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James Street GO Station Public Art Project Public Opinion Survey – Deadline October 9th

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A jury of volunteer citizens and artists has reviewed 34 artists’ submissions to this competition and has short-listed six. Before they meet to select the winning proposal they want to know your opinion.

Artists were asked to address the following goal and themes in their proposals:

Review the artists’ proposals, identify your preferred proposal and provide comments

Complete the West Harbour (James St. North) GO Station Public Art Project Public Opinion Survey – click on the green link

Goal: Metrolinx envisions the new West Harbour as a model urban station that will be a welcoming gateway to Hamilton; one that successfully integrates with and contributes to surrounding neighbourhoods. The public art piece for the station plaza should be evocative and engage the public imagination, convey a positive message, evoke civic pride, and help animate the plaza.

In keeping with the Metrolinx goal statement, the focus group felt that the work should encourage interaction.

Theme: The work should consider the rich cultural, physical and historical context of the area and address one or more of the following themes:

  • Migration and mobility
  • The cultural diversity of immigration to the city
  • Connections: physical, visual or implied between modes of transportation, communities, landmarks, the past and present etc.
  • The natural and cultural features of the site and its surroundings

Review the proposal booklets, see the maquettes (models) and provide comments in person at the following location:

The Tourism Hamilton Visitors Information Centre
28 James Street North, Hamilton (the Lister Building)
Monday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday & Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm

Please provide your comments on or before October 9, 2015.

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GO Station Public Art Commission – Application Process Now Open


The City of Hamilton is currently undertaking a public art process to commission a permanent public art work(s) for the plaza of the James Street North GO Station presently under construction on the west side of James Street North near Murray Street. This project was initiated by and is partly funded by Metrolinx.

Call for Artists

Artists will be selected by a citizen Jury through a two stage process involving a concept and preliminary design proposal followed by a submission of detailed proposal by selected Artists.

Award: $75,000
Artists completing a Stage 2 submission will receive a $750 honorarium.

Submission Deadline:  Thursday April 23, 2015 at 3:00 PM (Hamilton time)

Artist Information Meeting:
Thursday March 12, 2015. 4:00 PM
Workers Arts and Heritage Centre
51 Stuart Street, Hamilton, Ontario.

Artists are invited to view a presentation on the adjudication process and submission requirements and to visit the site as part of this meeting. Note that the immediate site may not be accessible due to construction.
This is not a mandatory meeting.


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Central Neighbourhood Association – Updates & News

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Firstly thank you to everyone who came out to our recent General Meeting and Holiday Meet & Greet.  We appreciate your time and engagement toward our neighbourhood.

A capture of the main points discussed at the meeting will be posted shortly.

In the meantime we have a number of updates and news to share;

Sir John A MacDonald Closure


There was an excellent article recently in Raise The Hammer about considering reversing the proposed closure of Sir John A MacDonald High School.

The CNA is very keen to see this building either remain as a school or become a community resource. We certainly do not want to see the CasiNO issue rise again.

Read the article by clicking here

Snow Angels Needed in the Neighbourhood


As we experience our first few snowfalls it is an excellent time to remind the able bodied amongst us that there are many in the community who cannot clear their paths and driveways or the sidewalks.

Snow Angels (Twitter @VHSnowAngels ) are again looking for volunteers this winter.

Click here for all the details.  And if you know anyone needing help and you cannot, let Volunteer Hamilton know too.

James St GO Station – Call for Public Art


There have been a focus group meeting, neighbourhood consultations and soon to be a call for submission for a public art piece for the new GO station on James St. North.

More details can be found here. 


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CNA’s Holiday Meet & Greet – December 1st, 7-9 pm

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We are having a neighbourhood association meeting to bring everyone up to date with several local issues and initiatives.  Councillor Jason Farr will also be in attendance and there will be time for a Q&A.

Click on the link below for the flyer – we would appreciate it if you live in an apartment building to post this on your notice boards – thank you.

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CNA’s Holiday Meet & Greet General Meeting of the Central Neighbourhood Association

Monday December 1st, 7 – 9 pm Gallery on the Bay – 231 Bay Street North (between Cannon & Barton)

Join us for presentations and discussion of important local issues, and for a festive, celebratory neighbourhood gathering.
Holiday refreshments served.

  • Update from Ward 2 Councillor Jason Farr
  • Neighbourhood Rising Film
  • Public Art Project at GO Station
  • Report from the Chair
  • Workers Art & Heritage Centre Project
  • Pan-Am Games

Also prize raffle draw for wonderful gift basket, kindly donated by

The Hamilton Store,  165 James Street North in the History + Heritage building (north of Cannon Street)


Regular Hours:  Wednesday thru Saturday 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Open late for Art Crawls – 2nd Friday of every month

Facebook –

Twitter – @TheHamOntStore



Central Neighbourhood – Main to Stuart, James N to Queen N

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Hamilton City Committee Meetings in September Affecting Central Neighbourhood


Detailed written reports that emerged from three major urban design studies head to Hamilton City Council this fall for discussion, and potentially, quick adoption and early implementation.

