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April 26, 2016

Changes to OPL Bookmobile Service in Gloucester-Southgate Ward

If you're a client of the Ottawa Public Library's Bookmobile service, please be advised that there will be upcoming changes to two Bookmobile stops in Gloucester-Southgate Ward after consultation with the community.

As of July 4, the Blossom Park stop at 2950 Bank Street (Map) will be moved from Tuesdays 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. to Saturdays 2 to 3 p.m.

As well, the Bateman stop at Robert Bateman School (Map) will be discontinued due to very low usage. To learn more about the OPL Bookmobile service, please click here

April 25, 2016

Third Annual Earth Day Event a Success!

On Thursday, April 21, I hosted my 3rd annual Earth Day celebration at the Greenboro Community Centre. It was a pleasure to meet and speak with all the residents who came out to join me in learning more about this great eco-friendly day.

A special thank you to our sponsors: Tim Hortons at 2495 Bank St. and Loblaws South Keys for refreshments, Giant Tiger for giveaway prizes, and Peter Knippel Garden Centre for our draw prizes.


Thank you as well to City of Ottawa staff, the Ottawa Food Bank, and Just Food for presenting and being on-hand to answer questions. Thank you to everyone who made this event a great success!

April 12, 2016

Attend Councillor Diane Deans' Earth Day Event!

I’d like to invite you to join me in celebrating Earth Day in Ottawa with my third annual Earth Day event! Earth Day is the largest environmental event in the world and this year I will be focusing on the importance of local and sustainable gardens, the cornerstone of many healthy communities. The event will be held at the Greenboro Community Centre at 363 Lorry Greenberg Dr. (Google Map) on Thursday, April 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Residents can learn about how to start a community garden and about exciting programs from the Ottawa Food Bank and City of Ottawa Staff. As well, you can fill out a ballot at the event for a chance to win a gift package of one of three seed harvesting kits kindly donated by Peter Knippel Garden Centre.

Thank you to our sponsors Loblaws South Keys, Tim Hortons at 2495 Bank St., and Giant Tiger for contributing valuable donations to this event. I hope to see you there!

April 7, 2016

Northbound on-ramp to Airport Parkway at Hunt Club Road closed Friday evening until Monday morning

Motorists are advised that the northbound on-ramp to the Airport Parkway at Hunt Club Road will be closed from Friday, April 8 at 8 p.m. until Monday, April 11 at 6 a.m. for construction work related to a watermain located beneath the on-ramp.

Detours will be in place that will redirect traffic from Hunt Club Road to Riverside Drive, to Brookfield Road and alternatively down Bank Street. Motorists traveling to the airport will not be impacted.

The City of Ottawa has tools on ottawa.ca to help motorists and transit users plan their routes and manage their commute including:

For current information about traffic and construction around the city, visit ottawa.ca.

For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-9656).  You can also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

March 31, 2016

Northbound on-ramp to Airport Parkway at Hunt Club Road closed Friday evening to early Monday morning

Motorists are advised that the northbound on-ramp to the Airport Parkway at Hunt Club Road will be closed from Friday, April 1 at 8 p.m. until Monday, April 4 at 6 a.m. for construction work related to a watermain located beneath the on-ramp.

Additional weekend closures may be required for construction, depending on the state of the watermain that will be assessed. Further information will be provided.

Detours will be in place that will redirect traffic from Hunt Club Road to Riverside Drive, to Brookfield Road and alternatively down Bank Street. Motorists traveling to the airport will not be impacted.

The City of Ottawa has tools on ottawa.ca to help motorists and transit users plan their routes and manage their commute including:

For current information about traffic and construction around the city, visit ottawa.ca.For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-9656).  You can also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

March 18, 2016

Section of Anderson Road closed during culvert replacement

Anderson Road is closed between Ridge Road and Russell Road due to the rehabilitation and construction of a culvert in the area. The work is expected to last until approximately March 23. Further updates will follow.

Road closure and detour signs will be installed and maintained throughout the construction period. Motorists traveling north and south on Anderson Road are being detoured via Russell Road, Ramsayville Road and Ridge Road.

Residents are encouraged to be flexible with commuting times, stagger work hours or use alternative means for travel. Residents are asked to consider options such as transit or carpooling.

The City of Ottawa has tools on ottawa.ca to help motorists and transit users plan their routes and manage their commute including:

For current information about traffic and construction around the city, visit ottawa.ca.

March 17, 2016

Northbound on-ramp to Airport Parkway at Hunt Club Road closed Friday evening to Saturday morning

Motorists are advised that the northbound on-ramp to the Airport Parkway at Hunt Club Road will be closed from Friday, March 18 at 8 p.m. until Saturday, March 19 at 10 a.m. for construction work related to a culvert located beneath the on-ramp.

Additional weekend closures may be required for construction, depending on the state of the culvert that will be assessed. Further information will be provided.

Detours will be in place that will redirect traffic from Hunt Club Road to Riverside Drive, to Brookfield Road and alternatively down Bank Street. Motorists traveling to the airport will not be impacted.

The City of Ottawa has tools on ottawa.ca to help motorists and transit users plan their routes and manage their commute including:

For current information about traffic and construction around the city, visit ottawa.ca.

For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-9656).  You can also connect with us through FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

March 7, 2016

Public Consultations for New Rate Structure

The City is seeking residents' feedback as it develops a new rate structure to ensure that the cost of operating and maintaining Ottawa’s water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure is done in a way that is sustainable, fair and affordable.

Residents can learn more about this initiative and register to participate in one of the public consultation sessions by visitingottawa.ca.

Consultations will take place on:

  • Monday, March 21, from 7 to 9 p.m., Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard
  • Tuesday, March 29, from 7 to 9 p.m., West Carleton Community Complex, 5670 Carp Road
  • Wednesday, March 30 from 7 to 9 p.m., City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
  • Thursday,  March 31, from 7 to 9 p.m., Navan Memorial Centre, 1295 Colonial Road
  • Saturday, April 2, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Metcalfe Community Centre, 8243 Victoria Street
  • Tuesday, April 5, from 7 to 9 p.m., Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre, 2300 Community Way
  • Thursday, April 7, from 7 to 9 p.m., Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue

Residents who are unable to attend one of the sessions will be able to view presentation materials and participate online by visiting ottawa.ca after March 21.

