Statement by Mayor Fred Eisenberger

Congratulations to Hamilton’s Sarah Nurse and the entire Team Canada Women’s Olympic Hockey Team on their gold medal win.

Sarah Nurse scored the opening goal in the 2022 Gold medal game where Team Canada defeated the United States 3-2. She also got an assist, setting a Canadian record for the most points in a single tournament.

Her recording breaking didn’t stop there as she is now the first black woman to win a gold medal in hockey.

All of Hamilton is so proud of Sarah. Her hard work and determination inspires us all.

Sarah exemplifies the very best of Hamilton. We could not be more proud that she is now a gold medal Olympic champion.

It is so wonderful that Sarah is bringing gold back to the Hammer!

Congratulations to Sarah Nurse and the entire Team Canada Women’s Olympic Hockey Team. Well done!

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The City of Hamilton has launched its Parks Master Plan engagement project and is seeking your feedback. Your input will help the City understand how residents currently use our parks and open spaces and will help us better understand the needs and wishes of park users. Take the survey before March 20, 2022. https://engage.hamilton.ca/parksmasterplan

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In alignment with Ontario government direction, effective this Friday, February 18, 2022 at 8 a.m., booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will be available for youth aged 12 to 17 in Hamilton.

Beginning this Friday, youth aged 12 to 17 will be able to walk-in for a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine at many local clinic locations. Appointments for a booster shot can also be booked through Hamilton’s online booking system at hamilton.ca/GetYourVaccine. Youth aged 12 to 17 can receive a booster dose approximately six months (168 days) after their second dose. To book an appointment or walk-in for a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, individuals must be 12 years old at the time of appointment.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and getting fully vaccinated and receiving a booster dose when eligible will continue to help balance the risks of the highly-transmissable Omicron variant, and the risks to the mental, emotional and physical health of children, youth and their learning.

Hamilton and Ontario’s Last Mile Strategy

Hamilton Public Health Services’ top priority continues to be the opportunistic and hyper-localized Last Mile Strategy to increase the administration of first, second, third doses of COVID-19 vaccines. This strategy will ensure protection against COVID-19 is equally distributed across populations, the community, and neighbourhoods and school communities with lower vaccine coverage rates. Furthermore, residents will benefit from access to tailored information and vaccines that are accessible at convenient locations and times.

Community members can learn about eligibility, available locations, hours of operation and how to book an appointment at hamilton.ca/GetYourVaccine. This includes a wide variety of clinic options, such as large fixed-site, primary care led, school-based, neighbourhood pharmacy, community partner led, the Ministry of Health led GO-VAXX, and mobile vaccination clinics in Hamilton.

QUICK FACTS

  • As of this Friday, there will be approximately 21,000 young people aged 12 to 17 in Hamilton eligible for a booster dose at the 168-day interval.
  • Hamilton Healthcare Partners continue to make progress in vaccinating eligible community members. To date, 87.1 per cent of eligible Hamiltonians have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 82.8 per cent are fully vaccinated. 1,202,438 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, including 278,940 third and booster doses.
  • 2 per cent of children aged 12 to 17 have received a first dose and 81.3 per cent are fully vaccinated.
  • Vaccine administration rates may differ based on local context. All vaccination planning is based on and contingent on available COVID-19 vaccine supply and the necessary health and human resources.
  • 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.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 

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Our office receives many inquiries regarding the crime and police presence in Ward 11. There is a constant request for more police presence.

The Hamilton Police Service has now been able to provide a report to our office to inform our community about the REPORTED crime that is happening in our area. Here are some of the statistics provided to us.

We were able to also do a comparison using the 2020 Census information below for the entire City of Hamilton

 Crime is never something to celebrate but there is perspective. As you can see the City of Hamilton had a total of 30, 231 incidents in 2020. Ward 11 had 203. That makes up approximately 0.67% of all of the crime in Hamilton. That is a very low compared to the city as a whole and compared to other areas within the City of Hamilton.

