Hamilton is great despite City Council. My work covering City Council is important, I know this. If I wasn't at City Hall, its likely nobody be watching Council.
That doesn't mean I don't wish I could get out to cover more of the great things happening in the community.
This is especially true of the increase in grassroots engagement with new neighbourhood associations, young people joining service clubs, and growing engagement of McMaster students outside of the West of 403 bubble.
One of these groups is the McMaster Womanists who've organized a series of town halls on anti-racism, which have drawn hundreds of Hamiltonians - many of whom I've never seen at anti-racism events including the official government anti-racism consultation last fall.
I only briefly attended the two forums they held this past academic year.
A couple of things stood out for me:
I looked at all the positive engagement in the room, and I left wondering, will anyone in the political or media establishment listen to them?
I'm only one person, I'm working to rebuild the media. When I finally get to hiring journalists, this is the kind of story that needs to be covered.
The role of the local journalist is to bring attention to what is happening in the community, not just what news release lands in their inbox.
Thankfully, the McMaster student run newspaper is stepping into the community news void.
They attended the last McMaster Womanists event, and filed this story:
Working to end racism: Local groups collaborate to critically look at racism which exists in Hamilton and how it intersects with other issues