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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'My heart is here': Lighthouse Fish Market for sale, after 34 years on James Street

The Lighthouse Fish Market has become a community fixture over the last three decades, amidst extensive change on the gentrifying James Street N.,

Indigenous healing lodge gets green light in Scarborough neighbourhood

A healing lodge for Indigenous women in the criminal justice system been approved for southwest Scarborough, amid objections from some local residents

'I deserve better:' Black man pinned by fare inspectors wants TTC to meet with him, apologize

A young black man who was tackled and pinned to the ground by TTC fare inspectors has penned an open letter asking that the transit agency "right the wrong it did," stop ignoring him and meet to discuss a resolution to his lawsuit.

Complaint alleges a Hamilton police officer at Pride said violence is 'not my problem'

Ontario's police watchdog is investigating allegations that a Hamilton police officer refused to address a woman's report about the violent altercation at Pride, saying it was "not my problem" because police "weren't invited to Pride."

Hydro One takes legal action against Haudenosaunee demonstrations at work site

Hydro One has taken legal action against the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council, after what it says were repeated attempts to block work on a transmission line project between Niagara and Hamilton.

Art makeover set for Hamilton's utility boxes — and city wants your input

Hamilton's utility boxes are getting an artistic facelift — and the city wants your help choosing the designs.

3 complaints about police at Pride filed — board will consider independent review

Hamilton’s police services board has decided to explore the costs and benefits of doing an independent review of the events around Pride, during a meeting Thursday that was shut down amidst heated protests from several people in the gallery. 

Teens push car 7 km down Ontario highway to help stranger

Three boys pushed a woman's car close to 7 km — still wearing their swim trunks from an evening dip — and rolled into a Welland driveway about two-and-a-half hours later.

Bail hearing set for 'helmet guy' accused of assault at anti-Pride protest

The anti-Pride protester Christopher Vanderweide, known on social media as "helmet guy," will appear in Hamilton court for a bail hearing next week.

Coal tar company fined $325K after harmful vapour leak in Hamilton

Ruetgers Canada Inc. has been fined more than $400,000, after a spill created a cloud of harmful yellow-green vapour that affected workers and evacuated nearby businesses.

Never too late: Hamilton library books returned 43 years overdue

Someone dropped off four Shakespeare-related library books overnight last week — after they were checked out in 1975.

'No one had heard a whisper': Welland residents fight surprise sale of forested land

Welland residents say they're shocked and fighting back, after learning the city may sell a cherished forested area to a developer.

Hamilton job market 'healthy,' slower in St. Catharines-Niagara: economist

Statistics Canada's latest job numbers show a continued healthy economy in Hamilton, an economist says, with more employment in most Canadian regions year-over-year.

After 25 years mom-daughter team updates bestseller about 'girl-poisoning culture'

Hamilton resident Sara Gilliam worked with her mother, psychologist Mary Pipher, to publish an updated version of the bestselling 1994 book, "Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls."

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.