Community News And Events
Southway Lighting of the South End!
Winter overnight parking restrictions will be in effect from November 15 until April 1
The City of Ottawa is reminding residents that winter overnight parking restrictions are in effect beginning Friday, November 15. These restrictions ensure that the City's snow-clearing crews are able to keep Ottawa's roads safe and clear for pedestrians, cyclists, public transit, and motorists.
Between November 15 and April 1, when 7 cm or more of snowfall is forecast by Environment Canada, overnight parking restrictions go into effect. These restrictions are automatically enacted, unless the City of Ottawa's General Manager of Public Works issues an exemption. The City of Ottawa will announce parking restrictions and inform residents if there is an exemption through ottawa.ca and the City's Twitter account @ottawacity. When restrictions are put into place, parking will not be permitted on Ottawa streets between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. Vehicles parked on the street when a restriction is in effect will be ticketed. Vehicle owners who have a municipal on-street parking permit are exempt from winter overnight parking restrictions.
Be in the know about snow
Sign up to receive e-mail or Twitter notifications of overnight parking restrictions at ottawa.ca. After you sign up, you will receive an e-mail or Twitter alert via @ottawacity, every time a winter overnight parking restriction goes into effect or is lifted. The service is free and you can unsubscribe at anytime. You can also find out if an overnight parking restriction is in effect by calling 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) or through local media. When day-time or night-time snow removal operations are planned, temporary "no parking" snow removal signs will be posted before snow removal begins. Vehicle owners are reminded not to park on streets where temporary "no parking" snow removal signs are placed. Vehicles parked during planned snow removal will be ticketed and towed to a nearby street. This restriction applies to all vehicles, including those with on-street parking permits. Your safety is the City of Ottawa's top priority. For more information on winter overnight parking regulations, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).
Household Hazardous Waste Depot on November 9 - 2705 Stevenage Drive
The City of Ottawa would like to encourage residents to dispose of their waste in the safest and most environmentally friendly way.
The City is pleased to host a one-day mobile Household Hazardous Waste Depot on Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Drain All Ltd., 2705 Stevenage Drive. Please access Stevenage Drive via Russell Road.
Household hazardous waste includes the following items:
For a complete listing of acceptable household hazardous waste, please visit ottawa.ca. Residents are reminded that this depot is for household waste only (maximum 100 litres). No commercial waste will be accepted.
To keep our waste collection operators and our environment safe please do your part by safely disposing of hazardous household waste such as used needles, pesticides and pool chemicals. If you are unable to attend the depot, some materials can be easily recycled every day. Items such as paint, oil, compact fluorescent bulbs and rechargeable batteries can be returned to a participating local retailer any day of the week during regular operating hours.
For more information on waste management and recycling, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
Site Plan Control Proposal for 2492 Bank Street –Shoppers Drug Mart
The City of Ottawa has received a Site Plan Control application to construct a Shoppers Drug Mart retail store at 2492Bank Street. The 60, 000 sq ft property is surrounded by Towngate Plaza to the west, Donnelly Ford to the east, Sawmill Creek to the south and Southgate Mall to the north.
The purpose of the application is to partially demolish the existing vacant building currently on the site in order to accommodate the proposed 16, 000 sq ft Shoppers Drug Mart retail store. The site plan application proposes a total of 79 parking spaces, additional landscaping and pedestrian sidewalks/walkways. There are two access points proposed for this site, both directly off of Bank Street. One full turn movement access will be shared with the adjacent Donnelly Ford Dealership, and the second access will be a right in/right out turn into the proposed Shoppers Drug Mart.
I invite you to attend a public meeting to hear a presentation from the developer on this application.
The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 12th at 7:00 p.m.
The applicant will make a formal presentation at 7:00 p.m. and will answer questions and receive comments from the community shortly thereafter. Should you require additional information, please contact me at 613-580-2480 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips to stay safe and injury free at Halloween
The City of Ottawa would like to remind everyone that a visit from firefighters or paramedics is no treat, and injuring yourself is not a trick anyone wants to see. Please have a safe and happy Halloween by keeping these simple safety tips in mind.
On the street
In the house
In case of emergency
Make sure that children know how to call 9-1-1 or their local emergency number if they experience an emergency.
More Halloween safety tips can be found on ottawa.ca.
Collection vehicles to be off city streets by 5 p.m. on Halloween
Halloween evening, Thursday, October 31, solid waste collection will end early. For everyone’s safety, collection vehicles will end their routes so that they do not interfere with youngsters when they go trick-or-treating.
Collection vehicles will adjust their collection service to ensure that they are off the streets by 5 p.m. on Halloween night.
If you have Thursday collection, the collection vehicles will do their best to collect your items before 5 p.m., however, if your items have not been picked up by 5 p.m., please leave them at the curb and they will be picked up on Friday, November 1.
Once Halloween is over, remember to put your jack-o’-lanterns in your green bin.
For more information about solid waste collection for Halloween, please call 3-1-1.
invite you to take part in the
Parkinson’s Shake Up!
Buy a Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, or the new Pumpkin milkshake during the month of October and help support
Parkinson’s affects over 100,000 Canadians. This October you can help support the Parkinson Society Eastern Ontario by purchasing a milkshake. For every milkshake purchased, KS on the Keys Restaurant will donate $4 to Parkinson Society Eastern Ontario. For more information on Parkinson’s and how you can help please visit www.parkinsons.ca
Pedestrian/Cycling pathway extension
Starting today, construction of the pedestrian/cycling pathway extension may slow traffic on the Airport Parkway between Walkley Road and the CN rail overpass due to an increased volume of construction vehicles accessing the site located on the east side of the Parkway.
There are no detours and no lane reductions on the Airport Parkway. Work will also be performed at the Walkley Transitway Station; however, no impact is anticipated to bus traffic or pedestrian access to the station.
The City of Ottawa appreciates the patience and cooperation of Ottawa motorists during construction. For more information about this project, visit ottawa.ca
City’s Neighbourhood Connection Office launches new online toolkit to help residents create vibrant neighbourhoods
The Neighbourhood Connection Office (NCO) has launched its online toolkit today to help community groups with small-scale, volunteer driven projects that are all about making creative use of public space – supporting the City’s overall goal to making more liveable neighbourhoods.
The NCO Toolkit acts a one-stop shop for helpful tips on starting and completing projects, along with practical tools such as meeting and project checklists. It also includes inspiring examples of projects that were previously done in other neighbourhoods.
While similar resources exist on other municipal websites, the Neighbourhood Connection Office Toolkit is bilingual, and has a greater local focus on fulfilling an expressed need in the community.
The NCO also reminds interested groups that they have until Monday, October 21 to apply to the 2014 Better Neighbourhoods Program, for the chance to work with their Councillor’s office and City staff on projects which will receive up to $30,000 in financial support.
Application criteria can be found on ottawa.ca. The program is looking for project ideas that will provide creative solutions for making neighbourhoods more liveable, vibrant, healthy and beautiful.
