Winter maintenance by the numbers

Did you know the City of Ottawa has more than 510 highly trained winter operators and over 595 pieces of snow clearing equipment to address any conditions Mother Nature throws at us?  Throughout the day and night, City staff constantly monitor road conditions and takes the necessary steps to keep residents safe as they make their way around the City.

OC Transpo launches 35th Annual Food Drive!

Did you know this annual food drive began the same year the Ottawa Food Bank opened its doors? With a long-standing, special relationship for over a third of a century, we’ve been able to work together and continue to make the OC Transpo/Loblaw Christmas Food Drive the single biggest drive in Ottawa each year.

Over the past 35 years, the food drive has raised over three million pounds of food and thousands of dollars in cash donations. Last year alone, a total of 121,038 food and non-perishable items and $38,400 in cash and food vouchers were delivered to the Ottawa Food Bank.

Do you know why this food drive continues to be such a success? It’s because of the generosity of people like you who continue to donate and volunteer your time to help make a difference. Let’s work together to make this year another huge success.

Want to get involved? Here’s how you can help!

Make a food donation

You will now find donation boxes at several City of Ottawa facilities ready to be filled with canned and non-perishable items, including: rice, soup, tuna, pasta, diapers, baby food, baby formula, peanut butter, tomato sauce, and stews.

Donation boxes are located at the following locations:

  1. 1500 St-Laurent Boulevard
  2. 875 Belfast Road
  3. 899 Belfast Road
  4. 925 Belfast Road
  5. All OC Transpo garages
  6. 370 Catherine Street
  7. 101 Centrepointe Drive – Ben Franklin Place
  8. 100 Constellation Crescent
  9. 110 Laurier Avenue – City Hall
  10. 2339 Ogilvie Road
  11. 2799 Swansea Crescent
  12. 2020 Walkley Road
  13. 1490 Youville Drive, Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Centre-Orleans
  14. 1115 Dunning Road, RJ Kennedy Arena
  15. 951 Clyde Avenue

There are also many fun ways to donate and get involved as a team – you can create some friendly competition amongst your colleagues, or you could even do a bake-off in exchange for donations.

Make a monetary donation

Did you know that for every dollar you donate, the Ottawa Food Bank – because of its wholesale purchasing power – can deliver about $5 worth of food? The Ottawa Food Bank’s Online Donation option for the OC Transpo/Loblaw Christmas Food Drivemakes it easy to make monetary donations.

Sharing is caring! Sharing the link to the Online Donation page is easy – you can post it on your social media accounts for friends and family to see, or you can send it to them via email.

Volunteer your time!

Once again, we need over 600 volunteers to help collect thousands of food and cash donations from Ottawa residents at participating Loblaws, Your Independent Grocer and Real Canadian Superstore and No Frills grocery stores. Staff and their family and friends can volunteer for a 3.5-hour shift between 10 am and 5 pm on Saturday, November 30. This volunteer opportunity qualifies as community service hours for high school students. If you are interested, please visit the Ottawa Food Bank’s new online volunteer registration site.

Accessibility Infrastructure updates

Innes Ward is home to many senior residents who are choosing to remain in the community. Providing accessible infrastructure is a priority to ensure that seniors and residents with mobility restrictions continue to enjoy everything our community has to offer.

In our Ward, there are multiple projects underway, or just completed that will add to the accessibility of our beautiful neighbourhood.

A few examples include:

  • Benches located along multi-use pathways, sidewalks, nature trails, and connecting to the new Chapel Hill South Park and Ride
  • Tactile Walking Surface Indicators installed as part of road repaving projects across the Ward
  • Blackburn Arena expansion commencing in 2020 will ensure this important community hub meets accessibility needs
  • Signage advising motorists of areas where many older adults reside
  • Altered pedestrian crossing signals at Pagé Road and Innes Road to allow more time for seniors to cross the street safely

By 2031, seniors will make up 22 per cent of Ottawa’s population. It is important we continue to improve our city infrastructure to provide a safe, mobility-friendly community for Innes Ward residents of all ages.

Update on LRT Stage 2

Stage 2 preparatory work continues along the East Extension corridor, at Ottawa Road 174.

Kiewit-Eurovia-Vinci has completed significant geotechnical investigations via borehole drilling. They continue to remove some trees and vegetation (only what is required for construction) on both the north and south sides of Highway 174. They have begun the slight relocation of highway ramps and lanes at the Montreal Road interchange, most of which will occur during overnight hours as not to impact vehicular traffic during peak hours.

These activities are all required to begin station and guideway construction next year.

All construction activities are listed at https://ottawa.ca/en/planning-development-and-construction/major-projects/stage-2-light-rail-transit-project/ongoing-work.

