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Lorne Opler is a freelance writer on the side, and has recently moved to Hamilton from Toronto. Coming from a city where anonymity is a way of life, Lorne is amazed by how friendly and approachable people are in Hamilton, and finds himself always telling people from Toronto (who don't know better) what a great place Hamilton is.
Are You Angry Enough to Get Involved? - I want a downtown that is a destination, not an avoidance. I want a downtown that is a model, not an embarrassment. I want a downtown that garners respect, not ridicule from other cities across Canada. Published December 07, 2009 in Opinion
Bill Strickland: Start Believing in This City - By doing something good for your community, however small, you are transforming your environment for the better, and a better environment drives better behavior. Published December 02, 2009 in Commentary
Pan Am Games Highlight Need for Hotel Space - If Hamilton wants to be taken seriously, it must build a showcase hotel, one that stands on par with any of the top-flight name brands Published November 24, 2009 in Commentary
Lots to Like About Locke - Locke Street is easily establishing itself as Hamilton's premier destination of eclectic shops, services, and eateries. A new cheese shop soon to open will further increase the mix of amenities. Published November 12, 2009 in City Life
Cross Border Twin Cities? - Having lived in Buffalo and now Hamilton, I see countless similarities between the two cities. Here is my take on what makes both these cities alike - and both likable. Published November 06, 2009 in Opinion