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2020-10-02 Ward 1 Newsletter


  • Valley Inn Bridge
  • Senior of the Year Award: Archie McQueen (Ward 1)
  • Meet Your Ward 1 Neighbour: Julia Hitchcock (Video)
  • Notice of Public Meeting for UHOPA-18-005/ZAC-18-012 (235 Main St W, 74 Queen St S, 244 & 246 Jackson St W)
  • Westdale South Road Work Update
  • Kirkendall Neighbourhood Association Food Drive 
  • Events
  • COVID Update
    • Social Gathering Limits: Additional Guidance on Indoor and Outdoor Events and Gatherings

Valley Inn Bridge

A generous donation of $1 million from the McNally Foundation will allow for the full reconstruction of the Valley Inn Bridge located in Ward 1 so that it will be back in commission in Spring, 2021. The bridge links together the cities of Hamilton and Burlington and the properties of the beloved Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG). 

When Mr Michael McNally called me this past July to tell me that the foundation would like to see the bridge put back into commission, the wheels were set in motion to ensure the work was feasible. City of Hamilton staff worked throughout the summer to ensure the work could be done safely, effectively and on time. 

On September 16th Hamilton City Council formally approved the project work and formerly thanked the McNally Foundation.

A good news story on so many fronts and I know all the Around the Bay road runners will look forward to the challenge of “Heart Break” hill when the bridge is completed. 

On behalf of Ward 1 residents, I would like to express my heartful appreciation and thanks to the McNally Foundation. This gift continues their well-established legacy of giving to support the ecological integrity and social resiliency of our community.



Senior of the Year Award - Archie McQueen - Healthy and Active Living Award

The City of Hamilton recognizes seniors for their outstanding volunteer contributions to the community as the Senior of the Year Awards marks its 25th year.

The Senior of the Year Awards program celebrates seniors age 65 and older who contribute their time and talents in service to enrich the social, cultural or civic life of others and/or the community. The tradition of honouring the voluntary achievements and contributions of seniors in the city first began in 1995. Over the last quarter-century, the Awards have become a unique opportunity to support, engage and recognize local seniors. The City of Hamilton and community partners offer many programs and services to address the health and social needs of older adults and seniors, in support of Hamilton’s vision to be the best place to raise a child and age successfully.

Archie McQueen - Healthy and Active Living Award

Mr McQueen has been involved at Bennetto Elementary School for more than 35 years. First, as a school teacher, but also as a volunteer where he continues to impact and inspire youth positively. As a teacher, Archie would arrive at the school early to open the gymnasium for students to participate in an open gym program. At the end of the school day, he would stay at the school to again supervise the activities in the gym.

Since retiring, Mr McQueen continues to supply teach and run the open gym program before and after school, as well as during nutritional breaks twice weekly. Archie has also donated his $100,000 earnings to support reading and technology resources and pay for a new scoreboard for the gymnasium at Bennetto.

Congratulations, Mr McQueen, and thank you for your significant contributions to the lives of young people across the city.

For a complete listing of this year’s recipients, please visit:

Meet Your Ward 1 Neighbour: Julia Hitchcock (Video)


UHOPA-18-005/ZAC-18-012 - Notice of Public Meeting of the Planning Committee 

Subject Property: 235 Main Street West, 74 Queen Street South, 244 & 246 Jackson Street West

Date: October 6, 2020 TIME: 9:30 a.m.

See agenda item 7.2 for details and staff report 

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Westdale South Road Work Update

Haddon Ave N
- break-out (removal of existing asphalt and underlying soils to a depth, place geotextile fabric and geogrid on the subgrade - completed Sept 30)
- new concrete curb and sidewalk (completion date Oct 16 +/-)
- place final lifts of gravel, shape road and place binder and surface asphalt (Oct 30 +/-)
- driveway, walkways, topsoil and sod restorations (Oct 30 +/-)

Westdale South
- Cline Ave: concrete repairs to curbs and sidewalks, milling and asphalt resurfacing completed before labour day
- Paisley: Concrete should be completed by Oct 23 +/-. Milling & asphalt resurfacing by Nov 13 +/-
- Dalewood, Dromore and North Oval: concrete repairs to curb and sidewalk completed, milling and asphalt resurfacing to be completed by Nov 13 +/-
- Oak Knoll: This road may not be completed until spring 2021

Kirkendall Neighbourhood Food Drive

The 13th Annual Fill a Bus, Feed a Family Food Drive in support of Mission Services takes place tomorrow, Saturday, October 3, 2020 (rescheduled from May 2 due to COVID-19)

On October 3rd, please place your bag on your porch before 10 am for pick up.

Bags can also be dropped off at one of our depots September 25th – October 14th:

  • Blessings Church @ Stanley and Locke St.
  • Dundurn Market
  • Locke St Library
  • Picks and Sticks
  • flo aesthetic
  • or curbside at McMaster Innovation Park on October 3rd 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM


  • KNA Pumpkin Sale!! Saturday, October 17, 2020. Don’t miss out!! 
    Pre-order your pumpkin(s) today! Email [email protected] 
    Small - $3.50; Medium-$5.00; Large-$6.00; Jumbo-$7.00 

  • The Future of McMaster Innovation Park (Online) (Lager Lecture); October 7, 2020, at 1:00 PM. Registration required.

  • MacTalks (Online): Nobel laureates on why the Nobel Prize matters: A MacTalks discussion. Featuring Myron Scholes, Donna Strickland & John Stackhouse. October 7, 2020, 7:00 PM, Online. Registration required.

