Riley Brockington, River Ward Councillor

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 www.Ottawa.ca.

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 Riley.Brockington@Ottawa.ca.

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
E-mail: Franco.Bonanno@ottawa.ca

 

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

 

EAB Ash Tree Stump Pesticide Treatment

4 April 2017 - 1:26pm

Background

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: paul.clarke2@ottawa.ca (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 Riley.Brockington@Ottawa.ca. 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 Louise.Cerveny@Ottawa.ca 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?

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

Deadline
All submissions MUST be received no later than 4:00pm on March 24, 2017. Essays can be submitted via email to Riley.Brockington@Ottawa.ca 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. http://rileybrockington.ca/event/river-ward-earth-day-event/

 

 

 

 

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 ottawa.ca 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 campffit@ottawa.ca 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 octranspo.com
  • 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 www.octranspo.com  

EquiPass Brochure

EquiPass Cover Sheet and Application Form_ENG

EquiPass Cover Sheet and Application Form_FRE

EquiPass Map Final

Final EquiPass Customer FAQ_ENG 06032017

Final EquiPass Customer FAQ_FR 07032017

 

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 octranspo.com 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 octranspo.com. The City has also released information on how residents can apply for the EquiPass at ottawa.ca.

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.

Online interactive public information session on Stage 2 LRT

28 February 2017 - 12:40pm

Ottawa – City staff will deliver a presentation to residents on the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit (LRT) project and take residents’ questions in an online interactive session. City staff will be available to speak with media following the question-and-answer period with residents.


Date:
Wednesday, March 1

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Locations:

Main Event: Champlain Room, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Satellite event: Hunt Club-Riverside Park Community Centre, 3320 Paul Anka Drive – hosted by South end Councillors, beginning at 6 p.m.

 

Paid parking: City Hall Garage, or Pay and Display on-street parking

The presentation will be broadcast live on the City of Ottawa’s Facebook page, where residents are invited to participate in an online question-and-answer period. The public information session can also be viewed live on the City’s YouTube channel.

 

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Public Information Session – Stage 2 LRT – Wednesday, March 1

27 February 2017 - 1:52pm

Please join me and my council colleagues at the Hunt Club – Riverside Park Community Centre this Wednesday to watch the live broadcast of the city’s Public Information Session on Stage 2 LRT.

You will be able to submit questions through the facilitators on site. 

Alternately, you can also view the Facebook Live broadcast on your computer, tablet or phone at www.facebook.com/CityofOttawa.

Further information and links can be found at: http://ottawa.ca/en/news/public-information-session-stage-2-lrt

Red Bull Crashed Ice comes to the Capital – Event and Road Closure information

27 February 2017 - 10:36am
Red Bull Crashed Ice – March 3-5, 2017 Imagine the world’s best athletes competing for the ultimate title during the final showdown on the iconic locks of the Rideau Canal, overlooking Parliament Hill and the famous Chateau Laurier. Will Canadian favourite Scott Croxall reclaim his title on top of the podium? Schedule

Friday March 3
16:00 | Gates open to general public
18:30-21:30 | World Junior Championship

Saturday March 4
16:00 | Gates Open to General Public
18:30-21:30 | 2017 Ice Cross Downhill World Finals

There will be multiple viewing areas positioned around the track. Although not every viewing areas capture the entire track, there will be large screens projecting the races from every angle. There will be plenty of locations to take in the action, including at Major’s Hill Park and the ByWard Market.

For more information visit: http://www.ottawa2017.ca/events/signature-events/red-bull-crashed-ice/

 

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Road closures and transit impacts for Red Bull Crashed Ice

Ottawa As a result of Ottawa 2017’s Red Bull Crashed Ice event, there will be road closures and transit service impacts in and around the downtown core from March 3 to 5, 2017.

Some roads around the Red Bull Crashed Ice venue will be impacted:

  • York Street in the ByWard Market will be closed from Sussex Drive to ByWard Market Square:
    • March 3 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
    • March 4 from 4 p.m. to midnight; and
    • March 5 from midnight to 8 a.m.
  • Wellington Street westbound lane reductions between Mackenzie Avenue and Elgin Street southbound:
    • March 3 from 9 p.m. to March 4 at 3 p.m.
  • Wellington Street will be closed between Sussex Drive and Elgin Street southbound:
    • March 4 from 3 p.m. to March 5 at 6 a.m
  • Elgin Street northbound lane reductions between Albert Street and Wellington Street:
    • March 3 from 9 p.m. to March 4 at 3 p.m.
  • Elgin Street northbound will be closed between Queen Street and Wellington Street:
    • March 4 from 3 p.m. to March 5 at 6 a.m.

