Approval in Principle for a New Pedestrian Crossing in Old Ottawa South

In another step towards making Capital Ward the safest place for active transportation in Ottawa, the National Capital Commission (NCC) and the City of Ottawa have come to an Approval in Principle for a new intersection pedestrian signal (IPS) to facilitate crossings of Colonel By Drive at Seneca Street.

The crossing point will include a traffic signal to control vehicles on Colonel By Drive, and a pedestrian crosswalk and cycling crossride to access cycling and pedestrian facilities along Seneca street.  This is a big improvement from original designs which only included a PXO (pedestrian crossing). There is also agreement in principle to reduce the traffic speed along that stretch of Colonel By. This will provide safe and comfortable means for residents to access the Multi-Use Path (MUP) on the south side of the Rideau Canal.

“The Old Ottawa South Community Association’s Traffic and Safety Committee has been working diligently for some time now to see a safe crossing implemented at this intersection. Once again, we see what communities can achieve when residents are motivated and properly supported by governments,” said Capital Ward Councillor Shawn Menard. 

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Capital Ward Councillor Shawn Menard Calls for the Break-Up of the Planning Committee

For Immediate Release

Ottawa—In a report released on the planning and development process in the City of Ottawa, Capital Ward Councillor Shawn Menard calls for democratic reform to representation at City Hall. The primary recommendation is to split the Planning Committee in two, creating more representative decision-making.  

This proposal is one of a number of recommendations in the report, alongside increasing transparency, employing a grassroots approach to development planning, by-law and legislative changes, a focus on the environment, and looking to other cities for best practices. 

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It's Time to Shake Up the Planning Process

Today, I am releasing a report on the Planning and Development Process in the City of Ottawa. As we've repeatedly seen, no longer does the planning process properly serve the needs of residents. We need to do better.

Shortly after coming into office, I hosted a forum comprised of residents who have devoted their time to working on development issues in the city. They shared their insights, experiences, concerns and suggestions for improving the process. This report distills what was learned from that forum, highlighting seven ways to improve development in Ottawa: breaking up the Planning Committee, increasing transparency, employing a grassroots approach to development planning, by-law and legislative changes, a focus on the environment, and looking to other cities for best practices.

Click here to download the report [PDF].

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New Rideau River MUP Underpas is Open for Use!

Today, the new Multi-User Path underpass at Bank Street and Riverdale is opened for pedestrians and bicyclists. The MUP, located on the south side of the Rideau River runs adjacent to Riverside and goes underneath the Billings Bridge. A collaboration between the National Capital Commission and the City of Ottawa, this project will give vulnerable road users the ability to avoid high-traffic intersection at Bank and Riverside when travelling along the well-used path.

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Capital Ward Bulletin - July 5th

I hope everyone had a good Canada Day. It’s always a great way to kickoff summer in our city—there’s so much to do and so many great places to visit. It’s a great time to be outside, enjoy the sun and relax. 

Flora MacDonald Footbridge 

In case you missed it, the Flora MacDonald Footbridge opened on Friday, two months ahead of schedule! This is a great way to connect two neighbourhoods, Old Ottawa East and the Glebe (at Clegg and 5th), and add to our active transportation network, helping people get around our city while also getting a bit of exercise. It’s only been open a week, but already it’s been well-used. This will be a valued and important piece of our community for generations to come.

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Developers Win Again at Ottawa City Hall

For Immediate Release

Ottawa—It’s another sad day for communities in Ottawa, as the city’s Planning Committee has abandoned a collaboratively-derived aspect of our city’s Official Plan. The Secondary Plan for Old Ottawa East was created in consultation with the community a few years ago and precludes buildings from exceeding six storeys, but the Planning Committee today approved Regional Group’s desire for a nine-storey height limit on more than 13 acres of land. They did so despite broad opposition from the community, including from residents, the Community Association, neighbouring property owners, the neighbouring university, the ward councillor and the local MPP. 

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Flora Footbridge Opens This Weekend

"Pedestrians and cyclists in Ottawa should have another option for crossing the Rideau Canal by Canada Day.

Coun. Shawn Menard tweeted Monday that the Flora Footbridge, which connects Clegg Street in Old Ottawa East to Fifth Avenue in the Glebe, has a tentative opening of 5 p.m. Friday."

Read more here at CBC.ca

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Capital Ward Bulletin - June 20th

The school year is winding down and the Canada Day long weekend is almost upon us, but the city never stops! There are a number of items coming up in the next two weeks, so let’s dive right in.

Bank Street in the Glebe: Height and Character Study

The second public consultation for the Bank Street Height and Character Study is happening tonight at the Glebe Community Centre. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Come out and have a say on the future of this important street in our community.

Patterson Creek Bistro Open House

You may have heard about the National Capital Commission’s plans to create a Pop-Up Bistro in Patterson Creek. Crews showed up earlier this week to do some work in the park without warning. That work has been paused and the NCC is inviting the community to an information session on Monday June 24 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Patterson Creek.

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Vision Zero Motion

By Councillors McKenney and Menard

We have heard from many residents from across the city who are anxious to have a Vision Zero Policy implemented in the City of Ottawa.  As a result we have worked with staff on a revised motion to be debated at Council.  While there are revisions to the motion, if passed by Council, staff will be required to bring recommendations for a Vision Zero Policy to Committee and Council no later than Q42019. This would be a significant step forward in how we design and redesign our roadways to achieve zero deaths or catastrophic injuries.

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We're Hiring!

(PDF version here).

Councillor’s Assistant

Salary: $45,000 and excellent benefits package.

Job Summary:

Under the general direction of the City Councillor, the Councillor’s Assistant will help to organize, coordinate, and manage day-to-day operations of the Councillor’s Office.

The Councillor’s Assistant provides a comprehensive range of administrative services in support of the Councillor and the Councillor’s office, including support in communications and policy development, maintaining the Councillor’s calendar, triaging the ward e-mail account, answering phones, managing the office budget, and taking on case work within the Heron Park community.

This is a 12-18 month contract with a start date of July 8th.

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