Transportation Master Plan Update
Work continues on the new Transportation Master Plan (TMP) for the city. The city has conducted preliminary consultations, and staff have released three documents outlining what they have heard and the direction this work is going:
The TMP is an important document that will have a profound impact on the future of this city. It will direct how we move about our city, which will have significant effects on how we grow and how our growth impacts our quality of life and the health of our city.
One of our top priorities as this discussion continues, will be to remove the Alta Vista Transportation Corridor from the TMP, preserving the greenspace between Springhurst Park and the Lees Towers—the People’s Park, as it has come to be known. Currently, that space is reserved for a four-lane urban freeway, first conceived of six or seven decades ago.
This relic of last-century thinking no longer makes sense—certainly not when we consider the effects of climate change, the benefits of greenery and the fact we have built an LRT system right beside the park.
If you are interested in the TMP, you can follow its progress no the city’s Transportation Management Plan website.
Councillor Menard Educational Bursary Winner
This year, we collaborated with the Hockey Eastern Ontario Educational Bursary Program. In total, ten bursaries were given out this year, and we were happy to be a part of that.
We are pleased to announce that the recipient of the Councillor Menard Educational Bursary is Lucas Korpi. Lucas played for the SouthEnd U18 B1 Hurricanes this season and attended St. Patrick’s High School.
Lucas grew up playing hockey within SouthEnd Hockey Association since the age of five. He is a hard-working individual with a willingness to help others. He has spent many hours interacting with members of his Capital Ward community, volunteering with SouthEnd MHA while also working in the community at Wilson’s Independent Grocer to help save for school. Lucas is looking forward to furthering his education at Carleton University, majoring in Commerce with the goal of becoming an accountant. He would love to become a chartered professional and work for corporate firms in Canada.
Lansdowne Summer Arts Series
Lansdowne’s Summer Arts Series is underway. There is a fantastic line up of performers for free outdoor shows at Lansdowne Park this summer! This showcase highlights local talent and gives everyone in the community access to arts and culture experiences every Sunday night in Aberdeen Plaza from 6:30 to 8:00.
Here’s the line-up for August:
August 7: The Lionyls
August 14: UNO Band
August 21: Julie Corrigan
August 28: Occasional Pudding
New Granite Bench for the Lansdowne Skate Park
A new granite bench has been installed by the Skate Park at Lansdowne. We would like to thank Top of the World and RDS Granite for donating this bench, a great addition to the park.
Rideau River Footbridge
In July, the new footbridge over the Rideau River, connecting Vincent Massey Park and Carleton University, was installed. This bridge is being completed as part of the mobility improvements stemming from LRT Stage 2.
The bridge is not yet open—there is more work to be completed before residents can use it. We have been told that the bridge will not open until next year, but we are working with staff to try to get the bridge open before the end of 2022. It is our intention to have this bridge winter-maintained.
We have also been working with the volunteers behind the Rideau Winter Trail, hoping to extend the trail across Bank street to and through Vincent Massey Park this year. Getting the bridge open this winter would allow more people access to outdoor winter activities this year.
Grand Allée Construction
There’s been a lot of work going in the Greystone development in Old Ottawa East, and we’re happy to say that construction of the Grand Allée block within Greystone Village is planned to start this fall, and we expect construction to be completed next summer. This will be a great new public space for residents of Greystone, and everyone in the community!
Design and planning work continues on the Greenfield-Main-Hawthorne re-construction, and preliminary work is currently underway. The new signalized pedestrian crossing at Main and Colonel By has been installed and is operational, and in the coming months we will see more work happening along Hawthorne, and sections of Echo and Greenfield.
Work will continue in stages over the next two years, with all work expected to be completed by the end of the 2024 construction season.
You can download the full construction map showing the phases of the project form our website.
What Happens to My Recycling?
Have you ever wondered what the city does with the recycling you put out at the curb? You can watch this video that shows how the process works.
Commemoration of Atomic Bombings
The commemoration of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will take place Saturday, August 6, at 7:00 pm at Fifth Avenue and Queen Elizabeth Drive. Calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons, the short program will include a representative from the Ottawa Japanese Community Association; Bay Ward Councillor Theresa Kavanagh, who was successful in getting council to unanimously pass a motion calling for a ban on nuclear weaponsp; and a youth activist's experience of Nagasaki.
