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Healthy & Safe Communities

Sustain Ontario’s Virtual Greenhouse

The greenhouse is a growing collection of community-vetted food strategies, tools, and tactics organized by initiative. garden in a greenhouseResources and ideas for teaching food literacy, getting children active is school gardens, and more.

Learn more about Sustain Ontario’s Virtual Greenhouse.

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Healthy & Safe Communities

EatRightOntario

EatRightOntario LogoEatRight Ontario (ERO) is a free service that connects residents of Ontario to the trusted advice of a Registered Dietitian to help you make healthier food choices and answer your nutrition questions.

Learn more bout EatRighOntario.

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Nutrition Guidelines 2016

Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Student Nutrition Program, Nutrition Guidelines 2016 for food served in schools.

Learn more about Nutrition Guidelines.

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Healthy & Safe Communities

New School Food And Beverage Policy

Ontario has introduced its School Food and Beverage Policy that includes nutrition standards for food and beverages sold in schools. The policy applies to food and beverages sold:

  • in all venues on school property such as cafeterias, vending machines and tuck shops;
  • through all programs, including catered lunch programs; and
  • at all events on school property, including bake sales and sport events.

The nutrition standards do not apply to lunches or snacks that are brought from home.

Learn more about the New School Food And Beverage Policy.

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Healthy & Safe Communities

Hamilton Community Garden Network

Hamilton Community Garden Network logoSchool/Youth Community Garden Guides are also available from the Hamilton Community Garden Network.

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Healthy & Safe Communities

Planting an Edible School Garden

Green Thumb logo Outdoor school gardens have the added bonus of increasing physical activity and a sense of community. Plant any type of edible garden (indoor or outdoor) to earn this badge.

Free tools & resources available under Green Thumb badge.

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Healthy & Safe Communities

Sip Smart! Ontario

Sip Smart! Ontario LogoSip Smart!™ Ontario is a licensed classroom educational program that helps teach children in grades 3 to 7 about sugary drinks and about making healthy drink choices.

Learn more about Sip Smart! Ontario.

 

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Bright Bites

bright fruitsDeveloped by registered dietitians working in Ontario Public Health this website provides tools, resources and success stories to guide and inspire elementary and secondary teachers to create a healthy food environment at their school “one bite at a time”, and recognizes them for their efforts!

Learn more about bright bites.

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Healthy & Safe Communities

Hamilton Food Strategy

Hamilton’s Food Strategy (PDF, 15.6 MB) guides the food related work of City departments while supporting collaboration and innovation within the City and with community partners from all sectors of the food system. The Food Strategy takes a holistic approach that looks at all the parts of a food system to optimize the allocation of resources for food actions.

Hamilton’s Edible Education Guide: Taking food beyond the plate and into the classroom!  Offers food literacy programs that address curriculum requirements to all Hamilton schools, as well as resources around school gardens, nutrition education and classroom lesson plans. – Contact Cailey Campbell, Community Food Program Coordinator, Neighbour to Neighbour Centre (Hamilton), ccampbell@n2ncentre.com  

Learn more about Hamilton Foot Strategy.

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Healthy & Safe Communities

Healthy Eating

Healthy children and youth are in a position to be better learners. When children and youth eat right, they can improve their memory and their ability to concentrate. Eating well also supports healthy growth and encourages healthy behaviours that can be maintained throughout adulthood.

Schools can play a central role in promoting the health of young people, not only academically, but also by ensuring an environment that supports healthy eating.

Learn more about Healthy Eating.

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Healthy & Safe Communities

Health Resources for Schools

A healthy school includes all of the following:

  1. Quality curriculum teaching and learning
  2. Classroom and school leadership
  3. Student engagement
  4. Social and physical environments
  5. Home, school and community partnerships

Learn more about Health Resources for Schools.

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Healthy & Safe Communities

Educational Programming for Teachers

Learn about Healthy Schools, Garbage & Recycling Outreach, Water Education, Museum Field Trips and Forestry Education.