City facilities offer free Try It! passes
The City of Ottawa is offering free passes for City fitness facilities and various classes during the Try It! campaign from September 23 to 29. The free passes can be used for aquafitness, cycling and group fitness classes or access to City fitness centres.
Try before you buy and discover a new and healthy you. For more information, visit ottawa.c.
September 19, 2013
The release of the City of Ottawa’s Transportation Master Plan, including the Ottawa Cycling Plan and Ottawa Pedestrian Plan, has been delayed and will be held in October, at a date to be determined. The draft plans were to be released at a Joint Transportation Committee and Transit Commission scheduled for Monday, September 23.
Mayor Watson advised Members of Council this morning that these releases would be rescheduled, given that the next few weeks will be a time of mourning for many residents.
Public information sessions, and an address by Mayor Watson on transportation, will also be rescheduled to a new date in October.
September 13, 2013
The Better Neighbourhoods Program call for applications opens today and runs until Monday, October 21, 2013. This Neighbourhood Connection Office program helps residents and community groups implement projects aimed at improving their neighbourhoods.
This is a program for community groups that are interested in making creative use of public space in their urban/suburban neighbourhoods. These small-scale, community-driven projects will make the community more liveable, vibrant, healthy and beautiful.
Up to four neighbourhoods will be selected to work with City staff and their Councillor’s office in 2014 to identify opportunities, and to plan and implement projects chosen by the community. Projects will be supported by the City up to a maximum of $30,000.
Two information sessions will be held to help residents learn more about the application process:
Application criteria can be found at ottawa.ca and includes sufficient volunteer capacity to support the projects and the support of the Ward Councillor.
Temporary Leitrim Road closure
Leitrim Road will be closed from Bank Street to Hawthorne Road until Sunday July 28, 2013. The road will remain open to local traffic but through traffic will be restricted. This work is being done to realign a section of Leitrim Road to facilitate a federal facility. Motorists and cyclists are encouraged to use Blais Road as an alternative. Signage will be posted alerting local traffic and detours will be clearly marked. Commuters are advised to plan ahead and further information about ongoing roadwork is available at ottawa.ca.
Traffic calming pilot project will change the look of Ottawa streets
The City of Ottawa is undertaking an innovative traffic-calming measure along 12 streets spread across 11 wards. Residents near Springland Drive will be the first to see the pilot project today with other participating streets receiving their installations through the month of July.
In the past, the City of Ottawa has responded to speeding concerns with low-cost solutions such as speed display boards and law enforcement but these methods are only effective for the time that the speed board or enforcement officers are in place. This pilot project represents an opportunity to extend the traffic calming period in a low-cost, experimental way. Data will be collected to determine the effectiveness of these measures and to help determine if they should be used on an on-going basis to help address speeding concerns in Ottawa.
Notice of Public Meeting - 2931 Bank Street (Pioneer Gas Station)
The City of Ottawa has received a Site Plan Control application for 2931 Bank Street. The site is currently occupied by a Pioneer Gas Station with a small kiosk building, four pumping stations, and a car lot. This property is located on the northeast corner of Bank Street and Queensdale Avenue, just south of Kingsdale Avenue.
The purpose of the application is to remove the existing gas bar kiosk and car lot building. The pump locations and the overhead canopy will remain. The applicant is proposing to construct a new 186-square metre convenience store on the site and two additional pump stations installed close to the Bank Street frontage. Further, a 122-square metre roll-over car wash building containing nine spaces, with an associated stacking lane, will be constructed along the north property line. A Minor Variance application will be filed with the Committee of Adjustment to vary the standard requirement in providing stacking spaces for a car wash facility from 10 to nine spaces. A sound barrier fence is being proposed along the north and east property lines to provide screening from the adjacent residential neighbourhoods.
The existing entrance on Bank Street will be maintained and there will be two entrance points on Queensdale Avenue, including the existing westerly entrance to remain in the same location and the existing easterly entrance to be shifted approximately 5 metres to the east. I invite you to attend a public meeting to hear a presentation from the developer on this application. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Lion’s Hall (2nd Floor) at Fred Barrett arena located at 3280 Leitrim Road.
The applicant will make a formal presentation at 7:30 p.m. and will answer questions and receive comments from the community shortly thereafter. Should you require additional information, please contact me at 613-580-2480 or by e-mail to email@example.com.
3100 Conroy Road – Public Works Operations Yard - Open House
I would like to invite all Gloucester-Southgate residents to an Open House I will be hosting on Saturday May 25, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at 3100 Conroy Road (located on the west side of Conroy Road at Thurston Drive) to celebrate the newly constructed City of Ottawa Operations Yard. The Open House will offer residents a great opportunity to have an inside look at how the City manages seasonal operations, ask questions of City staff and tour the facility. There will be City vehicles parked on display for residents to explore and children will be permitted to sit on both winter and summer vehicles. I invite you all to attend and enjoy some complimentary light refreshments and small bags of compost, while quantities last. I look forward to seeing you on May 25th, 2013.
Airport Parkway Pedestrian Bridge
I have been contacted by several residents with questions about the status of the Airport Parkway Pedestrian Bridge project and I am happy to provide the community with an update. This project has been an ongoing and significant project for the City of Ottawa and involves the construction of a new pedestrian/cycling bridge over the Airport Parkway and a pathway connection between the Hunt Club community and the South Keys Transit Station. Most recently work has taken place off site, in a climate controlled environment, to allow crews to complete intricate work on the fabrication of the tower anchoring system. Once finished, this anchoring system will be installed on site followed by the pouring of concrete for the tower, the main deck and the deck walls and the installation of suspension cables, railings, and bridge lighting. At this time, the City has not determined a completion date. I will continue to monitor the project closely and will provide updates to the community as the construction progresses. Should you have further questions please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-580-2480 and I am pleased to look into them on your behalf.
Fairlea Splash Pad Construction
This summer will be a little cooler at Fairlea Park with the addition of a new community splash pad. Construction will be commencing on Monday May 13th and City Staff are expecting the project to be completed in July. The work over the next few months will include site preparation, installation of a water connection, drainage and electrical services, installation of the water spray features, pouring of concrete, and the paving of the new asphalt pathways. Final landscaping and installation of park benches will follow. The contractors will be putting up temporary fencing to protect the area during construction.
Sawmill Creek Community Centre and Pool Expansion Proposal Meeting # 2 (RESCHEDULED)
City Councillor Diane Deans along with City Staff invite you to attend a public open house to review the expansion potential of the Sawmill Creek Community Centre. This meeting will be held on:
Russell Road closure will be extended for work on Hunt Club Interchange
The Russell Road closure will be extended from March 18 to March 29, 2013 to permit work on the foundation of the overpass for the Hunt Club Interchange. Traffic on Russell Road between Belgreen Drive and Ramsayville Road will be detoured around the construction area. Local traffic and emergency vehicles will still be able to access the area. Commuters are advised to plan ahead for delays and longer commuting times.
