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City cancellations and closures

Today at a Council/media briefing, the City announced some pretty significant steps in terms of closing public facilities to slow the spread of the coronavirus. I've copied the communication from the City below. They are also exploring cancelling many City committee and Council meetings. I'm waiting for a note from the City Clerk on which those will be, but we know that at least the Transit Commission scheduled for next week has been cancelled.


The 2019 novel coronavirus - staying up to date

Hi Kitchissippi! Tonight I know many people are nervous about the Covid19 headlines. We've seen big event cancellations, confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ottawa including our Prime Minister's partner, and lots of news coverage. Getting accurate information about how we should react, and staying up to date with how our public health officials are protecting us, is important.


Cancelled: 327 Richmond Road Development - Zoning By-Law Amendment Application - Online Community Meeting

*Please note - we have decided to cancel this meeting, as we are having technological limitations in providing a productive experience. Shortly, we will host the development information online, and will be requesting your feedback.


New cannabis stores proposed

There are indications that two new cannabis retailers are or will be seeking permission to operate in the ward.

At 1200B Wellington West, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has opened a comment period for an application by Spiritleaf to operate from the storefront vacated when the cake shop consolidated into a smaller space.


Maturing neighbourhoods coffee series

As residents, developers, the City and Council grapple with crafting a brand new Official Plan, I'm very pleased to spread word of a new speaker series initiative. Architect Rosaline Hill has been working on developing an independent perspective on how mature neighbourhoods might intensify while still preserving what we love about our communities.


Scott Street sewer work presentations

I want to thank the 100 or so people who came out Thursday night to the City's open house looking ahead to the sewer work to be done on Scott Street this year. I've received the materials now for posting. The City still has some work to do to make these accessible and bilingual, and then they'll be posted along with any updates to the project page here.


Intensification and the urban boundary

Ottawa’s population is growing. Recently, we crossed over the one million population threshold on the Ontario side, and we are assuming for the purpose of developing our new Official Plan that we will grow to 1.4 million by 2046. That’s coming up fast. My son will be a little younger than I am today in 2046, maybe with kids of his own ready to move out. If you have young children today, many of them will have just left school and will be establishing new households and families. It’s really not that far off.


Candidacy for Vice Chair, Planning

As many residents are by now aware, the departure from Committee work by Councillor Blais has had a ripple effect on committee memberships.

Intensification and sustainable communities: arenas edition

This morning, the CBC took a look at the possible closure of Dulude arena and others. Tom Brown in our ward is also on a list of possible rink closures in the urban area. It’s heartbreaking, and I’d like to take a moment to make it clear why, if Council chooses to go down this path, the decision would likely have implications that will be felt for decades.


Hydro One Drop-In Session coming to Dovercourt Rec Centre Feb. 11

Hydro One will be doing some vegetation maintenance in their corridor that runs north/south through Kitchissippi Ward between Tweedsmuir and Kirkwood, from the Queensway to just past Scott Street. They will be holding a drop-in session at the Dovercourt Recreation Centre on Tuesday, February 11, from 5:30 to 7. We've attached the flyer that was distributed to neighbouring residents. Find out more on Tuesday.