Oct 07, 2020

during COVID-19

Our Fall 2020 Update

Hello everyone,  we hope you are well.  We would like to give you an update on where we are at present. 

1. Dundas Works Public Forum: Online Discussion Thread

2. Dundas Public Spaces Inventory

3. Dundas Builds: Update on Local Development

4. Dundas Rides: Update on Cycling Infrastructure

May 28, 2020

Dundas Works encouraging community campaigns

Dundas Works in the news!

May 07, 2020

Our Public Forum is now online!

At this time of COVID we are unable to hold face to face group meetings.

We have developed an online public forum with draft mission statements for Environment, Development and Democracy and examples of possible actions for each.  These are not intended to be “the final” word on the topics but to begin to stimulate discussion.  It is our hope that these inspire you to join in, to help articulate and prioritize one or two action-oriented goals for each area.  https://dundasworks.wixsite.com/public-forum

The groups that are established will determine and define the mission, goals, parameters, strategy, resource needs, timelines and communication of progress for their area of focus.

May 01, 2020

Can Dundas answer "Yes" to these 10 Qs?

The Strong Towns Strength Test

A Strong Town should be able to answer “yes” to each of these 10 questions.

  1. Take a photo of your main street at midday. Does the picture show more people than cars?

  2. If there were a revolution in your town, would people instinctively know where to gather to participate?

  3. Imagine your favorite street in town didn’t exist. Could it be built today if the construction had to follow your local rules?

  4. Is an owner of a single family home able to get permission to add a small rental unit onto their property without any real hassle?

  5. If your largest employer left town, are you confident the city would survive?

  6. Is it safe for children to walk or bike to school and many of their other activities without adult supervision?

  7. Are there neighborhoods where three generations of a family could reasonably find a place to live, all within walking distance of each other? 

  8. If you wanted to eat only locally-produced food for a month, could you?

  9. Before building or accepting new infrastructure, does the local government clearly identify how future generations will afford to maintain it? 

  10. Does the city government spend no more than 10% of its locally-generated revenue on debt service? 

Apr 14, 2020

Tuesday 7-9pm Salvation Army, King at John (TBC)

Postponed: DW Community Action Meeting #1

Through our ten public roundtables, we have identified three community priorities upon which to focus: Development, Democracy and Environment. We are developing a mission statement for each priority and possible example goals.

We will encourage the citizens of Dundas to stand up for one of these priorities and develop “SMART” Goals to actively pursue as a team, goals that are Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Relevant, Trackable.  Together let's Walk the Talk and Move the Needle.

Feb 29, 2020


RT #10: Climate Change - Minutes

Thank you for joining us to discuss how our community will be affected by Climate Change and how it might change our current visioning, planning and priorities.

Click on the link to read the minutes.  Stay tuned for our next public meeting which will be Next Steps: Community Actions.

Feb 11, 2020

Tuesday 7-9pm Salvation Army, King at John

Community Roundtable #10: Climate Change

We discussed how our community will be affected by Climate Change and how it might change our current visioning, planning and priorities.  Many of us are experiencing a range of feelings about the current climate situation - confusion, anxiety, frustration, even grief.  It seems there is no shortage of information about our predicament. While it is encouraging to hear about the many individual actions people are taking, there is less conversation about actions being taken on a community-wide basis.  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.

City Presentation


Corporate Goals and Areas of Focus for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation


Jan 17, 2020

Friday 7-9pm St. Mark's United Church

Climate Change: Understanding the Science and the Solutions

EcoWHam is hosting an event at St. Mark’s Church, Dundas, 7 p.m. on Friday January 17th.  Tina Di Clemente from Elders for Climate Sanity, 350.org will be the guest speaker. See poster attached below.  This is a wonderful local opportunity for our community to increase their collective knowledge.  Hope that you can attend. This will be followed in February with a DW roundtable to discuss ideas on Climate Change.