Sawmill Creek Community Centre and Pool Expansion Plan Proposal: Public Meeting # 2 (CANCELLED to be rescheduled)
City Councillor Diane Deans along with City Staff invite you to attend a public open house to review the expansion potential of the Sawmill Creek Community Centre. This meeting will be held on:
Thursday February 21st, 2013
Russell Road will be closed for work on Hunt Club Interchange
Russell Road will be closed from February 4 to March 18, 2013 to permit work on the foundation of the overpass for the Hunt Club Interchange. Traffic on Russell Road between Belgreen Drive and Ramsayville Road will be detoured around the construction area. Local traffic and emergency vehicles will still be able to access the area.
Commuters are advised to plan ahead for delays and longer commuting times.
Winter fun at Ottawa’s Outdoor Rinks
If you’re looking for a fun way to stay active this winter try heading to one of the many outdoor rinks located around Ottawa. You can enjoy a family skate, practice your skills, or join in on a pick-up hockey game. For more information on rink times and other special events you can visit the Recreation and Culture section of ottawa.ca or call the Seasonal Recreation line at 613-580-2590. Residents can also stay up to date on information regarding rink conditions and reports by visiting ottawarinkconditions.ca.
Airport Parkway Pedestrian Bridge
The Airport Parkway Pedestrian and Cycling Overpass has been an ongoing and significant project for the City of Ottawa. The pedestrian overpass project involves the construction of a new pedestrian/cycling bridge over the Airport Parkway and a pathway connection between the Hunt Club Community to the South Keys Transit Station.
In 2011, the construction project encountered some unforeseen delays due to deficiencies that were observed in the concrete section of the main bridge tower. As required under the terms of the contract, the contractor is responsible for all quality control and correction of deficient work, including associated costs.
Work has progressed very well over the last couple of months on the project which includes scaffolding, formwork and falsework installation for the upper half of the tower, completion of the east pathway connection, hot mix paving of the pathway, and installation of a new access door and windows at the South Keys Transit Station.
Upper tower formwork, falsework and reinforcing steel will continue this month and once completed will be ready to receive the next pour of concrete. The contractor will then begin the forming and falsework for the main deck across the Airport Parkway. This work will involve
some traffic disruptions at times
and the City’s Traffic Management Group along with the City’s Corporate Communications Department will keep all residents aware and informed to ensure minimal disruption.
City staff are monitoring this project very closely and keeping my office up to date on the progress. I look forward to the completion of this project in 2013. Once completed, it will be a wonderful addition to our community.
Garbage Collection and Disposing of your Christmas tree
Please remember that during the winter months, waste material placed curb side must be free of snow and ice, be kept at ground level, and be visible to collection drivers. If you still have your Christmas trees they will be collected on your regular green bin day. Please take note that trees will not be collected if they are wrapped in plastic, frozen to the ground, or if all decorations have not been removed. To find out when trees are being collected in your area please visit ottawa.ca.
New Year’s Resolutions
It’s that time of year again when we all start to settle down from the holidays and think about the year ahead. If you are looking for some productive changes to make in 2013 why not look to the City of Ottawa for some help!
- Get a Library Card: By signing up for an Ottawa Public Library card you and your family will have access to endless opportunities for learning and fun. The library card will not only allow you to check out books and videos, but gain internet access, museum passes, and more! For more information please visit biblioottawalibrary.ca.
- Take Public Transportation: Going on a family outing or just running errands? OC Transpo is an excellent way to get around our city and provides a great opportunity to save some money and travel green. Seniors can take advantage of the ride for free on Wednesday program and families looking to get out together on the weekends or holidays should use the family pass which lets up to 6 people ride for just $7.75 (restrictions apply). For full details and a travel planner visit octranspo.com.
- Make an Emergency Plan: It is a great idea to be prepared for any emergencies that may happen in Ottawa such as black outs, severe storms, earthquakes or heat waves. The city has outlined seven steps individuals can take to ensure they are properly prepared for emergency situations. For a full list and details please visit Ottawa.ca.
- Get active!: Looking to get active this year? Why not check out one of the many fitness programs offered by the city? Or if you’re looking for a way to stay fit and stay outside, check out the local outdoor rinks this season. For more information on fitness programs and for outdoor rink schedules please visit Ottawa.ca.
- Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle: Make sure that you are making the most out of the City’s waste collection program by getting your household a blue box, black box and a green bin. To find out how to use these products and other tips on how to reduce your waste, please visit Ottawa.ca. To request a new bin please call 3-1-1.
- Conserve electricity: To make sure you are saving the most you can on your electricity bill make sure you understand and follow Hydro Ottawa’s time-of-use rates. Using less electricity during on-peak times will not only save you money but will also help the environment. For a full list of ways you can save money on your next bill please visit hydroottawa.com.
- Get involved in community events and receive updates!: Throughout the year, I am pleased to host annual events in our community and send out e-mail updates to residents on issues affecting our city. I am currently updating my invitation and contact lists and would be happy to include you in this year’s events. Please contact my office at email@example.com or 613-580-2480 to provide your contact information. You can also find more information on news and events in our community and around Ottawa on my web site www.dianedeans.ca.
Wishing everyone a Happy and Safe Holiday Season
With the holiday season in full swing I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone in our community a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday season. It is an honour to serve you and our community.
Ottawa Light Rail Transit (OLRT) Public Showcase
On December 5th, the City of Ottawa and the Province of Ontario announced that the consortium known as the Rideau Transit Group has been chosen as the City staff recommended bid to design, build, finance, and maintain the Ottawa Light Rail Transit (OLRT) project. Their proposal outlines a plan for the first phase of the system that will see a route from Tunney’s Pasture to Blair and includes a 2.5 km downtown tunnel. This plan will have the system in service by 2018 and includes a fixed price contract of $2.13 billion with cost overruns borne by the private sector consortium.
The proposed designs and construction schedule are available on the OLRT website, ottawalightrail.ca, and the City of Ottawa has also launched a series of public showcases to unveil the recommended plan. I am pleased to tell you that on Tuesday, December 18th City Staff will host a LRT showcase in Gloucester-Southgate Ward at the Greenboro Community Centre, located at 363 Lorry Greenberg Drive, in meeting rooms A and B from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This is the largest infrastructure project in Ottawa’s history and I encourage everyone to come out and review the recommended plan.
The Pavilion Food Bank
The Pavilion Food Bank, located at 14 Tapiola Crescent, has been helping countless people in our local community since 1994. With the festive season upon us it is important that we remember those in need and the Food Bank is asking for help re-stock their shelves for the holiday and winter season. Non-perishable food items and cheques (made out to The Pavilion Food Bank) can be dropped off at the Greenboro Pavilion between 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Fridays.
Enjoy the Holiday Season by taking part in one of these fun activities for children!
If you are looking for a fun way to spend some time this holiday season with your children, why not check out some of the programs happening around the neighbourhood. There are a number of groups and activities taking place for children such as:
- Celebrate the Holidays! will take place at the Greenboro Library located at 363 Lorry Greenberg Drive on December 15th from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Children ages 9-12 can take part in some fun holiday crafts to get them in that festive mood! Registration is required so please visit www.biblioottawalibrary.ca or phone 613-580-2957.
