Brian Coburn Extension Update

Today, city staff have come back with an update on the Brian Coburn Extension project. I am pleased to see progress on this very important file, as Innes Ward both needs and deserves adequate roadway infrastructure for residents. I will continue to work with the community and city staff to ensure the needs of our community are being met.

The key points in this update are:

  • The expanded project scope, which includes the widening of Blair Road for combined bus only and high-occupancy vehicle lanes.
  • The short-listing of the roadway and Bus Rapid Transit proposals from seven to four viable options.
  • The evaluation criteria for the four remaining options developed in consultation with the NCC.

Staff have additionally advised that the next steps for this project will include further community consultations, with an additional open house expected to take place this fall. During this consultation period, they will present the following information:

  • Evaluation and assessment of the four roadway and bus rapid transit ultimate options and the recommended option.
  • Recommended short-term and affordable Transit Priority solutions (Chapel Hill Park and Ride to Blair Road at Innes Road).
  • Recommended design options for the Blair Road widening for Transit Priority.

For more information on this project, including plans highlighting the four shortlisted options, please visit:

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.

Mise à jour sur l’étape 1 du TLR

Aujourd’hui, j’ai été mise au courant qu’OC Transpo a reçu une soumission du Groupe de Transport Rideau, qui, à leur avis, a pratiquement terminé le projet de train léger sur rail (TLR) de la phase 1.

L’état actuel du projet de TLR est que le train sera soumis à 12 jours d’essais rigoureux par un organisme de certification indépendant afin de s’assurer que le consortium de transport en commun corrige toute lacune.

Le but de l’essai sera de répondre aux questions suivantes :

  • Sécurité
  • Essais de fonctionnement (temps de déplacement en période de pointe et en période creuse)
  • Activités d’entretien
  • Performances du véhicule
  • Test des systèmes d’assistance à la clientèle

Au cours de cette période d’essai les trains ne circuleront peut-être pas sur les voies, mais des essais sont effectués sur d’autres parties du projet. À la fin de la période d’essai, si le projet est accepté, le GTR le remettra à la ville d’Ottawa pour qu’elle poursuive les procédures d’essai dans le cadre de son entente visant à assurer la disponibilité des services payants.

Ward office hours

Please note that during the summer months, my team and I are out and about in Innes Ward local parks and the community. My ward office will therefore be staffed intermittently. If you would like to meet, please set up an appointment by emailing or calling 613-580-2472.

Public consultation essential regarding Groupe Lépine development proposed for 3490 and 3484 Innes Road

Recently, the Groupe Lépine proposed a development for 3490 and 3484 Innes Road. This project would bring a level of density to Innes Road that is unprecedented in the area and would be a significant change to the existing design of the neighborhood.

While I recognize that rental accommodations geared towards older adults are needed in our community, and this project would help ensure that many seniors are able to stay in the community, a large-scale development such as this would nonetheless put massive pressure on our already overburdened road infrastructure. While many neighborhoods have grown or been added along the Innes Road stretch, there has not been matching growth in substantial arterial roadways and alternate routes to support them.

A project of this magnitude requires a significant amount of community input and a chance for residents to share their thoughts and concerns.

Right now, the City is asking for public feedback on the developer’s request to rezone the land to allow for more density. City staff will take this initial round of comments and share it with the developer after August 13, 2019.

Based on those comments, the developer will be asked by the City to make changes to address the community’s concerns, and to come back with an updated plan.

Residents will then continue to be asked for comments well into the fall, as City staff prepare their report.

This is a significant development being suggested for our community. Although the City does not require the developer to hold any public meetings in addition to the online consultation, I ran on a platform of ensuring smart infrastructure planning becoming the norm, and communities having a greater say in how future developments will shape their neighborhood. With that in mind, I will be organizing a meeting in early September for our community to pose their questions directly to the developer. It is important that we as residents have the most accurate and up-to-date information as possible, in order to provide an informed and honest response to the developer and the city.

I will be sharing details about the public meeting as soon as I have them. In the meantime, I ask that residents continue to send comments, whether good or bad, to the city planner, at

Stage 2 LRT Project Update

July 8, 2019 to July 21, 2019


  • Preparatory activities (borehole drilling, silt fence installation, site office mobilization, preconstruction surveys, etc.) are currently underway on each O-Train extension to facilitate the commencement of Stage 2 construction activities in 2019.

O-Train Trillium Line South Extension

  • Uplands Structures Yard set up
    • Installation of fencing is now complete. Crews have commenced the installation of light posts and work trailers. 
    • This yard will be used for the coordination of Airport Link construction activities. 
  • Laydown areas will be established within close proximity to the Trillium Line near Bowesville Road and Uplands Drive. 
    • Site trailers have been set up and crews will begin to install temporary concrete barriers (TCBs) at each location.
    • TCB installation will take place at night to minimize impacts on local traffic.
  • Borehole drilling is currently underway in the following locations:
    • South Keys Station
    • Along the alignment between Leitrim Road and South Keys Station
  • Silt fence installation
    • Crews have almost completed the installation of 30,000 metres of silt fence along the perimeter of the Trillium Line O-Train south extension from Greenboro Station to terminus stations (Airport Station & Limebank Station). 
    • To date, approximately 90% of the work has been completed.
  • Stump pulling and grinding between Hunt Club Road and Limebank Road/Uplands Drive is now complete.
  • Crews have started to strip lands (i.e. topsoil removal) between Uplands Drive and the mainline.
  • Noise and Vibration monitoring
    • Baseline noise and vibration monitoring is taking place at properties near the Trillium Line alignment to ensure that construction and rail activities comply with applicable regulations and requirements
  • Ongoing works at the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport
    • In coordination with the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Authority (OMCIAA), crews are continuing to fence off Airport lands where work will occur.
  • Preparatory works at Walkley MSF
    • Preliminary preparatory work such as survey control, clean up and fencing have commenced at the future site of the new Walkley Yard Maintenance and Storage Facility. 
    • TransitNEXT will be coordinating with Capital Rail to leverage shutdown time for geotechnical investigations nearby Walkley MSF.

