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2021-11-15 Ward 1 Newsletter

This edition of the Ward 1 newsletter includes:

  • How Hamilton Will Grow. GRIDS2 and the Municipal Comprehensive Review Debate This Friday
  • Upcoming online presentations
    • HAAA Renewal Public Information Centre 3 - FINAL DESIGN CONCEPT
    • Victoria Park - Spray Pad and Sun Shelter - DESIGN CONCEPTS CONSULTATION
  • Alexander Park Community Hub Survey
  • Call for Artists: Locke Street Marker Public Art Project
  • Beulah Park playground life cycle renewal begins November 12
  • Temporary Road Closure: Strathcona North
  • Ward 1 Native Tree Tour and more
  • Hamilton Harbour Waterfront Trail Geotechnical Work as of November 15
  • Changes to Curbside Leaf and Yard Waste Collection Schedule
  • Mini Hydrant Installation
  • In case you missed it
  • Events

How Hamilton Will Grow. Growth Related Integrated Development Strategy (GRIDS2) and the Municipal Comprehensive Review Debate This Friday

Arguably, the most critical decision the current Council will make this term, how the City of Hamilton will grow over the next 30 years, will be decided on November 19, 2021, at a special GIC meeting.  Watch the meeting live through the City's website or through Youtube.

The meeting begins with the planning staff presentation at 9:30 AM (See agenda and documents)

The City has received 10,154 email responses and 8,223 mailed in responses to their how we should grow survey. Of those responses 90.4% favoured option 2 - no urban boundary expansion. 

At the first special General Interest Committee meeting held on November 9, 2021, Clerks recorded 678 pieces of correspondence, and Council listened to 135 live presentations and 69 video presentations.  To view, the presentations go the Agenda and the Addendum.

GRIDS/MCR information site

HAAA Renewal Public Information Centre 3 - FINAL DESIGN CONCEPT

The City of Hamilton's Landscape Architectural Services (LAS) section launched a park Renewal Plan for the HAAA Grounds in February 2021. To date, the project team, along with the Ward 1 office, have hosted two virtual Public Information Centres (PIC) events where (2) two renewal plan concepts were presented to the community.
Since our PIC No. 2 event in June '21, the project team has been reviewing community feedback and refining those two concepts into a single, final Renewal Plan that will be presented at the upcoming PIC No.3.

Please join us virtually as we present the final Renewal Plan, and we transition into the next phase of the design process.

Two options: Registration is required

November 18, 2021, at 7:30 PM 


November 20, 2021, at 10:00 AM 

For more information on the project or to view the first two public meetings, go to

Victoria Park - Spray Pad and Sun Shelter - DESIGN CONCEPTS CONSULTATION

In February 2021 presentation to Strathcona residents, City staff explained that Victoria Park's existing spray pad is nearing the end of its life cycle and must be replaced. In addition, staff noted that the park currently lacks a sun shelter, which had been identified in the Victoria Park Master Plan.

On November 23, City staff will present two concepts for the forthcoming spray pad and sun shelter.

Following the presentation, an online survey will be open for a few weeks in order for residents to provide their feedback on the proposed concepts.

November 23, 2021, at 7:30 PM Registration required 

For more information on the project, go to:

To view the previous public meeting video, which included the spray pad and sun shelter, go to:

Ainslie Wood Community Hub Survey

Ainslie Wood residents, this one is for you.

Take part in the Alexander Park Community Hub survey.

The Alexander Park Community Hub project aims to provide an accessible, multi-purpose space for community use and programming opportunities. Feedback from community members and key stakeholders will help inform the project by identifying building improvements and additional features within the existing building.

Please complete the survey by Friday, November 19, to share your Alexander Park Hub project ideas.

For assistance completing the survey, please call the Ward 1 Office: 905-546-2416

Call for Artists: Locke Street Marker Public Art Project

The City of Hamilton is seeking professional Artists or Artist-Led Teams to create a permanent Public Art work(s) to be sited on Locke Street at the SW Corner of Jackson Street in Hamilton.

A citizen Jury will select artists through a two-stage process involving a concept and design proposal, followed by public consultation on up to 6 selected Artists detailed proposals.

Award: $70,000

Short-listed Artists completing a Stage 2 submission will receive a $700 honorarium.

