HAMILTON, ON – With the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, and in the ongoing interest of public health and safety, this afternoon the City’s Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), now fully-activated at a Level II activation, announced the following in an effort to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus:

City-run program and event cancellations

– We are not closing any City facilities as this time, however we are cancelling all City-run programs and events, including public engagement events, from now until, and inclusive of, April 5, 2020
– We are reviewing all Special Events Advisory Team (S.E.A.T.) approved applications and group bookings through the Public Health lens and will be making a decision on those very shortly
– We are not accepting new group bookings for private events in City facilities at this time; it is recommended that customers with current bookings review whether they want to proceed with their event based on the current COVID-19 situation
The public is advised to assume that all City-run programming and events have been cancelled, even if they are not listed on the City’s website www.hamilton.ca/coronavirus. We will do our best to keep the site as up to date as possible as decisions are made.

We will also continue to share updates on Twitter @cityofhamilton.

As announced yesterday, the City is also cancelling all in-person, non-essential training attended or hosted by City staff, in-person staff attendance at conferences or professional development activities, and City-hosted conferences or professional development activities between now and April 30, 2020.

Public Health advice

In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, it is recommended to:
• Cancel or postpone all large events and public gatherings (e.g., conferences) of over 250 people
• Contact Public Health for guidance with smaller gatherings
Travel

The federal government has shared travel guidelines, and they are available at: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html.

Emergency Operation Centre (EOC)

The City’s Emergency Operations Centre activated Level I on Wednesday, and moved to a full-activation Level II this morning, given the rapidly evolving situation. The role of the EOC is to coordinate a response to any type of emergency and provide support and resources to the emergency, and ensures business continuity for City services.

Additional Resources
• For regular City of Hamilton COVID-19 updates, please visit www.hamilton.ca/coronavirus• Public Health Services’ COVID-19 Hotline (905) 546-2424 ext. 7970 or phscovid19@hamilton.ca
• Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19

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The City of Hamilton initiated the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA process) for Dickenson Road between Upper James and Glancaster Road within the Airport Employment Growth District subject to the approved Secondary Plan area.

The corridor has been identified for improvements to address long-term transportation requirements and to provide a transportation network consistent with the Airport Employment Growth District Secondary Plan. The Class EA will consider options to address multi-modal traffic needs associated with planned development, including additional infrastructure to support increased transit, active transportation and municipal servicing requirements (watermain, sanitary sewer and drainage improvements) along the corridor.

On March 3rd, 2020 there was a public information centre held to present background information for the Dickenson Road corridor widening and reconstruction, key constraints within the study area and recommendations from previous studies. To view the panels from this open house meeting please follow the link below.

PIC 1_Dickenson Road EA Display Panels

For more information on this project please visit www.hamilton.ca/dickenson

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The Province of Ontario is seeking public input on conservation authorities in regards to Bill 108 Regulations. Your feedback will help to improve the overall governance, oversight and accountability of conservation authorities to protect and preserve Ontario’s natural spaces. This survey will be open until March 13th.

English Survey

French Survey

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Follow the link to view a very informative video which explains how the combined sewer system works, and what a combined sewer overflow tank is and how it works in dry, wet and significant wet weather. The video also provides an account of the 2018 spill into Chedoke Creek.

Combined Sewer Overflow Tanks & 2018 Chedoke Creek Spill Video

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THE FIRST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH GCS (Glanbrook Community Serves) OFFERS A COMMUNITY BUS WHICH GOES TO WAL-MART (ELFRIDA). PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE AT 905.692.3464 TO PRE-REGISTER AND TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION.

Please contact Karen at 905.692.3464 or via email karen@glanbrookcommunityservices.ca

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The Glanbrook Community Services has confirmed the date for their 2020 Babysitting course. It is scheduled during the week of July 20-24 2020 from 9:00 am to noon.

Go online to Glanbrook Community Services to complete their 2020 registration form or call them at 905-692-3464.

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On January 15th the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) held its Annual General Meeting of 2020 at the Ball’s Falls Centre for Conversation. During this meeting Councillor Brenda Johnson was elected as the Chair, and Board member for Grimbsy, Mr. Bruce Mackenzie was Elected as Vice- Chair.

Councillor Johnson had the following statement regarding her new elected position,

“I want to thank the Board of Directors for having the confidence in me and choosing me as their next leader in 2020. I am really looking forward to working with the amazing NPCA staff including former Chair Dave Bylsma, and former Vice-Chair Diana Huson. I want to thank you all for your hard work and getting us through a very challenging year. To our newly hired CAO Chandra Sharma, who comes to the NPCA with a huge menu of skillsets and qualifications, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority is blessed to have you on staff. On a personal note I am not interested in what happened in the past, we as a board dealt with that, I would now like to focus on today and what we will do tomorrow. Let’s get to work!”

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The above property will be coming to the City of Hamilton committee of adjustments on Thursday January 23rd. The property owner plans to demolish the existing commercial/office building and put in a gas station, restaurant with drive thru, bay car wash & commercial building. They will be asking the committee of adjustments for a minor variance to allow for smaller setbacks from the property lines than required and allow for less and smaller parking spaces than required.

