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MTO Queensway bridge replacement - joint Somerset/Kitchissippi letter

On February 28, I wrote about the several bridge rehabilitations/replacements planned for Kitchissippi and Somerset Ward in the next few years. Late last week, Somerset Councillor Catherine McKenney and I submitted a joint letter to the Ministry of Transportation. In it, we've asked for enhancements to improve pedestrian and cycling improvements. A copy of the letter (.pdf) is below.


We need your help! Safe Streets Update & Prioritization exercise

UPDATE: The map is now embeded, please click on the button in the top left hand corner to view all the map locations.


Provincial land use planning reform is on the table - let's ensure it happens.

The province wants to reform land use planning in the neighbourhood. Greater zoning certainty and more meaningful consultation could be just two of the positive outcomes. I need your help to support the legislation.

One of the biggest issues in Kitchissippi is development. How our community grows will be one of the most important debates of this coming term of Council. Balancing Ottawa’s growth requirements within the constraints of provincial policy with the obvious impacts of thoughtless intensification is critical.


A promising compromise on Western Light Rail

This morning, the City of Ottawa and the National Capital Commission announced that they have reached an agreement in principle on a plan to bury the Western Light Rail (WLRT) route through Kitchissippi Ward, stacked under a re-aligned parkway. I will be evaluating the full details in the coming days, but consider this to be a broadly positive step forward.


Wellington West Winter Bike Day - Sunday, March 8th

Join Jeff and other all season cyclists on Sunday, March 8th for the Wellington West Winter Bike Day. Paricipants will meet at the park where Somerset St. West and Wellington St. West meet and make their way to Churchill shoveling out some bike parking and clearing some routes along the way.


More snow. Parking ban tonight. The latest from our snow crews.

Our snow crews have provided a look-ahead at tonight's cleaning schedule given the anticipated snow.



Applications at March 18th Committee of Adjustment

Here are the current applications for variances and divisions being heard on Wednesday, March 18th at the Committee of Adjustment.  Please contact Jeff at with any questions or concerns you may have.


O-Train bridge proposed to be replaced

On Thursday, Ontario's Ministry of Transportation held a public information session to show its preferred approaches to rehabilitatiing or replacing a whack of Queensway bridges from Holland Ave. through the downtown core. In Kitchissippi, those are the Holland, Parkdale, Fairmont, Bayswater and O-Train bridges.


Road Closure Update - Wednesday, March 4th

Athlone Avenue from Richmond Road to Byron Avenue will be closed for the day on Wednesday, March 4th. The contractor, Dulepka Equipment Rentals Ltd. will be placing a mobile crane in the roadway to facilitate the delivery and placement of a pre-fabricated home.

No formal detour is required as impact to traffic is expected to be low. Local and emergency vehicle access will be maintained. 


There's a by-law for that

Ottawa has dozens of by-laws. This year, many of those will be examined. What's your priority?

Here at the City, we actually have very few tools to accomplish what residents want. We have on the one hand the ability to spend your money on things, and all the policies that go around that. On the other, we have regulations, which typically take the form of by-laws.