In The Shadow of Steel

Hamilton, Ontario. Photograph © Reg Beaudry.

Hamilton, Ontario. Photograph © Reg Beaudry.

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It was once an industrial powerhouse, earning nick-names like "Steel Town" or "Lunch-Bucket City". Hamilton was the cradle of Canada's labour movement: a gritty, working-class town defined by steel-making. Now most of the jobs in steel are gone. IDEAS producer Mary O'Connell looks at how a city forges a new identity and a new economic dream.


All photographs are copyright and appear courtesy of Hamilton photographer Reg Beaudry.

In the Shadow of Steel Image Gallery





Participants in the show:

Richey Piparinen, writer/blogger on the Rustbelt. 

Christopher Hume, Architecture critic, Urban Affairs columnist, Toronto Star.

Tom Wilson, musician, painter, illustrator

Tom Murphy, former mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Andrew Louchheed, Labour Arts Co-ordinator, Workers Arts & Heritage Centre

David Carter, executive director of The Innovation Factory.

Dr. Parminder Raina, principal investigator with the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging.



Related Websites

Good' Hoods - Hamilton Magazine

Raise the Hammer

Urbanicity - Hamilton's Premiere Urban Magazine

Hamilton Hive

The Long Now Foundation - Seminars About Long-term Thinking

Belt Magazine - online magazine about Cleveland and the Rust Belt.


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