The public meeting is scheduled for Thursday January 23rd at 3:05pm at City Hall rooms 192 & 193. This public meeting will allow for any members of the public to speak to the committee regarding this request. If you are unable to attend the meeting you may also send your comments in writing to the secretary-treasurer prior to the meeting date by emailing morgan.evans@hamilton.ca or scott.baldry@hamilton.ca.

To view the committee of adjustment notice regarding this property please click the following link: 2506 – 2520 Regional Road 56

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Please note, Hamilton Water is currently (morning of December 20) responding to a watermain break located near the intersection of Homestead Dr and Longview Dr, Glanbrook. Emergency repairs will be underway shortly and local residents can expect a water service disruption due to watermain shutdown. Staff will be going door to door to make every attempt to notify residents of the watermain shutdown.

To accommodate the repairs, a full road closure is necessary at the intersection of Homestead Dr and Longview Dr. This closure is expected to remain in place until the end of the day when repairs are complete. It is estimated that repairs will be completed by approximately 6:00 P.M.

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In 2015 a motion was brought to council which passed unanimously for City staff to look at the feasibility of buying the property that The 447 Wing occupies (3210 Homestead Drive) or to find a city owned facility to accommodate the Wing. The staff report came back with negative results because the city of Hamilton does not have policies that allow council to use tax payer dollars to buy property for private clubs nor did they have space that was appropriate for the Wing to use.

Currently 3210 Homestead Drive is zoned for mixed use which means it includes both commercial and residential space. The owner is proposing to demolish both 3210 & 3200 Homestead Drive (currently the Wing & The Pigeon) and build another mixed-use building. The City of Hamilton including Councillor Johnson cannot legally oppose such use as it’s currently being used for the same purpose today.

I want to thank everyone who came out to the community meeting on Monday December 9th regarding 3200 & 3210 Homestead Drive. We had many community members as well as members of the 447 Wing. Also in attendance was the City staff, owner of the property and his consultants. Many great questions were asked of both the owner and city staff. Suggestions for relocation to places such as Bobbie’s was mentioned. Having said that, the owner made a public commitment that he will have further talks with the Wing regarding the possibility of the Wing finding a home within the new building.

If you would like to be kept up to date with this particular development, please send an email to Brenda.johnson@hamilton.ca with your name and address indicating your interest and you will be added to the email list.

To view the proposal for the property please click the following link: 3210 & 3200 Homestead Application Drawings

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On Monday December 9th from 7-8:30pm there will be a community meeting at the Mount Hope Community CRC Church (3076 Homestead Drive) regarding development plans for 3200 & 3210 Homestead Drive (current Pigeon & 447 Wing buildings). There is a proposal by the owner to redevelop the subject lands with a two storey commercial building, comprised of offices, retail , and restaurant uses. This will be an open house style meeting with staff on hand to take comments and answer questions regarding the application.

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In July of 2018 the City of Hamilton sent out press releases advising citizens that there was a significant event that had happened at the Chedoke Creek (July 12, 2018, July 18, 2018). As a result of these press releases several media sources covered the issue including but not limited to CHCH, the Hamilton Spectator and all local radio stations, informing the citizens of this significant event.

What was failed to be disclosed was the volume and duration of the discharge of the storm water runoff and sanitary sewage into the Chedoke Creek especially when it first became known to Council in August 2018.

I would like to formally apologize to the residents of this City that this information was not brought forward publicly in 2018 or at any other subsequent Committee or Council meetings.

We are working with staff to rectify this issue and reports will be brought forward identifying all responses to provincial orders since July of 2018 as well as timelines and inventories of water samples, and environmental assessments.

For detailed questions and answers, access to the released reports, and a detailed chronology of the issue please Click Here to be redirected to the City’s website

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The Binbrook Santa Claus Parade & Tree Lighting has been RESCHEDULED for Sunday December 8 starting at 3pm with the parade route heading down Binbrook Road starting at the Skate Park and making it’s way into the Davis gate at the Binbrook Fairgrounds.

Immediately following the parade beginning at 4pm the Binbrook Fairgrounds will be open for a Christmas Village followed by a tree lighting ceremony at 6pm. All events are free! Parking is limited so please try and walk if able.

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For detailed questions and answers please check out the following web site for more details
www.hamilton.ca/chedokecreek

• With respect to Chedoke Creek, we want to assure you that we have been taking, and continue to take, this matter very seriously
• Unfortunately, there will be times, such as this one, when a legal matter and investigation is ongoing, and we are not able to share information until the investigation is complete
• We cannot comment on discussions held in closed session
• We are committed to providing updates to the public regarding the investigation at the earliest time possible.

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Tuesday, Open Skate 18+yrs of age from 12:30pm -12:30pm
Tuesday, Open Skate for the Family from 1:30pm -2:30pm
Thursday, FREE Open Skate for the Family from 4pm-5pm
Friday, FREE Open Skate for the Family from 12pm-1:30pm
Friday, Open Skate for the Family from 7:30pm-9pm
Sunday, Open Skate from 1pm-3pm
See the calendar for further info and applicable admission fees.

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