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Sunday, 03 October 2010 01:21

Saving green spaces

This week is Mac Peace Week at McMaster University, an event that runs along with the Gandhi Peace Festival each year.

Attached is a promotional flyer for an event "Saving Green Spaces" happening this Wednesday. If you're in Hamilton and have a passion for nature, come out and share your thoughts with the community!

Sunday, 19 September 2010 19:50

Gandhi Peace Festival 2010

Coming up on Saturday October 2, 2010 is the 18th annual Gandhi Peace Festival in Hamilton, Ontario. This year's theme is "The Power of Nonviolence", and the guest speaker is Dr. Yaser M. Haddara.

As always, the festival is free (including lunch!), includes a fair of social justice and peace organizations, and a peace walk through downtown Hamilton.

Also happening around the time are two festival-sponsored events:

"The Fictional Basis of the War on Terror Wednesday" (speaker: Dr. Graeme MacQueen) September 29, 2010 7:00­-9:00pm McMaster Health Sciences Centre, Room HSC‐1A6

and

"Saving Green Spaces"A Workshop Moderated by Dr. Graeme MacQueen (with other particpants to be announced) Wednesday, October 6, 2010: 7:00-­9:00pm McMaster Health Sciences Centre, Room HSC‐1A3

Send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you want to know more or to volunteer.

The Hamilton Peace Cafe recently hosted two successful events! Last Thursday, Erin Stanley facilitated a zine workshop as part of our ongoing How To series. Zines are basically home-made publications that are self-titled and about whatever you want them to be. The skill-share workshop was attended by an eclectic group of folks that created several zines, and everyone had a fun time.

The other recent event was the Letter Writing Night on Monday. This was the first of what will hopefully be many more nights dedicated to writing letters to prisoners. The letter writer's drew on lists of political prisoners in Canada and the United States, and we sent thirteen letters of much needed solidarity and support. Some of the organizers from Hamilton's own Books to Bars were on hand to provide insight and information to what they do, Canadian prisons and prisoners, and to write letters. There were also generous donations of stamps and stationary from participants that supplemented the materials provided by the HCTP.

Thanks to everyone that attended and helped out with these events at the Sky Dragon. We hope to continue this momentum and see even more interested participants at the upcoming Letter Writing Nights, How To workshops, and more! Stay tuned to the website, cheers.

Thursday, 17 June 2010 14:04

Hamilton Rural Routes Bus Tours

This summer, HSR passengers will be going the distance to meet their City’s hardworking farmers; many city folks will discover first-hand that it can be a short distance indeed, from "field-to-fork". The newly developed “Rural Routes” countryside bus tours offers monthly farm excursions and is a collaborative projected being presented by Hamilton Eat Local, Smart Commute, Hamilton Street Railway (HSR), and Tourism Hamilton. These tours will provide Hamilton's public transit users with access to some of the area’s most dynamic farms; promote imaginative ways of using the City’s public transit system as a viable means to commute; and get urbanites excited about 'agri-tourism' by showing off the lush and beautiful countryside that surrounds our 'steel' city.

Karen Burson of Hamilton's Eat Local is so excited about this event that she can barely sit still while she's describing it. "As someone who decided a long time ago that I would rather be a transit-user than a driver," she enthuses, "I have been frustrated about the fact that the only way to visit the farms that I love has been by car. It seemed to me that there are a lot of Hamilton residents who might be just as eager as I am to find a way to get out of the City once in a while".

Inspired by a student-led environmental bus tour project called "Seed to Scrap" which took place in Fall 2008, and by a gastronomic tour of the Niagara region that had been organized by Slow Food Canada, Burson believed that a tour that explores Hamilton's agriculturally rich outskirts was a compelling idea. Each month’s Rural Routes tour will offer a unique program developed by the host farm. Each will also offer an on-farm market stand so participants can purchase a variety of seasonal fruits, vegetables, meats, and more before boarding the bus for the return trip to the City. The tours will run on selected Saturday afternoons from 1:00pm to 3:30pm. The pick up point for each tour is the Bread & Roses Cafe at the Sky Dragon Centre (27 King William St.). This innovative cafe will be offering Rural Routes ticket holders a free cup of their organic, fair trade coffee which is roasted in-house (which is about as local as coffee can get)! Adult tickets are only $5 for each trip while children and seniors tickets cost only $2 each. Here is a look at the schedule:

• June 12: Rural Routes will take passengers to ManoRun Organic Farm located in Copetown. ManoRun is well-known for their relationship with the Ancaster Old Mill. Denise Trigatti, farmer at ManoRun, will lead passengers through a herb garden discovery, livestock milking demonstration, and a talk about the joys of growing and eating food that is both local and organic.

• July 10: Morden’s Organic Farm and Farm Store located in Dundas will be the next destination. Morden’s is a co-operative of local farmers who bring their meats, dairy and seasonal fruits and vegetables to this health-food hub. Sandy Morden, owner and operator of Morden’s, will provide a tour of the farm and a visit with the farm animals.

• August 21: Rural Routes travels to Puddicombe Estate Farm & Winery of Stoney Creek, where staff will teach visitors the correct way of caring for peaches including canning and freezing techniques. There will be fresh corn in season available for purchase as well, so don't miss out on this traditional family treat.

• September 11: Carluke Orchards in Ancaster welcomes you. One of Hamilton’s best-known apple orchards will offer Rural Routes passengers wagon rides and guided walking tours. They are also well known for their tasty farm-baked apple pies.

Tickets will be available at Bread and Roses Café at the SkyDragon Centre (27 King William St.). There may be tickets available on the day of the tour at the pickup point, but seats are limited! For more information about Rural Routes, please visit www.smartcommute.ca/hamilton or call Hamilton Eat Local at 905-549-0900.
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