Next steps for Innes ward in light of LRT delay

Laura Dudas Quartier Innes Ward

The update received today from OC Transpo today indicating that the light rail train will not launch by July 1 is utterly disappointing and completely unacceptable.

The consortium building the train have not met the requirements set by the city for handover, specifically in relation to vehicle completion, and have once again, caused the delay of launching the system.

The city will continue to withhold payment to the RTG consortium and will be deducting the costs incurred by the city due to the delay.

However, as a Councillor and as a transit rider, I recognize and also feel the pain this is causing bus riders in Innes Ward and across the city. Accepting a train that is not perfect is not an option, but as a city we need to find ways to provide relief to residents in the interim.

I will be:
• supporting a motion to continue to freeze transit fares past July 1
• working with OC Transpo to determine any route improvements that can be taken immediately to reduce issues caused by detours and delays
• working to ensure 174/Innes detour is the first detour removed once LRT Stage 1 is up and running

I will continue to speak with bus riders and residents about what this delay will mean to our current service and will provide updates as they become available.

Ottawa East Deserves a Federal Employment Campus

OTTAWA — Shawn Hamilton, Managing Director of CBRE, called on the federal government today to shift a portion of its office space into Orléans, closer to where a significant portion of its workforce lives. Hamilton was addressing a group of business leaders at the annual CBRE Real Estate Market Outlook event in Ottawa.

Every workday, the Orléans community exports most of its workforce. During peak hours, in the morning, Orléans sees a surging outflux of their residents — an estimated 80 per cent exiting versus 20 per cent entering Orléans — to travel to work. The opposite holds true in the evening hours.

“Ottawa’s east end is home to a significant number of federal government employees who are required to commute to their jobs in other areas of the city,” said Laura Dudas, City Councillor for Innes Ward and Deputy Mayor, City of Ottawa. “The City of Ottawa’s substantial investment in extending light rail transit (LRT)to Trim Road must be used as the catalyst for bringing federal jobs east, reducing commute times, easing traffic congestion, and providing environmentally sustainable transportation options. Now is the time for the Federal Government to take note of this opportunity and establish a workspace in the east.”

The statements were applauded by the Capital 2020 Task Force, a group of volunteer business leaders on both sides of the Ottawa river, who are promoting strong economic development in the National Capital Region, and a federal employment campus in Orléans.

“We need to capitalize on our bilingual, highly-educated workforce in Orléans,” said Doug Feltmate, Sub-committee Chair of Orléans Employment on the Capital 2020 Task Force. “With Ottawa surpassing one million people on June 1st this year, it’s time for the federal government to do the right thing and support an employment hub in Orléans.”

The Capital 2020 Task Force has prioritized the issue, citing the fact that every area in the National Capital Region has sustained growth in population, employment and diversity — except for the east end communities of Ottawa.

The Capital 2020 Task Force, local business owners and private sector employees, have raised serious concerns that the new light rail transit scheduled for completion in 2025, will be empty coming in to Orléans except at rush hour in the early evening.

“Orléans is ready to be the home of a Government of Canada collaborative workspace,” agreed Mathew Luloff, City Councillor for Orléans and Deputy Mayor of Ottawa. “Thousands of our residents spend precious hours away from their families sitting on the highway in traffic, forced to cross the Greenbelt twice a day. Together, we can change that. With five LRT stops coming, a new Community Improvement Plan in the works and significant attention being paid to economic development, the table is set for public servants to have a productive, inclusive and collaborative work environment close to home.”

Please contact: Kathy Hendrick, 416-277-6281,,

– Capital 2020 Task Force

Remarks Delivered by Acting Mayor Laura Dudas During City Council May 8, 2019

Laura Dudas Quartier Innes Ward

Good morning everyone. Bonjour à tous.

We are going to have an update this morning from our City Manager, Steve Kanellakos, and Anthony Di Monte, General Manager of Emergency and Protective Services, on the 2019 flood response.

Before I turn it over to the City Manager, I would like to say a few words.

As you know, our city remains actively engaged in the response to the flooding event, which has affected many residents in our community – especially those in West Carleton, Britannia, and Cumberland.                  

A tremendous effort has been made to protect property and support the well-being of these residents. City staff, including our first responders, NGOs, other levels of Government, including the Canadian Armed Forces and over 15,000 volunteers have already answered the call to help those in need.

We will learn more about these efforts in this morning’s presentation, but I know I speak for many in Ottawa when I say: thank you. Thank you for your time, your determination and your dedication to helping so many of our friends and neighbours around the city. Je vous remercie tous de votre travail et de votre engagement envers nos communautés.

I would also like to commend the actions of my Council colleagues: especially Councillors El-Chantiry, Kavanagh and Blais who from the very start of this response, have provided leadership and have given their all-in support of their communities. Indeed, many more councillors have also stepped up to volunteer, fill sand bags, raise awareness, and provide support.

