Updates | Mises a jour

January 5, 2018

The City’s Built Heritage Sub-Committee will consider an application on Thursday, Jan. 11 to partially demolish the Château Laurier’s parking garage. The application stems from an engineering report that indicates the four-storey building is no longer structurally sound.An engineering analysis of the parking garage, built in 1969, indicates it has deteriorated badly, due to... More  |  Plus

December 22, 2017

Our office will be closed for the holidays, re-opening Jan. 2, 2018. For urgent matters, please call 311 or submit service requests online at http://www.ottawa.ca.Wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday season!

December 19, 2017

OC Transpo will introduce the new EquiFare, an affordable single-fare ride option for low-income OC Transpo customers, for use beginning on January 1, 2018.At a cost of $1.75 per single-fare ride, the new EquiFare was approved by City Council on Dec. 13.The EquiFare complements the EquiPass discounted monthly pass, which launched in March 2017. While the EquiPass benefits... More  |  Plus

December 13, 2017

The CSST team has shared an update on the Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel project schedule as it relates to work at Site 5C (the intersection of Queen Victoria and River Lane).With assembly of a noise barrier at Site 5C now complete, the contractor indicated that shoring construction is underway.The CSST project team has informed me that this work includes... More  |  Plus

December 12, 2017

 Art is vital to the energy, spirit and quality of life in our neighbourhoods. With that in mind, I partnered with the Quartier Vanier Business Improvement Area to launch the Better Beechwood project, aimed at creating a more engaging and colourful public realm on Beechwood Avenue.Through online voting and ballots, the type of improvement – street art – and theme (“... More  |  Plus

December 7, 2017

For $1 per month, we can address the critical infrastructure issues with this budget. I am supporting this motion to amend the proposed 2018 City budget, along with my colleagues David Chernushenko, Diane Deans, Mathieu Fleury, Jeff Leiper, Catherine McKenney, Rick Chiarelli and Marianne Wilkinson.Please click here to read the motion that we will support at the Dec. 13... More  |  Plus

November 29, 2017

The City has been undertaking a study to look at transportation safety and speeding on Cummings Avenue. After consulting the public, including at a BBQ I hosted over the summer, City staff will present a draft plan to address those issues.An open house will take place:When: Wednesday, Dec. 6Drop in any time between 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.Where: Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, 675... More  |  Plus

November 27, 2017

First FridaysThe first Friday of every month is a drop-in day in different locations throughout the ward. It is a great chance for me to connect with residents, discuss ideas or address questions or concerns. Please join me for a chat and refreshments. I hope to see you this week or at a future drop-in. ***Drop in on Friday Dec. 1, 2017 at Tim Hortons, 585... More  |  Plus

November 17, 2017

After three days of deliberation and debate, I voted against the recommendation of the planning staff to permit the application by the Salvation Army to amend the Official Plan and zoning by-law to allow the siting of a shelter as part of a proposed 350-bed facility on Montreal Road. The application was required since the proposed site is on a traditional main street, a zoning... More  |  Plus

November 17, 2017

Construction of a new, formal pedestrian crossing at Crichton and Electric Streets is expected to begin the week of Nov. 20.I am pleased that the CSST project staff have agreed to install this new pedestrian crossing (PXO) in response to the joint efforts of the New Edinburgh Community Alliance and my office. We had pushed for the installation both as a preventative... More  |  Plus

November 10, 2017

The Built Heritage Sub-Committee (BHSC) unanimously recommended that the heritage permit for an addition at 551 Fairview be granted with direction to the City’s heritage staff to work with the applicant on two specific elements to improve the proposal and ensure compliance with the Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Plan.  As Chair of the BHSC, I... More  |  Plus

November 9, 2017

Policy Options magazine published an article I wrote entitled “The Five I’s of Failed Urban Planning”. In it, I summarize the reasons for urban planning failure in five major themes: influence, inertia, illiteracy, inconsistency and interference. The article covers both the key reasons for urban planning failure and my suggested solutions for fixing them, building on my... More  |  Plus

