Dundas Works!


Dundas is a great place to live.  The public and shared spaces in Dundas - parks, schools, library, Town Hall, arenas, roads, etc. - contribute significantly to our quality of life.  We feel we need to move toward a more complete community that treasures its public spaces.

Many recent decisions affecting our local spaces have not allowed for meaningful participation of the citizens of Dundas.  This threatens our public and shared spaces and the social and compassionate community we all love.

We, the citizens of Dundas, will always be reacting to decisions made by those outside our community until we have a comprehensive vision for our community. 

About Us

Dundas Works is a community led group 

spearheaded by

Margot Carnahan, Jim Sweetman, Michelle Chin,

Bob James, and Tim Leslie.

We want to be proactive in ensuring that our community continues to develop in ways we value, rather than firefighting each development decision in the 11th hour.  We also want to ensure that every community member is valued and has a voice.

On this journey to develop a citizen-led, long term vision for Dundas, we plan to host a series of Community Roundtables.

Click on the title of each roundtable to read the minutes:

Roundtable 10: CLIMATE CHANGE - February 11th, 2020

The topic for discussion is how we as a community can take action to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030.  We hope that the roundtable will identify ideas where we can work together as a community to make a significant difference.

Roundtable 9: WENTWORTH LODGE Public Lands - October 29th, 2019

Wentworth Lodge is one of the largest pieces of public lands in urban Dundas that has been declared surplus by the City.  As such, public consultation is very important, not only with the local neighbours of the site but with all of the greater community. Article 1

Roundtable 8: Action on DEVELOPMENT, DEMOCRACY & CYCLING - June 11th, 2019

1. Development Subcommittee.  Update followed by roundtable discussion.
2. Democracy.  Update followed by roundtable discussion.
3. Dundas Rides: Cycling update.

Roundtable 7: EDUCATION - March 26th, 2019

Meet our school trustees, Phil Homerski and Paul Tut, who will share their thoughts on  the current status of education in our Ward, the challenges ahead and how we as citizens can be more involved.  This will be followed by a roundtable discussion where everyone will have an opportunity to comment:
1. How can we ensure that our local schools stay open?
2. How can we most effectively make use of schools as community hubs?


Roundtable 6: DEMOCRACY May 24th, 2018

Is there a Democratic Deficit? Do we have a democratic gap in Dundas?  What positive steps can we take to connect with those who make decisions on our behalf? Article

Roundtable 5: HOUSING AFFORDABILITY March 20th, 2018

Over the past 10 years, there has been a significant increase in the cost of homes in Hamilton. Prices in Dundas have risen over 20 per cent since 2016.  How will young people and future generations be able to live here? Article

Roundtable 4: DEVELOPMENT February 13th, 2018

Guest speakers George Sweetman and Alison Maxted shared concepts about Intensification, then we discussed 1. ideas to develop the core of Dundas that preserve and strengthen its character, and 2. areas in Dundas that are underdeveloped and how to best improve them in the future. Article

Roundtable 3: TRANSPORTATION AND CONNECTION November 21st, 2017

After an intro on vision, we broke into three working groups on the topic of Transportation: Walkability, Bikeability, Accessibility to generate some ideas for local projects/ wish list. Article 1  Article 2

Roundtable 2: PUBLIC SPACES September 19th, 2017

"Tell us about a great public space in Dundas.  Why is it special for you?"  Developing a comprehensive inventory of public spaces in Dundas and assessing their resiliency and risk factors.  Article

Roundtable 1: DUNDAS VALUES June 6th, 2017

"What do you value about Dundas?  How would you envision Dundas in 20 years?"  Article 1    Article 2

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