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2020-02-24 Ward 1 Newsletter

  • Kirkendall Neighbourhood Strategy Community Conversation: Get Involved!
  • Why Electric Buses Are No Substitute for Light Rail Transit
  • Do the Math: LRT & Tax:
  • Neighbourhood Traffic Studies
  • Friendly Streets VisionZero Audit in Kirkendall North
  • Waterfront Trail Temporary Closure
  • Westdale "Shave and Pave"
  • City-Wide Information
  • Events

Hello, Ward 1 Friends,


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

Why Electric Buses Are No Substitute for Light Rail Transit by Maureen Wilson

As part of Hamilton City Council's deliberation of the City's 2020 operating budget, Council spent "Transit Day" discussing Hamilton's HSR operations. At the same time, the Government of Ontario announced who would be sitting on the panel tasked with determining the future of LRT in Hamilton.

These two events are of enormous importance to Hamilton's future budgets, public transit system and levels of property tax that will be paid by existing and future Hamiltonians. 

Read more ...

Do the Math: LRT & Tax: THE VIDEO

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!!!

On February 11, Councillors Wilson, Nann and Danko, hosted one of North America's most influential planners, Joe Minicozzi at City Hall.  The entire talk followed by Q&A was taped and is available for viewing here

Ward Updates

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 have 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.

Westdale "Shave and Pave"

Road work in Westdale north of Sterling St scheduled for Spring 2020

The resurfacing of North Oval, Cline Ave N, Dalewood Cres and Oak Knoll Dr is expected to begin in mid-Spring.

The full reconstruction of Haddon Ave N will also take place during the construction period and will include watermain, sidewalks and road construction ... more

City-Wide Information

City amends idling by-law to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions

The amended By-law states that no person shall cause or permit a motor vehicle to idle for more than three (3) consecutive minutes in sixty minutes. Vehicles in contravention of the By-law may receive a fine of $100. "Idling" means the parking or standing of a motor vehicle, while the combustion engine is running and is not being used to operate auxiliary equipment that is essential to the basic function of the motor vehicle.

An important amendment to this By-law includes the transfer of enforcement to the City's municipal parking division. Since "idling" is more appropriately categorized as a "parking offence" it can be enforced under the City's Administrative Penalty System.


The Hamilton Business Centre: Resources for Hamilton entrepreneurs

Thinking of starting a business or developing your current business?

The Centre is a one-stop source for business information, guidance and professional advice on starting and running a successful business – for both start-ups and growing businesses.

  • The Centre offers the following services to businesses
  • Free resources and business advice
  • Examination and coaching on the business plan
  • Workshops and seminars
  • Self-Employment Programs: Summer Company and Starter Company Plus

March Break 2020 at the Hamilton Public Library

Crafternoon, Science4Fun, maker craft, SPCA, movies, Metis storytelling, bubbleology, oh my!

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 aftercare available. For more information see

Camp Kidaca summer camp registration is now open

Summer camps for kids 4 to 15 years of age


  • 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

  • How's the Weather? 3rd Annual Charity Dance Concert, March 1, 2020, 3:00 PM, Beth Jacob Synagogue, 375 Aberdeen Ave

    An afternoon of fun for a good cause, with music and dance performances, gourmet coffee and dessert, and craft sales by local vendors in support of Carole Anne's Place.

  • A Winter Evening by the Bay: BARC's Annual Winter Fundraiser & Celebration, March 6, 2020, 6:30-10:00 PM, Waterfront Banquet Centre, 555 Bay St N

    All proceeds support BARC's child and youth environmental education and leadership programming across the Hamilton Harbour watershed. Tickets are $30.

    For tickets: Contact BARC (905)527-7111 or [email protected]

  • Broad Convos Monthly Gathering, next meeting March 8, 2020, 2:00 PM, Workers Art & Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St

  • We Are Planted Here: Narrative in Belonging, March 14, 2020, 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM, Hamilton Central Public Library, 55 York Boulevard

    This symposium will bring together leading academics, community organizers, activists and students from across South West Ontario to excavate and foreground the historical and contemporary presence and contributions of Blacks in Canada and in addressing issues related to anti-Black racism.

    We are Planted Here: Narratives in Belonging kicks off on with a reception and Black Artistic expressions on March 13 featuring visual art, dance, spoken word and storytelling.
    The symposium will take place on Saturday, March 14, with a keynote presentation, followed by a series of panel discussions featuring invited scholars, community organizers and students.

  • Ward 1 Day at City Hall, April 2, 2020, 6:00 – 9:00 PM; 71 Main St W, 2nd Floor
    Learn about our municipal governance structure departments, agencies, committees, and citizen advisory committees. Staff will be on hand to speak to common concerns. Learn how to's of speaking (delegating) before council members, and other ways citizens can get involved and have their say!