Jan 15, 2020

9:30am, Hamilton City Hall Council Chambers

Video Presentation - General Issues Committee Meeting - Wentworth Lodge

Jan 15, 2020

9:30am, Hamilton City Hall Council Chambers

General Issues Committee Meeting

At the November 2018 Dundas Works Potluck we took a survey to see what priorities we have as a community.  The top two issues were Development and Democracy.  James Chase, one of the immediate neighbours of the affected land, will be speaking at City Hall to the General Issues Committee about the public consultation process regarding the Wentworth Lodge Lands.  The meeting starts at 9:30am at Hamilton City Hall Council Chambers, and he is Number 8.1 on the Agenda: https://pub-hamilton.escribemeetings.com/Meeting.aspx?Id=72e6f412-0640-4262-81e0-e5006793fef3&Agenda=Agenda&lang=English   https://www.hamilton.ca/council-committee/council-committee-meetings/general-issues-committee 

If you are able, please plan to attend and show your support, it makes a difference when the Councillors see the community stand together.

Jan 07, 2020

Tuesday 7-9pm Salvation Army Dundas

DW & Neighbourhood Meeting: Wentworth Lodge Public Lands: Next steps Part 2

A subset of representatives from Dundas Works and Wentworth Lodge neighbours discussed next steps, a continuation of the Dec 3rd meeting.

Dec 03, 2019

Tuesday 7-9pm Salvation Army Dundas

DW & Neighbourhood Meeting: Wentworth Lodge Public Lands: Next steps

As a followup to The City presentation on Nov 18th, a subset of representatives from Dundas Works and Wentworth Lodge neighbours discussed next steps.

Nov 20, 2019

Post presentation

Impressions from City of Hamilton Public Presentation: Wentworth Lodge Public Lands

See slides and notes from 3 citizens.

Nov 18, 2019

Monday 6:30-8:30p Dundas Council Chambers

City of Hamilton Public Presentation: Wentworth Lodge Public Lands

Please be physically present to demonstrate your concern for how these public lands will be developed.  We hope to see you there!

Nov 12, 2019

Tuesday 7:30-8:30pm Salvation Army Dundas

DW Community Meeting: Wentworth Lodge Public Lands: Develop talking points

As a followup to RT#9 roundtable discussion, we hosted a brief meeting that used the executive summary of our last Roundtable to focus the discussion with the aim to develop three  “talking points” that would be read out at the November 18 public meeting.

Oct 29, 2019

Tuesday 7-9pm Salvation Army Dundas

Community Roundtable #9: Wentworth Lodge Lands: An opportunity for the creative reuse of public land

Come and share your views on how this land should be developed
Tuesday October 29, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Salvation Army, 150 King St West (at John), Dundas

Dundas Wentworth Lodge vacant land still being reviewed by city staff - Municipal site considered for seniors' affordable housing -   Feb 28, 2019 by Craig Campbell  Dundas Star News


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 for all of the greater community.  We hope you can make it.  Please invite neighbours you know that live close to this area.  We look forward to seeing you on the 29th!

Oct 15, 2019

Watch the HWAD All Candidates Meeting

Canadian Federal Election 2019 - All Candidates Meeting Riding of Hamilton West - Ancaster - Dundas (HWAD) Ontario held October 15th, 2019, Dundas Baptist Church
Part 1 of 2: 

Part 2 of 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUknPTf1bQI&feature=youtu.be 


Opening statements followed by ten questions on a variety of topics were asked of each candidate in a Q&A style.  Candidates then gave closing statements.

Candidates: Victoria Galea, Green. Bert Laranjo, Conservative. Yousaf Malik, New Democrat. Daniel Ricottone, People's Party. Filomena Tassi, Liberal (unable to attend, representative sent to speak on her behalf).

Oct 15, 2019

Tuesday, 7-9pm Dundas Baptist Church

All Candidates Meeting for the Federal Election Hamilton West – Ancaster – Dundas Riding

All Candidates Meeting for the Federal Election - Hamilton West–Ancaster–Dundas Riding  Tuesday October 15th, 2019 from 7pm to 9pm. Doors open at 6pm. Location: Dundas Baptist Church, 201 Governors Road, Dundas, Ontario.  


