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.

John-Paul Danko Ward 8 Hamilton Central Mountain 2015 Byelection

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…

Self Isolation and the New Normal

This past week feels like the reality of the situation we are facing is starting to set in.

We are past worrying about cancelling our March Break vacation plans, kids activities and social events and are coming to terms with what self-isolation is really going to mean.

All of us are uncertain about what the future holds for ourselves, our families, our loved ones and our City.

But, I continue to feel a real sense of pride for the people of the City of Hamilton as we come together and adjust to what the new normal may look like in the weeks and months ahead.

In particular, I’d like to share my sincere appreciation for the hard work, dedication and sacrifice of all healthcare workers, City of Hamilton staff, first responders, retail and service workers, their families and everyone working on the frontlines of this crisis.

Frontline healthcare worker

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

Official updates from the City of Hamilton are available at and weekly virtual town hall meetings every Wednesday at 7:00pm.

For questions specific to COVID-19, please contact City of Hamilton Public Health Services directly at 905.974.9848 or

Here in the Ward 8 office, we have also been working to get the latest information to residents as quickly as possible.

Updates are posted to , my Twitter feed @JohnPaulDanko and are sent out with our weekly newsletter.

New information is posted as we receive it, but as things are changing rapidly, each post is dated so you know what updates are the most recent.

If you think your friends, neighbours and family in Ward 8 may benefit from receiving these updates, please forward the following link and ask them to send us a request to be added to the mailing list:

We have compiled a preliminary list of charitable organizations and community groups that need assistance.

Many residents have also contacted our office offering to volunteer their assistance when and if they are needed (click here to be added to the list).

Let’s work together and support each other.

Stay home, stay healthy – stay safe.


John-Paul Danko

Hamilton City Councillor for Ward 8

What is the City of Hamilton Doing?

On March 12, 2020, the City of Hamilton activated our Emergency Operations Centre (EOC).

Our staff have been working very hard to make sure that we are as prepared as possible and that our core City services continue through this rapidly evolving global pandemic.

Emergency City Council Meetings

On Friday March 20th, 2020, Hamilton City Council met an emergency triple-header meeting to pass the City’s 2020 Budget.

Council also approved remote meeting protocols and the delegation of unprecedented authorities to the City Manager to make sure that Hamilton is best equipped to be able to face the rapidly evolving challenges of the Novel Coronavirus global pandemic.

Hamilton City Council also approved a living-wage increase for all City non-union, part-time casual workers and requested finance staff to investigate financial assistance to residents in the form of tax-bill relief given the financial hardships some face due to the coronavirus situation.

Questions or concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office here.