Champagne Park Grand Opening

After much anticipation, it is finally time to enjoy the newly revitalized play structure at Champagne Park!

Councillor Laura Dudas, in partnership with the Chateauneuf Community Association, invites you to come celebrate the grand opening this Saturday, July 6 from 10:30 am – 11:30am. The celebration will take place in Champagne Park, located at 1861 Markwell Crescent.

There will be popsicles and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

Update regarding rink chalets proposed for Bradley Ridge and Patrick Dugas parks

Thank you again to residents who came out to share their thoughts regarding the proposed rink chalets for Bradley Ridge and Patrick Dugas parks during the last two public consultations. Please see below for the updated FAQ. Reminder that you can still provide feedback by emailing Laura.Dudas@ottawa.ca until June 28.

Community input it essential and Councillor Laura Dudas looks forward to hearing from the community and working with residents on the making of this project. The goal of this proposed project is to support the work that is being done by providing funding to provide skate changing and storage shelters for one or both parks. These shelters are currently being used at a few parks in other areas of the city. If installed in our parks, not only would they be maintained and operated by the city, they are also durable and multi-purpose. 

Rink Chalet FAQ

I would to thank residents who shared their thoughts with me about the rink/community chalets proposed for Bradley Ridge Park and Patrick Dugas Park.

Based on questions and comments posed by the community, I’ve compiled responses to frequently asked questions below. There will also be a second pop-up event on Thursday at Patrick Dugas Park from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for residents to learn more about the chalets and to speak to myself and city staff. You can also provide your feedback by emailing Laura.Dudas@ottawa.ca until June 28.

Have your say about rink chalets proposed for Bradley Ridge and Patrick Dugas parks

Thanks to the wonderful work of our community’s volunteers, the outdoor rinks at Bradley Ridge Park and Patrick Dugas Park have been incredible community assets.

Councillor Laura Dudas would like to support the work that is being done by providing funding from her Cash-in-Lieu of Parkland fund to provide skate changing and storage shelters for one or both parks.

These shelters are currently being used at a few parks in other areas of the city. If installed in our parks, they would be maintained and operated by the city, and they are durable and multi-purpose.

Community input it essential and the Councillor is seeking your feedback on these proposed shelters.

You can provide feedback by attending the following pop-up events:

Bradley Ridge Park
Saturday June 15, 2019
noon – 1 p.m.
221 Radhika Ct.

Patrick Dugas Park
Thursday June 20, 2019
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
550 Compass St.

You can also provide your comments by emailing Laura.Dudas@ottawa.ca. The comment period will end on July 1, 2019.

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.

Councillor’s Corner – Heart of Orléans BIA The Beat June Issue

Published June 2, 2019

The east end is awash in greenspaces, sports and recreational facilities, and multi-use pathways.

For many of us, it’s the very reason why we chose to establish roots here and raise our families here.

My first recollection of the east end after moving to Ottawa nearly two decades ago, was the many tree-lined streets and the tranquility of the park networks that link communities.

All year-round, the large swaths of natural areas in the east end, such as the Mer Bleue Bog or the Greenbelt, are gateways to nature, wildlife, and a peaceful oasis we can all use to escape our hectic daily lives.

There are many untapped tourism, economic and recreational opportunities associated with our greenspaces. In particular, there are promotional and tourism opportunities associated with the Prescott-Russell Recreational Trail and the multi-use path running alongside the Ottawa River. In the case of the Ottawa River pathways, Ski Heritage East and ParkRun are tapping into the all-seasons potential this path holds by grooming the trails for cross-country skiing, fat bikes, runners and walkers.

We are also very fortunate to have top-notch sports facilities in our midst, including the fully accessible and inclusive Miracle League of Ottawa baseball diamond and playground on Navan Road, and the Hornets Nest soccer fields on Bearbrook Road, to name just a couple.

A true gem is Heritage Park, which provides dog owners with picturesque off-leash pathways through wooded areas and an outdoor space that doubles as a community hub.

Whether it’s the Forest Valley Trails, Bilberry Creek, Green’s Creek or any of the other greenspaces in the east end, greenspaces play an essential role in who we are as a community.

https://heartoforleans.ca/thebeat/

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, khendrick@gbassociatees.ca, Capital2020.ca

– Capital 2020 Task Force

Innes Ward street sweeping and pothole filling update

Laura Dudas Quartier Innes Ward

In recent days, my office has received several requests for streets to be cleaned and pot holes to be filled. I want to provide residents with an update in regards to operations:

Street sweeping operations
Street sweepers are continuing to work on streets throughout the ward. City staff informed my office that there had been a delay with the service, but that work is resuming with the intention of have all, or most, ward streets cleaned within the next two weeks.

Pothole filling
The winter was particularly severe to sections of Innes Road. Crews will be out working to repair the damage over the coming week, weather permitting.

Although my office is flagging all streets and potholes that require attention to staff, please continue to file service requests via Ottawa.ca or by calling 3-1-1. This is the most effective means of alerting city maintenance crews to problem areas.

St. Joseph Resurfacing

Laura Dudas Quartier Innes Ward

As part of Councillor Laura Dudas’ 2019 budget commitment, there will be work done on St. Joseph Blvd. 

Traffic impacts:

  • No lane restrictions during peak commute times and weekends.
  • Some night work will be done to ensure the project is done as soon as possible for our community benefit.
  • The extent of the work will span Highway 174 to Prestone Drive. Certain sections of sidewalks will undergo renewal as part of this project.
  • Business is open as usual; please continue to support our local businesses.