Sponsored by the Association of Dundas Churches and Dundas Works

Please submit questions via email to dundasworks2020@gmail.com that you would like to have asked of the candidates. The deadline for questions is October 1st. Your questions should be short, clear, concise and not of a personal nature. The sponsors will compile the questions in advance of the meeting and will be able to ask between 6 to 8 questions of each candidate.

Sep 10, 2019

Tuesday, 7-9 pm, Salvation Army (King and John St.)

Dundas Builds - Development Committee Meeting

Dundas Works Development Committee Meeting
Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Salvation Army, 150 King St West (at John), Dundas

Jul 24, 2019

Community Roundtable #8: Action on Development, Democracy and Cycling

Thank you to everyone who attended.  Click on the button to see the draft minutes.

Jul 16, 2019

Tuesday, 7-9 pm, Salvation Army (King and John St.)

Dundas Works Development Committee Meeting

Dundas Works Development Committee Meeting
Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Salvation Army, 150 King St West (at John), Dundas


We talked about the progress of our new DW Development Committee at the most recent roundtable on June 11th.  The committee's third meeting is next week.   As we mentioned, others are invited, if they would like to contribute. 


We have been working on a set of values to underlie development plans for the Town on Dundas, and continue to move towards our thoughts on a secondary plan, as a way of focusing on issues about development. And we are not interested only in the downtown area,  but the other neighbourhoods of Dundas as well.

Minutes from the previous sub-committee meetings can be found on our website:

Jun 11, 2019

Tuesday, 7-9 pm, Salvation Army (King and John St.)

Community Roundtable #8: Action on Development, Democracy and Cycling

We cordially invite you to our next public event:

Dundas Works Community Roundtable #8: Action on Development, Democracy and Cycling
Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Salvation Army, 150 King St West (at John), Dundas


1. Development Subcommittee.  Update from Tim Leslie followed by roundtable discussion
2. Democracy.  Update from Jim Sweetman followed by roundtable discussion
3. Dundas Rides: Cycling update from Michelle Chin et al.


Very sorry about the short notice, but we hope you  can make it and look forward to seeing you there!

Jun 01, 2019

100in1Day - Cycling Priorities

Happy 100 in 1 Day!  On June 1st, Dundas Works supported Dundas Rides' critical mass ride through the streets of Dundas.  We installed pop up bike lanes in front of Horn of Plenty to raise awareness about cycling infratstructure.

Bob created a sample letter advocating what infrastructure would serve the Dundas cycling community.  Click the button to access the letter.

Thanks so much to Craig Campbell of the Dundas Star News for his article on these efforts!


Jun 01, 2019

Saturday, 10a-1p, Horn of Plenty

Celebrate 100in1Day!

Happy 100 in 1 Day!  On Saturday June 1st, Dundas Works group supports Dundas Rides in promoting safe and healthy transportation via cycling in Dundas and Hamilton.

Join us in supporting Dundas Rides' critical mass ride through the streets of Dundas. Saturday June 1st, 11am. The gathering spot has been changed to the parking lot at Market and Mill Street.

Visit our pop up bike lanes in front of Horn of Plenty from 10am - 1pm! Learn more about cycling routes and sign a registry for our councillor promoting Key Priorities for Cycling in Dundas. 


May 31, 2019

Cycling Priorities in Dundas

Ask your Councillor to support the growing acceptance and enthusiasm for cycling in our town.  Dundas Rides and Dundas Works are asking for your help in promoting cycling infrastructure in Dundas. Some improvement is already happening with the new bike lanes being built on Governors Road this summer, and the pedestrian-activated light coming at the Rail Trail and Old Ancaster Road.

The Transportation Master Plan lists three other priorities for cycle lanes in Dundas:
1. Creighton Road between Hatt Street and Governors Road
2. Hatt Street lanes, from Main Street to Market Street
3. Lanes on Dundas Street, from Main Street to Cootes Drive


In addition, there are two other bike-related projects which we feel need to become priorities:
1. Ogilvie from King Street up to the Rail Trail
2. The Five Schools Project, joining the Rail Trail across Spring Creek to Highland Park Drive. This suggested route would allow for a car-free access by many students to the three schools on Governors Road (SWO, DVSS, St. Bernadette's), as well as Dundana, St. Mary's and the Montessori School. It would reduce the need for car and bus transportation, and encourage activity in our youth. Part of the Rail Trail would need to be paved to permit all-year use.

