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2020-04-28 Ward 1 Newsletter

  • Online event: Strong Towns conversation and Q&A
  • Q&A with Hamilton's Director Licensing & By-law (Video)
  • 354 King St W (Strathcona) - Online Open House
  • 2019 Remuneration and Expenses
  • Citywide notices
    • Community gardens 
    • Cancellation of Victoria Day fireworks display
    • Temporary leaf and yard waste collection program
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donations
    • COVID-19 City of Hamilton Resources (Public Health; Media updates; Affected city services; Financial supports)


Ward 1 Virtual Cafe Book Club Edition

June 9, 2020; 8:00 PM;  Via Zoom - Registration in advance required

Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Build American Prosperity is a book of forward-thinking ideas that breaks with modern wisdom to present a new vision of urban development in the United States. Presenting the foundational concepts of the Strong Towns movement he co-founded, Charles Marohn explains why cities of all sizes continue to struggle to meet their basic needs. He reveals the new paradigm that can solve this longstanding problem.

Read the book, then join Maureen in conversation with the author Charles Marohn. After Maureen and Charles' discussion, you will have an opportunity to ask Charles your questions. Charles Marohn is the Founder and President of Strong Towns. He is a professional engineer and land use planner with two decades of experience. He holds a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning, both from the University of Minnesota. Marohn is also the lead author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns — Volume 1, Volume 2 and Volume 3 — as well as the author of A World Class Transportation System. He hosts the Strong Towns Podcast and is a primary writer for Strong Towns' web content. He has presented Strong Towns concepts in hundreds of cities and towns across North America. He is featured in the documentary film Owned: A Tale of Two Americans and was named one of the 10 Most Influential Urbanists of all time by Planetizen.

The Hamilton Public Library has several e-copies of the book and an audio copy. If you're able, may we encourage you to support your local independent booksellers by ordering a copy through King West Books (Westdale) or Epic Books (Kirkendall).

Q&A with Hamilton's Director Licensing & By-law (Video)

Maureen spoke with the Director of Licensing and By-law Enforcement, Ken Leendertse about questions Ward 1 residents have concerning how by-law enforcement is operating under the current COVID-19 restrictions.

Have a listen if you have a moment.

  • What is the role of Licensing and By-law enforcement within the City of Hamilton?
  • How has this changed, if at all, under the COVID circumstances?
  • What role does the division play in terms of enforcing provincial emergency directives?
  • What criteria are used to prioritize property standard complaints now?
  • What is the physical distancing by-law, how is it enforced, and how is discretion used?

FAQ about enforcement

2019 Remuneration and Expenses

Under the Municipal Act, 2001, the Treasurer must submit to Council before March 31 each year, an itemized statement of the remuneration and expenses paid to each Member of Council and citizen appointees to various local boards in the preceding year.

Councillor's Wilson's remuneration, expenses and Ward 1 discretionary spending

354 King Street West Development - Online Community Open House 

May 14, 2020, at 6:00-8:00 PM; Via Zoom - Registration is required

The project team for 354 King St W will present the proposed development followed by an online question and answer segment.

The Q&A will address emails and questions received to date GSP, and allow for live questions via the chat function. Those wishing to submit their questions in advance are asked to email [email protected],

For those unable to attend the webinar, a recording will be made available which will be posted on this website. 

More detail may be found here.

Virtual Council Meeting

The next virtual Council meeting is April 29, 2020, at 9:30 AM. The live video is accessible via the City's meeting and agenda website or


Items of note


5.1 Chedoke Creek Ministry Order Update (PW19008(h)) - Report contains information relating to the evaluation of the impacts to Cootes Paradise as a result of the combined sewage discharge from the Main/King Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) tank. This report is the third-party Environmental Impact Evaluation conducted by SLR Global Environmental Solutions.   

Community Gardens 

Over the weekend, the province announced the re-opening of community gardens. At this time, the City's Emergency Operations Centre is working with Public Health on a set of guidelines to re-open the gardens that prioritize the continued health and safety of those accessing them. We expect more information on the guidelines to be available later this week or early next. Until then, community gardens in Hamilton remain closed.

See the Provinces amendment to the Emergency Order under subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act - (Closure of Outdoor Recreational Amenities)

Cancellation of Victoria Day fireworks display

Each year the City of Hamilton and Dundas Valley Rotary Club Sunrise co-produce a Victoria Day celebration and fireworks display in the Dundas Driving Park. The City has decided to cancel the event this year, originally scheduled for Sunday, May 17, 2020, due to the COVID-19 emergency.

Temporary Leaf and Yard Waste collection program

Beginning April 27, yard waste will be collected from homes on the Hamilton mountain and across the lower city - AREA B (Ward 1). The bi-weekly rotation will continue until late June, or longer if required.

AREA B (Ward 1) - April 27, May 11 & 25, June 8 & 22

Residents should ensure their leaf and yard waste is at the curb by 7 AM on Monday during the week of their pick up. City crews will pick up the bags or containers by the weekend.
Temporary yard waste program map

Keeping Collectors Healthy

While crews have their own health and safety procedures in place, residents are asked to help protect them on the job:

  • Place used tissues and napkins in the garbage, rather than the green bin.
  • Where possible, Please use liner bags (either paper or certified compostable plastic) in the green bin.
  • Please ensure that all material placed in garbage bins is bagged, not kept loose.
  • Please follow the advice of Public Health and keep a physical social distance of at least two metres from waste collection staff.

These steps will help protect the health of crews who handle thousands of bins, bags and boxes each week.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donations

The City of Hamilton is accepting donations of personal protective equipment including surgical masks, N95 masks, impervious gowns and more. Find out more about what you can donate.

To donate, email [email protected] or call 905-546-2424 ext. 2257

COVID-19 City of Hamilton Resources

Public Health

City of Hamilton COVID-19 Media Updates

Monday & Friday virtual media updates on Mondays and Fridays at 3:30 PM

  • April 17 - Provincial framework for re-opening Ontario; Community gardens, Modified delivery of some City services; Emergency Funding Request by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities
  • April 24 - Emergency Funding Request by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities; Modified delivery of some City services
  • April 20 - Drive-through COVID-19 testing centre; Temporary leaf and yard waste pick-up; Cancellation of Victoria Day fireworks display

Affected City Services

Financial Support & Recovery