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New tool will help residents who wonder: Where Is My Plow?

There is a new tool on this winter that will help Ottawa residents know when a City plow will clear their snow-covered residential street.

Called Where Is My Plow, the web tool allows you to enter your home address and find  the estimated time when your residential street will be plowed during a major storm. Times are estimated using real-time GPS information from the snow plow fleet. The tool will work on any phone, mobile device, laptop or desktop computer.


Taxi and Limousine Regulation and Service Review: Policy Paper Released

The City has released a Policy Option Paper as part of the Taxi and Limousine Regulations and Service Review on The City is examining the current regulatory framework and service delivery to residents and visitors. Council approved funding for the review as part of the City’s Strategic Initiatives.


Committee of Adjustment - December 2nd Applications

Here are the current applications for variances and divisions being heard on Wednesday, December 2nd at the Committee of Adjustment. The meetings are open to the public and any interested party can appear before the Committee to present


Swings installed at Lions Park

A quick note as I catch up on email that we received the following a while ago from our parks planners about the installation of new swings at Lions Park:

Councillor Leiper,


Scott Street construction update - November 16

We've received the following update on Scott Street construction this moring:

Scott Street widening update

  • Concrete curb and sidewalk installation completed at all intersections
  • Asphalt paving overlay complete with pavement marking between Pinhey Street and 100m west of City Centre Avenue
  • Temporary Transitway is ready, except for signage and minor pavement marking, between Empress Avenue and Merton Street

Work remaining


Bore holes. Bore HOLES! BORE HOLES!

As the City gears up to build LRT Phase 2, it needs to test the geology along the route. To do so, it will dig as many as 8500 bore holes along the route. In a first phase between November and December, it will dig 25 hoes with 16 monitoring wells using two drill rigs and crews. The work is noisy, and depending on the conditions they may need to hydrovac. The work will be done during the day to mitigate some of the noise impact. In our ward, the following locations are planned through the end of December.


OC Transpo Blues

The hipsters and purists may get a little snippy with it sometimes, but I’m sure that few residents doubt Bluesfest’s preeminent place in our music scene. The world’s biggest acts rock its main stages, while dozens of smaller and local acts entertain crowds for days. For many of those Ottawa bands, it’s the biggest stage they’ll play in their lives – not to mention a good paycheque and great exposure.


Armstrong Street Study - Public Consultation + Follow-up

On Tuesday, Nov 10, the Wellington West BIA, the Hintonburg Community Association and our office held an open house to present the findings from our Armstrong Street Study (click through for background info), completed by a group of Masters of Planning Students from McGill University. A big thank you to those who came to check it out, and for providing feedback!


Budget "efficiencies" lack needed transparency

Today, City staff presented a proposed 2016 budget that would keep the municipal tax increase to 2%. I and my colleagues have already begun combing through the document to see how this will affect the services you receive. We know that the City will cut the equivalent of 50 full-time staff to make the numbers work, dip into our reserves, as well as institute a number of cost-saving initiatives to balance the budget.


BudgetSpeak and the City's budget

City Council will receive the draft budget today. For the next month or so, we'll debate it through the committee structure until passing the final version in early December. There's been a lot of press around the budget, and I likely don't need to tell residents about some of the challenges we're facing. Council has asked staff to develop a budget that would see us try to achieve no more than a 2% increase in property taxes. Today, we'll see how they suggest we accomplish that.