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2021-05-18 Ward 1 Newsletter


  • Hamilton COVID-19 Update: 18+ Vaccination Appointments Now Open
  • What is Happening in Cootes Paradise? Maureen's letter to the Spectator
  • Ward 1 Online Public Information Events
    • Pearl-Kent Bike Boulevard Pilot Program
    • Alexander Park Future Improvements
    • Hold the Date for the H.A.A.A. 2nd Public Information Session
  • Victoria Park Play Structure Update
  • Beulah Park Play Structure update
  • Community Pantry in Ward 1
  • Community Magic at the Westdale
  • Infrastructure Announcement
  • Hamilton Reads
  • Senior of the Year Awards
  • Virtual Seniors Event
  • Virtual Seniors Centre - St Matthew's House
  • Hamilton Monarch Awards
  • Growing Canada's Forests Program
  • Service Line Warranties of Canada Information

Hamilton COVID-19 Update

In alignment with Provincial direction, effective Tuesday, May 18, 2021, those residents in Hamilton who are 18 years of age and older (in 2021) are eligible to book an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. With this change in eligibility, all eligible adults who would like a COVID-19 vaccination can book an appointment for one.

Members of the public can access the Provincial online booking portal found at or by calling the Provincial hotline at 1-888-999-6488.

There may be limited appointments available at some mass vaccination clinics. More appointments through the provincial booking system and public health units will be made available as more vaccine supply is confirmed.

Vaccines continue to be available at mobile and pharmacies across the province.

You can book your vaccine appointment by phone if you:

  • Do not have access to the internet or a computer
  • Have a red and white health card or do not have an Ontario health card
  • Are Indigenous
  • Are 18 years and older and live in the area where postal codes begin with L9C, L8W, L8L, L8N or L9K
  • Are Black and racialised populations/people of colour ages 18 + and live in postal codes L9C, L8W, L8L, L8N and L9K

Call the Public Health Services COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline to book your vaccine appointment at 905-974-9848, option 7.

Due to potential call volumes expected at the call centre, the City of Hamilton encourages everyone to self-register online if able to do so. It's the quickest process to get an appointment. The hotline is trying to focus on those without health cards and those without computer access. These are all by-appointment-only clinics; walk-ins are not permitted.

Ontario Vaccination Booking 

Locations in Hamilton - all sites are by-appointment-only

  • Mass Vaccinations Clinics
    • First Ontario Centre (formerly Copps Coliseum) - 101 York Blvd, Hamilton
    • St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton West 5th COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic - 100 West 5th Street, Hamilton
    • Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) Vaccine Clinic - 293 Wellington Street North, Hamilton
  • Current Mobile Clinic eligibility and locations  If you want to be vaccinated at the mobile clinics, book an appointment by calling the COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 905-974-9848, option 7.
    • Black and other Racialized Populations/People of Colour Mobile Pop-up Clinic Pilot 18+ and live in the area where postal codes begin with L9C, L8W, L8L, L8N or L9K 
      • Restoration House Church - 54 Vine St, Hamilton
    • 18+ anyone that lives in the area where postal codes begin with L9C, L8W, L8L, L8N or L9K
      • Salvation Army, 835 Stone Church Rd, Hamilton

12-17 Youth

Youth in Ontario between 12 and 17 years of age will be eligible to book an appointment through the provincial booking system beginning the week of May 31, 2021, to receive their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

What is happening at Cootes Paradise: Op-Ed by Maureen Wilson

The recent over-abundance of algae in Cootes Paradise is a blight on its natural beauty and ecology. It also reveals a natural habitat under duress from historical waste, ongoing spills, nutrient loadings, and runoff pollutants incoming from Ancaster Creek, Borer’s Creek, Chedoke Creek, and Spencer Creek. Two years after the extent of the sewage and wastewater leakage into Cootes was revealed, it continues to suffer from our lack of investment in green infrastructure and the health of our urban waterways.

The letter appeared in The Hamilton Spectator on May 2, 2021

Read the full letter:


The Pearl-Kent Bike Boulevard Pilot Online Information Session - POSTPONED [05/21/2020]

The June 3rd Bike Boulevard Pilot program information session has been postponed. We will reschedule once the last LRT infrastructure decision has been made clear.


The Pearl-Kent Bicycle Boulevard is a proposed 2.2 km cycling corridor, stretching from Amelia Street to York Boulevard. Bike boulevards are slow-speed, low-volume streets where walking or bicycling receives more priority. Design elements can include signage, pavement markings, speed and volume reduction measures, and contra-flow bike lanes. The project implementation is expected in 2021 and will use temporary materials in the evaluation phase. The pilot supports the City’s Transportation Master Plan and received support through the 2018 Ward 1 Participatory Pilot Project.
We want to hear from you!

As part of the design process, we are looking for input from the local community on the conceptual design of the bike boulevard. We want to know what you like about the design, what doesn’t work for you, your suggestions for improvement, and your concerns. The more input we receive, the better we can make this corridor better connect the local communities. The session will include a presentation on the proposed design from the project team, followed by a Q&A and comment period.

For additional information on the pilot program, contact Trevor Jenkins ([email protected])

Alexander Park Future Improvements

Alexander Park is in for two incredible new enhancements, a skate park and a community hub retrofit of the exiting field house.  Join City staff in the kick-off consultation for these new elements within the park.

June 8, 2021, at 7:30 PM  Registration, is required.  For additional information on the skate park project, contact Ken Wheaton ([email protected]). Contact the Ward 1 office for more information on the community hub.

