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Meeting: Churchill Seniors Recreation Centre - Upcoming Exterior Renovations this Summer


Upcoming Exterior Renovations this summer!



Ottawa Community Housing buys Oak street lands

I was thrilled today to be part of a major announcement with respect to affordable housing and the use of the Oak Street complex. This afternoon, Ottawa Community Housing has announced that it has purchased the 7.26 acres of vacant land north of Gladstone between the O-Train and Preston Street for $7 million from the federal government – less than market price. The land will be used to build a new mixed use development that will include mixed income housing, retail, commercial and green spaces.


190 Richmond Road (Superstore) at Planning next week

The proposal for two new six-storey rental buildings to be build by Choice REIT on the site of the Superstore will be at Planning Committee for its approval next Tuesday. I am supportive of this proposal after extensive consultation and given its compliance with the high-level plans for the neighbourhood. There will be a new park built on the Superstore site with the development, and I'll continue to work with the community on pedestrian and cycling access through the site, as well as the new park layout.


Encouraging news from Queen's Park on OMB reform

Today, Queen’s Park has announced a series of reforms to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). For years, residents have justifiably railed at the OMB’s role in land-planning in the province. Arguably, it systemically favours developers in the face of local land-planning decisions. It is prohibitively expensive and time consuming, and is a de facto spur to the abdication of accountability for local Councils.


Loretta Avenue Reconstruction Open House #2 May 11

The City of Ottawa is holding its next public information session on the Loretta Avenue reconstruction project on Thursday, May 11, from 7pm to 9pm at the Hintonburg Community Centre. The first one in January solicited comments on the project's design. Thursday's session is to advise the public of construction-related issues such as scheduling, road closures, traffic management etc., as well as to present landscaping plans for Loretta Avenue South upon the project's completion.



Flooding Information Sessions

May 9, 2017 – The City is hosting four information sessions to provide information about flooding assistance. These sessions will include the Insurance Bureau of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, Ottawa Public Health, the City of Ottawa’s Public Works and Environmental Services Department and a representative from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs who will speak about the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program.


Video newsletter - May 6, 2017

Off and on I post a video version of the weekly email newsletter - more frequently since we made some tech changes in the office. Here's the latest, covering off the mystery noise in Hintonburg and Mechanicsville, upcoming Committee of Adjustment applications, the Markets board recruitment, community association and other AGMs, and more.



Field House at Van Lang programing

The team at Carlington Community Health Care Centre has helpfully pulled together the most recent list of programming and services available at the Field House at Van Lang. I'm very pleasd to see how quickly the space is filling up! Click on the document below to see all the details.


Over $120,000 and counting: IBikeIBuy business case at #YOWInsights conference

Over $120,000 and counting: IBikeIBuy business case at #YOWInsights conference

On Friday May 5, Ottawa Councillor Jeff Leiper and Brandbot Digital Marketing Founder David Hicks will present an IBikeIBuy update to the #YOWInsights Business Summit in Ottawa. is a crowdsourced dataset tracking spending by cyclists when they shop in their community. Packaged as an iOS and Android app and website, the tool has seen over 700 users log over $120,000 in spending at over 500 locations since its launch in 2015.


Mahoney Park (160 Lanark Ave) Notice of Construction Week of May 1, 2017

Please be advised the construction activity will commence at this site either Friday or next week. The playground is being renovated and access may be restricted at times during the work.There will be large construction vehicles and safety fencing present. The work is expected to be complete by the end of June, weather permitting.

You can take a look at the final play structure designs here. Don't hesitate to reach out to our office with any questions, comments or concerns.