Riley Brockington, River Ward Councillor

Community and Police Action Committee Seeking New Members

27 January 2017 - 2:44pm

I am pleased to share the following news release from the Ottawa Police Service.

COMPAC Seeking New Members

(Ottawa) – The Community and Police Action Committee (COMPAC), is a city-wide community-police advisory and coordinating body which works in partnership with the Ottawa Police Service, indigenous, racialized and religious communities. It is currently seeking new members to represent the following communities: Inuit, Somali, Arab, Central African (Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda), Jewish, Latin American, Afghan and South East Asian.

COMPAC is also looking for representatives of service agencies working with diverse communities, who can bring valuable knowledge and experience.

Through representation on COMPAC, each community representative has a voice at the table with the Ottawa Police Service (OPS), which helps all stakeholders understand the challenges and concerns from different communities and also find solutions.

COMPAC has undergone several changes in leadership. Police Co-Chair, Deputy Chief Steve Bell has replaced retiring Deputy Chief Ed Keeley. Ketcia Peters succeeds Awad Loubani as community co-chair, and Robert Yip succeeds Lynda Kitchikeesic-Juden as community vice-chair.

COMPAC thanks Deputy Chief Keeley, Awad Loubani and Lynda Kitchikeesic-Juden for their many years of dedicated service in promoting positive community-police relations.

Community members normally serve two-year terms as volunteers, participate in subcommittee work and attend monthly meetings held the second Thursday of the month from 4 to 7 pm. The qualities sought in members include: demonstrated leadership within the community, willingness to engage in a positive dialogue with the Ottawa Police Service; comfortable in a cross-cultural setting and having an understanding of diversity and race relations issues; good communication skills, initiative and commitment, good team member and fluent in English.

If you, or someone you know, would like to become a member of COMPAC and would like more information, contact our Diversity and Race Relations Section at 613-236-1222, ext. 5011 or e-mail


Ottawa Police Service, Diversity and Race Relations Section
Telephone: 613236-1222, ext. 5011

Carling O-Train Trillium Line Station Elevator

25 January 2017 - 9:04am

The elevator at the Carling O-Train Trillium Line Station will be out of service for approximately one week, starting Saturday, January 28 until Saturday, February 4, or until construction is complete. The elevator shut down is necessary for construction of future fare gates at Carling Station.  Access will still be available for any customers who are able to use the stairs between the O-Train platform and street-level.

An accessible shuttle will provide service to and from Carling O-Train Trillium Line Station for customers that require use of the elevator.   The shuttle will run approximately every 15 minutes between Bayview Station, Carling Station, and Carleton Station during the same hours of operation as the O-Train Trillium Line.  Please refer to the attached map for further details. 

Information about the closure and available shuttle will be posted at all Trillium Line stations, and shuttle locations will be identified with posters at Carleton, Carling and Bayview Trillium Line stations on Wednesday, January 25.  Information will also be available on our website, along with a Public Service Announcement to be released on Thursday, January 26. 

Carling Station Shuttle Map

Ottawa Police hosts information sessions on service delivery changes

5 January 2017 - 1:20pm

The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) is hosting a series of public information sessions for residents to learn more about changes to its service delivery model.

These changes are part of a strategy called the Service Initiative (SI) Program, which is designed to improve how the OPS serves the community.

At the information sessions, residents will learn about their Community Police Officers, how to access policing services, where to direct concerns about safety in their neighbourhood, and more.

Three sessions are being hosted across the city. Spaces are limited (100 spots per session) so residents are asked to register online, starting today.


Date Time Location Monday, January 16, 2017 7-8:30 pm Nepean Sportsplex, Hall C and D

1701 Woodroffe Ave, K2G 1W2 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 7-8:30 pm Kanata Recreation Complex, Upper Hall A

100 Charlie Rogers Place, K2V 1A2 Thursday, January 19, 2017 7-8:30 pm Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex, Hiawatha Park Room

1490 Youville Drive, K1C 2X8


A number of changes have already been made to the OPS service delivery model – such as a new organizational structure for investigative units and the Strategic Operations Centre, a hub for frontline, day-to-day operations and acts as a virtual back-up for officers on the road.

