The City of Hamilton is inviting residents and visitors to the Gage Park Greenhouses between Friday, October 22 and Sunday, October 31 to celebrate 101 years of the Fall Garden & Mum Show.

The theme this year is, “A Walk Down Memory Lane” where visitors will enjoy various floral displays inspired by themes of years past, including “Mums & Steel”, “Once Upon a Toy” and “A Walk in the Woods”.

The Mum Show is an amazing floral display created by the City’s talented horticulture team. The whole family can enjoy this breathtaking display of over 200 varieties of chrysanthemums, and more than 100,000 blooms.

Admission is free, but visitors are encouraged to reserve tickets online in order to secure entry to the show. Masks or face coverings are required and public health guidelines will be in effect. Members of the public are reminded that proof of vaccination and valid ID are required under provincial direction.

Visitors are also reminded that as part of the Gage Park Walkway Improvements project, some portions of the main walkway loop will not be accessible during construction, however, access to the Gage Park Greenhouse via Lawrence Rd will be available throughout the duration of the show. Details of this work can be found at www.hamilton.ca/gagepark.

For full details about the Fall Garden & Mum Show and to reserve your timeslot, visit: www.hamilton.ca/mumshow.

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We recently issued a closure extension notice for Hwy 56 @ Golf Club Road out to October 29, 2021.

GR Environmental & Rail (GRE), on behalf of Canada Clean Fuels, is continuing with the clean-up efforts and identified that more time is required to complete these activities. The clean-up process is iterative which I would define as “dig and test” until the testing reveals that all impacted soils have been adequately addressed. Because of the nature of this work, it is difficult to determine what the level of effort is needed and the time to complete.

As a status update to supplement the closure extension, below are some key informational items:

• The clean-up contractor (GRE) has been removing soil from the spill in consultation with their Engineering consultants.
• Work has been concentrated along the south ditch line.
• GRE believes that they have removed all of the contaminants in that area based on test results.
• GRE are now filling in with clay to bring back the level of the ditch.
• Work will begin along the north ditch this week
• Once all contaminants are removed and samples are confirmed by the MECP and our engineering consultant, WSP, clay will be replaced in the north ditch.
• Anticipated completion is 7-10 days with a buffer for weather.
• Contractors retained by GRE will be reinstating the curbing followed by the asphalt to City specifications.
• An emergency lane has remained accessible for the EMS vehicles if required.

Transportation Operations & Maintenance, with assistance from Risk Management, continues to monitor the clean-up efforts. We will discuss with GRE about the possible partial opening of the intersection ahead of full opening. At this moment we do not have any indications that this is possible due to the operations that are being conducted on site.

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On Monday September 20, 2021 a motor vehicle accident occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m. between a Canada Clean fuels tanker truck and a Joseph Haulage Canada Corp (Joseph) truck at the intersection of Regional Road 56 and Golf Club Road causing a breach in the fuel storage tank. Approximately 3,000 to 4,000 litres of diesel fuel spilled onto the roadway entering the ditches of Golf Club Road, east of the intersection. City of Hamilton EMS and Hamilton Fire Department responded to the scene of the accident and notified The Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) Spills Action Centre (SAC).

As a result of this incident, Golf Club Road was closed at Highway 56 to Hendershot for road repairs and remediation. The road remains closed to permit the continuing clean-up efforts until approximately Friday October 15th 2021. The fuel truck owner, Canada Clean Fuels, is responsible to clean up the spill.

A residential water sampling program was initiated by Agile Response Consulting Limited on September 21, 2021 due to the volume of the release, proximity of homes to the site and use of potable wells in the area. Each of the neighboring properties to the north and to the southeast surrounding the impacted areas were sampled. Analytical results for the residential water samples collected indicated that the spill had not impacted residential wells in the immediate area of the spill. Agile Response Consulting Limited has communicated the results of the water samples to the area residents. Written notices, with this information have been requested to be provided to the residents to supplement the previous communications.

Agile Response Consulting Limited is continuing excavation and remediation efforts. Additional drinking water and surface water sampling will be undertaken, as required. Implementation of a groundwater monitoring program is being evaluated, as needed based on the results of the remedial activities.

Once the road has been inspected and deemed safe it will be reopened. Thank you for your patience.

