All City of Hamilton administrative offices will be closed on Friday, April 2 and Monday, April 5.
To view affected City services due to COVID-19, visit hamilton.ca/covidclosures.
For emergencies involving roads, water mains, sewer systems, public health and safety issues, please call 905-546-CITY (2489).
A complete list of the holiday schedule is available on the City of Hamilton’s website.

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Community Gardens
– We have received a number of questions about community gardens operating in the Grey – Lockdown category
– Please note that community gardens are permitted to operate under appropriate health and safety guidelines. We will provide more specifics before the long weekend.

Gage Park Tropical Greenhouse
– Please be advised that the Gage Park Tropical Greenhouse will also be closed during the Grey – Lockdown period.

REMINDER: Easter Weekend Ahead
– With the Easter Weekend ahead, it is important for residents to understand gathering limits under the Grey – Lockdown category.
o No indoor organized public events and social gatherings, except with members of the same household
 Individuals who live alone, including seniors, may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation
o Limit for outdoor organized public events and social gatherings, where physical distancing can be maintained are set at 10 people outdoors
– Limits for religious services rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services (but not receptions), in all venues, where physical distancing can be maintained:
o 15% capacity of the room indoors
 This number includes priests, ministers, musicians, alter-servers, etc.
 15% of the capacity is based on the building/fire capacity
o 50 people outdoors
– Virtual and drive-in events and religious services, rites or ceremonies permitted
– Due to these restrictions, we will not be issuing permits for any organized Easter Egg Hunts at City parks this year.

Lockdown, Third Wave and Municipal Impacts
– As we begin to enter this third wave of the pandemic, we expect to see further increases in positive case numbers and could experience further impacts to municipal services.
– As you know, many municipal services are currently available online or by appointment only. We expect this to continue for the foreseeable future.
– If cases continue to rise in our community, we may once again experience impacts to our workforce as staff may become ill or be required to self-isolate.
– We anticipate this could cause impacts to our service levels or delays in response times. If there are areas significantly impacted, I will inform Council but overall staff response times may be not be as prompt due to COVID illness or required isolation (if they do not work from home) and redeployment. I appreciate your understanding, patience and explaining this to your constituents if you receive complaints.

REMINDER: Vaccination Program Update
– The Province has approved our request to begin vaccinating adults 70 years of age and older as of today
– The Province made the announcement last night for several public health units in Ontario who are using the Provincial booking portal to book appointments.
– This is a more tailored approach to vaccination distribution based on vaccine supply and appointment availability across individual health units.
– This means that not all health units will be at the same place in phasing at this time and will continue to work on vaccinating their populations based on their own needs and vaccine availability/capacity. We need your assistance in explaining this to your residents and discouraging them to make comparisons.
– We do have clinic availability up for this coming week and many available spots.
– We are finalizing clinics for the following week (week of April 5th) due to vaccine shipment delays that impact clinics for that week.
– Please understand that we run very tightly on matching vaccine as it comes in to vaccine appointments.
– As soon as we are able to guarantee vaccine for each appointment we will be asking the Province to open up additional appointment slots.

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Hamilton police are warning residents of a possible telephone scam where suspects are pretending to be the police and even have a call display.

The warning comes during Canada’s Fraud Prevention Month, and is another reminder not to let your guard down and that scammers are looking to get your personal information and money.

On Monday morning, police tweeted about the scam, alerting residents about incidents of fake calls that look like they are coming from police.

The Hamilton Police Service said in the tweet they are investigating incidents and are telling people that police will never ask to take your money and if you receive a call where someone is asking for money and saying they are with the police, to just hang up and report the call to police.

Recent Hamilton Spectator stories on fraud alerts have included a COVID contact-tracing scam in early January, a warning that isolated seniors are especially at risk of becoming victims of scams and frauds during the pandemic, and a bitcoin scam.

More recently, OPP warned the public mid-March after a Norfolk County senior lost $27,500 to a lottery scam.

If you are a victim of a fraud, contact Hamilton police non-emergency line at 905-546-4925.

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Appointments for those who are 70 and older can be booked at the city’s large-scale clinic at found hamilton.ca.

