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2021-04-15 Ward 1 Newsletter


  • Hamilton COVID-19 Update
  • Trees Please - Free Trees for Ward 1 residents
  • Community Safety & Well-Being Plan Ward 1 Online Consultation
  • NATURhoods & Ward 1- Incentivizing Green Infrastructure
  • Extreme Green Makeover
  • Rain Barrel Sale
  • Team Up to Clean Up
  • Where did all the cannons go?
  • Ainslie Wood Main St W Lane Closure Notice
  • Kirkendall Neighbourhood Association Updates
  • Hamilton Police Services Bike Registry

Hamilton COVID-19 Update

Provincial Stay-at-Home Order

Under the Stay-at-Home Order, everyone is asked to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely. Individuals are asked to remain in their local communities and avoid all non-essential travel – even within the province – and to stay home when ill, even with mild symptoms.

This Order and other new and existing public health restrictions are aimed at limiting people's mobility and reducing the number of daily contacts with those outside an immediate household. In addition to limiting outings for these purposes, all businesses must ensure that any employee who can work from home, does work from home.

Trees Please is proud to partner with Ward 1 to distribute free trees to the neighbourhoods of Ainslie Wood, Kirkendall, Strathcona and Westdale.

Help increase Hamilton’s tree canopy by signing up for a free native tree species that the Ward 1 office has reserved for our neighbours. Please note this is ONLY available to Ward 1 residents, and proof of address will be required.

Trees around our homes provide myriad benefits to the city, our neighbourhoods, and our health and well-being. Trees filter pollutants from our air, mitigate the urban heat island effects and keep us cool in the summer, reduce pressure on our storm-water management systems, make urban residents healthier, provide habitat for other species and enhance biodiversity in our city. They even increase your property value!

You can help by planting a tree in your yard - we can help by giving you a tree for free. The only ‘catch’ is that we want to make sure that your planting site is suitable and that the tree will continue to thrive!

Trees ordered by April 18th will be delivered right to your door on April 23 or 24. I and care about growing our urban forest.

Not quite ready to commit, we will offer a similar opportunity in the fall.

Trees Please is a project of Environment Hamilton and the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club. This giveaway is thanks to Ward 1 and Councillor Wilson.

For more details and to request native tree see the Trees Please website.

Community Safety & Well-Being Plan Ward 1 Online Consultation

Under the Province's Safer Ontario Act, 2018, municipalities must develop a Community Safety & Well-being Plan using the provincial government’s Community Safety and Well-Being Framework.

A Community Safety and Well-Being Plan aims to create the community conditions where:

  • Everyone is safe and has a sense of belonging
  • Everyone has access to services; and
  • Individual and families can meet their needs for education, health care, food, housing, income, and social and cultural expression

Join residents in Ward 1 for an in-depth discussion with City staff on six identified themes.

  • mental health and stigma
  • housing and homelessness
  • hate incidents
  • Violence
  • substance use; and,
  • access to income

The online event takes place on April 29, 2021, at 7:30 PM. Registration required: 

Unable to join the live conversation, not to worry - the opportunity to provide feedback exists by visiting the Engage Hamilton project page.

NATURhoods & Ward 1- Incentivizing Green Infrastructure

Green Venture and Ward 1 launched their first collaborative project during a live online session on April 6, 2021. 

Learn how to slow water down and soak it up on your property while providing beautification, home to pollinators, shade, places to gather, flood protection, and so much more.

Green Venture is excited to work with Ward 1 residents ready to adopt green infrastructure on their own property. In addition, they are offering a limited number of grants available to assist in your green makeover.

Design Workshop + Rebate Program 

If you are interested in learning more about the green infrastructure projects presented today, head over to our website and sign up for our upcoming design workshop. Space is limited, so sign up fast. Those interested in participating in the rebate program must attend a design workshop before completing the application. To learn more about the rebate program, head over to NATURhoods webpage, Find Your NATURhood

And there's more ...

Extreme Green Makeover

Our friends at Green Venture have announced an exciting opportunity!

Do you know of a publicly-used place in Hamilton that:

💧 Can improve its relationship with Hamilton’s water cycle? (i.e. has drainage issues, connected downspouts, or underused sod/hardscaping)

💧 Can host volunteer installation and maintenance events (under regular circumstances)?

💧 Is supported by a community passionate about learning how to improve water quality and community health?

If you answered “YES” to these questions, Green Venture wants to help by giving your site a green infrastructure (GI) “makeover”!

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR 2021! Visit to learn more and apply!

🗓️  Ward 13 – Apply online by April 30
🗓️  Ward 1 – Apply online by June 30

Sites located in all other Hamilton wards are invited to apply for consideration for future opportunities.

Rain Barrel Sale

You would think we timed this.

The City of Hamilton 2021 Rain Barrel sale has begun. The sale opened with a “soft launch” on March 22nd, and an advertising campaign is set to begin the week of April 5th. You can order rain barrels online for $45 each, plus a $10 delivery fee per location. The sale is online only this year due to COVID-19.

