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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New children's hospice set for Dundas to fill gap for families across 20 Ontario municipalities

Camila Colin, 17, attended the groundbreaking ceremony for Keaton’s House: Paul Paletta Children’s Hospice in Dundas, Ont., on Thursday. She said she was happy to know that kids facing death will be able to go somewhere more comfortable than a hospital.

'You end up sweltering': Humid weather has this Hamilton tenant urging city to do more, sooner

Taylor Korolenchuk is eager to see the city’s maximum temperature bylaw move forward. A draft of what the new law could look like is expected before council later in June. Meanwhile, councillors deferred a proposal that would pay for air conditioners for low-income residents.

Teen assaulted on Brantford walking trail: police

Brantford police say a man wearing a balaclava-like face covering sexually assaulted a teenager on a trail there last week, and they’re warning the public while seeking surveillance footage from the area.

A 'queer sports revolution' is making Hamilton a haven for inclusive athletics

"We knew this city had a vibrant queer community and it seemed to be missing that binding agent that brought folks from different walks together. Sports have a unique ability to do that," said a Steel City Inclusive Softball Association co-founder.

Art Crawl on James Street in Hamilton will be car free again this year, starting this month

Downtown Hamilton’s James Street North will be closed to traffic for four Art Crawl nights this year, the first on May 10, allowing pedestrians to take over the roadway between York Boulevard and Murray Street.

Hamilton public health warns of measles exposure at grocery store, McMaster Children's Hospital

Hamilton Public Health is warning local residents about the possibility of measles exposure after four members of the same household have been confirmed to have cases of the virus.

New book tells stories of Black women in Hamilton area who 'reshaped the way forward'

Barriers for Black women haven’t disappeared, but have lessened, thanks to the women who fought for equality and access to spaces where they’d been excluded, says one of the women featured in the new book Standing Tall: Black Women’s Stories of Triumph in Hamilton.

Peter Mansbridge, Tom Wilson, Paige Maylott among writers celebrating 20 years of Hamilton Gritlit festival

Wednesday marked the start of five straight days of literary readings, workshops and events that celebrate Gritlit’s twentieth anniversary.

Police chiefs in Hamilton, Halton and Niagara paid more than counterparts at Toronto police, OPP

Police chiefs in Halton Region, Niagara Region and the City of Hamilton made more money last year than their counterparts in Toronto and at the Ontario Provincial Police, according to provincial financial disclosure documents.

Hamilton property tax withdrawals to resume on accelerated schedule after cyberattack delay

Automatic property tax payments will soon resume for many Hamilton homeowners, but on a new withdrawal schedule that could take some bank accounts by surprise.