Brian McHattie, right, has joined Paul Shaker and Sonja Macdonald at Civicplan.

McHattie brings planning acumen to local firm

New job deals with many of same civic issues as politics Meredith MacLeod The Hamilton Spectator Former councillor Brian McHattie has joined a local planning firm that is now renewing itself. McHattie has joined Civicplan, a 10-year-old firm founded by Paul Shaker and Sonja Macdonald that had been known as the Centre for Community Study.…

Mark Shaver, left, and Russ Lennon of the SportScreen stand in front of one of the power roll-up screens installed at a Kitchener home.

Local puckstopper takes shot at dragons

SportScreen, which protects garages, on Dragons’ Den Meredith MacLeod The Hamilton Spectator A Hamilton native behind a roll-up sports training screen that protects garage doors from fast-flying pucks and balls will take his invention before CBC’s “Dragons’ Den” on the March 18 episode. Russ Lennon, a Delta grad who grew up in the east end,…

Quartet to make a ‘CoMotion’ on King Street

Shared workspace offers freelancers professional offices Meredith MacLeod Thick layers of dust cover the stairs and floors. It’s drafty, the floors feel spongy in places and lights are strung with extension cords hanging from the high ceiling. But this expansive third floor facing the Royal Connaught will soon be Hamilton’s newest and biggest shared working…

Artistic representation of the Gibson School Lofts. Developer Harry Stinson officially launched public sales of 80 units at the century-old Barton Street landmark Monday.

Sales launched at Gibson School Lofts

The developer behind the rebirth of Gibson School as condos is confident he will easily sell out the project. Hamilton Spectator By Meredith MacLeod Harry Stinson officially launched public sales of 80 units at the century-old Barton Street landmark Monday. “There is great interest in it,” said Stinson, who added his confidence in selling even…

Mohawk's two-year Aviation Technician program has added a Boeing 727-100 to its fleet of aircrafts.

Longtime cargo carrier forced to leave Hamilton airport

Kelowna Flightcraft says move to Toronto based on access to customers Steve Arnold The Hamilton Spectator One of Hamilton airport’s major cargo carriers is in a tailspin after losing its only customer. To save itself, Kelowna Flightcraft is moving to Toronto. Flightcraft spokesperson Grant Stevens said the decision to leave Hamilton was driven by access…

Kristy Watson was a student at Everest College in the medical office administration program.

Closed Everest College takes flak as students scramble

School’s surprise shutdown leaves 2,400 ‘high and dry’ Amy Kenny The Hamilton Spectator Kristy Watson said her teacher could barely look at the students in her Everest College medical office administration class on Thursday. Watson found out why at 12:15 p.m. — three representatives from the http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/Ministry of Training, Colleges and UniversitiesEND told Watson and…

Prime Minister Stephen Harper gets a tour of Ecosynthetix.

Shooting star EcoSynthetix’s CEO steps aside

Van Leeuwen takes a leave amid turmoil over cash woes Steve Arnold The Hamilton Spectator Troubled times continue for one of the area’s business superstars with the sudden departure of its founding CEO. EcoSynthetix Inc., once ranked as the third-fastest-growing company in Canada, is weathering a storm of plunging share prices, heavy losses, the collapse…

The province has lifted the school's licence, including at two Hamilton locations.

Everest students shocked by closure

Province suspends college’s licence Peter Edwards and Richard Brennan The Ontario government has suspended the licence and shut down Everest College of Business, Technology and Health Care Canada, including two locations in Hamilton. The move came two days after the U.S. parent company was suspended from trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Training, Colleges…

Visitors and guests learn about the new rolling facility.

Research, industry forge ahead

New $6-million mill will be critical tool for development of steel in the future Steve Arnold The Hamilton Spectator The never-ending search for new kinds of steel is getting a major research boost from Hamilton’s CanmetMaterials lab. The federal government facility has commissioned a new $6-million miniature rolling mill at the Longwood Road facility. It’s…

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1,000 jobs planned for ArcelorMittal over three years

Jobs are there, but they’re different from the past. Steve Arnold The Hamilton Spectator ArcelorMittal Dofasco plans to hire 1,000 workers over the next three years to replace retiring baby boomers. For Tony Valeri, the company’s vice-president of public affairs, that alone is proof there’s a future for the steel industry in Hamilton. That’s in…