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North End NEWSLETTER

This is a copy of the newsletter just delivered to residents of the North End Neighbourhood with an important update on our Waterfront project as well as the Ward 2 Encampment Statement and other important news for this vibrant neighbourhood!

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Planning Committee Motion on Encampment Enforcement

Here is my motion going before Planning Committee today (March 22, 2022) amending the encampment enforcement process designed to bring our timetables in line with other municipalities in Ontario. We cannot be the only city with a bylaw enforcement process that results in entrenched encampments

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St. Marks, Get Set, Go!

In 1877 St. Mark’s Anglican Church was built on the southwest corner of Bay St. South and Hunter St. West. The next year it had it’s first service and from that point on it thrived and was an integral part of the community for over

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Waterfront Tower

Hamilton City Council has approved an enhanced public engagement on whether there should be a tall tower as part of the Pier 8 development. This came about as part of an LPAT (Local Planning Appeal Tribunal) decision between a North End neighbourhood group and the

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500 McNab

Originally built in 1967, the Ken Soble Tower at 500 McNab St. North has now become a beacon of sustainability while at the same time, providing an excellent affordable home for seniors in Hamilton. At 18 storeys tall, this building underwent a massive renovation and

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Jamesville Reimagined

The path to finally realizing a reimagined Jamesville is now underway.  Through a myriad of trying circumstances, not the least of which was the pandemic that has impacted us all and more specific to this site, attention to important remediation needs, work has now begun

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The Facts About The Sunset Cultural Garden

The Sunset Cultural Garden was always meant to be temporary in its current location on the southwest corner of Bay and Strachan. With assistance from City Community Garden staff and funds in part from our Ward 2 Participatory Budget (where residents devised and voted on

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Eastwood Park Update

The new Eastwood Park play structure was a huge hit with the kids this past summer! Now, we want to continue the revitalization of this great North End green space. The next step is to replace the existing spray pad in the same location. This

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NOTICE OF MOTION ON LOCAL TREE PLANTING INITIATIVE

On February 2, 2022 at General Issues Committee I brought forward a Notice of Motion to direct staff to consult with representatives of Six Nations of the Grand River, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations, the Huron-Wendat Nation, and the Joint Stewardship Board representatives,

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Rapid Housing Initiative in Ward 2

As the Ward 2 Councillor and President of City Housing Hamilton, I was thrilled to take part this morning with our Federal government partners in announcing another $23.3 million from the Rapid Housing Initiative being invested in Hamilton. This money will fund three projects, bringing

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Stormwater Webinar

Tuesday February the 8th there is a free webinar taking place to help residents understand stormwater management and at-home initiatives that can help. For more information on the event and to register just click the link! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/down-the-drain-stormwater-management-in-hamilton-tickets-251374928177

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NEW LEASH FREE DOG PARK

With the completion of the rejuvenation of Strachan Street and the introduction of the long planned for multi-modal path linking the city’s cycling infrastructure, neighbourhood residents lost access to the leash free dog run along Strachan. In order to help remedy that situation I have

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We Want To Hear From You! Beasley Neighbourhood Road Safety review at engage.hamilton.ca

BEASLEY ROAD SAFETY REVIEW

Now that Council has approved my motion, if you live in the Beasley Neighbourhood we are looking for you to engage with our Beasley Neighbourhood Road Safety Review! Please visit engage.hamilton.ca to have your say in moving the safety of the Beasley community forward!

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Image of Jason Farr in downtown Hamilton next to the City's Christmas tree

CHRISTMAS GREETING SHOOT

Just getting ready for my close-up! Shooting this Christmas greeting that will air on Cable 14 through the holidays.  Starting to get into the Christmas spirit already across Ward 2 and looking forward to a wonderful and healthy Christmas!

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An image showing the Strachan multi-modal path in Hamilton

STRACHAN MULTI MODAL PATH

Several years ago I asked residents of the North End which streets needed upgrading. We have continued to work away at this massive undertaking and the finishing touches are almost done on the rehabilitation of Strachan!  This included the long planned for multi-modal path connecting

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Image of the Eastwood Park improvements including a children's play area

EASTWOOD PARK IMPROVEMENTS

The fall leaves and colder temperatures have left the newly overhauled Eastwood Park a little quieter now but it was a wonderful summer for the kids utilizing this new and improved playground!

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RESIDENTS SPEAK OUT

Here is a press release that my office has just put out regarding residents of Ward 2 finally being heard with regard to the impact on their lives living near encampments.

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Image of the public with Jason Farr at the Durand Meeting

DURAND

An impromptu meeting with a few residents of the Durand Neighbourhood turned into a gathering of 30 people (all socially distanced of course) as we discussed some of the issues surrounding Durand Park.

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CENTRAL NEWSLETTER

This is a copy of the newsletter just delivered to residents of the Central Neighbourhood with an important update on the Central Park project as well as the Ward 2 Encampment Statement and other important news for this vibrant neighbourhood!

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Jason Farr with at the North Ender Awards

NORTH ENDER AWARDS

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of being on hand to help present a couple of important North Ender awards!

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Jason Farr and residents at the De-pave Good Sheppard

DEPAVE GOOD SHEPHERD

Green Venture Hamilton, Good Shepherd Hamilton and tons of volunteers got busy tackling tons of asphalt as we finally arrive at depaving paradise in front of the Good Shephard Venture Centre!

