Mountain Secondary School (60 Caledon Avenue) Sale and Redevelopment

The former HWDSB Mountain Secondary School property at 60 Caledon Avenue (Yeoville between Upper James and West 5th south of Mohawk) is scheduled for family friendly redevelopment.

This article contains details of the City of Hamilton’s intentions for the site, its sale and next steps.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

In 2017/2018 the City of Hamilton purchased the former Mountain Secondary School property (60 Caledon Avenue) from the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) with the intention of developing new mixed income housing on the Hamilton Mountain.

In December of 2020 the City closed a real estate transaction with Hamilton East Kiwanis Non-Profit Homes and Victoria Park Community Homes, who have come together to form a limited partnership called Caledon Community Collaborative for this project.

This post will provide a timeline of events, and what the next steps are for the mixed-income family redevelopment.

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Hamilton City Council Approves 2021 Tax Supported Capital Budget

This article, from December 21, has information about the 2021 Capital Budget.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

City Council has approved the 2021 Tax Supported Capital Budget. Council’s approval supports an overall 2021 capital budget of $484.4M. The increase in capital funding from property taxes equates to an increase in the operating budget of 0.4 per cent or $3.6M, an increase of $13 per year on an average household.

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Is speeding a concern in your neighbourhood?

This article, from August 4, contains information related to an increase in aggressive driving in residential neighbourhoods and a message from Councillor Danko.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

One concern from residents that we hear regularly about at the Ward 8 office is speeding in residential neighbourhoods, putting many at risk.

We’ve had an increase of reports of local drivers speeding during the pandemic, as there are fewer cars on the road and it seems some are taking advantage of that fact.

Below we’ve provided information on who to call when you encounter aggressive/speeding drivers and also a message from Councillor John-Paul Danko on an initiative he has started with Traffic Operations regarding the addressing of Neighbourhood Traffic Calming.

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Ward 8 spray pads, pools, and rec centre slated to re-open

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

With the City of Hamilton starting to slowly re-open many services around the area, City staff are set to re-open numerous spray pads, outdoor pools, and rec centres to bring joy to parents running out of entertainment options and relief from the heat wave we’ve been experiencing.

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The Future of LaSalle Park

Hamilton owns LaSalle Park. Burlington operates and maintains it. A new agreement between both cities will be required before the end of 2022.

The Mayors of both Hamilton and Burlington have committed to make sure LaSalle Park is preserved as a public park for all residents to enjoy.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

A new agreement between the City of Hamilton and City of Burlington for the continued use and ownership of LaSalle Park will be required before the term of the current agreement ends on December 31st, 2022.

As part of the negotiations, Hamilton City Council has directed staff to undertake a review of the value and implications of alternative disposition (sell, lease, develop, operate) options for LaSalle Park (a copy of the motion is available here).

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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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Leaf and Yard Waste Collection on Hold

Curbside pick-up of leaf and yard waste has been suspended until further notice. Continue reading to find out why and what you can do to dispose of your leaf and yard waste.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

Curbside pick-up of leaf and yard waste was suspended on March 24th, 2020 until further notice.

As we are heading into warmer spring weather when we are all outside tidying up our lawns and property, we recognize that the suspension of leaf and yard waste pickup is a major inconvenience for Ward 8 residents.

We are sincerely sorry for the inconvenience, continue reading below…

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The COVID-19 Pandemic (March 25): 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 – the latest information and the City’s response.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

At the time of writing (11:00pm March 24th, 2020) City of Hamilton Public Health Services has confirmed the first COVID-19 related death in Hamilton.

We offer our sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of the woman who passed away this morning.

Hamilton now has two cases of local person to person community transfer, with a real risk of community spread.

Here in Ward 8, an employee working at the McDonalds at Upper James and Rymal Road tested positive for COVID-19 on March 21st, 2020.

The Novel Coronavirus global pandemic is here in Hamilton, and we are just at the beginning of what’s to come – continue reading below for more…

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March 18: Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses

This article includes a press release from the Government of Canada dated March 18, 2020 regarding Canada’s Economic Response Plan for COVID-19 supporting Canadians and business.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

Today, (March 18th, 2020) the Government of Canada has announced a new economic response plan to help support Canadians, businesses and workers as we deal with deal with the novel coronavirus.

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The COVID-19 Pandemic: 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 – the City’s response, reliable sources of information and where we go from here.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

We are sailing in uncharted waters.

At the time of writing (11:00pm March 17, 2020) there were 15 confirmed positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Hamilton with an increasing number of travel-related cases from the USA emerging.

Further, Hamilton Public Health Services (PHS) has identified one new COVID-19 case that is not travel related and may indicate person to person transmission within the community.

The City of Hamilton is taking all necessary precautions to protect the health and safety of our community and ensure we’re prepared to respond to this situation as it evolves.

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