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2020-11-30 Ward 1 Newsletter

Greetings Ward 1

This "special" edition focused on events others have asked the office to share.  This is by no means meant to ignore the greater issues at play in our city. Maureen will continue to engage on issues front and centre in our Ward and City in regularly scheduled newsletters.

Best regards,
Ward 1 staff.

  • Living Advent Calendars & more

This year Westdale is joined by Strathcona and Kirkendall in presenting living advent calendars. Starting December 1 neighbours will decorate their window in a festive theme. One window is opened each day until 24th (or beyond in Kirkendall).  These neighbourhood projects are a beautiful way to share the holiday season and to offer a reason to get outside. You may come across a few surprises as well.

  • Westdale Living Advent Calendar         Facebook Event       MAP
  • Strathcona Living Advent Calendar       Facebook Event       MAP
  • Kirkendall Living Advent Calendar        Facebook Event       MAP

  • Kick-off the holiday season with a free holiday craft bag & poinsettia!; Saturday, December 5, 2020; Pick-up 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (or until supplies last)
    The Kirkendall Neighbourhood Association and Blessings Christian Church will be giving out free holiday craft bags and poinsettias for neighbourhood families outside Blessings Christian Church.
    Location: Blessings Church (corner of Stanley and Locke)
    Questions? Send an email to [email protected] or visit for more info.

  • Virtual Game Night - Active Transportation Games; December 10, 2020; 5:00 PM; [Online via Zoom] Registration Required. FREE event
    This won’t be your typical jeopardy or trivia night. Join us just before the holidays for an evening of virtual active transportation games on Zoom. Our active transportation game format: Where am I, what am I? This event is open to Ontario APBP members and anyone else in the province who is keen about active transportation.

  • Winter Wonders Discover the magic of Nature and Light; Wednesdays to Sundays now to December 23, 2020, December 27-30, 2020 & January 2-3, 2021; 5 to 10 p.m.; RBG's Hendrie Park, 680 Plains Road W; Admission Fee
    Experience the magic of the holiday season under the stars as historic Hendrie Park transforms into a winter wonderland of nature and light. This unique outdoor experience guides visitors along Hendrie Park’s picturesque pathways adorned with charming festive lights, including 7 magical displays that tell the stories of unique winter wonders!
    Discover the origins of popular holiday traditions while strolling through our breathtaking garden to the rhythm of festive music and indulging in the warm tastes and fragrances of the holiday season.

  • #ShopLocal 1. - follow along with Ward 1 resident elf off the shelf as she lets her curiosity run wild with the Locke Street BIA and the Westdale Village BIA - via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
  • #ShopLocal 2: Free parking is provided beginning December 1, 2020, in the Westdale Village and Locke Street Shops business districts. 
  • #ShopLocal 3:  Many Ward 1 businesses can provide curbside pick-up. Check out stores and services online presence (websites, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter). Checkout local BIAs and Hometown Hub

Local Fund Raisers


  • Supercrawl Online Concert Series - Saturday evenings at 7:00 PM [Online] Livestreamed on Facebook
    Upcoming concerts include Sam Weber (Dec 5), Tim Hicks (Dec 12), The Dirty Nils (Dec 19)

Lectures and Talks

  • CityLab Fall 2020 Showcase; December 4, 2020; 10:00 AM;[Online] Registration required. Free event
    CityLAB's Fall 2020 Project Showcase is a free community event, where participants can view the innovative projects that students from McMaster, Mohawk, and Redeemer have created this semester through CityLAB. There will be an opportunity to virtually chat to students and staff about projects (scroll down for a peek at some of the projects). This event will feature 3 minute video presentations and infographics for each project and will be open to the public.

  • HALSA Lecture (Online). "Prisoners of Gravity" — Laurence Harris. December 5, 2020. 7:30 PM, [Online] Registration required. FREE event
    Gravity is always present. We have evolved in the constant presence of the gravitational pull of Earth. We may not realize it, but gravity is an essential influence on our behaviour and our perceptions. Our brains use gravity to keep us stable, guiding us as we move around, and as a reference to help judge distance. Less obviously gravity helps us establish ownership of our own bodies. So what happens when gravity disappears?
    In his online talk, Dr Harris will share some fascinating experiments in unusual environments, such as underwater and aboard the International Space Station, and the far-reaching effects those results might have for us here on earth.
    Laurence Harris is Professor of Psychology, York Research Chair in Multisensory Integration, and Director of the Centre for Vision Research at York University

