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Upcoming Drilling Program at Laroche Park

The City’s Environmental Remediation Unit alongside the National Capital Commission (NCC) will be drilling monitoring wells at 6 locations across the east portion of Laroche Park, between November 7 and 25. The work is being done to monitor and evaluate the soil and groundwater conditions and to assess for potential remediation options.

Don't hesitate to reach out to our office if you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding this work.







Carruthers/Wellington traffic filming results

Recently, as part of a series of these to which I've committed, I filmed the intersection of Rosemount/Carruthers/Wellington. It's a problematic intersection, particularly from a pedestrian point of view. Since the beginning of this term, I've been fielding calls and emails from people who feel unsafe crossing here. People's common experience is of being pressured while crossing, and often being unsure of whether cars will stop at all. 


Potential development at 373 Princeton Ave Consultation

Potential development at 373 Princeton Ave Consultation

Please join us on

Thursday, October 27 from 6:00-8:00pm

at the Dovercourt Recreation Association (411 Dovercourt Ave) - upstairs lobby



Milieu report on 190 Richmond Road

One of my commitments in this term of Council is to find ways to better engage residents in planning and other discussions. Recently, a proposal was made to develop the back of the Superstore parking lot with two six-storey buildings intended to be marketed as seniors rental housing.


Councillor fun: helmet edition

As some residents likely know, I'm a gadget geek. And, as I'm sure has escaped no one's attention, I get around almost exclusively by bike. It's a real pleasure, then, to have recently been asked by Safer Roads Ottawa's Rob Wilkinson to take part in a one-month trial of a new helmet, the Lumos

It's a brand new helmet that incorporates - get this - turn signals, in addition to built in front and rear lights.


My vote against the budget direction

Today, Council debated a motion to provide staff with direction to write and propose a budget that has a 2% tax increase. I voted against that direction.

While I have no issue with asking staff to draft a budget that takes 2% as its starting place, I am concerned by some of what I heard during today’s debate. Without assurance that Council can deviate from the draft budget with full flexibility to add or subtract the funds necessary to provide the services residents need and want, it would be irresponsible to lock ourselves into a specific tax cap.


Coach houses pass committee

New rules that allow “coach houses” in Ottawa were approved by Planning Committee this morning. Though not necessarily the most contentious issue with which Council has dealt this term, there was nonetheless some significant discomfort in some quarters about the implications of the new rules in urban communities, and I wanted to take this opportunity to address why I voted in favour of the proposal.


Standing Together: Art and Community

Join us for a community event at Somerset Square park on Sunday, October 16 from 11-3 featuring live art, children's activities, teen basketball, music and food. It's being organized by the Somali community, Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization, the family of Adbirahman Abdi, the Hintonburg Community Association, Somerset West Community Health Centre and my office. The whole community is welcome, and I hope you'll join us!


Comment period open on W-LRT

A key milestone in the proposed second phase of light rail has been reached with the Notice of Completion of the City's Environmental Project Report required by the Province as part of the Transit Project Assessment Process. In lay language, that means a public comment period opened on September 29 with an opportunity for members of the public to provide feedback to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change at Queen's Park.

Comments are due on October 31.

From the project website:


Music Cities update

While we can’t devote as much time to it as we’d like given more pressing ward priorities, I and my music lovin’ and playin’ staff continue to advocate for making Ottawa a great music city. I wanted to take this opportunity to update residents on a couple of recent items on that front.