Often times social media can play a role in providing a false sense of insecurity. In a small community like ours, one car break in can be discussed multiple times on multiple social media channels and appear to be multiple break ins when in reality it is one. This is definitely not always the case but it does happen.

I want you to be assured that there is police presence in Ward 11, they are attending our calls, they are answering our questions, they are here for us to serve and protect our wonderful community. Please be sure to report all crimes. They must be aware of any crimes happening so that they can be here for us. Police presence depends on the amount of activity in the area.

As you all know in case of emergency please call 911. If you have a non emergency, questions or concerns regarding our community, would like to report any information to the police, please call the Non Emergency line at any time 905-546-4925.

Finally, thank you to all of you for everything you do in helping your community to stay safe. We are truly lucky to have such wonderful residents in Ward 11.

 

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The City of Hamilton has launched the first two in a series of surveys that will help inform how we plan for the renewal and rehabilitation for key assets in our community. These first surveys are related to roads, bridges and water services, and ask residents to share their feedback to ensure future taxpayer dollars are being spent in alignment with the community’s needs and expectations.

The feedback received will be used to inform the development and execution of the City’s Corporate Asset Management Plan, which is required to meet new provincial legislative requirements.

Residents can complete two brief surveys and drop comments onto a map using the Engage Hamilton platform. Resident feedback is vital to the preparation of the Asset Management Plan, and to ensure the thoughts, opinions and satisfaction levels of the community are thoughtfully considered as the plan, priorities and strategies are developed.

This public engagement opportunity runs until February 18, 2022. Residents can learn more and take the survey in the following ways:

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I am pleased to advise you that the Ministry of the Solicitor General (Ministry) is now
accepting applications from community-based, not-for-profit, incorporated organizations
and First Nations Chiefs and Councils for the 2022/23 – 2023/24 Safer and Vital
Community (SVC) Grant.

The theme for the 2022/23 – 2023/24 SVC Grant is
“Preventing Cybercrime through Community Collaboration” – with priority areas
in Hate Crimes, Human Trafficking, and Fraud.

The SVC Grant encourages the development and implementation of local projects that
enhance community safety and well-being. The Ministry is requesting proposals that
focus on bringing together different sectors to address cybercrime through collaboration
and partnership. In addition to demonstrating police involvement in their projects,
applicants are encouraged to partner with at least one organization in a sector different
from their own.

Applicants should consider aligning their projects with local
community safety and well-being planning efforts.

All applications must be submitted through Transfer Payment Ontario (TPON) as
well as via email to Natalie.Brull@ontario.ca and Poonam.Sharma@Ontario.ca no
later than 4:00pm EST on March 04, 2022. Submissions that are late, incomplete or
not accompanied by the required documents requested by the Ministry will not be
considered for funding. No exceptions will be permitted.

More details on the application process, including accessing the application and applying through TPON, are outlined in
the attached Grant Application Guidelines and Instructions documents.
Grant funding is subject to the Ministry receiving the necessary appropriation from the
Ontario Legislature.

Please direct any questions regarding the SVC Grant to Community Safety Analysts,
Program Development Section, Natalie or Poonam at Natalie.Brull@ontario.ca or
Poonam.Sharma@Ontario.ca

22-0008 – All Chiefs Memo – Safer and Vital Communities Gra 22-0008 – Attachment 1 – Application Guidelines – Community 22-0008- Attachment 2 – Application Guidelines – Indigenous 22-0008- Attachment 3 – Application Instructions 22-0008- Attachment 4 – Application Form – Community-Based 22-0008- Attachment 5 – Application Form – Indigenous Commu 22-0008- Attachment 6 – Budget Sheet – Year 1 v1 22-0008- Attachment 7 – Budget Sheet – Year 2 v1 20200511 COH-P-002_Pandemic_Response_Supply_Depot_Ordering-Approved

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Throughout February, Hamilton Public Library (HPL) honours Black history, culture and the legacy of Black Canadians with a lineup of author talks, concerts, activity sheets, reading lists and more. Full details are at hpl.ca/black-history-month.

