COVID-19 What Day Is It? (April 29): A Message from Ward 8 Councillor John-Paul Danko

A message from Ward 8 Councillor John-Paul Danko about the COVID-19 pandemic in Hamilton – losing track of the days, re-opening Ontario, community gardens, financial support for Canadian municipalities and creativity at home.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

We’ve been working from home, physical distancing and living with the realities of COVID19 for seven weeks now. March break is a distant memory, Easter has come and gone and Victoria Day is coming up quickly!

At the time of writing (10:30pm on April 28th, 2020) there are now 421 cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton with 19 deaths (5%) and 54 hospitalizations (13%).

While we are still seeing new cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton, there is renewed optimism that we may be close to a cautious and measured resumption of some businesses and services.

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Not much change after sewage spill at Cootes Paradise: Report

This article from April 28 includes information about the latest consultant’s report looking into the Chedoke Creek spill and its findings.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

On November 28, 2019, the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) issued a Director’s Order to the City of Hamilton in relation to a combined sewage discharge from the Main/King Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) facility to Chedoke Creek that occurred between January 28, 2014 and July 18, 2018.

The Order in question included a requirement for an evaluation of the impact of the sewage discharge to Cootes Paradise. That report from SLR Consulting, which the city retained for this requirement, has now released its report.

Click here for a copy of the City of Hamilton staff report, and here for a complete copy of the SLR report.

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*Updated* Temporary Road Closure coming to Stone Church Road West

This article, originally posted on January 24, 2020, contains new updates as of April 28, 2020 to the temporary road closure on Stone Church Road West.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

Originally on January 24, we informed you that upgrades to the current pumping station at the Garth Street/Stone Church Road Reservoir would be taking place starting February 3rd running until the end of April. The end date has now changed, with a re-opening date of May 31.

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Community Gardens Declared an Essential Service

This article from April 27 has information concerning the recent provincial announcement announcing community gardens as an essential source of fresh food.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

The Province of Ontario has taken the necessary steps in order to declare community gardens an “essential source of fresh food” for people, especially those who are food insecure.

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April 27: Updates from the City of Hamilton

This article, from April 27, contains information about modifications to certain city services, supports from other levels of government, and a reminder about temporary leaf and yard waste pick-up.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

The City of Hamilton issued a press release today with updates for residents regarding community gardens, emergency funding request, PPE donations, and modified delivery to some city services.

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April 24: Updates from the City of Hamilton

This article from April 24 contains the latest update on City services, the City seeking emergency funding due to COVID-19, and transit reminders for riders.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

The City of Hamilton issued an update today, which highlights the City joining other municipalities in calling for pandemic funding, information about modified city services, and a transit reminder for HSR riders.

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Positive COVID-19 test at the Upper James Shoppers Drug Mart

This article from April 23 includes information about a Mountain Plaza Shoppers Drug Mart employee who tested positive for COVID-19.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

Ward 8 residents, and especially seniors and those with auto-immune prognoses who may frequent the Shoppers Drug Mart at Mountain Plaza Mall should be aware of an employee who tested positive for COVID-19 as of April 20th.

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April 23: Statement by the Mayor on municipalities seeking emergency funding

This article, from April 23, contains a statement by Mayor Eisenberger about the city’s financial health in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mayor Fred Eisenberger issued a statement today on the financial hurdles affecting the City of Hamilton, and other municipalities across Canada, due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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COVID-19 Springtime Sunshine (April 22): A Message from Ward 8 Councillor John-Paul Danko

A message from Ward 8 Councillor John-Paul Danko about the COVID-19 pandemic in Hamilton – springtime sunshine is bringing new hope, COVID18 testing in Ward 8, 2020 capital construction projects, City of Hamilton staffing and residents helping each other.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

After six weeks of physical distancing and working from home, I’m starting to have a tough time telling what day it is.

At the time of writing (8:00am on April 22nd, 2020) there are now 355 cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton with 16 deaths (5%) and 43 hospitalizations (12%).

Last Friday, a new COVID-19 testing centre was opened at Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena, and in the past week, thanks to the collective effort of everyone, it seems Canada is managing to avoid the worst of this crisis.

It is still cold out (and occasionally snowing), but that springtime sunshine sure feels great!

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Claremont Access: Overnight Closures

This article, from April 21, includes information about nightly closures affecting the Claremont Access between April 27 and April 30.

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The City is informing residents who may use the Claremont on a nightly basis that closures will be coming at the end of April.

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