Riley Brockington, River Ward Councillor

Increase of suspected drug overdose-related emergency department visits seen in Ottawa in past 72 hours

21 April 2017 - 2:59pm

Ottawa – The Ottawa Overdose Prevention and Response Task Force (OPRTF) is alerting the public about an increase in suspected drug overdose-related emergency department visits in Ottawa in the last 72 hours – with 15 life-threatening or potentially life-threatening suspected cases reported over that time period (April 18 to April 20).

The OPRTF monitors suspected drug overdose-related emergency department data daily to be able to appropriately respond should a sharp increase of overdose-related emergency department visits occur in the community.

An overdose is a medical emergency. Anyone who suspects or witnesses an overdose should immediately call 9-1-1, even if naloxone has been given.

In February 2017, Ottawa Public Health and Ottawa Police Service issued an Alert of Potential Risk of Overdose from Counterfeit Prescription Pills in Ottawa being involved with life-threatening overdoses and deaths.

Although the OPRTF cannot confirm that these overdoses are related to intentional or counterfeit opioid-use, when a sudden increase in the number and severity of suspect drug-related emergency department visits is observed during a short period of time, there is always a possibility of counterfeit drugs being cut with opioids.

Residents are reminded of the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose:

  • Breathing will be slow or gone
  • Lips and nails are blue
  • Person is not moving
  • Person may be choking
  • You can hear gurgling sounds or snoring
  • Person can’t be woken up
  • Skin feels cold and clammy
  • Pupils are tiny

Residents who use drugs, or their loved ones, are advised of the ways to reduce their risk of overdose:

  • Avoid using drugs alone
  • Avoid mixing drugs or combining with alcohol
  • Use a small amount first to test strength
  • Use less drug(s) when tolerance may be lower (change in health status or weight, recent release from prison, treatment program or hospital)

Getting drugs from a non-medical source such as a friend, ordering online, or a drug dealer is very risky and potentially life-threatening. There is no way to know what is actually in them or how toxic they may be. Drugs should only be purchased or obtained from a local pharmacy or a registered medical professional.

To help police find the sources of counterfeit pills, it is important to report this information to police. You can call Crime Stoppers and report anonymously. Submit an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), texting CRIMES (274637), keyword “tip252”. You can also download the Ottawa Police Service app for iOS or Android.

Naloxone can buy time while paramedics are en route. You can get a take-home naloxone kit for free from pharmacies and other agencies in Ottawa. To find a participating pharmacy near you check this list of pharmacies that have naloxonee. For more about overdoses and how to prevent them, visit



Members of the Ottawa Overdose Prevention and Response Task Force, include Ottawa Public Health, Ottawa Paramedic Services, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Fire Services, OC Transpo, The Ottawa Hospital, The Royal Ottawa Hospital, Montfort Hospital, Queensway Carleton Hospital, The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario,  Rideauwood Addictions and Family Services, The Office of the Regional Coroner, Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres, Respect Pharmacy, Champlain Local Health Intergration Network, Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre, Ottawa Carleton Pharmacist Association, Direction de santé publique, Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de l’Outaouais.

OC Transpo Spring Service Starts April 23

19 April 2017 - 3:43pm

Ottawa – Starting Sunday, April 23, OC Transpo will introduce new route numbers for many routes as part of getting ready for the opening of the O-Train Confederation Line in 2018. Other spring service changes include adjusted schedules and seasonal reductions to reflect the lower demand for service. The Rack & Roll program also returns with bike racks on more than 600 buses.

Customers should visit and use the travel planner to see if their regular trips are affected.

New route numbers, same route

Fourteen bus routes will be renumbered across the city as part of the transition to the 2018 transit network. These routes will have new numbers, but the routes will remain the same. OC Transpo is also introducing three new service types: Rapid, Frequent, and Local. Each service type has its own distinctive colour and symbol, which customers will see on new bus stop signs.

Route renumbering details:

  • Routes 92 and 96 will be renumbered as Rapid Routes 62 and 61 respectively
  • Routes 2, 118, and 176 will be renumbered as Frequent Routes 11, 88, and 80 respectively
  • Nine other Local routes will be renumbered

Spring Service Adjustments

  • Spring seasonal reductions will be made to reflect lower ridership levels on Routes 4, 85, 104, 111, and 129 that serve post-secondary schools. As in previous years, service levels on the O-Train Trillium Line will be reduced after 9 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, and between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays, to match reduced seasonal ridership.
  • Routes 63 and 64 schedules in Kanata North will be adjusted and capacity will be increased at certain times to respond to feedback from customers and to improve connections to Briarbrook and Morgan’s Grant.
  • Afternoon 86C trips on Route 86 will start and end at Mackenzie King instead of Hurdman Station for increased reliability.
  • Minor trip time adjustments will be made on Connexion Routes 256, 262, and 265 in response to customer requests.
  • Special school trips on regular routes and 600-series school routes will be adjusted based on ridership levels. Some trips will be added, while others will be adjusted or cancelled. For a complete list of routes and trips affected, visit com.
  • Exterior bus announcements will be rolled-out starting on April 23 and continuing through May. These announcements will provide customers waiting at a bus stop or station platform with an audible, bilingual announcement of the route and destination.
  • Customers who pay with cash or tickets and receive a transfer will also notice the introduction of a barcode on transfers. This update is linked to the upcoming introduction of fare gates at O-Train Trillium and Confederation Line stations.