For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-9656).  You can also connect with us through FacebookTwitter and Instagram

February 28, 2016

Attend the Final Airport Parkway and Lester Road Open House

Please be advised that the third and final open house for the Airport Parkway and Lester Road Widening Environment Assessment will be held on March 10 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Jim Durrell Recreation Centre, 1265 Walkley Rd. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m.

This open house is to present the recommended plan for the project, where residents are encouraged to give their input before it is presented to Council for approval in late spring 2016. For more information on the environmental assessment study, please visit Ottawa.ca/airportparkway.

February 26, 2016

Input Needed for Proposed Changes to Bus Service in Greenboro East

Residents are encouraged to have their say on proposed changes to three OC Transpo bus routes in the Greenboro East area. These changes will affect routes 43, 114 and 143, with revisions that would improve transit by reducing duplication of service, maintaining access and connections to transit for customers, and providing an opportunity for future growth.

This proposal would also designate a customer drop-off and pick-up spot at Greenboro Station adjacent to the park and ride. If approved, these changes would be implemented in June 2016. To see the proposals and submit your comments, visit OCTranspo.ca and leave your comments at the bottom of the designated page by the deadline of March 6. Please call 613-842-3600 for more information.

February 22, 2016

Building Education: My SchoolBOX Build Trip in Nicaragua

This past week I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel with a group of prominent Ottawa-area women to Nicaragua on a school-building trip. Our trip was facilitated by SchoolBOX, an Almonte-based charity with the mission of giving children in Nicaragua the chance to receive an education.

Over the course of our build, we got to experience a glimpse of Nicaraguan life, from the kind-hearted, playful children to the beauty of the natural landscapes and history-rich cities. Below is an overview of our three build days, one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

Day 1 of the Build

What better way to kick off our build than with a volcano eruption? It started rather dramatically with the eruption of a nearby volcano in Leon. Luckily, we all took some great photos . . . you don’t see that in Ottawa!

I’ll be the first to say that I am not a natural handywoman, but thanks to the guidance of locals, I was able to spend the day forming rectangles out of rods which would be used to create the rebar structures for the school.

When lunch time came around, we were treated to a wonderful meal by the women of the village, where we were able to play with some of the children. Although these children are considered poor from a monetary perspective, it’s remarkable to see that they are incredibly rich in spirit and have loving hearts. We ended off our day visiting the local city of Leon, a colonial city with a large religious influence. The beauty, colours and sounds of the city were a rewarding end to a long day.

Day 2 of the Build

With the start of a new day, we got to work on building the school’s foundation once more. Our all-women build was joined again by local work crews and children, who were eager to talk and play with us. Sue Jones, the Deputy City Manager for the City of Ottawa, and I decided to set up a mini tattoo parlour using temporary tattoos with the City’s logo for the children, which they loved. Even in the middle of Nicaragua, Ottawa was represented!

During the day, I was taught to make authentic tortillas by the local women, and I finished up forming rebar for the structure of the school. All in all, a great day on the build site. At night, we finished with a tour of a handful of local churches, which hold a place of high importance for the Nicaraguan people as a religious society.

Day 3 of the Build

On this day, I found that I was drawn again to the kindness and pure, childlike joy the local children have. We had the opportunity to visit a school in a remote location, where we were joined by children from the area. One of my favourites was Miguel, a little boy who was fascinated by my camera in a way that only children can be. He took a photo of some of the women from our build group, photobombing it like any little boy would. When we were leaving, Miguel told us that he didn’t want us to go, and asked us to bring him to Canada with us.

It was an emotional day for us all, as we were leaving the community where our build site was located. Our group really connected with the local people, especially the wonderful children. As a parting gift, the village women made us all beautiful wooden necklaces with our names and ‘El Por Venir.’ I know I wasn’t alone in getting teary-eyed. I am so thankful to the people of the community for opening their hearts and homes to us, and to SchoolBOX for making this trip a success. Soon, children will be able to learn in a real school, free from harsh heat or unrelenting rain, and that makes it all worth it.

February 5, 2016

Donate to Prince of Peace School's Clothing and Household Item Drive

Prince of Peace School is hosting a donation drive to raise money for a Play Structure Fund. You can lend a hand by cleaning out your closet and donating items such as clothing, shoes, accessories, books, linens and small household items to this great cause.

Their drive will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at both St. Patrick's High School (2525 Alta Vista Dr.) and the Albion-Heatherington CC (1560 Heatherington Rd.). For more information and any questions, please contact Kevin Craig, Parent's Council Member, at kpcraig78@gmail.com.

February 1, 2016

Contribute to Beyond Health Research Survey

If you've ever wondered how our built environment affects our health, a group of Carleton students want to discover just that. These students have created a research project studying the built environment within various Ottawa neighbourhoods on health indicators including physical and mental health, and overall safety. They are particularly interested in how these features meet the needs of people with disabilities, the elderly, and parents to young children.

I encourage residents to assist them by participating in their research project. The first component of the study is a 20-minute web-based survey (found at tiny.cc/builtenvironment ); the study is currently live. 

The second part will be comprised of focus groups (one for each: people with disabilities, the elderly, and parents to young children), and will take place mid-February. Those who complete the survey will also have the option of being contactable for participating in the focus group. There is a web-link where residents can follow along to new posts about the study, as well as complete street movements and development within the city: www.carleton.ca/eoel/beyond.