Learn more about Educational Programming for Teachers.

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Community Engagement & Participation

Public Engagement Charter

Presentation outside City Hall

Engagement Charter created by the City and residents to ensure residents are included in changes to their city that impact them.

Speaker: Cindy Mutch – Senior Project Manager – Our Future Hamilton Community Vision Engagement Initiative

Learn more about Public Engagement Charter.

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Community Engagement & Participation

Our Future Hamilton

Speaker: John Ariyo – Manager Community Initiatives

Residents were asked what they wanted their city to look like in 25 years. Learn more about Our Future Hamilton.

 

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Economic Prosperity & Growth

Ambition Is In Our Blood

Canada’s most diversified economy, a strong, collaborative business community, a thriving arts scene, a place whose people give back time and again. It takes hard work to reclaim a city and renew its fortunes, but this is Hamilton. Ambition is in our blood!

City Hall Tour Shannon.Stott@hamilton.ca

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Healthy & Safe Communities

Healthy School

Apple on a book banner for Healthy Education

To create a healthy school, the entire school community works together to help students, staff and parents make healthier choices that promote student wellness and learning.

Learn more about Healthy Schools.

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Healthy & Safe Communities

Snow Angels

https://youtu.be/uuo7ZGE7AcE

The Snow Angels program is a free snow removal service for City of Hamilton residents that are low income, eligible seniors or persons with disabilities.

Learn more about Snow Angels.

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Healthy & Safe Communities

Hamilton Paramedics

Logo of Hamilton Paramedics

Speaker: Book a Paramedic for your Event

Our experienced paramedics enjoy sharing their expertise and knowledge with others to potentially help save lives. Learn more about Hamilton Paramedics.

 

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Healthy & Safe Communities

Hamilton Fire

Two fire trucks with Hamilton Fire Department logo

Speaker: 905-546-3333

The Hamilton Fire Department offers several fire safety programs to keep you and your family safe. Learn more about Hamilton Fire.

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Healthy & Safe Communities

Age-Friendly Hamilton

Banner for Age Friendly Hamilton

Since 2014, the City and Hamilton Council on Aging have worked with many community partners to make Hamilton an age-friendly city. Learn more about Age-Friendly Hamilton.

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Healthy & Safe Communities

Back to School Safety

With school back in session there is a lot more traffic on the road and a lot of kids walking, riding and getting dropped off at school. Learn more about Back to School Safety.

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Healthy & Safe Communities

Pedestrian Crossovers

Speaker: Jason Worron, Senior Project Manager Roadway Safety, Traffic

Pedestrian crossovers are a new way for pedestrians to easily and safely cross the road. Learn more about Pedestrian Crossovers.

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Healthy & Safe Communities

Hamilton’s BLAST Rapid Transit Network

City of Hamilton from above

By 2041, 780,000 will call Hamilton home – the City has a plan to move people around. It’s called the BLAST Network.

 

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Clean & Green

Water Education opportunities

H2O written on a blackboard with caulk

2017 Hamilton’s Water Festival

The Hamilton Children’s Water Festival is a three-day educational, hands-on, out of school, opportunity to educate students about the importance of water conservation, protection, awareness, respect, science technology, history and health. This festival brings the expertise of specialists, members of industry, government and educators to provide students with the opportunity to learn directly from local professionals through their unique water and environmental demonstrations, discussions, displays and exhibits. Learn more about Hamilton’s Water Festival.

Let us educate and entertain you!

Hamilton Harbour Puppet Shows are interactive and environmentally based, with the characters singing and discussing local water issues. Professionally produced puppets are masterfully handled by Byron Morton of Image Puppet Productions Inc. Book your show visit.

Learn more about Water Education.

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Clean & Green

Recycling and Composting – Facility Tours and Speakers

Blue box on street

Book a school presentation with one of our Master Recyclers or request a tour of the Central Composting Facility to learn about Hamilton’s composting and recycling programs.