Effective January 23, 2017, the OPS will be launching the last of the major SI restructurings, the new Frontline Deployment Model, which is aimed at improving community safety by making it easier to move resources across the city to where they are needed. The new model will also have more streamlined processes for partners and the public to access services.

For more information about the SI, visit or email

Public Meeting for Kingston Avenue Development – Jan 17 2017

3 January 2017 - 12:43pm
Kingston Avenue Development Tuesday, January 17, 2016 Alexander Community Centre Gym 960 Silver Street Open House 6:30pm-7:00pm Presentation and Q&A 7:00pm-8:30pm

Dear residents of Carlington (South-East),

My office has been notified of a potential future

development on Kingston Avenue. The development would consist of a rezoning application to allow for the construction of 10 new houses along Kingston Avenue at the rear of the Turnbull School property.

I am facilitating a public meeting with J.D. Turnbull Development Inc. in order to discuss the project with local residents and listen to your feedback regarding the proposal prior to submission to the City of Ottawa. The development is proposed for an 80m stretch of vacant land (excess of the school property) at the southeast end of Kingston Ave. This land also backs onto the Experimental Farm.

I welcome and encourage residents who are interested in learning more about this potential development project to attend the public meeting.




New Year’s Eve celebrations will result in significant traffic impacts

20 December 2016 - 2:22pm

Ottawa – Residents, visitors and businesses are advised that as a result of New Year’s Eve celebrations, there will be significant impacts to traffic in and around the downtown core on December 31, 2016. Residents are encouraged to plan ahead and use free public transit, carpool or choose a designated driver for their travels.

Several roads will be closed in and around the downtown core due to special events taking place. Please consult the map and full list of road closures and traffic impacts on New Year’s Eve on

Public transit is the best option for travelling to New Year’s Eve festivities across the city, and enjoying the many restaurants and bars open downtown. OC Transpo, in partnership with MADD Ottawa, the City’s Safer Roads Ottawa program and other partners, will start its free bus and Para Transpo service at 4:30 p.m. this year. The free transit service will continue until 3 a.m. for those who want to celebrate New Year’s Eve into the early morning hours on January 1.

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, New Year’s Eve activities. Information about road closures and the resulting impacts to traffic are available on and will be updated as details are confirmed.

Free Bus Service New Year’s Eve

16 December 2016 - 4:02pm

Free bus service starting at 4:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to help kick off 2017 celebrations

Ottawa – With special 2017 New Year’s Eve Celebrations happening on December 31, the free city-wide bus service normally offered will start earlier this year to encourage families to take part in the festivities.

OC Transpo, in partnership with MADD Ottawa, the City’s Safer Roads Ottawa program and other partners, will start its free bus and Para Transpo service at 4:30 p.m. this year. Public transit is the best option for travelling to New Year’s Eve festivities downtown and across the city.

Several roads will be closed in and around the downtown core due to special events taking place. Residents are encouraged to plan ahead and arrive early, and to use public transit, carpool or choose a designated driver for their travels on New Year’s Eve.

The free transit service will continue until 3 a.m. for those who want to celebrate New Year’s Eve into the early morning hours on January 1.

Para Transpo will be operating a holiday schedule on New Year’s Eve. Regular scheduled trips will be automatically cancelled, but customers can book trips by calling 613-244-7272 on or after December 25.

Due to the Flames of Friendship relay, there will be short delays to OC Transpo buses near the Mackenzie King Bridge from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the bridge will be closed to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. OC Transpo customers who usually use the stops on Mackenzie King Bridge can catch their bus on Albert or Slater Streets and at Laurier Station.

Transit customers are encouraged to check for up-to-date information on detours or delays.

Follow the City of Ottawa and OC Transpo on Twitter – @ottawacity and @oc_transpo – for the most up-to-date information leading up to, and during, New Year’s Eve activities. Information about road closures and the resulting impacts to traffic will be available on in the coming days and will be updated as details are confirmed.


Ottawa’s Proposed New Downtown Library Location

16 December 2016 - 10:17am

Please find below, links to all of the documents related to the December 15, 2016 presentation for the proposed location of the new Central Library.