Please note that the sale will end on May 15, 2021, and all rain barrel deliveries will take place between April 30, 2021, and May 31, 2021.
Rain Barrels are a good way for residents to capture water to be used in gardens and other outdoor uses. This also helps to reduce the load on the sewer systems during heavy rainfall.

Interested residents can be directed to for more information and to order their rain barrels. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Team Up to Clean Up

We are happy to share that Park & Neighbourhood Cleanup registrations are now open and will operate under new COVID-19 health and safety regulations, including gathering restrictions. Under the Stay-at-Home Order, all participants are required to:

  • register 1-2 weeks before cleanup;
  • cleanup as an individual or up to 5 people from the same household;
  • wear a mask; and
  • follow physical distancing guidelines (keep 2 metres apart).

Advanced notice of the cleanup is required so that supplies can be prepared and distributed. Please contact us 1-2 weeks in advance of your preferred cleanup date.

Each participant will receive one orange bag and one pair of gloves (max. 5 per group). Masks must be worn but will not be provided. Participants are encouraged to review all guidelines and precautions related to COVID-19 issued by federal, provincial and municipal public health agencies and consider this information before planning or hosting a cleanup.

For more details and to register, please visit the Team Up to Clean Up website or email City staff at clean&[email protected]



Where did all the cannons go?

Contrary to our office staff member joking that the cannons were facing the wrong way, it turns out the cannons have been temporarily relocated until such time that more safe and permanent bases are made. 

The cannons were relocated due to safety and conservation concerns. The barrels, which weigh over 2,300 pounds each, were mounted on wooden carriages which have started to deteriorate after years of exposure to the elements and the sheer weight of their load. While the carriages have been inspected regularly and repaired when necessary over the years, they have now reached a point of decay where new carriages will be required. Since they are very popular with visitors to Dundurn Park who like to sit and climb on them, this was a public safety concern.

Where did they go?

The cannons have been relocated to the Museum’s off-site storage area, where they can be stored safely indoors.

When will they be returned?

Their return date is unknown at this point. Research must be carried out to determine the most suitable base for them, considering public safety, historical accuracy, our ability to provide more interpretive context and historical information about them and available financial resources. In the meantime, they will be examined and maintained by the Conservator for Hamilton’s Civic Museums, who will provide condition reports and long-term care recommendations.

Want more cannon information?  Hamilton Museum staff created this handy FAQ just for you.

Ainslie Wood

Please be advised of the temporary road closure required for sewer rehabilitation work on Thursday, April 22, 2021 – 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

  • Kingsmount St N of Main St W (@ Intersection)
  • Main St W – westbound reduce to 1 lane
  • No Left from Kingsmount to westbound lanes of Main St W
  • *HSR** service maintained
  • Pedestrian crossing maintained

Kirkendall Neighbourhood Association Updates

KNA Annual General Meeting - Thursday, April 22, 7:00 p.m.

The KNA AGM is being held via Zoom**  KNA AGM LINK

Guest speakers include:

  • Ward 1 Councillor Maureen Wilson- updates from the City of Hamilton
  • A/Sargeant A. Butt- updates from Hamilton Police Services and responses to the crime priority survey (more details about this survey can be found in the section below)
  • Kirkendall Garden Club- "How to incorporate pollinators into your garden."

We're also holding elections to fill a few Member-at-Large vacancies, and we're always looking for volunteers to help with our ongoing volunteer events.

Community Police Survey

We are currently running a survey to determine your priority items in the list of crime categories that Hamilton Police Services handles. The categories range from robberies to break & enters (Residential or Commercial) to theft from autos and graffiti. There are 7 categories in total, and we want to know in the next few weeks which ones are the most concerning to you. The responses will be collected and provided to A/Sargeant A. Butt, our Area Crime Manager, to provide a more focused update to our residents at the AGM on April 22. 

The survey should only take a minute or so of your time and can be found here. We appreciate your support on this item.


Annual Mushroom Compost Sale

We're back this year with the Annual Mushroom Compost Sale! We'll be shovelling bags of compost on Saturday, May 15, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Blessings Christian Church. Email [email protected] to pre-order your mushroom compost anytime between now and the night before the sale - just let us know how many bags you'd like to come to pick up. Prices are $4.50 per bag. (1 cu.ft. per bag).

Your gardens will thank you!


Annual Food Drive Update

Normally at this time of year, we are gearing up for our annual "Fill a Bus, Feed a Family" Food Drive in support of the Mission Services Good Food Centre. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have decided to postpone the May food drive until Saturday, October 2. We are optimistic that restrictions will ease by that time, and we'll be able to hold our food drive with similar success to what we achieved last fall. Check our Food Drive page on the KNA website and watch for updates later in the summer for notices to volunteer. In the meantime, if you are able, we encourage you to continue the support of Mission Services by making an online monetary donation to help keep their shelves stocked for their clients.

Hamilton Police Services Bike Registry

Hamilton Police encourage all Hamilton bicycle owners to register their bicycles through a new online bike registry. In the event of theft, Hamilton Police can only reunite bikes with their owners if they can identify the bicycle. Visit the HPS Bike Registry website for more information.


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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.