Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mountain Memories is Back

The Hamilton Mountain Heritage Society has just taken delivery on a limited edition reprint of their popular pictorial history of Hamilton Mountain - Mountain Memories. This volume has been out of print for several years. Originally published in 2000, it is the only recent volume that has been produced on the history of the Mountain community. This reprint is a valued addition to the currently available resources on Hamilton's history.

The cost of the volume is $35.00 and information about securing copies is available on the HMHS website at

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Forever Henderson

The Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation has made a most lamentable decision. Without much public awareness the Corporation decided, back in 2006, to abandon the name Henderson as the designation of the city's hospital on Concession Street on the Mountain.

The decision was made to replace the Henderson name with that of Juravinski. The Juravinski name is already attached to the Cancer Clinic which is part of the facility and now it is to be extended to the whole institution. Assuming that the Health Sciences Corporation was not actually seeking an excuse to dump the Henderson name, their decision is puzzling. Mr. & Mrs. Juravinski have been very generous benefactors and their generosity certainly deserves to be celebrated. The question is, since the Health Sciences Corporation has a staff of experienced public relations people, how is it that they could not come up with some other alternative? Why do we have to take back an honour already bestowed on someone else in order to honour the Juravinskis?

For the moment, the point is not to justify the appropriateness of the honour previously given to Norah Francis Hamilton. There was more than ample reason to accord her that honour. The point is a more basic one than that. Why must one person be demoted in order for someone else to be celebrated? Has Hamilton so many heroes that there are not distinctions enough to go around?

As this earlier decision is now seeping out into public consciousness there is likely to be a public clamour. And so there should be! The Henderson Hospital doesn't belong to the Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation they have just been appointed to administer it. The Hospital belongs to the people of this city. It is now time for those people to tell the HHSC what they think.

You can learn more about this whole issue by visiting Forever Henderson and registering your response.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Traditional Jazz returns to Hamilton

Traditional Jazz (popularly referred to as Dixieland or New Orleans style jazz) has only been an occasional offering on Hamilton's music scene. However, there are some signs that this may be changing.

The Southern Comfort Jazz Band, although associated with the Cambridge area, is actually under the leadership of Trevor Hodgson of Dundas. This group has had two recent appearances at the Wichester Arms in Dundas and is slated for another one on Sunday, June 7th.

The band members are all seasoned players of traditional jazz (which admittedly these days draws most of its fan support from a 50+ aged audience). Southern Comfort, like most such groups, has a team of regulars who are sometimes reinforced or augmented by guests. The seasoned regular Southern Comfort lineup is Trevor Hodsgson on clarinet, Peter Sagerman (trombone), Brian Graville (trumpet), along with Gary Tomlin (drums), Bill Stewart (guitar and banjo) and Bryan Day (bass). 

There are some other traditional jazz rumblings in Hamilton too and since I am a loyal fan of the genre I will try to keep you posted. Southern Comfort will be at the Winchester Arms (120 King St., Dundas) from 4-7 pm on Sunday, June 7th. and invite all who love that sort of music to drop in and enjoy some good listening.

Without hiding my conflict of interest I invite you to visit the Southern Comfort website at

Bob Bernhardt