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July 21, 2016 - 12:31pm

Hamilton Fire Department Issues Open Air Burning Ban - July 21, 2016

HAMILTON, ON – July 21, 2016 – Due to current dry weather conditions coupled with the continued forecast of extreme temperatures with no appreciable rain in the near future, the Hamilton Fire Department has issued an immediate ban on all open air burning in the City of Hamilton.  This ban suspends all approved Open Air Burning Permits.

More information and details about the ban.

Holiday Closures
July 27, 2016 - 12:33pm

Civic Holiday Monday, August 1 - What's Open & What's Closed

All City of Hamilton administrative offices will be closed on Civic Holiday, Monday, August 1

  • For emergencies involving roads, water mains, sewer systems, public health and safety issues, please call 905-546-2489.

Green Cart, Recycling and Garbage Collection

  • There will be no green cart, blue box, bulk waste, yard waste, or garbage pick-up on Monday, August 1.
  • Your pick-up will be one day later if it falls on or after the holiday.
  • Waste must be at the curb by 7 am.

To view your collection schedule, visit www.hamilton.ca/waste.
Community Recycling Centres and Transfer Stations will be closed on Monday, August 1.

HSR Bus Schedules

  • The HSR will be operating on Sunday/Holiday service hours on Monday, August 1.
  • Call HSR information at 905-527-4441 or visit www.hamilton.ca/hsr for more details.

ATS-DARTS

  • DARTS will be operating holiday service hours on Monday, August 1.
  • All subscription trips on DARTS, with the exception of dialysis, are cancelled for Monday, August 1.
  • If passengers need to travel on this day, they must make an advance reservation to do so.

ATS customer service will be closed on Monday, August 1.

Recreation

  • Recreation Centres, Seniors Centres and Arenas will be closed on Monday, August 1.
  • Seniors Clubs will be open.
  • Wading Pools will be closed on Monday, August 1, with the exception of Dundas Driving Park and Gage Park sites. 
  • Norman Pinky Lewis Recreation Centre and outdoor pools (with the exception of Birge) will be open on Monday August 1 on a modified holiday schedule.
  • For more information, visit Civic Holiday Outdoor Pool Schedules

Hamilton Civic Museums

  • All museums will be closed on closed on Monday, August 1.

Tourism Hamilton Visitor Information Centre

Hamilton Farmers' Market

The Farmers' Market hours are as follows:

  • Sunday, July 31 - Closed
  • Monday, August 1 - Closed
  • Tuesday, August 2 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Wednesday, August 3 - Closed
  • Thursday, August 4 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Friday, August 5 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Saturday, August 6 - 7 am to 5 pm

Hamilton Public Library

  • All Hamilton Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, August 1 for the Civic holiday.
  • Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, August 2 for all library locations. Please visit www.hpl.ca for more information.

Public Health Services

For Public Health matters concerning:

  • Reports of suspected reportable diseases and food poisoning, call 905-546-2063
  • Reports of environmental spills, fires or other events that may be a health hazard or safety issue, call 905-546-2489
  • Reports of rabies animal exposures, call 905-546-2489
  • Safe Water Program issues that may be a health hazard, call 905-546-2489 or visit www.hamilton.ca/safewater

Ontario Works

  • All Ontario Works offices will be closed on Monday, August 1, and will reopen Tuesday, August 2 at 8:30 am.
  • The Employment Resource Centre located at 181 Main St. West (Career Development Centre) will be closed on Monday, August 1. It will be open to assist you with any employment service needs on Tuesday, August 2 at 8:30 am.

Animal Services

  • The Animal Services Shelter will be closed on Sunday, July 31 and Monday, August 1.
  • For 24-hour Animal Services emergency issues, please call: 905-574-3433

Property Tax Payments

  • During the holiday, you may submit your property tax payment into a drop box at the rear doors of City Hall, 71 Main Street West or at one of our Municipal Service Centres. Only cheque payments will be accepted in the drop box.
  • All Municipal Service Centres will be closed on Monday, August 1 and will reopen on Tuesday, August 2.
  • Tax payments can also be made online or through telebanking, set up through your financial institution.