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The Mount Hope Village gateway project is one step closer to completion with the installation of the Beechcraft CT-134 Musketeer aircraft at the south entrance to Mount Hope. Through community input and city collaboration with the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, the Mount Hope Village now has the historic Beechcraft Musketeer aircraft as the main feature of its gateway located at Homestead Drive and Highway 6.

The Beechcraft CT-134 Musketeer was a military training derivative of the Sundowner built by Beechcraft for the Canadian Forces. During their 21 years of service, Musketeers trained approximately 5,000 Canadian military pilots and served with three Canadian Forces Flying Training Schools, and the Canadian Forces Flying Instructor School.

The City thanks the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum for assisting the Mount Hope community create its own distinctive gateway feature through their contribution of the military aircraft.

Quick Facts
• The Mount Hope Gateway project serves as an entryway to the community of Mount Hope in Hamilton.

• Mount Hope is home to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum and the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, which was a Second World War training facility.

• The Beechcraft CT-134 Musketeer #222 was a single engine, low-wing, four-seat light aircraft with fixed landing gear and a limited aerobatic capability

• The aircraft was delivered to No. 3 Flying Training School, located at Portage La Prairie, Manitoba in 1982. It served there as a primary trainer before pilots transitioned to jets.

• In 1992, the aircraft was retired from the Canadian Armed Forces. The aircraft was then dismantled and put into storage.

• The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum acquired the aircraft in April 2012.

• The aircraft has been restored to static condition in the exact markings it would have worn when serving in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Quotes

“This project would not have been possible without the generosity of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM) and the collaboration between the CWHM, City staff and Ward 11 residents. I am so grateful to community members who shared their vision for the Mount Hope Village Gateway and to CWHM CEO, David Rohrer, for helping to bring this project to fruition. The result is a gateway that highlights our rich aviation history while welcoming both residents and visitors alike to the Mount Hope Village.” Brenda Johnson, Ward 11 Councillor

“It was a pleasure to work with the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s CEO David Rohr and the skilled and dedicated team of staff, volunteers, and contractors at the CWHM without whom this project would not have been possible.” Carrie Brooks-Joiner, Director, Tourism and Culture Division

“It has been an honour to partner with the City of Hamilton on this Mount Hope Gateway Project. Under the vision of Ward 11 Councillor, Brenda Johnson, and the City team headed up by Ken Coit and Meredith Plant, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is pleased to have contributed to this salute to the Mount Hope Village and their support of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (1940-45), RCAF Station Hamilton (1940-63) and the Hamilton International Airport.” David G. Rohrer, CEO, Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

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FROM: Friday, October 8th, 2021 at 6:00 AM
TO: Friday, October 8th, 2021 at 6:00 PM
WHERE: Aeropark Boulevard and Glanair Drive
WHY: Road Paving

Route 20 A Line buses will detour as follows:
Southbound – From Upper James Street and Dickenson Road – Continue south on Upper James Street and resume regular southbound routing on Upper James Street south of Glanair Drive. Northbound – From Upper James Street and Glanair Drive – Continue north on Upper James Street and resume regular northbound routing on Upper James Street north of Dickenson Road.

Route 27 Upper James buses will detour as follows:
Southbound – From Upper James and the Northern Driveway to the MTC –
Continue south on Upper James to the Southern Driveway to the MTC, Right into the MTC and continue to the northbound stop on the westside of the
platform – End-of-Line.
Northbound – No detour required.

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With the long weekend coming up and more residents preparing their yard for the cool days ahead, the City is reminding residents of the upcoming changes to the curbside leaf and yard waste collection schedule, fall clean up tips and the upcoming Compost Giveaway.

Changes to Curbside Leaf and Yard Waste Collection Schedule:
• The City is reminding residents that beginning Monday, December 6, 2021, the City will no longer collect yard waste curbside in December, January and February.
• Regular weekly collection of curbside yard waste will resume February 28, 2022.
• Residential yard waste can still be taken to a Community Recycling Centre for free all year round.
• Curbside Christmas tree collection will not be impacted and will still be collected during the first and second weeks of January each year.