Team HPL’s curated reading lists for adults, teens, and children highlight Black authors, artists, achievements, culture and more. Several virtual events include a panel discussion with prominent Black Canadian Young Adult authors, Asha Bromfield, Sarah Raughley and Liselle Sambury (Feb 12) and an evening with Lawrence Hill, who discusses his new middle-grade book, Beatrice and Croc Harry (Feb 16).

In music we have tributes to Hamilton jazz legend Jackie Washington by LTtheMonk (Feb 4) and Angela Nethersole (Feb 18). Also performing this month are Lucky Stickz and Band (Feb 11) and Mohawk College musicians Rheannen Mclelland, Spencer Mackenzie, Sean De Pledge, Diana Herrera Castillo and Remmington Keena (Feb 25).

Also, check out the Black History Month lists on Kanopy, Curio and Hoopla.

“Libraries play a vital role in preserving, teaching and celebrating the achievements of Black Canadians,” said Lisa Radha Weaver, HPL’s Director of Collections and Programming. “At HPL, Black History Month celebrations foster our mission to respect and support the value and dignity of all individuals.”

The Hamilton Public Library is a vibrant hub for information and culture, providing our diverse community the Freedom to Discover. As one of the largest library systems in Canada, Hamiltonians will discover something new at our 23 locations, Bookmobile, or through our extensive digital collections. Visit us online at hpl.ca. Connect with us on Twitter and Instagram @hamiltonlibrary and Facebook at HamiltonPublicLibrary.

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As the number of people remaining to be vaccinated becomes smaller and the community’s management of COVID-19 continues to evolve, Hamilton’s COVID-19 vaccine program continues to adapt and shift to ensure protection is equally distributed across populations and the community.  With vaccine coverage estimates and other local data, long(er)-term planning is underway with the Hamilton Healthcare Partners and other partner organizations, including local school boards, to support both the Last Mile Strategy, and the eventual transition of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program to a sustainable program model.

Hamilton Public Health Services’ School-based COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

As a community, we are collectively concerned about the impact COVID-19, remote learning and public health restrictions are having on the mental and emotional well-being of children and youth. To help balance the risks of the rapidly spreading Omicron variant and the risks to the mental, emotional and physical health of children, youth and their learning it’s critical that community members continue to follow the well-established public health measures and take the necessary steps to get fully vaccinated.

Hamilton Public Health Services, along with the local school boards, will be bringing the COVID-19 vaccine to even more local residents through mobile clinics at area elementary and secondary schools. These clinics will be available to HWCDSB and HWDSB students, families and staff in each school community, plus eligible students from neighbouring schools. Children ages 5 to 11 years of age who are eligible to receive a first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine can walk-in to any of the clinics below.  Additional school-based clinics will continue to be added and details will be made available to families.

 

School-based Vaccination Clinics
Friday, Jan 28, 2022, 9 am to 3 p.m.
St. Ann Catholic Elementary School
15 St. Ann Street, Hamilton, ON L8L 0B8

Available to the following schools:

  • St. Ann (Hamilton) Catholic Elementary School
  • Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Lawrence Catholic Elementary School
Friday, Jan 28, 2022, 9 am to 3 p.m.

Queen Victoria Elementary School

166 Forest Ave, Hamilton, ON L8N 0A6

Available to the following schools:

  • Queen Victoria Elementary School
  • Central Public School
  • Dr. J.E. Davey Elementary School
  • Ryerson Elementary School
  • Bennetto Elementary School
  • Cathy Wever Elementary School
  • Hess Street Public School

 

Hamilton Public Health Services’ top priority continues to be this opportunistic and hyper-localized strategy to increase the administration of first, second, third doses of COVID-19 vaccines. This strategy will ensure protection against COVID-19 is equally distributed across populations, the community, and neighbourhoods and school communities with lower vaccine coverage rates. Furthermore, residents will benefit from access to tailored information and vaccines that are accessible at convenient locations and times.