Summer U-Pass starts May 1 and Winter U-Pass expires

From May through August, eligible full-time students at Algonquin College, Carleton University, University of Ottawa and Saint Paul University benefit from the Summer U-Pass, which can be obtained or renewed on campus. Students who are not full-time during the summer are reminded that their U-Pass will expire on April 30 and to switch to Presto for their summer transit needs.

Paper passes will be discontinued in 2017

Adult, Community, and Senior paper passes will be phased out this summer. The last Adult paper pass available will be June while the last Senior and Community paper passes will be July.  The current ticket type will also be phased out in late fall and a comparable single ride option will replace it. Customers should make the switch to Presto soon or continue to pay cash. Visit for more information.

Real-time schedule information is available 24 hours a day by calling 613-560-1000 or texting 560560 plus the four‑digit bus stop number. Register for alerts at to receive news or route-specific changes or detours by e-mail or text. Standard rates apply to SMS messages. New printed timetables are now available. For more details and travel planning assistance, customers should call OC Transpo at 613-741-4390 or visit

1463 Prince of Wales Drive – Boys and Girls Club Expansion

19 April 2017 - 3:08pm

The Boys and Girls Club located at 1463 Prince of Wales Drive (corner of Prince of Wales and Hog’s Back) will be submitting a Site Plan Application to the City of Ottawa Planning Department this spring for expansion of the facility. 

Their expansion plan consists of a new full size gym addition as well as a renovation to the interior of the existing building. A new expanded facility will accommodate additional programming and amenity space with a larger kitchen, homework club space, arts and crafts room, and a dance studio.  The proposed plan will also relocated the existing parking to the north of the facility. 

The Boys and Girls Club is a very important community hub which provides a number of services and programs for youth in the community.

I will keep residents up to date on the expansion plans when more information becomes available and a formal application is submitted.

Site Plan 1

Site Plan 2

Site Plan 3

O-Train Confederation Line – Let’s get Ready for Rail!

19 April 2017 - 12:58pm

Let’s get Ready for Rail!

The O-Train Confederation Line will transform OC Transpo’s current bus-centered system into a multi-modal transit system, and will completely change the city’s landscape and the way people get around.

The City wants to help you get Ready for Rail so that you have all the tools you need to take your future journey on board the O-Train Confederation Line in 2018.

At the April 19 Transit Commission meeting, a new communication, marketing, information and education campaign – called Ready for Rail – was unveiled. The Ready for Rail campaign aims to answer the questions we all have about the new system, things like: “Where will it go?”, “How often will it come?”, “How will I get to it?” and “Where will I buy my fare?”

Over the next year you’ll find Ready for Rail ads in buses and bus shelters, in City recreation facilities and arenas, and you’ll see a variety of videos, images and messages on social media.

The goal of the campaign is to use as many avenues as possible to make sure everyone is provided with the information they need to know about the new system before it opens in 2018 – and to get people excited about the launch of light trail transit in Ottawa.

For more information on the O-Train Confederation Line, please visit OC Transpo’s new “Ready for Rail” web section at or contact OC Transpo Customer Relations at 613-842-3600.

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City holds online consultations and workshops for Noise By-law review

18 April 2017 - 11:37am

Ottawa – The City of Ottawa’s By-law and Regulatory Services Branch is conducting a Noise By-law review, and residents are invited to provide their feedback through an online public consultation survey or by attending one of the three public workshops. The online survey runs until Monday, May 1. 

The online survey will provide residents with brief facts on the by-law and an opportunity to give their opinions on the possible changes and additions. 

Residents can also register at one of the following three, in-person public workshops, where participants can collaboratively share ideas on creating solutions to various noise-related issues:

  • Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
    Greenboro Community Centre, 363 Lorry Greenberg Dr.
    Room: Meeting Room A & B
  • Wednesday, April 26, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
    McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St.
    Room: Assembly Hall
  • Monday, May 1, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
    Overbrook Community Centre, 33 Quill St.
    Room: Main Reception Hall

Space is limited at all three workshops. Interested participants can register at All sites are accessible. When you register, please advise us of any accommodations you may require.

Feedback from the online consultation and workshops will be combined with other studies and stakeholder consultations to develop a recommendations report that will go before the Community and Protective Services Committee, currently scheduled on May 18, and City Council on May 24.    