January 25, 2016

O-Train Trillium Line Extension Planning and Environmental Assessment Study

The City of Ottawa has completed an Environmental Project Report for the O-Train Trillium Line Extension Planning and Environmental Assessment Study. I encourage all residents and stakeholders to review the EPR and submit their feedback through various locations throughout Ottawa, including the City Hall Information Desk at 110 Laurier Ave. W. and the Greenboro Library at 363 Lorry Greenberg Dr. Feedback will be accepted until Feb. 22, 2016.

Please click here to read the report.

January 14, 2016

Feedback Needed for Bookmobile Stops

Give us your feedback! The bookmobile stops in 22 communities around the City. The Ottawa Public Library will be recommending a new schedule to the Library Board in 2016. Send us your feedback at Bookmobile@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca before Friday, January 15, 2016.

Blossom Park

Blossom Park stop currently: Tuesday from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Proposed: Saturday from 2:15-3:15 p.m. Do you prefer the current location or the Sawmill Creek Community Centre at 3380 D'Aoust Ave.?

Bateman

Bateman stop currently: Wednesday from 9:15-10 a.m. Proposed: discontinue.

January 11, 2015

Third Annual Gloucester-Southgate Ward Community Open House a Success

On Sunday, Jan. 10 I hosted my annual Gloucester-Southgate Ward Community Open House at the Greenboro Community Centre. Residents were invited to meet with me and share their thoughts and ideas to improve their communities. It was fantastic to meet the more than 60 residents that attended despite the rainy weather. Open houses such as this one are an integral way to ensure the voices of Gloucester-Southgate ward residents are heard.

As well, I announced the winners of my Vibrant Communities Equal Healthy Communities student essay contest, which can be viewed below. Congratulations to those who won, and a sincere thank you to all who attended this event.

January 11, 2015

Winners: Vibrant Communities Equal Healthy Communities Essay Contest

Last Fall, my office, with the assistance of Hydro Ottawa, the South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre, and the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, came together to create and sponsor a student essay contest for high school-aged youth living in the Albion-Heatherington neighbourhood. I wanted to hear from young people who live in the area how they can keep their neighbourhood a vibrant and healthy place to live. 

We received many excellent, creative entries from students across Albion-Heatherington, and narrowed it down to three finalists. The winners, who joined me for my Gloucester-Southgate Ward Community Open House on Jan. 10, are as follows:

Thank you to all finalists for their exceptional entries. These ideas will go towards keeping Albion-Heatherington a great community in which to live. To read the winners' essays, please click on the hyperlinks above.

December 17, 2015

Free Festive Christmas Dinner for Residents

I invite residents of Gloucester-Southgate to attend a free community dinner taking place on Dec. 24 at the Albion-Heatherington Recreation Centre located at 1560 Heatherington Rd.

The event is hosted by Operation Big Turkey and will provide a festive holiday meal for community members who may need it between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Celebrate the holidays with your neighbours in Gloucester-Southgate.

December 16, 2015

New Online Pet Registration Services

Emergency and Protective Services and ServiceOttawa in partnership with the Information Technology Services and Finance departments are pleased to announce the launch of new online Pet Registration services on ottawa.ca.  This initiative was a result of Council’s investment in the ServiceOttawa program.  This mobile friendly application provides expanded service options for residents through their My ServiceOttawa account, including: 

  • Create new and renew existing pet registrations
  • Update and change information to existing pet registrations
  • Request a replacement identification tag
  • Pay fees directly through ottawa.ca

Residents can now manage their pet registration online, thereby reducing the need to pay for postage or travel to a client service centre. The enhanced services also make pet registration more convenient, accessible, and available 24 / 7.

The City of Ottawa is committed to delivering Service Excellence and is continually working to improve access through digital service delivery. The recent addition of the online pet registration and renewal services to My ServiceOttawa is an example of how departments are working together to deliver personalized services based on client needs and interactions.

The new online services will be promoted on ottawa.ca and through the annual pet registration renewal notification process in spring 2016. 

December 7, 2015

Emerald Ash Borer Woodlot Rehabilitation Project 2016

Please be advised that as the result of widespread Emerald Ash Borer infestation, the City of Ottawa Forestry Services is planning woodlot rehabilitation activities for select parks and locations in Gloucester-Southgate ward.

Some city-owned ash trees will be removed due to the infestation and to prevent a safety risk to the community. This action will be completed during the winter months of 2016 with an estimated completion date between January and March. Work will generally take place between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., when weather permits.

Only trees located on City property will be removed as part of this project. Any residents adjacent to these activities will be notified through mail.

The locations in which the woodlot rehabilitation activities will take place include:

  • Windsor Park – 3560 Wyman Pl.
  • Aladdin Park – 3939 Albion Rd.
  • Fawn Meadow Park – 165 Meandering Brook Dr.
  • Sawmill Creek Pool Park – 3380 D’aoust Ave.
  • Cedardale Park – 29 Mary Dr.
  • 3169 Conroy Rd.
  • 2050 Hunt Club Rd. Parkland

For more information on this project and the Emerald Ash Borer, visit Ottawa.ca/forestry or call 3-1-1.

December 6, 2015

Keep Valuables Safe this Holiday Season

During the holiday season thefts from vehicles become a problem. By taking simple preventative measures such as ensuring your vehicle is completely locked and by either placing items of value out of sight or removing valuable items from your vehicle altogether, much of it can be avoided.

Ottawa Police Officers are often seen in the community placing the “All Valuables Removed” cards on parked vehicles. This bright yellow card is a crime prevention initiative that contains important information on how to protect your property by providing tips to prevent vehicle theft and theft from vehicles, as well as important numbers to call if this happens to you. When this card is placed inside the driver’s side window, it advertises the fact that you are a part of a crime prevention initiative and that there is nothing of value in the vehicle, thus assisting in deterring any potential victimization.

It is imperative that people always report to police when they are victimized, no matter how minor the incident is.  If your car is broken into and nothing is stolen or damaged, Police still need to know because our Crime Analysts use this reported data along with all other crime to build strategies for our officers to tackle these problems in a more effective way. Often these crimes do not occur in isolation, but are often committed by the same individuals or groups whom we may be aware of already.  When these crimes are not reported to police, the police are blind to strategically respond.