- The Sawmill Creek Community Centre and Pool, located at 3380 D’aoust Avenue, will be hosting two holiday camps for children aged 6-12 looking to take part in some activities during the school break. The camp will include crafts, sports, and swimming! The first camp runs on Thursday, December 27th and Friday, December 28th for $78, and the second camp runs from Wednesday, January 2nd to Friday, January 4th for $117. For more information please visit Ottawa.ca, call 613-521-4092, or stop by the community centre. Please note that registration is required.
Budget 2013 approved with the lowest tax change in six years
I am happy to report that on Wednesday, November 28th, Council approved a budget for 2013 that delivers the lowest tax change in six years – 2.09 per cent. The budget focuses on the municipal services and infrastructure that matter most to residents. The continuation of Ottawa on the Move will allow for investments to be made in road, sidewalk, water, cycling, and sewer projects to help build a better city and prepare for the Light Rail Transit Project. Council also approved a reduction in the City’s staffing costs and a continued freeze on City recreation fees.
For more information on the budget please visit Ottawa.ca/budget2013.
Congratulations to Dunlop Public School!
Congratulations to Dunlop Public School on the Grand Opening of their two brand new play structures. The Dunlop Parent Council, with the assistance of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and the City of Ottawa’s Minor Capital Partnership Program, were successful in raising enough funds over the past seven years to make this project come to fruition. The play structures, one for kindergarten students and the other for use by primary grade students, were in much need of an upgrade and will be enjoyed by the students for many years to come.
Fashion, Fun, and Frivolity!
I would like to take this opportunity to offer my appreciation to the staff of Three Wild Women for joining me in hosting a wonderful evening to help raise funds and awareness for Parkinson Society Ottawa. Parkinson Society Ottawa is a wonderful organization whose purpose is to support finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease, as well as support improving the lives and futures of the Canadians living with this disease today. Thank you everyone who came out to enjoy some fashion, fun, and frivolity while supporting this great cause!
Gloucester-Southgate Ward Snow Tour 2013
I will be taking part in my annual ‘preparing for winter’ snow tour on November 26th, 2012. City Staff will join me as I tour the ward to view areas which I know could be the cause of snow maintenance issues during the winter months. If you have an area in mind that has an ongoing snow clearing problem please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-580-2480 and I will add the location to the tour.
City of Ottawa 2013 Draft Budget
On October 24, City Council tabled the staff recommended 2013 draft budget, which proposes a 2.09% tax increase, the lowest annual increase in 6 years, a continued freeze on fees for City recreation programs and a transit-fare increase averaging 2.5%. For Gloucester-Southgate Ward, the draft budget includes:
- Funding to link the Sawmill Creek pedestrian and cycling pathway (beside the Airport Parkway) from Walkley to Brookfield for a safer north-south route to Hogs Back and the Canal.
- Installation of audible signals at the intersection of Bank Street and 345 metres north of Cahill Drive (entrance to South Keys Shopping Centre)
- Funding to implement pedestrian safety improvements to the Bank and Cahill/Dazé intersection
- Funding to resurface Tapiola Crescent
I welcome your Budget 2013 comments by calling my office at 613-580-2480 or e-mailing me at Diane.Deans@ottawa.ca. You can also provide your feedback by registering as a public delegation at a Standing Committee budget review meeting, emailing email@example.com, calling 3-1-1, or faxing 613-560-2126. Council will consider and finalize the budget at its regular City Council on November 28. For more information and to see a full list of committee meeting dates please visit Ottawa.ca/budget2013.
On October 10, City Council voted 19 to 5 in favour of supporting, in principle, a casino for the City of Ottawa. I was one of the five members of Council who opposed this step. What this means is that Council has given the green light to the Mayor to respond to the Ontario Lottery Gaming Corporation’s (OLG) Request For Interest indicating that the City supports, in principle, becoming a "host city" for a gaming entertainment centre. The OLG will then come back to the City with a preferred proponent and location that they have chosen and Council will be asked to say yes or no to their plan. It will be at that time when Council is first provided with a cost-benefit analysis and the impacts of a gaming facility for our city.
I would like to thank the overwhelming number of residents who contacted me to express their support for my vote at Committee and Council against a new casino for Ottawa. Many residents agree that Council should have been provided with all the necessary information, including the social, health, safety, traffic and economic impacts of a new casino for our city, so that a well-rounded and informed discussion and decision could have been made by Council earlier this month. Many residents are telling me that Council needs a mandate from the public and at the very least, they expect a meaningful public consultation process before a final decision is made.
Moving forward, I look forward to receiving more information on the impacts that a full-fledged casino could have on our City, and I continue to welcome your feedback.
City of Ottawa 2013 Budget
The 2013 draft budget will be tabled at the October 24th City Council meeting. Council is planning to follow the previously endorsed budget strategy of setting the annual tax increase to a maximum of 2.5% in the municipal portion of the tax bill. A series of budget community consultations are scheduled for October 29thand 30th and November 1st and 7th. The closest meeting for Gloucester-Southgate residents will be held:
Thursday, November 1
4:00 to 6:00 pm
City Hall, Andrew S. Haydon Hall
110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa
I welcome your Budget 2013 comments and suggestions by calling my office at 613-580-2480 or e-mailing me at Diane.Deans@ottawa.ca. Council will consider and finalize the budget at the City Council meeting on November 28. More information can be found at ottawa.ca/budget2013, including the other budget consultation meeting locations.
Important Garbage Collection Changes
Beginning October 29th the City of Ottawa will change the method of garbage collection to bi-weekly (every two weeks). The green bin will be picked up every week and blue and black box collection will continue to alternate from week to week. The City estimates that the switch to bi-weekly garbage will save taxpayers $9-$10 million dollars annually and help extend the life of Ottawa’s landfill, which would cost the City an estimated $250 million dollars to replace. Additionally, the City has acquired 22 dual stream collection trucks which are able to pick up green bin and blue or black box materials at the same time. This change will result in fewer trucks on the road.
Understandably, some residents have reservations about the upcoming changes and have expressed the view that bi-weekly garbage collection may be problematic during the summer months. As a result of these concerns, I wanted to bring to your attention that I had supported a motion for the continuation of weekly garbage collection during the warmer months of the year including June, July, and August. Unfortunately, this motion was not supported by Council.
Many areas across the City will also see a change in their waste collection days and the affected households will be receiving notice by mail shortly. If you require a green bin or recycling box please contact my office at 613-580-2480 or the City’s call centre at 3-1-1 to request one.
Households can also cut down on their garbage by disposing of a number of items through initiatives supported by the City. These programs include:
- Give Away Weekend – The fall give away weekend will take place on Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21st and allows households to place unwanted items on their curb with a “free” sign for others to discover instead of placing it directly in the garbage.