For more information on City programs and services, visit or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). You can also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

River Ward Festivals 2017

18 April 2017 - 10:03am

River Ward hosts more festivals and special events than any other ward in Ottawa, outside of the downtown core. We are a vibrant community that is blessed with green space and the Rideau River. It is a natural attraction to many organizations to host their event within our community. These spring and summer festivals and events are a prime opportunity to showcase the City’s various cultural, religious, and sporting events within our community.

May 29 – MEC Paddlefest
Mooney’s Bay

June 3 – Enbridge Canoe for Kids
Mooney’s Bay Park

June 17-21 – Summer Solstice Aboriginal Festival
Vincent Massey Park

June 22-25 – Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival
Mooney’s Bay

June 24 – Exile Island
Vincent Massey Park

July 3-9 – Canadian Track & Field Championships
Terry Fox Facility

July 15 – HOPE Volleyball Summerfest
Mooney’s Bay Park

July 19-23 – Ottawa Lebanese Festival
700 Ridgewood Avenue

July 30 – National Capital Triathlon, Duathlon & Runs
Mooney’s Bay & Roadways

August 12-13 – Jamday Festival
Mooney’s Bay Park

September 3 – The Canadian Triathlon, Duathlon
Mooney’s Bay


Listed below you will find information regarding parking restrictions that will be implemented from June 12 to August 20. Please be mindful of the restrictions when considering where to park during this time.

Parking Restrictions (click on map to enlarge)

As in previous years, parking restrictions will occur on the following streets during festival season:

  • Blanchard Crescent
  • Dupont Street
  • Egan Road
  • Flannery Drive
  • Garner Avenue
  • Gavin Street
  • Hobson Road
  • Lynhurst Avenue
  • Malden Court
  • Marble Crescent
  • Mooney’s Bay Place
  • Nicholson Avenue
  • Norberry Crescent
  • Otterson Drive
  • Ridgewood Avenue
  • Sandhurst Court
  • Springland Drive
  • Walton Court
  • Waterview Court


City-wide open air fire ban in effect

13 April 2017 - 8:59am

Ottawa – Ottawa Fire Services is placing a city-wide fire ban into effect immediately to prevent the rapid spread of fire due to grass and brush fires. This ban will remain in place until conditions improve and the green grass starts to show through dead tall grass.

Certain periods in the year create conditions that make even controlled burning dangerous, and this risk can quickly lead to fast and uncontrolled spread of fire. There are a number of conditions that warrant restrictions throughout the year. These circumstances include, but are not limited to: high winds, prolonged dry spells, early spring surface conditions, cut fields or wet conditions that do not allow our firefighting equipment to access remote or rural locations.

All open air fires are prohibited during a fire ban, including for those properties that have an Open Air Fire Permit. This ban applies to agricultural burns, brush pile burns, as well as campfires. There will be zero tolerance enforcement during the fire ban.

We thank area residents for their patience and cooperation with this matter.

Reduce your risk around the home

Residents are encouraged to take advantage of weekly yard waste collection and use the following tips to prevent grass and brush fires:

  • Clear all combustible materials such as tree limbs, leaves and other dry materials away from buildings and propane tanks.
  • Keep barbecue propane tanks at least three metres from buildings.
  • Wood piles should be stored a safe distance from your home.
  • Trees should be pruned to create a good vertical separation from the ground.
  • Clear out any accumulated dry or dead debris from your property.


Carelessly discarded cigarettes continue to be a major cause of grass fires during these dry periods. Smokers are reminded to please use care when butting out. Do not throw lit cigarettes out vehicle windows.

For more information on City programs and services, visit or call 3-1-1.

Easter activities and schedule changes

6 April 2017 - 1:18pm

Ottawa – The City of Ottawa would like to remind residents of the following services and schedule changes for Friday, April 14, Good Friday, and Monday, April 17, Easter Monday.

Client services:

  • Ottawa City Hall and all seven Client Service Centres, including the Government Service Centre located at 110 Laurier Avenue West, will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Business will resume as usual on Tuesday, April 18.
  • The City’s Provincial Offences Court, located at 100 Constellation Crescent, will also be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Business will resume as usual on Tuesday, April 18.
  • The City’s 3-1-1 Contact Centre will be open for urgent matters requiring the City’s immediate attention.  Call 3-1-1 or 613-580-2400 to speak to a customer service representative. For persons living with a hearing-related disability, call TTY: 613-580-2401.

Garbage, green bin and recycling collection:

  • There will be no curbside green bin, recycling, garbage or bulky item collection on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Good Friday’s pick-up will take place on Saturday, April 15 and Easter Monday’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, April 18. In addition, the collection of green bin, recycling materials and garbage will be delayed by one day for the week of April 17. For curbside collection enquiries, refer to the collection calendar tool.
  • There will be no multi-residential collection of bulky items, green bin and recycling container collection on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Good Friday’s pick-up will take place on Saturday, April 15 and Easter Monday’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, April 18. Recycling container collection and green bin will also be delayed by one day for the week of April 17. However, multi-residential garbage collection is not delayed and collection will take place on its regular scheduled day during the week of April 17.
  • The Trail Waste Facility will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday.


