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2022-10-31 Ward 1 Newsletter

  • Letter from Maureen
  • York Blvd 2023 Construction Reboot Online Public Information Meeting
  • Dundurn Park Play Structure Replacement Survey is Now Live
  • Victoria Park Spay Pad and Sun Shelter Update
  • Locke Street Marker Public Art Project Completed
  • Complete Safe Shared Streets Q&A with City Directors Night Video
  • 2023 Budget Public Delegations
  • Events

Letter from Maureen

Dear Ward 1 Residents

I am deeply grateful for your support. Thank you for giving me the privilege of serving as your Councillor for another four years. I will continue to work hard to sustain your trust over the next term of Council. 

Thank you, and congratulations to Ian MacPherson for running an excellent and clean campaign. You were a most worthy competitor. Our community is better for your contributions. Please stay involved.

Thank you for the kindness that was shown to me and the great team of volunteers at the doors over the past four months.

We had many good conversations. You told me that you love your neighbourhood and that Hamilton's future is important to you. But you have real concerns.

You were angry and disappointed with the lack of decorum on Council these past number of years and believed that our city deserved much, much better.

You told me that your trust and confidence had been eroded from the effort to hide from the public the volume and duration of the sewage spills in Checoke Creek and information about the safety of the Red Hill Expressway.

You told me that trust and confidence must be earned. Indeed, it does. And that must be the number one priority for this new council because, in its absence, important necessary work is difficult to do.

Road safety was raised by almost everyone. More and more residents are rejecting unsafe streets and understand that safe streets save lives.

We had many conversations about widening health disparities in Hamilton, growing inequality and homelessness. You underscored the urgency to act and understood that this crisis has been years in the making.

Residents also remarked on the deteriorating condition of the city's infrastructure - from stormwater to roads. There is a growing understanding that the city lost the opportunity to invest prudently, responsibly and strategically over the past 20 years, especially when inflation and interest rates were low.

Residents told me that they value quality services, including clean, safe and fun public spaces. You want municipal government to be transparent, responsive and accessible to more people.

A firm urban boundary was non-negotiable for you, with a growing understanding that sprawl has been financially and environmentally costly to Hamiltonians. Hamilton has almost 400 hectares of developable surplus lands and lots of vacant unproductive urban parcels lying dormant.

Real action in preparation for our changing climate was raised repeatedly at the doors. Residents understand that city planning and infrastructure will affect not only our ability to reach our climate action goals but to remain competitive, financially resilient, and job ready.

On the subject of hate, Hamilton has significant work to do. And whether you consider it to be a moral imperative to act or an economic one, act we must. The head of council has a particular responsibility to lead, and all council must follow suit in denouncing hateful acts and reject racism, overt and too often insidious, in all forms. We must make tangible commitments for action on systemic racism and truth and reconciliation. 

I have listened. I have learned. You want me to lead. I am not infallible. I know that I will make mistakes, but I promise that when I do, that I will acknowledge my errors and do my best to mitigate any negative impacts. But mostly, I promise to get up every day to work hard and fulfil the very sacred mandate that you have once again given to me.

In gratitude,

York Blvd 2023 Construction Reboot Online Public Information Meeting

York Boulevard is back on the table, with construction beginning in 2023.

There are several treatments to be applied as part of the forthcoming changes to York. Staff would like to share those details with residents as they seek feedback on them.

This session will run through Zoom and be available after the meeting date on Maureen's YouTube Channel.

Dundurn Park Play Structure Replacement Survey is Now Live

The existing playground includes combined junior and senior play structures, stand-alone features, and swing sets, all of which have provided the community with a place to play and enjoy the outdoors.

In the Fall of 2022, the City is offering an online survey to the public as an opportunity to gain insight into the features that the community would like to have included in the replacement playground design.

We encourage community members of all ages to participate and have their say in what the future Dundurn Park playground will look like!

