Canada Day is one of the biggest celebrations in the country and the Hamilton area, much like many other large cities in the region, go all out in order to celebrate our nation’s birthday. One of the benefits of Canada Day this year falling on a Monday is that it provides the capability to celebrate over the course of the weekend, rather than just one evening of events. The city of Hamilton is going all out in providing a number of different activities for residents of all ages.
One of the first events to talk about when it comes to Canada Day celebrations across Hamilton is the various sources of food made available throughout the weekend. From the O Canada Ribfest to the Canada Day pancake breakfast, you will have your selection of the widest variety of food offerings from local establishments and around the nation. With some of the best barbecue in the country being held over the weekend, putting on your bid, gathering the family and heading out to one of the many pit master locations will ensure that you get a meal worth taking time out for.
Also available across the Hamilton area will be a variety of activities and music to partake in. Music has always been a giant part of Canada Day celebrations and this year is no different. With a variety of local bands, big-name bands coming in from other locations and activities of all types across the city, you have the capability to make the most of each day of the weekend leading up to the biggest party on Canada Day itself. Whether you’re a local resident or coming in for the weekend, there will be a little something for everyone.
Of course, what would Canada Day be without the iconic fireworks display. Being held at the Waterdown Memorial Park, when the sun goes down the sky lights up. This of course is one of the most popular draws when it comes to any of the activities being celebrated on Canada Day, seeing hundreds of local area residents and visitors, families of all sizes and a variety of music and activity being carried on both before and after. If you haven’t yet had the capability to get down and celebrate the Canada Day fireworks, this year may be your time.
One thing is always for certain when it comes to Canada Day celebrations, the capability to get out and to experience the Hamilton area, your fellow residents and visitors in the region, and to come together in order to celebrate the country we all love. It may not be as grandiose as the 150th celebration we had a couple years ago, but that’s not to say that individuals across the city don’t put a high level of care and effort into every aspect of this weekend’s events. Whether you’re looking for food, fun or fireworks, you are guaranteed to find it across Hamilton.
With the rise of online sales over the last decade hitting astronomical numbers, the pinch has been felt more by the various courier systems in place, as well as businesses offering brick and mortar offerings only. Canada Post has seen a plummet in standard mail, junk mail and other deliveries, leading to the largest in courier companies to pick up the slack when it comes to deliveries from some of the world’s largest online retailers, such as Amazon, eBay and various online resources for customers.
The issues experienced by various courier services is felt most around the holidays, when more individuals than ever are turning to various online outlets for their shopping needs. Which is beneficial to customers around the country yet detrimental to shipping companies that only have the capability to fulfill a certain amount of orders, leading to issues where we see items that would normally take a couple days to be shipped, being fulfilled over the course of a week or two. This may not be an issue majority of the time but facing these problems around holidays is felt by every customer.
This has led to some of the largest shipping companies that operate within Canada to heavily consider investing more in the infrastructure of their business in order to better suit the needs of clients across the country, at all times of the year. The latest of which, Purolator Courier, which is one of the most active courier services in the country, making the choice to invest $1 billion in their infrastructure in Canada in order to make delivery improvements. This includes the construction of a new $330 million facility in the heart of Toronto, the hub of Canadian deliveries.
This investment in their own company will provide the capability for Canadian customers to better depend on the services of Purolator to make deliveries in a timely manner, allowing a higher level of reliance on online resources when it comes to shopping and of course, will also invest in the Toronto area as a new delivery hub will allow for new jobs to open up. One of the biggest benefits to this infrastructure investment is the fact that Purolator, being a Canadian company will see the financial rewards of this choice over the course of many years and raise their level of reliance by Canadian customers.
E-commerce is only going to grow over the next few decades and ensuring that our delivery companies are keeping up with the demand that a growing number of customers are putting on these resources every year will only serve to better everyone involved. We get the capability to better depend on our delivery services to be on time, more jobs are opened locally and within the greater Toronto area and every step of the delivery process, from the store to the customer will gain benefit by making online shopping as reliable as brick and mortar offerings.
It’s been and OHL season of highs and lows for the Hamilton Bulldogs. With a devastating and rather lopsided loss to Ottawa for the championship title, questions once again begin to become raised as to the future of the franchise within the Hamilton area. One particular avenue that has been gaining a little bit of traction since this loss has been the discussions surrounding potentially moving the team to Burlington. This has major support and detractors on both sides yet is a conversation worth having.
One of the biggest talking points when it comes to deciding the future of the Bulldogs within the Hamilton area is that of the issues surrounding the current arena. Not only is it an aging space but one that has not been very fruitful when it comes to drawing in local support and keeping up with the modernization of hockey franchises across Canada. This hasn’t stopped the team from amassing great preseason’s and seasonal hockey, but the effects that it feels when it comes to a stabilizing level of support is something that is always on the minds of the team’s current owners.
Though losing our hockey team to a rival city may be a tough hit to sports fans across the Hamilton area, looking out for the betterment of our team and ensuring that they have the capability to be as successful as possible is one thing that should always be kept in mind. More and more of our younger players are being eyed for the NHL draft each year, which means that having the best possible foundations in order to progress their hockey careers is of the highest level of importance both for the players and for the fans.
Of course, it would be a much better situation all around if we had the capability to provide these avenues to our own hockey players within the city of Hamilton but whether or not the current team owners or the city are willing to make the necessary financial investments to improve upon the current arena situation is always a question that seems to evade a solid answer. With each year that passes, the capability for our current set up to accommodate all the needs of a growing and successful OHL team begin to dwindle, at the detriment to both the team and the city.
Whether you’ve been a supporter of the Hamilton Bulldogs throughout their run in the city or have recently begun to pay attention to our local team, getting yourself involved in the conversation and making your desires known to both the franchise owners and the city of Hamilton can go a long way to ensuring that we have the capability to continue to enjoy our place in the league, while also setting up our team for the best chance at future success. The direction of the Bulldogs may be in question but our support for our local athletes never is.