  • All City of Ottawa parking regulations and restrictions will apply during this time.

Transit service:

  • OC Transpo will operate a Sunday schedule on Good Friday. On Easter Monday there will be minor schedule reductions and school routes numbered in the 600s and supplementary school trips will not be in operation. Shopper Route 301 will operate. Call 613‑560‑1000 or text 560560 plus your four-digit bus stop number for real time schedule information. For more information, holiday schedules and travel planning, visit us online or phone 613‑741‑4390.

Family DayPass Offers Super Value!

  • On Good Friday, as well as Saturdays and Sundays, a family or group may travel all day with a DayPass, which can be purchased for $10.25 from the bus operator when you board. A family or group includes up to six people with a maximum of two who are ages 13 or older.
  • OC Transpo Customer Service Centres will be closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday with the exception of the Rideau Centre office, which will be open Easter Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Transit Information Centre (613‑741‑4390) will operate from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Good Friday and from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Easter Monday,
  • OC Transpo Customer Relations (613-842-3600) will be closed Good Friday and Easter Monday.
  • Para Transpo will operate a holiday service on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Regular scheduled trips are automatically cancelled for these days. Customers may start booking trips one week prior to the holiday by calling 613-244-7272. On Easter Sunday, regular scheduled trips will not be cancelled.
  • Para Transpo operations:

o    Customer service (613-842-3681) – closed

o    Administration (613-244-1289) – closed

o    Taxi coupons (613-842-3670) – closed

o    Reservations (613-244-7272) – open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, the line remains open until 12:30 a.m. for inquiries and other general information

o    Cancellation/information/general inquiries (613-244-4636) – open 6 12:30 a.m.


Recreation services:

  • Pools, arenas and fitness centres will be operating on modified schedules on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, including public swimming, aquafitness, public skating and fitness schedules. Additional swimming and skating sessions will be offered at many sites. Please check ca or the facility of your choice for details.

Ottawa Public Health:

  • Site program – SITE office at 179 Clarence Street will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday, however, the SITE Mobile Van will be operating on a regular schedule from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • The Ottawa Public Health Information Line will be closed Good Friday and Easter Monday; however, you can call and leave a message and inquiries will be responded to within one business day. You can also connect with us online for the latest health information.

Cultural services:

  • Arts centres, archives, galleries and theatres will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. However, you should check online or your facility to confirm, as some exceptions may apply. Karsh-Masson Gallery, the Barbara Ann Scott Gallery and the OAG Annex at City Hall will remain open over the Easter weekend.

 Archives Services:

  • The City of Ottawa Archives Reference Services and Gallery 112 will be closed from Friday, April 14 to Monday, April 17 for Easter weekend.

 Municipal child care services:

Library Services:

  • All branches and services of the Ottawa Public Library will be closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. However, they will operate as usual on Saturday, April 15. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, April 18.


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Dynes Road and Prince of Wales Drive – Major Neighbourhood Infrastructure Project

5 April 2017 - 10:16am

Thank you to all residents who attended the open house and public meeting on March 30 to review the final design plans for the water, sewer, and road renewal project on Dynes Road and Prince of Wales Drive. The plans that were displayed at the public meeting are now available for review on the project website at

I heard a number of comments and concerns at the public meeting and I will be working with City staff to provide responses to some of the concerns that I heard at the meeting. If you wish to be added to my email list for the project, please send me an email at

Project Description:

The City of Ottawa is undertaking the reconstruction of Dynes Road (Fisher Avenue to Prince of Wales Drive) and Prince of Wales Drive (Dynes Road to Forest Hill Avenue).  The existing storm sewer on Dynes Road and Prince of Wales Drive is to be replaced with a larger storm sewer to improve the storm sewer system for the area.  The sanitary sewer and watermain will also be reconstructed along sections of Dynes Road and Prince of Wales Drive due to the age of the existing infrastructure.  A new local storm sewer will be constructed on Prince of Wales Drive between Forest Hill Avenue and Villa Crescent. 