  • Essential Immigrants: An appreciation event hosted by HIPC; Tuesday, December 8, 2020; 5:30 PM live on YouTube
    Earlier this fall, HIPC launched the Essential Immigrants campaign, a six-part series featuring immigrants serving on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in Hamilton. Those interviews are all available in this thread.  To honour and recognize the work of Hamilton's Essential Immigrants, HIPC invites you to to join us for an hour on December 8 to celebrate their accomplishments and thank them for their continued service in our city.  This is a virtual event. This event is open to the public and can be accessed on YouTube live.

  • Traditional Building Structures & Land-Based Education; December 8, 2020; 11:00 AM [Online] Registration required.
    Dr Angela Mashford-Pringle is an Algonquin woman from Timiskaming First Nation. She is an Assistant Professor and Associate Director at the Wakkebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She works with Indigenous communities in urban and rural settings with issues related to Indigenous health including culture, language, land-based learning, climate action, and policy analysis and development.

    With COVID-19, many systemic issues have been brought to the forefront. Indigenous ways of knowing or TEK (traditional ecological knowledge) has many wise practices that are often overlooked by contemporary settler-colonial society as not being relevant or contemporary. Dr Mashford-Pringle will present how traditional building structures are a potential stop-gap solution for urban homelessness and reclaiming and passing on intergenerational knowledge for urban Indigenous youth. Land-Based Education can be associated with traditional building structures and simply being on the land. This webinar will be moderated by WBIIH Elder-in-residence Clayton Shirt and is part of the Ontario NEIHR web series.

  • One Family's Diaspora: A Story of Hope and Resilience; December 7, 2020; 7:00 PM- Zoom (contact [email protected] for link)
    Dr David Carson, a local Dundas resident, will explore his family's incredible diaspora story. He will discuss how his father, a young Jew in England, ended up in a British POW Camp (Australia), and then went on to fight in the famous No. 3 British Troop of the 10th Commando Unit. He will also explore other family experiences, and discuss how he ended up connecting with long-lost family here in Hamilton.

  • WOMEN + WORK: The Case for Basic Income; Thursday, December 10, 2020; 12:00 PM [Online]
    In recognition of International Human Rights Day, Basic Income Hamilton is hosting an online webinar featuring guest panellists, Senator Kim Pate; Dr Tracy Smith-Carrier, Jessie Golem, Josephine Grey with special musical guest, Lauri Yates. Registration is required for this free event

  • Human Rights Film Festival: Keynote Address by Syrus Marcus Ware; December 10, 2020; 6:30 PM [Online] Registration required 
    In commemoration of International Human Rights Day, join us for the closing event of the Festival: a keynote address from Syrus Marcus Ware.
    A Vanier Scholar, award-winning visual artist, educator, and core-team member of Black Lives Matter Toronto, Syrus will discuss systemic racism, the ways in which it's been exposed during the COVID crisis, and the role the arts has in combatting it.

  • The Power of Land: How One Indigenous Community Is Transforming Education in Order to Heal; January 19, 2020; 7:00 PM - Zoom (contact [email protected] for link)
    Hear about how Stanley Mission's Land-Based Education Program is radically healing a community. Learn about how culture, language, values, and life is being reclaimed through this project.
    Isabelle Hardlotte, the Presenter, is a member of Lac La Ronge Indian Band. She is a fluent Cree speaker and an advocate for Indigenous issues. She is a mother, experienced educator, mentor, and community change-maker.

Engage Hamilton Open Projects

Community Safety and Well-Being Plan - Project continues through Fall 2021

The City of Hamilton and community partners are working to develop a Community Safety and Well-Being (CSWB) Plan. Under the Province's Safer Ontario Act, 2018 municipalities are required to develop a Community Safety & Well-being Plan using the provincial government’s Community Safety and Well-Being Framework.

A Community Safety and Well-Being Plan aims to create the community conditions where:

  • Everyone is safe and has a sense of belonging
  • Everyone has access to services; and
  • Individual and families can meet their needs for education, health care, food, housing, income, and social and cultural expression.

Map areas you would like to see physical enhancement of comment on social/health initiatives to improve well-being

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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 recognise 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.

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