Strathcona Presents: Co-op Congress

Strathcona Presents: Co-op Congress

Have you noticed the emerging role that co-ops are playing in our community?  Sure, you might shop at MEC or do your banking at First Ontario, but do you know the difference between a worker co-op and a consumer co-op?  And what motivates people to start a co-op instead of just a private enterprise when they want to start a business?  Think you might want to do the same? You are cordially invited by the Strathcona Community Council to our Co-op Congress on Thursday, March 20th, 7 pm at Erskine Presbyterian Church (19 Pearl Street North).  Come out and listen to the inspirational stories behind three exciting businesses making a difference right here in Strathcona.   Guest speakers include Graham Cubitt, President and Co-founder of The Mustard Seed Co-op, Abram Bergen, President and Founder of THAAT, and Jason Hammond, President of Community CarShare. Come shake off the winter doldrums (it’s the first day of spring after all!) and reconnect with friends and neighbours.  Fairtrade coffee and sweet local treats will be available.  What more could you possibly want?!  See you there!...
Welcome to the Great Big Theatre Company

Welcome to the Great Big Theatre Company

The Strathcona neighbourhood has recently become home to a new organization that could cause some to dub the area the “Performance Hub” of the city.  You can add the Great Big Theatre Company to the impressive list of performing arts vendors* in our backyard. The Great Big Theatre Company is a non-profit charitable organization that has been delivering youth arts programming in southern Ontario for the last 20 years and have proudly served over 200 000 children in that time. Where can we find them? Part of the big news is that they will be calling the Zion United Community Recreation Centre home.  They will be using much of the (gigantic) basement to run their lessons and camps.  The Executive Director, Charles Small and his wife, Lily Small, the company’s Artistic Director, gave our executive team a tour on Tuesday of their programming space, and we were honestly a bit shocked at how much they will have to work with.  The theatre space has a stage and room for an audience of at least 120 people!  As they start up their programming over the next few months, we will ensure we snap some pictures of this fantastic addition to the neighbourhood. *List of preforming arts vendors in the Strathcona neighbourhood includes: Bel Canto Strings Academy on York Blvd The Great Big Theatre Company on Pearl St. N. The Lyric Theatre on King St. W. Soundsmiths music lessons at Locke and York The Staircase Theatre on Dundurn St....
Strathcona Floor Hockey Tournament

Strathcona Floor Hockey Tournament

Mark your calendars! Saturday, February 22nd from 1-4 PM will be the first Strathcona 3 on 3 Floor Hockey Tourney at the Zion United Recreation Centre. How to qualify for the Strathcona FHT Minimum of 3 players and a goalie Facial protection for youth under 18 years of age Consider having teams of 5 players for substitutions We’re looking for 10 teams Volunteer We will need volunteer score keepers and referees, and as we will be serving beverages and snacks, concession volunteers will be appreciated as well.  We will be posting rules, format and registration details shortly.   Check out our Eventbrite page to sign up, or contact us at strathconacommunitycouncil@gmail.com Event Registration Online for Strathcona Floor Hockey Tournament powered by...
City Councillor Nominee – Ira Rosen

City Councillor Nominee – Ira Rosen

Ira Rosen, a Westdale community member, registered to run on Tuesday, January 7th to fill the Ward One City Councillor seat, which will be vacated by current Councillor Brian McHattie, who is running for Mayor. Ira has a lengthy history as a community volunteer in the Westdale neighbourhood. Since 2005, Rosen has been a participant in the Ainslie Wood Westdale Community Association, Hamilton Police Services Superintendent’s Community Advisory Council, McMaster President’s Advisory Committee on Community Relations, Community Liaison Committee Rental Housing License Bylaw, the Hamilton Jewish Federation and Open Streets Hamilton. You can follow Rosen’s campaign through his website www.irarosen.ca and he can be reached via phone (904) 540-9100 as well as email...
Tree Damage resulting from the Ice Storm

Tree Damage resulting from the Ice Storm

Residents are encouraged to call the City at 905-546-CITY or email askcity@hamilton.ca if they have tree damage, branches or limbs remaining to be collected that have not already been called in. This will ensure the request is logged properly for appropriate action. Residents who are able to cut and bundle their brush to four-foot lengths will have their brush collected as part of normal waste collection services.  All other tree material will be collected at a later date by crews with chainsaws and chippers.  Please ensure branches do not block sidewalks and roads. The City is cautioning homeowners who are using contractors to address their private trees to ensure the contractor is a certified arborist who can demonstrate insurance against property damage and ensure they have a clearance certificate from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). Once the cleanup work is completed, Forestry staff will be focusing on replanting new trees to help replace those that were lost in the two 2013 storms.  Residents who would like to participate in the City’s Street Tree Planting Program can get a free tree planted in the City-owned portion of their property. For more information about the program and eligibility criteria please call 905-546-CITY or...