“Lock It or Lose It” is an award winning crime prevention initiative developed with the support of the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC). With the assistance of the OACP (Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police), this initiative is aimed at encouraging drivers to take simple precautions to help prevent crime and victimization.

With the holiday season upon us, the Ottawa Police Service is encouraging motorists and passengers to “Lock it Down.” Remove valuables and shopping bags from view; this includes spare change and electronic devices. Most importantly call the Ottawa Police to report any suspicious persons or incidents whether or not property was stolen or damaged.

To obtain an “All Valuables Removed” card or to get involved in crime prevention, you can contact your local Community Police Centre or visit www.ottawapolice.ca.

December 5, 2015

Third Annual Gloucester-Southgate Ward Community Open House

Please join me on Jan. 10, 2016 for my 3rd Annual Gloucester-Southgate Ward Community Open House. This event will be an opportunity for residents to meet, engage in community issues, and discuss the year ahead with me. A children's crafts table will be available and cake and light refreshments will be served.

The event will take place from 2 to 3:30 at the Greenboro Community Centre, 363 Lorry Greenberg Drive, Rooms A & B. Please RSVP by Dec. 30th, 2015 to diane.deans@ottawa.ca. I hope you can attend!

December 2, 2015

Renovations Complete for Calzavara Family Park

I am pleased to announce the re-opening of the newly renovated play equipment at Calzavara Park located at 1602 Blohm Dr. Thanks to the hard work of our City staff, the park has been thoroughly inspected and approved for safety concerns and is open for public use.

Calzavara Park now features a fully accessible swing and a number of safe, engaging play structures for younger and older children. The new splash pad that was chosen with the help of the community is fully functional and will open at the beginning of the water spray season in 2016. A brand new shade shelter and sand table will be delivered and installed in January for use in the warmer months. Photos can be seen here.

Stay tuned for details of our grand opening ceremony coming in 2016!

November 16, 2015

Vibrant Communities Equal Healthy Communities Essay Contest

I’m happy to announce that in conjunction with local organizations, I will be launching an essay contest entitled “Vibrant Communities Equal Healthy Communities” for high school students. All high school student residents of Ward 10 living in the Albion-Heatherington Community are eligible. Full contest details here.

November 2, 2015

Section of River Road is closed during culvert replacement

River Road is closed between Earl Armstrong Road and Leitrim Road due to the rehabilitation and construction of culverts in the area. The work is expected to last until mid-November.

Road closure and detour signs will be installed and maintained throughout the construction period. The road will remain open to local traffic.

There may also be temporary lane reductions along River Road between Tewsley Drive and Honey Gables Drive during the construction period.

During construction, there will be a greater need for all road users to share the road safely. When navigating through the area, be cautious and watch out for construction vehicles and workers, pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists.

With all of the construction-related activities underway, residents are encouraged to be flexible with commuting times, stagger work hours or use alternative means for travel. The public is asked to consider options such as transit, walking, cycling or carpooling.

The City of Ottawa has tools to help motorists and transit users plan their routes and manage their commute, including:

This work is part of Ottawa on the Move, which is about keeping our community and economy moving forward through strategic investments in a number of transportation, water, and sewer projects to build a better city and create jobs. For current traffic and construction information around the city, visit ottawa.ca.

October 28, 2015

Residents encouraged to clean on-street catch basins

The City is asking residents to help improve stormwater flow in their neighbourhoods by clearing leaves and debris from on-street catch basins near their homes.

With the weather forecast over the next two days predicting heavy rainfall, City road crews will be working on drainage and keeping catch basins clear. Residents can help by safely clearing leaves and debris from on-street catch basins in their own neighbourhoods. Catch basins can easily be located by looking for a yellow T painted in the centre of the road.

During heavy rainfall, catch basins may drain slowly by design. This controls the amount of water flowing through the stormwater system and reduces the risk of basement flooding. As a result, water may temporarily pool on the road even when the catch basin is clear. This pooling water is not a cause for concern and should drain quickly after the rain has ended.

Residents should exercise caution, avoid heavy traffic areas and drive carefully.

For more information on the City’s stormwater collection system and to learn how to reduce your stormwater impact, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).

October 27, 2015

Ottawa International Airport Safety Exercises

Please be advised that the Ottawa International Airport Authority will be running a safety exercise this evening including responders from Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Fire Service and Ottawa Paramedic Service.

They are required to hold major exercises according to Transport Canada regulation. Safety-related and security-related exercises are planned in alternating years going forward.

October 7, 2015

City of Ottawa 2016 Budget

On October 6th I hosted a public consultation on the budget process with my colleagues in the south end. I would like to thank all of the Gloucester-Southgate residents who came out and shared their questions, comments, and concerns with regards to the 2016 budget.


The approved budget direction includes a property tax increase of 1.75 per cent, a transit levy increase of 2.5 per cent, and a water rate increase of 6 per cent. The report also outlines that by using these numbers, the City will be facing a 36M budget pressure for 2016.

Our city is facing a challenging budget and I believe it is imperative that City Council hear from residents on how we should manage this situation. We need to know about what service standards you believe can be changed, where funding could be reduced, and what tax increase you would be comfortable with in the future.

Below are several links that will help you learn more about how our budget works and how you can get involved. I would like to once again encourage residents to stay informed and continue to share their feedback as the budget process moves forward. If you have further questions, comments or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact my office.

Budget 101

Presentation and Important Dates

Budget Comment Sheet

September 30, 2015

Traffic and Roadway Safety in Gloucester-Southgate Ward

Safety Series: Traffic & Roadway Safety:

On September 22nd, I held my second Safety Series meeting with the focus on Traffic and Roadway Safety. There was a presentation by Safer Roads Ottawa which highlighted many of their ongoing initiatives and community campaigns. I would like to thank the Members from the City of Ottawa’s Traffic Services Department, the Ottawa Police Service and Safer Roads Ottawa who participated in this public meeting. 