In addition to the sewer and watermain construction, the following works are proposed:

  • Full-road reconstruction on Dynes Road (Fisher Avenue to Prince of Wales Drive) including replacing curbs, replacing existing sidewalks with 1.8m wide sidewalks and construction of a new 1.8m wide curb and sidewalk on the south side of the road between Fisher Avenue and Claymor Avenue.
  • Provision of on-street bike lanes on both sides of Dynes Road between Fisher Avenue and Prince of Wales Drive.
  • Removal of some on-street parking on the south side of Dynes Road between Fisher Avenue and 847 Dynes Road to accommodate the proposed bike lanes. Parking bays will be provided on the south side of Dynes Road between 847 Dynes Road and Morley Avenue.
  • Full-road reconstruction on Prince of Wales Drive (Dynes to Forest Hill) including new curbs, sidewalks and cycle tracks on both sides of the roadway.
  • Reconstruction of the Dynes Road / Fisher Avenue and Dynes Road / Prince of Wales Drive intersections with protected cycle-track crossings. Parking bays will be provided on the east and west side of Prince of Wales Drive between Maryland Avenue and Villa Crescent.
  • Relocation/reconstruction of utilities, as required.
  • Potential relocation of the Greek Festival in 2018 for one year (decision yet to be made).
Tentative Project Timing
  • Design: 2016/2017
  • Tentative Construction Timelines:
    • Dynes Road expected to begin construction summer 2017
    • Prince of Wales Drive expected to begin late fall 2017.
  • Construction substantial completion: Late Fall 2018
  • Final paving and landscaping: Spring/Summer 2019

For further information, please contact:

Franco Bonanno, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
Design & Construction Branch
City of Ottawa, 100 Constellation Crescent

Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424 Ext. 21775


Riley Brockington
City Councillor, River Ward
110 Laurier Ave West
Ottawa, ON K2C 1T9
Tel: 613-580-2486


EAB Ash Tree Stump Pesticide Treatment

4 April 2017 - 1:26pm


As part of the management of dead trees in parks and woodlots, a number of ash trees have been removed. The City will be working with a contractor to spray the stumps of the ash and invasive shrubs such as buckthorn to minimize the competition with new trees that are to be planted on the site.   

Garlon RTU is applied using a backpack spray system directly to the cut surface of the buckthorn and ash stumps which greatly reduces the risk of exposure and impact on non-targeted species. The active ingredient, triclopyr, penetrates the cambium layer to prevent resprouting of the shrub.

If ingested, Garlon RTU has low toxicity; small amounts of Garlon RTU swallowed incidental to handling are unlikely to cause injury.  Long term testing has produced no evidence that triclopyr causes carcinogenic or mutagenic effects in mammals. The herbicide’s active ingredient disrupts the growth process within the plant by affecting enzymes unique to plants.

Below is the list of parks identified to receive treatment with Garlon RTU this spring.

Ward Name Address 16 Airport Parkway (rear of Plante Dr) 1 Airport Parkway 16 Airport Parkway (rear of Cromwell Dr) 930 Brookfield Rd 16 Moffat Farm Veterans Park 591 Kochar Dr

 Note:  the treatment in the above mentioned parks should start within the next two weeks and be completed by April 28, 2017.

Further information on Garlon can be found in the following attachments:

Garlon RTU Label

Garlon RTU SDS Sheet

Garlon RTU Facts


Hog’s Back Bridge closing for maintenance

3 April 2017 - 10:00am

Ottawa – Hog’s Back Bridge will be closed to all traffic – pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicles – for preventive maintenance beginning Wednesday, April 5, at 6 a.m., until Thursday, April 13 at noon.

During this closure, travelers will not be able to use Hog’s Back Road to cross the river and canal. Detour signage will be posted.

With all of the construction-related activities underway, residents are encouraged to be flexible with commuting times, stagger work hours or use alternative means for travel. The public is asked to consider options such as transit, walking, cycling or carpooling.

The City of Ottawa has tools to help motorists and transit users plan their routes and manage their commute, including:


Dynes Road and Prince of Wales Drive Reconstruction Project

3 April 2017 - 9:49am

The City of Ottawa is undertaking the preliminary and detail design for the reconstruction of Dynes Road (Fisher Avenue to Prince of Wales Drive) and Prince of Wales Drive (Dynes Road to Forest Hill Avenue).  The existing trunk storm sewer on Dynes Road and Prince of Wales Drive is to be replaced with a larger trunk storm sewer to improve the storm sewer system.  The sanitary sewer and watermain will also be reconstructed along sections of Dynes Road and Prince of Wales Drive due to the age of the existing infrastructure.  A new local storm sewer will be constructed on Prince of Wales Drive between Forest Hill Avenue and Villa Crescent.  House or building services will be reconstructed to the property line within the limits of watermain and sewer construction.

