Continuing to help Pasadena Fire Victims: Durand Kicks into High Gear
While many in the community have been helping the residents of The Pasadena Apartments that was recently completely damaged due to fire, the Durand has also been setting up a specific fund and goods drop.

We have set up an account at First Ontario Credit Union to accept donations.  The Account number is 673606 and cheques should be made out to Durand Neighbourhood Association in Trust for Pasadena Residents.

So far, he DNA has donated $300.00, Councillor Farr $100.00, First Ontario Credit Union $500.00, CLV Group, managing company for owner InterRentREIT $25,000 and Mark Farrugia, owner of La Piazza Allegra $500.00.

We will also be accepting food donations at the Ward 2 Councillor’s Office.  We have a bin located in the Councillor’s lobby on the 2nd floor of City Hall.

* FINAL REMINDER * Durand Traffic Issues – Community Input Required (and meeting on March 6th, be sure to attend)

The DNA is seeking input from it’s members on traffic and transportation issues in the neighborhood. We are using Democravise to gather your comments online, until March 3rd. Click on the link below and you will see all our neighborhood streets in the tabs at the top of the website. Click on all of these tabs to comment on traffic issues for each street, add an issue no one else has thought of, or up-vote an issue that you think is most important.

To provide feedback please click here.

Public Meeting on Traffic Issues

We will be discussing the traffic and transportation issues Duranders raise and more at our special public meeting on March 6th (City Hall, Room 192 at 7pm) – please RSVP.

Hamilton BikeShare Station Locations  public Feedback – Last Call for input

Public Engagement Period Ends March 6th

2011-06-28-sobiThe City of Hamilton, in partnership with Social Bicycles, will be implementing a bike share program in Hamilton early this summer. The program will offer a system of 750 bicycles and over 80 stations and is funded by Metrolinx Quick Wins. SocialBicycles will operate the system under a non-profit operating entity and will be funded through a hybrid approach of local sponsorship and user fees.

Bike Share is the fastest growing transportation mode in the world, complementing existing public transit and providing first and last mile connectivity by filling in transit gaps. It’s a healthy, sustainable, and affordable form of public transportation.

Hamilton Bike Share is in the initial stages of implementation, preparing for a system launch in early summer. Planners at Social Bicycles and the City of Hamilton are currently collaborating on station site selection.

The public can provide suggestions on station locations through Social Cyclist (, a public planning app developed by Social Bicycles and available for free in the iTunes or Google Play stores. Input will be gathered on a rolling basis until March 6th.  The community can sign up through the app, online through, or provide suggestions via email:, or phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 2553.

Once the process is completed, the feedback will be deployed, and the City will announce the final locations of the bike share hubs.

Social Bicycles offers a next generation bike share product that builds upon the foundations set by earlier systems. Their ‘smart-bike’ approach reduces costs while increasing features. Previous technologies require the installation of ‘smart-docks’ and kiosks to control check-ins and check-outs. By putting all the locking technology on the bike itself, Social Bicycles can install stations at a fraction of the cost. This makes for a more financially sustainable system and a scalable technology that can grow with demand. Social Bicycles feature a robust step through frame, integrated lock, shaft drive, responsive solar lighting, and mobile communications.

For more information on Hamilton Bike Share please visit

Hamilton and Adaptive Re-use featured in the Agenda with Steve Paikin

Buildings and Backyards

What happens when a neighbourhood stands in the way of development? The Agenda examines the rise of NIMBYism in Ontario cities. And, Hamilton: not just Steve Paikin’s hometown.

The Limits of NIMBY

Condos, transportation infrastructure, big box stores. It seems as though the entire Golden Horseshoe is under construction. And people are worried about how these construction projects may change the character of their community. But when does voicing concerns become NIMBYism? What are the limits of consultation?


Peter Kuitenbrouwer, Toronto Columnist, National Post

Sean Conway, Public Policy Advisor, Gowlings Law Firm

Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner, City of Toronto

Hamilton Ascendant


Marvin Ryder, Professor, Marketing & Entrepreneurship, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University

Jeremy Freiburger, Chief Connector & Cultural Strategist, CoBALT Connects

Ryan McGreal, Editor, Raise the Hammer

All episodes of The Agenda with Steve Paikin are available on-demand in streaming video and audio and video podcasts at