Capital Ward Bulletin - August 2nd

I hope you’re having a good summer, so far. At City Hall, summertime means fewer meetings, and so I’ve been able to spend a bit more time with family, enjoying our lovely city. But just because City Hall is a bit quieter in the summer doesn’t mean that there isn’t a lot going on in our ward.

Chamberlain, Catherine and Isabella Consultation Summary

On June 6, 26 people attended the Public Open House on the re-design of Chamberlain, Catherine and Isabella. Although work won’t begin for at least another eight years, this is an important project for Capital Ward and the entire city.

Currently, these streets buffering the Queensway are hostile to pedestrians, bicyclists and city life, in general. We are working with staff to create streets that will better serve residents and vulnerable road users. Coupled with the work being done on the Bank Street Height and Character Study, we can lay the groundwork for a more vibrant, more livable streets in our ward.

We’ve been working closely with city staff on this project, and we will continue to collaborate with them throughout the summer and beyond.

You can see a summary of the consultation at the project website.

New PXO Crossing at Lycée Claudel

I really enjoy bringing you good news about street safety in our Ward. I want to make Capital Ward the safest ward in the city, and with each new safety measure implented, we get closer and closer to that goal.

Right now, I’m happy to announce the new Pedestrian Crossover (PXO) at Lycée Claudel, connecting the school to the transitway. I know this is something the community has wanted for a number of years, and I’m glad that my team was finally able to usher it to fruition. With so many people crossing Lycée Place to get to the school or the transitway, it just made sense to put in a proper crosswalk and signage.

It’s just one more step along the road to a safer Capital Ward.

Tree By-law Review

Our tree canopy is an important part of our city. Trees provide shade, help clean our air, mitigate the heat island effect in urban areas, slow traffic and generally make city life that much better.

In recent years, we’ve seen a lot of damage to our urban trees, including many that were cut down or threatened to be cut down to facilitate development. It’s been too much. We’ve lost too many large, old trees, and all the benefits they provided. The city needs to do better.

That’s why the city has been condcuting a Tree Byl-aw Review. Through this process, we should re-vamp our regulations, providing more protections to our tree canopy. In late June. the city held consultation sessions with both the External and Internal Stakeholder Working Groups on a suite of proposed directions to improve the City’s tree by-laws and associated implementation processes.

Consultation materials are now available to the public on the project website at www.ottawa.ca/treebylawreview. The city will be accepting feedback on the proposed directions until September 9, 2019.  Please visit the website to provide input.

The feedback received will be incorporated into the revised by-laws and processes, as appropriate, this fall. City staff plan to bring recommendations forward to committee and council in early 2020.

Super League Triathlon and Parking on Holmwood Avenue

This weekend, the Super League Triathlon will be visiting Lansdowne Park and the Glebe. Races will be held on both Saturday and Sunday, providing an exciting weekend event in the community.

Part of the race will occur along Holmwood Avenue between Bank Street and O’Connor, so for Saturday and Sunday, there will be no parking on that block of Holmwood. This applies to permit holders.

The city will be posting the “Special Event—No Stopping—Tow Away Zone” signs with “SAT/SAM – SUN/DIM” at 6:00 a.m. on Thursday morning, giving residents 48 hours notice.

Parking controls enforcement will begin at 6:00 am Saturday, so please make sure to move your car or it might get towed!

Secord Avenue Road Closure

Secord Avenue from Clover Street to Clementine Boulevard will be closed from Wednesday August 7, 2019 to Friday August 9, 2019. Notification signs will be posted. Local and emergency vehicle access will be maintained. The impact to traffic will be low.

Huntley Avenue Will Become Chasseur Avenue

On September 16, 2019, Huntley Avenue will be renamed Chasseur Avenue.

The reason to change the name of a street is to resolve a public safety concern. Ottawa Police, Paramedic, and Fire Services have reiterated strongly that the elimination of duplicate, similar sounding and physically disconnected streets would remove a significant impediment to timely emergency response. Emergency service representatives have stressed that street names need to be clear and unique to avoid confusion for service providers, the business sector, and the general public when attempting to locate a property.

For more information, visit the city's website at https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-engagement/projects/street-name-and-address-changes.

Wheely Awesome Scavenger Hunt

Causeway is a local charity that supports individuals with mental illness and other challenges as they search for meaningful and lasting employment, and on Sunday August 11, they’ll be holding a fundraising event, the Wheely Awesome Scavenger Hunt. This event will have participants decipher a set of clues, bike around Ottawa and post pictures/videos on their social media accounts of the various locations. The best part? All proceeds from the event go to support Causeway clients.

Inspire the public art and landscape for the new Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada joint facility

Registration is now open for the design workshops on Public Art and Landscape, with an emphasis on sustainability, for the new Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and Library and Archives Canada (LAC) joint facility, which is set to open in the heart of the National Capital in 2024.

Bring your inspiration to this exciting project! Register now at Inspire555.ca for one of two design workshops:

Date:   Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Time:   6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Place:  Pellan Room, Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street

Date:   Thursday, August 22, 2019
Time:   6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Place:  Pellan Room, Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street

ACE Membership Drive

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board’s Advisory Committee on Equity (ACE) is seeking new membership. This is a chance to help the OCDSB become a more equitable and inclusive learning and workplace community.

Under the slogan, Together We Can Make a Difference, ACE advises the Board of Trustees on the review, development, implementation and monitoring of all policies which support the members of the school community and encourage student achievement and well-being. Members will aid in identifying and addressing systemic barriers such as racism, heterosexism, cisgenderism, ableism and faithism that impact students and staff.

The application deadline is September 13. For more information, visit their website here.


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