THIS EDITION OF THE WARD 1 NEWSLETTER INCLUDES:
- CANCELLED: Ward 1 Online Event: Discussion with the new Director of the Office for Climate Change Initiatives
- Ainslie Wood Neighbourhood Creek Separation EA
- Alexander Park Field House
- HAAA Field House
- Glenside Trail/Chedoke Tot Lot Trail Temporary Closure
- Black History Month
- Lead Awareness Mailing to Residents
- Cancel Home Delivery of Metroland Flyers
- Hamilton Winterfest Call for Volunteers
- Hamilton Clean and Green Committee
- Student Opportunities
- Take Action to Address the Climate Crisis, An Evening with Dr Tony Rockingham
- Hamilton WinterFest
CANCELLED - Ward 1 Evening with Dr Lynda Lukasik, the new Director of Hamilton's Office for Climate Change Initiatives.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have cancelled the event. We will look to reschedule in March and send details when they are known.
Dr Lynda Lukasik joined the City of Hamilton in December 2022 in the inaugural leadership role of Director of Climate Change Initiatives. Before joining the City, she helped create Environment Hamilton and held the executive director role during her tenure with the non-profit organization.
Dr Lukasik has an MES in Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University and a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo. She has taught environmental planning courses at multiple universities around the country.
Many Hamiltonians will recognize Dr Lukasik as the go-to person for guidance and action in the environmental sector. She has advocated for improvements to local air quality through Stack Watching, Dust Busting, and in her role as co-chair of the provincial Ministry of the Environment’s External Working Group for Regulation 419/05, “Local Air Quality.”
In 2019, Council declared a Climate Change Emergency and directed staff to identify and investigate actions to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. As Director of the Climate Change Initiatives Office, Dr Lukasik will guide the implementation of the climate adaptation and mitigation plans.
Notice of Commencement and Public Information Centre No. 1 for the Ainslie Wood Neighbourhood Creek Separation Schedule ‘B’ Municipal Class Environmental Assessment
The City has initiated a Class 'B' Environmental Assessment study to determine the preferred solution for the Ainslie Wood Neighbourhood Creek Separation from the Municipal Combined Sewer System.
The purpose of this Class EA study is to identify various design alternatives to address the separation of Chedoke Creek from the combined sewer system and to ultimately recommend a preferred solution based on the evaluation of all examined alternatives. Currently, instead of flowing to Chedoke Creek, clean stormwater is entering the City’s combined sewer system at locations within the Ainslie Wood neighbourhood during significant rainfall events. Separation of stormwater flows from the combined sewer system will reduce combined sewer overflows and reduce impacts to the City’s existing wastewater treatment infrastructure and municipal sewer system.
This study includes public, review agency, and Indigenous consultation, evaluation of alternatives, assessment of the impacts of the proposed works, and identification of measures to mitigate any adverse impacts. Upon completion of the study, a Project File Report documenting the planning and decision-making process will be prepared and made available for public review.
The study will follow the planning and design process as defined in the Municipal Engineers Association Municipal Class Environmental Assessment document (October 2000, as amended in 2007, 2011 & 2015).
How to Participate
Two public information centres (PIC) will be held as part of this study.
PIC No. 1 will be held virtually to provide background information to identify the problems and opportunities that will be addressed through the study. The presentation will be available for viewing at any time starting on February 24, 2023. Please submit comments by March 10, 2023.
For more information, visit www.hamilton.ca/awcreekEA
If you have any questions, comments or want to be added to the study mailing list, contact: Sharon MacPherson-Németh, Project Manager,
Water & Wastewater Systems Planning. Call 905-546-2424 ext. 2087 Email [email protected]
Alexander Park Field House Survey
The goal of the Alexander Park Field House Renewal project is to provide an accessible, multi-purpose space for community use and programming opportunities. The existing storage building at the park will be renewed and updated to serve the community's needs better.
Feedback was gathered from community members and key stakeholders to help inform the project. Two draft designs for the layout of the proposed Clubhouse have been prepared, and now it’s your time to choose! We’re looking for feedback from residents to pick a new Clubhouse in Alexander Park that will better serve the needs of the community. Take the survey.
For context below is the current configuration. The two new options are found on the survey page
HAAA Field House Survey
Similar to the Alexander Park Field House, the HAAA Field house is being renewed to better serve the community. The City is engaging residents to choose between two proposed designs for an updated Clubhouse. Visit the Engage Hamilton Survey page to view the designs and pick your favourite!
As many Kirkendall residents are aware, the City undertook engaged residents regarding the renewal of the HAAA Park. One of the outcomes of that engagement was the clear desire of residents to see the field house become an integral part of the park and community.
A focus group of local residents helped outline uses for the building. It was evident that maximizing the space, creating connectivity to the park and providing better washroom facilities were a priority.