Municipal Service Centre locations:

Payments may also be made anytime by mail to:

The City of Hamilton
c/o Tax Department
71 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4Y5

Parking Tickets

Payment of parking violations can be made by mail to the pre-printed address indicated on the parking tag or dropped off into the drop box at the nearest Municipal Service Centre or Taxation Division (noted above). The Hamilton Municipal Parking System office at 80 Main St. West, at Summers Lane, also accepts payments for parking violations at its drop box.

Traffic Violations

Lead is a naturally occurring, bluish-grey material. 

Sources of lead

Lead is found in:

  • Paint in homes built before 1978.  Chipping, peeling or sanding paint can release lead into the air, household dust and soil.
  • Dust inside homes.  Dust can contain lead, especially in older homes that have lead-based paint.  When you open and close windows or doors with lead paint, lead dust is created.  Babies and young children often put their hands into their mouths after touching surfaces with dust such as floors. 
  • Some soils.  Use of lead in products such as gasoline, paint and pesticides in the past contributes to the amount of lead found in soil.  Lead does not break down over time, and is often found in areas close to where it was used in the past. Soil can be a source of lead exposure for children when they play outside.
  • Drinking water in most North American cities because lead pipes were used in homes built before the 1960s and lead-containing soldering joints were used until the late 1980s.  Lead can get into drinking water from valve parts or gaskets, older water service lines and indoor plumbing.
  • Food or drinks stored in ceramic dishes, pottery or crystal glassware made outside Canada.
  • Some toys and children's jewellery made outside Canada.
  • Older PVC mini blinds.
  • Clothes and shoes of people who work in lead-related industries, such as painters, automobile repairers, battery makers, stained glass makers and construction workers.

Health risks from lead

People who are at a higher risk of health effects from lead are:

  • Children six years of age and under
  • Pregnant women
  • Women planning a pregnancy

Exposure to environmental lead sources can affect your health and the health of your children.  Chronic exposure to lead can cause:

  • Nervous system and kidney damage
  • Learning disabilities
  • Attention Deficit Disorder

Contact your doctor if you would like to find out if you or your children have high blood lead levels.

Protecting your family from lead

Here are some things you can do to reduce your family’s exposure to lead:

  • If you live in a home built before 1978, clean up any peeling or chipping paint and make sure that your children do not play with or eat any paint chips.
  • If you think your window or door frames have lead based paint, wipe them down with a wet cloth often, especially if they are opened and closed regularly.
  • Check your home’s plumbing and the pipe that connects your house to the city water main for lead.
  • If you are not sure if you have lead water service pipes, call 905- 546-4426 and request to have a Check Size and Type Inspection.
  • Learn about how to reduce lead in tap water and how to replace your lead service pipes
  • If you have lead in your plumbing, use an NSF-53 certified water filter approved for lead reduction for drinking; making food, juice, coffee or tea; and making baby formula.
  • The City of Hamilton is considering a Corrosion Control Program to help protect residents from lead exposure in drinking water due to the presence of lead water pipes, lead based fixtures and lead solder. It is anticipated that full-scale implementation will begin in 2018/2019.
  • Check toys and other items in your home for lead
  • Wash hands before meals and before going to bed
  • Take shoes off at the door
  • Wash toys, bottles and pacifiers often
  • Mop or wash the floor often
  • Take down old PVC mini-blinds
  • Take off work clothes at work and wash separately from clothes worn at home if you are exposed to lead at work
  • Do not store food in glazed pottery from other countries
  • During home renovations take safety measures such as sealing off and ventilating the area being renovated; keeping children and pregnant women out of the area; vacuuming and mopping the area every day; wearing safety masks, coveralls and gloves

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