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May 9, 2021
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Welcome to the Kitchissippi Ward newsletter!


Covid-19 updates

Vaccination against Covid-19 continues through multiple channels this week and we expect that the Province will open eligibility in the City-run clinics to residents 40 and over at some point this week. There are currently a limited number of appointments in those, but as further supplies of vaccine arrive they'll open up new blocks.

Between hot spot mobile and pop-up clinics, the City-run mass vaccination sites, pharmacies and more, it's a lot of things to keep track of. The most recent information is always available on Ottawa Public Health's eligibility website here.

Case, hospitalization and ICU numbers continue to drop as the stay-at-home order continues, and you can see the latest daily numbers here. It's particularly encouraging that the percentage of the population vaccinated now stands at 43% of those residents 18+. You can find that vaccination numbers updated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays here.

We've all read about an acceleration in vaccine supplies expected in the coming days and weeks. The City is ready to open more mass clinics when existing capacity becomes strained due to the arrival of more doses.

Find all the latest news about the pandemic, including special statements by Dr. Vera Etches and other officials here, and sign up for the vaccination newsletter offered by the City here.

Have a great week, Kitchissippi!

Pop-up office hours May 11

My next pop-up office hours are on Tuesday, 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 19

The Committee of Adjustment will hear two applications in our ward on May 19, in addition to the resumption of one adjourned hearing. Find the details of those here.

  • At 17 (19) Gwynne, a conditional permission to sub-divide the property lapsed after a year, and the owners are re-applying.‚Äč

  • At 42 Young, the owners are seeking to sub-divide the property where there is an existing semi-detached.

  • The application at 51 Garrison will resume, adjourned from March 3. The owner is seeking to sub-divide the parcelIt is proposed to demolish the existing detached garage and to construct a two-storey detached dwelling on the northerly part of the property. Two driveways entering off Rockhurst Road and a detached two car garage are proposed to be constructed between the two dwellings along the shared property line. It is also proposed to construct a full second floor on the existing dwelling. The owner is seeking a number of variances for lot width and area as well as set-backs.

May 18 active transportation open house

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. See more details here.

New Civic Hospital campus

Last week, the Finance and Economic Development Committee received a briefing from officials of the Ottawa Hospital outlining the most current planning for the new Civic Campus. You can see a detailed overview of the plans here. The full meeting was broadcast on YouTube and you can watch that online. I was very pleased that the Mayor re-iterated the commitment made by the Hospital to return the Ruskin parking lot to park use - watch that here.

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.

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.

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.

Dovercourt Recreation Association AGM and board recruitment

With the ongoing pandemic and lockdowns, the Dovercourt Recreation Association (DRA) has moved its annual general meeting to September 28, 2021. As a member-based association, note that DRA continues to welcome new members and is currently inviting anyone interested to join their Board of Directors to send a note to Executive Director John Rapp (jrapp@dovercourt.org).  Visit here for more information. 

At City Hall

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.

Library board

The Ottawa Public Library Board meets on Tuesday, May 11. It will receive the annual report and Q1 financial reporting, as well as a report on accessbility services. There will also be a motion to acknowledge its operations on the territory of the Algonquin Anishinabe and commitment to reconciliation actions. See the full agenda here.

City Council

Council meets on May 12 with a relatively short agenda of items previously recommended for approval by the various committees. I don't see a lot of discussion arising from those and it could be a short meeting. See the full agenda here.

Planning Committee

Planning Committee meets on May 13 with a longish agenda that includes the 177-179 Armstrong (at Carruthers) three-storey apartment building. My chief concern with that proposal was the paving over of a chunk of the property to add parking for a small number of cars. That area will now be made soft-landscaped amenity area, and I anticipate voting to support the re-zoning. There is also an application for 18-, 9- and 6-storey apartment buildings at 5000 Robert Grant in Stittsville that are controversial. At 1707 Fisher, there's an upzoning proposed to allow a semi-detached. See the full agenda of items here.

Environment Committee

The Environment Committee meets on May 17 to receive an update on the green bin program as well as the City's response to the controversy over the sewer line warranty program. View the full agenda here.

Finance and Economic Development Committee

The Finance and Economic Development Committee meets on May 18 with a long agenda of items including a brownfield grant application for the Tweedsmuir/McRae development, expropriation of lands for the Montreal Road re-build, an update of the City's accessibility plan and much more. Take a look at that extensive agenda here.


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