On-street Pay and Display parking will not be permitted on York Street between Sussex Drive and Byward Market Square beginning Thursday March 2 at 12:01 a.m. until Sunday March 5 at 8 a.m.

Please consult the map and full list of traffic impacts on ottawa.ca to plan your travels. OC Transpo is your best option to get around during Red Bull Crashed Ice. Use the OC Transpo travel planner to plan your trip, check a route timetable, or look up departure times at a bus stop.

When planning your trip, be advised that due to the road closures in effect around the venue, both OC Transpo and STO will see some service changes.

  • OC Transpo detours will be in place from March 4 at 3 p.m. until March 5 at 6 a.m.
  • Buses will run along Mackenzie King Bridge and Albert and Slater streets during the closures. Rideau and Wellington streets will not be serviced.
  • Only two Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) stops will be in service during that time: Rideau/Cumberland and the Supreme Court on Wellington Street.
  • OC Transpo customers are encouraged to check OCTranspo.com for up-to-date information on detours or delays, and STO customers are encouraged to visit sto.ca.

Follow the City of Ottawa, Ottawa Traffic and OC Transpo on Twitter – @ottawacity, @Ottawa_Traffic and @oc_transpo – for the most up-to-date information leading up to and during event. Information about road closures and the resulting impacts to traffic are available on ottawa.ca and will be updated as details are confirmed.

Finance and Economic Development Committee approves Stage 2 LRT plan

24 February 2017 - 3:02pm

Please find below the City of Ottawa’s press release regarding the approval of the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit plan by the Finance and Economic Development Committee today. While I do not sit on this committee, and therefore cannot vote on the plan at this stage, I attended the meeting, asked questions of staff and have requested a follow up meeting with city officials to discuss the matter further.  I will have the opportunity to vote on the plan when it rises to Council on Wednesday, March 8.

As part of the continuing public engagement for Stage 2 LRT, the City will be holding a Public Information Session on Stage 2 LRT on Wednesday, March 1. The session begins at 6:30 p.m. and will take place in the Champlain Room at City Hall.

To encourage participation, the event will be live streamed on the City of Ottawa’s Facebook page via Facebook Live, where residents will be able to interact and ask questions in real time, and the City’s YouTube Channel.  Public can also attend the session in person.

I would like to hear from you, River Ward residents, on what you think of the proposed plan. Send your comments to me at Riley.Brockington@Ottawa.ca.

 

Committee approves plans to move forward with Stage 2 Light Rail Transit

Ottawa – The City’s Finance and Economic Development Committee approved today a report on recommendations for the implementation of Stage 2 of Light Rail Transit, including changes to the scope of the project, the procurement model and the specific activities the City will undertake to get ready to implement Stage 2.

Expanded scope:

Following extensive public consultation and preliminary engineering work, an expansion of the scope of the Stage 2 LRT Project was proposed, including final alignment adjustments, the construction of an additional Maintenance and Storage Facility in the Moodie Drive area, and the following extensions to the 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 to Bowesville and 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.

Outside of the LRT projects, several other related works are being bundled with Stage 2. These projects have been already planned and budgeted for, but their work will be bundled with the light-rail work, in order to improve construction integration, reduce detours, save money and reduce impacts to the community. The Stage 2 project will generate over 21,000 person-years of employment.

Procurement:

The City will continue to work with existing partner Rideau Transit Group to ensure an integrated and consistent expanded 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.

Implementation:

The report also detailed a number of specific preparations that the City will undertake to implement Stage 2, including traffic and transit-staging concepts to reduce construction impacts, the approach to assembling the required lands and the delegated authority to proceed with the project.  

This report will go to City Council for consideration on March 8, 2017. Should the report be approved by Council, the project would go to market later this winter. A final 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

The Committee also received a report 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. This report will also go to City Council on March 8, 2017.

LRT Phase 2 Revised Vision

17 February 2017 - 12:01pm

The City of Ottawa has refined its plans to expand the LRT Network to coincide with the opening of the LRT Phase 1 next year.

Phase 2 calls for an eastern expansion from Blair Station to Trim Road in Orleans, a western expansion from Tunney’s Pasture to Bayshore Shopping Mall with a spur to Algonquin College and a southern extension of the current O-Train Trillium Line from Greenboro Station to Bowesville Road, including a spur to the Ottawa International Airport.

The City predicts the southern extension will open first by 2021, the eastern extension by 2022 and the western extension by 2023.

The southern extension will also yield a new LRT station on the south side of Walkley Road.

Regrettably, the O-Train will be shut down for approximately 16 months, from May 2020 to September 2021 to allow for tunnel repairs under Dow’s Lake, Rideau River Bridge rehab work, station construction at Gladstone and Walkley Road, new track requirements south of the current line, as well as the new spur to the airport.

