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Monthly News Round-Up – June 2017

JUNE 2017 

We do not want to add unnecessarily to your inboxes, but as you know, there is a lot more going on in our neighbourhood and several of you have asked for more regular information and updates outside of our 2-3 meetings a year. This update is intended to do just that. If you have information or events relevant to the Central Nneighbourhood you would like to share, please send your request and information to – Thank you.

ASSOCIATION GENERAL COMMUNITY MEETING – Monday, June 19th 7 pm – The Gallery on Bay
Around 40 neighbours were in attendance.
Minutes from the meeting can be read by clicking here. 




The festival of Maria Del Monte is in its 29th year. This year’s festival is being celebrated the weekend of June 23, 24, and 25. The central location is Our Lady of All Souls and St. Mary’s School parking lots. This is located on the corner of
MacNab and Colbourne Street. This festival has significant history in Hamilton and the first celebration occurred in Hamilton circa 1930’s.More details at their website – please click here

Hess Street School, at the corner of Hess Street North and Cannon Street West. – Gary Yokoyama,The Hamilton Spectator

The trustee’s recommendation was accepted to merge Hess St and Strathcona schools on a new built Community Hub on the site of the Sir John A MacDonald High School.  Ready 2020 or later.
At the CNA Community Meeting Cllr Farr announced that in the meantime Hess Street School will be getting an $85,000 school safety zone initiative.
An Association Board Meeting was held on Sunday June 11th.
Matt Graham is taking a step back after 5 years as Co-Chair. He will remain on the Board and we all thank him for his dedication and continued support.
Tara Scott and Tim Vine have both recently resigned from the Board and the association acknowledges their support and thanks them for their service.
We are currently seeking more board members, please contact us to express your interest.

Wishing you all a safe and happy Canada Day weekend. Look forward to seeing you at one of the wonderful summer events around The Hammer!!

Central Neighbourhood Association

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Central Neighbourhood – End of Year Update

Central Neighbourhood Association – End of Year Round-Up

Hello neighbours and friends

We are certainly continuing to see lots of change in our neighbourhood and in Hamilton in general. Your board has endeavored to keep up to date with developments and to consider best responses and approaches based on feedback from you and what we feel are in the best interests of Central Neighbourhood and the wider city.

These changes will continue and undoubtedly increase as the more and new families move into the area. As a board, we would like to see a greater focus in certain areas and are considering establishing a number of sub-committees around key areas of concern to Central.

Sub-committees being considered are;

  • Culture & Heritage
  • New developments
  • Transportation & Pedestrians

This can only happen if we have more volunteers getting involved, on both the board and in specific initiatives. If these subjects, others or general board involvement are something that would be of interest to you please complete the contact form on this website with your name, email address, and telephone number. We will be looking to include you in a general planning and information meeting early in 2017.

In the meantime here are updates happening now and from the last year;

Hess Street School

The threatened closure of this important elementary school in Central cannot be allowed to happen. We have joined with Jamesville Hub and several other organizations to gather a united front and strategy.

Central’s MPP Andrea Horvath sent a strong opinion piece in The Hamilton Spectator for keeping the school open – read it here

CNA position is to support that all community schools and in particular Hess Street School are important to the neighbourhood.

CNA to publicize and attend the next public meeting held on January 11th 2017 at Sir John A MacDonald

Don’t Close Hess Street School Facebook page. Also link to the school review timeline.

SPRC through Jamesville Hub will have funds available to provide language translation for parents.

Sir John A MacDonald High School / CasiNO!

The high school looks set to remain open for at least another year maybe longer. We have expressed an interest in the past to Councillor Jason Farr that if closed wishing to see this become a community focused centre.

We also continue to monitor the potential development of the Casino, an issue that never seems to fully go away and have requested Councillor Farr and the local school board trustee to provide updates or any news

The proposed closing of Hess street School has uncovered disturbing document relating to the redevelopment of the Sir John A site to be an entertainment/hospitality complex.

West Harbour Development

Although not located in Central this development will have an impact on us so we encourage anyone interested to get involved in the public meetings and conversations. Hamilton residents have the opportunity to shape the future of the West Harbour community by participating in community engagement events such as:

  • monthly West Harbour Community Conversations
  • Conversation Couch sessions at local events
  • public meetings and presentations

Community engagement opportunities are free to attend and everyone is able to participate.

Full details of upcoming meetings and notes from all past meetings can be found on the city website at

Barton Tiffany

The main focus of West Harbour development has been pier 7/8 and there is little updated news regarding Barton Tiffany. CNA supports the inclusion of family units within these and others types of developments.

Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre

The board recently met with a representative requesting our support in having a new building for the Community Health Centre possibly built within our neighbourhood. The group is searching in a number of downtown neighbourhoods for a suitable site.

The work of Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre brings great benefits to the community part of their mission and mandate is to serve the community and work towards improving the well-being of the community with regards to all of the social determinants of health.

Plan Local – Ward 2

The PlanLocal Ward 2 Safe Streets Final Report provides details on the entire process, including public engagement, shortlisting, vote results, and other elements. Councillor Jason Farr used this report to inform his final decision on the projects to be completed using the ward’s Area Rating funding.

To download a pdf of the report go here

Central has three projects listed. For the full list of projects to be funded under the 2016 PlanLocal Ward 2 Safe Streets campaign, go here

Non-Plan Local Safe Streets Initiatives

Wider corner poles will be placed on corners of Bay St North with both Shaeffe and Colbourne to slow traffic turning off of Bay.

Speed bumps to be placed on Park St N between Shaeffe and Mulberry, Colbourne east of Bay, two on Hess North and one or two on Murray St.

Bike lane on Bay St from Aberdeen to Waterfront is half complete, 2nd half awaiting municipal/council approval.

At the Central AGM Jason Farr discussed the option of the whole of Central having 40 kmh limits on all non major streets throughout the neighbourhood and this was endorsed by the majority at the meeting.

Recently Cllr. Farr has advised that Park St is slated for conversion to 2 way traffic in Spring 2017.

Jason Farr – Local Councillor

Jason puts out a monthly e-newsletter regarding many news, updates and events throughout Ward 2, to subscribe go here

NAS Report Submitted to Council

The Neighbourhood Action Strategy Annual Report was presented to Council on Nov 16th

This is to drum up support from Council for the continued work of the NAS. That includes, neighbourhood planning, small grants, your community developer and funding that the NAS has.

Bayfront Park Beach Survey Results

Over 400 people completed the Bayfront Park beach survey to share their feelings about the beach and to let us know how they would like to use the area in the future. The results of the Bayfront Beach Survey are available here

Over the upcoming months, the project team will continue to research alternatives for improvements at the beach. The results of this survey will be used to help determine the community’s preferred alternative for the future of the beach and build community support for the project. The public will have additional opportunities to review the alternatives and provide feedback in the future.

Pier 7 & 8 Development

Land Solicitation Process Staff Report

The staff report prepared for the November 2 meeting of GIC, titled West Harbour Real Estate Solicitation Process for Pier 8 Lands (PED14002(c)), is now available online. Access the meeting agenda here

The report included recommendations by staff about how the sale of the Pier 8 lands should be set up to attract high-quality proposals from potential developers. Staff recommend that:

the process involve three steps: Request for Qualifications (RFQ), Request for Proposals (RFP) and Transaction Negotiation;

  • staff be authorized to release a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), retain a Fairness Monitor to oversee the process, and establish an Evaluation Commmittee with the end goal of selecting several developers to comprise a Shortlist;
  • all nine blocks on Pier 8 be offered through one solicitation process rather than be sold block by block;
  • the final details of the process, such as the RFP process and RFP evaluation criteria for judging developer proposals including definitions and respective weightings, be presented to GIC by April 19, 2017;
  • RFP evaluation criteria should include: Environmental Sustainability, Housing Affordability, Design Excellence and Price Discovery; and,
  • the evaluation criteria will ensure a diversity of market rate housing options on Pier 8, that may include a defined target of not less than 5% of affordable home-ownership units.

Hamilton Port Authority

The Hamilton Port Authority is currently undertaking a review and update of its Land Use Plan, the policy document that the Port uses to guide development on Port lands. The project webpage is located at and it includes a link to an online survey.

As a member of a local community group, they are very interested in your perspective and feedback as part of this process.

The Central board stressed an interest and request in moving the CN shunting yards at Stuart to the Stelco area.

Ward Boundaries Review

The board agreed to publicize the petition for a ward boundary review. The general issues committee of council deliberated on the two consultant recommendations late last month and decided to give individual councillors until November 30 to suggest “alternative ward boundary model options” to the consultants. The guiding principles for the boundary review were set by city council resolution, and each councillor was also interviewed by the consultants before public consultation began.

This is just the latest in years of delay dating back to 2004. That plus concerns about councillors’ drawing their boundaries to their own benefit have spurred a citizen petition that will force a decision. If council fails to act, the petition will allow an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board which will decide on the new ward boundaries.