Please ask our councillor to have these completed soon, for the safety of Dundas cyclists of all ages!

May 01, 2019

Wednesday, 7-9 pm, Salvation Army (King and John St.)

100 in 1 Day Workshop

Learn how to transform your ideas for a better city into action! Join many Dundas community members for an ideas to action workshop on May 1st. Salvation Army Dundas (King At at John) 7pm.

What is 100 in 1 Day?  It is a city wide festival of civic engagement! Community members will be activating their neighbourhoods, streets and parks with 100+ urban interventions that will transform our cities into more resilient and vibrant places.

This workshop will help participants transform their ideas into a 100in1Day action! You don't need to have an idea to attend, come with an open mind and our workshop process will help guide you to creating one!

For more information about 100in1Day Hamilton, visit: https://www.facebook.com/100in1DayHam/
Or email: 100in1dayham@gmail.com

Dundas Rides and Dundas Works are community partners with Green Venture for the "100 in 1 Day" Event on Saturday June 1st, 2019.

Apr 09, 2019

Thank you for coming to the Roundtable on Education

Thanks very much to everyone who attended.  Special thanks to our trustees Phil Homerski and Paul Tutt.  See our minutes for details.

Mar 26, 2019

Tuesday, 7-9 pm, Salvation Army (King and John St.)

Community Roundtable #7: Education - new date and location!

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 26th, 7-9pm at the Salvation Army, King and John St. in Dundas

We are delighted to welcome our newly elected school trustees for the HWCDSB and HWDSB, 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.  Two questions that will be raised are:  

1. How can we ensure that our local schools stay open?

2. How can we most effectively make use of schools as community hubs?

Feb 19, 2019

Tuesday, 9:30 am City Hall

Planning Committee meeting re: 264 Governor's Road

David and Carol Moffat are spearheading a public submission at City Hall regarding this development.  Request.  Please click Details button for more information.



Feb 19, 2019

6pm Town Hall

Parkside Cemetery Info Session

Jan 31, 2019

An interview by Craig Campbell

In the news!

Craig Campbell of the Dundas Star News interviewed Jim and Bob about Dundas Works and our next Roundtable:


Jan 12, 2019

Community Potluck - Vision Priority Vote Results

The results of our November Potluck are in.  Thanks to Jim Sweetman for tabulating and compiling the comments.

The most pressing concerns by a considerable margin were...

1. Development - An Urban Design and Secondary Plan is needed for ALL Dundas. Its core and its neighbourhoods.
2. Democracy - Increase public input through a democratically chosen Community Council.

Jan 07, 2019

A Catch article

Explaining the infrastructure Deficit


Jan 05, 2019

An interview by Craig Campbell

In the news!

Happy New Year everyone!  Dundas Works will be getting back into gear early January to start planning the next steps for the group.  The results of the ranked ballots from our November 27th potluck will be published soon.  Stay tuned.

In early December the Dundas Star News interviewed Jim and Bob about Dundas Works:


Dec 06, 2018

Thursday, City Hall

University Plaza Area Residents Association Inc

Click the button to access information from this group.  Flyer: Nov 23, 2018

Nov 27, 2018

Tuesday, 6-9 pm Dundas Museum, 139 Park Street West

Community Potluck Night

Dundas Works Community Potluck!  We decided to have a more informal and social community gathering this time around.  The agenda is P.V.P: Potluck. Vision. Priorities.

P: We cordially invite you to a Potluck gathering:  Please bring a finger food to share, it could be an appetizer, dessert or non alc beverage.  Please bring your own dishes, picnic style.  This will also be our last meeting of the year so any non-perishable food donations for the food bank would also be appreciated.  We are inviting the Mayor, Ward 13 Councillor and candidates, Public and Catholic Trustees and candidates, for some informal conversation.

V: We will present our long term Vision for Dundas based on the six previous Roundtables (10 minutes tops).

