Capital Ward Bulletin: Events in Capital Ward: Bank Street Consultation, Lansdowne Open House and more!

Bank Street in the Glebe Active Transportation and Transit Priority Consultation

The City of Ottawa has initiated the Bank Street Active Transportation and Transit Priority Feasibility Study, between Highway 417 and the Rideau Canal.

The study will:

  • Examine options to improve transit service efficiency and reliability along the corridor;
  • Investigate opportunities to improve the travel environment for active transportation modes;
  • Undertake an assessment of impacts and trade-offs;
  • Identify a potential pilot project for early implementation;
  • Identify costs for potential implementation; and
  • Consult with the general public and stakeholders.

We were able to gain staff and council support for this study after the completion of the Glebe Height & Character Study a few years ago. During that study, residents voiced their desire for safe, improved transportation options for everyone.

As development continues the need for better, more efficient transportation options will only grow.

Encouraging active transportation has, over and over again, proven to be a boon for businesses. It increases activity on the street and brings more customers.

Residents are invited to take part in an Online Public Open House on Wednesday June 12 at 6:30 pm focusing on existing conditions, shortlisted options and evaluation considerations. This is an opportunity to learn more about the study and take part in a question-and-answer session.

For more information, visit Engage Ottawa.

If you are interested in attending, click here to register.

Lansdowne 2.0 Open House & Survey

The city will be hosting a public Open House on June 18 at the Civic Centre arena at Lansdowne to provide residents an early opportunity to go over various topics relating to the site plan for the Lansdowne 2.0 re-development. City staff will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.

As we get more information, including timing, we will share it in the next bulletin and on social media.

In the meantime, you can complete a survey about how well the city consulted the public before Lansdowne 2.0 was passed.

New Civic Hospital—Public Engagement

The city will be hosting a virtual open house on Monday June 24 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm on the new civic campus connection. They will be presenting the Hospital Connection to Dow's Lake Station Environmental Assessment Study and will be answering questions on how the new campus will connect with transit.

We will share details in the next bulletin and on social media when get them.

Let's Bike Month!

June is EnviroCentre’s Let’s Bike Month! With the support of the City of Ottawa, along with other great community organizations and businesses, they are working toward getting more people to ride their bikes! Whether it’s for commuting, running errands, training or just for fun, you can track your rides and see the impact a bike ride can have on our planet.  

They’ll be giving away thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes throughout the month.  You can see a list of our prizes and sponsors here

How to get involved: 

  • Sign up as an individual or start a team to encourage your community to join in! 
  • Log your bike rides and see the impact you make by choosing to bike!  
  • Like or follow Let’s Bike Ottawa on Facebook, X or Instagram
  • Share your rides on social media and tag us with #letsbikeottawa  
  • Attend one of their free workshops or events

Bikes and Bites—a celebration of the kilometres pedalled and emissions averted—will June 26 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Horticulture Building, Lansdowne.  

Your Capital Ward

Your Capital Ward

Photo by Janet Stephens 

If you have a photo you’d like to share in an upcoming bulletin, please send it to [email protected], with the subject line Your Capital Ward. Please give us your name for attribution…or tell us if you’d rather not have your name shared.

Reach for the Top Nationals coming to Ottawa

Tickets are on sale now for the Reach for the Top National Trivia Championship, taking place Sunday June 2 at 3:00 pm in the auditorium of Glebe Collegiate Institute. Adults $20, Students $15. 

One ticket is good for both semi-finals matches as well as the championship final. You'll see some of the most talented students from across Canada compete in fast-paced, buzzer-beating action in this Canadian institution that goes back to the 1960's. 

Please click here for tickets or more information.

Atlético Ottawa Soccer for Everyone—Pride Fundraiser

Atlético Ottawa is hosting its annual "Soccer for Everyone" match at TD Place on Sunday, June 2 against Halifax Wanderers. This year's match is in collaboration with Capital Pride and MAX Ottawa, raising funds for Capital Rainbow Refuge. For ticket or more information, click here.

Take a look and listen behind closed doors at Doors Open Ottawa

Ever walk, cycle, or drive by a historical or iconic building and wonder what lies behind its closed doors? How is it designed? What happens in the building? What stories can the walls tell? The 22nd annual Doors Open Ottawa event on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2 is your chance to actually open those doors and peek inside!

Over 80 buildings will be offering in-person or virtual tours behind-the-doors, including returning favourites like the Supreme Court of Canada, Ottawa Jail Hostel and School of the Photographic Arts Ottawa: Photographic Arts Centre. Several buildings are also opening their doors to the public for the first time, including Chaudière Falls and the cancer research lab at The Ottawa Hospital.

