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2023-02-24 Ward 1 Newsletter


  • Citizen Advisory Boards and Sub-committees 
  • City Surveys
  • Shirley Elford Emerging Artist Commission Prize
  • Black History Learning Continues
  • Student Summer Employment
  • Staying Active Outdoors
  • Spring is Coming Gardeners
  • Events

Get on Board!

Do you want to be involved in the decisions being made at City Hall? Recruitment for citizen members to serve on a City of Hamilton Agency, Advisory Board, or Sub-committee starts February 24, 2023 and will be open until April 6, 2023, at 4:30 p.m.

For the full list of positions available and more information on how to apply:

Committees and Local Boards should reflect the diversity of Hamilton’s growing and vibrant population. With this in mind, we strongly encourage applications from women, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2IA+,  Black, Indigenous, people of colour and those from equity-deserving groups. All interested individuals are invited to consider these opportunities so that diverse perspectives and lived experiences can help inform municipal government.

  • City Services & Assets Review

The City of Hamilton is currently conducting a City Services and Asset Review to better measure the services residents receive and how effectively they're delivered. Hearing a range of perspectives will allow staff to ensure future planning of services aligns with residents' needs. Your thoughts, opinions, and satisfaction levels will be used to shape planning, priorities, and strategies for future levels of service.

Currently, three surveys are underway on Police Services, Waste Management, and Parking Services. Additionally, please consider completing the parking infrastructure mapping tool to provide location-specific comments and help identify issues, challenges, and opportunities. Your feedback is essential!  

Survey open from February 13 to March 20, 2023

  • Renoviction Policy Review

The City’s Housing Services Division is looking for feedback on renovictions in Hamilton. Housing Services is currently evaluating the feasibility of implementing a rental licensing bylaw in Hamilton (similar to New Westminster, British Columbia) to help deal with this issue.

In addition to the public survey, the analysis will include a review of other jurisdictions and consultations with key stakeholders. This survey is geared towards tenants, homeowners and landlords to ensure that we have a fulsome analysis of experiences, knowledge and perceptions of renovictions. Your input will be instrumental in helping the City to better understand and mitigate existing issues.

Surveys open from February 15 to March 5, 2023

  • Open Data Policy

The city is seeking feedback on its Open Data Policy. The policy seeks to:

  • Provide an overview of the City’s Open Data program, including the guiding principles
  • Adopt the International Open Data Charter, including Open by Default
  • Outline the roles and responsibilities of management staff by which the City of Hamilton data is made available to the public as valuable, machine-readable datasets.
  • Initiate and promote the practice of sharing and publishing data openly by educating the staff and public on the following:
    • The benefits of open data
    • The process to make datasets available on the Open Data Portal.
    • Utilizing the tools available on the portal to interpret the datasets
  • Remove barriers and set rules by which City data is made available to the public.
  • Promote the graphic visualization of datasets through the Open Data Portal and through other data visualization tools used by the City.

Surveys open from February 13 to February 28, 2023

Shirley Elford Emerging Artist Commission Prize

The City of Hamilton Arts Awards program is pleased to partner with the Hamilton Community Foundation to present the Shirley Elford Emerging Artist Commission Prize. Two emerging artists will each be given a $2000 commission fee to create an artwork that explores contemporary themes related to Hamilton’s evolving identity. The commissions will be presented at the 2024 City of Hamilton Arts Awards Event. This Prize is awarded in memory of the late Shirley Elford, a Hamilton artist celebrated for her excellence in glass work and her work giving back to the local arts community and the community at large.

Nominations are now open, and applications are due on or before Friday, March 10, 2023.

Black History Month is coming to an end, but learning continues

Student Summer Employment

Are you looking for a summer 2023 job? Recruitment for summer student positions is underway! Apply online today.

The City of Hamilton accepts applications for summer student jobs for students who are enrolled at a secondary or post-secondary institution or institution of higher learning.

Staying Active

Stay active this season by taking advantage of community rinks, drop-in skating, and other activities in our ward and across the city.

  • Disk Golf

Winter is the perfect time to try out a new hobby! Check out the 18-hole Disc Golf course at King’s Forest Golf Course. Tickets can be purchased one week in advance. For more details and to book a tee time call 905-521-3970. Check this link for more information.