Learn about eligibility, available locations, hours of operation and how to book at www.hamilton.ca/GetYourVaccine.  This includes a wide variety of clinic options, such as large fixed-site, primary care led, school-based, neighbourhood pharmacy, community partner led, the Ministry of Health led GO-VAXX, and mobile vaccination clinics in Hamilton, accessible to students, families, school staff and the broader community.

COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution in Hamilton among schools

In alignment with the City of Hamilton’s commitment to transparency, and sharing relevant and timely data with the community, effective today, Hamilton Public Health Services is publishing COVID-19 vaccination rate estimates of students ages five to 11 on the City’s COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution dashboard’s “Vaccination in Hamilton Schools” table.

With lower vaccine coverage rates across the five to 11 population at this time, it is difficult to draw conclusions between COVID-19 vaccine uptake and geography within Hamilton. Whereas, the school vaccination coverage estimates for the 12 to 17 population initially published on November 15, 2021, correlated with a community’s socioeconomic status and has been consistent with what is seen in Hamilton’s general population. It’s important to note, COVID-19 vaccination rates similar to vaccine coverage rates of required vaccines under the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA)—are not reflective of school performance; rather, is rooted in the social determinants of health which differ across school communities.

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A reminder that if you ride a SNOW MOBILE, ATV or any OFF ROAD VEHICLE through rural fields and trails you MUST get written permission from the property owner before doing so. Otherwise you will be charged with trespassing, fined and can even lose your vehicle. Please respect our farmers and their properties. Agriculture land is not a play ground for residents to trespass and run their ATV’s, dirt bikes and snowmobiles on.

These vehicles can ruin crops and land and threaten a farmers livelihood. A $10,000 machine can do $10,000 in damage very quickly.

Police are asking everyone to call in and let them know where trespassing is occurring.  Give them as much detail as you can, such as location, time of day, type or colour of trespassing vehicle and personal information such as name and address if you are aware of that.  The number to call is 905-546-4925 and give your details.   If you can’t identify the user or vehicle, just let them know the area.

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 Off Road Vehicle call Hamilton Police Service 905-546-4925

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Late last week, the province shared a three-step plan to gradually lift COVID-19 restrictions later this month based on key public health and health system indicators showing signs of stabilization. In alignment with the province and in the absence of concerning changes to our health care indicators or public health trends, the City of Hamilton is sharing its plan to reopen some municipal services, programming and facilities later this month. More information will be added to the City’s website in the coming days.

Arenas

  • Arenas will reopen to permit holders beginning January 31, 2022.
  • Public programming will resume in a phased approach beginning on January 31, 2022.
  • Additional public health measures and capacity limits will be in place.

 Recreation

  • Recreation centres will reopen for drop-in aquatic and gym programming beginning February 7, 2022.
  • Advanced aquatic leadership programming and certifications for staff and the public will start February 4, 2022, with registration opening on January 28, 2022.
  • Drop in programming will resume February 7, 2022 and schedules will be available by February 4, 2022. Reservations will be available 25 hours prior to the start of the program. This includes:
    • Pool programming, including open swim and length swims
    • Gym programming at select locations, including open gym and court sport programming (including pickleball)
  • Water Fit programming will resume on February 21, 2022.
  • Golf operations have resumed, with both disc golf and winter golf proceeding, weather permitting.

Seniors Centres & Programming

  • Seniors Centres and clubs will be available to reopen beginning February 7, 2022. Details regarding location-specific openings will be available on the City’s website in the coming days.
  • Senior Centre Without Walls phone programming will resume on February 7, 2022.

Museums

  • Dundurn National Historic Site, the Hamilton Military Museum and the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology will reopen on February 1, 2022.
  • All other museums will remain closed at this time to ensure adherence to current public health measures and to accommodate the redeployment of staffing resources to aid with ongoing vaccination efforts.