Those without internet or computer access, or who do not have a valid Ontario photo health card, can call Public Health Services at 905-974-9848, option 7.

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Time to ‘spring forward’ and test, check and change smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
When clocks spring forward one hour for Daylight Savings on March 14 at 2:00 a.m., the Hamilton Fire Department is asking residents to test, check and change their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
Test the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home to make sure they work. Press the button on battery powered or hard-wired alarms; keep it pressed down until you hear the alarm sound. If your alarm has no button, it is outdated and should be replaced. If you have a 10-year sealed battery-operated alarm, there is no need to change the battery. If you test this alarm and it does not work, replace the entire smoke or carbon monoxide alarm immediately to ensure continued protection.
Check the expiry date by looking at the date of manufacture marked on the back of the alarm. All smoke alarms have expiry dates, whether they are battery operated or hard-wired. Smoke alarms should be replaced at least every 10 years from the date of manufacture, not the date of purchase. All carbon monoxide alarms also have expiry dates, which are typically between seven to 10 years.

Change the batteries or backup batteries – depending on the type of alarm – as needed. Batteries in a smoke, carbon monoxide or combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarm should be changed every six months. Alarms that are hard-wired into your home’s electrical system have backup batteries that should also be changed every six months.

Quick Facts
• Smoke alarms are required on every story of the home and outside of all sleeping areas. For added protection, it is recommended to also install smoke alarms inside all bedrooms.
• Carbon monoxide alarms must be installed outside all sleeping areas if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage.
• Tampering with or removing the batteries from your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms is against the law. Failure to comply with the Fire Code can result in a ticket of $360 or a fine of up to $50,000.
• For more information on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, contact the Hamilton Fire Department – Fire Prevention Division at 905 546-2424 ext. 1380, weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or visit hamilton.ca/fire.

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The Hamilton healthcare partners continue to make progress in vaccinating members of the community who fall into Phase 1 of the Province’s COVID-19 Vaccination Framework. We are pleased to announce that to date, we have administered approximately 87,945 doses of COVD-19 vaccine – with 12% of eligible Hamiltonians receiving a vaccine to date.

In
alignment with Provincial direction, effective immediately, those
residents in Hamilton who are 70 years of age and older are eligible to book an
appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. 

Booking an appointment at a large-scale clinic. Members of the public can access the Provincial
online booking portal found at www.hamilton.ca/VaccineBooking. For those who do not have access to the internet or
a computer, or do not have a valid Ontario photo health card, please call the
Public Health Services COVID-19 Hotline at 905-974-9848, option 7 to book an
appointment. Due to potential call volumes expected at the call centre, the
City of Hamilton encourages everyone to self-register online if able to so,
it’s the quickest process to get an appointment
. The hotline is trying to
focus on those without health cards and those without computer access. These
are all by-appointment only clinics, walk-ins are not permitted.

Booking an appointment at a mobile pop-up clinic. Members of the public can call the Public Health
Services COVID-19 Hotline at 905-974-9848, option 7.  A list of mobile
pop-up clinics can be found by visiting www.hamilton.ca/VaccineBooking, or through the hotline. Due to potential call
volumes expected at the call centre, we ask that those who are calling for an
appointment are patient and call back if the lines are busy.
These are all
by-appointment only clinics, walk-ins are not permitted.

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Earlier this afternoon, the province announced that Hamilton will move into the Grey – Lockdown category within the Provincial COVID-19 Response Framework as of Monday, March 29, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. Some highlights from the Grey – Lockdown category include:
• No indoor organized public events and social gatherings, except with members of the same household. Individuals who live alone, including seniors, may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation.
• Limit for outdoor organized public events and social gatherings, where physical distancing can be maintained are set at 10 people outdoors.
• Indoor dining is prohibited.
• Outdoor dining, take out, drive through, and delivery permitted, including alcohol.
• Facilities for indoor sports and recreational fitness activities are closed.
• Outdoor recreational amenities are open with restrictions
• In person shopping permitted for all retail, subject to capacity limits of:
o 50% for supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores and pharmacies
o 25% for all other retail, including discount and big box retailers, liquor stores, cannabis stores, hardware stores and garden centres
• Personal care services can be open with new restrictions beginning April 12.
• Additional restrictions are outlined under the Grey section of the Provincial COVID-19 Response Framework

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Spring = Winter Wheat Growth and Crop Planting

The weather has been excellent these past few weeks and nnfortunately we have received many reports of Off Road Vehicles running along the power lines and through farmer’s fields

This has destroyed portions of their crops already. Please remember that loss of crop yield = loss of food supply and financial distress to our farmers

It is trespassing and against the law to use a farmer’s field without written permission from the property owner. The Police will patrol and ticket those caught trespassing.

