IN AND AROUND TOWN

FROM COUNCIL CHAMBERS

Budget

It has a been a very  busy few weeks at City Hall.  After much debate and discussion, not to mention review, the budget for 2019 has been passed.  The tax rate has increased, as expected, to 3%.  As Ottawa grows in both size and demographics, so do our costs increase.  There is a tremendous amount of infrastructure work in progress as well as new projects and stronger commitments to things such as community policing.  

LRT

Light Rail Transit has been water cooler discussion across the city.  Increasing costs, the involvement of SNC LAvalin and the fact that Phase one is still not up and running, have all been heard by me.  I believe that LRT will ultimately serve our community in a substantial way, so I have chosen to support it.  I will keep my eye on it and be alert to any further developments.

The Ottawa Police Services Board

This is a tremendously important new challenge for me but it is one which I am learning about everyday.  In the next few months, we will be choosing the next Police Chief and DG for OPS.  It is a responsibility that I take seriously and will do my due diligence to ensure that we have the best Executive Leadership in OPS for Ottawa.


A reminder that our PSB meetings are held the last Monday of every month and are open to the public.

IMPORTANT SEASONAL INFORMATION

POTHOLES

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Please call 3-1-1 if the pothole issue is related to the following:

  • Construction activity (square or rectangular cut in the road)
  • An immediate hazard to people or property
  • Personal accessibility
  • A traffic-related issue (such as traffic signals or traffic signs)

For all urgent requests  call 3-1-1.  If this service is not available to you please call (613) 580-2400.  All other Service Requests will be triaged and addressed as operations allow.

FILING A CLAIM WITH THE CITY: If you believe that the City has been negligent in its maintenance of City facilities, roads, trees and sewers, which has caused bodily injury or damage to your property, you can file a claim against the city of Ottawa.

Typical claims include requests for compensation for injuries from slipping on the sidewalk, foundation damage from city trees, damage to cars due to potholes and accidents with city vehicles.

CATCH BASINS

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Reporting issues with Catch Basins on the road.

It's normal for water to pool around a catch basin in wet weather.  Roads are designed to drain based on the sewer capacity.  Please call 3-1-1 if the catch basin issue is related to a missing catch basin (drain cover).

You may create a service request to advise the city of a catch basin (drain cover) that is:

  • Blocked (causing flooding on the road)
  • Sunken or raised
  • Broken

 For all urgent requests  call 3-1-1.  If this service is not available to you please call (613) 580-2400.  All other Service Requests will be triaged and addressed as operations allow. 

Catch Basin Map, City of Ottawa

MARCH 2019

At International Women's Day Breakfast hosted by Diane Deans.

LRT

This is an important week at city hall. A Decision will be made that will impact our city for decades.  So why the rush to sign a 4.6 Billion dollar contact for stage 2 LRT, 1.2 billion more than the estimate?  

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

I was thrilled to participate in two events celebrating International Women's Day on March 8th, 2019.  At the breakfast hosted by Diane Deans, we had a powerful presentation on the tragedy that is Human Trafficking.  It was empowering to see so women strong ladies in the room riveted to this presentation.  I know that it will spur more conversations on this topic in the future.

I was also thrilled to co-host an event celebrating amazing women with Carleton MPP Goldie Ghamari in Riverside South.  

Newly designed Ottawa water bill will be introduced in March

Touted as easier to read and understand.  Billing amount on the  front, details on usage and how it's calculated on the reverse side.  

Residents are asked to choose a language, English or French.

Water  bill account number assigned to a property.  Residents will now have  their own Ottawa water account registration number that will follow them  if they move      VIDEO

February 2019

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More than 500 residents show up in Kanata to fight golf course development

Residents of Kanata come on strong and take on Club Links. Special thanks to Jay McLean and all the Stonebridge people who joined us.

Ottawa Ash Tree Replacement Pilot Program (click picture to proceed to web site)

While we cannot guarantee 2019 funding; we are pleased to add complete applications (with no missing information) to a waiting list should we be successful in receiving funding for a second year of this program, or if previously allocated funding becomes available.

Earl Armstrong Road Extension Environmental Assessment

The City of Ottawa has initiated the Earl Armstrong Road Extension Environmental Assessment (EA) Study to establish the future right-of-way requirements and protect the corridor from encroaching development.  The findings of the study will also inform and guide the ongoing planning and development of adjacent lands.   MAP


VIDEO   The  first public open house (POH) for this EA study is to provide study  information, engage in discussion and receive feedback from the public  on the following:

  • Project overview, process and schedule
  • Project need and justification
  • Summary of environmental inventory and existing conditions
  • Evaluation of alternative solutions and corridors
  • Identification of preliminary preferred solution and corridor
  • Next steps.


VIDEO  Residents present for the Earl Armstrong Road Extension EA Study open house react to the presentation

JANUARY 2019

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Stonebridge Community Meeting (Video)

VIDEO  For more information and to be included on a mailing list for all things Stonebridge, residents can email the city.     stonebridge@ottawa.ca 

Working groups will be established going forward.   They will meet in February, at a date yet to be determined.    

PLEASE LEAVE AMPLE ROOM FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES (video)

VIDEO  Meet Spartan  Help Ottawa Fire Services get our apparatus and our message through.   Leave a gap of at least 3.5 m (11.5ft) Stagger vehicles at a distance of at least 12 m (39.5 ft) 

A day in the life of a snow plow operator. I know, because I rode along.

VIDEO    Greg Bilibento has been driving a plow for more than 20 years.  I wanted to hear first hand what it's like to be part of Ottawa's snow clearing  team.        

GSN Ward 22 Community Budget Consultation - January 19th 1 to 3

Nothing  dictates the real priorities of the City of Ottawa like the Budget.  Looking forward to getting your input on what should be in and out of  the City of Ottawa's Budget  Moncion's Your Independent Grocer, 671 River Rd   VIDEO

MEEHAN: Why the city should opt out of pot sales. Here's my 3-point plan

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One of the most important decisions that will be made by Ottawa’s new  city council will be whether or not to allow retail cannabis stores to  open in the city 

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Congratulations to the Gloucester Historical Society celebrating 40 years of existence in its current form.  Check them out www.gloucesterhistory.com  

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Book of Condolences - Westboro Station Bus Collision (click picture to proceed to online book)

To provide enhanced accessibility for residents wishing to convey their sympathies following the Westboro Station bus collision, an online version of the Book of Condolences is available online (click picture above)

The paper copy of the Book of Condolences will be available at Ottawa City Hall (Jean Pigott Place) starting at noon Monday.