The City also proposes to relocate the current maintenance facility located in the Walkley Road/Albion freight yard further west closer to Bank Street, south of Ledbury Park.

For extensive details about the City’s plans for LRT Phase 2, feel free to review the memo received today from John Manconi, General Manager, Transportation Services Department, attached below.

Memo to Council_Stage2LRT_Implementation Report_FINAL_EN

Memo to Council_Stage2LRT_Implementation Report_FINAL_FR

Please also find below, the Stage 2 Implementation Report going to the Finance and Economic Development Committee on February 24, 2017.  Interested residents can speak at committee if they wish, please contact our office to make the arrangements.

 Stage 2 Implementation (EN)

Stage 2 Implementation (FR)

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Below is the Press Release sent out by the city on this topic: City shares significant news about plans to move forward with Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Keith Egli, Chair of the City’s Transportation Committee, Councillor Stephen Blais, Chair of the Transit Commission, and City of Ottawa staff today shared significant news about plans to move forward with the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Project. City Staff also provided a detailed presentation of a related report on Stage 2 LRT, in advance of the tabling of the report at the Finance and Economic Development Committee on February 24, and at City Council on March 8. The briefing included an update on significant changes to the scope of the project, information on the final alignment adjustments, the recommended procurement model and the specific activities the City will undertake to get ready to implement Stage 2. Following extensive public consultation and preliminary engineering work, an expansion of the scope of the Stage 2 LRT Project is being proposed, in order to extend light rail further and faster to the West, South and East:
  • 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 to Bowesville and Riverside South; and
  • An Airport Rail Link from South Keys Station on the Trillium Line.
As part of the Western Line extension, an additional Maintenance and Storage Facility will be built in the Moodie Drive area to continue to fast-track LRT progress westerly and service the 8,500 public servants at the new Department of National Defence employment hub at the former Nortel Networks campus. The briefing also laid out the City’s innovative approach to the procurement of the Stage 2 Project, continuing to work with existing partner Rideau Transit Group (RTG) to ensure an integrated and consistent expanded 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.
The $3 billion in light rail contracts will be bundled with additional City infrastructure projects in order to improve construction integration, reduce detours, save money, and reduce impacts to the community. The total of over $3.6 billion in combined work will generate over 21,000 person-years of employment. Upon approval of this report by Council, the project will go to market later this winter. A final 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 will 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
Quotes “In 2013, Council set out an ambitious goal for our City: to extend and share the benefits of light rail to more people in Ottawa by going farther and faster to the South, East and West. Today, staff delivered a report that, once approved, will transform Ottawa’s LRT network into a world-class transit system. I look forward to continuing to collaborate with our Federal and Provincial partners on this important environmental transportation vision.”  Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa   “Thanks to the experience and knowledge gained through the construction of Confederation Line, we are on track to the next stage of delivering a world-class transit system to our residents. When Stage 2 is fully complete in 2023, we will have added over 38 kilometres of new rail and 23 new stations to Ottawa’s transit system.” Councillor Keith Egli, Chair of the Transportation Committee “Over the next few years we will see our vision of a city-wide affordable transit system becoming reality, with this transformational investment in light rail increasing the quality and reliability of our service. More and more people will opt for transit as their first transportation choice, and not just for their daily commute, but for trips out with their families, to the game, the theatre – and not just to downtown.” Councillor Stephen Blais, Chair of the Transit Commission Quick Facts:

  • The Stage 2 Implementation report provides recommendations that meet the directions given by Council in the “Stage 2 Light Rail Transit (LRT) Environmental and Functional Design Report,” approved by City Council on July 8, 2015. If approved, it will allow for a competitive procurement process for all three Stage 2 extensions and the related supporting projects, and permit the projects to be built within the City’s affordability envelope.
  • The Stage 2 LRT Project budget is $3 billion (excluding the Trim Extension with one station at $160 million, and the Airport Rail Link with two stations at $155 million).
  • The Trim and Airport extensions will only proceed if they are fully funded by the federal and provincial governments; on June 3, 2016 the province of Ontario has committed to covering half of the capital costs for both of these projects.
  • Once the federal funding commitment is confirmed, the City can proceed with the release of the Stage 2 Request for Proposals.
  • The Moodie extension is expected to be achievable within the original budget envelope for Stage 2.

City invites feedback on Château Laurier redevelopment

14 February 2017 - 11:49am

Ottawa – The launch of a process for public feedback on the proposed redevelopment of the Château Laurier was announced today at the City’s Planning Committee.

The City has received a Site Plan Control application for the development and that information is now publicly available at ottawa.ca/chateaulaurier. Members of the public have 28 days to review the project and submit feedback, including through an online form and via email at chateaulaurier@ottawa.ca.