Residents are encouraged to access municipal services online where available: www.hamilton.ca/onlinecityservices

As the City and province begins to gradually lift COVID-19 restrictions later this month, it’s important that community members continue to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the highly-transmissible Omicron variant of concern by getting fully vaccinated, and when eligible, get a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, keep their guards up by following the well-established public health measures including wearing a tight-fitting mask properly, maintaining physical distance, limiting their contacts and size of social gatherings, and staying home when they’re unwell.

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“As the City and province plan to gradually lift COVID-19 restrictions later this month, it is important that everyone continues to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the highly-transmissible Omicron variant of concern by getting fully vaccinated, and when eligible, get a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. We must all continue to keep our guard up by following public health measures designed to keep us all safe.”

– Mayor Fred Eisenberger

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Unfortunately, ongoing Covid-19 Restrictions have impacted our ability to present this production as originally scheduled on Feb. 4 to 20.

 New Show Dates are:

April 22 to May 8, 2022

Fridays at 7pm: April 22, 29 and May 6

Saturdays at 2pm: April 23, 30 and May 7

Sundays at 2pm: April 24, May 1 and 8

All ticket holders will be contacted and can either rebook on a new date

or we will refund your purchase in full.

(If you haven’t heard from us by Jan. 24, please contact us.)

Please join us this spring for this lively family pantomime, suitable for all ages.

By Warren McWilliams

Directed by Peter Jonasson

Mermaid Mariel falls in love with handsome Prince Derek. But the evil Sea Witch Octavia wants the Prince all to herself, so she plots to use Mariel for her own wicked gain. Featuring all the traditional elements of pantomime, a range of songs and great gags.

Will warm the hearts of children of all ages.

Tickets: $15 each

Dates tentative based on Covid Restrictions.

All Ontario Covid 19 protocols in effect.

Vaccination certificate with QR code required for admission.

Tickets available online at: www.binbrooktheatre.ca

Box Office: 905-692-5076 or

E-mail: tickets@binbrooktheatre.ca

All performances at Memorial Hall,

2600 Hwy. 56, Binbrook, At the Fair Grounds

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As the number of people remaining to be vaccinated becomes smaller and the community’s management of COVID-19 continues to evolve, Hamilton’s COVID-19 vaccine program will be shifting focus to ensure protection is equally distributed across populations and the community.  In the coming weeks, long-term planning will be undertaken with our partners to support both our Last Mile Strategy, and the transition of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program towards a longer-term sustainable model.

Hamilton Healthcare Partners focus remains on:

  • administering first and second doses to all eligible individuals ages 5+
  • third and booster doses of vaccine to eligible populations
  • administering fourth doses for eligible community members

In order to reallocate much needed resources within an extremely strained healthcare system, there are a number of changes underway to our clinics to support both clinical care by our partners and further reinforce the COVID-19 mobile pop-up channel to be effective and flexible:

  • the St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, West 5th COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic will be closing as of end of business day on Friday, January 28, 2022
  • this follows the closure of the Hamilton Health Sciences West End Healthcare Vaccination Clinic on January 17th
  • the Mountain Vaccine Clinic at Lime Ridge Mall, and the Centre on Barton Vaccine Clinic will have adjusted hours with adequate capacity to meet current demands for vaccination; appointments and walk-in options are available across vaccine clinics.

Hamilton Public Health Services mobile vaccine clinics are attending local retirement homes to administer fourth doses to residents and third doses to staff and mobile clinics will be increasing access to eligible populations in the coming weeks. Eligibility can be found at www.hamilton.ca/COVIDVaccines. Neighbourhood pharmacies will continue to be an important channel for eligible individuals of all ages to get vaccinated with nearly 25 per cent of all COVID-19 vaccines in Hamilton being administered by pharmacy partners.