Submission Deadline: January 13, 2022, at 3:00 PM (Hamilton time)

Artist Information Meeting: December 9, 2021, 7:00 PM Via Video Conference

Artists are invited to view a presentation on the adjudication process and submission requirements. This is not a mandatory meeting.

Please RSVP to [email protected] on or before December 8, 2021, for virtual meeting details.

Visit the Locke Street Marker Public Art Project Webpage to view the Call for Artists and the Focus Group Report.

Beulah Park playground life cycle renewal begins November 12

Please be advised the Beulah Park Playground is to be closed for reconstruction, starting November 12, 2021, and is scheduled for completion on December 10, 2021, or sooner (weather permitting).
The existing playground at this park was originally installed in the 1990s and has now reached its end-of-life. In Spring 2021, residents participated in a survey in which the new play elements were selected.

Renovation work includes renovation of the existing play area, including excavation and placement of drainage layer and weeping tiles, installation of new playground equipment and installation of new wood chip playground surfacing. Work areas, including access to the playground, will be closed in their entirety during construction.

The playground area will not be accessible to the public during this period, but all other park amenities will remain open with intermittent services interruptions as required to facilitate construction.

Temporary Road Closure: Strathcona North

Temporary Road Closure, Queen Street North, York Boulevard to Barton Street, Thursday, November 18, 2021, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM for crane works.

Ward 1 Native Tree Tour and more

Maureen and botanist Paul O'Hara went on a native tree walk one autumn day.  Months later, an idea became a website. 

Introducing a Greener Ward 1.

Perhaps late November is a strange time to launch the site, but native gardening is a thoughtful process, and the coming winter provides some time to think about what your spring may include. The website consists of the original native tree tour videos in all four neighbourhoods, articles from Paul on biodiversity, ideas for native gardening, and resources.

Keeping in the green theme here is an update on the Green Venture's Naturhood rebates and Extreme Green Makeover programs which Ward 1 partnered on last April. See Naturhoods video

Eight residents took advantage of the available rebates. Green Venture will look to relaunch the program in the spring.

St John's Church was the winner of the extreme green makeover community project.  Work on this site will begin in Spring 2022.

Hamilton Harbour Waterfront Trail Geotechnical Work as of November 15

Beginning on Monday, November 15, City staff will be completing geotechnical works (borehole drilling) along the 2km easterly facing section of the Hamilton Harbour Waterfront Traill. These works are anticipated to start on Monday, November 15 and carry through until the 24th. During this period, trail visitors may experience minor disruptions along a portion of the waterfront trail from the Bayfront Park parking lot to the floating bridge structure within Desjardins Canal (York Blvd bridge).

The trail will remain open during this time, and crews will be on-site to flag visitors through the work zone in a safe manner.

Changes to Curbside Leaf and Yard Waste Collection Schedule:

The City is reminding residents that beginning Monday, December 6, 2021; the City will no longer collect yard waste curbside in December, January and February.

  • Regular weekly collection of curbside yard waste will resume February 28, 2022.
  • Residential yard waste can still be taken to a Community Recycling Centre for free all year round.
  • Curbside Christmas tree collection will not be impacted and will still be collected during the first and second weeks of January each year.

Fall Clean-Up Tips:

  • When placing yard waste at the curb for collection, use a paper yard waste bag or an open-top rigid reusable container identified with a yard waste sticker.
  • Blue boxes, cardboard boxes and green bins are NOT acceptable yard waste containers.
  • Yard waste stickers can be picked up for free at a Municipal Service Centre.
  • If using a reusable container to dispose of yard waste, drill holes into the sides and bottom of your container to allow drainage and air circulation. Remove the lid before placing it at the curb for collection.
  • Keep each bag, bundle or container of yard waste under 50lbs to maintain the safety of waste collection operators.
  • Roll bags shut at the top with no branches sticking out—store bags in a dry location until your collection day.
  • Branches, sticks and twigs must be tied with string in bundles no longer than 1.2m (4ft) and .75m (2.5ft) in diameter.
  • Remove candles and decorations before placing pumpkins in your yard waste bag or container.
  • Yard waste is not accepted in the green bin.