P: We will be asking you to help Prioritize the goals in the vision to inform the future direction of Dundas Works.  Attached is our vision pamphlet for you to consider until then.  We will try out a "ranked ballot system" to determine the priorities.

Nov 20, 2018

Tuesday, Dundas Town Hall

Dundas by Bike


NOVEMBER 20, 2018 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Upstairs Auditorium, Dundas Town Hall, 60 Main St, Dundas.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Come Learn About: Upcoming Infrastructure - School Travel Planning - Bike Parking - SoBi - And Much More! This is a drop in event, all are welcome to attend.

Oct 09, 2018

Tuesday, 6-8pm

Ward 13 (Flamborough-Dundas) All Candidates Debates 

Ward 13 (Flamborough-Dundas) All Candidates Debates
Tuesday, October 9th, 2018  6:00pm
Dundas Town Hall Auditorium 60 Main St, Dundas, ON L9H 1C6

hosted by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Dundas Division

Sep 30, 2018

Sep 26, 2018

Watch the Ward 13 All Candidates Meeting

All Candidates Meeting for Ward 13 Councillor, Hamilton Ontario September 25th, 2018

hosted by DundasWorks.com supported by the Association of Dundas Churches

Special thanks to the folks at Dundas Baptist Church for videotaping this public meeting.

Total run time: 2 hours (for all six parts) - apologies for the lack of editing!

The 7 candidates each had time for

- Opening remarks and answering - Question 1 on Development - Question 2 on Affordability - Question 3 on Transportation & Connections - Question 4 on Public Spaces - Question 5 on Democracy - Question 6 on Priorities and Issues - Closing remarks

Video name: Ward 13 ACM 2018-09-25 Part 1 of 6 https://youtu.be/nEtRv5Cl2p0
Video name: Ward 13 ACM 2018-09-25 Part 2 of 6 : https://youtu.be/OGNMHMRMUlU
Video name: Ward 13 ACM 2018-09-25 Part 3 of 6 :  https://youtu.be/tU4cUA6H5-Q
Video name: Ward 13 ACM 2018-09-25 Part 4 of 6 :  https://youtu.be/BaIqagIWQuQ
Video name: Ward 13 ACM 2018-09-25 Part 5 of 6 :  https://youtu.be/BNdtoO7Kvdg

Video name: Ward 13 ACM 2018-09-25 Part 6 of 6 :  https://youtu.be/MMlWLCM-K9k

Joey Coleman's website will have podcasts for the councillor and trustee candidates available on October 1st.

Sep 25, 2018

Tuesday 6:30 - 9:00 Dundas Baptist Church

All Candidates Meeting Ward 13 hosted by Dundas Works

All Candidates Meeting, Ward 13

hosted by Dundas Works in collaboration with the Association of Dundas Churches

Dundas Baptist Church,  201 Governors Rd, Dundas, ON L9H 3K1 

Tuesday, September 25th 2018  6:30 pm  - 9:00 pm doors open 6:00 pm

Please submit questions that you would like to have asked of the councillor candidates.  The deadline is September 15th. Your questions should be short, clear, concise and not of a personal nature.  Dundas Works will compile the questions in advance of the meeting and will be able to ask between 6 to 8 questions of each candidate.

Sep 20, 2018

Thursday, 8:30 am

Ward 13 Candidate Bike Ride

Join Dundas Rides on September 20th, 8:30 am at the parking lot behind the library to ride with the candidates.  They have planned a 30 minute ride around Dundas to see some of the cycling infrastructure, some planned changes, and some places for improvement. Afterwards, we hope to have a brief discussion at Grupetto about what we have seen.  Raindate Friday Sep 21, 8:30 am.

Aug 20, 2018

Our Revised Vision

Attached please find our Vision for Dundas, revised after receiving additional feedback after our draft.  It is based on the six community roundtables we have hosted.  Please consider this vision as topics we can use to frame our upcoming All Candidates Meeting.