Victoria Park Spay Pad and Sun Shelter Update

The City of Hamilton has a contract with Alpine Green Contracting to complete works as called for under contract Q-LAS-22-02. Construction is scheduled to start on or about October 31, 2022. Areas of the park, as shown in the attached map, will have restricted access until project completion in June 2023, weather permitting.

2022 work involves clearing the area of archaeological features, followed by the construction of a new spray pad, sun shelter, plaza space, and tree planting in Spring 2023. During this time, you may experience some inconveniences such as noise, dust, and restricted traffic movement. Pedestrian access will be restricted along select pathways during this time, per the map attached to this notice. Every effort will be made to complete the work in a timely manner and to keep any inconvenience to a minimum. We ask for your patience during this period.

For the duration of the project, the City of Hamilton Project Manager is available to explain the sequence of work and make note of any anticipated problems during construction. John Vandriel, 905-546-224 x3662

map of affected pathways in the north end of Victoria park

Locke Street Marker Public Art Project Completed

The City of Hamilton has completed a Public Art process to commission a permanent Public Art work to be sited on Locke Street at the SW Corner of Jackson Street in Hamilton, Ward 1.

The volunteer citizen jury has selected the work “Haven” by Kyle Thornley as the winning proposal. Installation is anticipated for the fall of 2023.


Complete Safe Shared Streets Q&A with City Directors Night Video

The councillor hosted the Traffic Safety and Transportation Planning directors to present the City's new Complete Streets Design Manual and answer questions about the manual and traffic safety changes on Main St W and King St W.

2023 Budget Public Delegations

Members of the public who are interested in appearing before Committee on November 21 2022, and/or February 6, 2023; either VIRTUALLY, IN PERSON OR BY VIDEO SUBMISSION, are required to submit a “Request to Speak before a Committee of Council” form, available online at https://www.hamilton.caB/council-committee/council-committee-meetings/request-speak-committee-council-form.

**WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS are welcome (submission of the form above IS NOT REQUIRED FOR WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS), and will be accepted by e-mail, mail or fax. Please send written submissions to:

Stephanie Paparella, Legislative Coordinator
Office of the City Clerk
1st Floor, 71 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4Y5
Fax to (905) 546-2095
[email protected]

**DEADLINES: Requests to appear virtually or in person, as well as written submissions, will be accepted up to 12:00 Noon on Friday, November 18, 2022, for the November 21, 2022, meeting; and, up to 12:00 Noon on Friday, February 3, 2023, for the February 6, 2023 meeting. Delegates will be heard in the order that they are received.

NOTE: VIDEO SUBMISSIONS must be received no later than 12:00 noon on Thursday, November 17, 2022, for inclusion on the November 21, 2022, agenda; and no later than 12 noon on Thursday, February 2, 2023, for inclusion on the February 6, 2023 agenda.

Delegates will be limited to a presentation time of 5 minutes.

The Council of the City of Hamilton intends to approve the 2023 Tax Operating Budget at the Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 29, 2023, at 9:30 AM or at a later Council meeting if budget deliberations continue past this date.

The agendas for all meetings will be available for viewing on the City of Hamilton website at

Please be advised that additional meetings may be added to the schedule at any time, or existing meetings may be cancelled or rescheduled. In addition, meeting agendas are frequently subject to change. As such, you are advised to confirm and obtain additional information with respect to all budget meetings by regularly checking the City's website.

This public notice is provided in accordance with City of Hamilton By-law No. 07-351, the Provision of Public Notice.


  • KNA Holiday Crafting Party! November 29, 2022, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Location: Blessings Church, 115 Stanley Ave. FREE 

Come by and decorate your own holiday ornaments. All supplies provided. Fun for families and the young at heart. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Strathcona Community Council Annual General Meeting. November 21, 2022, 7:00 PM. Look for details on the SCC's website in the coming days.

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Today, the City of Hamilton is home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island (North America), and we recognize that we must do more to learn about the rich history of this land so that we can better understand our roles as residents, neighbours, partners and caretakers.