Community News And Events
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 613-580-2480.
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
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.
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.
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.
Below are several media stories related to this project and I encourage everyone to take the time to read them.
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.
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.
Keep checking my website for the date of the first public meeting!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Blossom Park West Area Traffic Management Study (Queensdale Avenue, Kingsdale Avenue, Rosebella Avenue (Bank Street to Albion Road))
Open House # 1
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:
May 26, 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
Bike 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.
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!
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!
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)
You can also return certain paint products and batteries to Ottawa hardware retailers. Visit makethedrop.ca to find a location near you.
2015 Dates and Locations
Depot hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Sunday, October 25, 2015
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:
Be a wise consumer:
Give leftover hazardous products to someone who can use them:
Avoid aerosols whenever possible:
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com. I look forward to seeing you at the public meeting.
December 22, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact the Shawn McGuire, Coordinator of Cycling and Pedestrian Safety at 613-580-2424 ext.32576 or by emailing email@example.com. Please note that the deadline for comments and/or questions is January 16th 2014.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org The comment deadline in January 7th.