Office of Councillor Jeff Leiper, Kitchissippi Ward, Ottawa | (613) 580-2485  |
Responsive image

News & Announcements

You are here


Six storeys in the hole on Parkdale

I want to thank Brigil Homes who this morning showed me around their excavation site six storeys below ground. It was fascinating, and I always appreciate learning how these projects are constructed. The disruptive work of hoe-ramming is almost done, and residents in Mechanicsville can look forward to a relatively quiet summer as the building will soon begin to rise out of the hole. It was good to learn more about how the site drainage will work, how the building interfaces with City services, and the actual process of heavy civil construction.


Final Kitchissippi Ward Forum for this term of Council!

We are thrilled to announce that the final Ward forum for this term of Council is coming-up! 

The forum will be on Monday, April 30 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Van Lang Field House (29 Van Lang Pvt).


Transitway Overpass rehabilitation work to begin in May

Work will begin next month the Transitway overpass on Churchill, just north of Scott Street.


Newsletter 135 video

I'll be hitting "send" on the weekly email newsletter shortly, with lots of development, City Hall and community event news. Here's the video version.

If you're not subscribed to the weekly(ish) email, sign up here!


Concentrated street sweeping comes to Kitchissippi

It's street sweeping time!

Street sweeping in our ward has been the source of some concerns since, on many of our roads, a high persistent volume of parked cars can mean the trucks need to visit and re-visit the street several times, and often overnight, to clean up completely. I'm happy to note that this year the City's "concentrated" program will be extended to parts of our ward.


398-406 Roosevelt developments

Likely the most contentious development under consideration in our ward right now is the proposal for 398-406 Roosevelt Avenue - a six-storey mixed use building that would significantly change the face of that residential street. I've made no secret of my opposition to it with planners, the developer and residents. If approved, I believe it would set a new bar for what this Council is willing to accept by way of intensification in our ward, fundamentally changing the function of the residential streets in a broad geography from Island Park to Golden, and from Byron to the Transitway.


Another 190 Richmond Road technical amendment

On April 24, Planning Committee will be asked to approve an omnibus motion of various technical amendments to different zonings around the City. Earlier this year, I noted that one of those would be to amend the zoning at 190 Richmond Rd. to account for the conflict in the zoning raised by the inclusion of a mezzanine level in the townhomes. After putting that in the newsletter for a couple of weeks, I'm not going to push back on that when it comes before us: it's not a change to the overall density or building envelope from what Council approved.


Draft Provincial candidate survey

Municipalities aren’t a level of government defined in the Constitution Act. Cities are creations of the provinces. We don’t make laws; we make by-laws. We take our land use planning direction from Queen’s Park. We have the tax tools the Province gives us. Police are accountable to the provincial legislature, which is also where traffic laws are made. The very conduct of the Corporation of the City of Ottawa and its elected officials is governed by laws passed by the provincial government.


Video version of newsletter #134

For the past couple of years, I've tried to create a video version of the weekly email newsletter (if you're not subscribed, sign up here.) It kind of fell off over the winter months, but I've been back with them for the past two issues. It takes almost a full day, usually on a weekend, for me to put these together, but I've heard that you enjoy them, find the context shots useful, and there are some accessbility/literacy benefits that make them worthwhile.


Green bins and a better approach to solid waste

This week, I voted against the new contract proposed by the City to settle its outstanding litigation with Orgaworld. This morning, I’d like to provide a little explanation for my vote, which was controversial. I believe we had an alternative, outlined below.

The vote we took at Council on Wednesday was to approve a new contract negotiated between Orgaworld and the City. It settles all the outstanding litigation, which is good; legal fees on both sides have been mounting.