The petition requires hard copy signatures and those signing must be on the voters list and still at the same address as they were at the last municipal election in 2014. Completed copies of the petition can be delivered to Mixed Media (154 James North at Cannon Street).

Condo Developments in Central

Cllr. Farr has been diligent in bringing proposed developments to the attention of Central board and arranging meetings between the board and developers to enable feedback and local input to be given.

The following developments have involved CNA input and plans have been submitted to and/or approved by council;

  • Robbinex – corner of Stuart and MacNab
  • Store Fixtures building – corner King and Caroline
  • Anglican Church – corner of King & Queen
  • Community Living – corner of York and Caroline

Friends of Gore Park

The Board has been approached this week regarding support for the Friends of Gore park initiative to save the buildings on King St East. We are currently reviewing this request.

Your board will endeavor to continue to represent you and keep you informed and updated throughout 2017.

Wishing all neighbours, families, and friends the greetings of the season and safe and happy holidays

Central Neighbourhood Association – December 2016


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More Stories from Central – Past/Present/Future

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Jane’s Walk: May‎ ‎08‎, ‎2016‎ ‎1‎:‎00‎ ‎PM, 1.5 Hours

‎Begins at the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St.

The Walk Team: Helen Kirkpatrick, Frank Soberg, Ron Rubin, Richard Ficek

Introductory talk by Florencia Berinstein, Executive Director, Workers Arts and Heritage Centre

About This Walk: This 90 minute walking tour features Central Neighbourhood residents sharing historical tales about homes, the industrial past, current changes & plans for the future. This walk will begin at the Workers’ Arts &Heritage Centre (WAHC) with a brief presentation of the history of the railway & the Customs House, now WAHC, and the future.

On the walk along Murray St to Bay St, stops include The Witton Lofts, the Fratellanza Hall and the Harmony Apts, both reflective of the Italian history in the area, and the 1842 Stone House at Murrary and Park.

We will then walk to Central Park for presentations on the history in the area and plans for the Barton-Tiffany lands and for Central Park itself. We will then walk along Sheaffe Street to MacNab with a presentation at the 1879 MacNab Terrace and then return to WAHC.

WAHC is part of OPEN DOORS and participants are encouraged to spend time inside learning more about our history and plans for the future.

How to Find Us: We will have a banner More Stories from Central (see picture) and each of the 4 Walk Team members will have a badge and their name with the same picture.

Taking Public Transit:  The Workers’ Arts & Heritage Centre (WAHC) is at 51 Stuart St, between Bay & MacNab N. There is street parking available on the surrounding streets. The Bayfront Bus stops at MacNab & Murray, and then a one block walk North along MacNab St.

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Central Neighbourhood – General Meeting – Monday November 30th

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Sharing Your Story Workshop – Sunday April 19th


Sharing Our Stories

Join us for our final storytelling session for Stories From Central, Sharing our Stories.

Sunday April 19th – 12 noon to 2.30 pm

A workshop designed to help you uncover your personal style of storytelling. Led by professional actor, Darla Biccum, participants will engage in physical and vocal warmups as well as exercises geared toward uncovering your unique voice and engaging an audience. Participants will have the opportunity to practice their stories and receive feedback.

Please RSVP to Project Coordinator Lisa Pijuan-Nomura at as spaces are limited.

All workshops are free and open to residents of the Central Neighbourhood.

Originally from Saskatchewan, by way of Toronto, Darla now calls Hamilton home. Darla has worked as a performer, adjudicator and facilitator for over 20 years across Canada. On stage or screen, Darla is a dynamic and engaging performer with a bold presence and solid comic timing. As a facilitator, Darla’s unique skill set and special brand of humour creates a safe and fun environment for participants to explore their creativity.

Stories from Central is a project in collaboration with Central Neighbourhood Association and Workers Arts & Heritage Centre generously funded by Hamilton Community Foundation. A series of workshops focusing on stories of homes, heritage and personal tales will culminate in a walking tour of the neighbourhood on May 3 starting at 1:00 p.m. at WAHC.

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Crafting Your Story Workshop – Saturday April 18th


Crafting Your Story Workshop

Saturday April 18th – 9 am to 11.30 am – Workers Arts & Heritage Building, Stuart Street.

This lively & fun workshop with writer Gary Barwin explores ways to shape a story for greatest impact, whether that be for humour, drama, suspense, or surprise.

It will also address the best ways to begin and end a story, how to most effectively craft what comes in between, and how to add colour and vitality with descriptions of character and setting.

Participants will try the ideas out on their own stories and receive helpful feedback and suggestions for further development.