I will take the coming weeks to review the information/documentation and will be asking city officials and library staff a number of questions.

Given the interest, proposed location and financial value of this project, I have asked if the OPL would be prepared to provide a presentation, similar to the one on December 16, followed by a Q&A for River Ward residents in January.  Please contact my office if you are interested in participating in an information session, should they agree to my request.

OPL Fact Sheets Backgrounders OCL Recommendation Powerpoint Presentations

OCL Recommendations (Reports and Documents)


Simplified OC Transpo fares start New Year’s Day

15 December 2016 - 11:32am
Ottawa – New and simplified OC Transpo fares will go into effect on January 1, 2017, as part of preparations for the launch of the O-Train Confederation Line in 2018. Fare prices have been set by Council in the 2017 budget.

Fare change highlights:

  • All routes will require regular fare only (including Connexion routes – the former Express routes).
  • Express fares will no longer be charged and a unified monthly pass will replace the separate Regular and Express Passes.
  • Cash fare is reduced and single-ride fares are adjusted so that cash and e-Purse prices are more closely aligned.
  • A new Youth Pass for those aged six to 19 will replace the Student Monthly Pass. Children aged five and under continue to ride for free.
  • No top ups will be required on Para Transpo, including for Community Pass holders who are Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) recipients.
  • A new Access Pass will be available to Para Transpo registrants who are not ODSP recipients. The Access Pass will be the same price as the Community Pass and provides unlimited travel on conventional service and a one-third discount from the single-ride fare for trips on Para Transpo.

Express Pass customer must switch to Regular Pass by January 1

If you are a Presto user and normally purchase (or auto-renew) an Express Pass for January, you must switch to a Regular Pass online at, or in person at an OC Transpo Customer Service Centre. If you use auto-renew your contract will be cancelled and you must create a new one with a Regular Pass.

For detailed information on fares, customers should visit or call OC Transpo at 613-741-4390.

Reminder: Winter service changes

New winter service and schedule adjustments will go into effect Sunday, December 25. Customers should visit and use the new travel planner to see if their normal trips are affected.

Council approves 2017 Budget – improving core services and maintaining two per cent tax commitment

14 December 2016 - 4:32pm

Ottawa – Today, City Council approved the 2017 Budget, focussing on strengthening core municipal services and long-term affordability. The budget maintains Council’s commitment to limiting the property tax increase to two percent.

The budget also places emphasis on supporting core community priorities such as social infrastructure, safety, the environment, support for the arts and efforts to promote economic growth. Substantial investments are also made in active transportation, improved transit services, and programs that support our most vulnerable residents.

Taking into account the provincial upload of social services, the city is increasing the level of investment in the Community and Social Services budget by $5.92 million in City money, which is a 3.1 per cent increased investment over last year. This includes the money for the EquiPass, Community Sustainability Fund, and increasing the inflationary funding from 1.5 to 2 per cent for community agencies.

One of the key social investments is the introduction of the new EquiPass, which provides residents living below the low income cut-off with a 50 percent discount on a monthly adult transit pass. When it comes into effect this spring, a single person will see a $56 savings every month (close to $672 per year) – leaving more household finances for necessities – such as food, clothing and accommodation. EquiPass is the largest one-time increase in financial support for public transit in the City’s history.

In addition, the City’s ongoing efficiency reviews – which included the recent corporate alignment – helped secure accumulated savings for both 2017 and 2018. The new alignment enabled the City to operate within its means and optimize its ability to deliver programs and services in an effective and cost-efficient manner. 

The budget also includes a 1.25 percent increase in the total amount generated from transit fares and limits the surcharges for water and sewer services to an increase of five percent. In addition to capping the residential property tax at two percent, the transit levy was set at 2.5 percent, and the garbage fee rose slightly by $2, amounting to approximately $72 per year for an urban home assessed at $395,400 and $60 per year for a rural home assessed at the same amount.