There will be an opportunity for people to sign an enlarged signature page of the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). The signatures will be presented to the Government of Canada to press it to take concrete action to ban nuclear weapons and support the Treaty.
Trees For Sale
The Old Ottawa South Community Association’s (OSCA) Tree Team will be placing a bulk order of shade trees (and a native fruit tree) from Forêt Capitale Forest (a local not-for-profit) and selling them to residents.
Kentucky Coffee Tree
2 gallon (2 to 3 feet)
15 gallon (7 to 8 feet)
7 gallon (5 to 6 feet)
If you are interested in making a purchase of a tree for your property, email the [email protected] by August 31. Indicate your name, address, and desired species. Trees will be received in early October.
You will be sent an OSCA link for payment. The above prices may fluctuate by up to 10% before delivery. Payments are not refundable, as we will have to make purchases at the time of order.
You will also be sent a statement of commitment which requires you to call the free locate service (as a precaution to avoid underground lines or pipes) and water the tree as needed for up to three years. If you need assistance to plant your tree, volunteers of our tree team can help. However, we ask you to be present on site to provide direction.
Booth Rapid Bridge Replacement
This month, the Ministry of Transportation will be conducting a rapid bridge replacement of the Queensway over Booth Street. To facilitate this work, the following lane closures will be in place, beginning Thursday, August 11, at 8:00 am, and ending Monday, August 15, at 6:00 am:
- Queensway Westbound:
- O’Connor to Rochester—all lanes
- O’Connor on-ramp
- Bronson on-ramp (already closed)
- Lyon on-ramp (already closed)
- Rochester on-ramp
- Parkdale on-ramp
- Queensway Eastbound:
- Carling to Kent—all lanes
- Maitland on-ramp
- Carling on-ramp
- Parkdale on-ramp
Booth Street from Normand to Arlington is currently closed to all vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists, but expected to re-open on Thursday, August 24.
Signed detours will be in place during all closures.
Pole Replacement Project and Power Outage in Heron Park
Over the course of the coming weeks, Hydro Ottawa will be replacing hydro poles that will impact residents located on Brookfield Road East, Carlsen Avenue, Clover Street, Gregg Street, Chasseur Avenue, Clementine Boulevard and Falcon Avenue. Hydro estimates that this project will be completed by October 31, 2022. This work will result in planned power outages. Below are the scheduled power outages that will take place next week.
Chasseur Avenue, Clementine Boulevard and Gregg Street
Project date: August 2
Rain date: August 3
Time: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Avenue and Clementine Boulevard
Project date: August 4, 2022
Rain date: August 5, 2022
Time: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Collaborative Justice Program: Restorative Justice Ottawa
Did you know that if you are the victim of a crime, you may not learn anything through the criminal court process about: why this happened to you, what led the perpetrator to do this and how they feel about what they did?
The Collaborative Justice Program: Restorative Justice Ottawa (CJP) was created to do the difficult emotional work that is needed in the wake of crime. Caseworkers assist in this voluntary, participant-driven process that creates opportunities to meet the needs of those who have been harmed, while engaging in a dialogue with the person responsible. True accountability can have life changing impacts on victims and perpetrators. CJP is a small organization that depends on the financial support of caring donors. By inspiring communities to respond to crime with accountability, dialogue and compassion, they strive to prevent crime, to foster individual healing in the aftermath of crime and to improve the health of our communities. To learn more about this program, or to financially support their work, please visit their website.
Your Capital Ward
Photo by Caroline Warburton
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.
Lansdowne 2.0: Public Consultation Coming Soon
With the report now approved by council, staff will begin the city-initiated rezoning included in the concept plan, which includes public consultation. We want our public engagement activities to be accessible, meaningful, and engaging. Engagement activities will be a mix of online activities and in-person/virtual sessions to ensure that residents has an opportunity to provide input on the project.
The goal of public consultation is to increase public interest in the project, collect feedbacks and also help City staff create a sustainable Lansdowne Park together.
