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2022-05-01 Ward 1 Newsletter

This edition of the Ward 1 newsletter includes:

  • A Bump in the Road: Hamilton's Road Deficit
  • Chedoke Creek: Disaster to Recovery
  • A New Truck Route Network for the City of Hamilton
  • HAAA Play Structure and Spray Pad Features Online Survey & In-Person Dotmocracy
  • Alexander Skate Park Design Update
  • Dundurn Stairs closed for lighting fixture replacement May 2-13, 2022
  • Back on Track: Hamilton's LRT Video from April 7 Ward 1 Meeting
  • Compost Give Away May 7 & 14 
  • City Tips for Spring Clean-up 
  • Greener Ward 1
  • Get Your Rain Barrels!
  • Senior of the Year Nominations Now Open
  • LDD Moth - Aerial Spraying Program
  • Events

Whether you drive, ride a bike or just cross a street, you’ll have noticed that roads in the older city are falling apart.  This Ward 1 letter will focus on some of the factors that have collided to create this bumpy ride. 

Read the full letter here.

Chedoke Creek: Disaster to Recovery 

Join Ward 1 Councillor Maureen Wilson and staff from Hamilton Water to hear about the upcoming plans for remediation of Chedoke Creek

The City of Hamilton was served a Provincial Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) Order on December 4, 2020, as a result of the Main/King Combined Sewer Overflow discharge that occurred between January 2014 and July 2018. The City of Hamilton has been working closely with the MECP and the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) since that time to develop a remediation work plan for both Chedoke Creek and Cootes Paradise in response to the Order. For details on the incident, the work plans and the Order, visit

The Chedoke Creek Workplan outlines the scope of the targeted dredging in response to the Order to remove nutrient-laden sediment from the creek bottom. Site preparation is scheduled to begin in June/July 2022, and the in-water dredging work is required to be completed by December 31, 2022

May 24, 2022, 7:00 PM [Online] Registration required.

A New Truck Route Network for the City of Hamilton

The City of Hamilton has updated its truck route network with a plan that will take large industrial trucks out of lower city neighbourhoods. The new network promotes the use of the LINC, Red Hill Valley Parkway, Highway 403 and the QEW as the primary routes for moving within and through the City. The new network also provides a secondary system for movement by small and medium trucks by defining a maximum four-axle network.

It was my privilege to serve on the truck route sub-committee. Significant input from residents and stakeholders was received since the subcommittee began its work in late 2019. The goal was to design a network that could better support the city’s strategic vision to be the best place to raise a child and age successfully.

Restriction by vehicle size (i.e. measured by axles) and removing road segments from the truck route system reduces noise, vibration, and carcinogenic air pollutants of large and heavy trucks in many densely populated lower city neighbourhoods and minimises conflict between vulnerable road users and trucks.

Adopted route map

Report | Presentation | Appendix A | Appendix B | Video

HAAA Play Structure and Spray Pad Features Online Survey & In-Person Dotmocracy

The development of the HAAA Renewal Plan was completed at the end of 2021 (Final Renewal Plan). We’re now looking to implement Phase 1 of the renewal plan and looking for your input/feedback on the phase 1 elements.

Help us select the playground equipment, spray pad features, and multi-use courts concept for the Hamilton Amateur Athletic Association (HAAA) Grounds renewal. 

This online survey is an excellent way for kids of all ages to indicate the kind of play features they enjoy.

Alternatively, bring your kids and join Councillor Wilson in the park on May 7th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM to participate in a park features dotmocracy.  

Alexander Skate Park Design Update

A Virtual Public Information Centre was held on January 13, 2022 [Video], to present two skatepark concepts. An online vote was held from January 14 to 31, and Concept #2 was voted the preferred option. 

For more information about the Alexander Park Skate Park project, visit

Dundurn Stairs closed for lighting fixture replacement May 2-13, 2022

In order to facilitate installation, the Parks Division will be closing the stairs from Monday, May 2, until Friday, May 13. This project requires scaffolding hence the reason for the closure.

Access to the Chedoke steps will remain open, as will the James St steps. Signage has been placed at the base and top of the stairs indicating the closure. 

If this is a route to and from work or school, please use the next closest set of stairs at the Chedoke golf course, west end of the parking area.

Back on Track: Hamilton's LRT Video from April 7 Ward 1 Meeting

Missed our LRT session? No problem, we recorded it for you to view at your leisure. 

