Homeless Tent Encampments In Ward 8 Hamilton

Homeless encampments are here in Ward 8 and across the City.

This article reviews the current situation and what you can do to help if you see someone living in a tent in your neighbourhood.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

There have always been, and will continue to be, people who have resorted to living in a tent here in Ward 8 and across Hamilton.

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Should Masks Be Mandatory in Hamilton? Statement By Ward 8 Councillor John-Paul Danko

Mask wearing has been identified by Hamilton’s Medical Officer of Health as an important part of Hamilton’s COVID19 post-peak framework.

Every person wearing a face covering properly is protecting those around them from the risk of virus spread.

But should masks be mandatory in Hamilton?

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

On June 29th, 2020 City of Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger along with the mayors and chairs of the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area municipalities (GTHA), issued a statement requesting the province make masks mandatory province wide.

Mask wearing has been identified by Hamilton’s Medical Officer of Health as an important part of Hamilton’s COVID19 post-peak framework.

Continue reading below for a full statement from Ward 8 Councillor John-Paul Danko

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Black Lives Matter – Statement By Hamilton Ward 8 Councillor John-Paul Danko

The Black Lives Matter movement is highlighting the need for changes in policing and systemic racism.

Many residents of Ward 8 and from across Hamilton have taken the time to communicate their thoughts and recommendations – this article contains a statement from Ward 8 Councillor John-Paul Danko.

Hello, Ward 8 Neighbours!

The Black Lives Matter movement in the United States and solidarity movements around the world are both inspiring and heartbreaking as they highlight the need for change.

I would like to thank the residents of Ward 8 and across Hamilton for taking the time to share their thoughts and well articulated recommendations.

For more, please continue reading below.

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Hamilton 100 Pivots to 2026 Commonwealth Games Bid

Hamilton has been selected as the preferred Canadian bid City for the 2030 Commonwealth Games.

But should Hamilton bid for 2026 instead – or should Hamilton not host the Commonwealth Games at all?

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

Earlier this year, the Hamilton City Council voted to endorse a bid for the 2030 Commonwealth Games.

Hamilton was subsequently confirmed as Canada’s preferred candidate city to host the 2030 Commonwealth Games.

However, since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hamilton 100 bid corporation that led Hamilton’s bid for the 2030 games has changed course and indicated that they would now like to bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

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Hamilton City Council Votes to Add $21 Million In Additional Taxpayer Costs to Waste Collection Contract

Hamilton taxpayers will be paying an additional $21 million dollars for waste collection starting in 2021.

Some or all of this cost increase could potentially have been avoided through bi-weekly colleciton of landfill waste or by bringing all collection services in-house.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

In November 2019, I proposed two potential cost saving measures for the upcoming waste collection contract:

1. Consideration of bi-weekly collection of landfill waste.
2. Bring all waste collection services in-house.

In a close vote (losing by one) both these potential cost saving measures were rejected by the majority of Hamilton City Council.

As a result, Hamilton taxpayers will now be paying an additional $21 million dollars towards waste collection between 2021 and 2028.

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SoBi Bikeshare To Cease Operations Pending Last Minute Reprieve

On May 27th, Hamilton City Council narrowly voted to shut down the City’s popular Sobi bikeshare program, leaving 26,000 active members without a ride.

However, due to overwhelming community support, a last minute reprieve is now possible.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

At it’s meeting on May 27th, Hamilton City Council narrowly voted to cease operations of the poplular SoBi Bikeshare service currently servicing more than 26,000 active members.

The service was shutdown on Monday June 1st, 2020, however due to overwhelming community support, a last minute reprieve is now possible.

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COVID-19 Losing Track of the Days, Taxes & Budgets: 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 – latest trends, framework for recovery and interview with the Chamber of Commerce.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

Well, it finally happened. I had a day last week where I completely forgot what day of the week it was – just when I thought I was starting to get into the groove of this working from home thing!

At the time of writing (9:30am on May 29th, 2020) there are now 664 cases of COVID19 in Hamilton with 35 deaths (5%) and 132 hospitalizations (20%).

The number of new daily cases of COVID19 in Hamilton is continuing to remain flat – and we’re seeing close or casual contact (ie. family members of infected people) taking over from community transmission as the leading risk factor.

This week, Hamilton City Council also received a detailed COVID19 update from Public Health Services and the City’s preliminary roadmap to re-opening.

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COVID-19 Risk of Infection, Economic Recovery and Mixed Messages (May 13): 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 – where is the risk of contracting COVID19 highest, staying home and economic recovery in Hamilton.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

After nine weeks working from home, I’ve officially lost my car keys. I have no idea where they are – its been so long since I drove somewhere I can’t even re-trace my steps. I’m sure they’re around here somewhere, they’ll turn up…

At the time of writing (10:30pm on May 12th, 2020) there are now 490 cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton with 24 deaths (5%) and 66 hospitalizations (13%).

The number of new daily cases of COVID19 in Hamilton is continuing to remain flat – although community infection remains to be by far the highest risk for new cases (41% in the last 10 days).

Physical distancing is working – but if you are in public for any reason, you still must take all necessary precautions to avoid infection and stay safe.

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COVID-19 Taxes, Creativity and Charitable Donations (May 6): 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 – a discussion on municipal taxes and supports for municipalities, creativity at home and charitable donations.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

Eight weeks into COVID19 and it has finally been a bit of a slow week!

At the time of writing (9:00am on May 6th, 2020) there are now 460 cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton with 21 deaths (5%) and 59 hospitalizations (13%).

The number of new daily cases of COVID19 in Hamilton seems to have stabilized, directly because of your efforts to practice physical distancing and stay home.

Together we really are flattening the curve!

However, we are still seeing new cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton, and there is a very serious concern about a second wave of infections if we relax restrictions too quickly – but there are genuine reasons to be optimistic.

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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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