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

  • Women Who Rock Award Nominations deadline October 7, 2020WWR is using the power of its platform to stand with the Black community to amplify the voices and accelerate meaningful conversation about anti-Black racism and long-needed change. Help WWR celebrate our community by nominating a Black woman for a 2020 Women Who Rock award. The celebration is on October 25, 2020.


COVID Updates

With cases of COVID-19 on the rise in Hamilton and across Ontario, Hamilton’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr Elizabeth Richardson, is echoing the announcement made by Premier Doug Ford earlier today and is recommending that residents move away from the concept of the “social circle” and limit close interactions to those within their households.

Trends in COVID-19 cases in Hamilton are showing that the virus is most commonly being transmitted at private social gatherings, in situations where people are not practising appropriate physical distancing, and when people are not wearing masks indoors or in other settings where physical distancing is a challenge.

With businesses and schools reopening, and many residents returning to work, the concept of a social circle no longer reflects the reality of our daily lives, and are hard for individuals and families to stick to.

It’s important for people to carefully consider what kind of activities they are engaging in right now. Limiting your close social interactions to those who are within your household is the best way to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Gathering restrictions set by the province remain unchanged. However, it’s important to remember that guests at social gatherings should physically distance and remain two metres/six feet from all other guests outside their household.

Private unstaffed/unsupervised events or gatherings continue to have a limit of 10 people or less for indoor gatherings, and 25 people or less for outdoor gatherings. While holding gatherings of this size is legal, maintaining two metres (six feet) of physical distance from other guests is paramount.

As we enter the second wave of COVID-19 in Ontario, it is up to all of us to help prevent the spread of the disease. Residents can help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in our community by:

Washing hands frequently with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds

  • Staying home if sick, self-isolating from others and getting tested;
  • Keeping a physical distance of at least two metres from others in your group, unless they are household members
  • Wearing a mask or face covering in an enclosed space, especially in settings where it is difficult to maintain a physical distance from others
  • Meeting up outside and keeping gathering times short
  • Taking extra precautions if people are elderly or have chronic health conditions.

Social Gathering Limits: Additional Guidance on Indoor and Outdoor Events and Gatherings

The provincial government announced that the maximum number of people allowed at unmonitored and private social gatherings would be reduced in a continued effort to manage the spread of COVID-19 in Ontario.

Gathering limits are set differently for events and gatherings that are staffed/supervised, unstaffed/unsupervised and for religious services, ceremonies or rites.


Staffed/supervised events/gatherings


Businesses and organizations operating in accordance with O. Reg. 364/20 and with staff monitoring the event/gathering.

Unstaffed/unsupervised events/gatherings


Any place other than a business or organization operating in accordance with O. Reg. 364/20.


Religious Service, Ceremony or Rite


Places of worship, banquet halls and parks.




50 people or less

i.e. bars, restaurants, cinemas, convention centres, banquet halls, gyms, places of worship, recreational sporting or performing arts events.

10 people or less


i.e. parties, dinners, wedding receptions at private residences

30% of the room capacity or less to maintain physical distancing.




100 people or less


i.e. patio dining, recreational sporting or performing arts events.


25 people or less

i.e. parties, dinners, barbeques, wedding receptions at private residences, backyards, parks, and other recreation areas.

100 people or less





Some additional guidance for all events and gatherings include:

  • Staff and performers hired by a venue do not count towards gathering limits.
  • If food or drink is served, guests must remain seated except to use the washroom or leave. No mingling.
  • Mask/face covering must be worn at all times indoors except when eating, and outdoors when physical distancing is challenging.
  • Guests should physically distance and remain two metres/six feet from all other guests outside their household or social circle.
  • Hired performers who sing or play a brass/wind instrument must be separated from guests by a physical barrier.
  • Indoor and outdoor gathering numbers cannot be merged together.

To help residents better understand these gathering limits, the City has developed some examples of what is and is not permitted at indoor and outdoor events and gatherings.

Activities allowed under the new gathering restrictions

Activities NOT allowed under the new gathering restrictions


  • Going out to eat at a restaurant
  • Attending an event at a banquet hall or convention centre with a maximum of 50 people inside the same room
  • Going to see a movie at a cinema with 50 people or less inside the theatre
  • Going to an indoor concert, with a maximum of 50 people in the audience and while performers who sing or play a brass/wind instrument are separated from guests by a physical barrier.
  • Playing hockey or basketball at an indoor venue within the established health and safety guidelines.
  • Organizing or attending a private dinner party or other indoor private gathering with more than 10 people
  • Organizing and hosting an indoor house party with more than 10 people.
  • Attending a birthday party held inside a home with more than 10 people.






  • Playing a game of outdoor baseball or football with the proper permit in place
  • Attending an outdoor concert where staff are responsible for ensuring proper health and safety measures are in place.
  • Playing a pick-up sport like baseball or dodgeball with more than 25 people
  • Attending a backyard BBQ with more than 25 people.
  • Attending a backyard baby shower with more than 25 people.

Apple farms, orchards and pumpkin farms are businesses under Schedule 1 of O. Reg 364/20, and as such, they are not subject to the new gathering limits. Drive-in and drive-thru venues are also not subject to gathering limits. However, businesses are required to comply with all aspects of the regulation including ensuring visitors are able to maintain two metres of physical distance.

At this time, the City’s Municipal Law Enforcement’s team is focusing on educating residents about the new provincial orders/limits. The host or organizer of a private function or gathering may be found guilty of an offence under the new regulation. Attendees may also be charged.

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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.