For context below is the current configuration. The two new options are found on the Survey Page.
Glenside Trail/Chedoke Tot Lot Trail Temporary Closure
The Glenside/Chedoke Tot Lot Trail is welcoming new pedestrian lighting. The City of Hamilton Parks and Cemeteries department will be coordinating the installation of the concrete footings, electrical service, light poles and fixtures. In order to facilitate this work and ensure public safety, the trail will be closed for public use entirely from Friday, February 17 until Friday, March 3, 2023, weather permitting.
Black History Month
Black individuals and communities in Canada have long shaped our history and continue to do so! According to the most recent 2021 census, 4% of Canada’s population or 1.5 million persons in Canada are Black. This represents a 14% increase from the last census. About 5% of Hamilton's population identifies as Black. Nearly one-quarter of Black immigrants are new to Canada arriving between 2016 and 2021. Whether new to Canada or living here for generations, the Black community in Canada is extremely diverse, representing groups from over 300 different ethnic or cultural origins and more than 450 mother tongues.
This month, we give special attention to some wonderful organizations in our community - check out their websites and see how you can get involved and support them this month and all year round!
- The Afro-Canadian Caribbean Association, Ghana Association of Hamilton, Haitian Association of Hamilton, Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre, Hamilton Black History Council, Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion, Nigerian Canadian Association of Hamilton and District, Refuge Hamilton Centre for Newcomer Health. BLK Owned, Empowerment Squared.
For Black History Month events happening in our city, check out: https://www.hamilton.ca/things-do/festivals-events/black-history
Lead Awareness Mailing to Residents
Hamilton Water is continuing its annual direct outreach effort to residents that live in a home built before 1955 and where our records indicate they either have a ‘lead’ or ‘unknown’ water service line entering their home. Prior to 1955, lead was used as the standard pipe type for private water service lines. Lead is a known toxic metal and exposure to even small amounts can be harmful to human heal. Hamilton Water will contact these properties with one of two letter templates attached depending on whether our records show that they have a ‘lead’ or ‘unknown’ water service line into their home. The letters will be mailed to 3344 properties (2885 ‘unknown’ and 459 ‘lead’ water service types) in our ward between February 6th and March 6th.
The letter to those with a confirmed ‘lead’ water service line entering their home provides information on the dangers of lead in the home, requests their participation in the City’s lead sampling program, and encourages the replacement of the lead service line with a link to learn more about Lead Water Service Replacement.
Those with an ‘unknown’ water service line entering their home will receive a letter informing them of the dangers of lead in the home and inviting property owners to participate in a Check, Size and Type inspection to confirm their pipe type.
For additional information, please visit www.hamilton.ca/leadpipes or call 905-546-CITY.
Cancel Home Delivery of Metroland Flyers
The weekly delivery of Metroland news and flyers in plastic bags continues to be a source of litter and waste in our neighbourhoods. If you don't use the flyers please consider cancelling delivery. You can cancel by calling Metroland at 905-575-4004.
Hamilton Clean and Green Committee
The Keep Hamilton Clean & Green Committee offers a Clean & Green Neighbourhood Grant of up to $1000 for community green projects and initiatives including those that address litter, illegal dumping, graffiti, beautification and environmental stewardship. A clean and green neighbourhood leads to improved health, prosperity, safety and well-being of all residents.
Grant applications opened this week and will remain open until February 17, 2023, at 4:30 p.m. Community groups can apply by visiting: www.hamilton.ca/cleanandgreengrants
Student Summer Job Opportunities
Looking for student opportunities with the City of Hamilton or do know someone who is?
The City of Hamilton is now accepting applications for summer student jobs, until March 31, 2023, for students who are enrolled at a secondary or post-secondary institution or institution of higher learning. To learn more, check out https://www.hamilton.ca/city-council/jobs-city/student-opportunities
Take Action to Address the Climate Crisis, an evening with Dr Tony Rockingham, February 15, 7:00. First Unitarian Church of Hamilton, 170 Dundurn St. S.
Dr Rockingham is the former Assistant Deputy Minister with the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Research and Innovation, Director of Air Policy and Climate Change at the Ministry of the Environment during 1997 Kyoto Protocol negotiations, and head of programs developing energy conservation, supporting innovation across the country. The presentation will include three key actions for all, the role Canada and other developed nations should play, and policy and program initiatives to move Canada to net zero carbon emissions.
In-person attendance: Register here. RSVP information is also on the church website at uuhamilton.ca. Please note: masks are required inside the church building.
Livestream: The event will also be live-streamed
- Hamilton WinterFest. February 2-28. Location: Multiple venues
Let’s do our part in Ward 1 to create healthy, biodiverse neighbourhoods for all living things! Check out Greener Ward 1!
- Email: [email protected]
- Tel: 905-546-2416
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.