Budget 2017 continues Council’s commitment to strengthen the long-term vision of an affordable, caring, sustainable and prosperous city. City-wide highlights include:

An Affordable City

  • Limit the proposed tax revenue increase for the City-wide levy to two percent
  • Continue setting money aside to reduce the funding gap for the maintenance of City assets
  • Maintain the Rate-Supported Water and Sewer Charge increase at five percent

A Caring City

  • Introduce the new EquiPass, a transit pass to assist residents earning below Statistic Canada’s low income cut-off
  • Invest in city-wide safety by adding 24 new paramedic positions and five new emergency response vehicles to maintain our Paramedic Service’s ability to meet legislated response time targets
  • Maintain our $16-million investment in affordable housing and homelessness programs
  • Invest in community agencies currently receiving Community Funding that deliver a wide range of programs and services
  • Improve road safety by expanding the red-light camera program and funding new street lighting, traffic control devices and crossing-guards
  • Strategic investments in parks and recreation infrastructure and support to recreation programming
  • Increase funding for arts infrastructure and programs that support the long-term marketing and growth of our festivals and other arts, culture and heritage projects that will be chosen by the community

A Sustainable City

  • Continue improving the City’s cycling infrastructure network with a focus on safety and convenience, featuring buffered bike lanes, enhanced cycling crossings and wider sidewalks for pedestrians  
  • Invest in measures to protect the urban tree canopy
  • Build the Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel – the largest Ottawa River Action Plan project
  • Rehabilitate the communal well system that serves rural Ottawa

A Prosperous City

  • Bid on the 2021 Canada Summer Games to bring tourism dollars into the local economy
  • Continue work on the O-Train Confederation Line project
  • Invest $1.75 million to improve and expand bus service for customers in growing areas of the city
  • Invest in transportation infrastructure to support growing neighbourhoods in the west, east and south
  • Support for special events in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary

For further information on Budget 2017, visit



Receive paperless billing for Property Tax and Water and Sewer accounts.

14 December 2016 - 2:10pm

On December 14, 2016, the Corporate Services Department is launching a new service on My ServiceOttawa to City of Ottawa residents. Residents will have the ability to change billing method from mail to paperless billing for property tax as well as water and sewer accounts. In addition property tax online enhancements will give residents access to more account information.

The ServiceOttawa Program (2010-2014) introduced the My ServiceOttawa application which allows residents to interact with the City electronically. As part of the 2015-2018 Corporate Strategic Initiative to improve access to City services through digital service delivery, the Revenue Branch is increasing the online services to residents to include paperless billing, property tax enhancements (view payment history, view current property assessment value, view preauthorized payment schedule) and a list of requests submitted to Revenue Branch.
It is free to set up, easy to use and provides residents access to their account information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What do these new online services mean for residents?
Through their My ServiceOttawa account, residents can now:
• register for paperless billing
• receive an email notification in their language preference each time a bill is issued
• receive prompt bill delivery and reduction of paper
• view their current property assessment value
• view their property tax payment history (2 Years)
• view their property tax pre-authorized debit payment schedule
• view their property tax online request history (2 Years)

Residents will benefit by being able to receive paperless billing, enhanced account information, view and manage their accounts in one location.

You can access ServiceOttawa HERE.

Functional Design Study for Bank Street from Riverside North to Ledbury

8 December 2016 - 11:25am

At a public consultation held on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, city officials presented the following information for residents interested in the Functional Design Study for Bank Street from Riverside North to Ledbury. 

To view the presentation from Tuesday’s public open house, please click the following link:

Presentation from Dec 6, 2016 Bank Street Public Open House

Key elements that were presented for comment include:

  • Cycle tracks
  • Widened sidewalks
  • Transit priority measures
  • Additional medians and the removal of the two way left turn lane in select locations
  • Intersection designs, and
  • New traffic control signals

Comments and information regarding this project will be collected to assist the project team in finalizing the design. All comments received, with the exception of personal information, will become part of the public record.  You can email your comments to the project manager, Ann Selfe at

Project Overview

The City of Ottawa has initiated a study to develop a Recommended Functional Design Plan for Bank Street from the Riverside Drive North to Ledbury Avenue. The Plan will include preliminary roadway geometry and general arrangements, typical cross sections, pavement markings, intersection details, preliminary landscape designs, and identify property requirements and project costs.

