Rabies Vaccine Baiting in Hamilton

Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry in East Hamilton to test Rabies Vaccine Effectiveness

Hamilton, ON – June 18, 2021 – The City of Hamilton is advising residents that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is currently working in parts of the city to test the effectiveness of the oral rabies vaccination program.

This testing involves a field assessment whereby MNRF will:

  1. Humanely live-trap raccoons and skunks in experimental plots,
  2. Collect a blood sample from each captured animal at a centralized processing facility, and
  3. Release each animal at its point of capture after a full recovery. The blood samples collected from each animal will allow the MNRF to verify whether the animal has developed immunity to rabies.

The field assessment is taking place in parts of east Hamilton, including Stoney Creek, Winona and Glanbrook, and will be completed by Friday June 24, 2016.

Traps are being placed in wooded, obscure sites that are raccoon and skunk habitats and will be posted with information notices to explain the program should anyone come across them. The MNRF is also advising landowners in affected areas via letter to ask permission before they set any traps on property. 

Please direct any questions about this program to the MNRF’s rabies information line at 1-888-574-6656 or visit www.ontario.ca/rabies.

Important note: Animal Services is not involved in this testing process and should not be contacted unless it is to report an animal that is sick, injured, deceased or displaying unusual behavior. Animal Services also cannot intervene, remove or euthanize healthy animals.

Call for Public Art Proposals Valley Park Public Library Mural

Hamilton Public Library is seeking professional artists and artist-led teams to submit proposals for a mural, to be installed on an exterior wall of the new Valley Park Branch and recreation building, at Paramount Drive. The expected completion date is Spring 2022.

Proposals are encouraged from artists and artist-led teams who have the technical skills to provide the work in a still, digital format. Hamilton Public Library is responsible for printing and installing the mural.

The proposed art piece should be welcoming and invite a sense of arrival.

The subject of the successful work should be reflective of one or more of the following themes:

  • Art that celebrates and reflects the history and local relevance to the Upper Stoney Creek community.
  • Art that celebrates the local geographic environment and HPL’s commitment to sustainability.

The mural is to be printed onto a series of panels with a total combined length of 14.62m and height of 4.27m. The work can be created in any medium but must be provided as high-resolution digital files suitable for large-format printing.

Entry deadline: June 20, 2021, by 11pm EST.

Submissions by email must be sent to: vpmural@hpl.ca and include “Valley Park Branch Public Art Mural” in the Subject line.

Artists are selected by a jury through a two-stage process.

Short-listed applicants completing a stage two submission receive $500.

The winning submission is awarded $5,000.

Download Valley Park Branch Public Art Mural Project – Call for Artists

For general inquiries:
Email: llee@hpl.ca

COVID-19 Virtual Memorial Wall Live Now

In February 2021, Councillor Clark moved a motion directing staff to explore options for a virtual memorial wall to celebrate the lives of Hamiltonians who lost their lives to COVID-19. The motion was supported unanimously by Council.

In April, 2021, staff reported back to council with concerns being raised about potential privacy breeches and /or possible identity thefts. Clark suggested that staff require express permission or a release from the family, thereby mitigating any privacy concerns. Clark moved a deferral to permit him an opportunity to meet with staff to further clarify his vision and expectations.

In May 2021, staff reported back to the General Issues Committee that the privacy concerns were resolved as the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection Act allows the disclosure of personal information that is collected for the purpose of creating an historical record for the public. Staff shared a virtual memorial wall template and indicated that the wall could be activated immediately.

Clark acknowledged and was grateful for the efforts of staff to bring this idea to life. He noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented families and friends from gathering to celebrate the lives of their loved ones. He hoped that the wall would serve as a way not only to remember COVID-19 victims but to educate others. 

Clark said, “We have lost 375 residents to COVID-19. Sadly each death is being treated as a number or statistic, but each one of them is a life with a family that has been denied their opportunity to gather and celebrate their lives.”