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Quarterly ward forum: April 12

The quarterly ward forum, a chance to hear updates from the community associations, BIAs and each others, and raise your suggestions, comments and concerns to do with Kitchissippi and Ottawa issues, is coming up on April 12. We're holding it at the Churchill Seniors Centre (345 Richmond Road) from 6-9 PM.


Kitchissippi street re-namings

One of the lingering issues in Ottawa has been the need to clean up the many street name anomalies left over from amalgamation and even before. There are multiple redundant street names in the city, which can and do cause problems for our emergency services personnel when trying to respond to emergencies.

The City has been whacking away at these, and our ward is one of the last to be addressed. As the list below demonstrates, there are over 20 streets names that are duplicated and need to be renamed.


Wellington Diner applies for patio re-zoning

As has been foreshadowed in the media last summer, the Wellington Diner (1385 Wellington Street West) has filed for permission to operate a patio in the fenced-off portion of the property by way of a re-zoning. This has been an off-and-on proposal for several years, with the restaurant’s last attempt to get permission by way of a minor variance turned down by the Ontario Municipal Board a few years ago.


Reid Park Redevelopment – Final Concept Plan & Environmental Risk Management Program

Commencing in the spring, 2017, the City of Ottawa will be redeveloping Reid Park to better meet the recreational needs of the surrounding community.


Congestion pricing study launches at sustainable transportation event

The findings of a study on road congestion pricing prepared by transportation specialists CPCS will be discussed for the first time at a road user fee symposium organized by the Healthy Transportation Coalition. The study, commissioned by Councillors Chernushenko, Leiper, McKenney and Nussbaum, looked at specific congestion pricing tools that would help reduce traffic congestion and increase transit ridership.  The study modelled four scenarios to achieve these objectives and concluded that raising the cost of parking would likely be the most cost-effective congestion pricing tool.


Public Information Session on April 4 for LRT Scott Street Detours

The Tom Brown Arena, 141 Bayview Road, will host a public information session April 4 so we can learn more about the temporary Scott Street detours coming as part of construction of Phase 2 of the LRT.


Innovation Centre to host Ottawa as a Music City panel

Juno Week is fast approaching with several events leading up to the Canadian music awards ceremony Sunday, April 2 at the Canadian Tire Centre.

One of those events is coming to Kitchissippi Ward on April 4 as the Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards will be hosting a seminal panel discussion on the future of Ottawa as a Music City.


Help protect City drinking water sources

In conjunction with Canada Water Weekand World Water Day (today!), and in compliance with Ontario’s 


My comments for the Byron Linear Park and Westgate re-zonings

It can sometimes be difficult to navigate the City's website to view items on committee agendas. To make things a little easier, here are my comments related to the Byron Linear Park re-zoning that has been recommended by staff to allow the continued operation of the farmers market there, as well as the Westgate shopping mall re-development, also recommended by planning staff for approval. View the full reports here, including development details and staff recommendations.


Hintonburg 40 km/h initiative complete

I want to pass my enthusiastic congratulations to the Hintonburg Community Association on the near-completion of its 40 km/h initiative. Its press release is copied below. In summary, its volunteers have achieved the required 66% concurrence from residents on every street to reduce the speed limit to 40 km/h. All that remains, we're told, is to put up the signs.