November 7, 2017

BudgetSpeak 2017On Oct. 17, 2017, I along with four council colleagues hosted BudgetSpeak, a session on the City’s 2018 budget. This year we focused on four thematic areas: Winter walkability; arts, culture and music, social services and housing; and reducing our carbon footprint. Residents came and heard from subject-matter experts on the priority areas and... More  |  Plus

November 1, 2017

What happens when a resident calls the city to report a property standards issue? My office got in touch with a property standards officer with the goal of sharing with you the step by step internal process for most property standards calls.Property standards issue is observed then reported by a resident by calling 311A By-law property standards officer is assigned to the case... More  |  Plus

October 3, 2017

There is a growing opioid crisis in Canada from which Ottawa has not been spared. In 2016 alone, almost 2,500 Canadians died from preventable overdoses, and in Ottawa, deaths have increased sharply. With the creation of a new temporary safe consumption site, and the expected opening of permanent sites in the coming weeks there is an urgent need for a comprehensive municipal... More  |  Plus

October 3, 2017

The Salvation Army has applied for an Official Plan and zoning bylaw amendment to permit the construction of a new shelter at 333 Montreal Road in Vanier. The proposal is to build a 9,600 square metre multi-program facility that would include emergency accommodation, residential accommodation for working men, specialized medical care beds, stabilization and treatment services... More  |  Plus

September 28, 2017

Thanks for your interest in Cummings Park improvements! Tobi would like to hear your feedback on the draft plan and any ideas you have for a new park name.Click on the draft plan below to see the proposed improvements:   You can provide your feedback and name ideas to the park planner overseeing this project via this survey link.The survey will be online until... More  |  Plus

September 20, 2017

The intersection of Donald Street and St-Laurent Boulevard has been identified for improvements focused on creating a safer environment for all road users, particularly pedestrians and cyclists. This intersection was chosen because of its high pedestrian and vehicle traffic volumes, as well as its collision history. It ranked 10th on a list of highest pedestrian collision... More  |  Plus

September 13, 2017

On Sept. 13, 2017, City Council voted to formally establish a Gaming Site at the Rideau-Carleton Raceway. It was the first time in this term of Council that we have dealt with a casino item. I did not vote in favour of this proposal for the reasons below. My main issue related to the well-known adverse public health impacts of gambling. We know that today’s vote will... More  |  Plus

August 28, 2017

The application to construct a new building on the site of 137 Beechwood and 143 Putman will play an important role in the future development of Beechwood Avenue.  I have been monitoring this application closely; meeting with the City planner responsible for approving the site plan application and listening to the community feedback. I think it is important to clarify how... More  |  Plus

August 25, 2017

During consultations on the draft plans to add cycling lanes onto McArthur Avenue, residents expressed a desire to see dedicated cycling facilities added to Donald Street as well. The repaving of Donald between North River Road and the Vanier Parkway this summer presents an opportunity to consider repainting the lines to allocate space on the roadway for cycling lanes. ... More  |  Plus

August 16, 2017

Early bird registration for the annual fall GLAD Cleaning the Capital campaign is now open. Participants can register their cleanup projects by calling 3-1-1 or by using the online registration form available at ottawa.ca/clean. The interactive map on the City website shows which locations have already been claimed, and allow residents to register their own project site.Key... More  |  Plus

August 14, 2017

Registration for fall 2017 and winter 2018 recreation programs will begin – August 14 at 9 p.m.The Recreation eGuide and Mon Cyberguide francophone des loisirs are online at ottawa.ca for fall and winter programs. Residents can choose from a wide variety of activities in their neighbourhoods including swimming lessons and fitness classes.Registration for swimming and... More  |  Plus

August 4, 2017

Last year, the City of Ottawa began turning Beechwood Avenue into a complete street, with safer options for all modes of transportation. That transformation is continuing, with construction taking place this summer to reconfigure Beechwood between the Vanier Parkway/Crichton Street and Springfield Road.Construction is already underway in front of the new building at 19... More  |  Plus

August 3, 2017

You will notice that new suggested cycling/pedestrian detour signs have been installed in and around Stanley Park to better guide people during CSST and playground construction.Thanks to the help of interested community members,  people travelling in the area by bike or on foot will be able to refer to new, larger signs in key locations for suggested routes around the... More  |  Plus