Alexander Skate Park

The proposed facility will be designed to accommodate BMX riders, in-line skaters, scooter riders, quad skaters, skateboarders and other wheeled sports.

The city is seeking your feedback on the proposed skate park and is looking for interested individuals to become part of a rider-focused working group. The working group will assist the design team in determining the desired layout and features of the skate park.

For more information, please visit the skate park project’s web page:

Alexander Park Community Hub Building

The proposed retrofit of the Alexander Park building will aim to increase community use within the park through a Community Hub facility. The current location and footprint of the building will remain but undergo interior renovation to improve facility use and accessibility.

The city is seeking community input for the Alexander Park Community Hub building retrofit project in order to identify building needs and programming opportunities.


Hold the date!  The second public information session for the HAAA will take place the week of June 14th. Check-in at for updates on the date as they become available.

Victoria Park Playground

Good news. The Victoria Park Play structure enhancements survey has been completed and had a great response rate of completed surveys. The summary report identifies the elements chooses by the community. The playground will incorporate all of the top voted features. The specific location of each item is still to come, but changes to the play area will include a curb cut to make it easier for accessible devices and strollers to enter the space. 

Beulah Park

In early spring, residents of Kirkendall also had an opportunity to vote on their favourite play elements for the life cycle renewal of the current play structure. The proposed concept has two separate junior and senior play areas. There is an innovative hybrid rope obstacle climber integrated with the senior play area. As well, the design includes new swings and the addition of a much-loved saucer swing. The kids and youth will love the spinning rope climber, which seems to be popular. Lots of sliding, spinning, and a variety of climbing opportunities abound. The summary report highlights the top choices. As with Victoria Park, the design of the equipment is still to come. 

Community Pantry in Ward 1

A group of residents in Strathcona are working on setting up a community pantry by Erskine Church (19 Pearl St N).  Their approach is rooted in mutual aid and allows people to share non-perishable food items & essential goods with neighbours regularly. If you’re interested in helping out with this, check out volunteer here.

Community Magic at The Westdale

The Westdale is closed until further notice in compliance with provincial grey lockdown guidelines and looks forward to welcoming everyone back when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, they are continuing to offer the community world-class online programming including independent and art films, talks, clubs, etc.

Learn more:

Infrastructure Announcement - LRT

On Thursday, April 29, Catherine McKenna, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Caroline Mulroney, Ontario Minister of Transportation, announced that both governments had signed a deal to invest nearly $3.4 billion in the shovel-ready Hamilton Light Rail Transit (LRT) project. Each government is contributing 50% of eligible project costs, up to $1.7 billion.  The LRT will run from McMaster University in the west, through downtown Hamilton to Eastgate at Centennial Park in Stoney Creek. In total, the project will run 14 kilometres, with 17 stops and have an average end-to-end commute time of 32 minutes. When complete, it will have immediate benefits for workers, students, seniors, and their families across the City of Hamilton and beyond. 

Press release

Hamilton Reads

Looking for something to pick up or read online to pass the time during the lockdown, the Hamilton Public Library has begun its ninth annual Hamilton Reads program. The HPL chooses a book by a Canadian author for the public to read and share their thoughts. This year’s book is Blaze Island by Catherine Bush.

Learn more:

Senior of the Year Awards

The awards recognise the outstanding volunteer contributions seniors have made to enrich the social, cultural or civic life of the community. Please visit to submit your nomination. The deadline for nominations is June 28, 2021.

Virtual Seniors Event

 In recognition of Seniors Month in June, the City of Hamilton, in partnership with Cable 14, will be hosting a 3-day event on June 16th, 17th and 18th at 4 pm.  The “Aging Well in Hamilton” Event will offer various presentations, demos and entertainment for 60 minutes each day.

Learn more:

Virtual Seniors Centre

St. Matthew’s House offers a Virtual Senior's Centre for seniors looking to connect with other seniors and talk about coping during Covid. Social time, friendly faces, a break from isolation as well as wellness activities and nutrition tips. Friday afternoons at 1:00 PM on Zoom. You can join through video or phone. For more info, call 905-523-5546 ext. 240 or email [email protected]

Hamilton Monarch Awards

This summer residents who garden for Nature and not just curb appeal will again be recognized through the 6th annual Hamilton Monarch Awards Program. The Monarch Awards recognize gardens and gardeners, including small and beginner gardens, for their contribution to a biodiverse, sustainable environment. The awards are a standard of excellence for gardeners making a difference for pollinators and biodiversity. An award-winning garden is more than just beautiful plants - it is an ecosystem. If your garden flutters with life, if you care for the soil, use native plants, capture rainwater, and follow sustainable practices, you deserve recognition!

Learn more:

Growing Canada’s Forests Program

The City of Hamilton and its partners Environment Hamilton, Green Venture, Hamilton Naturalists Club, and Hamilton Conservation Authority have been successful in their applications to the Growing Canada’s Forests Program for two local initiatives: funding for the planting of 5,000 native trees in 2021 through community tree planting events and City-wide private tree giveaways, and funding is for the Forestry & Horticulture to complete the planting of 5,000 seedling trees on public property for naturalization purposes.

Learn more:

Service Line Warranties of Canada:

Many of you may have received a letter recently from Service Line Warranties of Canada regarding the optional Service Line Warranty program for homeowners. Service Line Warranties of Canada is a private company. Service Line is providing the service in partnership with the City and is council approved. Please note the phone number for Service Line Warranties of Canada on the front of the letter is incorrect. The correct number is 1-855-326-4730.

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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.