Following Provincial direction, effective December 13, 2021 at 8 a.m., individuals in Hamilton ages 50 years old and above are eligible to book an appointment to receive a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if at least six months (168 days) have passed since their last dose.

Booster doses are being offered to these groups based on evidence of gradual waning immunity six months after receiving their second dose and a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Offering the extra layer of protection provided by a booster dose will contribute to the fight against COVID-19.

In addition, due to a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, effective immediately individuals receiving dialysis (hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis) are eligible to receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if it has been 56 days since their second dose. Also, effective immediately, the Province is recommending re-vaccination with a new COVID-19 vaccine primary series post-transplantation for individuals who receive hematopoietic stem cell transplants (HSCT), hematopoietic cell transplants (HCT) (autologous or allogeneic), and recipients of CAR-T-cell therapy, due to the loss of immunity following therapy or transplant.

Booking an appointment for third and booster doses

All third and booster doses are available by appointment only, no walk-in option available. Appointments can be booked by visiting www.hamilton.ca/GetYourVaccine.

 

Hamilton Public Health Services continues to work closely with hospital, primary care, pharmacy, Hamilton Paramedic Service and other community organizations to offer COVID-19 vaccine to all eligible community members with health equity principles at the foundation of Hamilton’s vaccine program.

 

QUICK FACTS

  • The Hamilton healthcare partners continue to make progress in vaccinating eligible community members. To date, 900,618 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered – with 86.3 per cent of eligible Hamiltonians receiving a vaccine to date and 83.4 per cent fully vaccinated.
  • Hamilton’s focus continues to be administering both first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine while ensuring expansion as needed.
  • Evidence continues to show that a complete two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series provides strong protection against COVID-19 infection and severe outcomes in the general population.
  • Vaccine administration rates may differ based on local context.
  • 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.

 

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I’m pleased to report that the intersection of Hwy 56 @ Golf Club Road has now reopened.

Again, I want to express my appreciation for the patience of the residents that have been impacted since the initial spill back in September.

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A new digital storytelling website has launched in commemoration of the 175th anniversary of Hamilton’s founding. HamiltonCivicMuseums.ca presents a wide-ranging and inclusive view of Hamilton’s past, present, and future, with featured content co-created with community partners.

The website showcases stories and interactive exhibits that illustrate Hamilton’s history digitally. Opening with seven exhibitions, the website will grow to a virtual platform for all Hamilton communities to preserve and share their heritage, histories, and narratives. This is the first step in developing a virtual Museum of Hamilton to complement the existing Hamilton Civic Museum websites.

Quick Facts

  • On June 9, 1846, Hamilton was incorporated as a city with wards, councilors, and a mayor.
  • On October 14, 2020, Council approved the development of an online commemoration of the 175th-year anniversary of the City’s founding by launching a dedicated website as the first step in developing a virtual Museum of Hamilton.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated what was already a growing trend towards museums doing more digital storytelling and engagement, which has proven to be a relevant and effective means of reaching new and wider audiences.

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 “This new digital storytelling website not only highlights our history, it also prepares us for the future. As technology evolves and innovative mediums for sharing information continue to emerge, new discoveries and developments will propel our community forward. Hamilton is a hub, not only for historical preservation but for creative evolution.”

– Mayor Fred Eisenberger

“This new website is the first step in developing a virtual Museum of Hamilton that will complement the existing Hamilton Civic Museum sites we all know and love. The digital platform will allow us to tell Hamilton’s stories in a way we haven’t been able to do in the past, that is uniquely creative and will showcase our history in a new and exciting way.”

– Carrie Brooks-Joiner, Director of Tourism and Culture

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During yesterday’s City Council meeting, Council approved the City of Hamilton’s 2022 Water, Wastewater, Storm Water Rate Budget.

The approved 2022 Water, Wastewater, Storm Water Rate Budget results in a combined rate increase of 4.98 per cent effective January 1, 2022. The average resident’s bill in 2022 will be $824 for a household consuming 200 cubic metres of water annually, representing an increase of $39.05 annually.

This 2022 Water, Wastewater, Storm Water Rate Budget will improve our ability to protect the environment and deliver on our commitments respecting the clean up of Hamilton Harbour. Those investments include projects to:

  • Improve water quality in Chedoke Creek and Cootes Paradise
  • Reduce combined sewer overflows and wastewater treatment plant bypasses
  • Improve the quality of effluent discharged from the Woodward and Dundas Wastewater Treatment Plants
  • Help the City prepare for impacts from climate change and implement projects to reduce flooding risks
  • Ensure the City’s ability to provide clean, safe drinking water to the community

In particular, in 2022, the City is looking forward to the completion of the upgrades at the Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant. The commissioning of the new Tertiary Treatment Process at the Plant will result in a significant and lasting reduction in contaminants that reach Hamilton Harbour from the City’s treated wastewater effluent. The completion of the Woodward upgrades project will be another significant accomplishment in support of the City’s commitment to the Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan.

