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Ward 1 Newsletter 2022-05-23

  • Chedoke Creek: Disaster to Recovery 
  • Victoria Day Notices:
    • Ward 1 Waste Pick-Up 
    • Fireworks
  • Longwood Rd S Bridge Rehabilitation 
  • The Residential Infill: Good Neighbour Guide
  • LDD Moth - Aerial Spraying Program Begins May 24, 2022
  • Mapleside Park Play Your Way Survey Report
  • Provincial Voting Information for Residents
  • Events
  • Greener Ward 1

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.

As the City moves ahead with plans to complete the targeted dredging of Chedoke Creek this summer, specific details related to the upcoming project, including the upcoming temporary closure of Kay Drage Park in June, may be found on the project's website. Visit:

Ward 1 Waste Pick-Up 

There will be no green bin, blue box, yard waste, bulk waste, or garbage pick-up on Monday, May 23, 2022. Waste collection will occur one day later.

Any yard waste collected due to the storm can be taken to a Community Recycling Centre for free on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, or placed at the curb on your waste collection day.


The annual Victoria Day Celebration & Fireworks at Dundas Driving Park have been cancelled. The Rotary Club of Dundas Valley Sunrise, in partnership with the City, hope to see the celebration return in 2023. 

Reminder: Fireworks may only be discharged on private property between dusk and 11:00 PM on Victoria Day (or the following day in the case of inclement weather). To plan a safe and fun fireworks display, visit the City's website.

Longwood Bridge Deck Rehabilitation - May to September 2022

The City of Hamilton has a contract with Coco Paving Inc. to complete works as called for under Contract C15-07-22(BR). Construction is scheduled to commence on or about May 9, 2022, and be substantially completed by September 2022, weather permitting.

The work involves; the installation of new expansion joints on the bridge deck; asphalt paving; local concrete repairs; curb/sidewalk and approach slabs. During this time, you may experience some inconveniences such as noise, dust, and restricted traffic movement (one lane in each direction). Every effort will be made to do the work in a timely manner and to keep any inconvenience to a minimum. We ask for your patience during this period.

For the duration of the project, the City of Hamilton on-site inspector will be made available to explain the sequence of work and answer any construction-related questions. If you have a medical condition or any physical conditions that may require special attention, please advise the Construction Section as soon as possible.

Questions pertaining to the project may be directed to the following.

City of Hamilton

  • Project Manager: John Cowperthwaite
  • Telephone: 905-546-2424, ext 4314
  • Onsite Inspector: Don Putzing
  • Telephone: 905-546-4313

The Residential Infill: Good Neighbour Guide

Finally, it's here, Hamilton's own Good Neighbour Guide for Residential Infill Development. 

At the request of Ward 1 residents who shared their experiences trying to determine who is responsible for what when it comes to infill development comes the guide to demystify it all.

The guide is intended for property owners, builders, and contractors starting a construction project in an established #HamOnt neighbourhood and for area residents. Learn more:

Cities such as Hamilton are in a constant state of change. Some of this change is focused in Hamilton's residential neighbourhoods, where people demolish and build, build on an existing vacant lot, or renovate older houses. The City of Hamilton calls this process of building and renovating in established neighbourhoods' residential infill'.

This guide is intended for property owners, builders, and contractors starting a construction project in an established neighbourhood and for area residents. The guide outlines requirements and best practices for residential infill construction, as well as communication tips to help everyone involved move smoothly through the project. The guide is not intended to anticipate or solve all issues that may arise, but provides some guidance and contact information to assist, whether you are a property owner, builder/contractor or community member/neighbour.

Residential infill can contribute to the health, vitality, and value of neighbourhoods, including improving property values. Residential infill also contributes to the protection of green space, farmland, forests, wetlands, and watersheds in Ontario's greenbelt. Instead of building out, the City is building up and intensifying.

However, construction can also result in negative impacts on neighbours and the community. If the project is not well planned, managed, or communicated, construction can be disruptive and damaging. Property owners are to ensure that new home builders are reputable and registered with Tarion.

Builders earn the trust and respect of neighbours by observing all by-laws and by taking steps to minimize the potentially negative impacts of construction.

LDD Moth - Aerial Spraying Program Begins May 24, 2022

Beginning on Tuesday, May 24, 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 first of two organic biological insecticides (Btk) applications will begin on Tuesday, with the second application occurring the following week. Low flying helicopters will begin applying Btk to wooded properties and residential streets in east and west Hamilton, Ancaster, Dundas and Waterdown to help manage the infestation on City-owned properties. Residents living within the spray area have been notified of the spray program.

There may be minor traffic delays around the spray areas between the hours of 5 AM and 7:30 AM during the spray dates.