Jul 12, 2018

Our Preliminary Vision and Roundtable Summaries

Margot, Jim, Bob, Tim and Michelle have been busy taking all of the information gathered at the Roundtables to create one page summaries for each topic and distill them further into a one page vision that will help us to develop questions for a municipal All Candidates Meeting we plan to host on September 25th.

We invite you to join us on Wednesday July 18th 7pm at the Salvation Army (King at John) to give us input into our preliminary draft, you can also contact us by email.  Our hope is to launch the vision at the Cactus Parade and use it as a tool for discussion at our All Candidates Meeting.

You can also finds links to the minutes of each roundtable on our Home Page

May 25, 2018

Thanks for a great season of roundtables!

Thanks very much to everyone who participated in our 2017-2018 Community Roundtables.  We covered some pretty thought provoking and relevant topics en route to developing a long term vision and learned a great deal.

1. Dundas Values: What you love about Dundas

2. Public Spaces: Valuing Public Space in Dundas

3. Transportation & Connection: Walkability, Bikeability, Accessibility

4. Development: How can we help to shape it?

5. Housing Affordability: Will our grandchildren be able to live here?

6. Democracy: How can we make our voices heard?

Over the summer months we will draft a one page summary of our 6 roundtables, to inform an all-candidate meeting which we plan to host on September 25th before the October 22nd municipal election.  Have a great summer!

May 24, 2018

Thursday, 7-9 pm Dundas Museum, 139 Park Street West

Community Roundtable #6: Democracy

Dundas Works Community Roundtable -  Democracy

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? 

Apr 28, 2018

Dundas Works hosts roundtable on democracy

Thanks to the Dundas Star News for publishing on-line:


Dundas Works hosts Roundtable on Democracy

Dundas Works invite the public to discuss democracy at their sixth Roundtable on Thursday, May 24th from 7-9 pm at the Dundas Museum.  "It has been a difficult journey since amalgamation to have just one local representative at City Hall, among fifteen others who do not have to live with the myriad of decisions they make about our town," said Margot Carnahan, one of the group leaders.  "One of the reasons Dundas Works exists is to get ahead of the decision making curve.  We hope to frame the conversation proactively with a comprehensive long term vision for the Valley Town."

The group will discuss concepts surrounding democratic structure and principles, engagement and positive steps to have community voices heard.

"Democracy literally means "rule by the people." It's quite natural for people to want to have a say in the decisions that affect their daily lives," said Carnahan.  "It is the basis of our society."


For more information, visit  www.dundasworks.com 

Apr 30, 2018


Dundas bike lane projects planned over next 3 years



Dundas Works has recently formed a Cycling Sub-Committee.  Thank you Art Heidebrecht amd William Oates for heading the effort!

Apr 12, 2018


Are we racing to the bottom to avoid our fear of heights?

Thanks George Sweetman for supporting Dundas Works and writing such a thought provoking piece. https://www.hamiltonnews.com/opinion-story/8377456-letter-are-we-racing-to-the-bottom-to-avoid-our-fear-of-heights-/

Apr 12, 2018


Housing Affordability topic of Dundas Works roundtable

Thanks Dundas Star News for publishing and supporting Dundas Works:


Michelle Chin is grateful to be living in Dundas.  “I feel very fortunate to have moved to Dundas in 2006 when prices were more reasonable,” said the Park Street resident. “Nowadays, a modest 700-square-foot cottage in Dundas can list for $425,000.  “Had my family faced today’s housing prices, we likely would have moved to a different town. I hope that my kids will have a choice of where they want to live, not just where they can afford.”

Housing affordability was the topic of a recent Dundas Works roundtable.  Chin said that 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, she said.

“If you do the math, home ownership for young people in their mid 20s is almost unattainable,” said Chin.  Those in attendance at the roundtable discussed ways to make future housing in Dundas more affordable. One way was to increase the supply through infill and develop more mixed use zoning with commercial spaces at ground level and modest residential spaces above.

Another idea was to allow for conversions of large homes to create basement apartments and granny flats.  Many people in attendance at the roundtable agreed future development needs to be sustainable net zero buildings, where the total amount of energy used by a building is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site, which would reduce the monthly utility bills of the residents.

The next roundtable is being planned for May.

