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Beasley BBQ 2014

A big thank you to all the volunteers and everyone who came out and made this years Beasley BBQ one of our best ever! 


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Beasley/Central/North End Joint Neighbourhood Info Session

Beasley/Central/North End Joint Neighbourhood Meeting


3 neighbourhoods, 3 big issues, 3 candidates respond

Come meet fellow downtown Hamilton residents for this joint neighbourhood association event.

Monday June 9, 2014 from 7-9pm

LIUNA Station Room TBA

Hosted by Central, Beasley & North End Neighbours’ Associations, each group has selected an important neighbourhood issue and invited a local elected leader or candidate for office to speak and respond to questions.

Brian McHattie – City Councillor (Ward 1) & mayoral candidate
Jason Farr – City Councillor (Ward 2)
Chris Erl - Candidate for public school board (HWDSB) Trustee (Wards 1 & 2)



Space is limited - RSVP required: email

or contact your local neighbourhood association

Can’t make it? Join us at <> for livestream video coverage

Donations accepted at the door, to cover costs - thank you!



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Beasley Fair 2014

Please join us for the 2014 Beasley Fair!

Come find out what’s going on in your neighbourhood! This is your chance to connect with the city services, places of worship, organizations and local business that serve the Beasley Community.

From 12:00pm - 3:00pm in the Beasley Community Centre - 145 Wilson Street


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Beasley Neighbourhood Association Response to Acts of Racism in John St. N Apartments

Thursday March 27, 2014

To the attention of Greenwin Inc.:

CC: Mayor Bob Brattina, Ward 2 Councillor Jason Farr, Evelyn Myrie (Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion), Sayed M. Tora (Imam, Hamilton Downtown Mosque), Renee Wetselaar (Social Planning & Research Council), George Gallant (Crime Manager, Hamilton Police Service) and concerned Beasley residents

We are writing this letter on behalf of the Beasley Neighbourhood Association. This letter is a response to the acts of racism that have recently been exposed at 181 John St. North, whose residents are a part of the Beasley neighbourhood. We are dismayed that targeted racist graffiti was recently found and that this problem has persisted without resolution.

(CBC Hamilton article March 26, 2014)

We urge the building owners and partners from the City and community organizations to respond to this dire issue that affects the quality of life in our neighbourhood. It is essential that subsequent conversations and efforts directly involve and empower our neighbours of colour and/or who are newcomers. Racialized residents who want to be involved must be enabled to take a lead in the discussions and planning that happen in response to this issue. The changes that need to happen will not take place without their involvement every step of the way.

The Beasley Neighbourhood Association’s vision is to improve the quality of life for people who live, work and play in the Beasley neighbourhood. Inclusion is at the forefront of our values and we do all we can to promote and create it in this community. One of our primary goals is to increase the neighbourhood sense of health, safety and security.  We are thus moved to support the residents of this building and others in the neighbourhood who have been the targets of hate crimes and whose voices have been silenced or neglected.

The Beasley Neighbourhood Association believes that everyone in our community is valuable. We urge our elected officials, our government services, our community service agencies, and the owners of 181 John St. North to provide the required resources and support to the residents in resolving this issue.


Jeanette Eby and Matt Thompson

Co-Presidents, Beasley Neighbourhood Association

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Hamilton Built Heritage workshop

You are invited to attend the Conservation/Restoration of Hamilton Built Heritage on Tuesday, April 8th from 7-9pm!
Workers Arts and Heritage Centre
51 Stuart St. Hamilton, On.

Join us for a presentation and demonstration of architectural woodwork of Hamilton including wood windows and doors from the Hamilton Club, Dundurn Castle, Auchmar and Private Residences.  Light refreshments are included, and there is no cost to attend (event is co-sponsored by NAs).

Guest speaker Alan Stacey of Heritage Mill Historic Building Conservation.
To attend, please RSVP to Janice Brown ( no later than APRIL 4.


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Pilot Project for Safe, Attractive and Usable Alleys

One of the issues that has been raised repeatedly during BNA meetings and was documented in the Beasley Neighborhood Plan is the neglected state of our alleys. A pilot project has been started to convert, in a collaborative integrative and sustainable manner, neglected neighbourhood alleys, as safe, attractive, usable social spaces. The pilot project will focus on the alley that runs north-south between Elgin and Mary Streets. Students from McMaster University's Experiential Learning Program are helping research the social impacts of the alley between Elgin and Mary Streets to better integrate it back into the Fabric of the neighborhood. Additionally the BNA will be working with the Corktown Neighbourhood on developing an urban trail from the Corktown rail trail to the Bay using a network of alleys.

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Beasley Winter Carnival 2014

The Annual Beasley Winter Carnival in Beasley Park is on Saturday, February 8th from 2-5pm! Don't miss this fun event full of snacks, games, activities and prizes! Also featuring our annual ice rink for ice skating!



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Neighbourhood Leadership Institute searching for local leaders

Do you and someone you know have an idea for a community project, but just don't know how to move it from thought to reality? Then Hamilton's Neighbourhood Leadership Institute (NLI) wants to hear from you!

Beginning in February 2014, the HLI, a partnership with the Hamilton Community Foundation and Mohawk College, will be offering training and resource support to help citizens in Hamilton's downtown neighbourhoods get their community project started.

Pairs of participants develop leadership skills in areas such as project management, conflict resolution, communication, grant writing, public speaking, working with others, self-advocacy, and leading teams. Training is engaging and active, and encourages exploration and connection with others from the downtown Hamilton community.

Because of the partnerships with Mohawk and the HCF, participants are eligible for college-level credentials, and can apply for a small grant to get the project off the ground. The NLI will offer eight leadership training sessions every two weeks for four months. Training is free and open to all residents of Beasley, over the age of 18.

The NLI is looking for residents of these neighbourhoods who are:
  • Dedicated to building community
  • Passionate about their project idea
  • Open to develop the skills they need to move their project idea or existing project forward
If this is you, visit the NLI webpage, and submit your application by January 17, 2014Questions? Please contact Sarah Glen, NLI Coordinator, at

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Community As Developer- A Beasley CLT Background Report

Allison Maxted has produced a report on Community Land Trusts and how that structure can be used to further the goals of the Beasley Charter and Plan.

Executive Summary

This report explores the opportunities and challenges of developing a community land trust model for the Beasley neighbourhood of Hamilton, Ontario as a means of implementing the Beasley Neighbourhood Plan and managing the neighbourhood’s long-term development. It is intended as a background study to provide context and a timeline for further research into the financial and legal feasibility of the model.

The community land trust model is introduced, including its historical development in Canada and the United States, its key features, size and staffing, uses, and start-up considerations. It is found that the community land trust model is flexible and capable of addressing issues in both strong and weak market communities.

In the Beasley context, it is found that the CLT model should be used for enhancing and maintaining affordability, attracting new residents to support businesses, neighbourhood intensification, and community empowerment. Particular areas of the neighbourhood are most in need of attention due to their abundance of underutilised land and importance for the neighbourhood and city’s overall revitalisation. It is recommended that a steering group be formed to secure funding for technical research into the feasibility of a Beasley Community Land Trust and to guide the organisation’s early development. An approximate timeline is provided for the first four years of operation.

We owe a special thank you to Allison Maxted, Master of Arts (Planning) in the Faculty of Graduate Studies,  School of Community and Regional Planning, The University of British Columbia for all of her hard work in creating this report.


You can view the entire report here (19.8 MB PDF)

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