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The work towards the restoration of this significant Hamilton icon continues. Transportation of the Cross to a feasible location for essential maintenance and restoration is currently being arranged. The attendant and ancillary measures for comprehensive restoration includes “downing” of area wires for the effective access of resource vehicles. Pruning of area trees and appropriate installation of LED lighting is also essential. Incorporating green/environmental lighting is also part of this necessary process.

The steady and necessary work continues on this project. My goal remains firm towards the successful restoration of this Hamilton landmark.

The balanced feedback received as a result of my consultation with Inuit survivors of the Tuberculosis pandemic (who stayed at the Sanatorium location during their treatment), greatly enhanced my cultural competency of our city’s past, allowing for a clearer link to our present and the wealth of possibilities for our city’s future.

 

DID YOU KNOW?
At year end in 1956 – the height of the epidemic – there were 319 Inuit patients in the Mountain Sanatorium. To put this number into perspective, compare it with a population of less than 100 in Cape Dorset at the time; one of the larger Hamlets in the Eastern Arctic. It is staggering to realize that the Inuit patients in Hamilton constituted, in effect, the largest Inuit “community” in all of Canada.  Source: Susan Gustavison: Carving Home (AGH)

Also, here is a link with some great photos from the Chedoke Hospital!
https://fhs.mcmaster.ca/healthcarehistory/places/chedoke_photo.html