In addition to the sewer and watermain construction, the following works are proposed:

  • Full-road reconstruction on Dynes Road (Fisher Avenue to Prince of Wales Drive) including replacing curbs, replacing existing sidewalks with 1.8m wide sidewalks and construction of a new 1.8m wide monolithic curb and sidewalk on the south side of the road between Fisher Avenue and Claymor Avenue.
  • Provision of on-street bike lanes on both sides of Dynes Road between Fisher Avenue and Prince of Wales Drive.
  • Removal of on-street parking on the south side of Dynes Road between Fisher Avenue and 847 Dynes Road to accommodate the proposed bike lanes.  Parking bays will be provided on the south side of Dynes Road between 847 Dynes Road and Morley Blvd.
  • Full-road reconstruction on Prince of Wales Drive (Dynes to Forest Hill) including new curbs, sidewalks and cycle tracks on both sides of the roadway.
  • Reconstruction of the Dynes Road / Fisher Avenue and Dynes Road / Prince of Wales Drive intersections with protected cycle-track crossings.  Parking bays will be provided on the east and west side of Prince of Wales Drive between Maryland Avenue and Villa Crescent.
  • Relocation/reconstruction of utilities, as required.

Refer to schematics below for typical road cross-section elements.

Dynes Road schematic [ PDF – 2.94 MB ]

Prince of Wales Drive schematic [ PDF – 2.92 MB ]

Tentative project timing

Design: 2016/2017
Construction start: Early Summer 2017
Construction substantial completion: Late Fall 2018
Final paving and landscaping: Spring/Summer 2019

For further information or to provide comments, please contact the City’s project manager:

Franco Bonanno (link sends e-mail), P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
Design & Construction – Branch 2
City of Ottawa, 100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON  K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 21775


Trillium Pathway Phase 3 Functional Design Study

31 March 2017 - 12:46pm

Online Consultation:  March 30 to April 14, 2017

The purpose of the project is to address a missing cycling link for recreational, utilitarian and commuter users at an important junction of several routes, as well as to complete the Cross-town Bikeway #6 at this location.  

A recommended functional design concept is being identified, based on technical feasibility, affordability and community input.

Proposed Plan – Trillium Pathway Phase 3

Tell us what you think

Online questionnaire

Complete the feedback questionnaire or email your questions/comments by Friday April 14, 2017 to the project manager below.

Paul Clarke, P.Eng.
Project Manager, Cycling programs
Transportation Planning
Transportation Services Department
City of Ottawa 
110 Laurier Avenue
Email: (link sends e-mail)
613-580-2424, ext. 29882

Geoff Wightman Park Renewal

21 March 2017 - 3:02pm

The City of Ottawa will be undertaking the renewal of Geoff Wightman Park. The park components have exceeded their lifecycle and will be replaced in 2017.

Thank you to all residents who came out to the public meeting I hosted on Monday, March 21 to discuss the renewal of Geoff Wightman Park. I appreciated the ideas and input shared by area residents at the meeting.

I will be accepting feedback and ideas on park components until Monday, April 10. Please submit any ideas for park components that you may have via email at I would encourage residents to reach out to their neighbours who were unable to make it to the public meeting to share their ideas with me directly.

In the coming weeks after all feedback on park amenities is received, the Park Planner will develop a couple of concept plans based on the input received from local residents for your review and final selection. A subsequent open house will be planned in May for residents to review and provide comments on the final selection of the park amenities. A date and time will be communicated to you in the coming weeks.

As promised at the public meeting, below you will find a link to the images of the presentation from the City park planner.  The park planner is Louise Cerveny and she can be reached at or 613-580-2424 x27806.

If there are any other questions that residents may have, please feel free to contact me any time. 

Geoff Wightman images presentation

River Ward Earth Day Essay Contest

20 March 2017 - 9:56am

City Councillor Riley Brockington invites youth from River Ward to enter the ‘Sustainable Ottawa in 2067’ essay contest where authors will share their vision of what a sustainable Ottawa will look like in 50 years. As a youth in 2017, your vision can become a reality!

While creating a vision for 2067, participants are asked to consider the following questions:
How will Ottawa change over the next 50 years?
What role will I play to make these changes happen?
How will these changes positively impact the city?

Must be a resident of River Ward (Ward 16) currently enrolled in grade 7, 8, or 9

All submissions MUST be received no later than 4:00pm on March 24, 2017. Essays can be submitted via email to or hand delivered to the address below: City Hall (2nd Floor) Attn: Councillor Brockington 110 Laurier Avenue West Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1 Prizes
Hydro Ottawa has generously provided financial sponsorship for the top three essays:
1st Place: $250, 2nd Place: $150, 3rd Place: $100 Winners will be announced at Councillor Brockington’s Annual Earth Day Event on April 22, 2017 at the Hunt Club Riverside Park Community Centre – 3320 Paul Anka Drive.





Overnight Work on Trillium Line Corridor April 11-28, 2017

14 March 2017 - 1:21pm

City officials have advised that there is scheduled overnight work planned along sections of the Trillium Line corridor, including at Brookfield Siding, as part of the past expansion project.

For approximately one week between April 11th – April 28th 2017, crews will be digging, relocating signage, and performing functional train tests in this area, before moving on to other sections of the alignment. Noise levels are anticipated to be low to moderate.

The full community notice can be read HERE.