An interactive map of the treatment area and exact dates and times for the aerial spray (weather dependent) is available at

According to Health Canada, members of the public are unlikely to experience any symptoms if inadvertently exposed to Btk spray, and no special precautions are necessary or required. However, individuals who have concerns should take reasonable precautions to avoid exposure during a spray program in the same way they would avoid pollen or other airborne materials during days when air quality advisories are issued. They can also reduce exposure by staying indoors with windows and doors shut during the spray period if spraying is taking place in their area, although this is not required by health officials.

Btk specifically targets LDD and other caterpillars and contains a naturally occurring bacterium that, when ingested, kills the caterpillar within one to two days. The aerial spray will not eradicate the pest entirely, rather, it will regulate population size. The product has minimal environmental impact on other insects, pets, other mammals or bees.

For further information, including spray dates when available, please call 905-546-CITY (2489).

Mapleside Park Play Your Way Survey Report

Between March 23 and April 12, 2022, residents participate in a Mapleside Park play structure replacement survey. The summary report is available here

The existing playground includes senior, and junior level play structures, springs toys, and a swing set, most of which have reached their life cycle replacement time (1990s)
Additional work in the park will include addressing drainage issues and ruts adjacent to the path.

Provincial Voting Information for Residents

Provincial Election day is June 2, 2022. Voting on election day is just one of the ways you can vote in Ontario. To make voting easier for all voters, Elections Ontario provides options such as advance voting and vote-by-mail. Advance polls are now open at select locations until May 28, 2022.

Once an election in your electoral district has been called, you can use Elections Ontario Voter Information Service tool to find your voting information, including when and where to vote. This information will also be on your voter information card, which you will receive in the mail if you are registered to vote.

To be eligible to vote in an Ontario election, you must be:

  • 18 years of age or older;
  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • a resident of Ontario.

If you do not receive a voter information card, you can still vote, but your name may not be on the voters list. Bring one piece of ID showing your name and current residential address.

You can use the Elections Ontario Voter Information Service by typing in your postal code to find your voting information, including when and where to vote.

For more information, visit


  •  Tree Equity Webinar, May 26, 2022; 7:00 PM [ONLINE] Registration required.

  • 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].

  • Bike to Work Month Kick-Off, May 30, 2022, 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Location: City Hall Forecourt, 71 Main St W

On Monday, May 30, join us for the in-person return of Hamilton's Annual Bike Day! Hundreds of cyclists will converge onto City Hall from across the City on May 30, 2022, for a "Bike Thru". It's also the kick-off event to celebrate the annual Bike Month, which runs throughout June.

Residents from across the City are encouraged to register online to win 1 of 3 prize packs, including a $100 VISA gift card. Once they register, they can take a ride on Bike Day or any day of the month and they can also check out the other events happening during Bike Month at

  • Options for Living Independent Living and Development First Annual Community Walk' n' Run in the Park, June 18, 2002 Location: Victoria Park, 500 King St W

This charity event will help support 24 new affordable-housing apartments. This project will focus on the special needs community. OFILD is a non-profit charitable organization. We will issue tax receipts for all donations. Donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000

Pre-registration $25  Day of registration $30 from 9:00-10:00 AM; 5k run starts at 10:00 AM; 3k walk starts at 10:30 AM

  • Indigenous Market at Hamilton Public Library; Every second and third Saturday, May-December; 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Location: Central Library, 55 York Blvd

Regional Indigenous artists and makers are setting up shop at Central Library on dedicated Saturdays starting in May with the launch of the Indigenous Market at HPL. May 14 & 21; June 11 & 18; July 9 & 16; August 13 & 20; September 10 & 17; October 8 & 15; November 12 & 19; December 17.

Browse and buy one-of-a-kind handcrafted items, from jewellery to ceramics, leatherwork and literature, every second and third Saturday, May through December. Each market features a new set of creators and by year-end, will showcase merchandise from more than 30 artists and makers.

  • Art in the Workplace, May 12 to June 23, 2022, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM weekdays, Location: McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Rd S.

Featured artist Gail Burstyn and over 200 works by local artists have transformed the Atrium @ McMaster Innovation Park., 

  • Hamilton Arts Awards, June 9, 2022, 7:00–9:00 PM; 

    After two years of celebrating our remarkable arts community exclusively online, the City of Hamilton is excited to be offering a dynamic in-person experience as part Hamilton Arts Week 2022.

    To encourage the community to fall back in love with our City's arts spaces, we're hosting events at three venues (and online) simultaneously across Hamilton, each with its own unique flair, while also celebrating the 2022 Arts Awards Short List and Award Recipients (to be announced in advance of the event). Event guests will be encouraged to explore the commercial corridors surrounding the venues.

  • 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

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. 

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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.