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2023-11-10 Ward 1 Newsletter

  • Remembrance Day Service Locations
  • Major Transit Station Area Review Ward 1 Public Engagement Session (Online)
  • Churchill Park Master Plan Phase 3 Update Meeting (In-person)
  • Kanétskare Recreation Centre
  • Non-Verbal Communications Boards Added to Ward 1 Community-Level Parks
  • Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade Project Complete
  • Sonic Runway at Pier 8
  • Get Involved
  • Events

Join us at one of our Remembrance Day services across Hamilton to honour Hamilton’s veterans and service men and women. For a full listing of locations, please to go City's website.

Major Transit Station Area Review Ward 1 Public Engagement Session 

The City is currently completing a detailed review of the Major Transit Station Areas (MTSA) to estimate potential future population and job densities and identify areas of intensification and development or redevelopment potential. The City has retained a consultant to assist in determining the maximum potential build-out density for each MTSA.

The results of this study will help guide more detailed Urban Hamilton Official Plan (UHOP) policies for growth within these areas and determine if the Growth Plan density targets can be achieved or if alternative, lower-density targets need to be proposed for certain MTSAs based on local considerations.

On November 16, 7:00 PM (Online), hear about the study from the City's planning staff and how you can directly engage in the study.

Registration is required. 

Churchill Park Master Plan Phase 3 Update Meeting

On November 30th, 7 PM at Churchill Clubhouse, join the City's Landscape Architecture team as they present the draft plans for the third phase of Churchill's master plan.

The project manager will lead the attendees in a detailed plan review, including landscape improvements, Parkside staircase, an informal teaching area, walkways and a gateway entrance.

For the history of the master plan, visit

Registration in advance of this in-person meeting is appreciated.   

For those unable to attend on November 30th, the presentation will be recorded and posted to by December 6th.

It's Official, Ryerson Rec is Now the Kanétskare Recreation Centre

The Ryerson Recreation Centre at 251 Duke Street in Hamilton was officially renamed the Kanétskare Recreation Centre (pronounced Ga-nét-sgare), as of November 10, 2023. The name is derived from the Kanien’kéha language, meaning Bay or Inlet. The renaming aligns with the City Council's directive from July 2021 to remove the name Ryerson as part of a broader commitment to meaningful reconciliation.

Starting from November 10, all programming, including upcoming winter registered programs accessible online from November 13, can be found under the new name. The facility will remove all references to Ryerson; exterior signage replacement is pending approval. The renaming reflects a high-priority site designation based on ongoing Landmarks and Monuments Review work and the Honouring Our Roots report.

The Facility Naming Sub-Committee approved the renaming on May 11, 2023, in harmony with the new name of the adjacent elementary school.

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Non-Verbal Communications Boards Added to Ward 1 Community-Level Parks

Last week the Parks team added non-verbal communication boards in each playground area in Alexander, Churchill and Victoria Parks. The HAAA will also receive a board as part of the master plan construction taking place in 2024. The panels were funded through an area-rating motion Councillor Wilson put forward in Spring 2023, and championed by parents in the Ward 1 community.

Playground communication panels are essential for inclusive play, ensuring individuals of all abilities engage actively. These panels not only facilitate communication but also transform playgrounds into dynamic spaces, fostering interaction, learning, and growth among diverse backgrounds. This integration cultivates a culture of acceptance, extending beyond the playground and raising public awareness.  Introducing a communication board is a crucial step towards a more inclusive play environment.

Additionally, these boards serve as educational tools to increase understanding of other communication forms like sign language and Braille. Essentially, communication within playgrounds becomes a catalyst for childhood development, nurturing social skills, empathy, inclusivity, creativity, and problem-solving. Recognizing diverse communication methods transforms playgrounds into vibrant spaces where all children can connect, learn, and thrive together.

Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade Project Complete

On November 10th, dignitaries and City of Hamilton staff celebrated a significant achievement with the official ribbon-cutting for the Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade Project. This project marks a crucial step in restoring Hamilton Harbour, designated as an Area of Concern (AOC) under the Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Managed through the City of Hamilton's Clean Harbour Program, this initiative represents a substantial public investment in collaboration with the Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan, contributing to the broader goal of delisting Hamilton Harbour as an area of concern.

The Woodward Upgrade Project stands out as one of the region's largest government-funded environmental endeavours. As Hamilton's primary wastewater treatment facility, the Woodward Plant plays a vital role in cleaning nearly 96% of the city's wastewater. Over a 10-year period, the project is expected to make a significant impact by reducing total phosphorus loading to Hamilton Harbour by 500 tonnes. The funding structure for this monumental project includes $100 million from both the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario, complemented by the City of Hamilton's financial commitment.

Sonic Runway at Pier 8

Sonic Runway (November 1-26, 2023) is a light-art installation that translates audio signals into patterns of light that shoot down a 432 ft (132 meters) corridor of 25 LED-lined arches at the speed of sound. The installation creates an unforgettable experience as you walk through the arches. At the front of Sonic Runway, you see musical sound waves rippling away. Walking down the corridor, sound and light are always in sync. Looking back from the far end, you can see the sound waves coming towards you in light and hear the music as the pattern reaches you.

In addition to Sonic Runway, there are temporary art installations by local artists and performers. See the full list on the project website.
People who are sensitive to strobe lights should use caution.

Get Involved

  • Beat the Heat: ACORN Hamilton + CityLAB Adequate Temperature Tenant Survey 2023

CityLAB, in collaboration with the non-profit advocacy group ACORN Hamilton, is currently conducting a survey to examine the impact of extreme heat on tenants in Hamilton. This initiative supports the endeavour to establish a comprehensive temperature by-law, a topic set for discussion in an upcoming Public Health Committee meeting this December.

  • Engage Hamilton

Learn about important City initiatives and engage with the community. You are invited to share your ideas and feedback to make Hamilton an even better place to live, work and play.

Some of the current projects seeking feedback include stormwater incentive program, City services and assets, accessible transit survey, Hamilton Future Fund governance and reserve strategy, and more.


  • Magic of Locke. November 17-18, 2023, Friday evening and all-day Saturday. 

    Late-night shopping, horse and carriage rides both days, hot chocolate, Santa and more from your Locke Street Shoppes

  • KNA Annual Holiday Crafting Party. November 25, 2023, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Location: 115 Stanley Ave, Hamilton

    Get your scissors ready! The Kirkendall Neighbourhood Association & Blessings Christian Church will host a Crafting Party! All the materials to make ornaments, wrapping paper & cookie decorations will be provided. This is a FREE event. If you can, please bring a donation for the Locke Street Fridge. A great way to kick off the holiday season!

  • Winter Wander in Westdale Village, November 24-26, 2023.

    Explore the sites and sounds of the Westdale Village. Free Parking.

  • Strathcona School Winter Fling. December 2, 2023, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. Location: Strathcona Elementary School, 10 Lamoreaux St, Hamilton

    Join in the fun! Barbeque, live music, silent auction, outdoor play area, and face painting.  Email [email protected] for more information. 

Ward 1 Infrastructure Updates

There are multiple projects taking place across the Ward. We have tried to encapsulate the information on a new web page.

Projects in every neighbourhood include park renewal and water chamber replacement. 

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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.