It’s been an interesting week watching our City Council as they struggle with what to do with the billion dollar gift from the province, but there are always good news stories and here are two, shared by Janice Brown:
I am delighted to introduce you to Olivia, a very special young Durander who I became acquainted with during activities that we have hosted in the Durand Park since our revitalization. Most recently, her class at Ryerson carved 30 pumpkins for the very successful Spooktakular hosted byDurand Neighbourhood Association last October!
And now, Olivia’s class working on an assignment called “Chase the Future – 2041”, a project that impacts her generation and how she sees her Hamilton in 2041.
On Thursday afternoon while we were both in the park, Olivia asked me if I knew of a space in Durand where she could implement her idea to create a “pollinator garden”. I suggested she investigate our alleyways. By that evening, not only had she found a plot of land where a neighbor was more than willing to allow her to do this, but she had her plot cleared and was beginning to cultivate. I met up with her again on Good Friday (next day) and learned that her teacher would contribute a bag of soil and some seeds. She will be planting milkweed and other native plants that will attract our pollinators, and the best part is that she has encouraged her friends to plant their own gardens. As for her alleyway, she wants to make it a living piece of art! I love her creativity, her enthusiasm, her drive and her initiative. If anyone can help, I know Olivia could use more soil, any native plants that you might be able to donate and mulch. She has the tools and more importantly the drive!
Olivia plans on creating a 3-D image of her “pollinator garden” and hopes to be a successful candidate in an upcoming special school Festival in May. You will also be able to see he work at our 45th DNA Anniversary Party in the Park June 24th.
Olivia – Good Friday – just starting out!
Please email Janice Brown if you can help Olivia with plants, mulch or soil!
WALKING TOUR – JUNE 3
The AGH is hosting a walking tour led by Bill Manson, author of Footsteps in Time. The walk is titled: Hamilton’s Stone Age of Architecture, 1800-1900: A Historical Walking Tour with Bill Manson. You can sign up at this link. The cost is $40 for AGH members and $50 for non-members.
There is a lot happening in our downtown neighbourhood and in the wider West Hamilton area. In case you haven’t heard, West Hamilton is undergoing an Accommodation Review by the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. This process includes a review, with community input, of enrollment levels at our schools and the state-of-repair of our school facilities. Included in the review is Central Public School. Board member Paul Nichols and I have attended two public information sessions. We are so very lucky to have Paul Nichols on our board as he is a planner with the Toronto District School Board and has depths of knowledge about the process (and he doesn’t mind patiently explaining it to me).
Please be assured that there is no serious consideration of closing Central Public School. The initial report recommended closing Hess Street School (which is also not a good idea). The process itself is challenging. The province will offer money to build new schools, and although there is funding available for maintenance and repair of existing schools, the money is inadequate and additions to existing schools are normally not approved. One gentleman at the ARC meeting on March 8 mentioned his concern about giving up school properties and then having to buy land in the future when we have more residents in the downtown. This is a valid concern as there are plans in the works for further intensification in the lower city (West Harbour, Barton/Tiffany). You can find more information at this link:
Please feel free to share your feedback with the school board. The DNA will be writing a letter to support the retention of all nine schools as we believe all are important community centres/hubs.
DATES TO REMEMBER
LRT Meeting of Council – Tuesday, March 28. This is a special meeting of council to vote on the EAP. This should be a simple vote, however, we know that some councillors are getting nervous as we move closer to the construction phase. The agenda for the meeting is not yet available online. Updates to follow.
June 24, 2017 – Party in the Park! We will celebrate our 45th anniversary with music, displays, vendors, food trucks, face painting, balloon animals, horse and buggy rides. Fun, fun, fun! Hope to see you there.
We know from history that it’s not over until a building is actually demolished (e.g. Sandyford Place). Please take a moment and sign the petition asking the province to save our Gore Park buildings. These are structurally sound buildings and do not have to come down! The practice of demolishing sound buildings for “new” is wasteful and adds to our landfills. The Templar Flats on King William show what can be done with a bit of foresight and planning. The petition has 458 signatures already.
Thank you for your time and interest in Hamilton’s heritage.
The City is holding a Public Open House to present and explain the proposed updates to the Downtown Secondary Plan and Zoning Bylaw. Please see the invitation below for more information.
Hope to see you there!
On January 25, City Council voted to support the demolition request for the historic Gore Park buildings — only Aidan Johnson, Matthew Green and Brenda Johnson opposed the motion. The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario is appealing to Minister Eleanor McMahon to step in to mediate a conservation solution. See the link below to read more from the ACO with a link to the letter to the Minister.
ACO-Letter to the Honourable Eleanor McMahon