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Straight from the Garden

Straight from the Garden – September 27th 2009 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm From Molly MacDonald, Historic Garden Demonstrator, Dundurn National Historic Site: September is harvest season, and time for our fourth annual fall fair event here at Dundurn Castle. I’ve attached a poster for the event, which will take place on Sunday September 27th from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. It should be a great day. Russ Ohrt will be speaking about Backyard Harvest. Sapphire Singh will be facilitating a workshop on how to start a community garden. Simon Taylor and I will be inviting visitors to participate in the construction and planting of hot beds and cold frames for season extension. As with last year, there will also be a community horticultural exhibition, to which any backyard gardeners are encouraged to bring their produce. So we’d love to see Strathcona represented there! Come to the fair! Dundurn Castle invites you and your family to join us in celebrating Hamilton’s agricultural communities, past and present. Activities include a farmers’ market, an agricultural exhibition, garden demonstrations and workshops, garden tours, cooking workshops, live music, and activities for the children. Bring your backyard produce for the community horticultural exhibition! Free admission to outdoor activities. A small fee will be charged for cooking workshops. Regular admission rates apply to the museum. For more information contact: 610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 3H1 • 905.546.2872 Visit our website...

Hamilton and Metrolinx kick-off new express transit route

Metrolinx funding allows for new north-south route and other transit enhancements HAMILTON, ON– As part of an ongoing commitment to improve Hamilton’s public transit system and better serve riders, the City of Hamilton and Metrolinx celebrated the implementation of Hamilton’s new express transit route, known as the A-line, which will run north-south, operating substantially on Upper James Street and serving key destinations including Hamilton Airport, Mohawk College, GO Transit bus and rail station on Hunter Street and the Central Business District. Funding to start up the new A-line was provided by Metrolinx through the $29.8 million ‘Quick Win’ funding contribution, committed in March 2008. This funding contribution also includes 18 new 60-foot hybrid articulated buses to enhance the City’s transit fleet and bus capacity improvements for the very successful existing east-west B-line. With the addition of these 18 new buses, the City will have a complement of 25 hybrid articulated buses in its transit fleet this September which will all be wheelchair-accessible. “Metrolinx recognized Hamilton’s planned growth and recommended investment in public transit”, said Rob MacIsaac, Chair of Metrolinx. “This Quick Win project offers Hamiltonians expanded, comfortable service, providing them with a better option to leave their car at home and take transit instead.” Mayor Eisenberger was joined by local MPs and MPPs, Metrolinx Chair Rob MacIsaac, members of Council and other City of Hamilton and Metrolinx representatives at the event this morning which took place at the Hamilton Airport. “These significant investments are another positive example of the solid commitment from Metrolinx to enhance Hamilton’s public transit system,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger. “These improvements will result in more...

Love Apple-Palooza! Heirloom Tomato Garden and Cooking Workshop

Dundurn National Historic Site Come spend the evening with us. Join the gardener for a hands-on experience harvesting heirloom tomatoes grown in our two-acre kitchen garden. Then, put on an apron and, in the capable hands of the cook, prepare and taste a specially selected recipe in the historic kitchen. Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Ages: 18 years and older. Cost: $35.00 per person. Pre-registration required. Register at: ...

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Good Shepherd Square: Construction Update

An update from the construction folks on the Good Shepherd Square development: Councillor McHattie: As part of Good Shepherd’s commitment to provide updates to you and your constituents on the construction activity at the Good Shepherd Square, please be advised as follows for the week ending August 21st: Work Underway: the installation of caissons for support of the excavation along Pearl has progressed well. The dry weather conditions of the past week assisted in the progress. About half of the caissons are installed with the steel supports grouted into the augered openings. Work next week: It is anticipated that the caisson installation will continue all week. Work will also begin with the installation of the storm sewer piping along the property line of Pearl Street. Other site offices or trailers may also be installed. Next few weeks: caisson installation will continue. Within two weeks, the contractor will begin the delivery and installation of the shoring behind the caissons. Installation of services on Pearl will begin and site excavation will follow. I trust this information will assist you and your constituents. Peter C Lampman Housing Development Consultant Good Shepherd...

Strathcona Transportation Plan update

An update from Councillor McHattie on the Strathcona Transportation Master Plan: Strathcona – As many of you know the Strathcona Master Transportation Plan has been temporarily slowed down as a decision about the location of the east-west Light Rail Transit project has not yet been made, and will influence transportation patterns in the area. We are awaiting the results of the studies and a decision by Metrolinx which should come by this November. This means that the Strathcona Master Transportation Plan should be up and running again by January 2010. Just to remind you the Strathcona Secondary Plan (the master land use planning document for the neighbourhood) was also put on hold, wating for the Transportation Plan, and this will move ahead in 2010 also. In the meantime, please visit the website location below which contains all of the community feedback received to date on transportation challenges in Strathcona. Note that I’ve included the Kirkendall neighbourhood in this email as the two areas share Main Street as a boundary and many of us cross back and forth between the two neighbourhoods all of the time. Please see all information on the Strathcona Master Transportation Plan at www.hamilton.ca/strathcona-transportation. Thanks,...
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