July 31, 2017

In response to resident concerns about speeding on Sandridge Road, the installation of raised traffic calming speed tables was proposed as part of an infrastructure rehabilitation project this summer.After hearing from residents on this proposal and holding a public information session, I am seeking residents' feedback on some ideas that have been proposed. Please fill out... More  |  Plus

July 20, 2017

The construction underway here is a major community partnership project between the Crichton Community Council and the City of Ottawa to renew and improve the New Edinburgh Park Playground.  The project is a result of a series of community consultations over the last year and includes the removal of play equipment that had reached the end of its life, the retention... More  |  Plus

July 14, 2017

New Edinburgh playground improvements The New Edinburgh playground renewal is set to begin the week of July 17, 2017. This important project is a community partnership between the Crichton Community Council and the City of Ottawa to renew and improve the New Edinburgh Park Playground.  The playground redevelopment plan shown here is a result of a series of... More  |  Plus

July 14, 2017

For residents who cycle east to destinations such as Gloucester High School, you may be interested in knowing that until July 21, 2017, residents can provide comments about a planned cycling connection along Ogilvie Road between Blair Road and Montreal Road.This project was identified in the City of Ottawa’s Term of Council Priorities (2015-2018) and... More  |  Plus

July 5, 2017

During consultations on the draft plans to add cycling lanes onto McArthur Avenue, residents expressed a desire to see dedicated cycling facilities added to Donald Street as well.While Donald was designated as a cycling route in the City’s Transportation Master Plan, no sources of funds for dedicated cycling infrastructure were identified. However, in light of the fact that... More  |  Plus

July 5, 2017

Since its enactment in 2005, the City’s Property Standards by-law has been amended several times including a comprehensive review in 2013 that resulted in a new and updated by-law that addressed other issues such as vacant buildings, lands, heritage properties and enhanced existing provisions.City staff are in the process of initiating a further review with a particular focus... More  |  Plus

June 29, 2017

Cummings Avenue is an important connector in our community. It connects residents in the Forbes area with commercial districts on Montreal and Ogilvie roads, and as importantly, it connects families to local schools and parks. Since the beginning of my term in office, I have been hearing about speeding and safety concerns on Cummings Avenue, so I am happy to report that the... More  |  Plus

June 23, 2017

One of Ottawa’s oldest public transit routes, the #1 is about to transform into route #6. OC Transpo is changing several bus route numbers in preparation for the new LRT system. Route 1 will soon represent the new Confederation line of the LRT. The change to #6 will not affect the route or level of service. Yet, given its rich history serving some of Ottawa’s oldest... More  |  Plus

June 13, 2017

Thank you to all the residents who joined me and Councillor Fleury at the East of the Rideau Transit Forum on June 6, 2017. It a useful event with lots of information on the proposed changes to bus routes that will come into effect when the LRT comes online in 2018. In our effort to make sure as many residents as possible have the opportunity to hear how the proposals... More  |  Plus

June 13, 2017

The CSST (Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel) project has been underway since March 2017, with work occurring in two locations in New Edinburgh: within Stanley Park (Sites 5A and 5B) and at the intersection of Queen Victoria and River Lane (Site 5C).The CSST team has now provided an updated schedule of upcoming construction works, broken down by month. This schedule is an update... More  |  Plus

June 6, 2017

The City of Ottawa is hosting the Ontario Heritage Conference from June 8 to 10. This conference attracts individuals from across the province who are passionate about cultural heritage. As Chair of the City’s Built Heritage Sub-Committee, I will be opening the conference, entitled Canada 150: Past, Present, and Future of Heritage Conservation.The conference will feature... More  |  Plus

May 31, 2017

At Council last week, there was a lengthy debate about an application to demolish a house in the Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District (HCD) located at 270 Buchan Road. The staff report had recommended against permitting demolition on the basis that both the original HCD guidelines and the new HCD Plan, passed last year by City Council, had established clear... More  |  Plus