Learn more about Waste Management School Presentations.

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Clean & Green

Forestry Education

Two girls hugging a tree

The City’s forestry education program offers free informative and interactive presentations. Learn more about Forestry Education.

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Clean & Green

Children’s Water Festival

2017 Hamilton Children’s Water Festival

The Hamilton Children’s Water Festival is a three-day educational, hands-on, out of school, opportunity to educate students about the importance of water conservation, protection, awareness, respect, science technology, history and health.

Learn more about the 2017 Hamilton Children’s Water Festival.

Information for Teachers

The festival is free for schools to attend. The City of Hamilton along with our generous sponsors and partners provide transportation to and from the event, festival T-shirts, stainless steel water bottles, lunch and all the activities free of charge.

Get more information for Teachers.

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Clean & Green

Tree planting program

Get you free Tree

The City of Hamilton’s Street Tree Planting program offers free trees to homeowners in Hamilton. Trees are planted in the City-owned road allowance of your property. The measurement of the road allowance varies depending on the survey or neighbourhood you live in.

Speaker Alex Moroz, Community liaison Coordinator, Parks & Cemeteries

Learn more about the Street Tree Planting Program.

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Clean & Green

Community Clean & Green /Clean Up Trailers

Community clean trailer parked in a park

The Community Clean Trailer provides volunteers with the tools they need to beautify our city parks. Each year, thousands of volunteers collect litter, remove graffiti, and weed flower and shrub beds in an effort to keep our parks clean and green.

Read more on Community Clean Trailer

Speaker Alex Moroz, Community liaison Coordinator, Parks & Cemeteries

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Clean & Green

Adopt a Park Program

Adopt A Park LogoThe Adopt-a-Park program is a year round volunteer program. Adopt-a-Park volunteer groups sign up to help maintain and care for trees, flowers and shrub beds in our local parks. The groups agree to maintain and take care of a park for a minimum of three years.

Speaker: Alex Moroz, Community liaison Coordinator, Parks & Cemeteries

Learn more about Adopt-a-Park program.

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Clean & Green

Team Up to Clean Up

Team up to Clean Up logoTeam Up to Clean Up is a year-round city-wide community clean up program. This program provides all the tools you need to run a community clean up including gloves, recycling bags and specially marked garbage bags.

In 2015, over 23,000 volunteers participated in Team Up to Clean Up. Volunteers collected 4,800 bags of garbage, 1,600 bags of recycling and invested more than 37,000 volunteer hours to help clean up our community.

The program helps keep public places in your neighbourhood clean and safe for everyone. You can host a clean up event on City property including:

  • parks
  • trails
  • parking lots
  • alleyways
  • streets

The City discourages clean ups around water because of the danger to volunteers. If you want to host a clean up event near a waterfall, pond or along a shoreline, you must register your event with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup Program. This program will ensure you have appropriate safety information and liability coverage for volunteers.

Learn more about Team Up to Clean Up.

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Clean & Green

Remedial Action Plan (RAP) for the Harbour

Areas of Concern and Remedial Action Plans

Hamilton Harbour is one of 43 locations around the Great Lakes where environmental degradation has led to the decline of ecosystem health locally and to the Great Lakes Basin more widely. The locations along the Great Lakes, referred to as Areas of Concern (AOCs), are located in Canada (12), the United States (26), and some are even shared between the two nations (5). The interconnectedness of the Great Lakes system and links to other waterways, such as the St. Lawrence River, requires cooperation between the countries that share these waterways.

Read more about Areas of Concern and Remedial Action Plans.

