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It's going to snow. The City has a plan.

It's that time! Here's the latest snow update from the City.

The purpose of this email is to provide an update on the November 19 - 21 winter weather event and to highlight the City’s preparations for this early season event.

Weather Conditions


Spencer Street update

After months of construction, the Spencer Street rebuild is coming to a close. Thanks to all area residents for their patience through the work period. We hope your inconveniences over the summer lead to a road that is safer for all users.

In our latest update from project manager Tara Blasioli, she says the completion date is set for today. While the road will be open and ready for use, the contractor will still be on site doing some minor work like placing top soil.


Community solidarity walk

This past week, there have been five hate crimes perpetrated in our city - graffiti on synagogues, a mosque, and United Church. The graffiti was hateful and racist, with references to some of our society's basest impulses.

Police are investigating these as hate crimes, and anyone with information about them should call the police to pass that on at 613.230.6211.

Whether a crime by a single person or not, we are all disturbed by these incidents. They are not representative of the hearts of Ottawa residents, our values, our tolerance, our generosity.


Mahoney Park - Final Design & next steps

Thank you to all who have contributed comments and feedback for the lifecycle renewal work that will be taking place shortly at Mahoney Park. We've received the final designs from the Planner and attached them here at the bottom of this post for you to take a look at. Now that the design has been finalized, staff will be tendering the work over the next few months, moving towards a mid-May start for construction. The scope of the work should take roughly 6 weeks, and staff are anticipating a July end date.


Plan your Parks! Kitchissippi Parks Participatory Plan - Consultation

Our office is pleased to announce the launch of our ward-wide Cash-In-Lieu Consultation, facilitated  by Wesley Petite. The consultation will take place over a number of rounds, each with two sessions, at venues around the ward. We are very excited to hear what you have to say about our parks, and your ideas on how you would like to see our Ward's Cash-in-Lieu funds spent. Please find more details prepared by Wesley below:


Richmond Road Complete Street Public Consultation - Nov. 15

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church will host a Richmond Road Complete Street & Byron Linear Park Renewal Public Consultation and Workshop. 

The event will run from 6pm to 9pm and feature opening remarks from Jeff, presentations, and a workshop. The workshop part will be the latest opportunity for public input for this project.


Council wrap-up: budget, planning and camping

It was a busy City Council meeting for Kitchissippi yesterday and I thought it would be useful to provide a quick wrap-up of the highlights. I’ve stressed the budget for most of this post, but skip further down for updates on for yesterday’s discussion on Planning Advisory Committees, urban camping, and the 307 Richmond heritage approval.


The key item, of course, was the budget.



Thanks to everyone who attended our #BudgetSpeak2016 event in October. The budget will be tabled tomorrow, November 9. As we wait for that document, here's the summary of the #BudgetSpeak event recently distributed to participants.

Sent on behalf of Councillors David Chernushenko, Mathieu Fleury, Jeff Leiper, Catherine McKenney and Tobi Nussbaum

Thank you for participating in BudgetSpeak 2016 on Oct. 13.


Wynne announcement on safety cameras, lower speeds in school zones: McKenney, Leiper

This morning, Ontario’s Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that the provincial government will introduce legislation to allow cities to use speed cameras and reduce speed limits in school zones. Councillors Catherine McKenney (Somerset) and Jeff Leiper (Kitchissippi) applaud this intiative, which reflects a longstanding desire on the part of residents of both wards for safer streets.


Community safety meeting: issues at Bayswater/Spadina

Community safety meeting: Bayswater/Somerset issues

Residents have become increasingly concerned about repeated violent and disruptive incidents at the corner of Bayswater/Somerset and its immediate area. Most recently very early Saturday morning, there was a stabbing. This follows the discharge of a firearm at the corner on October 21.