Hamilton Inauguration Ceremony December 3 at City Hall 5:00

Congratulations to all Elected Council members, Mayor, and committee appointees!

Hamilton’s newly elected council inauguration will be held at City Hall December 3  rather than at the Hamilton Convention Centre where it was held last year. 

Council members are to be given "tickets" for people attending and sitting in the Gallery which holds about 150 and extra seats for the public will be set up outside Council Chambers for around 300. 

Hamilton's All Star Jazz Band will be performing and there will be refreshments afterwards, and a chance to mingle. 

This is an interesting event and well worth attending! 

The Agenda is 

Call to Order











Standing Committee and Sub-Committees

Agencies, Boards and Tribunals



Community Transportation Fair

Community Transportation Fair tonight November 25 5:30 -8:30

Bennetto Recreation Centre

Click here for more details

Citizen Appointments to Hamilton's Agencies, Boards, and Committees

The City is inviting citizens to apply to serve on a variety of committees from The Football Hall of Fame to City Housing to the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Waterfront Trust.   Please go to the website below for a complete list of citizen appointment committes.  The deadline is fast approacting - Friday November 28. 

An Orientation Open House will be held on Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the foyer area outside the Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 71 Main Street West, Hamilton.  The purpose of the Open House is to outline the scope of the various committees, explain the time commitment and any qualifications that may be required.  Attendance is not mandatory, but is strongly encouraged. 



National Education Savings Week

National Education Savings Week provides an excellent opportunity for any families in the north end with a child that was born in 2004 or later.  They could receive up to $500 towards their education as part of the Canada Learning Bond.

Event Details:
St. Lawrence Elementary School

88 Macaulay St E.
Tuesday, November 25

For more info please download this PDF or check out www.canlearn.ca/clb.

Mary Street Bridge - Clearing out the Brush

A friend and neighbour on Strachan Street reported that someone had been assaulted in the brush beside the path leading to the Mary Street Bridge on the October 25/26 weekend.  The assault was heard and police were called.  We have since talked to our neighbourhood police officer and Councillor Jason Farr who also contacted the appropriate City department.

Meanwhile, on November 2, several of us decided to go ahead and clear out the brush beside the pathway to make the area safer.  It turned out to be a rather nice, sunny day and what seemed like a huge job, went by in a few hours.  Many hands make light work and all that!

Our goal was to make sight lines from the pathway to the CN fence below. The last photo shows that you can now see down to the fence. It is actually a nice spot, so we hope to plant milkweed there - the perfect location!- in the spring.

To Members of NEN and Residents of the North End,

Recently a flyer was distributed in the North End advertising the NEN Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on October 7th at HWT Centre. The flyer commented on a number of issues and our Councillor Jason Farr has taken issue with its contents. NEN would like to make clear its position on the Flyer and clarify its position on the issues raised in the flyer.

First, the flyer was written by an ad-hoc group of interested residents of the North End, some of whom were and are members of NEN. The Board of NEN did not write the flyer, nor did it officially endorse the contents.

Some board members were aware of this ad-hoc group as there was much discussion about Sarcoa related noise complaints and Waterfront development amongst North End residents in the weeks leading up to NEN’s AGM. It appears that this ad-hoc group sought to get people to attend the AGM and distributed a flyer outlining several issues of concern to them, as well as the date, time, and location of the NEN AGM.

Contact information for the NEN President and Secretary were included at the bottom of the flyer. This information is publicly available to anyone, but NEN recognizes that its inclusion gave the flyer the appearance of being a NEN flyer; it was not. It is NEN practice to use NEN letterhead or include our logo on official communications to avoid this sort of confusion.

We have written this letter to clarify the NEN’s Board position about the points raised in the flyer.