- Take It Back Program – This program ensures that many items such as electronics, health and medical supplies, or general household products are reused, recycled, and disposed of properly by encouraging local businesses to take back what they sell. For a full list of the over 800 retailers registered to take items back please visit ottawa.ca/takeitback or call the program coordinator at 613-580-2424 x 25102.
- Electronics and Hazardous Drop Off – Throughout the year the City of Ottawa hosts one-day depots where household hazardous waste or electronics can be dropped off. The next waste depot is Saturday, October 13, 2012 at the Rideau Carleton Raceway located at 4837 Albion Road.
For more information on the changes happening on October 29th please visit the City’s website at ottawa.ca or phone 3-1-1.
Airport Parkway Pedestrian and Cycling Bridge Update
As you may be aware, in 2011, the Airport Parkway Pedestrian and Cycling Bridge construction project encountered some unforeseen delays. The concrete section of the main tower was placed in on November 10, 2011 and when the temporary forms were removed a week later, deficiencies were observed in the concrete work.
As required under the terms of the contract, the contractor is responsible for all quality control and correction of deficient work, including associated costs. The contractor engaged engineering consultants to undertake a detailed condition assessment of the main tower along with a report from the contractor which was forwarded to the City in April 2012. City staff undertook a review to ensure the proposed measures in the report appropriately addressed the problems with the main tower and worked with the contractor to ensure the plan going forward was sound.
The contractor has had crews on site working hard to complete the project which has included weekends and evenings, as needed, and at no additional expense to the City in order to see this project completed as soon as possible. Throughout the month of September 2012 the contractor has been re-building the main bridge tower. The contractor used heavily reinforced formwork panels so they could withstand the high pressure that would be created when pouring the concrete from the top. The contractor hired a Self Consolidated Concrete specialist to oversee the pouring of the concrete which took place during the last week of September 2012. I am pleased to update that as of Friday, October 5, 2012, the formwork of the tower was being removed and City Staff have advised that the concrete looks excellent.
Work is progressing very well on the rest of the project which saw concrete for the west span successfully poured last week, along with landscaping, the installation of pathway light poles and fencing along the pathway areas leading to the South Keys Transit Station. Work will start shortly on the upper tower.
New Bus Pads and Bus Shelters in Gloucester-Southgate Ward
At my request, OC Transpo will begin the construction of asphalt bus stop pads and bus shelters at various bus stops within Gloucester-Southgate Ward. As some of you may know, two bus shelters were already installed this summer at Queensdale and Mavis and Queensdale and Bank. The following bus stops will see new improvements this fall:
- Johnston and Bank – new asphalt bus pad
- Heatherington and Fairlea – new asphalt bus pad
- Queensdale and Conroy – new asphalt bus pad
- Queensdale and First – new asphalt bus pad and bus shelter
- Bank and St. Bernard – new bus shelter
These improvements will make these bus stops more comfortable and accessible for customers. Construction is anticipated to start by the end of September and completed by the end of October or early November, weather dependent. I have been advised by OC Transpo that transit service should not be impacted as a result of the work, although bus stops may have to be temporarily relocated.
Reminder of the City of Ottawa’s Emerald Ash Borer Strategy
As many residents know, in the summer of 2008, Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was discovered in Ottawa. EAB is an invasive insect that is destroying ash trees in Ontario, Quebec and the United States. Since the City discovered EAB in Ottawa, staff have been working with experts to look at solutions, mitigation measures and options to help slow the spread and reduce the impact of the loss of 25% of our forest cover. As part of the City’s strategy to combat EAB, you may see markings on trees in your neighbourhood or on the right of way in front of your home. These markings help inform City staff of the work that is being undertaken as part of the City’s EAB strategy.
What do the markings mean?
- A red X indicates that the tree will be removed due to a high EAB infestation or because they are structurally unstable.
- A silver tag indicates that the tree will be injected with a biological insecticide to protect the tree.
- A silver tag with a green dot indicates that the tree has been injected.
For more information on the City’s Emerald Ash Borer Strategy please visit the City of Ottawa’s website at Ottawa.ca/eab or call 3-1-1.
Herongate Mall Re-development – 1670 Heron Road
I would like to provide an update on the Herongate Mall re-development project as I have recently received some new information on its progress. Even though this shopping centre is not within the Gloucester-Southgate ward boundaries I know it is of interest to many residents because of its close proximity to Gloucester-Southgate ward.
I have learned that there will be five new buildings constructed in the mall re-development. The Food Basics store will remain in its current location and will have general façade work done once the rest of the mall has been demolished. The pedestrian crosswalk across Walkley Road will remain in place and the Planning Branch has assured me that there will be a future sidewalk connection, with a crosswalk, leading to the new front door of the Food Basics store for enhanced pedestrian safety.
The building currently under construction at the Walkley Road south corner of the site will house a Rexall Pharmacy; the future building on the north side of the site off of the Heron Road entrance will be a Scotiabank, and they are both scheduled to be completed by March 2013. There will be a future building adjacent to the Scotiabank off of Heron Road, but the tenant and completion date have not been determined. The largest building on the northwest edge of the site has no scheduled construction date at this time as well. Lastly, there is a small building to be located at the Walkley Road main entrance which will house a barbershop, dentist and a Subway Restaurant slated to be completed prior to any future mall demolition.
Keep In Touch – Feel free to send me your e-mail and contact information
I really appreciate receiving e-mail, letters and phone calls from residents of Gloucester-Southgate Ward on any City issue you may wish to discuss. In addition, I often send out e-mail updates to residents on issues affecting our city. If you would like to stay informed on the latest information on City business, events and other issues pertaining to our community please provide your contact information to my office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-580-2480 and I will ensure you receive my next update.
Traffic delays expected by Airport Parkway Pedestrian/Cycling Bridge Construction Project
Ottawa - Due to ongoing related construction activities, motorists can expect delays on the Airport Parkway during non-peak hours (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) until the end of the year.
If residents experience disruptions between 7 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. please call 3-1-1.
Thank you for your patience during construction. For more information on this project, please visit ottawa.ca.
Traffic Signal Review on Hunt Club Road (Bank St – Conroy Rd)
I am pleased to announce that this summer city staff will be undertaking a review of the traffic signals along Hunt Club Road from Bank St to Conroy Road. This study includes reviewing the timing and coordination of traffic lights, as well as conducting traffic counts and monitoring traffic flow. Synchronization between signals in a corridor has been proven to improve the flow of traffic and enhance safety for motorist and pedestrians alike.
City seeks public input on draft Older Adult Action Plan
The City of Ottawa is inviting older adults and other stakeholders to provide feedback on a draft Older Adult Action Plan. This plan will outline how the City will provide services and respond to the needs of older adults now and in the future. The plan will cover topics such as transportation and mobility, housing, community support services, and health. I encourage you to take part by completing a survey online at Ottawa.ca or by attending a community feedback event. To find the event location nearest to you and to register please visit Ottawa.ca/seniors or call 3-1-1.