Update: Lépine Development – D02-02-19-0060

I wanted to provide you with an update on the rezoning and site plan application, D02-02-19-0060, commonly referred to as the Lépine development.

Through hundreds of emails and during my town hall in August, the community made absolutely clear that it is not supportive of this application. The City’s planner has since relayed these concerns to the developer. Following receipt of the comments, the applicant, Groupe Lépine has gone over the City and filed an appeal with Local Planning Appeals Tribunal, a provincial level tribunal that hears cases related to land-use matters across Ontario. Lépine’s claim to the tribunal is that the City failed to make a “timely” decision on the zoning amendment.

As this file is now with LPAT and the provincial government, the submission is no longer being processed by the City or its planners. For more information about LPAT and this file, please see https://www.omb.gov.on.ca/ecs/CaseDetail.aspx?n=PL190493.

I sincerely want to thank you for your involvement and passion on this application. I have made no secret of my lack of support for the development as it is currently presented, and I remain hopeful that LPAT will share my concerns about the current designs. I will continue to provide updates to the community as I receive them.

Chapel Hill Park & Ride Open This Sunday

Press Release October 26, 2019

The Chapel Hill Park & Ride, located at the northeast corner of Navan Road and Brian Coburn Boulevard opens this weekend.

This important piece of transit infrastructure is long overdue, supports several bus routes, and lays the framework for future transit service improvements for Innes Ward and the east end.

“As the south west of Orléans has grown over the last decade, the supporting transit infrastructure has not kept pace,” said Innes Ward Councillor Laura Dudas. “This Park & Ride will connect hundreds of riders into the integrated transit system, and encourage more residents to get out of their cars.”

“This new Park & Ride in Chapel Hill will serve hundreds of existing and new transit users, who are helping us reduce congestion and air pollution,’’ said Mayor Jim Watson. “It greatly supports transit usage and LRT, and will help improve the commute of east-end residents for decades to come.”

This $8.5-million station features 263 no-charge parking spaces, accessible benches, tactile wayfinding strips, bus shelters, a bicycle shelter with racks, and a multi-use pathway. It is also equipped with emergency phones and CCTV cameras.

The station will also soon include public art, as well as charging units for electric vehicles.

This state-of-the-art Park & Ride incorporates modern environmental measures such as bio-retention basins that collect the stormwater from the site and treat it prior to discharge. Additionally, the station’s landscaping included the planting of more than 600 shrubs of various types, as well as native Red Oak and Morgan Red Maple trees.

This Park & Ride is an important first step towards a fully incorporated transit system for southern east-end residents. As the City moves forward with the Brian Coburn Extension and the supporting infrastructure, the Chapel Hill Park & Ride is an example of smart planning that works to integrate Ottawa communities with a sustainable and environmentally-conscious approach.

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Invitation: Chapel Hill Park and Ride Opening

Chapel Hill Park & Ride opens Sunday, October 27

The Chapel Hill Park & Ride, located at the northeast corner of Navan Road and Brian Coburn Boulevard, officially opens on Sunday at 7 a.m.

This Transit Hub will initially be served by routes 34 and 225, but allows for expansion and lays the framework for future transit service improvements for Innes Ward and the east end riders.

I will be joined by Mayor Jim Watson for an official ribbon cutting on Saturday October 26th at 10:30 A.M. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Inquiry to Staff – OC Transpo Bus System Reliability

At the October 23rd, 2019 City Council meeting, I am bringing forward an inquiry to City Staff to look into the inadequacies of the OC Transpo bus system since the launch of LRT Stage 1; and to come up with specific solutions to remedy the situation as soon as possible.

The level of bus service from OC Transpo has been completely unacceptable with over-crowded stations, packed buses, cancelled buses, and missing scheduled stops. This inquiry to City Staff directs them to produce clear and concise solutions to improve the transit service levels throughout the City and bring the service up to a level that residents expect.

Ward Infrastructure Improvements

Projects in progress or complete

Multi-use pathways

  • Des Grives Crescent to Toulouse Crescent
  • Toulouse Crescent to Belval Crescent
  • Orleans Blvd to Kamouraska Circle
  • Gaultois Ave to Orleans Blvd

Repaving

  • Meadowglen Dr – Meadowhill Crescent East to Forest Valley Drive
  • St. Joseph resurfacing
  • Anderson Road (South of Renaud)
  • Beausejour resurfacing
  • Eastpark Drive

Infrastructure upgrades

  • Delorme pumping station
  • Chapel Hill Park and Ride

Park updates

  • Ruisseau Park – Renewal
  • Blackburn Hamlet Splash Pad – Ongoing
  • August Park – Opened September 26
  • Champagne Park – opened July 6
  • Spring Valley Trails Park – Ongoing
  • Bench on Carriere
  • Bench in Chapel Hill South – Brian Coburn Blvd & Page Rd