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2020-09-14 Ward 1 Newsletter

  • ICYMI: Aberdeen Road Diet Online Information Session Recap and supporting documentation
  • Hamilton Indigenous Strategy Discussion with Shelly Hill - A Ward 1 Virtual Cafe Online Event
  • Haddon Ave N Watermain Work - Water Service Interruption
  • Queen St Conversion Aberdeen to Main completed early
  • Events

Aberdeen Avenue - 2020 Changes


Aberdeen is not a safe street. In fact, it is almost 5 times as dangerous as the industry threshold for an ‘area of concern’. Changes were required and requested by residents over the years.

All of the changes, including the final phase about to be made, are designed to make the street safer for all who use it every day.

The input of residents, the expertise of our traffic engineers, Council approved program and policies, and the review of similar roads in Hamilton were part of the planning process.

I’m confident these changes will ensure the road is made safer for all residents, particularly for the hundreds of children who use Aberdeen every day to and from school.

Please review this update and contact me if you have questions or feedback you wish to share. 

You’ll find the update contains the following:

  1. Why change Aberdeen?
  2. What are the specific changes?
  3. How were these changes identified?
  4. What will not be changing?
  5. What potential impacts have been considered?
  6. How do these changes enhance the neighbourhood?
  7. How will the pilot be evaluated?
  8. How can I have input into the pilot evaluation?
  9. Additional resources

For a full recap and supporting documentation visit:

Hamilton Indigenous Strategy Discussion with Shelly Hill 

A Ward 1 Virtual Cafe Online Event

Join Maureen as she welcomes Shelly Hill, Senior Project Manager, Health and Safe Communities to discuss the Hamilton Urban Indigenous Strategy.

In the spring of 2015, Hamilton City Council committed to develop an Urban Indigenous Strategy that would identify actions and strengthen the City’s relationship with the Indigenous community. City staff began by reaching out to community partners to co-develop this strategy. Staff worked with Indigenous community partners and agreed to learn and follow principles that honour traditional knowledge, teachings and reciprocity. The key objectives of the Hamilton Urban Indigenous Strategy are to:

  • Identify actions within municipal jurisdiction and capacity arising from the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada’s Final Report.
  • Celebrate and honour Indigenous people, cultures and traditions.
  • Promote a greater understanding among all Hamiltonians through public education on the histories and contributions of Indigenous peoples.
  • Create opportunities for education and internal collaboration among City staff to strengthen the relationship with the Indigenous community and service providers.

The strategy is the result of two years of working together on a process that went through three phases. Phase One: “plant the strategy” (December 2016–December 2017) was focused on establishing the governance structure, guiding principles, and raising awareness of this new work among the Indigenous community and all Hamilton residents. Phase Two, “cultivate the strategy” (January 2018–August 2018) focused on engaging Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents in a variety of ways about the needs and priorities for the strategy. Phase Three: “harvest the strategy” (September 2018–December 2018) involved finalizing and sharing the findings and recommendations from the first two phases.

Read the report then join Maureen in conversation with Shelly Hill.  After Maureen and Shelly's initial discussion, you will have an opportunity to ask Shelly about the study, and the progress 

The report is available online 

Registration in advance is required for this meeting.

Haddon Ave N Watermain Work - Water Service Interruption

As part the watermain replacement work on Haddon Ave, properties on Haddon and related streets will experience a water service interruption on Thursday, September 17, 2020, beginning at 8:00 AM.  Crews began delivering notices today (Sept. 14).

This is expected to be the last interruption to service as part of this project.  Crews will be connecting the last two watermain connections.

Residents on the following streets will be affected.

1. Haddon Ave North- Paisley Ave N to Marion Ave N
2. Marion Ave North- Haddon Ave N to North Oval
3. Paisley Ave North- Haddon Ave N to North Oval
4. Cline Ave North- Paisley Ave N to Marion Ave N

Please store sufficient water for your use during the shutdown period, for example; by filling your bathtub, or some containers such as pots and pans. If you have any device which depends on the availability of the water supply please shut it off in accordance with the manufacturer’s operating instructions. If you have any questions about project activities please call 905-546-2424x4313 during regular office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. For after-hours’ emergency service please call 905-546-2489.

When water service is restored and you first turn on your tap you may notice some “dirty water” or air. This should be temporary. Simply open the cold water taps, beginning in the basement, and allow each to run for several minutes until the water clears. If the dirty water or air persists for more than 30 minutes, please contact Water Maintenance for assistance at 905-546-2424 x4426.

Queen St South Conversion Completed A Month and a Half Early

Phase 1 of the Queen Street conversion is complete. Queen reopened in full from Aberdeen to Main as a two-way street as of September 9, 2020,  allowing motorists to travel both northbound and southbound on Queen St S.

Queen St S was previously a one-way southbound street between Main St W and Herkimer St and a two-way street south of Herkimer St.

  • Construction on Queen St S began in June and has included:
  • Replacements of sidewalk corners and curb
  • New traffic signal poles and lights
  • New audible pedestrian push buttons
  • Enhanced bike lane safety features including new cycle paths, concrete separation curbs, bike lane knockdown sticks and bicycle traffic signal lights
  • Traffic signal changes to include southbound movement

The two-way conversion of Queen St S between Main St W and King St W will be completed in 2021, pending the finalization of localized development construction.

Crews will continue working in the area over the next few weeks to complete final touches, but the road will be open for travel. The construction of a new traffic signal at Queen St N and Napier St will begin on Monday, September 14, 2020, and be completed in October.

The City of Hamilton thanks motorists, cyclists and pedestrians for their patience and cooperation as we complete these important infrastructure upgrades.

For the history of the project and the details of changes please see.


MacTalks (Online): Preventing the Next Pandemic. Featuring Gerry Wright and Maryn McKenna. September 16, 2020, 7:00 PM, Online. Registration required.

Socrate Project:  SHIFT2020 September 23-25, 2020. Registration required.
is a multi-disciplinary festival of promising directions in thinking, production, and action across all spheres. With events across McMaster University and Hamilton, SHIFT 2020 will address the many political, economic and environmental challenges with bold new strategies for the future.

HALSA Lecture (Online). ‘Photovoice’: Strengthening Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples through Participatory Photography — Chelsea Gabel Less. October 3, 2020. 7:30 PM, Online. Registration required.

KNA Food Drive Fall 2020 - More information in the next newsletter or follow KNA on their website or Facebook page.

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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.