New Non-profit Aims to Crack Cases of Missing Hamilton ...

Not many people in Hamilton hear the name Susan Gourley anymore, and Alissa Watt, founder of the Missed Lives Project,can't help but lament that.Gourley was a sex worker known to police for drug offences, but too little has been reported about her to form any kind of portrait.She was 38. She had brown hair. She had multiple tattoos, an appendectomy scar, and an eight-millimetre scar on her forehead.Gourley was last seen around Barton Street and Stirton Avenue in late November 2001. Her disappearance is often linked to the assault and murder of two other sex workers. But so far, her case remains unsolved.Gourley is just one of the focuses of the Missed Lives Project, Watt's newnon-profit agency that deals with missing persons cases - particularly those involving women frommarginalized communities - in Hamilton, Halton and Peel. Through the project, Watt and her colleagues aim to not only raise awareness, but provide investigative support with a goal of eventually helping to crackcases.Too many cases such as Gourley's go unsolved and unnoticed, Watt said. Plenty of people rally when a white, middle-class person goes missing, she said. But cases that involve aboriginal women and sex workers often fail to inspire the same community action.The stories of Gourley and others are what motivated Watt to form the project. She has a private investigator's licence and has a masters degree in cultural studies and critical theory from McMaster University.The early work has beenconsiderable. So far this year,Watt's team has founded a board, launched a website and begun to collate information, all of which is at It has gained support from multiple places, including the Woman Abuse Working Group, the Hamilton and District Labour Council, the Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton and Area and two local councillors.Then this month, the Missed Lives Project became a registered non-profit. Soon, they will start fundraising.The project's promotional material spells out the need for the attention. Homicides involving aboriginal women and sex workers have a significantly lower solve rate than others, it says. Homicides involving women implicated in other illegal activities have a lower clear rate too.In the public's mind, there's victim blaming, said Nicky Bomberry, an aboriginal healing and wellness co-ordinator with the Hamilton Regional Indian Centre. She's also the project's newest board member.Blaming the victim"When you hear stories of someone out drinking, people say 'Oh, well they were partying,'" she said."If they're homeless or in the sex trade, it's 'what do you expect from that lifestyle' without understanding that there's a reason why people are in those situations."One particularly unsettling case, Watt said, is that of a woman found near Lake Ontario in 1975 whose identity is still a mystery.This woman "doesn't fit the bill of 'ignorable cases,'" the new project website says. She was married, dressed nicely and had custom jewelry, but in 40 years, no one has identified her."I find it really tragic to think that there was a woman found in 1975 in Hamilton and she's been unidentified for 40 years," Wattsaid. "That's crazy to me. That's really overwhelming to think about.""My hope is to level the playing field to make sure everyone has a voice and everyone is supported regardless of criminal identity. (I want) to make sure everyone in Hamilton knows who Susan Gourley is, and that she's more than a single line about her criminal history."

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Making a Chain for Mom's Eyeglasses Is Easy
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Hey there, time traveller!This article was published 4/4/2015 (1534 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.March 31 marked a sad day in Winnipeg's fashion scene.David Rice, a longtime jewelry designer and Osborne Village fixture, closed his shop after 45 years of dazzling and wowing Winnipeggers with his unique and stunning works of gold and silver.Over the years I don't know how many times I stopped by his Osborne Street boutique and peered through the windows in awe of the gorgeous trinkets on display.Then, as a fashion columnist, being able to write about the latest collections by this pioneering Winnipeg metalsmith and share his breathtaking designs with other jewelry lovers was truly joyful.I had the opportunity to chat with David about his career, the boutique and his thoughts on being one of the city's most celebrated jewelry designers.Q: You've had a very long career in jewelry design. What prompted the decision to close the store?A: There is no singular reason for closing our shop. But turning 68, the changing retail environment for small businesses, the shift to online purchases, all played a part.Q: What is your fondest memory of your time in Osborne Village?A: The day that a young Swedish art student walked into my store and wanted to buy a silver heart. She started working part time, became my friend, my companion, my partner and my wife of 38 years and the mother of our son.Q: Over the years, how has Winnipeggers' perception about custom jewelry changed or evolved?A: When I started working in early 1970, the hippie movement had brought, among other things, a renewed interest in handcrafted work in clay, metal, fibre, glass and wood. Also Scandinavian design was finding its way to North America. Both influenced me and my decision to become a craftsman, a metalsmith.Q: Will you miss having a flagship store in the Village?A: I will miss having the shop in Osborne Village; it has been a part of my life for decades. Such a beautiful space to work in, designed by Nancy Maruca two decades ago and still looking fresh and modern. Since announcing the closure of the shop, dozens of clients have come in to say thank you for being part of their lives; from their engagement, wedding, anniversary, birth of a child, birthday, graduation, and so on, I have created jewelry to carry the memory of each occasion. It is the interaction with these wonderful clients that I will miss most.Q: Do you have any sage advice for up-and-coming jewelry designers?A: Follow your passion, don't quit your day job and be prepared to work very hard.While David Rice may no longer have his Osborne Village shop, his jewelry can still be found at a few select retailers, including the Winnipeg Art Gallery's Gallery Shop.Got a suggestion for a future column or trend worth following?Email Connie Tamoto at .