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Jason Farr and the Mayor at the Grand Opening of Ken Sobel Tower

KEN SOBEL TOWER GRAND OPENING

So proud of the hard work of so many, from CityHousing Hamilton and their incredible staff to the other levels of government who helped get us across the finish line.  500 McNab, a deeply affordable option for seniors is now open!

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MOTION TO TACKLE HOMELESSNESS

More progress in the city that tackles housing and homelessness better than most! This motion was moved on September 15th to fund a minimum of 49 to a maximum of 75 new affordable housing units for women and inclusive of trans-feminine, trans-masculine and non-binary adults

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Jason Farr wishing Hamiltonians a safe return to school

SCHOOL RETURNS

The kids are getting ready to go back to school and I made a short video discussing some of the things we’ve been able to do in Ward 2 to make things safer for the kids returning to school !

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Jason Farr discussing the Hunter bike lanes

HUNTER BIKE LANE

The missing link has now been found!  The new Hunter Bike Lanes are open and we are thrilled about the ease with which one can now traverse lovely Ward 2 on their favourite two wheeler! Here’s a quick video on the Hunter Bike Lanes.

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Jason Farr discussing the Heritage Houses of Hamilton in this video

HERITAGE HOUSES VIDEO

When it comes to protecting the vital heritage of Ward 2 I have been very busy working with so many in the community to protect these heritage properties.  Here’s a short video about what we’ve accomplished.

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Jason Farr giving a Tour of St. Mary's in Hamilton

ST MARY’S CHURCH

I recently took a tour of the amazing rehabilitation of St. Mary’s church.  We made a little video so you can have a look at some of the amazing work that has taken place there.

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Jason Farr at the Vaccine Clinic in Hamilton

VACCINE CLINIC VISIT

A two day pop up vaccination clinic is on today and tomorrow at the Central Memorial Rec Centre. 9a to 4:30p you can walk up and get your first or second dose.  A huge thank you to all the health care workers and community members

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Jason Farr laughing with residents at the 100 Years for Supie Program in Hamilton

100 YEARS FOR SUPIE PROGRAM

Had some fun sharing my own Supie story with Tim Bolen from Morning Live on CH. This year we are marking over a century for the Supie program and you can share your own Supie story at engage.hamilton.ca/supie

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MOTION FOR RESTAURANT TEMPORARY TENTS

Today I moved a motion at Planning Committee to help get local businesses back on their feet more quickly! This motion gives them the ability to erect temporary tents (with no walls) to conduct business until people are allowed indoors again!

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THREE MOTIONS

The residents of James St. N. took a disruptive water-main break and hatched a tree planting plan.  Trees were planted on the boulevard and I was pleased to be able to move a motion to engage on phase 2 of the plan. I was also

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FREE TREE GIVEAWAY

Ward 2 residents still have time to get your free tree! While quantities last you can request a tree and it will be delivered by the end of June.  Get your order in as soon as you, pre-registration ends May 31! Just visit Hamilton.ca/privatetreegiveaway

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Councillor Jason Farr Auxiliary Parking Map

AUXILIARY PARKING CENTRAL CONSTRUCTION FLYER

The massive makeover for the Central Neighbourhood will begin on May 25.  That is why I instructed my office to find alternative parking arrangements for residents of the neighbourhood since we understood that parking would be a priority during this months long reconstruction work.  Then

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Video still from Jason Farr's "The View From Ward 2"

HOUSING VIDEO

4 major affordable housing developments in 2 minutes!! Thanks to the advocacy, engagement and patience of Ward 2 residents we’ll have 391 fresh or refreshed affordable housing units with approximately 210 new (155 net new).  Check out this short video on what is coming!

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Image showing wall with graffiti

GRAFFITI PICS

A few years ago through our Ward 2 participatory budgeting, residents of the Stinson neighbourhood sought to address Claremont graffiti. This week we put that reserve to good use to keep the Stinson neighbourhood looking good!

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CASH IN LIEU MOTION

Today in our ongoing efforts in Covid Recovery, Planning Committee discusses amendments to Cash-In-Lieu of Parking By-Law.  During that meeting I presented these two very important amendments.

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Video still of the sail sign at Waterfront Trail

SKATE PARK WATERFRONT

There is no better place to get out and enjoy the sunshine than our waterfront!! Check out this quick update on what’s happening and for the latest information you can always visit http://www.hamiltonwaterfront.com/ on these and other attractions that continue to bring millions of visitors

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Image of parking lot at Bayking McMaster

BAY / KING – MCMASTER

Getting set for a much better and higher use of land in the heart of downtown.  Soon this LARGE surface asphalt King / Bay parcel will be a beautifully designed home to 600 McMaster University grads bringing even greater vibrancy and engagement and supporting our

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Video Still Image showing Bridgeworks Community Space

BRIDGEWORKS FUNDING

Amazing news for Bridgeworks and Ward 2 ! The Federal Government has come forward with more than $200,000 in funding for this incredible community space. Watch this short video for a quick tour of Bridgeworks!

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MOTION TO BEEF UP ENFORCEMENT FOR RENTAL CONDITIONS

At Planning Committee I was proud to move this motion.  It is an update on Property Standards By-Law Review, specific to beefing up criteria of enforcement for rental conditions.  Special thanks to all the stakeholders who engaged, especially ACORN Hamilton.

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Jason Farr giving a mass vaccination clinic tour

MASS VACCINATION CLINIC TOUR

Come with me for a sneak peek at Hamilton’s first mass vaccination clinic at First Ontario Centre.  In this short video we take you  behind the scenes so you’ll know what to expect starting Monday.

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