Compost Give Away May 7 & 14 

The City of Hamilton is giving away compost for your lawn, garden and plants. Bring your own pails, shovel, and elbow grease.

Each week throughout the year, we pick up your yard waste as part of the curbside yard waste collection program. After it’s picked up, we process it and turn it into nutrient-rich compost. Now it’s our turn to give some of this compost back to you!

Details on the City's compost site

City Tips for Spring Clean-up 

  • Place yard waste in a brown paper yard waste bag, bushel basket, or an open-top rigid reusable container with handles on opposite sides. If using a container, please mark it with City of Hamilton yard waste stickers placed around the container. Yard waste stickers are free. Visit for a list of pick up locations.
  • Yard waste is not accepted in the green bin.
  • Branches more than 7cm (2.5in) in diameter are not collected curbside and can be taken to a Community Recycling Centre free of charge for residents.
  • 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 22kg (50lb) to maintain the safety of waste collection operators.
  • Roll paper 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 twine in bundles no longer than 1.2m (4ft) and .75m (2.5ft) in diameter.

Greener Ward 1

Spring is here, and the time is right to Green Ward 1 by using native trees and plants. Check out our Greener Ward 1 page with helpful information and tree tours delivered by our incomparable local botanist, Paul O'Hara. 

Get Your Rain Barrels!

The City of Hamilton's 2022 Rain Barrel Event will be strictly ONLINE this year. Rain barrels can be ordered online from April 1 until May 14, 2022.

The rain barrels offered as part of this sale are $75 each, with taxes included and free delivery. Order your rain barrel between April 1 and May 14. Deliveries will be completed throughout the sale and no later than May 31, 2022.

Senior of the Year Nominations Now Open

Nominations are now open for the 27th annual Senior of the Year Awards until June 27 at 4 pm. Make your nomination today at

LDD Moth - Aerial Spraying Program

The City will begin its aerial spray program to address the areas where significant LDD Moth (previously referred to as Gypsy Moth) populations are located in Hamilton. The aerial spray program treatment period is scheduled between May 15, 2022, and June 15, 2022, and during this time, an organic biological insecticide will be applied via low flying helicopters to wooded properties and residential streets in East and West Hamilton, Ancaster, Dundas and Waterdown, to help manage the infestation on city-owned properties. 

As a reminder, the aerial spray program will help to reduce populations of LDD Moth in Hamilton – it will not entirely eradicate the pest. The organic product used during the aerial spray has no health impacts on residents, pets or animals in the spray area, and the City will continue to educate residents about how they can reduce infestations on their own property throughout the spring and summer season.

The exact dates and time for the aerial spray are weather dependent, and the City will share up to date details 48 hours prior to each application on and the City’s Twitter channel


  • Fill a Bus, Feed a Family KNA Food Drive - May 7, 2022 

    Food donation bags will be distributed to Kirkendall residences between April 29 and May 4, so watch for yours on your doorstep or mailbox. Fill it up, then leave it on your front porch or front steps by 10:00 AM. on Saturday, May 7, for our volunteers to pick up. Not going to be home on May 7? Food donation depots will be available during the week of the Food Drive at the following locations:
    • Picks and Sticks Music
    • Dundurn Market
    • flo nails aesthetics and laser
    • Locke Street Library
  • Stop Plastic Pollution Event presented by EcoLocke, Climate Justice (First Unitarian) and Eco-WHAM, May 7, 2022, 4:00-6:00 PM. Location: 170 Dundurn St S

    Includes speaker Linda Lukasik from Environment Hamilton & Peter Versteeg, who will facilitate children's activities. Displays, Ideas, Prizes!

  • KNA Annual Mushroom Compost Sale. May 14, 2022, 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM. Location: 115 Stanley Ave

    Give your garden a bag or two of the really really good stuff.  5 bags for $21! & 10 bags for $41!

    The compost is from Monaghan’s Mushroom farm. Please email [email protected] to pre-order your compost. We do sell out so pre-order to avoid disappointment! 

  • Locke Street Community Fair, May 29, 2022, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Location: 115 Stanley Ave

Join Kirkendall residents for a free community event and fundraiser for the Locke Street Community Fridge. 

The fundraiser is for the Locke Street Fridge. 100% of vendor's fees go to support the ongoing maintenance of the fridge. See the event page for more details or email the organizers at [email protected].



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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 recognize 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.