Federal government adds $1 Million to planned arena renovation

Today, the federal government announced it was joining the City of Ottawa and providing $1 million towards the renovation and expansion of the Blackburn Arena. This renovation is a key infrastructure renewal project for the City, one that invests in the local community to make the arena a more inclusive and functional space. With the federal government providing $1 million, the City of Ottawa is providing the balance of approximately $4 million for the total $5 million project.

 “As a city, we need to continue to invest in our community facilities. The arena is a true community hub, where families have come to play sports and participate in events for decades. These investments in our community’s social assets are just as important as other city infrastructure projects, and today’s announcement ensures that we are leaving a legacy to future generations,” said Innes Ward Councillor Laura Dudas.

The Blackburn Arena renovation is the product of much community consultation and negotiation with the different levels of government. The renovation will include two alternate needs rooms, four new dressing rooms, a community multi-purpose space for events, and an expanded front lobby. The proposed project is expected to begin construction in summer of 2020

Still currently in the design phase, the renovation of the Blackburn Arena is expected to be completed in mid-2021.

LRT Stage 1 Update

Today, I have been updated with news from OC Transpo having received a submission from Rideau Transit Group (RTG), which in their opinion have reached substantial completion on the Stage-1 Light Rail Transit (LRT) project.

The current status of the LRT project is that the train will undergo 12 days of rigorous testing by an independent certifier to ensure any deficiencies are corrected by the transit consortium.

The purpose of the testing will be to address :

  • Safety
  • Operational testing (Travel times for peak and off-peak period)
  • Maintenance activities
  • Vehicle performance
  • Customer care systems testing

During this testing period trains will possibly not be moving on tracks, however testing is being done on other portions of the project. Upon completion of the testing period, if successful, RTG will handover the project to the City of Ottawa to continue testing procedures as part of its agreement to reach Revenue service availability.

Residents’ tips for enjoying your green bin experience

The city has struggled for years to increase usage of the green bin. A recent social media post I made about the green bin resulted a multitude of tips from Ottawa residents on how they have successfully adopted the green bin as a way of life and dealt with the “ick factor”.

Here are a few of their suggestions:

  • Freezing scraps leading up to pick-up day and putting the scraps in the night before 
  • Keep your green bin indoors and out of direct sunlight to prevent “cooking” of compost 
  • Use lawn clippings and plant matter to cover scraps to reduce the smell 
  • Use old cardboard or cereal boxes to encase scraps – then place them in the bin 
  • Put weeds at the bottom of compost bin so your scraps will have less likelihood of sticking to the bottom 
  • Use compostable bags to hold your scraps  
  • Mix in used coffee grinds to reduce the amount of smell from your green bin 
  • Waxed cups and paper cups are able to hold scraps as a container and are allowed in the green bin 
  • Wrapping your scraps in newspaper and mail flyers