Safer Roads Ottawa discussed community traffic concerns and possible initiatives that residents can participate in. I encourage the residents of Gloucester Southgate Ward to become involved in one of the Safer Roads Ottawa (SRO) campaigns. Many of the drivers who you witness speeding through your neighbourhood streets are your neighbours, which makes it important to get the entire community involved.

I will be hosting my next Safety Series meeting in the spring of 2016. If you have any feedback or would like to suggest a topic, please contact my office.

Traffic Calming Strategic Initiative:

Traffic safety is a paramount priority across the entire City of Ottawa. As a City Councillor, this is one of the major concerns that I hear about from residents. Permanent traffic calming measures such as speed humps and bulb outs are often costly and require lengthy studies that do not meet the immediate needs of the community.

City Council recognizes this challenge and through the City’s Strategic Initiative process, created a new Temporary Traffic Calming Measures Program to assist in addressing community concerns more effectively. Through this program, a suite of temporary and seasonal traffic calming solutions has become more readily available to communities to help reduce roadway speeds, particularly on local roads.

Some of these measures include seasonal flex-stakes, pole mounted speed display boards, traffic calming signage, and pavement markings. I recognize that these measures are not permanent solutions, but all have proven effective in reducing roadway speeds while in place. Currently, there are temporary traffic calming center line flex boards installed on Heatherington Road. This is an example of the type of measure that could be installed in your community.

Through comments received from residents, I have already begun to take advantage of this program and have purchased four speed radar boards for Gloucester Southgate ward. The first two speed radar boards will be installed on Hunt Club Road (Cahill Drive) and River Road (Balmoral Drive). The third board is semi-permanent (3 months) and will be in installed on Bank Street (Kemp Park). Lastly, the 4th board will be deployed across the ward and moved every 2-3 weeks. If you would like to request that we deploy a speed radar board in your community, please contact my office.

Stay tuned to see further traffic calming initiatives in Gloucester Southgate Ward!

Bike Repair Station:

I have been working closely with the Safer Roads Ottawa team and I am pleased to announce that a bike repair station will be installed at the Greenboro Community Centre.

I received confirmation that the station parts have arrived and it should be installed in the next few weeks (weather dependent). You will be able to find the bike repair station by the front entrance to the Community Centre.

There will be several other locations across the City of Ottawa and the official unveiling of the program will be held in spring 2016.  I am excited to have the bicycle repair station installed at this beautiful community center, which is only steps away from our great pathway system. It will provide you with a free and convenient way to tune up your bike and ride safely!

September 4, 2015

New Park Features at Trappers Park

I would like to share with you some exciting news about an upcoming project in our community. Trappers Park, located at 3580 Trapper’s Road, has been identified through the City’s Minor Park Improvement budget to receive a new swing set, upgraded park furniture and additional trees for shade! The City’s Parks and Recreation Department has retained the services of a landscape technician to prepare the layout of the new park features. Staff have confirmed that the most viable location for the new swing set is along the pathway to ensure the equipment is accessible for all park users.  Along with this new swing set some new park furniture will replace the existing features.  There will be three new benches, two new picnic tables and a number of shade trees. The timing of the implementation of the project is currently scheduled to begin this fall, weather dependant.  If you have any comments or feedback with regard to these improvements, please contact my office by emailing diane.deans@ottawa.ca, or by calling 613-580-2480.

August 20, 2015

Safety Series : Traffic & Roadway Safety

I am happy to announce that I will be hosting the second chapter of my Safety Series on Tuesday September 22nd, 6:30 p.m. at the Greenboro Community Center. The focus of this meeting is Traffic & Roadway Safety.

I have requested the presence of the Ottawa Police Service, the Safer Roads Ottawa group, City of Ottawa Traffic Services, and the Cycling & Pedestrian Safety group. This is an important opportunity for you to receive information, ask questions and to meet the community partners who are working hard to keep our neighborhood roads safe.

There will be an information fair at 6:30 p.m., presentation at 7:00 p.m., followed by a question and answer period. 

For more information please contact 613-580-2480  or Diane.Deans@ottawa.ca

August 20, 2015

CPTED Audit of Airport Parkway Bridge

Councillor Brockington and I will be hosting the second Crime Prevention though Environmental Design (CPTED) Audit of the Airport Parkway Pedestrian Bridge. This will be held on Wednesday September 2nd from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This is a result of concerns brought to the attention of myself and Councillor Brockington. Also, it is part of the City’s regular process to reassess their assets and conduct safety audits on existing city infrastructure.

Members of the community will be meeting at the corner of Plante Drive and Cahill Drive West at 6:45 p.m. I encourage residents to come out and take part.
Please remember to dress appropriately as the walkthrough is outside.  If you have any questions or would like to register to attend please contact my office at 613-580-2480 or diane.deans@ottawa.ca.

July, 2015

Comment Deadline – South Keys to Blossom Park Community Design Plan

In December 2013, the City initiated a Community Design Plan (CDP) for a portion of Bank Street from the CN railway corridor (near the Greenboro Transit Station) south to Queensdale Avenue. The purpose of the CDP is to guide future development, design, and infrastructure in the project area. It will establish a 20 year vision and long-term plan for the area, and a roadmap explaining how to achieve the plan.

The preliminary South Keys to Blossom Park, Bank Street CDP, Secondary Plan and related Zoning By-law Amendment maps are now available for public review and comment up until July 24, 2015.The City would like to know your views concerning this project. All public comments will be considered when finalizing the draft documents to be presented to Planning Committee in September 2015. To access information relating to this proposal, e.g., plans and studies, go to Ottawa.ca/southbankstreetcdp.  

 

July 16, 2015

City of Ottawa Strategic Initiatives

On Wednesday, July 8th, Ottawa City Council approved the term of Council priorities also known as Strategic Initiatives (SI). The 63 initiatives identify the top priorities of council and provide a framework for decision making over the next 3 years. SI’s are beyond the scope of the normal operating budget and provide council the opportunity to initiate unique projects and objectives.

