Attention Kitchissippi residents! This Friday, December 19, Councillor Jeff Leiper will be kicking off his regular Friday Pop-Up Ward Office drop-in session from 1-4pm at Hintonburg Community Centre. Please drop in and say hello!
Consultation Notice: Jeff wants to hear your thoughts on a proposal at 148 Clare Street and 566 Hilson Avenue to replace two single houses at the corner with seven new townhomes and two additional new units in a semi-detached home. There have been several meetings about this project, and many residents have e-mailed with support or opposition. Jeff wants to ensure he has heard from everyone concerned.
Overnight snow falls brought a flurry (geddit?!) of phone calls and emails to Jeff and Team Kitchissippi throughout today. Many people wrote in with comments and concerns about priorities, sidewalks that needed clearing and elderly people battling snow banks.
Jeff addresses recent developments in the Western LRT planning process, reiterates his campaign commitments, and pledges to keep residents informed as the Federal government and City work together to find a constructive way forward.
The announcement by the NCC on November 21 with respect to the alignment of the western light rail transit (W-LRT) has generated an outpouring of discussion. That's healthy, and I would like to join the conversation with my own assessment.
According to Environment Canada, we are expecting our first significant snowstorm of the season beginning tomorrow (link here) - and the first of the new Councillor's term of office. As usual, the City crews will be out there ensuring the streets are clear, and the Kitchissippi Ward office is here to help with questions or needs. But here are some things you might not have known about Ottawa's snow removal efforts. (Source: City of Ottawa bulletin).
One of the most welcome developments in Kitchissippi has been the announcement of a completely new school to replace Broadview Public School. Parents, students and teachers are looking forward to moving into a brand new facility in Fall 2016. Recently, the community learned that, as a result of a request from residents in the community, City staff have researched and will recommend that a portion of the old school (“the tower”) be given heritage protection.
Now, parents and community members are wondering about the implications of that recommendation.
Councillor Leiper responds to yesterday's decision by the Ontario Municipal Board, expressing his disappointment that Tega Homes will now be permitted to build an 18 and 12 storey condo building next to the Parkdale Market despite the hard work of residents and the opposition of City Council and the Community Design Plan for the area.
After consulting with neighbours and negotiating specific limitations with the developers, Councillor Leiper alerts residents of some changes to the noise regulations on the worksite at 319 McRae, to speed up construction of the new office building by Broccolini and Bridgeport.
While we were touring City Hall, Councillor Leiper and our new office team ran into a familiar face: Mayor Jim Watson, who welcomed us to City Hall, gave us a full "backstage" tour of his office, and offered to pose for this photo with us.
But the day wasn't all photo-ops (although almost all the major media outlets did stop by as well). We spent the rest of the morning getting the office set up, and by lunch time, we were already fielding calls from constituents and media and started the next four years of helping Kitchissippi residents solve problems.
Message from Jeff: welcome to my new constituency Web site, where I will be serving you, informing you, and helping you solve problems. It's a bit thin for now, with just the basics. But keep checking back over the next few months to see more and more content, as well as new tools like an ongoing event calendar, polls, and information.
I envision this as one of the most important avenues for communication with you, so please, let me know what you think, and what you'd like to see here!
We nailed "Together". Now let's get the "better" started!