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2020-02-10 Ward 1 Newsletter

  • Do The Math: LRT vs Tax: An evening with Joe Minicozzi
  • Kirkendall Neighbourhood Strategy Community Conversation: Get Involved!
  • Ainslie Wood Neighbourhood Traffic Management Review
  • Westdale Neighbourhood Traffic Management Review
  • Friendly Streets VisionZero Audit in Kirkendall North
  • City-Wide Information
  • Events

Hello, Ward 1 Friends,

Do the Math: LRT & Tax

An Evening with Joe Minicozzi

What does math have to do with how and where cities develop? What does this have to do with the City's budget and your property taxes? EVERYTHING!!!

February 11, 2020; 7:00 PM; City Hall, 71 Main St W.

Ward Updates

Kirkendall Neighbourhood Strategy Community Conversation: Get Involved!

Join us for a conversation on the key themes that emerged from community input over the last year – five major themes and a series of specific issues came up over and over again. Share your thoughts and ideas, tell us if something is missing or needs to be added, learn about the next steps, and how you can get involved.

This meeting will also introduce plans for the HAAA Working Group as well as the Friendly Streets for Vision Zero audit of Kirkendall North.

Refreshments provided. Childcare available by request – Please email [email protected] by February 20.

Date: Saturday, February 29 2020

Time: 2:00-4:00 PM

Location: Melrose United Church – 86 Homewood Ave, Hamilton

To learn more about the themes and for more information visit

Neighbourhood Traffic Studies

The City of Hamilton has completed two Neighbourhood Traffic Management Review studies to identify and recommend potential transportation-related improvements for two neighbourhoods, Ainslie Wood and Westdale. When implemented, these improvements will benefit all road-users and better reflect the Complete-Livable-Better Streets concept of design outlined in the 2018 Hamilton Transportation Master Plan.

The Project File Reports has been prepared, which detail the planning and design process, how public and agency input was addressed, the preferred alternative solutions and next steps towards project implementation. The report is available for a 30-day review period, from February 14, 2020, to March 14, 2020.

Ainslie Wood Neighbourhood Traffic Management Review

Westdale Neighbourhood Traffic Management Review

Prefer to review in person? Hard copies of the report will be available for review at these locations:

Hamilton Public Library - Westdale Branch, 955 King Street West, Hamilton
City Hall, 71 Main Street West, 1st Floor (City Clerk's Office)

Friendly Streets VisionZero Audit in Kirkendall North

Are you a resident of the Kirkendall North neighbourhood (area bordered by Main Street West, Queen Street. South, Aberdeen Ave, and Highway 403)? The Friendly Streets for Vision Zero initiative wants to hear from you about how your neighbourhood streets can be improved for traffic safety and better liveability.

Who we are

Friendly Streets Hamilton is an initiative of Environment Hamilton and Cycle Hamilton since 2017 to improve walking and cycling/rolling conditions for Hamilton neighbourhood. We have partnered with the City of Hamilton's Vision Zero program, for Friendly Streets for Vision Zero.

Why Vision Zero?

Vision Zero is a global movement since 1997 with a simple mission: to have zero serious injuries or deaths occur on roadways. Through education, enforcement, engineering, evaluation and engagement, the City of Hamilton is exploring the Vision Zero approach with their Vision Zero Hamilton 2019-2025 Action Plan (approved in February 2019). In Hamilton, there is an average of 415 vulnerable road users (such as pedestrians) collisions per year, the majority leading to deaths or serious injury. The City performed a survey and found that over 90% of Hamiltonians agreed that our roads could be safer.

From now until the end of May 2020, we will be engaging residents and community stakeholders in various ways: a walking audit to assess the condition of some problematic roads of concern, a cycling audit with similar intentions, an online survey, that you can complete right away. Our goal is to form a working group that can continue exploring solutions to traffic safety concerns.

Please reach out to us at [email protected] to get involved and get your voice heard in the City's Vision Zero plans.

Visit Friendly Streets Hamilton to learn more about the project.


Please complete a short survey to help us better understand the challenges of getting around in your neighbour and how we can re-imagine our streets as safer, more enjoyable spaces for people. Click on the following link.

Waterfront Trail Temporary Closure (Princess Point to the Fish Way) February 12 to March 20, 2020

The pathway will be raised to be 15cm above the current 100-year storm high water levels to keep the trail dry during high water levels.  The work generally includes the addition of armour stone, a gravel base, and new asphalt as well as modifications to the fencing and light posts to match the new grades. 

The trail will remain open from Bayfront Park to the floating bridge in the Desjardins Canal along with access to the stairs to York Blvd. (High-level bridge).  Signage will be apparent at the Bayfront trail start, and the top of the stairs on York Blvd informing trail users that there is no access to Princess point.   Additional signage at Princess Point.

All work has been reviewed and approved by the RBG, MTO and HCA, and is being coordinated. The Parks Department will implement the work,

City-Wide Information

March Break Arts Camp 

March 16- 20, 8:30 AM-3:00 PM, St. Cuthbert's Church, 2 Bond St. North: ages 6-12, $20 per child for the week.  There are only 30 spots.  Deadline to register:  Monday, March 9, 5:00 PM Volunteers are also needed; deadline to register:  Friday, February 7, 5:00 PM.  For more information:

Le Petite Pomme March Break Camp

March 16-20, 8:45 AM - 3:45 PM, 215 Cline Ave N: ages 4-12. Before and after care available. For more information see

Camp Kidaca summer camp registration is now open

Summer camps for kids 4 to 15 years of age

Clean & Green Neighbourhood Grants – Applications accepted until February 21, 2020

The Keep Hamilton Clean & Green Committee is offering a Clean & Green Neighbourhood Grant of up to $1000, which provides one-time funding for community green projects and initiatives. Applicants can apply for grants of $500 or $1,000 ($500 project funding + $500 Insurance/Waste Hauling funding to recover out-of-pocket expenses for large-scale projects)

Find out more here:

Coyote Sights in Hamilton 

A reminder of what to do when you encounter a coyote and how to coyote proof your home.



  • Winter Bike Day, February 14, 2020, 7:45 AM, Meet at Sterling St/Forsyth Ave Sobi station
    Celebrate winter cycling on Valentine’s Day! Friday, February 14 is Winter Bike Day 2020. Join the celebration at Gore Park from 7:30-9:30 AM for a coffee, Donut Monster, fruit, and fun activities on your way to work. Bring a friend or meet new friends at the celebration

  • Strathcona Neighourhood Meeting, February 21, 2020, 7:00–9:00 PM, Staircase Theatre, 27 Dundurn Street North
    A resident-led meeting to discuss the proposed development changes at 354 King St W. Contact Wayne MacPhail for more details.

  • Let's Raise a Glass, Fundraiser for Hamilton Kosher Food Bank, February 23, 2020, 7:00 PM, 30 King Street West, Dundas
    It's a birthday party in honour of Hamilton Jewish Services' 90 years of services in support the Hamilton/Burlington community. For more details see

  • Strathcona Community Meeting, February 24, 2020, 7:00–9:00 PM, Erskine Presbyterian Church, 19 Pearl Street North 
    Join Strathcona neighbours for an informal presentation and Q&A on housing matters. Members of Hamilton's Healthy & Safe Communities department will lead the discussion. All are welcome.

  • BACC Climate Change Forum, February 25, 2020; 5:00–8:30 PM, The Joyce Centre for Partnerships & Innovation at Mohawk College
    Hear from local leaders and special guest speaker Dr Mark Jaccard, author of the Citizen's Guide to Climate Success.  FREE event  To register