In April, 2014, as part of a planning conference, I visited a neighbourhood called East Lake in Atlanta that has been transformed from a low-income community through a series of revitalization practices. As a result of this trip, I came home inspired to take the model used in Atlanta and apply it to the Albion-Heatherington community. I worked for a year developing this project and in May I submitted an SI that outlined how we could use Albion-Heatherington as a pilot for creating a new model for community revitalization in Ottawa. The model would use the opportunities already available in this community to build a better mix of housing, create employment opportunities through commercial development, and improve public spaces. By starting in the community of Albion-Heatherington where there is vacant city land available, the possibility for zoning changes, and a strong community foundation, we would have been able to seek out measurable changes and apply lessons learned in communities across the city.

Unfortunately council decided to move forward with a two phase approach. The first stage will conduct a 6 month internal study to identify all available opportunities in our city and the second will identify the preferred site. I am disheartened with this outcome; City Council had the chance to make a significant change to how we address low-income communities and instead opted for more studies.

Despite this outcome, I am pleased that my efforts resulted in Council recognizing the importance of addressing our most vulnerable communities. I still believe that the Albion-Heatherington community is the right choice for this project and will continue to encourage City Council to pick it as the ultimate pilot site.

Below are several media stories related to this project and I encourage everyone to take the time to read them.

http://www.ottawasun.com/2015/07/07/neighbourhood-in-need-stung-by-politicsoneplan

http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/chianello-city-should-move-ahead-with-heatherington-albion-plan

http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/chianello-city-should-move-ahead-with-heatherington-albion-plan

http://www.cfra.com/news/2015/07/07/councillors-square-off-over-albionheatherington-revitalization-project

https://stepsfromthecanal.wordpress.com/

July 13, 2015

Temporary Traffic Calming Project: Heatherington Road

In response to ongoing speeding and traffic calming inquiries on Heatherington Road, the City of Ottawa will be piloting a seasonal traffic calming initiative on a portion of Heatherington Road between Bannerhill Priv. to Albion Road. These treatments are considered seasonal, and will be installed in July, 2015 and removed by mid November, 2015. The project involves the introduction of centerline paint markings, combined with the use of customized flex stake type signs in the centre of the roadway as shown in the image below.

The use of centerline markings combined with the flex stake signs have been proven effective in other large municipalities at increasing driver awareness of vehicle speed when travelling near school and parks. I have done this project on other streets in Ward 10 and it has been successful in lowering the speed.

When the project is removed in November, I will circulate a feedback form for residents to complete regarding their comments. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

July 13, 2015

Update: Blossom Park West ATM Study

On Wednesday June 3rd, City staff met with residents to introduce the Blossom Park West ATM Study. This open house provided residents the opportunity to collect information from Traffic Staff and to voice their feedback on the traffics concerns in their neighbourhood. Over the summer, City staff will continue to gather comments and suggestions. The first public meeting will be held in the fall and it will present the traffic calming plans and future recommendations. I encourage you to provide comments on this matter as it will assist in understanding the traffic concerns in Blossom Park West.

Please share your comments with the Coordinator for this project, Eric Ouimet.
Éric Ouimet
Coordinator, Area Traffic Management
City of Ottawa
613.580.2424 ext. 12392
Eric.Ouimet@ottawa.ca

Keep checking my website for the date of the first public meeting!

July 3, 2015

Pizzza for Parkinson’s

On June 25, 2015, I was proud to host two community events to kick-off a month long campaign that will raise funds for Parkinson Society Eastern Ontario.  With the generous contributions from KS on the Keys Restaurant and Boston Pizza (Conroy Road), I was able to hand out free pizza samples and together we raised funds for Parkinson Society Eastern Ontario.  

Throughout the month of July, when you purchase a large pizza at KS on the Keys Restaurant (1029 Dazé Road) or at Boston Pizza (2980 Conroy Road) a portion of the sale will be donated to Parkinson Society Eastern Ontario.  The funds raised will help provide programs and services in support of those living with Parkinson’s and those caring for them.

Parkinson’s affects over 100,000 Canadians and is a serious, progressive, neurological condition that affects motor skills and can also cause cognitive changes. For more information on Parkinson’s and how you can assist, please visit www.parkinsons.ca.   

July 2, 2015

Pushman Pathway

Staff have advised that the Pushman pathway has been included in the city’s 2015 Sidewalk and Curb Rehabilitation program.  Staff are in the process of finalizing the contract documentation and anticipate that construction will commence in August, weather permitting. 
 
The proposed construction on this pathway consists of widening the current 2 metre pathway into a 3 metre multi-use pathway.  This will include new park benches, waste receptacles, tactile surface indicators, pathway signs and the addition of a new catch basin. 
 
The rehabilitation will cover the section of the pathway that is from Pebble Road to Albion Road.  I will continue to provide updates on this project as it progresses.  

 

June 11, 2015

On Monday June 8th I hosted my annual 55+ Seniors Tea at the EY Centre. It has been a privilege to host this event and this year marked the 20th anniversary. To celebrate this anniversary, I asked the famous storyteller, Mary Cook, to attend the event and speak. She did an excellent job and spoke on the Joys of Memories. I want to acknowledge the wonderful local business who donated to my event; we received 58 donations that were happily raffled off. We had a wonderful afternoon of tea & lunch, 3’s Company Band, prizes and the company of good friends.

Also, it was a pleasure to have Mayor Jim Watson and River Ward Councillor Riley Brockington attend. This year I was very happy to again move the Council motion to declare June as Seniors’ month in the City of Ottawa in recognition of the outstanding contributions senior citizens make to our community.

For me, having this opportunity to meet with you face-to-face is invaluable, as it helps me as your City Councillor to ensure that the work I do each and every day positively impacts you. Thank you to those who attended and I look forward to hosting this event for many years to come.

