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Mark Robbins is a PhD student in political science at the University of Toronto and a proud resident of downtown Hamilton. You can follow him on Twitter @RoboRobbins.
The Golden Age of James Street North - Love of the old times is important, but we should not canonize the neighbourhood's past at the expense of its future, which is looking increasingly bright. Published September 27, 2017 in Opinion
Can You Close Down City Hall? - Could we see authorities and responsibilities stripped away from municipal governments due to ineffectiveness? That's certainly possible, although it's difficult to make any predictions. But heck, let's speculate. Published July 27, 2017 in Commentary
Lunchgate: The Small Fry Scandal - Giving council the time off to go buy their own lunches would actually cost the city more than the current practice of paying for lunch and forgoing the break. Published March 13, 2017 in Commentary
President Trump: A Few Thoughts on What it Could Mean for Hamilton - The impact of the Trump presidency will be felt all around the world, including Hamilton. Here are three things to watch for. Published January 23, 2017 in US Politics
Hamilton: A City Divided - Hamilton may never achieve the neat and tidy civic consensus of a place like Ottawa, but this does not excuse the rabble and disunity at the leadership level. Published November 04, 2016 in Commentary