Desmond Brown

Journalist

Desmond Brown is a senior online reporter with CBC News. Email: desmond.brown@cbc.ca | Twitter: @Desmond_CBC

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St. Joe's launches program to help hundreds of youth struggling with substance use

A new pilot program at St. Joe’s aims to provide help early on so that young adults struggling with substance use can have the best chance possible of avoiding chronic substance abuse.

'Biggest problem' facing Hamilton's vaccine rollout is limited supply, top health official says

Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, Hamilton's medical officer of health, on Thursday sought to assure residents who are concerned about the seemingly slow pace of the city's vaccine rollout, that improvements are coming.

This Hamilton teacher uses 17 puppets to teach kids about kindness and acceptance

Prince of Wales teacher Vandana Verma is on a mission to create a positive school climate. In 2020, she embarked on producing a puppet talk show — Let's Talk Kindness. She and other teachers now share it with their students.

City expansion plan would make climate crisis worse, Environment Hamilton says

A local environmental group wants the City of Hamilton to freeze its urban boundaries, as any outward expansion would decimate agricultural lands and make the climate crisis worse.

Hamilton family builds 'really cool ice castle' in backyard

Anya Staszko-Fournel says an ice igloo "was absolutely the coolest thing” and she always wanted to build one. That dream has now become a reality.

Hamilton logs 18 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday

Hamilton Public Health Services is reporting 18 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.

Former school crossing guard takes city to court after losing job over tweets

A former Hamilton city employee who said he was "constructively dismissed" in February 2019 has taken the city to court, seeking damages in the amount of $35,000.

Hamilton ACORN leaders target predatory lenders to demand lower interest rates

The group delivered demands to Money Mart and Cash ‘N’ Cheque on Concession Street, saying predatory loans hurt people with low incomes.

Brock professor lands Mars mission role

When the Perseverance rover lands on Mars this week, Mariek Schmidt will be ready to search for signs of ancient life — albeit from millions of miles away. The Brock University earth sciences professor is a participating scientist with the NASA Mars 2020 Mission scheduled to land at the Red Planet’s Jezero Crater on Thursday, Feb. 18.

Ontario plans to expand Greenbelt to include Paris Galt Moraine and GTA river lands

The Ontario government on Wednesday announced it hopes to expand the Greenbelt to include the Paris Galt Moraine and adding, expanding and further protecting urban river valleys.

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