This incident demonstrates what can be achieved when we work together for the benefit of all of Ottawa and her residents, irrespective of ward boundaries.

We know, however, there is still much to do. As we prepare to transition to recovery operations in the coming days, the continued collaboration of council, city staff and our external partners will be essential.

For more information, I will now ask our City Manager, Steve Kanellakos, to provide an update.

Ready for Rail Information Session

Laura Dudas Quartier Innes Ward

Everything Innes Ward residents need to know to be ready for Light Rail Transit on Day 1.

Councillor Laura Dudas invites you to attend an information session with OC Transpo to prepare transit users, and potential transit users, for Day 1 of the train.

Date: April 25, 2019

Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Location: Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 boul. Centrum Boulevard

This east-end focused session will provide information about Blair Station bus-to-train logistics, a new route serving our community, trip planning and updates to existing bus routes, multi-modal commuting, and much more.

Innes Ward safety meeting

Laura Dudas, Deputy Mayor, Councillor Innes Ward

Councillor Laura Dudas has invited Ottawa Police to speak with residents following two shootings that occurred recently in the ward.

Representatives of the Chateauneuf Community Association, the Chapel Hill Community Association, Crime Prevention Ottawa, and the Eastern Ontario Resource Centre will also be in attendance.

  • Date: April 10, 2019
  • Time: 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Location: Orléans Library Branch, 1705 Orléans Blvd.

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Renaud Road Safety and Traffic Management Update

As Ottawa continues to grow, and residential growth in the east end continues to expand, we are increasingly seeing quiet residential streets turning into arterial main streets, bustling with traffic. Renaud Road is a prime example of a road whose original purpose has changed significantly as our community has expanded.

That is why, as a city, we must ensure that we are regularly revisiting infrastructure planning, and ensuring that things like roadways are keeping pace with growth and remain safe for residents. As Ottawa adds new communities to the city, it’s important that once country roads, are not becoming major thoroughfares without the appropriate upgrades to go along with it.

As part of ensuring Renaud Road continues to evolve to meet our community’s traffic and safety needs, in the coming months there will be several road safety and management measures installed.

Renaud Road, from Mer Bleue Road to Navan Road

  • Speed humps (3 m wide and 80 mm high) will be installed between Penency Terrace and Glenlivet Ave. by the Richcraft/Minto/Ashcroft development partnership as part of an agreement with the City of Ottawa. This work is anticipated for August 2019 and the locations were selected based on consultation with the community.
  • Sidewalks and street lighting are planned (between Fern Casey St. and Ascender St.) as part of the Richcraft Phase 1 Development. The tentative timeline for this work is fall 2019.
  • This spring/summer the following measures will be implemented:
    • School Thermoplastic (two school zone signs embedded in the pavement, one eastbound and one westbound)
    • 40 km/h gateway signs will be installed this spring, covering an area that includes Page Rd. (north of Navan Rd. and south of Brian Coburn Blvd.), Contour St, Morningstar Way, Langelier Ave, Trailsedge Way, Tulip Tree Way, de la Melodie St., Penency Terr and Butterfly Walk.
  • There will continue to be a speed board, located east of the intersection of Renaud Rd. and Compass St., a “Slow Down for Us” sign facing westbound (west of Pin Cherry Grove), and community entrance sign facing westbound (intersection of Renaud Road and White Street).

Renaud Road, from Navan Road to Bradley Ridge Park

  • An Area Traffic Management Study is underway with the intent of bringing recommends to the public for input in spring 2019. This study considers permanent road safety and traffic management measures.
    • Once the final plan has been approved, it can take up to two years to receive funding and be added to the city’s workplan. As Councillor, I will work to hasten the process and ensure the funding is allocated.
  • 40 km/h gateway signs will be installed this spring for an area covering Percifor Way, Whispering Winds, Hillpark High St, Ziegler St, June Crt, Leita Place, Travis St and Jolley Cut Way.
  • Flex stakes between Saddleridge Dr. and Joshua St. will be returned to their previous locations this spring. The two speed boards along this stretch of road will remain in place.

Place d’Orléans Secondary Plan and Stage 2 LRT

As a result of today’s Council vote in support of extending light rail transit to the east, the south and the west ends of the city, my east end Council colleagues and I have directed city staff to expand the scope of the Place d’Orléans Secondary Plan to include the entire Stage 2 LRT eastern corridor (from Jeanne d’Arc station to Trim station) in one coordinated plan.

What this means for Innes Ward is that lands around the LRT stations, and within a specified radius that will include St. Joseph Boulevard, will be examined for how to support stronger mixed use in the area. This would include a focus on economic growth, as well as things such as affordable housing opportunities and green spaces. This development would then be done in tandem with the construction of LRT in the east (starting in 2019).

I will continue to work closely with Councillors Matt Luloff and Stephen Blais to press for action for Ottawa’s east end.