The Plan will build upon the Preliminary Design for Bank Street (Riverside Drive South to Walkley Road) completed in 2007 and will incorporate recommendations emerging from the 2012 Bank Street Community Design Plan (CDP), the 2013 Official Plan (OP) and associated Transportation Master Plan (TMP) update, and other recent studies and City policies such as the Complete Streets Implementation Framework.

Study Area Map [ PDF 1.854 MB ]

June 28, 2016 Presentation [ PDF 2.598 MB ]


The Bank Street CDP completed in 2012 is the Council-approved guide to the long-term growth and development of the portion of Bank Street from Riverside Drive to the CN rail line located south of Walkley Road (near Ledbury Avenue). The purpose of the CDP was to create a framework for the future development of these lands, which fulfills the policy direction outlined in the City’s OP and sets the specific objectives for the Bank Street community. The CDP provides the land use concept for the area, as well as the servicing and transportation structure for future development.

The City of Ottawa completed a full update to the TMP in 2013. The TMP includes recommendations and actions that support the development of Complete Streets as a component of providing safe and efficient roads.

As part of the Complete Street Implementation Framework, one of the tools identified to support the process was the development of a multi-modal level of service (MMLOS) framework. The TMP provides high level direction on how the MMLOS will be considered and outlines preliminary measures for each mode: pedestrians, cycling, transit, trucks and motor vehicles. The guideline builds upon the work of the TMP and subsequent research into MMLOS indicators to provide a detailed overview of how the MMLOS indicators are to be used and interpreted as part of the transportation impact assessment process.

Study Objectives and Schedule

The development of a Recommended Functional Design Plan will be guided by a detailed assessment of the MMLOS for pedestrians, cyclists, transit service and general traffic for existing and future travel conditions at key locations within the corridor. This analysis considers the roadway geometry and operations of each travel mode and will be used as input in the analysis of design alternatives for the Riverside Drive (North and South), Alta Vista Drive, Heron Road and Walkley Road intersections, and for the roadway segments in between.

As portions of Bank Street are designated as either a Cross-Town Bikeway or a Spine Route on the City’s Primary Urban Cycling Network (beyond 2031), a key study objective will be to incorporate cycling facilities into the Recommended Functional Design Plan. The results of the above noted MMLOS analysis will assist in identifying the need for and the degree to which protected facilities can be achieved.

As well, the study will review the need for transit signal priority and assess the feasibility of incorporating bus queue jump lanes at various intersections to address the expected increase in frequency of bus services over time needed to achieve the modal share objectives set out in the 2012 CDP.

The Recommended Functional Design Plan will be refined based on the input received from agencies, stakeholders and the public. Comments received will be considered and incorporated as appropriate into the plan and included in a final Functional Design Report.

This study is to be completed in early 2017.

How to Get Involved

The study will have the benefit of input from a Technical Advisory Committee and a Public and Business Consultation Group that will meet at key points during the study.

Updated project information will be posted periodically on the study website.

You are encouraged to participate in the study through dialogue with your local Community Association or by directly contacting Ann Selfe to have your name placed on the study mailing list to receive project updates or to submit comments and questions.

Ann Selfe, P.Eng.
Senior Implementation Engineer
Development Review (Suburban Services)
Planning and Growth Development Department
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1J1
613-580-2424 ext. 13185

Mooney’s Bay Cross Country Ski Centre

6 December 2016 - 10:36am

Right in the heart of River Ward there is a great opportunity for Cross Country Skiing!  The City of Ottawa conducts lessons at the Mooney’s Bay Cross Country Ski Centre, in the Terry Fox Athletic Centre.  There are still classes available for the 2017 season! You can view the course descriptions at the following link.  mooneys-bay-ski-centre-2017-brochure

To register online, note your course code and go to the city website HERE.

They are hosting an information night on Monday, December 12th from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. Drop by anytime between 6pm and 8:30pm for information on the  centre, waxing, ski clothing, and more!

Also coming up is the Mooney’s Bay & Lafleur de la Capitale Rental Shop’s Ski Sale of lightly used equipment.  This will be held on Saturday, December 17th from 10am to 2pm, at the Mooney’s Bay X-C Ski Centre/Terry Fox Athletic Facility.