The proposal will be refined by City staff following their review and public feedback. Owing to the local and national importance of the Château Laurier, a special heritage working group, comprised of nationally respected heritage professionals and a representative from Heritage Ottawa, has been established to provide advice to the applicant, the City, and the National Capital Commission.

There will be additional opportunities to provide feedback before the project comes before Council, including when it considered by the Committee of Adjustment, Built Heritage Sub-Committee and Planning Committee later this year. The City will also organize a community session for information and comments before these committees review the proposal.

Residents are encouraged to review the design and share their feedback on this iconic city building. 

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Family Day activities and schedule changes

9 February 2017 - 3:29pm

Ottawa – There are activites for the whole family, and the following service and schedule changes are in place for Family Day on Monday, February 20.

Mayor Jim Watson invites residents to join him for the Mayor’s Annual Family Day Skating Party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sens Rink of Dreams at City Hall.The party will include special guests and fun family activities inside and out.The Tim Hortons Coffee Truck will be serving free coffee and hot chocolate.

Recreation:

  • Sens Rink of Dreams at Ottawa City Hall is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. The heated changing facility is open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Skating Court, located at Lansdowne Park, is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., and the heated changing facility is open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., weather permitting. Visit ottawa.ca to confirm if the facility is open.
  • Ben Franklin Place Skating Rink and the heated changing facility, located at 101 Centrepointe Drive, are open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., weather permitting.
  • Pools, arenas and fitness centres will be operating on modified schedules on Monday, February 20, including public swimming, aquafitness, public skating and fitness schedules. Additional swimming and skating sessions will be offered at many sites. Please check ottawa.ca or the facility of your choice for details.

 

Winterlude:

  • Family Day is the final day of Winterlude 2017 and City Hall is an official site. Visit the official Winterlude website for a complete list of activities around the National Capital Region and for any schedule changes due to weather.

 

Client services:

  • The City’s Provincial Offences Court, located at 100 Constellation Crescent, will also be closed. Business will resume as usual on Tuesday, February 21.
  • 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 individuals 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 Monday, February 20. The collection of green bin, garbage and recycling materials will be delayed by one day for the week of February 20. For curbside collection inquiries, refer to the collection calendar tool.
  • There will be no multi-residential bulky items, green bin and recycling container collection on Family Day. Collection will also be delayed by one day for the week of February 20. However, multi-residential garbage container collection is not delayed and collection will take place on its regularly scheduled day during the week of February 20.
  • The Trail Road landfill site will be closed.

 

Transit service:

  • OC Transpo will operate a revised weekday schedule on Family Day with minor reductions on some routes. School trips and Route 301 will not run. 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 individuals aged 13 or older. 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 com or phone 613-741-4390.
  • The Transit Information Centre (613‑741‑4390) will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • OC Transpo Customer Relations (613-842-3600) will be open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Para Transpo operations:

o    Customer service (613-842-3681) – open regular hours

o    Administration (613-244-1289) – open regular hours

o    Taxi coupons (613-842-3670) – open regular hours

o    Reservations (613-244-7272) – open regular hours

 

Parking:

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

 

Ottawa Public Health:

  • SITE program – SITE office at 179 Clarence Street will be closed; however, the SITE Mobile Van will be operating on a regular schedule from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

 

Cultural Services:

  • City of Ottawa Archives, arts centres, galleries, theatres, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, Pinhey’s Point Historic Site, Nepean Museum and Billings Estate National Historic Site will be closed. However, clients should check with ca or their facility to confirm holiday hours, as some exceptions may apply.

 

Archives Services:

  • The City of Ottawa Archives Reference Services and Gallery 112 will be closed on Monday, February 20 for the Family Day weekend.

 

Municipal child care services:

 

Library services:

  • All branches and services of the Ottawa Public Library will be closed. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, February 21.

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Ottawa Community Housing Development – 3225 Uplands Drive

9 February 2017 - 12:51pm

The Ottawa Community Housing Corporation (OCH) is proposing the development of an additional 16 units to their existing property at 3225 Uplands Drive (Ashgrove).

I would like to thank all residents who came out to the public meeting on February 8 night to learn more about the proposal and discuss any issues and concerns with myself and OCH representatives. 

Over the coming weeks I will be meeting with OCH officials to discuss some of the concerns that were brought forward.

Please feel free to share any additional concerns you have with me via email at Riley.Brockington@Ottawa.ca.

Below you will find a copy of OCH’s presentation with some additional information and images on their vision to build 16 new family oriented units within their Ashgrove community at 3225 Uplands Drive.

Uplands Presentation

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