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Recapping the week's top stories for Hamilton, Ontario. New episodes every Friday!




Recapping the week's top stories for Hamilton, Ontario. New episodes every Friday!






Leanne Pluthero: Hamilton historian and researcher

Leanne Pluthero is a historic researcher and Auchmar historian. Currently she is promoting the protection of Century Manor, which is an 1884 Hamilton building currently at risk of demolition. You can help by signing the petition at chng.it/KXkZtN4y


Gemma New: Conducting since she was 15!

Gemma New is music director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra who have just announced their upcoming 2020-21 concert season!


Emily O'Brien: From prison to a Hamilton entrepreneur

Emily O'Brien is the owner and operator of Comeback Snacks which was inspired during her time in prison after being caught in a drug smuggling operation. Hear how she used her life-changing experience to kickstart a Hamilton business after spending nearly a year behind bars.


Hamilton moves to Stage Three, $500 million plan for downtown entertainment facilities, Unruly passenger forces Hamilton-bound flight to land

Hamilton moves to Stage Three today. Free masks are available at Burlington City Hall. Hamilton selects $500 million plan for downtown entertainment facilities. Activists paint massive ‘Defund the Police’ message across Main Street. HSR is ending all paper tickets and bus passes, switching exclusively to Presto. Unruly passenger forces Hamilton-bound Swoop flight to land in Thunder Bay. Highway 6 begins constructing new expansion and connection to 401.


Kara & Brett Liersch of The Dirty South food truck

Kara & Brett Liersch are a husband/wife duo best known for their food trucks The Dirty South as well as The Salted Pig. They also own a catering business with a bunch of new brick-and-mortar restaurants opening soon in the Hamilton area.


Hamilton & Burlington make face masks mandatory, Ontario begins Phase 3 reopening, Hamilton libraries waiving all fees for overdue books

Hamilton, Burlington & Brantford council votes to make masks mandatory in public spaces. Hamilton’s iconic duck Lewis Mallard is making face masks during COVID-19. Ontario reports lowest number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases since March. Ontario announces plans for Stage 3 of reopening. City of Hamilton amends bylaw to make way for more patios. Hamilton libraries will be waiving all fees for overdue books during COVID-19. Art Gallery of Hamilton is reopening with free admission for the rest...


Leo Johnson discusses the $800k grant his charity received

Leo Johnson is the founder and Executive Director at Empowerment Squared which is a registered Canadian charity whose goal is to empower newcomer and marginalized youth in Canada and across the world through educational programming, sports and recreation, scholarship, and thought leadership.


Nick Cordero dies from COVID-19, Hamilton film productions restarting, Gage Park Fountain pranked

Hamilton actor Nick Cordero dies at 41 after battling COVID-19. Hamilton’s hospitals currently have zero COVID-19 patients. Film productions in Hamilton are now permitted to restart. CFL talking about Hamilton and Burlington as hub cities for the 2020 season. Ontario high schools to end ‘streaming’ program for incoming students. Someone pranked the Gage Park Fountain by turning it into a giant bubble bath. Burlington mayor and councillor propose temporary mandatory mask bylaw. Hamilton’s...


Alyssa Lancia of Darling Donuts

Darling Donuts owner Alyssa Lancia shares how she started her business with Urbanicity's Editor-in-chief Robert Cekan.


New vegan bakery opens, London party-goers spread COVID to Hamilton, HSR buses resume fare, SoBi reactivated

Dolled Up Desserts opens on James North. Mikel Coffee Company has opened. The Dirty South Restaurant is opening another location on Concession Street. HSR buses resume fare. SoBi bicycles have officially been reactivated for use. Multiple London party-goers test positive for COVID-19, with possible spread to Hamilton. City might make masks mandatory in public spaces. Hamilton conservation areas may close due to capacity on weekends.