 

June 10, 2015

The MarketMobile has started its 2015 season which includes a stop in Gloucester-Southgate Ward at Elizabeth Manley Park Field House (1161 Blohm Drive) every second Saturday (the next date will be June 20th) from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  This program provides better access to fresh, healthy, and affordable foods to those residents who otherwise may have limited access.  Everyone is welcome to visit the MarketMobile, but please remember to bring your own bag and that it is cash only. For more information and a full schedule please call 613-249-0458 ext. 5245 or visit marketmobileottawa.ca.

June 1, 2015

Pavement Preservation on Conroy Road

I want to inform the residents of Gloucester Southgate that Conroy Road, between Hunt Club Road & Walkley Road, will be receiving a pavement preservation treatment. This work will commence on June 1st and will be completed within 40 working days. Please note that this time frame is weather dependent. Pavement preservation is the application of asphalt and aggregate over the existing road. This is a preventative treatment to extend the life of the road and to better the quality. City staff have indicated that the work will include minor traffic interruptions and that crews will only work during off peak hours. Please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have any questions regarding this work.

May 27, 2015

Blossom Park West Area Traffic Management Study (Queensdale Avenue, Kingsdale Avenue, Rosebella Avenue (Bank Street to Albion Road))

Open House # 1
June 3, 2015
Sawmill Creek Elementary School, Gymnasium
3400 D'Aoust Avenue
6 to 8 p.m.

The City of Ottawa has initiated a study to examine vehicular speed and driver behavioural concerns along Queensdale, Kingsdale and Rosebella avenues between Bank Street and Albion Road.

The purpose of this Open House is to introduce the project and gather information on community traffic issues from neighbourhood residents as well as all interested parties. Your comments will assist in the understanding of traffic concerns as well as in the development of alternative plans for technical evaluation and future recommendations.

For more information, please contact:
Eric Ouimet
Coordinator, Area Traffic Management
Planning and Growth Management
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1J1
613-580-2424, ext. 12392
Fax: 613-580-2578
E-mail: eric.ouimet@ottawa.ca

May 26, 2015

May 1, 2015

May is Bike to Work Month in the City of Ottawa and I am excited to update you on the activities that will be taking place in the coming weeks.

BIKE TO WORK MONTH

Safer Roads Ottawa.jpgBike to Work month has been celebrated in the City of Ottawa since 2010.  This is a time for everyone to learn more about bike safety, commuting on bicycles, and so much more.  This campaign challenges you and your workplace colleagues to discover cycling as a cost-efficient, effective and healthy way to commute to work. You can register for free as an individual or as part of a workplace group at www.biketoworkottawa.ca. In addition to the pledge, the website offers tips and videos on safety, and free lunch & learn seminars.  Other events such as the NCC’s Sunday Bike Days and the Tamarack Race Weekend will also be promoted through this initiative. 

I would be happy to help provide support to the committee or to any individual who would like to host a local cycling event in our community. Ideas could include a joint Cycling Safety Blitz with the assistance of Safer Roads Ottawa. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly with your ideas!

NEIGHBOURHOOD BIKEWAY PROJECT

In Gloucester-Southgate Ward we are fortunate to have access to great local pathways and trails suitable for the entire family. This year our cycling networks will become even more inviting with the addition of way-finding signage and maps along the Greenboro Pathway.
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The addition of these signs is part of the Neighbourhood Bikeway Project that began last year and was championed by members of the Gloucester-Southgate Ward Cycling Advisory Committee. Installation of the way-finding signage has been completed and the final ‘You are Here’ maps will be added this spring in Forestglade Park, Elizabeth Manley Park, Greenboro Park, and Pushman Park. 

The ‘You are Here’ maps will be a welcome addition to the pathway and will help residents discover what all of our parks have to offer including splash pads, wading pools, tennis courts and more!

BIKE RACKS

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Cycling to your favourite park just got easier with the addition of bike racks in Pushman Park and the upcoming installation of racks in Elizabeth Manley Park along the Greenboro Pathway.

These new racks are just another example of how the Cycling Advisory Committee is improving the cycling experience in our community.

Have a fun and safe cycling season!

 

April 20, 2015

Disposal of household hazardous waste

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

If it’s corrosive, flammable or poisonous it’s hazardous waste. These types of products contaminate water and landfills and should never be poured down the drain or put out with your regular garbage.

To help you dispose of these products safely, the City of Ottawa operates several one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depots for City of Ottawa residents only. 

Liquid or hazardous waste from industrial, commercial and institutional sources will not be accepted.  The one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depots are for residential household waste only.

Products to be dropped off at household hazardous waste depots include:  (maximum 100 litres by volume)

  • Aerosol containers
  • Propane cylinders
  • Disinfectants
  • Fluorescent bulbs/tubes
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fertilizers and pesticides
  • Mercury switches/thermometers
  • Needles and syringes
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Paints and coatings
  • Oven and window cleaners
  • Pool chemicals

You can also return certain paint products and batteries to Ottawa hardware retailers. Visit makethedrop.ca to find a location near you.

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2015 Dates and Locations

Depot hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, May 3, 2015
Rideau-Carleton Raceway
4837 Albion Road
Residential electronic waste is also accepted at this site.

Sunday, May 31, 2015
Tunney's Pasture
251 Sir Frederick Banting Driveway
Residential electronic waste is also accepted at this site.

Sunday, June 14, 2015
BFI (Progressive Waste) Navan Facility
3354 Navan Road

Sunday, June 28, 2015
Fallowfield OC Transpo Park & Ride
3355 Fallowfield Road

Sunday, August 23, 2015
Waste Management
254 Westbrook Road

Sunday, September 13, 2015
Tunney's Pasture
251 Sir Frederick Banting

Saturday, October 3, 2015
Drain-All Ltd.
2705 Stevenage Drive

Sunday, October 25, 2015
Fallowfield OC Transpo Park & Ride
3355 Fallowfield Road

Residents can safely dispose of many kinds of household hazardous waste, including fluorescent bulbs, batteries, paint and oil, by returning them to participating local retailers during their regular business hours.  For a list of retailers who accept returns of household hazardous waste, enter the item name in the Waste Explorer

 Tips to reduce Household Hazardous Waste

Use a non-hazardous alternative:

  • Environmentally friendly and safer alternatives are available for household cleaning, home improvement and garden care

Be a wise consumer:

  • If you must purchase a hazardous product, buy only the amount you can use up. Avoid larger quantity, bulk purchases if you don’t need a lot.

