Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Weather happens, but customer service …

Hamilton’s airport isn’t exactly a busy place. Although Westjet did run a lot of flights out of there for a while citing Toronto’s massive landing fees, most flights eventually migrated to Pearson although there are still a few WJ planes every day from Munro. For the most part, the white elephant airport has been running ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Weather happens, but customer service …

Hamilton’s airport isn’t exactly a busy place. Although Westjet did run a lot of flights out of there for a while citing Toronto’s massive landing fees, most flights eventually migrated to Pearson although there are still a few WJ planes every day from Munro. For the most part, the white elephant airport has been running ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: What is going on at CHCH?

Seriously? Has Channel 11 finally gone off the rails? This is the station that gave Canada The Party Game, The Hilarious House of Frightenstein, Tiny Talent Time, The Great Debate, The Party Game, Smith and Smith (which spawned The Red Green Show) …and became the Canadian home of what used to be known as the ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: What is going on at CHCH?

Seriously? Has Channel 11 finally gone off the rails? This is the station that gave Canada The Party Game, The Hilarious House of Frightenstein, Tiny Talent Time, The Great Debate, The Party Game, Smith and Smith (which spawned The Red Green Show) …and became the Canadian home of what used to be known as the ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: How to vote, how to vote …

This will be my last post on the election until it actually happens … barring a freak of nature. I will be working as a Deputy Returning Officer (i.e. I will supervise a poll and count the ballots at night’s end); and according to Elections Canada, when I inquired, their head office told me that ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: How to vote, how to vote …

This will be my last post on the election until it actually happens … barring a freak of nature. I will be working as a Deputy Returning Officer (i.e. I will supervise a poll and count the ballots at night’s end); and according to Elections Canada, when I inquired, their head office told me that ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Tim Horton’s Farce

Am I the only one in Hamilton who’s embarrassed by the Tim Horton’s Field debacle? The stadium, which really never should have been built on the site of the old Ivor Wynne to begin with, was supposed to open at the end of the month. Now it won’t now be ready until September, maybe not ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: OMB caves in to idiots at Hamilton City Hall with "Aerotropolis"

Earlier this week the Ontario Municipal Board gave final clearance to Hamilton destroying 555 hectares of virgin farmland for “development” lands around the Hamilton airport, when at least half that much exists in the wasteland of brownfields in the lower city.   The so-called “Aerotropolis”.    The claim is that businesses want clean land, and there ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Blast Furnace Canada Blog 2013-05-27 20:00:00

I often don’t change my mind on a lot of issues unless I can be convinced.    But this is one of them:   LRT is a stupid idea for the City of Hamilton.    We would be much better off with BRT – Bus Rapid Transit. Metrolinx has said, along with the revenue proposals it put forward ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: When WalMart meets GO Transit

A little while back I wrote about how there are dozens of bridges in the Hamilton megacity (read:   consolidated city-county), most of them in a horrible state of disrepair; and how with many of them no one seems to know who actually owns them.    Well, there is one that we definitely do know about now, ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: More problems with Ornge

This week it was learned that there could be a nasty side effect (no pun intended) to the scandals that have plagued Ornge, the air ambulance service.   Hamilton could lose on staff air traffic control.   Why? It seems that the company that was contracted to do air ambulance services, and ended up being a petty ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: What passes for road maintenance — in Hamilton (Part 1 of an unending series)

Really. This is one of Hamilton’s busiest routes – the Claremount Access which connects the lower city at Victoria (northbound) and Wellington (southbound) with the upper city at Upper James. They rebuilt part of this route about two or three years ago, along the upper section where the southbound lanes actually are carried over a ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: What’s in YOUR drinking water? In Hamilton it could be Scotchgard ™

Several months ago, back in the spring of this year, Radio Canada ran an investigative report regarding the run-off of chemicals from John Munro International Airport at Mount Hope, the highest point in Hamilton.    This was prompted after a lot of fish and turtles were turning up dead downstream in Chippewa Creek which supplies Lake ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: When you can see the rebar sticking out, you have a problem

The idea behind reinforcing concrete with steel rebar is to ensure the concrete doesn’t rip itself out during the expansion and contraction caused by temperature swings. Yet just walk or drive around Hamilton.   You can easily see one or more rebar lines sticking out of light standards, overpasses, tunnels and so forth.   It could just ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Railway bridges are falling down in Hamilton

You’d think that if a bridge carries a railway then it should be the railroad company that pays for repairs and/or replacement.    Not necessarily.   Hamilton has about 400 bridges across the vast city, many of them downloaded to the city years ago.   And there are seven, all of them for the steel wheels, where no ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Keystone XL delayed; and how many Wal-Marts does Hamilton need?

It was a big surprise but also a delight to hear that Hillary Clinton’s State Department has ordered Trans Canada Pipelines to reconsider the proposed route of the Keystone XL project, in particular the section that would have gone through Nebraska’s Sandhills.   As a result final approval has been put off until sometime in 2013, ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Bye Steve, and bye-bye (maybe) Tim

Hard to imagine a world without Steve Jobs … I’ll always be a “PC” (personal computer) but I love iTunes ™ — which made possible the podcast and the ability to download a lot of favourite radio and TV shows as well as discovering new ones, all for free.   NPR and the CBC, among other ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Quick weekend thoughts (2010-10-02)

Quick whip of two items so let’s go: Good on the Supreme Court of Canada for ruling the Insite clinic in Vancouver does not run afoul of drug control policies; more technically that it does but to deny it a “constitutional exemption” would be a far worse outcome than what the needle exchange clinic provides, ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Legacy of sports or legacy of debts?

Heaven help Hamilton on this one.    Another round of Pan Am chicken. No sooner did it seem we call Red Hat owner Bob Young’s bluff and offer to do a renovation of Ivor Wynne than it turns out that the proposal as set was for bleachers and not seats with backs.   So the whole place ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: $10 million is the new $137 million

Only in Hamilton.    When Ontario deregulated power in 2002 (huge mistake still, in my opinion) it was left to the local utilities on what to do with the new local power companies which legally had to incorporate separately from the cities they were in.    In our case, the book value was set at $137 million ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Hamilton takes another step out of the Dark Ages

It finally looks like Hamilton is about to get out of the dark ages and allow department stores to be open 24 / 7.   It only makes sense.   Not that I really care for places like WalMart that much — but why is it that we have to drive to Burlington to buy stuff overnight?   ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: When is a scholarship a "forgiveable loan" (or vice versa)?

A very interesting class action lawsuit has been launched here in The Hammer.   It involves students of Redeemer University College and their parents who claim they were ripped off by an enticing “forgiveable loan” scheme to offset the costs of the tuition at the private university.   The “found class” of 500 or so people is ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: When settlement groups go astray

Several months back, there was a huge storm when PMS cut off funding for Hamilton based SISO, the Settlement and Integration Services Organization effectively forcing it to close down.   At first many felt it was a vendetta that Team Harper had against groups who opposed the Cons’ specific immigration policies.   But over the last few ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Flooding on purpose

I suppose desperate times call for desperate measures, hence today’s forced flood in rural Manitoba to destroy a hundred or so homes in order to save another 1000 or more.   Still one has to wonder why more preventative measures aren’t being taken beforehand.   PMS may continue to deny it but the chances are we’re going ...