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From 2013: A City's Shame

The following was published in Hamilton Magazine in Fall 2013. A City's Shame CHARLTON HALL SIMPLY WANTED TO MOVE TO A NICER FACILITY. HOW IT TURNED INTO A BITTER, AND COSTLY, LEGAL BATTLE IS BOTH SHOCKING AND SHAMEFUL WRITTEN BY Joey Coleman Charlton Hall, a mental health treatment facility for eight teenage girls, wants to move a couple of blocks from their present location on Charlton Avenue in downtown's Durand neighbourhood to Augusta Street in the Corktown neighbourhood. The move has sparked one of the nastiest debates in recent memory at Hamilton City Hall. Even the never-ending stadium rhetoric didn't reach the boiling point of this debate. Some Corktown residents have called the girls "undesirables" and city staff...

As a Crown Ward, The Library was a Lifeline to University

I'm proud of all of Hamilton's social media communities for defending our Hamilton Public Library after recent comments by Ward 7 Councillor Donna Skelly. (You can listen to an audio recording or read a transcript.) Without computers at the library and access to knowledge, I would never have made it to university. I grew up in Hamilton Housing (and some non-City Housing rat holes, including having no hydro for most of my Grade 3 year), then in foster care as a Crown Ward. I lived on my own at age 17. CAS only paid my rent. I went to go to high school full-time, worked part-time 24 hours a week to put food on my table, clothes on my back,...

On Blogging - How Talking Makes For Better Posts

Seemingly random unscheduled conversations on the street, in the market, and in the food court are key foundations of good blogging. They serve as a form of editing for the ideas I write. I thought about writing this post earlier today, and I should've when I remembered more about the conversation. My memory is weird, always has been - I have amazing long term memory, but poor short term. (I'm also notoriously bad with remembering names.) I don't remember the exact points I took out of a discussion today, and I know they'll come back to me around Monday, and then I'll remember the conversation well. In the market today, I had a fun and meandering conversation on a wide...