Saira Peesker

Saira Peesker is a freelance reporter with CBC Hamilton.

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Union pushes Ontario to address 'deplorable situation' at National Steel Car after 3 worker deaths

The United Steelworkers Union says it will keep contacting and pressing Ontario’s labour minister until he agrees to a meeting to discuss the “deplorable health and safety situation at National Steel Car in Hamilton.”

'Fearful' Hamilton workers rally to protest 3rd death at National Steel Car in 2 years

Machine operator Peter Thomas says that after years of working in what he feels is an unsafe work environment at National Steel Car, “it’s hit a point where something has to change.” Thomas was among those at a rally outside the rail-car manufacturer Thursday to protest the third worker death in two years.

'It's going unreported': Program on Six Nations, Ont., out to open eyes on what human trafficking is

Helping community members better recognize what constitutes human trafficking is a major focus for Jami-Lee Baxter, who leads the Deyogwadawenye anti-human trafficking program at Six Nations of the Grand River in Ontario.

Horwath steps down as NDP leader as party loses Hamilton East-Stoney Creek to PCs

Doug Ford's Progressive Conservatives have cruised to a second majority. While retaining her seat in Hamilton Centre, New Democratic Party leader Andrea Horwath announced that she would step down from the leadership role.

Recipients of 'disturbing' anti-abortion flyers in Hamilton want halt to such deliveries

Hamilton residents want to know who's leaving graphic anti-abortion flyers at their homes so they can urge them to stop delivering them, as other Canadian cities have worked to reduce harm from what's ending up in mailboxes.

Transports are still on downtown Hamilton streets. Will the new truck routes change that?

Downtown resident says trucks don't obey the existing rules to stay off his street, so he wonders if the new routes will get better compliance.

Queer Prom in Hamilton gives attendees the chance to show up as their true selves

Set for May 22 at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Fruit Salad Queer Prom offers a chance for those in the LGBTQ community to experience prom as their true selves, however they have come to define that.

Council votes to convert 'serial killer' Main Street to 2-way traffic

Council voted Wednesday to convert Main Street, the location of several recent pedestrian injuries and deaths, to two-way traffic, a change aimed at slowing down vehicles that will drastically impact the lower city.

260,000 tossed masks recycled for furniture, playground surfacing — thanks to Mohawk College's ingenuity

Masks are an integral part of COVID-19 protection, but are also adding to environmental waste. So when a student submitted a mask recycling idea to Allison Maxted's office at Mohawk College, the Hamilton school's sustainability manager took the project on with enthusiasm. Now, over 260,000 masks have been diverted from landfills.
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For 2 years, climate resources shifted in COVID-19. Now, cities like Hamilton look to get on track

Friday marks the third Earth Day since the start of the pandemic, which prompted a massive shift of resources and energy from all levels of government. In Hamilton, environmental groups say the Ontario city has fallen behind on its plans to combat climate change.