Two of these studies directly affect Central Neighbourhood, Barton-Tiffany &  James Street North Mobility Hub.

Mark Your Calendar and Plan to Attend

September 16: The Barton-Tiffany Study and James Street North Mobility Hub Study will be presented at a meeting of the City of Hamilton Planning Committee

Following these committee presentations, the studies will come before City Council in September.

More details and audio of final public meeting held in July over at RenewHamilton Website. 

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PanAm Games Update – FYI It’s Also Happening in Hamilton!

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Our city is proud to be part of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. The Games are July 10 to 26, 2015. Over 7,000 athletes, coaches and officials from 41 countries and 250,000 visitors will attend the Games.

Hamilton will host all of the soccer (football) games, one of the premier events of the Pan Am Games at CIBC Pan Am Soccer Stadium (which is  the new home of the Hamilton Tiger Cats).

All of the preliminary and medal games for men and women’s soccer will  also play here in Hamilton. One-third of visitors to the Pan Am Games come to see soccer, so we have the opportunity to show our wonderful city to international visitors, leading to economic benefits, tourism opportunities and cultural experiences.

Added to this, many who attend, will arrive at our city via Hamilton’s new Go Station located in our Central Neighbourhood Association District.  The new Go Station is located between James Street North and MacNab Street North (at Stewart) and the station platform will extend west to Tiffany Street.  The Go Station will open next summer in time for the Pan Am Games.

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Updated Information – GO

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The latest updates have been posted on the Hamilton City website regarding the GO Station on James St North Proposals – CLICK HERE

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Central Neighbourhood Celebration

 Saturday May 31st – 1pm to 4 pm

Central Park, Bay Street North – between Cannon & Barton


Join us to celebrate;

  • The Park
  • The Neighbourhood
  • The Association

DISCUSS important local issues and look at displays

Chat with Councillor Jason Farr James N Go Terminal & Mobility Hub
Barton-Tiffany Urban Design Study Workers Art & Heritage Centre OWAHC
Participatory Budgeting Jamesville Community Hub

Hamilton Bike Share – SoBi Hamilton


Dance to music of Turkey Rhubarb Face Painting
Graphic Artist Y on Wheels


Y on Wheels

SHARE – beautify our neighbourhood – PLANT EXCHANGE

Exp Vibrancy

Extra plants? bring them to share Extra space – take plants home


We look forward to welcoming you!


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GO Mobility – Public Meeting

The next public consultation meeting for the GO Mobility hub is set for April 22nd

GO Meeting


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CNA AGM March 25th 2014

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Central Neighbourhood Association (CNA) Minutes from AGM

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Gallery on the Bay 
(corner of Bay & Barton Streets)

Chairpersons Matt Graham and Elizabeth Ward welcomed Central neighbours.
Introductions of Councilor Jason Farr, CNA Board members – Rochelle Martin, Helen Kirkpatrick, and Eileen Shea (regrets), and guest speaker Mike Borelli.
Special Thank-You to the Gallery on the Bay for hosting the meeting.
About 70 persons in attendance.

Matt Graham chaired the meeting and reviewed the agenda:
Report by Councilor Jason Farr
James N GO Terminal & Mobility Hub – Matt Graham
Barton/Tiffany Development – Elizabeth Ward
CasiNO! Report – Rochelle Martin
Community Lands Trust – Mike Borelli
CNA Board for coming year – Matt Graham & Elizabeth Ward

Report by Ward 2 Councilor Jason Farr

Participatory Budgeting
There is $1m available for Ward 2 and will again this year be designated under a Community Budgeting process. He introduced Natalie and Karen, the new facilitators. Everyone invited to the Launch: April 3, 7-10pm City Hall Council Chambers, 71 Main St. W

Downtown casino
Clear where the city stands with decision – preference for casino to stay in Flambourough.

Property at s/w corner of Stuart & MacNab (Marie & Doug Robbins)
Robbins considering investment in medium density building.
Want to attach to James St. Mobility Hub.

Cannon St. Bike Lanes
To be implemented soon. There has been broad community consultation. Buffers will be unique to Hamilton.

Thunder Alley
Bowling alley coming to basement of Hamilton City Centre (45,000 sq. feet.)

Hamilton Mosque
Moving to the Old BARN site (Hess, Napier and York). To include school, recreation, mixed use (in time). Will be a great community friend.

Hamilton Farmers Market
Work is going on to support and enhance the market. Now have 1 hour validated parking; new signage, public ART coming. Open area Market to the Street will have live music.

Central Park
Has been assessed with MOE involvement, to be safe to play, participate in evenings, walk dog, etc. Question raised about some trees and Councilor Farr will have them trimmed.

Parking Lot – at Park & Cannon will have a considerable greenery buffer.

All Souls Church applied for one-day street closure for a church festival in June – MacNab N. between Colbourne & Barton will be closed.

New regional (large) Portuguese Festival in North End at McCauley St. this summer.

Construction at Barton & Strachan related to the GO Station.