Fall Clean Up Tips:
• When placing yard waste at the curb for collection, use a paper yard waste bag or an open top rigid reusable container identified with a yard waste sticker.
• Blue boxes, cardboard boxes and green bins are NOT acceptable yard waste containers.
• Yard waste stickers can be picked up for free at a Municipal Service Centre.
• If using a reusable container to dispose of yard waste, drill holes into the sides and bottom of your container to allow drainage and air circulation. Remove the lid before placing at the curb for collection.
• Keep each bag, bundle or container of yard waste under 50lbs to maintain the safety of waste collection operators.
• Roll bags shut at the top with no branches sticking out. Store bags in a dry location until your collection day.
• Branches, sticks and twigs must be tied with string in bundles no longer than 1.2m (4ft) and .75m (2.5ft) in diameter.
• Remove candles and decorations before placing pumpkins in your yard waste bag or container.
• Yard waste is not accepted in the green bin.

Compost Giveaway:
• Throughout the year, the City picks up residents’ yard waste as part of the curbside leaf and yard waste collection program. After it’s picked up, it’s processed and turned into nutrient-rich compost. As a thank you for participating in the yard waste program, the City gives some of the compost back to residents to use on vegetable gardens, flower beds and lawns.
• This Saturday, October 9, 2021, the City is hosting its annual Compost Giveaway at Turner Park, 344 Rymal Rd E, between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. (while quantities last)
• Residents are asked to bring their own buckets or containers and shovel to the giveaway location this weekend.
• Further details can be found at: www.hamilton.ca/compost

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This Outdoor event will be held on

Saturday October 16, 2021
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Includes home baking treats, books, unknown treasures and more!
Please wear a mask and bring your own bag/container for your purchases.

Case United Church is located at 6180 White Church Road E

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On October 24th, Binbrook United Church will be offering a Curbside Turkey Dinner for anyone interested. Your orders must be in by October 17th for pickup between 3 and 6pm on the 24th.
For $25pp, you will receive mashed potatoes, chef’s veggies, white/dark meat and gravy plus dessert.

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Councillor Johnson is proud and pleased to announce the plane it up and looks amazing. It has taken a few years and a lot of time and work but it is here, proudly displayed at the north end of Homestead at Hwy 6.
A special thank you to everyone involved, a list of those persons and photos will be posted shortly.

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Saturday, October 2, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., the City of Hamilton will be giving away free trees to Hamilton residents at two of our Public Works yards in an effort to give back while working towards our goal of increasing Hamilton’s tree canopy. This private tree giveaway is a contactless, drive thru tree pick up open to all Hamilton residents, and unlike our Street Tree Planting Program, residents can plant these free trees themselves anywhere on their property.

Residents who can’t make the giveaway this weekend will also have a chance to visit the City’s second giveaway on Saturday October 16, 2021 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Details of these events include:
Pick-up Dates
Saturday October 2, 2021 – 9 am to 3pm
Saturday October 16, 2021 – 9 am to 3pm

Pick-up Locations
Forestry Yard (both dates)
1301 Upper Ottawa Street
Wentworth Operations (both dates)
330 Wentworth Street

Further details including types of species available, homeowner maintenance details, and more, visit: https://www.hamilton.ca/home-property-and-development/property-gardens-trees/free-tree-giveaway

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Please be advised that the emergency road closure on Golf Club Rd, between Highway 56 and Hendershot Rd, will continue until October 8th for spill cleanup.

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In a typical year, the City of Hamilton hosts several Community Compost Giveaway Events in the Spring and Fall in appreciation of residents participating in the City’s Leaf and Yard Waste Program. Due to Covid-19, the Spring 2021 Event was cancelled. The City is looking forward to providing compost to residents in October

2021 Fall Compost Giveaway Event
The fall Event will be held on Saturday October 9th, 2021 at Turner Park, 344 Rymal Road E. on Hamilton mountain, from 7:00 am to 11:00 am while quantities last. This location has enough space to ensure that all residents and staff will be physically distanced by a minimum of two metres. As in other years, compost is for residents only and not available for commercial businesses. Two people per vehicle will be allowed at the pile of compost at any one time and will have 15 minutes to load. Residents are required to provide their own shovels and containers.

Donations
At previous Events, residents were encouraged to donate to United Way or Food Share. Unfortunately, in order to keep physically distanced, donations will not be accepted at this years’ Event.

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The Glanbrook Arena is set for a GoVaxx outdoor vaccination clinic on Monday September 27th from 9am-4pm. Pfizer vaccine will be available at this outdoor clinic. Please share this information to friends, family and neighbours.