Areas Off Limits as well…
– Railroad Property
– Conservation areas including trails
– Beaches and Parks
– Utility Corridors
– Hamilton Roadways (limited exemptions)

For more information about the law and your ATV call Hamilton Police Service 905-546-4925

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A Community Safety and Well-Being Plan is being developed for Hamilton.

This plan aims to ensure all residents in Hamilton feel safe, has a sense of belonging and can meet their needs for education, healthcare, food, housing, income, and social and cultural expression. Hamilton’s Community Safety and Well-Being Plan will prioritize six challenges facing the community: mental health and stigma, housing and homelessness, hate incidents, violence, substance use, and access to income.

We are still listening!
Community safety and well-being cannot be addressed by any one single institution, organization, sector, or individual – it needs all our collective action! We want to ensure all community members have a chance to provide input on the development of this plan. We are looking for your feedback to inform creative solutions to challenges facing Hamilton.
During this phase of planning and engagement until April 30, 2021, residents can provide feedback in two ways:

• Online: Review the project information online and post, read and like feedback by visiting https://engage.hamilton.ca/community-safety-and-well-being-plan
• Phone: No computer or internet access? Provide your feedback via phone by calling (905) 546-2424 ext. 3526 to answer survey questions.

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We have some great news today!

We have worked very hard to get another Pop Up Vaccination
clinic at the Glanbrook Municipal Centre 4280 Binbrook Rd and it’s happening.

The clinic will be running from March 31st
April 4th from 10:00am – 3:00pm.

If you are 75 years or older, please call 905-974-9848
and choose option 7
. Make sure to tell the scheduler that you want to get
your vaccine at the Glanbrook Municipal Centre. 

Again this is by appointment only.

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The Hamilton healthcare partners continue to make progress in vaccinating members of the community who fall into Phase 1 of the Province’s COVID-19 Vaccination framework.

We are pleased to announce that to date, we have administered approximately 69,251 doses of COVD-19 vaccine – with 10.3% of eligible Hamiltonians receiving a vaccine to date.

Vaccination of adults 75 years of age and older – Beginning today, Hamilton’s vaccination program will expand eligibility to include those 75 years of age (in 2021) and over to the current eligible population of 80 years of age and older.

These recipients are able to book an appointment by visiting www.hamilton.ca/VaccineBooking. These are all by-appointment only clinics, walk-ins are not permitted.

For those who do not have access to the internet or a computer, or do not have a valid Ontario photo health card, please call the Public Health Services COVID-19 Hotline at 905-974-9848, option 7 to book an appointment.

Due to potential call volumes expected at the call centre, the City of Hamilton encourages everyone to self-register online if able to so, it’s the quickest process to get an appointment. The hotline is trying to focus on those without health cards and those without computer access.

Pilot program vaccinating adults using AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD in primary care settings – A number of primary care settings in Hamilton are administering vaccines to community members ages 60-64 (in 2021) who are in good health as part of a provincial pilot program. In alignment with provincial direction, beginning today, these participating local primary care settings will offer vaccination appointments to individuals aged 60 and over. Eligible residents will be contacted directly by their primary care physician’s office to book appointments, there are no other booking options for this pilot program. Residents are asked to please not contact their primary care office for an appointment. This is by-appointment only, walk-ins are not permitted. Please note, there will be other opportunities for this age category to receive a COVID-19 vaccine through large-scale vaccination clinics at another date.

Mobile Vaccine Team Pop-up Clinics for those aged 75+. The mobile vaccination team will be administering COVID-19 vaccinations to those aged 75+ at pop-up vaccine clinics throughout the lower city.

