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 or   Indicate which neighbourhood association you are from!

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

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

For more information or to register - or

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  

Riches Beyond Our Rocks 

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.