Mar 20, 2018

Tuesday, 7-9 pm Salvation Army, King St W @ John

Community Roundtable #5: Housing Affordability

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Roundtable #5 on March 20th at the Salvation Army.  The focus of this discussion was "Housing Affordability in Dundas: Will our grandchildren be able to live here?"  See article below. 

We hope to issue the minutes shortly, Here are the rough draft minutes.


Dundas: Who can afford it?

Over the past ten years, there has been a significant increase in the cost of homes in the GHA.  Prices in Dundas have risen over 20% since 2016.  The  Social Planning Research Council of Hamilton reports significant demographic shifts: the number of seniors in Hamilton has now surpassed the number of children, a declining working age population and many millennials opting to delay child rearing due to financial insecurity.  Vital Signs Hamilton has stressed the importance of balanced demographics, diversity and multi-generational neighbourhoods as key to the vitality and quality of life of communities such as Dundas.

Dundas Works wants to discuss housing affordability at their next Roundtable on Tuesday March 20th from 7-9 pm at Amica on Hatt Street.  "As our children and grandchildren enter the housing market, affordability is becoming a major barrier for those who want to live in Dundas," said Tim Leslie, one of the group leaders.  "High demand and low vacancy rates have driven prices beyond the reach of many young families.  If we want Dundas to be a community that has a wide demographic of incomes and ages in the future we will have to tackle this problem together."

Nowadays, a modest 700 square foot cottage in Dundas can list for $425,000.  "I feel very fortunate to have moved to Dundas in 2006 when prices were more reasonable," said Michelle Chin.  "Had my family faced today's housing prices, we likely would have moved to a different town.  I wonder if my kids will be able to choose where they live.  
Home ownership for young people in their mid 20s is almost unattainable.  Add job insecurity into the mix and you're in for a rough ride."

"High rent and mortgages affects every age group and can trickle down to other societal issues," said Leslie.  "People have less income available to put toward food, clothing and health.  Others must take on extra work to make ends meet.  We need to figure out ways to meet more than just basic needs and give our lives quality and purpose."

Feb 13, 2018

Tuesday, 7-9 pm Dundas Museum

Community Roundtable #4: Development

The focus for this discussion was "Future Development in Dundas: How can we help to shape it?" 

We have some guest experts lined up to give us a basic framework:

George Sweetman described the Hierarchy of Ontario's land use planning system - click here for diagram.

Allison Maxted presented "Approaches to Intensification in Historic Communities" - click here to see presentation.

We then broke into working subgroups to discuss these questions:

** Where is development going to occur?

** What will it look like? What are the pros and cons of intensification?

** How do we attract development that contributes to a liveable Dundas?




Developing Dundas

The Valley town has seen many significant changes in the past decade, including the completion of the District Lofts and Amica, revitalization of Dundas Central School playground, creation of Matilda Park and Creekside Parkette, renovations at the Driving Park, Dundas Museum, the old post office and DVSA, and the closing and demolition of Parkside High School.  Other projects have been drawn out, including 24 Brock Street, 71 Main Street, Dairy Queen and Tammy's Restaurant.

Dundas Works is hosting the fourth in a series of public roundtables on Tuesday, February 13 from 7-9 pm at the Dundas Museum.  The focus for this discussion will be "Future Development in Dundas: How can we help to shape it?"

"We are very excited to have guest experts and presenters on hand to provide a basic understanding of the development process and facilitate our smaller group discussions," said Michelle Chin, one of the founding members.  "Given that the OMB defers to the provincial policies for intensification in Dundas,  the community needs to be involved at the planning stages.  We hope to share our ideas with the City and make a meaningful, informed contribution to the Secondary Plan for Dundas."

"We want to be proactively for something, rather than fighting against something in the 11th hour," she added.  "To do that, we need to define what is important to us and what we'd like to see in our built world.  We must think about best locations for intensification and create our community vision for smart growth.  The trick is how to work with planners and developers to attract projects that preserve the character of the town and contribute to the livable Dundas that we love."  For more information, visit www.dundasworks.com

Photo: Parkside High School was closed in 2014 and demolished in 2017.  Preliminary plans for a cemetery are underway.   Source: Hamilton Community News file photo

Jan 01, 2018

Results of Roundtable 3: Transportation

Happy New Year everyone, may 2018 be very good to you and your community!

