Our AGM is scheduled on October 26, 2017 at St. Paul’s Presbyterian. All are welcome. Minutes from last year’s AGM will be pre-circulated to members to vote for approval, and copies will be available the evening of the AGM.
We hope to see you there for discussion of neighbourhood issues with Councillor Farr and our crime manager, as well as a presentation about the upcoming completion of St. Mark’s as a community space!
It’s the start of another school year, fall is in the air (did we even have a summer?) and there are many updates about our beautiful neighbourhood. Read on for the latest:
The DNA has received the final report from Civic Plan and it came with a number of recommendations. The report will be posted to this website soon – www.durandcharacter.com The report is quite extensive and includes results of resident engagement. We have a lot of work to do and it begins with a delegation to the Planning Committee to request staff review the report and study the feasibility of applying an overlay to zoning in Durand. We would like to be the pilot neighbourhood for this overlay, as many other areas in Hamilton have similar concerns about losing the character of neighbourhoods they love. Janice Brown will delegate on Tuesday, September 5 at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall. If you can attend the committee meeting, please do so — all support is most welcome.
Movie Night/Canada 150
We have a special movie night planned for SEPTEMBER 16 at Durand Park. Partnering with us this year is Pharmasave from James Street South. Festivities begin at 5:30 with Reardon’s Food Truck. The movie this year is Moana See poster below for details.
Please join us for our AGM on October 26 at St. Paul’s Presbyterian. Doors open at 6:30, meeting begins at 7 p.m. Come out, meet your neighbours, board members, Councillor Jason Farr, and Crime Manager Jennifer McFeggan. We will have an update presentation about St. Mark’s by Anna Bradford.
As many of you have probably noticed, Brad Lamb is going ahead with advertising and promoting sales for the proposed condo development at the CHCH site on Caroline at Hunter. The site is not zoned for the height or number of units he is proposing, so we are a little puzzled about how sales for an unapproved condominium project are going ahead. We are seeking answers from our Councillor and city staff. In the meantime, here is the link to the website for “Television City” Units are priced high and only larger units of one-bedroom + are eligible to purchase a separate parking space (+$40,000 on top of unit cost). Stay tuned for more details on this project in the months ahead. Good design is critical for this site, and it is up to us to demand standards that respect Durand’s character (see above).
Rental legislation in Ontario has changed to improve rights for tenants and hopefully slow the trend of turning residences into short-term rentals (e.g. AirBNB). This article in the Globe and Mail gives a good summary of the new rules.
New eviction rules in effect today to protect Ontario tenants
Mark your calendar for October 28 — all the spooky fun details will be available soon.
Trillium Award Winners
We are lucky to have such beautiful gardens here in the Durand Neighbourhood. And our hard-working gardeners deserve the recognition they receive from the Trillium group. A few of our Trillium award winners in Durand are: Linda Miocinovich, Denis Olivier & Jessica Hume, Carolyn and Chris O’Donnell. Thank you for all of your hard work! You help make our neighbourhood special.
Our AGM was held on October 18 and the new slate for the board of the Durand Neighbourhood Association is as follows:
Dennis Baker, Roberta Harman, Barb Henderson, Wesley Jamieson, David Levy, Frances Murray, Paul Nichols, Christopher Redmond, Geoff Roche, Anne Tennier, Yonatan Rozenszjan
We’re looking forward to a busy and productive year!
DURAND NEIGHBOURHOOD CHARACTER PROJECT
Civic Plan has supplied the audit tool and a team of volunteer street auditors will fill in the data for 22 zones. To learn more about the project, visit the website www.durandcharacter.com. We need your input! Fill out the Survey to have your say about the features you feel are important on your street. What do you love about your street, and which features do you dislike? The more input Civic Plan receives, the more successful the outcomes for the Durand Neighbourhood!
SPOOKTACULAR IS COMING – OCTOBER 29
Join us in Durand Park from 6 – 8 p.m. on October 29 for lots of fun and games. Carve a pumpkin and bring it along to join the pumpkin parade! Wear your costume and get into the spirit of the spooky season!
We hope your summer is going well and you are enjoying the hot, humid weather! This was a good year to have the splash pad open at Durand Park.
Mark your calendar for the following upcoming events:
August 24 – PED ride. Alissa Golden, Heritage Planner, will lead a bike ride through the Durand neighbourhood, sharing interesting history and details about our neighbourhood. Meet at Park and Hunter at the Sobi station at 6:30 p.m.
September 17 – Movie night in the park. Join us for a showing of the Minions movie. The movie will start about 8, but come early to reserve your space with your blanket, have your face painted (kids only), and eat a hot dog or two. Popcorn, face painting and movie are free!
October 18 – AGM – an important meeting for the upcoming DNA year. Join us at 6 p.m. at the YWCA on MacNab Street. Meet your neighbours and hear updates about the latest in our neighbourhood.
October 29 – Durand Park Halllowe’en – Costumes for kids and adults most welcome — starts at 5:30 p.m. More details to follow!
PEDESTRIAN CROSSOVERS ARE COMING
In case you missed it, Hamilton is rolling out pedestrian cross-overs in key locations in Hamilton. One of those locations is at Queen and Herkimer, a notoriously dangerous crossing for pedestrians. Read all about it at: Spec article These pedestrian cross-overs mean new rules for drivers and pedestrians. We can all adapt our behaviours to the new rules, just as we do when we drive in a foreign country. Pedestrians will have to exercise caution as well — the goal is to have everyone arrive home safely.
Happy Voting Day Duranders. This is just a quick blog post to remind you to vote today (until 9:30pm), attend our great Durand 101 session tomorrow at 6:30 pm and get the details on our AGM happening in November.
Final Reminder for the great event happening TOMORROW:
Durand 101 – Get to know your neighbourhood (Tuesday Oct. 20th!)
Please join the Durand Neighbourhood Association board members, Community Animator Sunil Anguish, Councillor Farr and our Crime Manager on Tuesday October 20th from 6:30 -8:30 in the YWCA Seniors Auditorium. There will be brief presentations by your hosts and then more importantly, you will have the opportunity to sit with our presenters and have your concerns and questions addressed. Refreshments will be served. See you there!
Durand Annual General Meeting – Nov. 17, 2015 (7-9 pm)
The Durand Annual General Meeting will be held November 17th 2015, from 7-9pm at the YWCA in the Seniors Auditorium. Our feature presentation is a must attend as we are engaging in a very important project for our Durand Neighbourhood. It is called Character Zoning. This is an approach that will help us to protect and conserve our neighbourhood. This is new for Hamilton; it will be groundbreaking for not only Durand but other neighbourhoods such as ours both in Hamilton and across the province. We need your support and your engagement.
VOTE! October 19th, 2015 (That’s Today!!!!) until 9:30 pm
The federal election is taking place TODAY (Monday October 19th) and polls are open until 9:30pm. We encourage all residents to vote and make sure they are eligible. Go to the Elections Canada website at www.elections.ca and check to see if you are registered. Make sure you are up to date on the new policies around identification. Your voting location can be found by going to the same website and filling in your postal code.
If you have your voter registration card, all the information you need will be found on the card. You need ID to vote – visit the ID to Vote website and it will explain what kind of ID is acceptable.