We continue to see unseasonable weather fluctuations which I do not mind at all.
Even though Wiarton Willie says spring is around the corner, I am sure we will have a few quirky events in the next couple of months. Be prepared.
The Heritage Day Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25 at City Hall, 71 Main St. W., Hamilton, from 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Local heritage associations will have interpretive panels on display in the foyer. From 12:30-1:30 p.m. the volunteer awards ceremony will take place in council chambers and a reception with light refreshments will follow. Come out and see the rich history and heritage we are privileged to have in Hamilton and celebrate the achievements of those who work to preserve it.
On Feb. 25, I will be walking for The Coldest Night of the Year, a national event taking place in more than 110 cities across Canada to raise awareness and much-needed funds for charities that work on the front lines to alleviate poverty. Thank you to Neighbour to Neighbour for, once again, hosting this event in Hamilton. The walk begins at 5 p.m. and starts and ends at St. Stephen's on the Mount Anglican Church, 625 Concession St., Hamilton. The walk heightens awareness of the physical and mental effects of being on the streets in possibly the worst weather conditions of the year.
On many occasions I am asked by residents about the fees charged at the hospital parking lots and why such charges are in place. First, no matter what the reason for a visit to the hospital, parking fees can be a frustrating expense. Developing and maintaining parking facilities at hospitals is not funded by the Ministry of Health, which means parking services must be self-sufficient. At all of the Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) facilities, except Grimsby, all parking lots and garages are owned or leased by the hospital and operated by the volunteer association of HHS. After expenses for maintenance, rental fees, taxes, etc. are paid, the volunteer association donates back profits to HHS to support patient care, including purchase of equipment needed in various areas, i.e. infant warmers, surgical equipment, wheelchairs and walkers.
People with financial challenges who must visit HHS frequently may qualify for a subsidy. The money comes from the overall parking revenues and is allotted based on recommendations from clinical staff. Please inquire at the reception area of the program or clinic you are visiting. There are long-term rate options that offer a discount off the standard daily rate. Visit hamiltonhealthsciences.ca for more information.
Our 2017 waste and recycling calendar will be going out to homes in March. This is the envelope that you get with the schedule for waste, recycling and leaf and yard waste pickup in your neighbourhood, along with the 12 pink tags for 2017. You will be able to use your existing blue tags until April 30th.
Remember, sharps do not go in the garbage, but should be disposed of properly. Also, pharmaceutical medications should also be disposed of properly by returning the to the pharmacy or to the Hazardous Waste Depot at the Kenora Avenue transfer station.