Please note, the mobile team will be at these locations on the following dates and then will move onto another location.

• Stoney Creek Recreation Centre – March 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th

• Bernie Morelli Recreation Centre – March 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th

• Norman Pinky Lewis Recreation Centre – March 27th and 28th

• Ryerson Recreation Centre – March 25th and 26th

Those interested in being vaccinated at the above pop-up clinics can book an appointment by calling the Public Health Services COVID-19 Hotline at 905-974-9848, option 7.

Mobile Vaccine Team Pop-up Clinics for Indigenous adults. The mobile vaccination team will be holding a mobile pop-up clinic for Indigenous adults at the Perkins Centre, 1429 Main St. E. on the following dates and times:
• Friday March 26th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Saturday March 27th, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

• Monday March 29th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Those interested in being vaccinated at the above pop-up clinic can book an appointment by calling the Public Health Services COVID-19 Hotline at 905-974-9848, option 7.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES• Read more about Ontario’s COVID vaccination program.• www.hamilton.ca/COVIDvaccines• www.hamilton.ca/coronavirus• https://covid-19.ontario.ca• Public Health Services’ COVID-19 Hotline: 905-974-9848 or phscovid19@hamilton.ca

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Hamilton’s COVID-19 vaccination program expands to include adults aged 80+ with the launch of the Provincial online booking portal

The Hamilton healthcare partners are making progress in vaccinating members of the community who fall into Phase 1 of the Province’s COVID-19 Vaccination framework. We are pleased to announce that to date, we have administered over 53,216 doses of COVD-19 vaccine, with 16,046 people now fully vaccinated.

Vaccination of adults 80 years of age and older
• With the launch of the provincial online booking portal on Monday, March 15th, Hamilton’s vaccination program will expand eligibility to include those 80-84 years of age (in 2021) to the current eligible population of 85+ years of age.
• These recipients will be able to register using the provincial vaccine booking tool beginning Monday, March 15th, the booking link can be found at www.hamilton.ca/VaccineBooking.
• These are all by-appointment only clinics, walk-ins are not permitted.

For those who do not have access to the internet or a computer, or do not have a valid Ontario photo health card, please call the Public Health Services COVID-19 Hotline at 905-974-9848, option 7 to book an appointment. Due to potential call volumes expected at the call centre, the City of Hamilton encourages everyone to self-register online if able to so, it’s the quickest process to get an appointment. The hotline is trying to focus on those without health cards and those without computer access.

Vaccination of adults 85 years of age and older
As of March 10th, 6,300 doses have been administered to those adults who are 85 years of age and older, making that 55% of the eligible population vaccinated.
Next steps for those residents aged 85+ who have called to register for a COVID-19 vaccine and who have not received a call back:
• Call-backs will discontinue after March 14th at 4 p.m.
• Beginning March 15th, those who have not received a call back are encouraged to use the online booking tool to book an appointment. Booking instructions and a link will be found at www.hamilton.ca/VaccineBooking.
• These are all by-appointment only clinics, walk-ins are not permitted.
For those who do not have access to the internet or a computer, or do not have a valid Ontario photo health card, please call the Public Health Services COVID-19 Hotline at 905-974-9848, option 7 to book an appointment. Due to potential call volumes expected at the call centre, the City of Hamilton encourages everyone to self-register online if able to so, it’s the quickest process to get an appointment. The hotline is trying to focus on those without health cards and those without computer access.

Vaccination of community healthcare workers
At this time, those community healthcare workers who have registered through the vaccine registration online portal and have received a confirmation email will remain in the queue, do not need to re-register. It’s important to remember that once registered, healthcare workers will be called for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment in the upcoming weeks or months as they become eligible. The appointment bookings are not allocated in order of registration, but rather are based on prioritization outlined in Ontario’s COVID-19: Guidance for Prioritizing Health Care Workers for COVID-19 Vaccination. Community healthcare workers can register for a vaccine by visiting www.hamilton.ca/VaccineRegistration. We appreciate your patience during this process.

Information regarding registration, booking, and sequencing will be available on the COVID-19 Vaccines section of the City’s website at www.hamilton.ca/COVIDvaccines.
We need to work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community, to reserve healthcare and hospital capacity and to protect vulnerable settings.

