Community Transportation Fair

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

Bennetto Recreation Centre

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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

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

North End Traffic Video 2009


Picton Library

To all North Enders; here is the recommendation (Below Letter) from the Chief Librarian in regards to what is there desired direction for Library Service for the North End of Hamilton. As President of North End Neighbours and a resident it is sad to see that the Library Board has recommended that the partnership with North Hamilton Community Health Centre is not a working relationship that the Board can work with. I would like to point out a few things in the Boards argument against relocating the Picton Branch, they as a Board had for years expressed interest in this project now that they are showing short falls in other projects this project in the North End is no longer viable. The Board recommendation mentions increased costs as a concern, as I understand the costs were reduced, the Board as I understand was concerned about a 20 year lease, this as I understand was reduced. The Board was concerned that library patrons would have to walk through a waiting room of a health facility to access the Library Branch, not the case as I understand it would have had an entrance just off the main entrance of the new building. Another concern is that residents of the East End of Hamilton have limited Library service, Kenilworth and Red Hill to the best of my knowledge are not planned to be converted to a Bookmobile. In the Boards own words the partnership would have provided lower operating cost allowed for longer hours of operation and would have accessed a different clientele, how can the Board of Directors for the Library walk away from this, I don’t think they have thought this partnership through thoroughly and for that reason the Neighbourhood of the North End will suffer. My hope is that the elected officials when voting on the recommendation by the Board from the Library reverse this recommendation and either keep status quo (The Picton) or reconsider the NHCHC proposal.

John Mattinson
North End Neighbours

Date: June 11, 2008

To: Chair and Board Members

From: Ken Roberts, Chief Librarian

Subject: North Hamilton Community Health Centre Proposal

That the Library Board no longer consider the option of sharing space with the North Hamilton Community Health Centre in its new facility, and

That the Hamilton Public Library Board continue to operate the current Picton Branch until such time as alternative service delivery can be arranged; and

That the Library Board commits to use any saved funding to improve service in the north and east ends of the city in order to provide improved services to those residents of the city most affected by poverty.

We do not have an agreement with the North Hamilton Community Health Centre. Previous Board motions had directed us to see if an agreement could be reached. Still, architectural fees directly connected with providing for space that the library might use, if an agreement could be reached, were incurred. The Library Board should pay any reasonable and fair architectural fees related to the preliminary design of this space.
The North Hamilton Community Health Centre Board approached the Hamilton Public Library Board with a proposal for a 20 year lease of approximately 1000 square feet in return for a total estimated investment of $200,000, including all furnishings and related work. The Library Board authorized administration to see if an agreement could be reached and expressed support for the concept since it allowed for lower operating costs of a north end branch and, potentially, allowed for longer hours and access to a different clientele.
Several months later the cost estimates were revised to $300,000 for the 20 year period of time. The Library Board still expressed support for the concept.
We learned this last April that the costs have now escalated significantly. The North Hamilton Community Health Centre Board presented two potential solutions at a June 4th special Board meeting. The North Hamilton Community Health also invited the Library Board to submit a counter-proposal. A deadline date of June 20th was given.
Staff have not been directed to prepare a counter-proposal.
Library Board members have expressed a commitment to improve services in the north and eastern areas of the city and have expressed a desire to see limited funds make the biggest impact on literacy issues related to poverty. There are a number of neighbors in this area of the city that currently receive very limited library service.
Staff recommend that the available funds be used to purchase a second bookmobile, one that is accessible and is capable of improving library service.
In terms of performance, the current Picton Branch does about 22,000 circulations a year while a well-used bookmobile can generate almost 10 times as much use with a smaller operating cost. The difference in cost would allow for more outreach programming in order to bring people into libraries and to encourage use. We also hope to partner with community organizations for more wifi access and after-school homework assistance.
In comparison, moving to the NHCHC within the terms that are offered mean that we could only offer limited hours in a fixed location, with no outreach. It means that residents of other areas in the city where there is a need for library service continue to receive nothing within their neighborhoods.

Waterfront Development

North End has its west and north borders at the West Harbour.

West Harbourfront development should not come at the expense of those who call the North End home. We are a residential neighbourhood.

Traffic, both speed and amount, noise, parking are all issues that need to be addressed.

FYI - for more information on the Waterfront go to There's a lot going on here so take a careful look.

A Real Neighbourhood Bank

The Board from North End Neighbours had the pleasure of meeting with Bryan Egan Branch Manager at the Scotiabank. The meeting was a meet and greet and a true pleasure. You may or may not know that the Scotiabank is the only bank located in our neighbourhood, after meeting with Bryan he has indicated that they are truly a neighbourhood bank and plan to be in our neighbourhood for many many years. So as neighbours please consider this bank for your future banking needs.
Bryan Egan can be contacted through his email. Or stop in and see him.

Night Out Event 2008


North End Night Out Sept. 13th, 2007

North End Night Out Sept. 13th, 2007
A good time was had by all.

Bunge Bridge Over Burlington Street

Bunge Bridge Over Burlington Street
Principal Nancy D’Olimpio St Lawrence

Bunge Bridge over Burlington Street

Bunge Bridge over Burlington Street
Principal Mrs Millen Bennetto

July 12th 2007

July 12th 2007
10 Years After Plastimet

Environmental Concerns

North End Neighbours is committed to our environment. We believe that every individual, business and institution has a responsibility to share in that commitment. The following are some environmental issues that we are following... Waterfront Development, Local Industrial Development, Litter and Pollution issues.