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Ottawa Fire Services and structural collapses

While this wasn't in our ward, I am always impressed to read about our Fire Services' capabilities. Since the beginning of this term, I have been consistently impressed at the professionalism and expertise demonstrated when I visit the site of a fire. With its permission, I've posted OFS' most recent news release that describes their capacity to deal with structural collapses.


DATE: Monday, February 27, 2017


JUNO micro-grant shows coming to Kitchissippi

As part of the buildup to the JUNO Awards, which will be held at the Canadian Tire Centre on April 2, the JUNO Awards Host Committee and the Ottawa 2017 Bureau initiated a one-time funding program aimed at putting on unique musical experiences in all 23 wards leading  up to the awards ceremony.


Neighbourhood Watch Chair and Secretary Position opportunity

Ottawa Neighbourhood Watch is a citywide community program supported by the Ottawa Police Service. The Ottawa Neighbourhood Watch Executive Committee (ONWEC) is currently seeking volunteer applications for the role of Chair and Secretary to establish a new board.


557 Library vote

On Wednesday, Council voted to accept the Library Board's recommendation to Council that the new central library be built at 557 Wellington – just east of the future Pimisi LRT station. I voted in favour of the Board recommendation.

That decision isn’t one that I made lightly. Public libraries are critical to the success of cities. I have expended some significant resources to have a productive conversation about the Rosemount branch of the Library because of the key contribution they make to our urban fabric.


Paint it UP! Mural Program Accepting Applications for 2017

Crime Prevention Ottawa, in partnership with the City of Ottawa, is calling for applications for mural projects that support graffiti prevention, community safety and the beautification of Ottawa neighbourhoods through youth empowerment and community arts.


Iona, Broadhead, Helena Open House February 23

A Public Information Session for the reconstruction project on Iona Street, Broadhead Avenue, and Helena Street has been set for Thursday, February 23 from 7pm to 9pm in Room 112 of the Fisher Park Community Centre.

From the City of Ottawa notice:


Armstrong St Study: Community Vision at Planning Committee - Feb 14

We are thrilled to let you know that at Planning Committee on Feb 14, we are bringing forward our Armstrong St Study: Community Vision document and will requesting that Planning Services lift the holding symbol and implement the suffix -c zoning to allow for small-scale commerical uses along Armstrong St.  We are further recommending that Planning Services consult the Community Vision document when reviewing future applications along Armstrong St. 

If you wish to review the report, it is item #1 on the Agenda if you follow this link:


9-storey proposed for 979 Wellington Street West

An application is circulating, but not yet online, to allow a 9-storey mixed-use apartment building with 57 units, retail at grade, and 35 stacked parking spots at 979 Wellington - the Beament Green property across from Somerset Square. To build it, they require an increase in the allowed height from 6 storeys, and are seeking to extend the traditional mainstreet zone from front to back (it's a through-lot to Armstrong).


February Bayview MUP changes

As the new Bayview LRT station continues to click along, there will be another change to the path configuration for likely a couple of weeks, and starting this Wednesday February 8. In order to work on the pedestrian/cycling culvert underpass, the area around it will be closed off.

I've put together a short video showing the new travel patterns here.



Carling Avenue Transit Priority Study/Proposed 417 Carling E-E ramp closure open houses

Two open houses at the same time, at the same place

Wednesday February 15 will be a day of great interest for many residents of Kitchissippi Ward with two public consultations, conveniently at the same time and same place. (note that a recent email I sent had the incorrect date).

From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., St. Anthony's Banquet Hall, 534 St. Anthony Street (just off Preston) will play host to the Carling Avenue Transit Priority Study Open House and the second Public Information Centre for the contentious proposed Highway 41 Carling Ave E-E Ramp Closure.