Saira Peesker

Saira Peesker is a reporter with CBC Hamilton, with particular interests in climate, labour and local politics. She has previously worked with the Hamilton Spectator and CTV News, and is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail, covering business and personal finance. Saira can be reached at

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Hamilton man, 33, dies after fight at encampment near City Hall: police

Police said the man was found with life-threatening injuries to the upper body around 3 a.m.

Owners of the historic Tivoli Theatre are 'doing demolition by neglect,' Hamilton architect says

Architect Bill Curran is warning the city and neighbours of Hamilton's historic Tivoli Theatre – the dilapidated site of a long-promised redevelopment – about apparent structural issues with the building's walls, including buckling bricks and a lengthy crack. 

Hearing to decide if Hamilton police officer banned from carrying gun can keep his job

A Hamilton police officer barred from carrying a gun for five years after two incidents involving his service weapon is fighting to keep a job with the force while he waits out the weapons ban. 

Niagara Falls residents oppose plans for open-pit quarry 280 metres from their homes

People in a Niagara Falls, Ont., subdivision are opposing a company's plans to build a gravel quarry close to their neighbourhood on what is now farmland, with one resident saying having their homes just blocks from an industrial site could "put a damper on our future."  

L.A.-based comic Mayce Galoni got his start in Hamilton bars before he was old enough to drink

Mayce Galoni remembers the day he gave up on having a backup plan and went all-in on standup comedy. It was during his first month at McMaster University, which he attended for “something like three weeks.” He is now featured on the new season of CBC Gem's The New Wave of Standup.

Canadian LGBTQ athletes headed to the Gay Softball World Series

A team made up of 18 players from Hamilton's Steel City Inclusive Softball Association is one of three Canadian teams expected to play in the Gay Softball World Series this coming week.

Art Gallery of Hamilton's Breathing in China exhibit comes amid summer of air-quality news

Since work began on the project, curator Zhou Yan says air quality has gotten better in big Chinese cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, but has gotten worse in rural China, some other Asian countries and southern Ontario, which saw its worst air quality in years this summer.

Garbage pickup, rec programs, child care to pause if Hamilton city workers strike Monday

Hamilton city workers who pick up garbage, provide childcare and teach swimming lessons will be among those on strike Monday if their union and the city can’t come to an agreement on their contract in the meantime.

Police raid Brantford, Ont. warehouse growing more than 80,000 illegal cannabis plants

Police raided a Brantford, Ont. warehouse growing more than 80,000 illegal cannabis plants last Wednesday, product an industry consultant says was likely destined for the still-thriving illegal mail-order marijuana market.

Health care providers learn to guide dying patients through a psychedelic trip

Three healthcare professionals spent five days in Hamilton learning how to support a patient through a therapy session where they take psilocybin – the psychedelic compound in so-called magic mushrooms.