• Flashback: ‘I swear allegiance to the Queen” A Supreme Court of Canada ruling this week means the oath of allegiance to the Queen will stay as a requirement for obtaining Canadian citizenship, despite a legal challenge under the Charter of Rights.  Whether to swear an oath would not have been on many minds in the 1950s, though, during her first visits to […]
  • Flashback: Fans loved Formula Atlantic Race Last weekend’s Daytona 500 brought to mind Hamilton’s one-time encounter with high-speed auto racing.  Fans lined the entire route, but the 1978 Formula Atlantic race was an ill-fated event. It had financial problems, and the damage from crowds along the circuit was extensive. SEE: A rundown of all the problems in this archive story (Missed […]
  • FLASHBACK: Shopping The departure of U.S. retail giant Target offers a contrast to the days when people formed lasting bonds with classic department stores and food stores across the city of Hamilton – architectural gems downtown like The Arcade and Eaton’s – where elevator operators wore white gloves and ladies sipped tea in the Green Room.  As […]
  • Flashback: Sir Allan MacNab What do you know about the warrior-politician whose name is on Hamilton schools and recreation centres and who built Dundurn Castle?  His birthday is today (Feb. 19, 1798 – Aug. 8, 1862) Read More: Dundurn facelift would please Sir Allan MacNab MacNab was one of Hamilton’s ‘gutsiest’ developers MacNab was a boy soldier in the […]
  • Flashback: Chicken Roost Hamilton’s famous Chicken Roost restaurant had food magic going for it.  Do you remember? Opened in 1948 by restaurateur Max Mintz, it closed to widespread disappointment in 1986 People still rave about its chicken on a bun, cherry cokes, pies, spareribs, fries with gravy, steaks, chicken soup, butter tarts, ice cream puffs with hot fudge, […]
  • HAGERSVILLE – Burning The Hagersville tire fire burned for 17 days from the early morning hours of Feb. 12, 1990, making headlines around the world. Bringing it under control took huge effort, including the use of two waterbombers normally used to fight forest fires.  The fire covered an area the size of 18 football fields.  See more about […]
  • HAGERSVILLE – Aftermath The Hagersville blaze finally sputtered out after 17 days. It cost the province more than $10 million, including $6 million for the clean up, $1.5 million to extinguish the blaze and $743,000 to buy four homes and a farm beside the fire site. Part of the clean up cost was disposal of tonnes of oil […]
  • HAGERSVILLE – Day of the Inferno The Hagersville tire fire started in the early morning hours of Feb. 12, 1990 as a lark by five Ohsweken-area teens.  It consumed 14 million tires, spewed toxic smoke for 17 days, drove 4,000 from their homes and cost the province more than $10 million for a year-long clean up.  It remains the worst environmental […]
  • Flashback: Gulliver’s Travels It closed in December, 1986, with a free buffet for 300 just prior to the demolition of the property, a landmark since the 1950s at 800 Queenston Road, across from what is now Eastgate Square. Other City Landmarks Gone: City Motel, expropriated Vanished Hamilton – A Litany of Loss When the restaurant opened in 1957, […]
  • Flashback: Royal Connaught The Royal Connaught is being reborn. Opened in 1916, the 13-storey, Edwardian-style building is being made over. The long-abandoned hotel is being transformed into a new condo tower  that includes the art deco lobby’s original limestone floor modernized with black granite inserts below the 23-foot ceiling. The downtown landmark was a place of glamour, hosting […]
  • Flashback: Gas Ball   There’s a big discussion on in Hamilton over the future of the city’s so-called gas ball. For decades, the painted eight-storey globe has reminded QEW motorists that Hamilton is, in fact, the centre of the world.  The city is considering painting it over – potentially with ads. More on what’s being proposed for the […]