Please RSVP to Project Coordinator Lisa Pijuan-Nomura at as spaces are limited.

All workshops are free and open to residents of the Central Neighbourhood.

Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, multimedia artist, educator and the author of 19 books of poetry and fiction as well as books for kids. He was Young Voices eWriter-in-Residence at the Toronto Public Library in Fall of 2013 and Writer-in-Residence at Western University in 2014-2015.

He teaches creative writing at Kings University College in London. His high-energy performances often involve music, multimedia, and interactive storytelling.

Stories from Central is a project in collaboration with Central Neighbourhood Association and Workers Arts & Heritage Centre generously funded by Hamilton Community Foundation. A series of workshops focusing on stories of homes, heritage and personal tales will culminate in a walking tour of the neighbourhood on May 3 starting at 1:00 p.m. at WAHC.

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Main Streets Old Growth Forests – Heritage Lecture

Ward 2 Community Council of which Central is a member  are pleased to announce a very special presentation featuring Toronto Heritage Architect Catherine Nasmith.

The details: April 15th, Mills Hardware, 6:30pm.

RSVP Janice Brown by email to reserve your seat!

The presentation is titled “Main Street Old Growth Forest”.  Click Hamilton-Built-Heritage to download a copy of the poster.

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Hamilton Have Your Say on Provincial Growth Plans


On February 27, 2015, the Province of Ontario initiated a coordinated review of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Greenbelt Plan, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Niagara Escarpment Plan.

The visions, goals and policies of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Greenbelt Plan and Niagara Escarpment Plan have shaped land use planning and development approvals within City of Hamilton.

Hamilton residents, businesses and landowners are encouraged to learn more about each of the provincial plans being reviewed, and to identify opportunities and needs for improvements to the plans. The input provided will be used by the City to prepare a formal response to the Province in June 2015.

In response to the Province’s Coordinated Review, City staff will be undertaking public consultations to input on the provincial plans that impact Hamilton.

The City will be hosting these public consultation sessions. To register for a session, visit:


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Share Your Story Workshop – Tuesday April 7th


Join us for an evening of Stories from Central as we continue to explore this history, homes and personal tales of the Central Neighbourhood and it’s residents.

Workers Arts & Heritage Building – 7 pm to 9.30 pm.

For the past few weeks residents have been gathering stories and now it’s time to share our tales!

A StoryShare is a chance to tell your tale in front of an audience and hone your storytelling skills.

There are a few rules about the StoryShare!

1. Stories must be told, not read.
2. Stories must be no longer than 7 minutes.
3. The stories must be true…ish.
4. We welcome songs as well as stories.

Invite your friends, your neighbours, anyone who might be interested in hearing tales.

Please RSVP to Project Coordinator Lisa Pijuan-Nomura at as spaces are limited.

Stories from Central is a project in collaboration with Central Neighbourhood Association and Workers Arts & Heritage Centregenerously funded by Hamilton Community Foundation. A series of workshops focusing on stories of homes, heritage and personal tales will culminate in a walking tour of the neighbourhood on May 3 starting at 1:00 p.m. at WAHC.

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Song & Storytelling Workshop – Thursday April 2nd


Join us for an evening of Storytelling and Song with storyteller and songwriter Tor Lukasik-Foss in our third workshop for Stories From Central!

Workers Arts & Heritage Building, 7 pm to 9.30 pm

Songs can be very useful vehicles for telling a story. They have a lot to teach storytellers about economy, the use of repetition and reincorporation, and the strategic value of poetic language, humour, and good delivery. This workshop will show how basic song elements can be used as tools to shape stories, to augment stories, to grab hold of an audience and never let go. No musical experience is required; some willingness to sing, or at least yell, is recommended.

Please RSVP to Project Coordinator Lisa Pijuan-Nomura at as spaces are limited.

All workshops are free and open to residents of the Central Neighbourhood.

Tor Lukasik-Foss is a multidisciplinary visual artist, performer and writer. His hybrids of performance and sculptural installations have been shown as one of the official projects of Toronto’s 2014 Nuit Blanche, as part of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s First Thursday events (2014), as well as in solo exhibitions across Ontario and Canada. He has released 4 Cds of original music under his stage moniker ‘tiny bill cody’, and performed at festivals and venues across Canada, and writes regularly for Hamilton Magazine. Lukasik-Foss has been nominated for a National Magazine Award, been awarded the 2007 K.M. Hunter Award for Visual Arts, 2008 Visual Arts Award from the City of Hamilton, a 2009 Hamilton Music Award (Best Male Artist) as well as several grants from Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

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