is why people will and have left hamilton…because the council are a bunch of a-holes. Your drivers weigh maybe 250+ and sit on their asses and dont do nothing but we have to pay? No way. If their on the bus they should have to pay a fee. This is bullshit.

  • Tony King@Aboriginal_Guy @HammerInTheNews *Red Alert!* Don’t french kiss the mayor after he smoked one of his stogies.


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The Mayor of Hearts

Bob Bratina

“I won’t bite.” – photo by DaHamiltonian

In an unusually personal move, the Mayor of Hamilton, Bob Bratina, will be on the hot seat for Winterfest‘s Gore Park wrap up on Sunday afternoon.   The hot seat, in this case, is an old-fashioned kissing booth.

“There hasn’t been a sex symbol in power like him since Pierre Trudeau,” say Bee Thompson, resident of downtown.  “I’m not going to be shy – if I have to pay extra for an open-mouthed kiss, I will.”

All proceeds for the booth will be going to the ailing horse racing industry. For more information on Hamilton’s Winterfest visit – http://www.hamiltonwinterfest.ca/

The booth is open from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, in Gore Park.  $5/kiss.

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Farley Hammerton
Editor in Chief
Twitter:  @HammerInTheNews
Facebook: HammerInTheNews



Alive poster

Ethan Hawke made it work on the silver screen, but does it translate to stage?

Twenty years ago, the biographical survival drama – Alive – shocked crowds with its portrayals of cannibalism.  The scene of survivors eating the buttocks’ of their dead companions is forever embedded in minds of that generation.

The crew at Hammer Entertainment have kept their plans to host a 20th anniversary,  full musical stage production of ‘Alive,’  a secret until today.

“Affordable rehearsal space is always an issue in Hamilton,” said artistic director, Jason Dick, “and we wanted to rehearse with the full airplane.  I’ve even had our team sit in on a first-year medical student cadaver lab.  You know, to get in character.  Of course, it would’ve been disrespectful to taste one of them, so we didn’t ask.”

Critics say a preview of the stage show left a bad taste in their mouth.  “It’s not the right platform for this kind of play.  Winterfest is about snowmen, sledding, and tame theatre – not an Ozzy Osborne show,” says Larry Finch of the Bay Observer.

Cast members in the group are baffled by the lack of community support for the play.  “I don’t know what people are complaining about.  Honestly.  It’s set in Alaska, where winter reigns supreme 11 out of 12 months.  And Cannibalism on stage is easy. We saw a production of Dracula last year where they ate a baby on stage. Now that was sick.  Plus, it’s kind of a good luck show – the cast of Alive did a hell of a lot more than break a leg.”

The play runs from February 6 – February 12

Location: Grey Gardens, 28 Rebecca Street
Cost: Call 905-981-7345 for tickets
Contact: website
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