Additionally, similar to the previous 2021 Rate Budget, this investment will continue to enable the homeowner assistance programs related to sewer lateral repair, basement flood prevention, lead service line replacement and water leak adjustments while supporting Hamilton’s ongoing efforts to address the infrastructure deficit and work toward a sustainable level of funding for this critical system. This rate increase reflects a prudent investment for present and future generations, while balancing residents’ ability to pay.

Hamilton’s water rates are the second lowest in the province among comparator communities.

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“Ensuring that everyone in our community has clean drinking water as well as modern wastewater and stormwater services we can all depend upon is one of the most important things that we do. This budget will benefit everyone by allowing us to develop, maintain and improve our water, wastewater and storm water infrastructure while keeping it affordable.”
Mayor Fred Eisenberger

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Beginning December 6, 2021 and through the winter season, the City of Hamilton will no longer collect yard waste curbside. Between December 6, 2021 and February 26, 2022, residents who need to dispose of yard waste should bring it free of charge to a Community Recycling Centre as it will not be collected at the curb.

Curbside collection of yard waste will resume February 28, 2022 in time for spring clean-up.

Curbside Christmas tree collection will not be impacted. Natural Christmas trees will be collected during the first and second weeks of January on residents’ regular collection day.

Quick Facts:

  • The City’s Community Recycling Centres accept yard waste all year.
  • There is no cost to drop off yard waste at a Community Recycling Centre for residents of Hamilton if it comes from your home. There is a cost if the yard waste comes from a business.
  • Community Recycling Centres are open Monday to Saturday between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. They are closed on Sundays and Statutory Holidays.

With the last weekend of fall clean up ahead, the City is sharing the following 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.
  • 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.
  • Yard waste is not accepted in the green bin.

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The Truck Route Master Plan Update will be presented to the Truck Route Sub-Committee on Monday November 29th, and the report is now public. You can access the staff report, the Truck Route Master Plan study report and the network maps at the below link:

https://pub-hamilton.escribemeetings.com/Meeting.aspx?Id=7cd56f26-9dc3-4599-ab3f-789a6b763a77&Agenda=Agenda&lang=English

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Hamilton City Council has voted against expanding Hamilton’s urban boundary. City Council Friday  voted to proceed with its planning to accommodate future growth in a manner that does not include an expansion to the City’s urban boundary.

Through the City’s Growth Related Integrated Development Strategy 2, known as GRIDS 2, and the Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR), the City must determine if forecasted growth by the Province of Ontario can be planned within the existing urban boundary through intensification and redevelopment or if an expansion to the urban boundary is required to plan for a portion of this growth in new greenfield communities.

The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing requires that the city form a land-use plan for the next 30 years that will accommodate a net growth of 236,000 people and 122,000 jobs. Friday’s decision will see City staff update the land-use plan to reflect its land needs and growth strategy for submission to the province by July 2022.

Quick Facts

  • Staff will report annually to the Planning Committee on residential development activity including, but not limited to, the City’s residential intensification rate; construction activity in terms of housing mix; the City’s supply of vacant land to accommodate forecasted growth; and, a comparison of actual versus forecasted growth.
  • Staff will report annually to the General Issues Committee on the impacts of the no growth option, specifically on social housing unit cost, land cost, square foot development costs, mixed housing contrasting with benchmarking on current values.
  • The Province of Ontario requires municipalities like Hamilton to plan for growth until 2051. The province forecasts that between the years 2021 and 2051, Hamilton is expected to grow by 236,000 people and 122,000 jobs.
  • GRIDS 2 is a process that plans for how and where additional population and employment growth can be accommodated and determine the impact on City infrastructure, such as water, wastewater, stormwater and transportation.
  • In June 2021, a mail-out survey was distributed to households in Hamilton for opinions about how the City of Hamilton should grow to the year 2051.
  • A total of 18,387 survey responses were submitted to the City through mail and email up to the survey deadline of July 23, 2021, results of the survey are available on the City’s website.
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The spill remediation activities that have been on-going at Hwy 56 and Golf Club Road are coming to an end. We have been advised by Canada Clean Fuel’s abatement contractor GR Environment & Rail that they have two days of clean-up work remaining (Monday November 15 and Tuesday November 16) and then they will restore (re-pave) the area.

They are scheduling a contractor to undertake the restoration of the roadway directly afterwards. The re-paving cooperation will require approximately 5 days. Allowing a schedule buffer to allow factors such as weather, conservatively we have been advised that paving will be conducted the week of November 22nd. As such we will extend the closure notice to Friday November 26th.