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In alignment with provincial direction, effective March 10, 2021, second doses for the COVID-19 vaccine were extended to a 16-week interval. This direction follows the recommendation from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) to extend the interval for second doses when vaccine is in limited supply in order to increase the number of people who are protected from COVID-19. This is especially important as the new variant is circulating, and cases continue to rise locally. The 16-week interval for the second dose applies to the three two-dose vaccines currently approved by Health Canada (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca).

Anyone who has an appointment booked for a second dose on or after March 10th is being contacted by text, email or phone to reschedule. It is vital that people arrive for their 16-week interval second dose appointment as scheduled. Those who arrive at a vaccination clinic without an appointment, or at the time of their previously scheduled second dose, will be turned away. All vaccination clinics are by-appointment only, walk-ins are not permitted.

The following groups will continue to receive vaccine at the initial intervals as described in the product monographs:
• residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes, Elder Care Lodges and Assisted Living facilities who are at the greatest risk of both exposure to COVID-19 and serious illness and death; and,
• remote and isolated First Nation communities (currently supported by Operation Remote Immunity) given the potential seriousness of COVID 19 infection in these communities with limited available health care facilities and resources. Further discussion on dosage intervals for administering to the Indigenous population beyond Operation Remote Immunity will occur.

The rationale for this provincial decision includes:
• Current evidence from real-world experience with the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines indicates high vaccine effectiveness against symptomatic disease, hospitalization and death from COVID-19 for two months after the first dose, including among older populations. Clinical trials with the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine indicate that vaccine efficacy increases with the length of the interval between doses over 12 weeks.
• Based on principles of immunology, vaccine science and modelling, this short-term protection is not expected to quickly drop off.
• In jurisdictions where this extension has been in place for some time (United Kingdom, Israel, etc.), evidence shows it has helped to control the pandemic much more successfully.

We need to work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community, to reserve healthcare and hospital capacity and to protect vulnerable settings.

QUICK FACTS
• Vaccination phasing and sequencing will continue to be released for additional categories as per the direction of the provincial government.
• All vaccination planning is based on and contingent on available COVID-19 vaccine supply.
• It is vital that members of the public, even those who have been vaccinated, ensure that public health measures still be practiced until it is safe and said to be safe by the health professionals in all levels of government. Public health measures include:
o stay home if you are feeling unwell
o get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms or have been in close contact with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19
o limit gatherings to only members of your immediate household
o maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet or 2 meters from others outside of your immediate household
o wear a mask or face covering indoors and outdoors when not able to maintain physical distancing
o wash hands frequently

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Recently our team emailed out an Eblast information update and we received a large amount of undeliverable email addresses.
If you did not receive this email (but usually do) and you have changed your email address – please send your updated email information to ward11@hamilton.ca and we will update your contact information.

If you are not on our list and wish to receive email updates from our office please send your contact information including your residential address to ward11@hamilton.ca and we will happily add you to our list.

Thank you!

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Councillor Brenda Johnson wants to recognize Glanbrook Pandemic Heroes .

During these strange times, we have heard lots of stories of Glanbrook residents who have reached out to help others who are struggling.

We are asking the community to nominate people who they consider a Glanbrook pandemic hero and share their stories with our community.

We will be selecting one person as the Grand Prize winner but we would like to also recognize everyone nominated with a small gift.

A Pandemic Hero can be any age, young or old, can be a resident or someone who works in Glanbrook and all deeds whether big or small are worthy of recognition.

Examples can be a simple as

. Calling people who are shut in
. Picking up groceries or essential items to help someone out.
. Regularly donating to a food bank or similar
. Giving those in need rides to appointments or other
. Shovelling or assisting with yard work for someone who needs the help
. Creating online initiatives
. Pretty much anything or everything that helps during this pandemic.

So think about it, if you know someone then nominate them and let’s show them they are recognized and appreciated for their good deeds.

Submissions should be 200 words or less. Please include the name and address of the person you wish to nominate as well as your name and address.
Please email your submissions to ward11@hamilton.ca by end of day April 1st, 2021.
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