O-Train Confederation Line East Extension

  • Borehole drilling is currently underway at the following locations:
    • Montreal Road & OR 174 Interchange
    • Montreal Flyover
    • Trim Road
    • OR 174 median lanes (night work) between Blair Road & Trim Road
  • East day-to-day work yard set up
    • Crews will begin constructing a granular pad near Montreal Road and OR 174 to support temporary modular trailer complex, parking spaces and a day-to-day yard 
    • Work has commenced to strip top soil and pave yard access points.
    • This site will be used for the coordination of Confederation Line East construction activities
  • Pre-construction surveys
    • East-West Connectors (EWC) have retained DST Consulting Engineers to carry out a pre-construction survey of the homes and buildings located within close proximity to the project. They will be documenting properties to establish the existing conditions of the interior and exterior of buildings near the alignment, prior to construction.

O-Train Confederation Line West Extension

  • Borehole drilling currently underway in the following locations:
    • Lincoln Fields Station
    • New Orchard Station
    • Between Pinecrest Station & Connaught Tunnel
    • Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway (near Churchill Avenue) 
  • Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway Cut and Cover Tunnel Preparatory Works
    • The Sir John A. Macdonald (SJAM) Parkway is shifting north to accommodate the space required to construct a cut-and-cover tunnel between Dominion Station and Cleary Avenue
    • Crews have commenced preparatory activities to realign the SJAM by installing signage, fencing and temporary concrete barriers. Topsoil stripping will commence upon the completion of barrier installation. 
    • From July to October 2019, Sir John A MacDonald Parkway will have off-peak lane reductions between Dominion Avenue and Cleary Avenue. Eastbound and Westbound traffic will be maintained at all times.
    • The City of Ottawa continues to coordinate with the NCC’s Public Affairs Office to provide appropriate public notification (PVMS, resident notices, web updates, etc.) 
    • Crews are targeting to have the east bound lanes completed by this fall and the west bound lanes complete by spring 2020
  • West day-to-day work yard set up
    • Work has commenced to construct granular pad near Baseline Road and Navaho Drive/Transitway to support temporary modular trailer complex, parking spaces and a day-to-day yard. 
    • This site will be used for the coordination of Confederation Line West construction activities.
  • Building demolition
    • Building demolition is scheduled to occur in September 2019 within the project limits:
      • On the east side of Connaught Avenue between Severn Avenue and Hanlon Avenue (three houses) 
      • On Richmond Road, east of Cleary Avenue (one strip mall). 
  • Pre-construction surveys
    • East-West Connectors (EWC) have retained DST Consulting Engineers to carry out a pre-construction survey of the homes and buildings located within close proximity to the project. As indicated in the east update, DST will be documenting properties to establish the existing conditions of the interior and exterior of buildings near the alignment, prior to construction.

Delorme Sanitary Sewage Pump Station Rehabilitation

The Delorme Sanitary Sewage Pump Station, located on the corner of des Épinettes Avenue and Jeanne D’Arc Boulevard, will soon be undergoing rehabilitation. This $5.8 million project is a proactive investment in replacing sewage pumps, the backup generator, and electrical and control systems. All residents within a 100-meters radius of the construction zone have received a notice from the contractors, detailing the work impact on their property.

Construction work will begin around July 23 and is expected to continue until spring 2020. Starting on July 25, there will be a temporary lane closure along Jeanne D’Arc between the intersections of Sunview and des Épinettes, with construction signs placed along Jeanne D’Arc for the duration of the lane closure. During this time, traffic will continue to be monitored by Ottawa Police Services and OC Transpo service will continue to run consistently.

For more information on the project, you can contact the project manager, Jean-Yves Moreau, by emailing him at, or by calling 613-580-2424, ext. 44230.

Rezoning application for 3484 and 3490 Innes Road

The City has received an application to rezone 3484 and 3490 Innes Road, situated on the south side of Innes Road and east of Pagé Road, on land that was formerly known as the Golf Land.

The land is currently zoned Development Reserve and the application is to have the land rezoned as Arterial Mainstreet, with site-specific exceptions to permit 12- to 16-storey buildings and reduced parking requirements, to accommodate eight mid-rise to high-rise residential apartment buildings and small-scale retail and service commercial uses fronting onto a central pedestrian plaza.

Residents can provide their comments directly to the city planner and learn more about the rezoning application on

A public consultation will be held in the coming months and information will be published on this website and on