Camp FFIT returns with firefighter training camp for young women

13 March 2017 - 12:59pm

Ottawa – Ottawa Fire Services, in partnership with Fire Service Women Ontario, is pleased to announce an application call for Camp FFIT (Female Firefighters in Training) 2017. Young women between the ages of 15 and 19, who meet the application criteria, are invited to apply.

Camp FFIT is designed to educate young women about the career of firefighting. Participants will have an opportunity to perform many tasks, including, but not limited to:
• Search and rescue
• Auto extrication
• Forcible entry
• Catching hydrants
• High rise operations and aerial ladder climb
• Wearing full PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus)
• Fighting simulated kitchen and car fires

Applications are available now at and must be returned to Ottawa Fire Services Training Centre located at 898 Industrial Avenue no later than May 26, 2017.

Participants will have an opportunity to speak to women and men who work at Ottawa Fire Services, as well as firefighters from neighbouring communities and students who have graduated from a Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training Program. Instruction will be offered in English.

Camp FFIT, now in its eighth year, will take place:

Date: August 21 to 25, 2017
Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Ottawa Fire Services Training Centre
898 Industrial Avenue

For questions, please email or call 613-580-2424 ext 29621.

EquiPass Launched by OC Transpo for low income individuals and families

10 March 2017 - 9:46am

OC Transpo is pleased to announce that the EquiPass has now officially launched and  it’s possible for individuals or families to get an application through any of the following locations:

  • Online at
  • By mail – Call 613-741-4390 (TTY 613-741-5280) to request a copy.
  • In person at various locations across Ottawa:
  • OC Transpo Customer Service Centres (Lincoln Fields,
  • Rideau Centre, St-Laurent, Place d’Orléans, 925 Belfast Road),
  • City of Ottawa Client Service Centres (City Hall, Orléans, Nepean, Kanata and Walter Baker Sports Centre),
  • City of Ottawa Libraries,
  • City of Ottawa Community and Social Support Centres; and
  • Community Health and Resource Centres.

For a full list of locations, please visit  

EquiPass Brochure

EquiPass Cover Sheet and Application Form_ENG

EquiPass Cover Sheet and Application Form_FRE

EquiPass Map Final

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OC Transpo’s new EquiPass offers affordable transit option

Ottawa – Eligible residents can now apply for OC Transpo’s EquiPass, a new affordable monthly transit pass that provides a lower-priced transit option for individuals or families who live on low incomes.

The pass is priced at $57 per month, providing a 50 per cent discount on a monthly adult transit pass. A single adult using the EquiPass will save $56.75 each month, or $681 each year.

The EquiPass is available to City of Ottawa residents whose household income falls below the low-income cut-off threshold, as set out annually by the Government of Canada. The low-income cut-off indicates an income threshold below which an individual or family is likely to spend significantly more of its income on food, shelter and clothing.

The EquiPass is only available to eligible customers upon completing an application form. Once approved, eligible customers will be able to purchase the discounted pass for use as of April 1, 2017. The pass is valid for travel on all OC Transpo services, including Para Transpo and the O-Train Trillium Line, as well as STO services.

Applications can be downloaded from or picked up in person at all OC Transpo Customer Service Centres, City of Ottawa Client Service Centres, Ottawa Public Libraries and Social Support Centres.  Applications can also be picked up at many community partner locations, including Community Health and Resource Centres, Community Houses and settlement agencies. Completed applications can be mailed to OC Transpo or dropped off in person at an OC Transpo Customer Service Centre or one of 15 other designated locations.

The review and approval process will generally take up to three weeks, after which customers whose applications are approved will be able to visit an OC Transpo Customer Service Centre to set the EquiPass discount on their Presto card.

The launch of the EquiPass application would not have been possible without the support and dedicated efforts of numerous community partner organizations. OC Transpo and Community and Social Services have been working closely with them over the last number of months to promote the EquiPass, develop the application form and distribute it to pick-up locations, and moving forward, they will be providing assistance to those who need help filling it out. 

For more information on how to apply for the EquiPass, including a full list of application pick-up and drop-off locations, please visit The City has also released information on how residents can apply for the EquiPass at

City Council approved $2.7 million for the provision of the EquiPass in the 2017 Budget. This is the largest one-time increase in financial support for transit customers in the City’s history.

Council approves Stage 2 plan to build rail to east, west and south

8 March 2017 - 4:26pm

Ottawa City Council today approved moving ahead with the Stage 2 project to bring light rail transit farther and faster to communities in the east, the west and the south.

The Stage 2 report approved by Council includes recommendations changing the scope of the light rail transit (LRT) project, the procurement model and the specific activities the City will undertake to implement Stage 2.

An expansion of the scope of the Stage 2 LRT Project was approved, including construction of an additional Maintenance and Storage Facility in the Moodie Drive area, final alignment changes and the following extensions to train lines:

  • Confederation Line West: beyond Bayshore to Moodie Drive, and southwest to Algonquin College;
  • Confederation Line East: beyond Place d’Orleans to Trim Road;
  • Trillium Line extension south to Bowesville in Riverside South; and
  • An Airport Rail Link from South Keys Station on the Trillium Line.