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Paint, draw, bead or appliqué your designs on plain T-shirts, and spend your weekends showcasing your art-to-wear at farmers' markets and crafts fairs.Wallpaper HangingHelp residential and commercial clients turn drab walls into works of art with your wallpaper-hanging skills. Build a growing business with great referrals and repeat customers. Drop off fliers at paint and wallpaper stores; also, advertise in shopper publications, in homeowner-association newsletters, and on bulletin boards at local supermarkets and malls.Yoga and Tai Chi InstructorIn today's hectic, fast-paced world, parents, business owners and students alike can benefit from the deep-breathing, relaxation and centering techniques you can teach them. Get started by offering classes at health clubs, through your city's recreation and parks department, or on your own.Carla Goodman is a freelance business writer.
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If you are in search of a home-based business opportunity and have talent in arts and crafts, the answer is literally in the palm of your hands. Take the arts and crafts you already enjoy making, and develop a marketing plan to sell your handiwork to turn a profit. Offer your goods wholesale to retailers, set up a booth at an arts and crafts fair, or sell items on the Internet.Cartoonists can earn money selling their drawings to art agencies, magazines and greeting card companies. If you have skill drawing with ink, offer ink drawings of private houses, people or famous landscapes. Draw pencil or charcoal sketches of a series of industrial landscapes, and sell them through an art gallery or at your own private exhibition. Make custom name posters with fun graphics. Sketch people on the street as caricatures for some quick cash from crafts.Travelers are always looking for mementos of their vacations. Consider making oil paintings of popular tourist spots and marketing them to shops near the sites you paint. Paint wine glasses, carafes, vases and jars with small scenes. Offer window painting to local retail stores. Painting seasonal themes may increase their visibility during the busy holiday season.Build custom wood cases with glass tops for collectors. Search through old books, magazines and calendars for prints that can be framed and sold at a market or craft event. Make and sell old-fashioned kites. Make chess sets using interesting pieces, and sell them either at stores or craft fairs. Wooden garden ornaments are popular craft items: try wheelbarrows, little benches, and wishing wells. A garden center may purchase these goods from you to resell.It seems that women can never have too much jewelry. Consider making some pieces and marketing them to local boutiques. Consider using materials that are popular in the area. If you are by the beach, you could incorporate local seashells. Or offer custom jewelry design services for special occasions and weddings.If you are not artistically inclined, you can still make money using arts and crafts by being a supplier. People enjoy crafts from other parts of the world, such as South America, Africa and Asia. Sell these items from an importer, or become the importer yourself. When you are traveling, inquire in artisans' markets about exporting crafts to the United States.
Taking the Hamilton Family Jewelry Business into Custom Work
Name: Laura TedescoAge: 35Position: Owner and custom jewelry designer at Laura Tedesco Jewellery DesignJob description: By appointment, I design and create one-of-a-kind fine jewelry in my studio space on Locke Street. I can also lend a hand restyling, remounting, or repairing your existing pieces. Custom rings are my specialty and keep me very busy.Is this the job you thought you'd be doing? Yes and no. I grew up in the jewelry industry and became a third-generation jeweller. My nonno (granddad) started Venetian Jewellers in Hamilton in 1954. I joined my father, Dino Tedesco, when I was 20. With an interest in the family business, I took business and diamond courses. My goal was to one day take it over. It wasn't until I travelled to Florence, Italy, to study jewelry design that I realized I was more of an artist than anything else. That's when I opened Laura Tedesco Jewellery Design, progressing the family tradition into custom jewelry. Advice to others on launching a career:Stay true to what you are passionate about. Always have a goal and never lose sight of it. Take risks and don't listen to what people think or tell you what you should be doing. You only have one life, so just do what makes you happy and go for it.Roots: Born and raised in the Hamilton area. I love travelling and dream about living abroad, but Hamilton will always be my home. Facebook status: My Laura Tedesco Jewellery Design page is updated every time I post new pictures of my custom designs. Check it out!Twitter handle: @LauraTedescoiPhone, Android or BB? iPhoneNetworks: Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Favourite restaurant in the downtown: For delicious food and nostalgic reasons, Shakespeare's and Capri. I've been going to both with my family since I was a little girl. Newer restaurant: Aberdeen Tavern.Best feature of life in Hamilton: There is a profound sense of community and an optimistic outlook on making this great city even better. I also enjoy the beautiful architecture, escarpment trails and bayfront. There is so much splendour in our city.What would make Hamilton a better city? A booming downtown core. and Quote: Be grateful and appreciate every ounce of business you receive.