Press Release regarding Civic Hospital location

2 December 2016 - 1:27pm

Statement by the Federal National Capital Region Government Caucus, the Ottawa Provincial Government Caucus and the Mayor of the City of Ottawa

A better location for the Civic Campus of The Ottawa Hospital – the former Sir John Carling Building site

December 2, 2016 – On Thursday, November 24, the NCC approved a staff recommendation to offer Tunney’s Pasture to The Ottawa Hospital as the site of the future Civic Campus.

On Tuesday, November 29, the Board of Governors of The Ottawa Hospital announced its decision to not support the recommendation of the Tunney’s Pasture property, citing key concerns around access, costs and timelines.

Today, the Federal National Capital Region Government Caucus, the Ottawa Provincial Government Caucus and the Mayor of Ottawa committed to working together to fast-track the approval of the former Sir John Carling Building site as the preferred location for the new Civic Campus – and to get on with the important work of building a better Civic Campus for all residents of Ottawa and Eastern Ontario. Together the group represents eleven federal MPs, five provincial MPPs and the Mayor of the City of Ottawa.

The approximately 50 acre site is located at the northeastern corner of the Central Experimental Farm. The former Sir John Carling Building site does not include any research fields and will have a minimal impact on agricultural lands or recreational greenspace.

The site’s central location provides easier access to the Queensway from both directions for Ottawa residents and patients who travel to the Civic Campus from the East and West and from throughout Eastern Ontario. It also provides easier access to residents from the South end of Ottawa via the Veterans’ Memorial Highway (416) or via Prince of Wales Drive.

The site is within 100 metres of the Trillium Line, which will connect to the Confederation Line at Bayview Station once the Confederation Line opens in 2018.

The Ottawa Hospital believes the former Sir John Carling Building site addresses their key concerns with regard to access, costs and timelines. Our community deserves a 21st century hospital and we are committed to bringing world-class health care to the City of Ottawa. This recommendation has the full support of the Ottawa Hospital Board of Governors.

Not only does this site bring all parties together, it addresses the views of the community that the site be located in the downtown core while being easily accessible by public transit.

Today, our group has written to the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for the NCC, informing her of its support for the former Sir John Carling Building site as the future home of the new Civic Campus.

The Statement on a Better Location for the Civic Campus of The Ottawa Hospital has been endorsed by the following elected officials:

Federal National Capital Region Government Caucus Members Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change & MP, Ottawa Centre Hon. Andrew Leslie, MP, Ottawa-Orléans David McGuinty, MP, Ottawa South Karen McCrimmon, MP, ‎Kanata Carleton Anita Vandenbeld, MP, Ottawa West-Nepean Chandra Arya, MP, Nepean Francis Drouin, MP, Glengarry – Prescott – Russell Steve MacKinnon, MP, Gatineau Greg Fergus, MP, Hull Aylmer Will Amos, MP, Pontiac ‎Stéphane Lauzon, MP, Argenteuil – La Petite-Nation


Ottawa Provincial Government Caucus Hon. Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure & MPP, Ottawa West-Nepean Hon. Yasir Naqvi, Attorney General (Ontario) & MPP, Ottawa Centre Hon. Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Government and Consumer Services, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, & MPP, Ottawa-Orléans John Fraser, MPP, Ottawa South Nathalie Des Rosiers, MPP, Ottawa-Vanier City of Ottawa Jim Watson, Mayor


Pour diffusion immédiate :
Le 2 décembre 2016

Déclaration du caucus des députés fédéraux de la région de la capitale nationale, du caucus des députés provinciaux d’Ottawa et du maire d’Ottawa

Un meilleur emplacement pour le campus Civic de l’Hôpital d’Ottawa – les terrains de l’ancien édifice Sir John Carling

Le 2 décembre 2016 – Le jeudi 24 novembre dernier, la CCN a approuvé une recommandation du personnel d’offrir les terrains du pré Tunney à l’Hôpital d’Ottawa pour la construction du futur campus Civic.

