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May 2, 2021
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Welcome to the Kitchissippi Ward newsletter!


Covid-19 updates

The Province is making every resident of Ontario eligible to book a vaccination through the course of May in one of the City's mass vaccination clinics. In my note Thursday night, I listed a number of dates when the thresholds will fall. I should have clarified that those are "week of" dates, and not necessarily the date on which eligibility will be opened to a new cohort.

On Friday, booking became open to residents 55 or older. In the next several weeks, that threshold will be reduced as follows:

  • Week of May 3: 50+
  • Week of May 10: 40+
  • Week of May 17: 30+
  • Week of May 24: 18+

​It's important to note that while the age of eligibility will keep falling, that won't mean an appointment is immediately available. As more doses arrive, the City will keep opening more appointment slots. Watch the City's social media as well as credible media sources for updates on when new eligible age groups are announced, and sign up for the City's email update service here.

When it's time for you to book an appointment, visit here or call 1-833-943-3900.

Find all the latest news about the pandemic, including special statements by Dr. Vera Etches and other officials here.

Have a great week, Kitchissippi!

Pop-up office hours May 11

My next pop-up office hours are tentatively schedule for May 11 from 9:30-11:30 am. Send me an email for the link to join us one-on-one with no appointment during those hours to chat about whatever's on your mind.

Committee of Adjustment May 5

The Committee of Adjustment will hear two applications in our ward on May 5. Find the details of those here.

  • At 508 (& 506) Roosevelt, the owners are seeking permsision to sever the lot and build two new single-detached homes. They're seeking variances for lot width and area and for height to be allowed to build to 8.2m instead of the required 8.​

  • At 81 Pinhey, the owners are seeking to sub-divide the lot, retain one single-detached dwelling, and build a second single. They're seeking variances for lot width and for a reduced side-yard setback between the two properties.​

May 18 active transportation open house

We're still working on registration, but on the evening of May 18 Councillors Brockington, Kavanagh and I, along with College Ward, will be hosting an open house looking at the upcoming Active Transportation plan that is part of the Transportation Master Plan/Official Plan process. It's an opportunity to talk about sidewalks and cycling links. Stay tuned for details.

2050 Scott Street 

A third, tweaked submission has been made associated with the application for a 30-storey building at 2050 Scott and a new site plan has been published. Review the details of those here.

LRT open house presentation

On Thursday night, we held an open house looking at LRT construction in the west end of the ward. My and City staff are working on a Q&A document to answer those questions that couldn't be raised during the meeting, and we'll have the video of the meeting up soon. In the meantime, I've parked the presentation that was provided here.

349 Danforth mixed-use proposal site plan

A four-storey mixed-use commercial/residential building has been proposed for 349 Danforth. The building is being constructed within the zoning and is seeking site plan approval for the details. Review that here. Please consider copying me on any feedback.

Iona Park junior play house renewal

On Tuesday, the feds and province announced a round of infrastructure investments that include renewal of the play structures across the city. In Kitchissippi, that includes the junior play house at Iona Park. My understanding is that design of that will begin next year. We'll endeavour to get residents some more details in the near future.

Ward development overview and YouTube

Our overview of complex zoning files in the ward is up-to-date and most of our open houses now available on YouTube. View the development overview here and a growing collection of open houses here.

Join my Run For Women team!

I'm really pleased to join the annual Run For Women 5k/10k event, this year as a team captain. Consider joining my 5k run/walk team, WalkABitRunABit, here or making a donation. The proceeds will go directly to The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre's women's mental health program that is doing such critical work across the city right here in our ward. The event, of course, is virtual and participants will take part any time between July 4-11.

Forest Medicine First Unitarian workshop 

First Unitarian is hosting a workshop on May 6 at 7 pm that will feature Dr. Beresford-Kroeger, botanist, medical biochemist and prolific author who will explain the science and spirit of trees in a way we can all understand. She will share her wisdom on why forests are so important to our health and well-being and how they can heal and save our planet. Visit here for more details.

At City Hall

Finance and Economic Development

On May 4, FEDCO will meet with what will be a very high-profile update from The Ottawa Hospital on its plans for a new Civic campus. There are no decisions in front of the committee, but residents will likely want to tune in or make a presentation. See that agenda here.

Transportation Committee

On Wednesday, May 5, the Transportation Committee meets with an agenda that considers a few workaday items such as approving the statement of work for the Hemlock-Innes environmental assessment for St. Laurent Blvd. as a transit priority corridor, along with some local traffic initiatives by Councillors Fleury and King. Likely more interesting to residents will be an update on intelligent transportation systems. View that agenda here.

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee

On Thursday, May 6, ARAC meets with an agenda that includes a review of the 2016-2020 rural clean water program and proposal to renew that. The program provides cost-sharing grants to landowners to protect surface and groundwater quality. It is proposed to continue the program through 2025. View that item and the full agenda here.

Built Heritage Sub-Committee

On May 11, the Built Heritage Sub-Committee meets to consider a heritage grant of $387,000 over ten years to the owner of 35-37 William Street and 62 York Street to assist with restoration. That's the Vittoria Trattoria building that burned last summer. The sub-committee will also consider a heritage designation for the Porter's Island Bridge in Lowertown. According to the associated report, the "bridge was designed by City engineer Robert Surtees using a pin-connected Pratt-through-truss, a rare surviving bridge building system." I do not fully understand what that means but it sounds compelling and the report provides more info. Take a look at the full agenda here.

Natalie and I were saddened this week to learn that friend and community mainstay Pat MacLeod passed last weekend. Pat was a long time member of the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee; Hintonburg Community Association, Newswest Board and the Recreation Association of Hintonburg.

From the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee: "Pat was the first to raise her hand to volunteer and fund-raise for the Carleton Tavern Christmas Dinner, Connaught School Parents' Council, Connaught School Breakfast Program and numerous community initiatives - victims of fire, toilet paper drive for the Parkdale Food Centre and youth programming being just a few.

"Pat volunteered at every festival, street dance, park event and celebration of life for local residents, and was a huge supporter of local musicians, artists, authors and local businesses.

"During the reconstruction of Wellington Street in Hintonburg, Pat was the Block Captain working to mitigate the impact of this city infrastructure project on local businesses. For the rehabilitation of both McCormick and Parkdale Park, she attended every meeting and pushed hard to save the paddling pool and for the stage installation at Parkdale Park.

"The Hintonburg Economic Development Committee will plant a memorial tree at McCormick Park, raise funds for a bench installation, and pursue other memorial initiatives. We will hold a celebration of Pat's life at the Carleton Tavern when we can all meet safely again. We are seeking stories and photos of Pat for her family, please send to hedc382@gmail.com."



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Jeff Leiper, Councillor, Kitchissippi Ward

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