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2020-06-21 Ward 1 Newsletter

  • National Indigenous People's Day, June 21, 2020
  • Joint statement by Councillor Wilson and Nann regarding defunding the police budget and reallocating funds
  • Ward 1 capital projects 
    • Online information session: Churchill Park - Phase 2 of the Master Plan
    • Queen St S 2-way conversion project 
    • Haddon Ave N reconstruction
    • Victoria Park
  • Online event: Daylighting Chedoke
  • KNA Fill a bus - Feed a Family Food Drive
  • Digital Trillium Awards
  • Curbside Library take-out 
  • City of Hamilton COVID-19 related updates and resources

June is National Indigenous History Month, and June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day.

The City of Hamilton is situated upon the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas. This land is covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, which was an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabek to share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. We further acknowledge that this land is covered by the Between the Lakes Purchase, 1792, between the Crown and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. 

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.

The City has developed an Urban Indigenous Strategy that is designed to strengthen the City's relationship with the Indigenous community. The strategy will help promote a better understanding among all residents about Indigenous histories, cultures, experiences and contributions. See the Urban Indigenous Strategy Final Report and learn more about how we, as settlers, may learn more about the Indigenous Peoples in Hamilton.

Joint statement by Councillors Wilson & Nann regarding defunding the police

On June 17, 2020, Councillors Wilson and Nann made a joint statement calling for the recognition of systemic institutional racism and defunding of the Hamilton Police Service budget.

Please listen to or read the full statement calling for the oversight of the budget, and a transformation in how we move forward to an equitable, safe community for all.

Ward 1 Capital Projects


Churchill Park - Master Plan Phase 2 Online Information Session (call-in also permitted)

June 25, 2020; 8:00 PM;  Via Zoom - Registration is required (contact the Ward 1 office if you need help registering by emailing [email protected] or calling 905-546-2416)

The City of Hamilton's Landscape Architectural Services section has started the design of Phase 2 of the Churchill Park Master Plan Implementation. In keeping with the approved Master Plan, the Phase 2 project will focus on drainage and pedestrian accessibility in the north end of the park. 

  • Installation of limestone screening walkways on the upper plateau (soccer field area) including formal connections to Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) trailheads (Ginger Valley Trail and Princess Point Trail) and connections to phase 1 walkways. Re-grading of the existing cricket pitch area.
  • Installation of grassed swales and small-scale rain gardens
  • Shifting two mini soccer pitches east to permit small rain garden installation and improve sports field drainage.
  • Installation of stone seating nodes at Franklin Ave and Norwood Road walkway intersections

Churchill Park Master Plan

Queen Street South conversion to two-way traffic operation

On June 6, 2020, Maureen hosted Traffic Operations staff during a one-hour webinar. A Q&A followed the initial presentation. 

We received 81 questions. Traffic operations staff are reviewing and answering the questions.  We will post the answers on Maureen's website once the Ward 1 office receives them.

During the various stages, the Ward 1 Office will post video updates.  Please follow along via Facebook, Twitter or check back with our website periodically. 

The City of Hamilton has a webpage dedicated to the overall construction project. Find information related to history, phasing, closures, alternative routes, and contact information.

Read the chronology of the project, and view the public consultation hosted by Maureen in February 2019 

Westdale South

On June 29, the Haddon Ave N reconstruction project begins. The full project includes the installation of a new watermain, sidewalks and road. 