Speaker: Shane MacCauley, Manager Outreach, Hamilton Water

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Clean & Green

Randle Reef Project

The biggest pile of contaminated sediment on the Canadian side of the Great Lakes was supposed to be de-listed as an “area of concern” last year but figuring out what to do with the coal by-product in Hamilton harbour and finding the money to do it, took decades.  The first barges hit the water six months ago and now two layers of steel wall have been built around the heaviest concentration of toxic sludge at Randle Reef, the first half of a container that will be finished next year. Read more about Randle Reef update.

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Green Bin & Composting programs

Here are some important tips about how to use your GREEN BIN. Visit www.hamilton.ca/waste for more tips.

Speaker: Jacquie Colangelo, Project Manager, Waste Operations

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Built Environment & Infrastructure

The BLAST system and Light Rail Transit – build an LRT vehicle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxaUSErhuPQ

Light Rail Transit (LRT) is a transportation system based on electrically powered light rail vehicles (LRV) that operated on a track in a segregated, right of way.

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Culture & Diversity

Museum Virtual Tours.

Museums Virtual Tour

Explore over 130 panoramic scenes, 650 clickable hotspots and audio navigation from your classroom or mobile device. Move through the Museums, zoom in on details and experience the Museums as if you were there! Learn more about Hamilton Civic Museums’ Virtual Tours.

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Culture & Diversity

Cultural Plan

This video is a conversation starter about culture in Hamilton. In Hamilton, we are on the heels of a cultural policy and on the brink of a cultural plan. At the same time, the city is undergoing a cultural renaissance.

Speaker: Patti Tombs

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Culture & Diversity

The JUNO Awards – Hamilton Music Crawl TURN IT ON

A great look back at a truly amazing week in Hamilton. When the JUNO Awards came to Hamilton in March 2015, the city helped welcome the national music awards with an electrifying Music Crawl featuring 60 local acts at venues across the city’s downtown core in a unique celebration of Hamilton’s incredible music scene.

Speaker: Sharon Murphy

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Culture & Diversity

The Secrets Out

Prepare to discover a Hamilton you don’t know. Tourism Hamilton’s new video #SecretsOut lets viewers in on the incredible beauty of a city on the rise. Look deeper, listen closer, and discover a city that’s sure to surprise you. Find out what we’ve known all along.

Speaker: Dana Borcea

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Culture & Diversity

Arts Awards

Held annually the first week in June (Arts Week). The awards event is free to attend (tickets available in May).

Speaker: Pam Mulholland

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Culture & Diversity

Tour the Public Art Collection Online

Art of children playing with pebbles on a beach

The City’s Public Art Collection can be viewed online through the mobile-friendly Public Art Collection Map. As of November 2016, the Public Art Collection included over 30 installations across the city owned and maintained by the City of Hamilton. These artworks range from murals to sculptures and works integrated into local streetscapes.

Speaker: Ken Colt

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Culture & Diversity

Hamilton: Love Your City

Love your city

In Hamilton Ontario we are on the brink of a cultural renaissance – there is so much to love about our great city! Spectacular natural playgrounds, history and heritage abound and the arts are thriving like never before! View the Hamilton Love Your City Channel.

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Clean & Green

Hamilton Bike Share

The City of Hamilton, in partnership with Social Bicycles, started implementing a bike share program in 2014.

Learn more about Hamilton Bike Share.

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Clean & Green

Waste to watts

In a response to the Prime Minister’s long-term plan to lower Canada’s carbon footprint, a special committee has been touring the country to find alternative forms of power. Today they found themselves in Hamilton to tour the Woodward waste water plant that’s leading the industry to create renewable natural gas. The committee of senators from across the country have a daunting task: find the best forms of alternative energy that can power the country while minimizing the effects of climate change.

Learn more about Waste to Watts.

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Culture & Diversity

When the Eagles Among Us by artist David M. General

Ken Coit hired a filmmaker to interview the artist, film the piece etc. This City of Hamilton public artwork, in particular, speaks to embracing diversity, peace and reconciliation.

Speaker: Ken Coit

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Welcome

Welcome

How might you make Hamilton a better place to live? #chasethefuture2041