 To Cover or Not to Cover (your garbage bins with a lid)

There was a bit of confusion last month about garbage can lids. Here's the straight scoop.

Containers should have removable lids, but residents don't need to take the tops off when placing bins at the curb. Would you please make sure crews can easily open your cover and is free from any objects/cords holding it down?

Mini Hydrant Installation

Over the next few months, Hamilton Water will be installing water distribution system maintenance post hydrant in Ward 1. With most of Hamilton's dead-end watermains being only 4", adding regular size fire hydrant was not an option. The post hydrant is a mini hydrant explicitly designed for flushing dead-end watermains. The installation of the post hydrants will ensure that the dead-end watermains are periodically flushed. The post hydrants will also be an essential tool to complete water quality flushing in the event of a water quality complaint. The post hydrants will also be used as part of the day to day operation and maintenance of the water distribution system.

As you can see in the photo below, the post hydrants are small and unobtrusive and require little maintenance. Post hydrants are not capable of being used to help fight fires. It is also important to note; residents are allowed to park in front of the post hydrant as they are installed only to support the operation and maintenance of the water distribution system.

Post hydrants will be installed within the city portion of a property (similar to regular fire hydrants). Residents will be contacted if a post hydrant will be installed on/near their property.

In case you missed it.

City of Hamilton Ward 5 Selection Process & Outcome

The purpose of this post is to account for my vote this past Friday, November 12, 2021, at a special meeting of Hamilton City Council to fill the Ward 5 seat left vacant with the election of Chad Collins as a federal Liberal MP for Hamilton East- Stoney Creek. Mr Collins served as Ward 5 Hamilton City Councillor for 26 years (1995-2021).
A majority of Hamilton City Councillors determined to fill this vacancy by an appointment process, which is allowed under Ontario's Municipal Act. I did not vote in favour of this process. I believed that a by-election was more appropriate to ensure that the residents of Ward 5 could exercise their preference rather than Council. 
There were two primary factors that guided my vote on November 12. Firstly, I strongly believed that it was not appropriate for a registered lobbyist active with the municipality to be selected to serve in this unelected Ward 5 position. Secondly, the most important generational decision facing our City is that of Hamilton's urban boundary. A decision to allow 1300 acres of land to be developed for low rise housing is not in the public interest. This plan will consume some of Canada's most productive, fertile prime agricultural lands; it runs counter to efforts to protect and restore natural lands and water resources. Urban sprawl will undermine our strategic investment in Hamilton LRT, and it will continue to expose this City to a growing and unsustainable financial risk. 
For these reasons, I placed my support with the applicant who stood the best chance of receiving the majority of Council support while being guided by these two factors.
I wish Mr Russ Powers only good things in his service to Ward 5 residents over the next year, and I believe he will do his very best in that regard.
I was very impressed with the many residents who came forward to be selected. I am hopeful that they give serious consideration to running in the October 2022 municipal election in ward 5 and bring new ideas and new experiences to the Council table.
Thank you for reading, and happy to answer any questions you may have.


  • Strathcona Community Council Annual General Meeting, November 23, 2021, at 700 PM (online). Registration required

Please join us for community updates and to help shape the future of your neighbourhood association.

Attendees will elect the SCC executive for the next one year term. Expressions of interest for executive positions are welcome in advance. Attendees may nominate themselves for an executive position during the meeting as well.

  • Westdale BIA Winter Wander, November 26-28, 2021,  Santa, live concerts and more

Friday night live music starts at 5:00 PM with Santa visiting 6:00-8:00 PM

Live concerts Saturday and Sunday, tickets at

Saturday: Great Lake Swimmers at 6:00 PM and The Sky Diggers at 9:00 PM

Sunday: John McDermott at 7:00 PM

  • Art in the Workplace "Make Your Own Gala" - December 3, 6, & 7 at McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Rd S.

Art in the Workplace is thrilled to announce our new "Make Your Own Gala." Printed brochures are available and volunteers will be on-site to act as hosts and can welcome guests from 10:00 AM until just before 7:00 PM. The exhibit features the work of over 100 local artists!

Please note that the Atrium is now open to visitors on weekdays until 6:00 PM with proof of vaccination, mask and distancing requirements. You must enter at the front door to be screened by security.

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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.