  • Precondition survey June 29-July 3
    • What is a precondition survey?
      • Voluntary free interior and exterior surveys of structures located near construction operations. Representatives of OZA provide the advantages of third-party objectivity and expertise in the recording of air, ground and water.
  • Watermain by-pass: July 6-13
    • The by-pass will impact the water reaching individual homes for a short time.  Construction staff will forewarn residents when to expect the disruption
  • Driveway restrictions will occur during sidewalk work; however, time exemption permits will be provided to the affected residents
  • COVID-19 protocols will be in place for construction staff including handwashing stations
  • Residents may expect notices in their mailboxes with more details


The expected resurfacing of North Oval, Cline Ave N, Dalewood Cres and Oak Knoll Dr is rescheduled for 2021

The resurfacing of Marion Ave, Sterling St, Oakwood Pl, and Whitton Ave is scheduled for 2022

Ainslie Wood North

Traffic Operations and landscape architecture staff are currently preparing designs for Sanders Blvd that will add traffic calming measures and include respite spots along the length of the boulevard in the form of two bump-outs with seating. These designs are a result of the Ainslie Wood Traffic Management Study recommendations and consultation with Ainslie Wood North residents.

Victoria Park 

Many Strathcona residents may have noticed fencing around Victoria Park. These fences surround areas of potential archaeological interest.  The department of Landscape Architecture has contracted specialists to investigate potential locations for a new splash pad. 

In addition, a feasibility study is underway for a new pool. The tentative date for construction of the new pool is 2022

Ward 1 Virtual Cafe Book Club Edition

June 30, 2020; 8:00 PM;  Via Zoom - Registration in advance required

Daylighting Chedoke: Exploring Hamilton's Hidden Creek

Read the book, then join Maureen in conversation with the Ward 1 author, John Terpstra. After Maureen and John's initial discussion, you will have an opportunity to ask John your questions.

Chedoke Creek is one of six creeks that weave their way through Hamilton, but it is the most hidden, lost to culverts and concrete. Its waters are seen only in a couple of waterfalls as it flows over the edge of the Niagara Escarpment and in a short canal where it runs alongside Highway 403.

In elegant, seamless prose award-winning author John Terpstra traces Chedoke Creek back to its source, searching through historical archives and city documents, and even walking up the great storm drains that collect the water that spills from the escarpment. He weaves the history of the creek with the lyrical observations of nature and humankind's connections to nature that he is celebrated for, while also examining the reality of our contaminated waterways. Daylighting Chedoke is a meditation on how urbanization and industrialization have literally buried our natural environment and what it would be like to free our creeks and perhaps, while doing so, free our society.

Where is Chedoke Creek? Daylighting Chedoke Walking Map (pdf)

The Hamilton Public Library has several copies of the book; however, their curbside pick-up option begins June 23.. If you're able, we encourage you to support your local independent booksellers by ordering your own copy through King West Books or Epic Books Daylighting Chedoke is published by Hamilton's Wolsak & Wynn.

Support the KNA Summer Food Drive benefiting Mission Services

Saturday, July 11 at Blessings Church on Locke St. 12:00-4:00 PM

With your help, we'll be on our way to reach our goal of 20,000 lbs this year!

Want a food collection bag? Email your address to [email protected] to have a collection bag delivered to your doorstep June 29 - July 5.

Drop your bag off at Blessings Church, or request pick-up at your residence on July 11, or on a date that works for you.

Food collection bags are not needed to donate at Blessings.

Monetary donations (cash, cheque, e-transfer or credit card) are also much appreciated. Tax receipts available for donations $20.00 or greater

Visit for more information.

Hamilton 2020 Digital Trillium Awards

This year, gardeners will have the ability to nominate themselves for a chance to win a White Trillium Certificate. Self-nominations are open June 15 to July 15. See the Trillium Awards website for details.

Library begins take-out library service on Tuesday

Hamilton Public Library will offer take-out (curbside) service of on-hold books, music and movies, starting June 23, 2020 at four branches.

An HPL library card and personal identification number (PIN) are needed to reserve and pick up items. Library members then reserve a take-out appointment at to pick up items on hold. Library members are also able to schedule and pick up holds for two family members/friends during their appointment.

HPL will open more branches in the next steps of reopening. Eventually, all locations will be open for this service when enhanced cleaning and other safety protocols are in place. For more information, call 905.546.3200, email [email protected], or chat and learn more at

City of Hamilton COVID-19 Media Updates

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