You can follow the consultation process on Engage Ottawa.
Leonard Sanitary Pumping Station Reliability Upgrades
The city is undertaking the design to rehabilitate the existing Leonard Sanitary Pumping Station built in 1969, located within the city’s Right of Way, opposite 115 Leonard Avenue.
Many of the pump station components have reached the end of their useful life and need to be replaced. All upgrades will be done in accordance with the latest operational and health and safety standards.
The planned work includes:
- demolition, removal and replacement of all required underground infrastructure, utilities, services, etc.,
- demolition, removal and replacement of all existing components within the wet well,
- replacement or upgrades of existing aboveground equipment including electrical and control panels under the existing mounting structure/kiosk,
- installation of by-pass pumping system for the duration of construction,
- construction of a new underground by-pass chamber for the existing wet well,
- installation of new natural gas generator set complete with associated services.
Notice to residents will be sent out to advise of works prior to commencement.
The city makes every effort to minimize the impacts of construction on the community. Utilities modifications and excavation within the city right of way limits is expected. Construction site fencing will be in place during construction to enhance public safety.
It is not expected that there will be any interruption to the service for the duration of this project.
- Design has been completed in summer 2021
- Construction is expected to start in late spring/summer 2022
O-Train Line 1 Proactive Track and Maintenance Work and Nightly Service Adjustments
Rideau Transit Group (RTG) will be performing proactive track and maintenance work on O-Train Line 1 for two weeks from Friday, August 12 until Thursday, August 25.
During the two-week maintenance period, certain sections of O-Train Line 1 will close as early as 8:00 pm. Work will occur at intervals along the system and non-work areas will remain open for customers. During the maintenance work:
- R1 replacement bus service will run frequently to meet ridership requirements
- Regular train service will resume each morning at the usual times, 5 am on weekdays, 6 am on Saturdays and 8 am on Sundays
- The full schedule with daily service availability will be shared with customers in advance
Information will be shared through all customer communication channels later this week once the maintenance schedule is finalized. During the maintenance activities, signage will be posted across the system to notify and direct customers to R1 bus stops.
Maintenance activities will include switch heater calibrations to prepare for winter, rail repairs and replacement, inspections of the track and rail grinding. General seasonal cleaning and vegetation control have been ongoing since June and will continue.
Information and reminders will be communicated to customers through various channels, including a Public Service Announcement, customer alerts, social media updates, signage at Line 1 stations, and octranspo.com. Customers can visit octranspo.com for travel planning assistance or call 613-741-4390. Schedules are available by calling 613-560-5000 or texting 560560 plus the bus stop number. OC Transpo Red Vest staff will be present across the system 2 and stationed at key areas to assist customers throughout the duration of the temporary service adjustments.
City of Ottawa’s Elections Office is Hiring Election Workers to Help Voters Make their Mark
The City of Ottawa’s Elections Office is hiring election workers to fill a variety of paid positions in the 2022 Municipal Elections. Individuals are needed on:
- Advance Vote Day 1 on Friday, October 7, 2022;
- Advance Vote Day 2 on Friday, October 14, 2022; and
- Voting Day on Monday, October 24, 2022.
The Elections Office is looking for individuals who are at least 16 years old, understand the voting process, learn quickly, and possess good interpersonal skills. Priority will be given to applicants who are bilingual in French and English. Proficiency in other languages will be considered an asset and applicants are encouraged to indicate which language(s) they speak on their application form.
For more information on the positions available, pay rates, and to apply online, visit ottawa.ca/vote. The Elections Office will begin contacting applicants from June to September to fill available positions.
City Seeks Applicants for its 2022-2026 Election Compliance Audit Committee
The City of Ottawa is asking qualified residents to apply to become members of its 2022-2026 Election Compliance Audit Committee. This independent, statutory body is responsible for considering applications for compliance audits respecting the election campaign finances of candidates and registered third party advertisers. The Committee will also review reports regarding apparent contraventions of contribution limits by contributors.
Applicants must have a thorough understanding of the municipal campaign finance rules under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 and have no involvement with any municipal election campaign. Ideal candidates would have practical experience in administering elections and may include former municipal clerks, elections office managers, auditors, accountants, or lawyers. Committee or tribunal experience and/or bilingualism are assets.
