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2020-11-23 Ward 1 Newsletter


  • Hamilton in the RED (Control) stage 
  • Complete Streets Ward 1 Intersection Makeover Project [ONLINE event] November 24
  • Jackson St W road closure notification
  • Westdale South Road Work Update
  • Radon Gas in Your Home
  • Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre (HARRC) Call for Board Members
  • Engage Hamilton
  • Events
  • COVID Update

Hamilton is currently in the CONTROL (Red) stage within the provincial COVID-19 Opening Framework.

Find out what this means

Recreation      Workplace & Public Places

Complete Streets Ward 1 Intersection Makeover Project [ONLINE event]

Councillor Wilson and CityLab have teamed up to invite you to a design charette as part of the Ward 1 Complete Streets Intersection Makeover Project.
In this 90 minute event on November 24th at 7:00 PM, you will learn more about Hamilton’s Complete Streets Intersection Makeover Project, which aims to transform Hamilton intersections into more safe and inclusive spaces for all road users. During the event, we invite you to share your opinions and feedback on how intersections situated in your Ward 1 neighbourhood could be improved.
The event will be hosted on Zoom by CityLAB Semester in Residence students in collaboration with the City of Hamilton, and the Ward 1 office.
Registration is required. You can register for the event on Eventbrite using this Eventbrite link.

Jackson Street West Road Closure

Jackson St W from Locke to Pearl will be closed Tuesday, November 24, 2020, from 8:00 AM to approximately 1:00 PM for water line connection work.

Westdale South Road Work Update

i) Milling Schedule (Dalewood Cres – Sterling St to Oak Knoll Dr; Paisley Ave N – King St to Dalewood Cres & North Oval – Sterling St to King St) – Thur Nov 12, Fri Nov 13 & Mon Nov 16
ii) Paving Schedule (Dalewood – Sterling St to Oak Knoll Dr; Paisley Ave N– King to Oak Knoll Dr, North Oval – Sterling St to King St & Haddon Ave N – Sterling St to Marion Ave N) – Thur Nov 19, Fri Nov 20 & Mon Nov 23 (weather permitting)
iii) Restoration work: asphalt & concrete driveway, sod and topsoil is coinciding with above work

The remainder of work commencing in April 2021: Concrete curb repairs, milling & resurfacing and restorations
i) Oak Knoll Dr– Dalewood Cres to Dromore Cres
ii) Paisley – Dalewood Cres to Oak Koll Dr

Radon Gas in Your Home

What is Radon?

Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium found in rocks and soils. You can’t see, taste or smell radon. It can enter buildings through cracks in foundation floors and walls, gaps in pipes, open floor drains, or any other area of exposed soil. In confined spaces like a home, radon can build up to high levels becoming a health risk. The likelihood of high radon levels cannot be predicted by the age or location of home; all homes are at risk. Breathing in high levels of radon for many years can lead to lung cancer. In fact, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canada, after tobacco smoke.

Radon Levels in Hamilton

In 2019 and 2020, a Hamilton Public Health Services found 14.3% of homes participating in a voluntary survey registered radon levels in excess of Health Canada’s current radon guideline of 200 Bq/m3. Hamilton’s percentage is three times greater than the Ontario provincial percentage of 4.6%.

Immediate New Build Requirements

Effective immediately, Hamilton’s Chief Building Officer has ordered that all new homes include an approved radon mitigation system listed in the Ontario Building Code.

Testing for Radom in Existing homes

The only way to determine if a home has high radon levels is to test. Testing is safe and simple and involves placing a radon detector in the lowest occupied floor of a building for a minimum of three months. At the end of the test, the detector is sent to the laboratory for analysis, and the average radon concentration is calculated. If radon levels are high, there are several effective methods to reduce radon levels in the home.

Hamilton Public Library has radon detector test kits available for use. The kits are also available from most hardware stores.

For more information, please visit Hamilton Public Health or Health Canada

Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre (HARRC) Call for Board Members

Are you passionate about anti-racism? HARRC is recruiting for community leaders who will have an opportunity to play a leadership role in building an organisation focused on this important work.

The Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre (HARRC) will promote a sense of belonging for racialised people in Hamilton. Individuals impacted by racism and other forms of race-related oppression can access information, support and resources.

A Community Advisory Panel (CAP) is actively recruiting candidates for HARRC’s inaugural board of directors to recommend to the Hamilton City Council for final approval. If you live or work in Hamilton and are a passionate community leader, please consider applying for this opportunity.

Please submit a resume and cover letter articulating why you are interested in this role to [email protected] by 5 pm on Friday, December 4, 2020.

Additional information is available at

Engage Hamilton

Engage Hamilton is the City of Hamilton’s interactive online space for public engagement. Learn about important City initiatives, share your feedback and engage with the community. Share your ideas to help make Hamilton a better place to live, work and play. Join the conversation and have your say!

Current Projects for input include Residential Zoning Project; Hate Prevention & Mitigation Initiative: Transit Accessibility; Public Engagement During COVID-19; Community Safety and Well-Being Plan; and more.  


  • Green Venture Energy Audit Workshop; Wednesday, November 25, 2020; 6:30-7:30 PM; [Online] - registration required
    Looking to make your home more energy-efficient and save money? You've got the power to save energy! Join Green Venture's Registered Energy Advisor for an Energy Audit Workshop to learn some tips & tricks to reduce your home’s energy consumption and learn about EnerGuide home energy audits and available rebates.
    Register for this workshop here:
    For more information about the workshop or to book an EnerGuide Home Energy Audit and take advantage of available rebates, check our Website here:, Email us [email protected], or Call their Energy Program Manager at 905-540-8787 ext. 116. 

  • Strathcona Community Council Annual General Meeting; Monday, November 30, 2020; 7:00-9:00 PM; [Online]
    This year the SCC will only have official business and updates from the City. We wish to resume more meetings and events throughout the year, once it is safe to do so. For access to the Zoom meeting, please request the link by emailing [email protected].

  • Kick-off the holiday season with a free holiday craft bag & poinsettia!; Saturday, December 5, 2020; Pick-up 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (or until supplies last)
    The Kirkendall Neighbourhood Association and Blessings Christian Church will be giving out free holiday craft bags and poinsettias for neighbourhood families outside Blessings Christian Church.
    Location: Blessings Church (corner of Stanley and Locke)
    Questions? Send an email to [email protected] or visit for more info.

  • HALSA Lecture (Online). "Prisoners of Gravity" — Laurence Harris. December 5, 2020. 7:30 PM, [Online] Registration required
  • WOMEN + WORK: The Case for Basic Income; Thursday, December 10, 2020; 12:00 PM [Online]
    In recognition of International Human Rights Day, Basic Income Hamilton is hosting an online webinar featuring guest panellists, Senator Kim Pate; Dr Tracy Smith-Carrier, Jessie Golem, Josephine Grey with special musical guest, Lauri Yates. Registration is required for this free event

  • Essential Immigrants: An appreciation event hosted by HIPC; Tuesday, December 8, 2020; 5:30 PM live on YouTube
    Earlier this fall, HIPC launched the Essential Immigrants campaign, a six-part series featuring immigrants serving on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in Hamilton. Those interviews are all available in this thread.  To honour and recognize the work of Hamilton's Essential Immigrants, HIPC invites you to to join us for an hour on December 8 to celebrate their accomplishments and thank them for their continued service in our city.  This is a virtual event. This event is open to the public and can be accessed on YouTube live.
  • McMaster lectures, concerts and events 


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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.