Capital Ward Bulletin: Bank Street Active Transportation Study, Construction news and some great ways to get involved in your city

We had a wonderful time last Sunday at the Capital Ward Cup. It was great seeing so many people come out for some community and some friendly competition. Thank you to the rink volunteers who had the ice in great condition, to Miles for reffing, to John for score keeping and to the Old Ottawa East Community Activities Group And congratulations to the Old Ottawa East Hosers for taking home the cup!

Bank Street in the Glebe Active Transportation Study

This year, the city has launched a study of active transportation and transit service along Bank Street in the Glebe. This study came out of the Bank Street height and character study that was done last term of council. With the street, neighbourhood and city continuing to grow and evolve, it’s imperative that we make sure our transportation system is meeting the needs of residents in the most efficient and effective manner.

Starting in the spring, there will be opportunities for residents to provide their input, and it’s important we hear from as many people as possible so that the city fully understands what the street needs.

You can follow the progress of the study, and provide input, by visiting the project’s Engage Ottawa website.

New bus shelters at Hurdman Station

We are happy to announce that OC Transpo will be installing nine new bus shelters at Hurdman Station. There has been a need for proper, permanent shelter at the station since it opened and we thank OC Transpo for undertaking this work to help make people’s commutes more comfortable.

Greenfield-Main-Hawthorne Pre-Construction Surveys

This spring, construction will resume for the Greenfield-Hawthorne-Main re-construction project. Preconstruction inspections are planned to begin soon for homes that might be affected by the construction.

The following street segments have been identified for reconstruction:

  • Colonel By Drive (Graham Avenue to Main Street)
  • Concord Street north (Echo Drive to Havelock Street)
  • Echo Drive (Immaculata High School to Graham Avenue)
  • Echo Drive (dead-end at Highway 417 to Concord Street north)
  • Greenfield Avenue (Main Street to King Edward Avenue)
  • Harvey Street (Echo Drive to Main Street)
  • Hawthorne Avenue (Colonel By Drive to Main Street)
  • Main Street (Harvey Street to Colonel By Drive)
  • Montcalm Street (Greenfield Avenue to dead-end)

If you live in this area, you are encouraged to contact the city to have a survey of your property completed prior to construction. You can visit the project website for more information, or email the project team at [email protected].

Now accepting applications—City of Ottawa's CEPGP

We are excited to announce that the City of Ottawa is now accepting applications for the 2024 Community Environmental Projects Grant Program (CEPGP). CEPGP provides funding to non-profit organizations interested in undertaking small-scale, community-based initiatives that support an environmentally sustainable Ottawa. Project funding has ranged from $200-$10,500 with an average grant of roughly $3200. The application deadline is Friday, April 5, 2024 at 4:00 pm and projects have one year to be completed, with a deadline of June 30, 2025.

Our office was instrumental in increasing the total funding for this program from $52,000 to $102,000 in 2023, and going forward into 2024. For details on eligibility criteria, the application process, profiles of past projects, and to submit an application, please visit Ottawa.ca/cepgp.

For more information on CEPGP, please contact Tara Redpath, CEPGP Coordinator, at (613) 580-2424 x 16822 or at [email protected].  

Coffee House on Sustainability—Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

This Saturday, join the Glebe Community Association and CAFES (Community Associations for Environmental Sustainability for the next installment of their Coffee Houses on Sustainability. The event will be held at the Glebe Community Centre from 9:30 to 11:30 am. 

Attendees will play 'The Carbon Literacy Challenge' where a roll of the dice determines an everyday consumer choice with associated carbon dioxide emissions.  The aim is to help Ottawa residents connect the carbon cost of different lifestyle decisions.  What's better for the environment:  

  • cycling an e-bike or peddle bike?
  • using disposable or reusable diapers?
  • washing dishes by hand or dishwasher?

Some answers might surprise you!

Please remember to bring your own cup and register at Eventbrite so that they have enough coffee.

Throw it away? No way! Fix it at the Repair Café!

Repair Cafés are an international concept that has come to the National Capital Region with the goal of reducing landfill waste, teaching new skills, and building community!

Past Repair Cafés have been very successful with volunteers fixing dozens of items and sharing their knowledge around everything from darning socks to re-wiring kettles.

Join in on Saturday, March 2nd at Mauril-Bélanger Social Innovation Workshop (aka the Atelier) from 10am until 2pm. It is a great day to come out and learn more about the circular economy, why it matters, and how it can help you save money and our planet.

This event is held in collaboration with the Government of Ontario as well as the Atelier and is free of charge.

No need to register via Eventbrite, but a donation to support these great initiatives is always appreciated and helps cover expenses for volunteers.

For more information, click here.

Your Capital Ward

Photo by Jamie Brougham

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2024 Film, Television, and Animation Career Fair

The Ottawa Film Office is pleased to announce that its annual Film, Television, and Animation Career Fair will take place this year on Thursday, February 29, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, at the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park. An industry panel, moderated by Film Commissioner Sandrine Pechels de Saint Sardos, will kick off the event at 3:00 pm at the Cineplex Lansdowne, to provide advice and tips to folks looking to break into the film and TV industry.

Visit the OFO's website for the list of exhibitors and panelists participating at the career fair.

Water Rate Structure Review Consultations

In December 2023, Council approved the Water Rate Structure Review Framework report. In the report staff committed to robustly engage with the public as part of the review. The objective of the review is to examine how the City recovers the cost to deliver water, wastewater and stormwater services. This review will be conducted using the following six guiding principles:

  • Fairness and equity
  • Affordability
  • Transparency
  • Financial sustainability
  • Support economic development
  • Promote conservation

Several broad community-facing engagement activities are planned to gather resident and stakeholder views regarding water, wastewater and stormwater billing and cost recovery approaches in line with the review framework.

Several engagement opportunities are planned over the next year, including:

  • A survey which is available as of today for residents to provide feedback and will close in Q2 of 2024
  • Public education campaign (Q2/Q3 2024)
  • Rural and agricultural stakeholder engagement (Q2/Q3 2024)
  • Sector stakeholder engagement—community associations, multi-residential, condo, industrial, commercial, and institutional (Q2-Q4 2024)
  • Councilor engagement (Q3/Q4 2024)

Engagement opportunities will be promoted through social media, and an insert in water and tax bills. To engage with those who have limited access to the internet, alternative methods will also be available, such as written submissions and hard-copy surveys. Further information on engagement opportunities will be posted on the Water Rate Structure Review Engage Ottawa page as details become available.

Ottawa Public Health Launches a new online Overdose Prevention and Response Training Program

Ottawa Public Health launched a new 20-minute self-directed online training for Overdose Prevention and Response Training.

The training covers:

  • Types of Drugs and Current Context 
  • Drug Intoxication and Overdose Prevention 
  • Naloxone and the 5 Steps to Respond to an Opioid Overdose
  • Additional Supports

To access the training, visit StopOverdoseOttawa.Ca and follow the links to Overdose Prevention and Response Training.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the course, please contact Ottawa Public Health's Addictions and Substance Use Health Team by e-mail at [email protected]

 

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