May 8, 2017

Construction will take place this coming spring/summer season to replace watermains on Brittany Drive, Bangs Street, and Chelsea Drive. At the same time, crews will be constructing traffic calming measures identified through a study and public consultation that took place last year.These measures include:Speed humps on Brittany Drive, Bangs Street and Truro StreetCurb... More  |  Plus

April 28, 2017

Transportation safety and choice are a key priority for me and one of the topics I frequently hear about from residents. Street design is the most important factor that influences the speed of traffic. Unfortunately, permanent traffic calming measures such as speed bumps and curb extensions are very costly and require lengthy studies.Recognizing that there is a long waiting... More  |  Plus

April 20, 2017

The City of Ottawa invites you to attend a public information session regarding the environmental risk management plan to be implemented as part of the upcoming playground improvements at New Edinburgh Park (Stanley Park) taking place this summer.The meeting has been organized to present and discuss the results of the recent environmental investigation completed at the park... More  |  Plus

April 18, 2017

 The City of Ottawa’s By-law and Regulatory Services Branch is conducting a Noise By-law review, and residents are invited to provide their feedback through an online public consultation survey or by attending one of the three public workshops. The online survey runs until Monday, May 1. The online survey will provide residents with brief facts on the by-law and an... More  |  Plus

April 10, 2017

The CSST team has initiated community drop-in meetings to provide an opportunity for residents to connect with CSST team members to receive construction updates, ask questions and raise any concerns.Please note: Starting at the end of July 2017, drop-in meetings will be held bi-weekly with the next scheduled meeting on August 2, 2017.Members of the CSST team will be... More  |  Plus

March 31, 2017

More than 380 residents voted on their favourite concept for the Better Beechwood 2017 project. "Brighten up Beechwood" was selected as the winning idea and is now the basis for the next exciting phase: the call for proposals! Artists are invited to submit their ideas to betterbeechwood2017@gmail.com, by April 26, 2017 at 5 p.m. For more details on the project and the... More  |  Plus

March 28, 2017

The findings of a study on road congestion pricing prepared by transportation specialists CPCS (Canadian Pacific Consulting Services) will be discussed for the first time on March 28 at a road user fee symposium organized by the Healthy Transportation Coalition. The study, commissioned by Councillors Chernushenko, Leiper, McKenney and Nussbaum, looked at specific... More  |  Plus

March 17, 2017

The CSST project team has indicated that construction activities are scheduled to begin in New Edinburgh the week of March 20, 2017 to support the Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel (CSST) project. Initial site set-up activities will include work such as: snow removal, some tree clearing in Stanley Park, fencing installation and ground preparation. The CSST project team's... More  |  Plus

February 23, 2017

The team in charge of the City's CSST (Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel) project hosted a public open house on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 at St. Bartholomew’s Church Hall. Residents were invited to review planned construction activities in New Edinburgh and provide feedback on options for truck routes though the community.Feedback on truck routes is being accepted via... More  |  Plus

February 10, 2017

 In partnership with the Quartier Vanier Business Improvement Area Many cities are enhancing public spaces to create more interesting and engaging places for residents to enjoy. Montreal has strung pink balls on Sainte-Catherine Street, Halifax has installed furniture at strategic locations along its waterfront, Vancouver has suspended red... More  |  Plus

February 8, 2017

On February 22, 2017 City Council debated the proposed central library site. The following are the remarks I delivered before council.I was going to use my five minutes this morning to ask questions about the process that got us here to better understand what I see as some of the shortcomings and gaps in that process. For instance, to better understand how a site... More  |  Plus

January 30, 2017

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) is conducting city-wide student learning and pupil accommodation reviews. As part of this process, three east end secondary schools - Colonel By, Rideau and Gloucester High Schools - have been evaluated. Board staff is recommending Rideau High School for closure as early as September 2017. At the December 2016 OCDSB... More  |  Plus

January 30, 2017

Last fall, I was invited to speak at the annual conference of the North American City Transportation Officials. It was an opportunity to outline my ideas for how best to ensure our roads are structured to ensure safe passage for all users. Political leadership is critical, but I offered four other factors that can help contribute to complete streets. You can read a summary of... More  |  Plus