From: Shift Change
This chapter describes Hamilton as it once was: foundries belching iron oxide into the atmosphere, traffic jams driven by shift changes at factories, and workers toiling at all hours of the day and night. As the steel industry declined in the 1980s, many years of decay followed, but unlike some places in America’s Rust Belt, in Hamilton there is a definite sense of looking forward rather than back.
Stephen Dale is the author of four previous non-fiction books exploring issues ranging from the rise of the media-based environmental politics of Greenpeace; the impacts of suburban culture on politics in Canada and the United States; and the role of youth-focused propaganda in creating support for the bloodbath that was the First World War. He's been a freelance contributor to leading Canadian and international publications, was Canadian correspondent for InterPress Service news agency, and has created numerous radio documentaries for the CBC. He lives in Ottawa, Ontario.