Tucker’s Marketplace permanently closing, Pride Hamilton files $600k claim, new e-scooter service proposed, HWDSB ends police program

Tucker’s Marketplace is permanently closing its doors. Atlantic Submarine closes after 40 years. 193 Bench Kitchen also shuts its doors. Pride Hamilton files a $600k claim against the Hamilton Police Service. An e-scooter service might be coming to Hamilton. HWDSB ends program that brought police officers into schools. Hamilton hospitals have started to allow visitors for inpatients again. King William Street’s dining district is now open.


Supercrawl cancelled, Because Beer cancelled, Newfoundland restaurant opens, CERB eligibility extended another 8 weeks

Supercrawl & Because Beer festivals have both been cancelled for 2020. A Newfoundland-inspired restaurant is opening in Hamilton. CERB eligibility has been extended another 8 weeks. Two city councillors voice their support to defund the Hamilton police. Hamilton libraries will now offer curbside pickup. Hamilton gets the green light to move to Phase 2 of reopening this weekend.


Ontario reopens economy, SoBi saved, new $6M trail being paved, mandatory face masks on HSR buses

Ontario announces the details for the next phase of reopening. SoBi bike share has been saved in Hamilton. New $6M trail will be paved along the Claremont Access. HSR is making face masks mandatory on all city buses. Collective Arts Fest has been cancelled for 2020. Toast Wine Bar is closing its doors. Hamilton’s Starlite Drive-In is officially reopening. Locals in their 20s make up half of Hamilton’s new COVID-19 cases.


Interview w/ Cycle Hamilton

Jay Krause is co-chair of Cycle Hamilton. We chat about SoBi in Hamilton and the importance of supporting bike share programs in cities.


Interview w/ Black Lives Matter Hamilton

Urbanicity chats with Black Lives Matter Hamilton who organized the George Floyd rally earlier in the week. We discuss the event, racism in North America, and BLM drops an announcement to their next Hamilton initiative.


Hamilton council kills SoBi bike share, 45-storey tower proposed for Pier 8, McMaster fall semester will be all online

Hamilton has officially scrapped SoBi bike share. 45-storey tower proposed for Hamilton’s Pier 8. Ontario has extended all emergency orders to June 9th. McMaster University announces that all classes are moving online for the fall term. Hamilton General Hospital declares COVID-19 outbreak as 6 workers test positive. Hamilton shifts its Commonwealth Games bid to 2026. Hamiltonians will be able to see SpaceX Crew Dragon fly over the city this weekend.


Harry Stinson talks about Beasley Park Lofts

Harry Stinson is a respected real estate developer with several projects in Hamilton, Toronto, and Buffalo. He speaks with Urbanicity's Robert Cekan about his latest project Beasley Park Lofts, which are on sale now!


SoBi bike-sharing service ending in Hamilton, 800+ tickets given out to drivers, Ontario schools will not reopen this school year

SoBi bike-sharing service is ending in Hamilton. More than 800 tickets given out to drivers amid COVID-19 shutdown in Hamilton. Ontario schools will not reopen this school year. New local initiative Curbside Pivot launches in Hamilton. Pride Hamilton makes the move to digital during COVID-19. The bronze turtle stolen from the Gage Park fountain has been returned. The Dirty South restaurant supplies St Joseph’s Healthcare with 600 free meals.


Ontario will reopen economy, Hamilton approves outdoor dining districts, Gage Park fountain turtle stolen

Ontario will start Stage 1 of reopening the economy next week. Hamilton approves outdoor dining districts. Wild Waterworks will remain closed for the rest of the year. Someone stole the bronze turtle from the Gage Park fountain. Hamilton actor Nick Cordero wakes up from coma. Elvis impersonator stops traffic in Hamilton.


This Ain’t Hollywood is closing, Aceti’s Pizzeria closes, Meanwhile Winebar transforms to bottle shop

Hamilton’s This Ain’t Hollywood is closing after 11 years. Aceti’s Pizzeria closes after 54 years. Dundas coffee spot Grupetto closes permanently amid COVID-19. Meanwhile Winebar on James North converts to a bottle shop. Four employees at Mondelez candy factory in Hamilton test positive for COVID-19. Longo’s supermarkets now require customers to wear face masks during COVID-19. Update on actor Nick Cordero’s COVID-19 recovery.