You are invited to a public open house regarding the Lester Road Wetlands
The City of Ottawa will be hosting a community information session to review a proposed official plan amendment related to Natural Heritage overlays, the designation of the Kizell and Leitrim Road Complex Wetlands as ‘significant wetlands’, and the designation of the Cardinal Creek karst as an ‘Earth Science Area of Natural and Scientific Interest’. An open house will be held on June 26th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Greenboro Community Centre on 363 Lorry Greenberg Drive. The meeting will allow residents an opportunity to view maps, speak with staff, and provide comments.
For more information please contact Wendy Tse, Planner, Land Use and Natural Systems at 613-580-2424, ext. 12585 or email@example.com or my office at 613-580-2480.
Another Successful 55+ Tea!
On June 8, 2012, 200 of our community’s fifty-five plus residents joined me for my annual afternoon tea and social at the Southway Inn. I would like to thank everyone for attending, and I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the many local merchants who donated prizes for our raffle. They include:
The Royal Oak, Hunt Club Road
Starbucks, South Keys
Mayor Jim Watson
Hill Cleaners, Towngate Mall
Metro Grocery, Southgate Mall
Greenboro District Library
Tim Hortons, Southgate Mall
Giant Tiger Stores Ltd.
Shoppers Drug Mart, Southgate Mall
Denny’s Restaurant, South Keys
Gabriel’s Pizza, Towngate Mall
CAA North & East Ontario
Boston Pizza, Conroy Road
Mr. B’s-March House Restaurant
Bulk Barn, South Keys
Thai Lanna Restaurant
Sawmill Creek Community Centre & Pool
The Shallows Restaurant
KS on the Keys
I would also like to offer a special thank you to Moncion’s Your Independent Grocer on River Road for their generous donation of centrepieces for the event. The flowers were beautiful and enjoyed by everyone in attendance.
Please support these local merchants who have donated so generously to our community event.
If you would like to be included in next year’s event, please contact my office at 613-580-2480 to have your name added to the invitation list.
Mayor Watson presents Zouheir Abdul-Hussein with Governor General’s Certificate of Commendation
Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson, with Gloucester-Southgate Ward Councillor Diane Deans, on behalf of His Excellency The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, today presented the Governor General’s Certificate of Commendation to Zouheir Abdul-Hussein. The commendation is awarded to those who have made a significant contribution by providing assistance to another person in a selfless manner.
On July 22, 2008, teenage brothers Jonathan and Christian Leblond risked their lives to help care for their mother Cathleen who had been shot in the neck by her ex-boyfriend in their home on Marlin Private in the Bank Street and Hunt Club area. Although the assailant remained in the room with his weapon, the boys stayed with her until neighbour Zouheir Abdul-Hussein, whom they had awakened, came to assist them. Jonathan and Christian were awarded Governor General’s Medals of Bravery for their efforts.
The Governor General’s Certificate of Commendation was created in 1993 by the late Right Honourable Ramon Hnatyshyn, former Governor General of Canada. It is signed by the Governor General and is intended for eligible candidates whose actions are deemed notable by the Canadian Decorations Advisory Committee. Eligible candidates are selected through a voting process.
Sawmill Creek Community Centre and Pool Expansion Plan Proposal
I am pleased to announce that in the City of Ottawa 2012 Capital Budget, Council approved 1.6 million dollars in funding for design work for the Sawmill Creek Community Centre and Pool expansion plan. I would like to invite you to attend a public open house to review the proposal and provide your comment on the draft plan. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 19 in meeting rooms A and B at the Sawmill Creek Community Centre and Pool at 3380 D’Aoust Avenue. The open house will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a formal presentation of the plan at 7:00 p.m.
City Staff and I will be available to answer questions and hear your feedback during a comment and question period after the presentation. For more information please contact my office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-580-2480, or contact Mr. Patrick Legault, Project Manager, at Patrick.email@example.com or 613-580-2424 ext. 13857.
Public Open House: Johnston Road and Albion Road Intersection Modifications - June 5, 2012
I am happy to let you know that I secured funding in the 2012 Capital Budget for roadway modifications to improve the traffic flow at the intersection of Albion Road and Johnston Road.
City staff has developed four design options for the intersection, each of which could reduce traffic delays currently experienced at the intersection. The options proposed by City staff include both a traffic signal and various roundabout configurations.
I would like to invite you to attend a Public Open House to review the proposed design options for the intersection and provide comments on your preferred design. The meeting will take place on:
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Greenboro Pavilion, 14 Tapiola Crescent
Presentation at 7:45 p.m.
City staff and the consulting team will be available to discuss the project and answer your questions. Your feedback is an important part of the consultation process.
For more information and/or to submit comments, please contact the Project Manager, Campbell Inwood, with the City of Ottawa’s Traffic Management and Operational Support Branch at 613-580-2424 ext. 23072 or Campbell.Inwood@ottawa.ca. Please note that the comment deadline is Tuesday, June 19, 2012.
I look forward to seeing you on June 5th.
Temporary closure of the east-west runway at the Ottawa International Airport this summer
I would like to share with you a letter I received from Paul Benoit, President and CEO of the Ottawa International Airport Authority regarding a temporary runway closure due to reconstruction at the Ottawa International Airport this summer:
May 11, 2012
Councillor Diane Deans
Ward 10 – Gloucester-Southgate
Ottawa City Hall
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Dear Councillor Deans:
RE: RUNWAY 7/25 RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT
The Airport Authority is about to embark on phase II of a three-part project to rehabilitate all active runways at the Ottawa International Airport. In 2011, the shortest runway, 04/22, which caters to small aircraft, itinerant and training flights, was modified and resurfaced. Beginning June 1st, the airport’s east-west runway, 07/25, will be the focus of our attention.
Runway 07/25 reconstruction involves the following elements:
- Removal of the surface layer of asphalt;
- Replacement of runway lighting and electrical wires;
- Construction of a Runway End Safety Area (RESA) at both ends;
- Replacement of NAV CANADA’s Instrument Landing System (ILS); and
- Regrading and repaving.
Because of the complexity of the project, the runway will be closed for the duration of the reconstruction, which is expected to last until early September. Closure means that north-south runway 14/32 will be used for all commercial traffic. It also means a temporary reprieve of aircraft noise for communities in the east and west, and a temporary increase in noise for communities to the north and south of the airport.
We are contacting you about this particular project because you may receive calls from constituents who are unhappy with the temporary change in flight patterns. We will be posting periodic updates on our website (www.ottawa-airport.ca) and invite you to direct callers accordingly. Please be assured that we are working with our construction partners to keep the project to a very tight schedule, and to mitigate any further impact on the community.
I’m sure you can understand the importance of a project such as this to the airport but also to the community as we rebuild for increased safety. Your help in this matter is greatly appreciated, and I invite you to contact me should you require any further information or clarification on the foregoing.
President and CEO
Extended work hours on the Airport Parkway pedestrian/cycling bridge
Ottawa – Residents are advised that starting today, demolition operations on the main tower of the Airport Parkway pedestrian/cycling bridge will extend throughout the allowable noise by-law hours from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Residents may experience additional noise due to this work.