Attached please find some detailed minutes of our spirited talks on

Walkability - click here     Bikeability - click here   Accessibility - click here

We hope to summarize and consolidate in our "spare" time...

Nov 21, 2017

Tuesday, 7-9 pm Salvation Army Main Room

Community Roundtable #3: Transportation

Bob has prepared an introduction and then we will be breaking into three working subgroups on the topic of Transportation to brainstorm and generate some ideas for local projects/ wish list.  Please bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank and pass this invitation along to your friends and neighbours.  See attached article about the next roundtable.

Taking Shape: Dundas Works Generate Vision

After two public roundtables, the people of Dundas have identified its built and natural world, heritage, small town social connection and demographic diversity as key to its quality of life and survival.  These values are leading Dundas Works to host the third in a series of public discussions on Tuesday, November 21st from 7-9 pm at the Salvation Army.  The focus for this roundtable will be "Transportation and Connection: Walkability, Bikeability and Accessibility" which is one of many key topics necessary to develop and detail a positive, proactive and effective long term vision for the Valley Town.


"At our last roundtable on Public Spaces we celebrated what we have today and now wish to identify possible improvements to our local infrastructure," said Bob James, one of the founding members.  "In this meeting we plan to break into working sub groups based on interest.  The roundtable format will continue in those smaller groups to give everyone a voice."


"Future topics include Affordability and Development, Public Assets and the Democratic Deficit," James added.  "We invite everyone interested to send in their ideas to dundasworks2020@gmail.com."  For more information, visit www.dundasworks.com

Nov 10, 2017

Results of Community Roundtable #2

Thank you for coming to the second in our series of public roundtable discussions.  We have since added to the public space map on our website and created an inventory database.

We debriefed over two meetings to carefully determine the next steps for the group.  Details in the article for Roundtable 3.

Sep 19, 2017

Tuesday, 7-9 pm, St Paul's Church

Community Roundtable #2: Public Spaces

Thank you for coming to the second in our series of public roundtable discussions.  We debriefed and are compiling the minutes which will appear here when they are ready.  It was held September 19th from 7-9 pm at St. Paul’s United Church gym.  The topic: "Tell us about a great public space in Dundas.  Why is it special for you?"  This time around, we want to develop a comprehensive inventory of public spaces in Dundas and understand their importance in peoples' lives.  We invite everyone to email us a picture of themselves in that space and why it is special, so that we can incorporate it into an interactive map resource.  We have already started a map on our website.  Save the date Tuesday November 21st, we hope to host a third roundtable in November.  

Sep 07, 2017


Public space should belong to everyone ...

Thanks to Andrea Bradshaw for penning this compelling letter to the editor which was published in the Dundas Star news on September 7th.

Aug 22, 2017

Summary and Minutes of the June 6th 2017 discussion

Minutes, Roundtable 1: What do you value about Dundas?

Our apologies for the delay in issuing!

Jun 15, 2017

by Craig Campbell

Dundas Works hears ideas for the future

Our thanks to Craig Campbell and Deb Downey of the Dundas Star News for supporting our first Roundtable!

Jun 07, 2017

How would you envision Dundas in 20 years?

What do you value about Dundas?

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Roundtable on June 6th.  You can still contribute to the conversation!  "What do you value about Dundas?  How would you envision Dundas in 20 years?" Contact Us

Jun 06, 2017

Tuesday 7:30-9:30 pm, at St Paul's Church

Community Roundtable #1: Dundas Values

On this journey to developing a long term vision for Dundas, we plan to host a series of Community Roundtables.  Our first is set for Tuesday, June 6th from 7:30 - 9:30 at St. Paul's United Church (Park @ Cross).  The focus of this roundtable will be, "What do you value about Dundas?  How would you envision Dundas in 20 years?"


May 29, 2017

Doors open 7:00, starts 7:30pm