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Happy Canada Day from Kitchissippi!

I had a great time Friday and Saturday visiting some of our urban campers at Tom Brown, a bunch of block parties, some of our seniors' buildings and other parties around the ward yesterday as residents and visitors celebrated Canada Day. It was a delightful 150th celebration! Enjoy a short video clip of some of their greetings below. Thanks to all the City staff who ensured a safe and enjoyable day for all, including Matt Perkins and some of our Parks staff (pictured) who supervised the urban camping grounds.



McCormick Park - Older Adult Plan improvements - construction updates

You may recall in September we showed you the concept plan for the older adult plan improvements the City will be making in McCormick Park this year. To refresh your member, feel free to check out that previous post here.


Last minute picnic-on-the-bridge raffle!

* Thanks everyone for participating! We had 39 entrants who contributed a total of $1060 to Parkdale Food! Lynn O-W won the draw earlier, and I've dropped the tickets off to her. Have a happy Canada Day! *


Open House: 979 Wellington St W proposed development

We are hosting the second open house for the proposed development at 979 Wellington St W. There have been some changes to the development in the last few weeks, and we would like to bring the updates to the community for further feedback. You can read more about the previous design on our earlier blog post. 

The major updates to the design were as follows:


Proposed changes in Kitchissippi to OC Transpo routes

No surprise to anyone, in roughly mid-2018 the Confederation Line light rail will begin running between Tunney’s Pasture and Blair Station. This will be the beginning of a profound transformation in how residents of Ottawa move around the City, and there will be multiple changes to how public transit offered by OC Transpo will work.


Public Art in Winston Square to be opened on June 10

Public art in Winston Square to be opened on June 10th

The City of Ottawa invites residents to attend the official opening celebration of Winston Chandelier, a recently-installed public art sculpture that was commissioned for the Winston Place Plaza development project on Richmond Road, Westboro. 


Date:  Saturday, June 10th, 2017
Time:  12.30pm to 1.30pm
Location:  Winston Square at the south end of Winston Avenue (between Westboro Legion and DQ along Richmond Road, Westboro).


Bayview MUP pathway paving in June

I've been advised that beginning as soon as June 5 at 9:30 am, paving will begin on the multi-use pathway at Bayview Station to and from the new culvert. The paving is expected to take approximately a week, during which the configuration will again temporarily change.

During the paving, riders and pedestrians will need to use the MUP running just north of Albert (MUP#6) to bypass the construction area.


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.