• Hamilton in a Globalized World

    A documentary examining

    • Globalization & Government


    •The Steel Industry


    •Arts & Culture Revitalization


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Reflections from Hamilton on the 2012 US Election

By: Layla Mashkoor (This is Hamilton) In the wake of the reelection of  US President Barack Obama an important lesson to take away, especially for a city such as Hamilton, is that the power of the manufacturing sector, the workers, and their unions, is not dead. Since the 1980s, the composition of the industrial sector … Continue reading


a-mal-ga-ma-tion (noun): the result of combining things

By: Nicole Rallis (This is Hamilton) I live in a residential area on Main St West where Main turns into Osler. When I moved to Hamilton a year ago I chose this location because of its proximity to McMaster University. Knowing very little about the city prior to my arrival, I did not realize that … Continue reading


Terra Lightfoot – These Days


Terra Lightfoot on Jackson Square Roof – Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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Got Consent?: Reflections on re-appropriation, sexism, and patriarchy

 By: Nicole Rallis (This is Hamilton) Sunday, July 8, 2012, was the second annual Hamilton SlutWalk. Over a hundred local residents and activists gathered in solidarity at City Hall to address issues of victim blaming and (social) structures of patriarchy that stratify Hamilton and greater society based on gender, sexual orientation, racial, and economic lines.  Formally … Continue reading

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Inaccessible Potential: Transit, Mobility, and Street Infrastructure in Hamilton

By: Layla Mashkoor (This is Hamilton) Throughout the research process of creating this documentary, we have been searching for possible answers to the question “what barriers are holding Hamilton back from further development?” The answer to this question almost always drifts back to the transforming steel industry. An issue receiving significant attention this summer from … Continue reading


Right to the City – David Harvey (excerpt)

The city, as the noted urban sociologist Robert Park once wrote, is: “man’s most consistent and on the whole, his most successful attempt to remake the world he lives in more after his heart’s desire. But, if the city is the world which man created, it is the world in which he is henceforth condemned to live. … Continue reading

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Gentrification and the City: The Struggle for Re-Claiming Public Spaces in Hamilton

By: Nicole Rallis (This is Hamilton) As McMaster graduate students, Layla and I came to Hamilton with very little prior knowledge about the cultural and political life of the city. More specifically as globalization students, we did not foresee ourselves to be engaged with the vast amounts of social justice activism happening on the ground … Continue reading

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The Elwins at Dr. Disc!

The Elwins stopped by Dr. Disc’s record store for an in-store performance on June 2, 2012. Check out the video below to see what singer and guitarist Matthew Sweeney, drummer Travis Stokl and guitarist/keyboardist Feurd Ian Roberston Moore had to say when we caught up with them before their set.  Later that night they wrapped up The Casbah’s first ever Brews and … Continue reading

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The End of Oxycontin: Drug Addiction and Rehabilitation

Our crew was out in Hamilton taking photos when we came across a rooftop that had obviously been turned into a meeting place for drug addicts to inject. This roof is located directly across from the Hamilton City Centre at James St North and Rebecca St. We came across roughly 50 used needles scattered around … Continue reading