Le mardi 29 novembre 2016, le conseil des gouverneurs de l’Hôpital d’Ottawa a annoncé sa décision de ne pas appuyer cette recommandation, invoquant des préoccupations importantes quant à l’accès, aux coûts et à la rapidité d’exécution.

Aujourd’hui, le caucus des députés fédéraux de la région de la capitale nationale, le caucus des députés provinciaux d’Ottawa et le maire d’Ottawa se sont engagés à travailler ensemble pour accélérer l’approbation de l’emplacement de l’ancien édifice Sir John Carling pour le nouveau campus Civic et à s’atteler à la tâche de construire un meilleur campus Civic pour les résidents d’Ottawa et de l’Est ontarien. Le groupe représente onze députés fédéraux, cinq députés provinciaux et le maire de la Ville d’Ottawa.

Le terrain d’environ 50 acres est situé à l’extrémité nord-est de la Ferme expérimentale centrale. Il n’inclut pas de champs dédiés à la recherche et aura des répercussions minimes sur les terres agricoles et les espaces verts récréatifs.

Sa localisation centrale facilite l’accès au Queensway dans les deux directions pour les résidents d’Ottawa qui se rendront au campus Civic en provenance de l’est et de l’ouest de la ville, et pour les patients venant d’un peu partout dans l’Est ontarien. L’accès sera également plus facile pour les résidents du sud d’Ottawa ou pour ceux qui emprunteront l’Autoroute commémorative des anciens combattants (route 416) et la promenade Prince of Wales pour se rendre au campus Civic.

L’emplacement est à moins de 100 mètres de la Ligne Trillium de l’O-Train, qui fera correspondance avec la Ligne de la Confédération à la station Bayview une fois la Ligne de la Confédération mise en service en 2018.

L’Hôpital d’Ottawa croit que l’emplacement de l’ancien édifice Sir John Carling répond à ses principales préoccupations quant à l’accès, aux coûts et à la rapidité d’exécution. Notre communauté a droit à un hôpital digne du 21e siècle et nous avons la ferme intention de doter Ottawa de soins de santé de calibre mondial.

La recommandation de l’emplacement de l’ancien édifice Sir John Carling a l’appui total du conseil des gouverneurs de l’Hôpital d’Ottawa.

Non seulement ce site obtient l’appui de toutes les parties, il reflète aussi les vœux de la communauté qu’il soit situé au centre-ville et qu’on puisse y accéder par transport en commun.

Aujourd’hui, nous avons écrit à l’honorable Mélanie Joly, ministre du Patrimoine canadien et ministre responsable de la CCN, pour l’informer que nous appuyons l’emplacement de l’ancien édifice Sir John Carling pour y construire le nouveau campus Civic.

La déclaration portant sur un meilleur emplacement pour le Campus Civic de l’Hôpital d’Ottawa a été appuyée par les élues et élus suivants :

Membres du caucus des députés fédéraux de la région de la capitale nationale L’hon. Catherine McKenna, ministre de l’Environnement et du Changement climatique et députée, Ottawa Centre L’hon. Andrew Leslie, député, Ottawa-Orléans David McGuinty, député, Ottawa Sud Karen McCrimmon, députée, ‎Kanata-Carleton Anita Vandenbeld, députée, Ottawa Ouest-Nepean Chandra Arya, députée, Nepean Francis Drouin, député, Glengarry-Prescott-Russell Steve MacKinnon, député, Gatineau Greg Fergus, député, Hull-Aylmer Will Amos, député, Pontiac ‎Stéphane Lauzon, député, Argenteuil-La Petite-Nation   Membres du caucus des députés provinciaux d’Ottawa L’hon. Bob Chiarelli, ministre des Infrastructures et député, Ottawa Ouest-Nepean L’hon. Yasir Naqvi, Procureur général de l’Ontario et député, Ottawa Centre L’hon. Marie-France Lalonde, ministre des Services gouvernementaux et des services aux consommateurs, et ministre déléguée aux Affaires francophones, et députée, Ottawa-Orléans John Fraser, député, Ottawa Sud Nathalie Des Rosiers, députée, Ottawa-Vanier Ville d’Ottawa Jim Watson, maire