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Bylaw threatens businesses

Reducing permitted uses adversely affects financing   Arend Kersten While Hamilton is caught up in the euphoria of the $1-billion LRT announcement, dozens of small businesses in rural Flamborough and Ancaster are fighting for their corporate lives. Thanks to amalgamation, the city is in the final stages of preparing a comprehensive Rural Zoning Bylaw (RZB)…

Murline Mallette

22 Questions: Murline Mallette

Murline Mallette: Executive director at Liaison College Culinary Arts   1. If you could choose anyone, who would you choose as a business mentor? My very first mentor 30 years ago was Dan Oberlander, president of CN Hotels. He gave me the support and confidence to move up the ladder at CN Hotels. Now I count…

A collection of music, sport and art

Behind the scenes at a recording studio (think Abbey Road!), and a ping pong palace Amy Kenny The Hamilton Spectator From Oh! Darling to Ohsweken – the console at Jukasa Recording Studio spent more than a decade at Abbey Road before coming to Jukasa. Besides just being a great story, says head engineer Darren Magierowski,…

Dream Cymbals and Gongs, Inc. president and owner Andy Morris moves a large 120cm (48") Chinese gong as Dream Canadian Products Specialist Craig Snowden manages other inventory in the company's Hamilton distribution centre.

Dream Cymbals and Gongs

A massive sound created by a large piece of metal emanates from a small brick building in an industrial area of Hamilton. The tone lingers in the air for minutes as it resonates and decays into a wash of subtle vibrations and tones. Craig Snowden has just struck a 120cm bronze gong in the Dream…

A college and universities session at the Bay Area Economic Summitt featuring local area education executives. Taking the microphone, Dr. Christine Bradaric-Baus, VP Academic Mohawk College.

Hamilton & Burlington Bay Area Economic Summit

The leadership event, held on June 2 at the Royal Botanical Gardens, was focused on regional development and covered everything from transportation and innovation to health sciences and quality of life. Keynote speakers included Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa and Rod Phillips, chair of Postmedia Canada and chair of CivicAction.

A view of Hamilton's downtown commercial area from the Mountain. A recent report calls Hamilton a “city of opportunity.”

Welcome to our ‘city of opportunity’

Conference Board of Canada forecast says it will be fourth-fastest growing city in Canada this year. Meredith MacLeod The Hamilton Spectator Hamilton is a “city of opportunity” for corporations looking for alternatives to the congestion and overheated real estate market of Toronto, says commercial property giant Colliers International. In a study released Thursday, Colliers says…

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The Business of Beer: Shed Brewing

The “Ed” in Shed Brewing Company stands in the dark and cavernous former curling rink in Dundas, as a worker finishes sandblasting the interior.   Owners Ed Madronich and Shawn Till (the “sh” in Shed) bought the 140-year-old post-and-beam building, fulfilling a dream they talked about when they were students and basketball teammates at McMaster.…

John Picard owner of Picards Peanuts has opened up Rambling Rd. Brewery Farm.

The Business of Beer: Ramblin’ Road Brewery Farm

John Picard knew that launching craft beer down in rural Norfolk County was a bold move.   The area is Bud Lite/Coors Light country, he says. “You don’t have that same urban connection to craft beer like you do in the cities.” Undaunted, he loaded up his lager with hops. It was, as expected, something…