Motorists travelling along the Airport Parkway near the work zone may also expect delays as speed limits are lowered throughout the duration of the construction of this project as a safety measure. Following demolition, work will continue to rebuild the main tower of the Airport Parkway pedestrian/cycling bridge
You are invited to meet Ottawa’s New Police Chief - May 22, 2012
I am very pleased to introduce Ottawa’s New Police Chief to Gloucester-Southgate residents on Tuesday May 22nd at 7:00p.m. in meeting rooms A and B at the Greenboro Community Centre, located at 363 Lorry Greenberg Drive. This is a great
opportunity to listen to a presentation by keynote speaker Charles Bordeleau
Ottawa’s new Police Chief, and fellow Gloucester-Southgate resident.
Additionally, East District Inspector
Patrick Flanagan and our local officers
will be speaking about community safety
and summer police operations. Following presentations, residents will have the opportunity to have their questions and concerns addressed by members of the Ottawa Police Service. For more information, please contact my office at 613-580-2480.
Public meeting to review the draft concept plan resulting from the Blossom Park East Area Traffic Management Study – May 15, 2012
The City of Ottawa’s Area Traffic Management Study in Blossom Park East is nearing completion. I requested this study on behalf of residents in order to identify transportation concerns within the community and develop cost effective and feasible solutions to the concerns. The area under study is bounded by St. Barbara Avenue to the north, Conroy Road to the east, Queensdale Avenue to the south and Bank Street to the west.
Many of you attended the first public meeting on this study when it was launched in December 2011, and provided your comments. A Public Working Group comprised of residents and community stakeholders was also formed to work with City staff and provide additional community perspective throughout the study process. Based on the feedback received from the first public meeting and the Public Working Group, City staff has developed a draft concept plan proposal that illustrates their recommended transportation solution for the community of Blossom Park East, which they would like to present to the community.
I would like to invite you to a second public meeting hosted by City staff to review and provide your comments on City staff's draft concept plan proposal for the Blossom Park East community.
The meeting will take place on:
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Formal Presentation at 7:30 p.m.
Greenboro Community Centre, Meeting Rooms A & B
363 Lorry Greenberg Drive.
For more information, please visit ottawa.ca/blossomparkeast or contact Justin Swan at Justin.Swan@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424 x21636.
I look forward to seeing you on May 15th.
My Annual Fifty-Five Plus Afternoon Tea
It’s the time of year again where I start to get ready for my annual Fifty-Five Plus Afternoon Tea! Every year, I host a tea in June to celebrate the contributions of residents 55 and older in our community. If you are a resident and would you’d like to be added to this year’s invitation list or if your contact information has changed, please contact my office at 613-580-2480 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that due to the popularity of this event, seating is limited.
Voices of Council
I would like to offer my sincere thanks and congratulations to Julia Jordan and Erica Giuliani for participating in Voices of Council on
April 11th. The young ladies, who are enrolled in
Canterbury High School’s
Vocal Program and the
Ottawa Children’s Chamber Choir, opened the Council meeting with a beautiful rendition of our national anthem. It was a treat for everyone to hear such talented singers.
Airport Parkway Pedestrian/Cycling Bridge – Progress Report
I am pleased to report that construction has resumed on the Airport Parkway Bridge. After a thorough review of the current structure, it has been determined that the best solution is to tear down the current main tower of the bridge due to a concrete deficiency.
Demolition of the current main tower will begin next week, but you may have already noticed that some work has started on the bridge structure. A protection system with a scaffolding structure and debris protection netting is being built on the west side of the tower near the fencing along the Airport Parkway prior to it being torn down.
As you can imagine, this demolition process will create dust and debris. Rest assured that during demolition, there will be heightened protections around the construction area to mitigate this as well as additional traffic control plans to ensure the safety of workers and residents.
It is expected that the construction on the new main tower will begin towards the end of May. I am working closely with City staff on this file and am assured that they will be closely monitoring the contractor’s construction of the new tower.
The preliminary schedule presented by the contractor anticipates that it will take approximately12 weeks to rebuild the tower. While demolition is underway, staff will be working closely with the contractor to review the build plan and finalize schedules. Once the structure is rebuilt to its current stage, it will be followed by the forming and pouring of the rest of the tower, the bridge deck and the remaining construction activities.
As this significant gateway project will serve as a focal point in the City for years to come, I remain deeply committed to ensuring that the City builds this pedestrian connection in a safe and timely fashion. I would also like to reaffirm that the contractor is responsible for demolishing and rebuilding the tower at no additional cost to taxpayers.
I am happy that work is ramping up on this project and look forward to providing you with updates about this project as key milestones occur.
If you have any questions about this project, please feel free to contact my office.
Public Meeting – New Splash Pad in Fairlea Park
I am happy to let you know that I secured funding in the 2012 Capital Budget for a brand new splash pad in Fairlea Park located at 2659 Fairlea Crescent. I would like to invite you, as a member of our vibrant community, to attend a public consultation meeting in order to see the preliminary concept plans for the splash pad and to provide your input and comments. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Albion-Heatherington Recreation Centre, 1560 Heatherington Road. A formal presentation by City staff will begin at 7:15 p.m. This is your opportunity to participate in the design development of an exciting new park facility in our community. For more information, please contact Paul Landry, Senior Project Manager with the City of Ottawa’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Branch at 613-580-2424 ext. 24392 or Paul.Landry@ottawa.ca.
I am hopeful that the splash pad will be built in time for families to enjoy by late summer, but at this point there are no guarantees. There’s a lot of work to be done and I look forward to receiving your input as we work through the process.
April OC Transpo Improvements
OC Transpo has released their transit service changes and adjustments that will be made starting Sunday, April 22nd, and Monday, April 23rd, 2012. These service improvements are the result of customer comments and operational review. Our ward will see improvements to routes 143 and 144 through added trips at key times. Routes 40, 87, and 98 will see the addition of articulated buses to allow for increased capacity during peak trips.
Once the new service begins, customers can find up-to-date schedules by visiting octranspo.com, using octanspo.mobi, calling 613-560-1000, or texting 560560.
I was pleased to host my annual International Women’s Day breakfast last week to
celebrate and recognize the achievements of women in Gloucester- Southgate Ward andaround the world. The event was a great success bringing together women from the community in celebration of our collective achievements. My special guest, Raylene Lang-Dion of Equal Voice spoke about engaging women of all ages in the political process. If you live in Gloucester-Southgate Ward and would like to be included on my mailing list for next year’s International Women’s Day breakfast, please contact my office at 613-580-2480 or Diane.Deans@ottawa.ca
Grand Opening of the Capital Exhibition Centre
I was proud to take part in the official opening of the Capital Exhibition (CE) Centre on February 28th. The new state-of-the-art trade show facility located on Uplands Drive, west of the Airport Parkway was made possible through a public-private partnership between the City of Ottawa, Shenkman Corporation, and the Ottawa Airport Authority. The construction of this centre means that residents will be treated to some of the best and most innovative events and shows. These events will inject an estimated 30 million dollars annually into our local economy, along with positive infrastructure upgrades in our community surrounding the airport. Infrastructure upgrades already in place include the installation of a new traffic control signal to the site, and widening of two left hand turning lanes. In spring 2012, work will continue with new paving, a sidewalk fronting the site, as well as connectivity of bicycle lanes to Uplands Road and the Airport Parkway. For more information on what is taking place at the new CE Centre visit www.cecentre.ca.