The budget for the Stage 2 LRT project remains $3 billion, as approved in 2015. The new Moodie Extension is included within the original budget, while the Trim and Airport Extensions are conditional on receiving 100 per cent federal and provincial funding.

Several related infrastructure works, such as widening of Highway 417 between Highway 416 and Maitland Avenue, are being bundled with Stage 2. This will improve construction integration, reduce detours, save money and reduce impacts to the community. The Stage 2 project will generate more than 21,000 person-years of employment.

The City will continue to work with its existing partner, Rideau Transit Group, to ensure an integrated and consistent expanded rail system while maximizing the amount of work to be procured under new competitions.

The Stage 2 expansion of the O-Train network will be undertaken through two new procurements:

  • A new $2.5-billion Design-Build-Finance competition for the Confederation Line East and West extensions (includes Airport, Trim and Highway 417, and City-bundled works); and
  • A new $535-million Design-Build-Finance-Maintain competition for the Trillium Line extension to the south.

With this Council approval, the project can go to market later this winter. A final Council report will be brought forward in early 2018 outlining the results of the procurement process and related activities, leading to the final design and beginning of construction. The Stage 2 project is planned to proceed with staggered openings to allow for faster expansions to LRT service:

  • Trillium Line South extension in 2021
  • Confederation Line East including Trim in 2022
  • Confederation Line West to Moodie by 2023

On a related report, Council today approved an update on the long-range affordability of the City’s public transit plans. The report concludes that Ottawa’s transit plans remain affordable, thanks to continued strong financial support for rapid transit projects from the federal and provincial governments.

Council also received an update on the City’s Renewable Energy Strategy and the City’s Air Quality and Climate Change Management Plan. The report includes information about how the City is proceeding with eight renewable energy and energy conservation projects, totalling $300,000, as a practical way to advance the Renewable Energy Strategy, called Energy Evolution.

Council approved a report that combines a review of the right-of-way patio program and an assessment of the 2016 Streetside Spots pilot project. The new Right of Way Patio By-law regulates right-of-way patios, including café seating, parklets and streetside spots. A new fee regime is being introduced with a winter season and a summer season. Fees will be calculated using a monthly rate, as opposed to the current daily rate. With the change to a two-season, monthly model, fees will decrease for the typical patio-permit holder by approximately 20 per cent for the summer season.

City Council also received a mid-term report on the implementation of the Ottawa Cycling Plan. The report says the Cycling Plan is being carried out successfully, with a major increase in budget for cycling projects, a growing network of cycling lanes and a rising number of cyclists.


River Ward resident Lee Ann Napiorkowski receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

8 March 2017 - 10:37am

Ottawa – Lee Ann Napiorkowski’s commitment to volunteer coaching goes beyond creating a winning attitude with her players – she instills the key values of loyalty, equity and respect for their teammates and their community. Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Riley Brockington recognized her commitment and dedication by presenting her with the Mayor’s City Builder Award at today’s City Council meeting.         

The influence of respect, inclusion, and teamwork is derived from Lee Ann Napiorkowski’s work as an Inclusion Coordinator Teacher at St. Peter Catholic High School, which focuses the inclusion of high-needs students in every aspect of high-school life.

At St. Peter’s High School, Lee Ann Napiorkowski also lends her leadership skills as head coach of the senior boy’s rugby team. Instilling winning and core values has translated into the team reaching several city championships, as well as the players’ participation in fundraisers and community charity events.

In addition to the high school sport scene, Lee Ann has extended her volunteer head coaching to the Ottawa Beavers-Banshees Rugby Football Club and other provincial and regional teams, including the Carleton University men’s team.

Her passion and commitment for inclusion and respect continued with her establishing an ambassador program that better connects the parent Beavers and Banshee Rugby clubs with junior players. Ensuring no player is ever left behind. Lee Ann has raised money for financially challenged players who could not afford registration and equipment. She even helped raised money for a player who qualified for the Eastern Ontario Championship, but could not afford the registration, equipment and travelling costs.

Always ready to lend a helping hand, Lee Ann was asked by a family of a St. Peter’s student, who tragically passed away, to help establish a memorial award in their son’s name. With her dedicated efforts, the John Kelly Memorial Award and a rugby tournament in his name remain a living tribute to their son’s life, and help other students pursue their rugby dreams after graduation.

The Mayor’s City Builder Award is a civic honour created to recognize an individual, group or organization that has, through outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making our city a better place today and for the future. This may include lifelong service, outstanding acts of kindness, inspiring charitable work, community building or other exemplary achievements.

Individuals, groups or organizations may be nominated by members of City Council or the public.

The award is presented at the beginning of each City Council meeting.