Read labels:

  • Ensure that the product you purchase does what you want it to do before you purchase it. Once purchased, follow the instructions on the label for safe use, ventilation and storage.

Give leftover hazardous products to someone who can use them:

  • Relatives, friends, neighbours, community groups and charitable organizations may be able to use some of your leftovers.

Avoid aerosols whenever possible:

  • Much of the aerosol product ends up in the air. Purchase safer alternatives.

April 15, 2015

Heather Manor Community Action Day

On Monday April 13th I kick started National Volunteer Week by attending the Heather Manor Community Action Day.  This is an annual event that is collaborated between United Way Ottawa and Volunteer Ottawa. The goal of Community Action Day is to connect workplace teams with the community through volunteer projects. This particular project included repainting the hallways of all 14 floors in the Heather Manor and the tenant lounge. There were 60 plus volunteers who attended the event to make this project possible and I want to applaud these volunteer for dedicating their time to the community. This will refresh the halls and living space of the Heather Manor and will create pride for the hundreds of tenants to call home.

April 9, 2015

New Splash Pad and Play Structure in Calzavara Park

I am pleased to let you know that I have secured funding for the redevelopment of Calzavara Family Park (located at 1602 Blohm Drive) including the construction of a brand new splash pad, tire swing, sun shelter, and the replacement of existing play structures in the park.

A public consultation to view the preliminary concept plans was held on Thursday March 26th and I am happy to announce that the community was able to come to a consensus. I have now asked staff to move forward with the design that was chosen and construction should commence in late summer 2015 with the park being fully complete by spring/summer 2016.

For more information on this exciting project please contact my office.

 

February 20, 2015

Notice of Public Meeting: Site Plan Control Proposal for automobile dealership at 1255 Johnston Road.

The City of Ottawa’s Planning & Growth Management Department has received a site plan control proposal for a 400 square metre addition to the existing Ottawa SouthBank Dodge Dealership located at 1255 Johnston Road (northeast corner of Bank Street and Johnston Road) to accommodate a new showroom area within the current building.

The applicant is seeking to demolish the existing showroom at the front of the existing building and replace it with a new showroom at the southeast corner. The proposal also includes a new main showroom entrance at the southwest corner of the site facing Bank Street.  The addition would result in the relocation of the easterly private approach from its current location to the existing intersection of Johnston Road and Southgate Road, which is currently an all way stop.

I invite you to attend a public information meeting where I have asked the applicant to present their application to the community. Please join me on:

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
Presentation at 7:00 p.m.
Greenboro Community Centre, Rooms A & B
363 Lorry Greenberg Drive

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 613-580-2480, by fax at 613-580-2520 or by e-mail to diane.deans@ottawa.ca. I look forward to seeing you at the public meeting.

December 22, 2014

Ward 10 Woodlot Rehabilitation Program

December 18, 2014

Bronson Road Pedestrian/Cyclist Crossing

City Staff recently completed a Safety and Operational Review Report on Bronson Avenue, the following is a link to this report:
http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/transportation-and-parking/road-safety/bronson-operational-study-and-safety-review

In this report there are several recommended improvements to address the safety of pedestrians and cyclists on Bronson Avenue.  Included in these recommendations is a pedestrian and cyclist signalized crossing on Bronson Avenue, to be located near the Colonel By Drive on/off ramps; modifications to the turning lanes for the Colonel By Drive on/off ramps; as well as constructing raised segregated cycling lanes. 

Staff recently held two Open House meetings to discuss these improvements, one was held on December 2nd 2014, at Carleton University and the second was held on December 15th 2014, at the Greenboro Community Centre.  City staff discussed three alternatives for the signalized pedestrian/cyclist crossing, the three alternatives along with the presentation can be viewed at the following link:
https://carletoncycling.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/bronson-open-house-dec2014.pdf.   

These meetings provided the public with an opportunity to review the options being proposed by Staff for a pedestrian/cyclist crossing on Bronson Avenue; allowed the public to provide any input or comment; and for the public to identify any issues or concerns that they would like to have addressed.

The study area involved is from the bridge to the Carleton University recreational path.  The following is the link for just the three alternatives, Staff do recommend alternative 3:
https://carletoncycling.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/bronson-crossing-options.pdf.   

The pedestrian/cyclist signal would be linked with the traffic signal at Sunnyside/Bronson and will cause a slight delay for motorists.  Staff plan to begin construction next Summer and to have the signal crossing implemented in September 2015.  Staff also plan to do an additional traffic count in October 2015. 

If you have any further questions or comments about this matter, please contact my office at 613-580-2480 or by emailing diane.deans@ottawa.ca.  You can also contact the Shawn McGuire, Coordinator of Cycling and Pedestrian Safety at 613-580-2424 ext.32576 or by emailing shawn.mcguire@ottawa.ca.  Please note that the deadline for comments and/or questions is January 16th 2014.

November 25, 2014

How to “Make the Right Call” when you require assistanceCell phone

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

The South Keys to Blossom Park – Bank Street Community Design Plan

The third and final Public Open House for the South Keys to Blossom Park, Bank Street Community Design Plan (CDP) took place on November 25th. The meeting was well attended and residents were able to review and provide comment on the proposed plans. The documents from the Open House will be online shortly on the project website at www.Ottawa.ca/SouthKeysCDP Comments can be sent to the City’s Planner Jillian Savage at jillian.savage@ottawa.ca The comment deadline in January 7th.

 

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