  • Noise – NEN is very aware of noise issues in the neighbourhood, and especially those related to music being played on Sarcoa’s outdoor patio. Several Board meetings have been attended by residents with concerns about this issue. We have been in contact with City of Hamilton Bylaw Enforcement, and the Manager of Sarcoa attended a recent Board meeting. We have on-going concerns about this issue and are not satisfied that Sarcoa will respect its North End neighbours and comply with all City By-laws in future with respect to noise and the playing of loud music after 11pm on their outdoor patio. It concerns us that Sarcoa has attempted to gain a legal exemption for their activities. We are also concerned that one of the clauses in the West Harbour Zoning Bylaw currently under appeal at the OMB appears to exempt future outdoor patios on Piers 6 and 7 from a Zoning Bylaw provision that prohibits amplified music or live entertainment on outdoor patios.
  • Traffic – NEN worked hard to get a Traffic Management Plan into our neighbourhood. A major concern during the Setting Sail planning process was the impact of proposed residential development on Piers 7 and 8. In order to have these concerns addressed NEN (and others) filed an OMB (Ontario Municipal Board) appeal in relation to the Traffic Management Plan included in Setting Sail. During the subsequent hearing at the OMB, the City’s expert witness, a land use planner retained by the City, testified “that in Setting Sail, Pier 8 is designated primarily for residential use and that Pier 7 is designated for mixed-use development, with about 750 residential units presently planned for Piers 7 and 8.” NEN wishes to acknowledge that Councilor Jason Farr was not yet a member of Hamilton City Council during the Setting Sail Public Process and may be unaware of this number and how it relates to the Traffic Management Plan. We also wish to clarify that our OMB appeal of Setting Sail pertained to the Traffic Management Plan, not the entirety of Setting Sail. NEN supports the responsible redevelopment of the West Harbour, including Piers 7 and 8.
  • Housing Mix – NEN has seen no plans for future high rise development at the city housing site between James and MacNab. We understand the area is zoned Medium Density Residential 1(60 -150 units per gross hectare, 3 – 5 stories) in Setting Sail.
  • Parks – NEN has opposed using Bayview Park as an underground parking garage since the idea first surfaced in 2010 as part of the West Harbour Waterfront Recreation Master Plan. Our concerns have increased as the Official Plan Amendment (OPA) that adopts the Hamilton West Harbour Recreation Master Plan as part of Setting Sail takes Bayview Park from “stable areas” designation in the original Setting Sail Secondary Plan, where it appears to be protected from major change, and places it within the purview of the Hamilton West Harbour Recreation Master Plan—a plan that shows it becoming an Underground Parking Garage.
  • Listening to Neighbours – Our Councillor, Jason Farr, has told NEN that he will not discuss matters before the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) in advance of any proceedings. There is some confusion as to which matters are relevant to the OMB appeal and therefore off limits for discussion. We acknowledge that certain subtle differences may have led to a misunderstanding or mischaracterization by others of our Councillor’s position on communication and dialogue with NEN. Jason has engaged in dialogue with us on many other matters.
  • Finally, NEN will continue to advocate on behalf of its members and our North End neighbours/residents. NEN has taken an active interest in planning and development matters over the years, because it believes that the North End neighbourhood should remain a neighbourhood where families can live and enjoy life. NEN advances the health and safety of our neighbourhood by working for a friendly walkable, bikeable community, welcoming and safe for all.

    Setting Sail gives us some protection stating as changes happen in the West Harbour, “both on the Waterfront and in the neighbourhood, it is important to ensure new development respects and enhances the character of the neighbourhood”.

    North End residents must be viewed as stakeholders and consulted in matters that directly impact North End residents and our quality of life. We do not have a default position on what is “good” for our neighbourhood or the areas near it and seek the input and guidance of North End residents on the positions and actions that NEN takes on behalf of its members.
    We encourage all interested North End residents to become members of NEN (membership is free) and participate directly in NEN.

    Thank you,
    North End Neighbours Board of Directors October 16, 2014

James St. North Traffic Calming Measures

Steve Malloy from the City has sent the last version drawing of  the design that he was given from Barton to Strachan.

According to Steve, "the decision to construct curb extensions was made by our design section as GO bus circulation and City garbage trucks would have difficulty navigating the traffic circle. The IBI design only illustrated a fire truck, which could make turns by not following the proper circulation pattern of the traffic circle.

As the design shows, the section of James south of Strachan will be narrowed to improve the feel of the street. Also, an intersection pedestrian signal has been designed across from the GO entrance and the Liuna driveway. Discussions are on-going with GO to fund the signal, so the timing of implementation may or may not be ready for the station opening.

Also, I have requested that the sections of the existing curb on Strachan that has the horse tie down rings be cut out and preserved. I hope the contractor follows through on the request."

Click the image to view a PDF version.

