Laura Howells

CBC News

Laura Howells is a journalist from St. John's who is now working in Toronto and Hamilton. You can reach her at

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Protesters decry Hamilton police after arrest connected to Pride violence

A crowd of protesters set off fireworks and forcefully condemned police as they marched through Hamilton Saturday evening, after police arrested an LGTBQ person in relation to a violent confrontation at the Pride festival last weekend.

'No more hate in the Hammer': Anti-hate demonstration meets yellow vest protest outside city hall

At least 50 people showed up for a peaceful anti-hatred demonstration outside Hamilton City Hall Saturday morning, separated from yellow vest protesters and Proud Boy members by a "safety zone" filled with police officers.

TDSB passes balanced budget in the wake of $42M in provincial cuts

Toronto's largest school board voted Wednesday to pass a balanced budget in the wake of provincial cuts, despite some parents calling on the board to run a deficit instead. The board also decided to move students of the fire-ravaged York Memorial CI to a vacant school building more than five kilometres away.

Waiting for the bell: Waterdown church hopes to ring again soon

Waterdown may soon hear a century-old church bell again, after its lay silent for the past five years.

Hamilton Pride celebrations kick off Saturday, police booth still not welcome

As Pride Hamilton prepares for its annual celebration on Saturday, it also wants to "take stock" of where the event is going.

'I'm here for the long haul': Andrea Horwath says she'll lead NDP in next election

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says she's committed to running for premier in the next election, ahead of her leadership review at this weekend's provincial convention in Hamilton.

How his dad's death from cancer forced this Hamilton teen to learn finances fast

When David Chung's father died unexpectedly, the Grade 10 student suddenly had a whole new world of financial responsibilities. Now he's helping other teens learn about money management.

A 'no brainer': Hamilton restaurants join Mealshare program to feed youth

The Mealshare program launched this week in Hamilton — meaning 11 local restaurants will now donate to youth charities each time you order certain items.

Active preschool kids have healthier hearts: McMaster study

The benefits of physical activity on heart health show up as early as preschool, says a new study out of McMaster University.

Hamilton school board cutting 173 courses after provincial changes

Hamilton's public school board says it will no longer offer 173 courses planned for next year because of provincial class size changes, budget cuts and declining enrolment.

'A more humane country': Canada to ban keeping whales, dolphins in captivity

Animal welfare advocates are celebrating after the House of Commons voted Monday to ban keeping whales, dolphins and porpoises in captivity — in a move with long-term consequences for Marineland in Niagara Falls, Ont.

25 years of falcons: Hamilton Falconwatch celebrates milestone birthday

Hamilton Falconwatch tuns 25 years old this summer — and the chick-savers are looking for new members.

Study finds one in five Ontario children have mental health problems, same as 30 years ago

Around one in five Ontario children have a mental health disorder — about the same percentage as in 1983 — but more people now perceive a need for professional help, according to a province-wide study out of McMaster University.

Sweat, friends and hot dogs: Thousands hustle through Hamilton for Around the Bay road race

Runners hit the pavement in Hamilton Sunday morning, for the 125th Around the Bay road race.

Another art gallery leaves James St. North — closing Saturday after rent soars

After eight years on James Street North, David Brace is closing his b contemporary art gallery this weekend, forced to move to the more affordable Barton Street.