Ward 10 schools helping the environment through Green Bin participation
The City of Ottawa’s "Green Bins in Schools” Pilot Program continues to grow in popularity. I would like to congratulate the students and staff at four Gloucester-Southgate schools for their voluntary participation in the City of Ottawa’s "Green Bins in Schools” Program. The students and staff at St. Bernard Catholic School, St. Marguerite D’Youville Catholic School, Uplands Catholic School and Dunlop Public School are putting their compostable materials in green bins daily, thereby diverting waste and saving landfill space. The City provides schools with green bins and picks them up using its regular residential collection teams.
Development Update – 3225 Conroy Road
Construction will commence shortly on a Place of Worship at the north east corner of Johnston Road and Conroy Road (next to the Petro Canada). The Aga Khan Ismaili community is constructing a 2566 square metre building along with 171 parking spaces, which conforms to current zoning. I hosted public meetings with the applicant on their site plan throughout 2010 and 2011 where the City received feedback from the community. The developer has now obtained site plan approval and is preparing the site for construction. The Ismaili community are looking forward to their new home in Gloucester-Southgate and have already taken leadership roles in community events.
Student Volunteer Opportunity
Are you looking to fill school volunteer hours or want to get an idea of what it’s like to work in a City Councillor’s office? If so, I am currently looking for student volunteers from our ward and would love to hear from you. The tasks can range from helping out in the office with mailing and filing, to getting involved during our community events. If this sounds like something you would enjoy please contact me, providing information about yourself, by email at email@example.com.
Good news for Gloucester-Southgate in the 2012 Budget
On November 30, City Council approved the 2012 Budget with a sustainable tax increase of 2.39%, a continued freeze on fees for City recreation programs and a transit-fare increase averaging 2.5%. In addition, as Chair of the Transit Commission, I am pleased to report that City Council also approved the Transit Commission’s Budget, which includes an additional $5.5 million investment for OC Transpo to add 66,000 service hours to address bus overcrowding and service to cover the 6% growth in transit ridership on our transit system. The budget also includes good news for Gloucester-Southgate Ward. On behalf of the residents in our ward, I worked hard to secure funding for the following projects:
- funding for the design work for an upgraded Sawmill Creek Pool and Community Centre, which will get the project construction ready
- new splash pad for Fairlea Park
- new traffic improvements at the Albion Road and Johnston Road intersection
- pedestrian safety improvements at the Bank Street and Cahill Drive/Dazé Street intersection
- road resurfacing of Stevenage Drive from east of Swansea Crescent East to west of Swansea Crescent West in 2012 and Tapiola Crescent in 2013
- funding for the road engineering design work to renew Rastila Crescent, Esson Street, Fontenay Crescent, Clearwater Crescent and Kodiak Street
- replacement of the elevator systems on the west platforms of the Greenboro and the South Keys Transitway Stations
Should you have any questions regarding the above projects, please do not hesitate to contact my office. This has been a great year serving you, and I will continue to advocate for our ward at the Council table. Please feel free to share your comments and ideas with me on how we can continue to improve our community at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-580-2480.
City Works Yard under construction – Conroy Road at Thurston Drive
I continue to receive numerous inquiries regarding the construction on the east side of Conroy Road at the intersection of Conroy Road and Thurston Drive. The City of Ottawa is building a new Works Yard to replace the current Yard on Heatherington Road, which has reached the end of its lifecycle.
To date, the concrete foundation for the buildings on site, as well as the back fill are almost completed. In addition, we can expect to see the structural steel frames being constructed starting the week of December 5th. City staff would like to advise residents that traffic disruptions and lane closures may occur on Conroy Road in front of the site due to a road cut that is required to connect water, sewer and hydro service to the new Works Yard. It is anticipated that the new Works Yard will be fully constructed by 2012, and will better serve the growing needs of our city.
Public Meeting: Blossom Park East Transportation Study Kick-off – Dec. 13
I am pleased to announce that the City of Ottawa has approved my request, on behalf of residents, for an Area Traffic Management Study in the Blossom Park East community. The area under study is bounded by St. Barbara Avenue to the north, Conroy Road to the east, Queensdale Avenue to the south and Bank Street to the west. The study will be officially launched with the City of Ottawa hosting a public meeting on Tuesday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m. in Meeting Rooms A & B at the Greenboro Community Centre, located at 363 Lorry Greenberg Drive. A formal presentation by the Project Manager will begin at 7:30 p.m. Please join me in a meeting with City Staff to hear your transportation concerns and to solicit your participation in a public working group. Should you not be able to attend the meeting, presentation materials will be posted on the City’s website following the meeting at www.ottawa.ca/BlossomParkEast. You can also contact my office at email@example.com or 613-580-2480 for more information. I look forward to seeing you on December 13th.
Seniors have your say
I would like to invite seniors in the community to comment on how the City of Ottawa can better support and provide services to the senior population in our city. Please send your comments and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact my office at 613-580-2480.
Start a Neigbourhood Watch Program in your community
Neighbourhood Watch is a program that aims to get residents involved in community safety at the local level by helping neighbours watch out for neighbours. Your neighbours know who you are, what type of car you drive, and may be the first to notice a suspicious person at your door or window. By simply getting to know your neighbours through a Neighbourhood Watch Program, you'll be well positioned to recognize someone or something that's suspicious and report it to the Ottawa Police right away.
The Neighbourhood Watch encourages participation in crime prevention, and as part of the program, you can learn:
- how to recognize and report suspicious activity in your neighbourhood,
- how to make your home less inviting as a target for thieves, and
- how to participate in Operation Identification, an engraving program for your valuables.
Getting involved is easy and free. For more information about starting a Neighbourhood Watch in your area, please call my office at 613-580-2480.
How to “Make the Right Call” when you require assistance
The City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) in partnership with community stakeholders provide many different services to Ottawa residents. In the event you encounter an issue, and you require assistance, please remember to “Make the RightCall” by calling:
911: Life-Threatening Emergencies (fire and medical) and Crimes in Progress
613-230-6211: OPS Other Emergencies Contact – To report other emergencies that are not life threatening and are not crimes in progress
613-236-1222 ext. 7300: OPS Call Centre – To report theft, property damage, missing person or stolen vehicle (not in progress)
311: City of Ottawa services, such as noise, property standards, parking and zoning by-law complaints, snow removal, garbage pick-up, etc.
211: A full range of non-emergency, community, social, health and government services