The City of Ottawa is committed to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in every aspect of its work, including the appointment process and appointments to public member committees. As such the City urges Indigenous and racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and women and gender diverse persons to apply, and to include, on a voluntary basis, how their lived experience and perspectives can strengthen their application in this regard.
Applications must be received by August 8, 2022, at 4:00 pm.
For more information on eligibility, roles and responsibilities and the application process, please visit the Election Compliance Audit Committee page on ottawa.ca or contact Eric Pelot at 613-580-2424, ext. 22953, (TTY: 613-580-2401) or by email at [email protected].
Order of Ottawa and Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching
The Order of Ottawa celebrates outstanding citizens. This prestigious civic award recognizes exceptional citizen contributions in the many areas of city life including arts and culture, business, philanthropy, health care, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, sports, entertainment or other fields of endeavour that benefit the citizens of Ottawa.
Any resident of Ottawa who has made a significant contribution in a professional capacity that has been of benefit to our community is eligible for nomination.
In 2003, in recognition of Brian Kilrea's 1,000th career victory, the City of Ottawa created the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching to acknowledge the contribution of an amateur coach who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment that have been the hallmarks of Brian Kilrea's exceptional career. The Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching will be presented at the Order of Ottawa awards ceremony.
An outstanding citizen may be nominated for either the Order of Ottawa or the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching.
Please submit your nomination using the online form at the link below.
Order of Ottawa or the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching Nomination Form )
The deadline for nominations for the Order of Ottawa and the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching is Friday, September 9, at 11:59 pm EST.
Ottawa Public Health expands COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for Children Aged Six Months to Under Five Years
Last week, the Province of Ontario announced that starting at 8 am on Thursday, July 28, 2022 parents and guardians will be able to book appointments for children aged six months to under five years for the paediatric COVID-19 vaccine. Immunocompromised youth aged 12 to 17 will also be able to schedule their second booster (fifth dose) at least six months or 168 days after their first booster (fourth dose).
This lower dose paediatric COVID-19 vaccine, by Moderna, has gone through a very strict approval process from Health Canada. Health Canada and The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) have reviewed how the vaccine benefits individuals, while also looking at any risk for possible side effects from the vaccine. The paediatric vaccine has been approved as safe and effective.
Appointments can be booked through the provincial COVID-19 vaccination portal, by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-390 or by checking local pharmacies to find locations that provide the paediatric COVID-19 vaccine. Parents and guardians are encouraged to make an appointment for their children as drop-in availability will be limited at community vaccine clinics. Some primary care physicians and paediatricians may also provide this vaccine to their clients.
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is working with partners to expand its current COVID-19 clinics to offer additional options for children and their families. Children in Ottawa can look forward to being vaccinated through various initiatives, including:
- Smaller, rotating family-friendly vaccination clinics operated by OPH across the city:
- City of Ottawa buildings at 255 Centrum Boulevard, Mary Pitt Centre at 100 Constellation Drive, Walter Baker Sports Centre, Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park, and Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre and more locations to be added and communicated over the next few weeks.
- Various partner agencies across the city, including some EarlyON centres and the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre, to be launched and communicated over the next few weeks.
- OPH Neighbourhood Health and Wellness Hubs.
- The Kids Come First Clinic at CHEO offers vaccinations to children who can’t attend a community vaccination clinic. Visit CHEO’s Vaccination page for details.
OPH expects to receive paediatric vaccine supply this week, with clinics welcoming this new age group as of July 28, 2022. Visit the OPH website at OttawaPublicHealth.ca/ChildCOVID19Vaccine for additional clinic details. New clinics and more appointments will be added to meet demand and as more vaccine supply is received.
OPH is working to make vaccination for children and their families as easy and comfortable as possible, with the option of smaller vaccine clinic spaces, COVID-19 safety precautions, immunization staff trained in administering vaccines to children, superhero photo stations and fun stickers to take home. Parents and guardians can visit our website to get tips on how to prepare for their child’s appointment, such as giving children a snack beforehand and bringing a comforting toy or music to listen to.