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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.


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!


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.
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!


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:

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:

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:

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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