James N GO Terminal & Mobility Hub – Report by Matt Graham

This links to 3 neighbourhoods – Central, Beasley and NorthEnd Neighbourhoods
Stakeholder group established for focus groups, at which each neighbourhood is represented

Concerns and discussions:
What we currently like and dislike about the study area;
What benefits can new development bring;
Maximum and minimum heights of buildings with coming intensification and increased density;

Key takeaways:
How to improve our streets, pedestrians, bikes, buses, complete streets?
Strengthen streets through public art, pedestrian plaza/square
Development should respect and enhance the history and character of the area
Kiss & Ride at Stuart St
Plan for service
All day is long term goal
2015 for special event service, ready for PanAm games
Completion of station and plaza by 2016/2017

Barton/Tiffany Urban Design Study – Report by Elizabeth Ward

An urban design study is currently underway for the Barton –Tiffany area of the Central Neighbourhood.

The Setting Sail Secondary Plan calls for mandatory public consultation around the development of this area. The first public meeting took place Dec 4th 2013. Since then there have been 2 focus group meetings whose members consist of staff from the city’s Planning and Economic Development Department, members of the public, neighbourhood associations, architects and representatives from the Reality Association.

The various areas of discussion have included location of buildings and building heights. Means of transportation both within and through the area were also discussed, including roads, transit, bike lanes, sidewalks and trails. Ideas about Central Park which has been included in the Barton – Tiffany area were also explored.

Members of the Central, Strathcona and North End Neighbourhood Associations then met independently and identified our own concerns such as preservation of heritage buildings, adaptive reuse of existing buildings e.g. 125 Barton St West (currently used by the city to store playground equipment). We also expressed concern about the dumping of waste and landfill on vacant lots like the former Rheem plant site. We wondered about the need for environmental site assessments where applicable. Most importantly we want to ensure that the process of community input is meaningful and that the resulting plan will be carried through without major changes.

The next public meeting is tentatively scheduled for April 28th 2014. We encourage all Central residents to attend and lend their voices to this important discussion.

CasiNO! Update – Report by Rochelle Martin

CNA and No Downtown CasiNO! activists continue to monitor possibility of a casino “slipping into” downtown via. back-door routes, since city council has decided unanimously to support Flamborough Downs as their preferred casino location.

Current concerns include:
Possibility that Flamborough Downs contract signed by Great Canadian Gaming with OLG might allow GCG to relocate casino downtown, if GCG/OLG decide Flamborough location is not lucrative enough. Initial Freedom of Information request, to view terms of this contract, was denied (OLG objected to release). An appeal is currently in progress.

Concern that new bowling alley might be “Trojan horse” to bring in 24hr. zoning that would permit a downtown casino.

While Delta Bingo’s closure, due in part to city not permitting electronic gambling at their site, is generally considered a positive for downtown, there was concern that the city may have objected to Delta Bingo’s move to electronic-type gambling in order to preserve the downtown gambling market for a potential big casino operator.

Councillor Jason Farr responded:
He was concerned that the OLG had objected to FOI request re. contract with GCG. He expressed hope in Premiere Wynne’s review of the OLG’s aggressive modernization plan.

There were no zoning changes involved in the City Centre bowling alley contract. That downtown area is already zoned for 24hr. entertainment (e.g.. a casino, if that were the case – no zoning Trojan Horse required).

There were no ulterior motives in the city’s objection to electronic gambling at Delta Bingo. Councillor Farr reiterated that city council voted unanimously to keep casino in Flamborough as their preferred site. Furthermore, he believes those previously interested in operating a downtown casino “got the message loud and clear – that there is no appetite for a casino downtown.”

Rochelle expressed concern to Councillor Farr that, even if council, city staff, and potential casino operators “got the message,” the OLG can and may still push for a most lucrative (downtown) market. This is why continued vigilance, and specifically, attention to terms of the new GCG/OLG Flamborough contract, is imperative.
She also expressed appreciation for Councillor Farr’s efforts to keep our downtown healthy, thriving, and casino-free.

Community Lands Trust – Report by Mike Borelli
Mike Borrelli, treasurer of the Beasley Neighbourhood Association (BNA) attended to speak about a new pilot project to start a Community Land Trust in downtown Hamilton. A CLT is a non-profit that owns, stewards and leases land to the community for land-uses like community gardens, greenspace, community space, and affordable housing. The Hamilton CLT launch event is on April 2nd but attendance is maxed out due to interest. Joey Coleman will be livestreaming it at, but those interested in learning more about the project should visit the new webpage when it is launch next week or email Mike also sought the buy-in of the CNA as a community group that supports the concept of a CLT and believes we should pilot one here.
Mike also broached the topic of a joint CNA, BNA and North End Neighbours meeting to be held sometime in May or June. He will work with CNA executive to plan this if there is a desire among residents.

CNA Board for coming year

All residents in Central Neighbourhood encouraged to become members of the new Board. Several people volunteered in the discussions following.


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Meeting adjourned at 8:45pm. Refreshments served.

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