Good morning, Kitchissippi.
The covid-19 pandemic continues to affect all of us, and while case numbers are encouraging we're not through this yet. The most important thing you can do to help bring it a conclusion is get vaccinated. We are awash with no-appointment drop-ins now at the City's mass vaccination sites (now consolidated to five locations) and pop-up clinics. The City is also offering to vaccinate your workplace, community organization, faith group and more with a visit by a mobile team. Learn more about that here. To find out where you can go get your first or second dose, visit here.
IThe City's state of emergency has been declared over, but it's important to note that the mask by-law remains in place. The state of emergency was largely an administrative tool that gave flexibility to the Mayor and staff to respond to the pandemic through emergency spending and such. That is now no longer required, but residents should be aware of continued public health restrictions.
I know residents are always interested in the mapping products offered by various agencies. Case numbers in our ward were virtually indiscernible in June, and you can see the updated full neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood map here.
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.
Pop-up office hours
We're hosting virtual pop-up office hours on Monday, July 26 from 2-4 pm. Send us an email at email@example.com for the link to join me appointment-free for a one-on-one chat about whatever's on your mind. As pandemic-related restrictions loosen, we're looking ahead to resuming those in-person in the next few months.
LRT detour open house July 27
We're starting to see a lot of work at the west end of Scott Street, on Workman, through to Dominion (soon to be Kìchì Sìbì) station related to the detour of buses through that corridor when the trench is converted to rail. I'm hosting an open house with City staff on July 27 to look at the construction. Find more details of that and a high-level overview of the work here.
Site plan application at 411, 415 Ravenhill
The addition of fourth units in the triplexes at 411 and 415 Ravenhill has triggered the requirement for a site plan application. See more details here.
Provincial feedback on draft Official Plan
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has weighed in with early feedback on Ottawa's draft Official Plan. It's a little in-the-weeds, but of note is their pushback to the Tewin proposal as an appropriate direction for our urban boundary expansion, caution on the City's stance against further 417 widenings, and strong guidance on removing any caveats constraining where housing for vulnerable populations may be located. I've posted the full documents here.
Park programming in Roy Duncan
Several partners including the City, Carlington Community Health Centre, BGC Ottawa and others will be offering free family programming on Thursdays through September from 11:30-3:30 at Roy Duncan Park, weather permitting. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613.727.5398;3000 for more details.
Mid-1982 top-40 features classic singalongs
Almost entirely composed of future karaoke classics, the top 40 for the week of July 24, 1982 was top-heavy with soft rock ear worms. The riffiest of riffs topped the list with a bang as Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger ascended to number 1 in its eighth week on the chart overtaking Toto’s Rosanna stalled at number 2. John Mellencamp rocked the handclaps on his own classic riff rock in third spot with Hurts So Good. Listeners had to wait till number 22 to hear any real beat as the Go-Go’s
Vacation offered a decent BPM driven by Gina Schock’s steady percussion work. The handclaps were back as Larry Elgart and His Manhattan Swing Orchestra charted with the peppy Hooked on Swing medley (cover your ears, Gene Krupa – it’s the 80s now). While the little country on the chart was squarely aimed at the AC charts, Gary Burr did score his first major hit writing Juice Newton’s up-tempo Love’s Been A Little Bit Hard on Me. The Dazz Band flew the funk flag that week with Let It Whip at number 5 and Stevie Wonder was plateauing with his genius Do I
Do at 13. Freakin’ Air Supply: that’s all I have to say about that. View the whole list here.
At City Hall
This is a short newsletter this week as Council and committee meetings have gone on pause. I'm in the office next week, and then taking some vacation from August 2-13. I'll be attending only to urgent matters during the week of August 16-20. We'll always have someone in the office responding to email and phone call, but with two departures from my office and two new hires in the next few weeks, I expect that things may be a little challenging. Please consider calling 3-1-1 for routine City operations matters - it's the fastest way to get something into the City's queue and is what we do in the office.
Unless something urgent arises, I'll likely put the newsletter on pause for a few weeks until there's a Planning Committee agenda available.
Melanie Yugo and Kseniya Tsoy are the most recent artists to grace the Parkdale Park Art Wall! Drop by the installation to see these delightful representations of area folks including Morning Owl's Kate and Sadaf, Parkdale Food's Karen Secord and others! Thanks to the Wellington West BIA for its continued support for the initiative.