Annual General Meeting Held October 7

Annual General Meeting

The North End Neighbours Annual General Meeting was held on October 7 at the Hamilton Waterfront Trust Theatre.  Thanks to the Waterfront Trust for allowing us to use this space and for providing coffee. The meeting was well attended, filling the space to capacity.  Reports and discussion took place on several topics: traffic management plan update and how the plan is proceeding in the neighbourhood, Simcoe Tot Lot & Bayview Park, and an OMB (Ontario Municipal Board) appeal for the plans on Piers 5 -7.  We have tentatively decided a January member meeting for an update and discussion about the plans for Piers 5 – 7 and the appeal.

The AGM decided to waive the membership fee for residents to join the North End neighbourhood association and ask for donations instead.

Joint Neighbourhood Meeting

Joint Neighbourhood Meeting

June 9th 7 p.m. 

Liuna Station First Floor

                                 3- NEIGHBOURHOODS
                                 3- BIG ISSUES
                                 3- CANDIDATES RESPOND

Come meet fellow downtown Hamilton residents for this joint neighbourhood association event!

Hosted by Central, Beasley & North End Neighbours’ Association, each group has selected an important neighbourhood issue and invited a local elected leader or candidate for office to speak and respond to questions.

BRIAN McHATTIE - City Councillor (Ward 1) & Mayoral candidate JASON FARR - City Councillor (Ward 2)
CHRIS ERL - Candidate for public school board (HWDSB) Trustee (Wards 1 & 2) 

SPACE IS LIMITED - RSVP REQUIRED email 3neighbourhoods@gmail.com or nen.president@gmail.com   Indicate which neighbourhood association you are from!

Can’t make it? Join us at joeycoleman.ca for livestream video coverage!

Donations accepted at the door, to cover costs. Thank you!

For more information or to register - sheri.selway@gmail.com or nen.president@gmail.com

Movie Night May 30 - The People and the Bay

Movie Night:                   May 30 7 pm

The People and the Bay - 
The Story of Hamilton Harbour

Welcome Inn
40 Wood Street East

May 30 7 p.m.

Join North End Neighbours at Welcome Inn for a movie night as we enjoy the local documentary: The People and the Bay: The Story of Hamilton Harbour. “This is the story of Hamilton and its harbour.

It is a story of the people of Hamilton who cherished their bay for its beauty, its enormous economic potential, and its boundless recreational opportunities.

Bring a story or memory or old photo if you wish.  There will be old planning documents on display.

Please bring a canned food item or donation for the Welcome Inn’s food bank.

Contact Peggy Anne for more details and to RSVP at earthwalker1@sympatico.ca  

Riches Beyond Our Rocks 

Participatory Budgeting Ward 2 - 2014

Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a relatively new way to manage public money, and to engage people in government. It is a democratic process in which community members decide how to spend part of a public budget. It enables residents to work with government to make the budget decisions that affect their lives. 

To learn more about PBW2 please visit the web site www.pbward2.ca.

If you have some ideas or would like to contribute, please  consider attending any of the three upcoming Idea Generation Assemblies. There will be one held right in the North End at Bennetto Recreation Centre on April 30th 2014, at 7pm

To learn more, please view the following PDF.


Farmer's Market Focus Group

 Feb. 20, 2014

From an email:

There will be an upcoming Hamilton Farmers’ Market Focus Group.  Your contributions to date regarding the Market have been extremely valuable to us and have helped form the various reports and recommendations presented to Council.    We greatly appreciate your support and would like the opportunity to update you on our progress, as well as to engage you in the next critical item …. the Board Governance model and terms of reference.

We would like to ask you one more favour.  We will be holding a focus group session to discuss the Board structure and would appreciate hearing from you.  The session will be held on Monday, February 24th at 5:30 – 7:00 pm at City Hall, 1st Floor, Room 192.  Please confirm your attendance with Nancy Marcos at Nancy.Marcos@hamilton.ca by February 20th

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you on the 24th.