This year, explore the theme “Music in our Nation’s Capital” with live performances, talks, music history lessons and more at many of these buildings. In partnership with Ottawa Chamberfest, who are celebrating their 30th anniversary this season, Doors Open Ottawa will be organizing unique, engaging and free pop-up concerts as part of the music theme.

Visit ottawa.ca/doorsopen to see the full list of participating buildings, schedule of music activities, and download the printable guide.

Cargo Bikes & Movie at the Mayfair: MOTHERLOAD

On Sunday June 9 at 11:30 am, For Our Kids Ottawa-Gatineau is hosting a showing of the award-winning film MOTHERLOAD at the Mayfair Theatre. This film captures a new mother’s quest to understand the increasing isolation and disconnection of modern life, its planetary impact, and how cargo bikes could be an antidote.  

The event is a fundraiser for the Ottawa Community Housing Foundation Hop On Bikes program. Tickets are by donation—suggested $10 per person, $5 for students/youth.  

Prior to the film, from 10:30 to 11:30 am, drop by the Hopewell Avenue Public School bike racks to check out a wide variety of cargo bikes and chat with their owners about what works for them to make family transportation by bike easy and fun.

Learn more here.  

Get your tickets here.

Synapcity CityMakers Session

Coming up in June be sure to check out Synapcity’s CityMakers Session where past and present graduates of their flagship Civics Boot Camp Program will come together to learn, network and collaborate on critical initiatives happening in our community. Stop by one of the partners booths to learn about vital projects and programs going on throughout the city. Listen to several Lightning Talks to learn about the impact their Alumni Network is making.

Don’t miss this free event.

Tuesday June 11
5:30 to 8:00 pm
Nicol Building
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive

Click here to RSVP.

New Zoning By-law

The City of Ottawa is developing a new comprehensive Zoning By-law for approval by Council in 2025. The by-law will implement the policies and directions in the new Official Plan approved by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on November 04, 2022. Once approved, the new Zoning By-law will replace the current Zoning By-law (By-law 2008-250).

Starting in 2023, the city will be consulting with communities, the development industry, grass-roots organizations, non-profits and other stakeholders to ensure that everyone gets a chance to have their say in the new Zoning By-law.

The engagement process kicks off with a citywide virtual community information session scheduled for June 20 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. This session aims to provide an overview of the key concepts of the proposed bylaw and outline what to expect in future engagements. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and express concerns during a dedicated Q&A period. Questions specific to certain wards will be noted for further discussion in subsequent sessions to ensure comprehensive community feedback.

To attend the session, please register here.

Mayor’s Annual Canada Day Celebration for Seniors

Mayor Sutcliffe will be hosting the Annual Canada Day Celebration for Seniors from 8:00 to 10:30 am in the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park. We have a few tickets to give out, so send us a message at [email protected], if you’d like some. First come, first served!

Otherwise, tickets will be open to the general public starting Monday. You can call (613) 580-2470 (TTY: (613) 580-2401) or email [email protected] for tickets, a limit of two per person. Please let the city know if you require accessibility-related accommodation.

Couples celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in 2024 can ask about special seating.

Nominations Open for Order of Ottawa and Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching

The city is now accepting nominations for the 2024 Order of Ottawa and the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching.

You can complete nominations for both awards either online or by downloading a nomination form from the Order of Ottawa award webpage. The submission deadline is Friday, September 13 at 11:59 pm. Nominations will be considered every year for five consecutive years from the date of submission.

A list of Order of Ottawa inductees is prominently displayed on a wall on the first floor of Ottawa City Hall and posted online. Nominations from the public are reviewed and recipients of the Order of Ottawa are chosen by a Selection Committee that includes the Mayor, City Clerk, Chief of Police, City Archivist, Chief Executive Officer of Library Services and the Chief of Protocol (ex-officio member).

You can find more information about both awards on the Order of Ottawa award webpage.

Nominations by immediate family members, self-nominations, and posthumous nominations will not be accepted. Elected municipal, provincial and federal officials are not eligible while in office.

Smythe Road Bicycling Safety Improvements

This construction season, we expect to see the construction of bicycling safety improvements on Smythe Road at the Riverside Hospital.

The work will include:

  • Dedicated bicycle lanes at the Riverside Drive on- and off-ramps, including modified traffic “porkchop” islands and a protected intersection on the south side of the Smythe.
  • A protected intersection at the entrance to the hospital, with a painted bike box to allow for two-stage left turns to Frobisher.
  • Removal of the auxiliary eastbound lane which currently acts as both a right turn lane into the Riverside Hospital campus and as a bus bay once past the hospital entrance.

This work stems from a 2019 study of the 34 most dangerous intersections in the city, and we are happy to have this work begin this year.

 

 

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