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October 2, 2005 - CIBC Run for the Cure 2005
CIBC Run for the Cure 2005
Team ran their butts off this year, raising money for CICB's Run for The Cure. Three cheers for all who participated - Heather, Jen, Jason, Trevor, Martha, Holly, Kristina, Dave, Kevin, Nora, and Steve! We all had a great time! More photos are available here.

March 2, 2005 - Max Keeping Bowlathon 2005
Max Keeping Bowlathon 2005 "GutterJacks" Team raised money for The Max Keeping Foundation and bowled their asses off. Thanks to everyone who participated and raised money!


Feb 10, 2005 - Submission to CBC
CBC LOGO Well, we just HAD to submit something to CBC's Stand and Deliver contest... why not, eh? Be listening to CBC Radio March 14-18 to see if our submission made it into the finals. We have our fingers crossed...

Dec 24, 2004 - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Santa We want to wish our readership and everyone else who made a success story in 2004 a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Please join us for another satirical-filled year in 2005!

Dec 10, 2004 - The Hammer Raises over $1000 for the Shepards of Good Hope
The Hammer was able to raise over $1000 for the Shepards of Good Hope, which in turn provides over 500 Christmas dinners for Ottawa's homeless.
Thanks to Matthew Firth, Tim's Myth, Zapods and everyone who contributed to the cause!

Nov 25, 2004 - The Hammer Christmas Extravaganza! A benefit for the homeless
Our brother Kevin got us together to raise money for the Shepards of Good Hope - lets pay for Christmas dinner for Ottawa's homeless.

Oct 3, 2004 - Run for the Cure - $800 Raised!
Run for the Cure 2004 The Hammer Team got off their asses and ran in the 2004 CIBC Run for the Cure.

We raised over $800 for breast cancer research. Thanks to everyone who joined up to run and all those who donated to the cause!!

June 10, 2004 - Judging Bartenders
CheersOne of the McGraw brothers will be judging a Dr. McGillicuddy's "Are You What The Doctor Ordered?" bartender competition at The Great Canadian Cabin in Ottawa. Visit our friends at for information and photos.

May 31, 2004 - The Hammer News Network Broadcasts on CKCU FM
CKCUAfter meeting Alanna MacDougall (CKCU Monday Special Blend) at a party and enjoying several bottles of tequila, Alanna was happy to start playing HNN segments on Monday mornings on CKCU. Thanks Alanna!!!

April 4, 2004 - New Javascript Headline Service
We have just added a new service to help you stay on top of the latest headlines at The Hammer. Check out the Javascript News Headline script that you can plug into your website in a matter of seconds.

February 20, 2004 - Satire Publishing Lecture
Buford getting the crows goingBuford and Dave McGraw have been visiting "Encounters with Canada" giving prospective journalism students a fresh perspective on media streams.

October 2st, 2003
Buford McGraw talks with Jim Richards on CFRB Newtalk Toronto this Friday night. Tune in!

June 6th, 2003 - team raises over $1200 for Christie Lake Camp for Kids
The Hammer's Great Canadian RowersThe Hammer participated in The 8th Annual Enbridge Canoe for Kids and raised money to send underprivileged kids to camp. Here are some photos!

Past News & Events...

Who's who


Buford McGraw, Co-Creator, Chief Writer and Editor-For-Life

"High maintenance" is a term that often comes up when describing Buford McGraw. McGraw, (36-32-35), is the editor-for-life, senior writer and jerk-of-all-trades at In his other life, Dr. McGraw, holder of seven doctorates, is also the Professor of Applied Building Staring, Interpretive Lawn-Mowing and Lottery and Bingo Studies at the University of Smiths Falls. Buford is also well known for his world-class collection of expired batteries and celebrity lint. Aside from street fighting for world peace, Buford enjoys heckling ultimate frisbee players in his spare time. His gruff exterior notwithstanding, he also has a charitable side, taking time out of his busy schedule to water plants around the office every Christmas. As for his long-term ambitions, he hopes to get his dynamic new television and radio programs on to the Canadian airwaves before turning 100.


David McGraw, Co-Creator, Content and Design Manager

After years of orgy consulting, Dave helped build from it's humble beginnings to a mega-duty-heavy-hitting-super-hunky website.

With a drink in one hand and a remote in the other, Dave interviews anyone who accepts an invitation to come over to his house and be prodded and poked by one of Canada's mediocre journalists.

He continues to tells Buford how great Buford is.



Jaybeez McGraw, Multimedia Manager

Jaybeez don't talk too much, and he don't like to brag about this, being a modest chap, but he's one of the best deep-sea hang gliders in Eastern Ontario.



Jen McGraw, Senior Editor

The individual with the unenviable task of trying to clean up Buford's countless mistakes, Jen can parse your pants off.

Being the only woman on staff, she is of course also responsible for all the cookin', cleanin' and reproduction at world headquarters.


Volunteers and Credits

The Hammer Players

Thanks for agreeing to be in any photo, no matter how ridiculous....
Julian Darcy
Teamme Warmeantonne
Paul Warmington
Kevin Farrell

Jake Wadland for being Jake Wadland.

Craig Doornbos for promotional efforts through and equipment for development.

Jennifer and Martha for their hours of reading, listening, patience and humouring us.

Travis Looker for designing our new logo and not demanding millions of dollars.

Dave Stephens for promotional efforts and reassurring us that people actually like it!

CKCU FM for studio time and broacasting our stuff from time-to-time

All of our other friends for their contributions, their enthusiasm, and their ability to convince us that they actually enjoy the site.

The Hammer's History

The crudely drawn Hammer cartoonA bored student at a certain university in the Western Hemisphere in the late 90's, possibly while under the influence, began doodling a crudely drawn talking hammer in class. Although he could not draw (the student, not the hammer), the school's paper had very low standards and would publish absolutely anything. The Hammer subsequently developed a rabid following, easily becoming one of the 40 most popular comic strips in said paper.

Speaking in a 1998 interview, Pierre Berton opined, "The Hammer has become a Canadian cultural institution as well as a veritable whirlwind and phenomenon. Yes indeed, it sure has."

Mr. Berton was paid to say this.

A couple of year back, this bored student had grown into a bored Canadian office worker with vague comedic ambitions. Encouraged by his office colleagues, who politely laughed at each of his unfunny jokes, he pitched his techie friend on the idea of a web site devoted to Canadian humour and satirization (yes, I know it's not a word, so piss off) of all things Canadian and several things not Canadian, with the star of the site being Canada's favourite tool, (no, not Stockwell Day) the Hammer.

The conversation went something like this between the two: "I got the front end. Will you supply me with your back end?" Happily for all involved, the answer was yes.

Together, these two dorks have laboured for many an hour to bring you what they hope will become Canada's premier rip-off of other previously developed online satirical journals.

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