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With heavy rain in the forecast later this week, the City of Hamilton is preparing to respond to potential flooding and possibly hazardous conditions. The City is also reminding residents to take steps to prevent flooding in and around their homes, and be cautious around all bodies of water.

City crews are working proactively to clear catch basins and inspect flooding hot spots across Hamilton, and the City is providing the following tips for residents to reduce the risk of flooding:

• Keep catch basins in front of your home clear of debris such as leaves or garbage. ‎
• Inspect and clean your eavestroughs and downspouts to ensure they aren’t blocked with leaves or debris.
• If your home has a backwater valve installed, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning to ensure that it is functioning properly.
• Check your sump pump to make sure it is working properly.
• If your home or area is prone to flooding you may want to consider ensuring any valuables are up off of basement floors.

Conditions may result in road flooding and/or ponding in low lying areas such as backyards and drainage areas. Residents should exercise caution around all bodies of water including near creeks, bridges, culverts and dams, and to keep children and pets away from bodies of water. Motorists should be cautious if driving on flooded roads.

Please call 905-546-CITY(2489) to report sewer back-ups, flooding over roadways, fallen trees or debris in drainage ditches or culverts.

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Earlier this month, the province announced that Ontario residents aged 12 and older would be required to provide proof of vaccination along with proof of identification to access certain businesses and settings effective September 22, 2021 at 12:01am.

The City’s Emergency Operations Centre has reviewed the provincial regulations and guidance to determine how provincial policy will impact municipal services. The City of Hamilton will continue to follow provincial direction regarding the verification of vaccination and identification, and remains committed to creating a safe environment by ensuring municipal facilities and local businesses are operating in keeping with the provincial regulations in the Reopening Ontario Act.

In Hamilton, the latest weekly rate of new cases per 100,000 population reported is 44. The average number of cases (7-day moving average) reported per day is 38. The percent positivity among tests is 4.8 per cent. To date, Hamilton healthcare partners have administered 809,504 doses of COVD-19 vaccine – with 82 per cent of eligible Hamiltonians receiving a vaccine to date and 75.2 per cent fully vaccinated.

Vaccine Verification
The province is developing an enhanced electronic vaccine certificate with a unique QR code and a verification app for businesses, which will be available by October 22. Businesses and organizations, including the City, will be responsible for ensuring they meet the provincial requirements for proof of vaccination against COVID-19.
Municipal Law Enforcement, will continue conducting inspections to ensure operators are meeting the requirements of the Reopening Ontario Act, including the new proof of vaccination requirements.

Accessing Vaccination Receipts
Vaccination receipts are available as a PDF to be downloaded to a computer, phone or tablet, or printed. Residents can print or download their vaccination receipt from the provincial booking portal, or call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to request a copy of your vaccination receipt.

Public Health Services is pleased to be working with Hamilton Public Library on an initiative offering free proof of vaccination printing and laminating services for anyone in the community. Beginning Tuesday, September 21, all 23 branches of the Hamilton Public Library branch will be equipped with publicly-accessible computers with shortcuts to the provincial booking portal and how to obtain and print proof of vaccination. They will each have a laminator available as well as a dedicated phone with a direct line to the Hamilton Public Health Services Vaccine hotline for questions or assistance.

More information about how to access vaccination receipts including for those that have a red and white health care, no health care, or do not have an address is available at www.hamilton.ca/proofofvaccination.

Impact on Recreation Facilities
Starting September 22, 2021, each person who enters an indoor facility for sports, recreation, meetings or events must show proof of vaccination and identification at the time of entry, which will be visually verified by staff.

The only exceptions permitted for recreation facilities include:
• Children under 12 years of age
• Participants of organized sports under 18 years of age (e.g. sport leagues, swim lessons and registered sport programs)
• Individuals with a medical exemption and supporting documentation from a physician/nurse
• Individuals using the washroom or passing through an indoor space to access outdoor space
• Retail or admission/membership purchases (without the intent to stay)
• Individuals accessing social services (i.e. health services, vaccine clinic, meal/food access)

Vaccination records or documentation will only be visually verified – no information will be retained or copied. As such, individuals will be required to show their proof of vaccination each time they enter the facility.
Residents are encouraged to plan and adjust arrival times accordingly as they may wait times before entering as the new requirements may affect service levels. The City thanks residents for their patience and understanding.

Learn more at hamilton.ca/Recreation.

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