  • Drop-in skating

    Drop-in skating programs for all ages and skill levels will once again be available at Coronation Arena. For the full list of drop-in skating schedules and times, please visit Admission fees for drop-in skating are available via

  • Winter golf

    Winter golf is available at Chedoke Gold Club- Martin Course until March 11, 2023. Courses will be operational as weather permits throughout the season. To book a tee time, residents may call 905-521-3970. Daily fees are $24 per player, walking only. Golf course operations will be determined daily by City staff no later than 2 p.m. the day prior for access the following day.

Check out the City of Hamilton's outdoor programs.

Spring is Coming

Thinking about Spring planting, don't forget to check out Greener Ward 1Green Venture, and Kirkendall Garden Club for ideas on native gardening.


They thought the war was behind them. But for thousands of men who served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, the trauma of the First World War followed them back across the Atlantic. Once home they faced both mental illness borne of their experiences and the prejudice of a nation uninterested in “damaged” men.

Shell Shocked, on loan from the Canadian Centre for the Great War, uses the testimonies of those who were there to explore themes of trauma, treatment, public opinion and the fight for recognition. Shell Shocked will be on display at The Hamilton Military Museum from February 7 through March 30, 2023.

The Hamilton Wentworth Heritage Association and the Tourism and Culture Division of the City of Hamilton invite citizens to attend our Heritage Day celebration and social in Dundurn’s Coach House. Light food and beverages and complimentary self-guided tours of Dundurn Castle to follow.

In honour of Heritage Month, all Hamilton Civic Museums will be open for visitation free of charge. Please note that our museums are not all wheelchair accessible, and strollers and infant carriers may not be taken on tour. There is an indoor area where strollers can be parked while on tour. Free self-guided tours of Dundurn Castle. Due to limited capacity, a short wait outside may be required before entering the Castle.

Join Hamilton Children’s Museum staff at Dundurn National Historic Site for a one-hour preschool program for four consecutive Friday mornings. Connect, learn and create through four weeks of adult-facilitated and child-led activities in this themed program focussing on planets and stars. Little Wigglers provides hands-on experiences to support children's expression, exploration, and social development, including story time, songs, movement and discovery centres.

  • Tax Webinar for New Canadians, Wednesday, March 8, 2023 Duration: 45 minutes. French webinar 11 AM, English webinar 2 PM

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is hosting a free interactive webinar to share information on Canada’s tax system, Canada child benefit (CCB), GST/HST credit, ways to do your taxes, free tax help, and other CRA services. You may be eligible for benefits and credits. You will get a chance to ask tax and benefits questions, and CRA staff will be providing responses. Register here.  

  • Spring Tide Bulb Show, March 10 - 19, 2023, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Location: Gage Park Greenhouse

The City’s Horticulture Division hosts the annual Spring Tide Bulb Show at the Gage Park Greenhouse each spring. The event features a vendor marketplace, café, and flower shop on site. Admission and parking are free. Food and monetary donations to Hamilton Food Share are encouraged.  

Explore a fascinating piece of Hamilton history at Dundurn National Historic Site. On a guided tour of over 40 rooms in Dundurn Castle, discover what it was like to live and play above stairs and work and live below stairs. Your admission to Dundurn Castle includes admission to The Hamilton Military Museum - visit this neighbouring Museum for a self-guided experience with dress-up and engaging activities, while exploring the historical figures who lived in Hamilton during the War of 1812 and First World War.

Join Hamilton Children’s Museum staff at Dundurn National Historic Site for a one-hour workshop activity that will explore creating art based on science.

  • Rebated Lifeguard certification with Wild Waterworks! March 13 to 17, 2023, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Location: McMaster Ivor Wynne Centre Pool
Wild Waterworks is hiring lifeguards. Bronze Cross Certified applicants are eligible to register in the National Lifeguard Certification course, to be completed in time for the summer season. Successful candidates who complete their employment contract (April to Labour Day), will be refunded the initial $100 cost. More details are available here.

To register, send copies of prerequisites, including proof of vaccination to Cassandra Darby 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.