John Hertel
Finance, Administration, and Revenue Generation
Corporate Services Department
City of Hamilton, 1st Floor, 71 Main St. W.
Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4Y5

Mobile 905-979-0716
Feb 19, 2014

North End Neighbours Association 

Directors Meeting Agenda

February 20, 2014

6:30 P.M. Bennetto Recreation Centre

 Meeting Facilitator: Peggyanne Mansfield
   1. Call to order
   2. Approval of minutes from last meeting
   3. Committee Reports and Old Business
a)      Updates on Barton/Tiffany
b)      Implementation Team Report
c)      By-Law Report
d)      Participatory Budget Report from… Dave… Plus Naturalist Club Report
e)      Presidents Report: Update on 
McMaster History Project
Working with Welcome Inn to engage more of our neighbourhood and to get more people involved with Participatory Budgeting. 
f)        Report on Governance Training with Sandy Shaw
 Report on Emergency Meeting at Fishers re: discussion on City Hall Meeting   
g)        City Hall Meeting/Waterfront Recreational Master Plan
h)       Treasurers Report… tabled to next meeting 
i.)  Jamesville Hub Report
i)          Go Station Focus Group…Judy and Thom
j)          Community Council Meeting… Peggyanne

Waterfront Recreational Master Plan

January 19, 2014
Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments for the West Harbour Waterfront Recreation Master Plan 

What?             The Planning Committee is holding a Public Meeting, as required by Section 17 of the Planning Act, to consider Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments to the former City of Hamilton Official Plan (Setting Sail Secondary Plan) and Zoning By-law No. 6593 (Hamilton) to implement the West Harbour Waterfront Recreation Master Plan.


When?            Tuesday, February 4, 2014 starting at 9:30 AM

Where?           Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall
71 Main Street West, Hamilton

The purpose of the Official Plan Amendment is to amend various policies and schedules of the West Harbour (Setting Sail) Secondary Plan to reflect the principles and policies contained in the Hamilton West Harbour Waterfront Recreation Master Plan and to create a new land use designation and site specific policy areas to permit the uses set out in the Hamilton West Harbour Waterfront Recreation Master Plan. The Official Plan Amendment will modify the policy framework to guide the development and improvements of lands within the Hamilton West Harbour Waterfront Recreation Master Plan.

The purpose of the Zoning By-law Amendment is to amend Zoning By-law No. 6593 (Hamilton) for the subject lands to permit the uses set out in the Hamilton West Harbour Recreation Master Plan.

In accordance with the provisions of the Planning Act, please be advised of the following:
a)    If you wish to be notified of the adoption of the proposed Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment, or the refusal of the request to amend the Official Plan or the Zoning By-law, you must make a written request to: the Co-ordinator, Planning Committee, City of Hamilton, 71 Main Street West, 1st Floor, Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4Y5.
b)    If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the City of Hamilton before the proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments are adopted, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Council of the City of Hamilton to the Ontario Municipal Board.
c)    If a person or public body does not make an oral submission at a public meeting or make a written submission to the City of Hamilton before the proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments are adopted, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Municipal Board, unless, in the opinion of the Board, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.


Accessing the Proposed Amendments and Report
Copies of the proposed amendments will be available on and after January 17, 2013, online at www.hamilton.ca/Westharbour and at the City of Hamilton Clerks Department, City Hall, 71 Main Street West, 1st Floor from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Copies of the staff report will be available on and after January 31, 2013, online at www.hamilton.ca/planningcommittee and at the City of Hamilton Planning Department, City Hall, 71 Main Street West, 6th Floor from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Additional Information
If you wish to submit comments for inclusion in the Agenda for the Meeting, please contact Vanessa Robicheau (contact information below).

Anyone interested in making a presentation is asked to pre-register as a delegation by no later than 12:00 noon on February 3, 2014 by contacting:

Vanessa Robicheau
City Clerks Office, 1st Floor, 71 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4Y5

Information respecting this process is being collected under the authority of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.13.  All comments and opinions submitted to the City of Hamilton on this matter, including the name, address and contact information of persons submitting comments and/or opinions will become part of the public record and will be made available to the general public.

Information will be collected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.

If you have any accessibility requirements in order to participate in this program or event, please contact one of the people listed in this ad. Advanced requests are highly encouraged to enable us to meet your needs adequately.

For further information on the Amendments please contact:
Alissa Mahood, MCIP, RPP                                                                        
Planning & Economic Development Department                                                     
City of Hamilton                                             
71 Main Street West, 6th Floor, Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4Y5            
Phone: 905-546-2424 Ext. 1250                  


Greg Macdonald, MCIP, RPP                                                                                 
Planning & Economic Development Department                                                     
City of Hamilton                                             
71 Main Street West, 5th Floor, Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4Y5            
Phone: 905-546-2424 Ext. 4283                  

This Notice issued January 17, 2014