In December, the expanded eligibility of third doses to 320,000 community members accounted for the most significant increase in eligibility we have seen to date in our COVID-19 vaccination campaign. Local physicians, nurses, pharmacists and non-clinical staff from a number of organizations, have brought the best of our community to light. Collectively, Hamilton Healthcare Partners quickly scaled up vaccination efforts and expanded Hamilton’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign in a concerted effort to sustain an extremely strained healthcare system for the benefit of us all.  During this period, vaccine doses administered increased from 2,500 doses to over 10,000 doses per day. The addition of several large-scale clinics, community-led clinics, primary care clinics, as well as Ministry of Health led GO-VAXX clinics and additional Hamilton Public Health Services mobile clinics assisted in the expansion during this period. As of end of day January 19, 2022 over a 250,000 third doses have been administered in Hamilton.

Learn about eligibility, available locations, hours of operation and how to book at www.hamilton.ca/GetYourVaccine.

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Stormwater ponds are not monitored for ice conditions.

Due to their function, they behave differently than natural bodies of water. They are unsafe to be on for several reasons.

  • The ice depth varies across the pond’s surface
  • Due to the continuous flow of water in these ponds, the ice that forms in winter is unstable
  • Ponds collect runoff from the roadway that contain salt, which lowers the freezing temperature of the water
  • Air pockets can easily form throughout the surface
  • Ponds are typically located in remote or hard to access areas, distant from help

If you notice people engaging in this, or any other unsafe activity, we encourage you to contact the Hamilton Police department non-emergency line at 905-546-4925 and request that an officer attend for educational and enforcement purposes.  You might also want to point the people in your social medial groups to Hamilton Outdoor Rinks for a list of maintained recreational outdoor rinks.

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Green Venture is hosting a free webinar on Feb. 8th with 3 City staff members to educate on municipal stormwater management and at-home initiatives.

Here is the Eventbrite registration link, which has more information about the event and speakers.

If you have any questions please contact:

Helena Cousins (she/her)

(905) 805-6488 | helena.cousins@greenventure.ca | greenventure.ca |EcoHouse, 22 Veevers Drive, Hamilton, ON L8K 5P5

  
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Metrolinx has advised that it is further reducing GO Transit service starting January 22 to better match customer demand. They are reducing some rail and bus service, replacing some GO train service with buses, and adjusting some schedules.

Here is a summary of modified service on the Lakeshore West line. Hourly service to West Harbour will be still maintained seven days per week, and there will still be some trips out of the Hamilton GO (Hunter St.) Station:

Lakeshore West

  • Weekday service
    • On weekdays, during the morning rush hour, eastbound trains will depart every 30 minutes or better from Aldershot GO to Union Station. During the afternoon rush hour, westbound trains will depart every 30 minutes or better from Union Station to Aldershot GO.
    • From Hamilton GO Centre, there will be two weekday morning eastbound rush hour departures and two afternoon westbound rush hour return trips from Union Station.
    • From Niagara Falls, there will be one weekday morning eastbound rush hour departure and one afternoon westbound rush hour return trip from Union Station. The westbound trip will depart one hour earlier, at 5 p.m.
    • Through the day, off-peak trains will depart every 30 minutes between Aldershot GO and Union Station. In the evening, train service will run hourly.
    • Trains will run hourly between West Harbour GO and Union Station all day.
  • Weekend service
    • On weekends, service will run hourly between West Harbour GO and Union Station, making all stops.
    • Weekend train service to and from Niagara Falls and St. Catharines (Fairview Mall) will continue to be replaced by GO Bus Route 12, which connects with trains at Burlington GO.

More details are available here: https://blog.metrolinx.com/2022/01/06/metrolinx-adjusts-go-transit-schedules-due-to-covid-staff-impacts-allocating-resources-to-provide-consistent-service-across-the-network/

Metrolinx is continuing to closely monitor staffing levels and ridership and will provide as much notice as possible if additional changes to service are required.

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