I know that there have been some concerns during the efforts that Canada Clean Fuel’s contractors have not been working efficiently, and that a fair amount of down-time/no activity has been seen. The process of the remediation work requires excavation and testing. Soil is removed and then tested to determine if it is impacted or not. There is a pause that occurs between excavation and testing. Contractors progress the excavation until tests show that they have cleared out the impacted soil. Further, excavation cannot be undertaken when it is raining, and after rain de-watering of the excavations is sometimes needed. Because of this, there has been times which activity has slowed and/or stopped – I thought this would be useful information related to the work that GR Environmental & Rail is doing.

The City would like to thank you for your patience in this process and let’s keep our fingers crossed that the weather co-operates and we can get this job finished up quickly.

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This month, the City of Hamilton is sharing safety tips with motorists about safe stopping. As part of the joint Vision Zero Action Plan, this education campaign is focused on transforming roadway safety with a simple goal: zero fatalities or serious injuries on roadways.

Responsible motorists notice stops ahead, safely check their surroundings, begin braking early and stop smoothly.

 

Motorist tips:

  • Before slowing down or stopping, check your mirrors. Having awareness of your surroundings can help prevent a rear-end collision.
  • In wet weather conditions, leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Icy and wet roads can make stopping more difficult and vehicles may require more time to come to a complete stop.
  • Do not assume that other drivers see a stop sign ahead. Drive with caution and try to make eye contact with other road users at two or four-way stops.
  • Ensure your brake lights are operational so that you can communicate your intention to stop. This signals to other drivers to reduce their speed too.
  • Commercial vehicles and school buses stop at railway crossings. If you’re driving behind one of these vehicles, leave space and prepare to stop.

 

Additionally, in an effort to further the progress being made through Hamilton’s Strategic Road Safety Program and Vision Zero Action Plan, the City of Hamilton is currently working to create various Complete Streets Reports to help improve road safety throughout neighbourhoods across Hamilton. Current engagement projects can be found on engage.hamilton.ca.

 

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Drop off Non-Perishable Foods at the following Donation Locations.

 Kinderseeds – 9023 Airport Rd.
 ACI Apprenticeship – 3156 Homestead Dr.
 MHVA, 55 Spitfire Drive- on porch please!

In Support of Neighbour-2-Neighbour
In Hamilton, 17, 070 people use a food bank every month and almost 1/3 of them live on Hamilton Mountain, including Upper Stoney Creek, Binbrook, Glanbrook and Ancaster.

Monetary Donations may be made by cheque directly to N2N at :“Neighbour to Neighbour Center”,
Mailing address: 28 Athens Str., Hamilton, ON, L9C 3K9

For every $1 donated, N2N distributes $11 worth of food in the community. Through their partnerships!
Your generosity has a huge impact!!!

Thank you for your support, Have a Safe and Merry Christmas & Holiday Season
Mount Hope Volunteer Association – 55 Spitfire Dr., Mount Hope
mounthopevolunteerassociation@gmail.com

Mark you calendar, and bring the family and your friends to the :
Christmas Tree Lighting Display, and Community Event:
Nov. 28, 4:30-6pm! Grassy Lot across from 9023 Airport Rd.

Ornament, décor and financial donations accepted until Nov. 26, email us mounthopevolunteerassociation@gmail.com for collection/drop off.

 

Mount Hope for Hunger

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Date: November 11, 2021

Location: Watch live on CHCH-TV or streaming at chch.com/live

Time: 10:30 am to 11:30 am EST

Admission: The Museum will be CLOSED for the broadcast and will be open to visitors from 1 – 5 pm on November 11.

Details:

We invite you to join us in observing Remembrance Day virtually this year. The 2021 service will still be held at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, but there will not be an audience in the building due to COVID-19 limitations. The Museum will be closed to the public and members until 1 pm to allow for the broadcast to take place. The service can be watched live on CHCH-TV, streaming at chch.com/live or YouTube.

A flypast by the Avro Lancaster is scheduled, weather permitting.

Lest we forget.

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Veterans’ Week, which runs from November 5 to 11, 2021, provides us with the opportunity to reflect and remember the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who served and sacrificed to protect the freedom of our country.

I encourage everyone throughout this week, leading up to Remembrance Day on Thursday, November 11, to wear red poppies in honour of those who gave their lives in service to our country.

The 2021 Remembrance Day ceremony at the Gore Park Cenotaph will be livestreamed on Cable14 and the City of Hamilton’s YouTube Channel, beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 11. We encourage everyone to tune into the livestream. Please do not go to the Gore Park Cenotaph.

All flags at City of Hamilton facilities will be lowered to half staff on Thursday, November 11, and returned to full staff on Friday, November 12, as we pay tribute to our veterans, Canadians in uniform, and their families.

On November 11 at 11:00 a.m., I call on everyone to observe two minutes of silence. Thank you to every Hamiltonian and Canadian who sacrificed their future for us.

We will always remember. Lest we forget.

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