Riley Brockington, River Ward Councillor

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

Phoney sales pitches prompt City warning

7 February 2017 - 1:07pm

February 7, 2017 – The City of Ottawa is warning residents to be vigilant of door-to-door salespeople making false claims about the quality of City drinking water.

The City has received complaints from residents who have been contacted by vendors selling water-filtration or treatment systems and providing incorrect information about water quality. The City reminds residents that Ottawa’s drinking water undergoes rigorous, ongoing testing to ensure it is completely safe and of the highest quality.

Residents are reminded that:

  • City employees do not contact residents to sell products or services.
  • Except for emergency situations, any visits that may require access to homes or businesses by City staff are scheduled in advance.
  • Residents are provided with advance notice of projects that may impact them.
  • All employees requesting access to homes have City-issued photo identification cards.

Residents who are directly contacted by individuals claiming to be City employees for City business are advised to check identification and, if concerns remain, contact the City prior to allowing access. The City asks that residents report any suspicious, unsolicited calls or visits to the Ottawa Police Service.

The drinking water delivered to City residents exceeds all federal and provincial health-based water-quality guidelines and standards. Ottawa’s drinking water has already been rated by Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change as being among the safest in the world. The results of the City’s extensive drinking water quality analysis program are posted on ottawa.ca.

Central Park Community Safety Night

6 February 2017 - 12:48pm
Thursday, February 23 7:00pm-8:30pm Presenters include: Ottawa Police Services & Crime Prevention Ottawa. Park Place Retirement Residence 120 Central Park Drive – Lower Level

City Councillor Riley Brockington invites residents of the Central Park Community to join him for a Community Safety Night on Thursday, February 23rd from 7:00pm-8:30pm at the Park Place Retirement Residence (120 Central Park Drive). There will be presentations from Ottawa Police Services and Crime Prevention Ottawa, followed by a question and answer period. For further details, please call 613-580-2486.

River Ward Young Adult Summit Focuses on Needs of Youth in the Community

6 February 2017 - 11:34am

February 4, 2017 – Ottawa –City Councillor Riley Brockington brought together young adults from across River Ward on Saturday, February 4, 2017 for the first River Ward Young Adult Summit. Geared towards residents aged 13-20, the Summit provided the attendees with an opportunity to bring their concerns to their City Councillor, to engage in discussion on issues that directly affect them, to challenge each other and to encourage greater collaboration between youth and city leaders. In addition to Councillor Brockington, Mayor Jim Watson attended the Summit, providing greetings from the City of Ottawa.

Topics of discussion included transit services, employment and community safety. Led by moderator Cathy Curry (former Chair of the Ottawa Carleton District School Board), there was a lively discussion of the issues, challenges and potential solutions.

“My aim for today was to have a structured discussion of important issues challenging today’s young adults,” said Councillor Riley Brockington. “They did not disappoint, providing a lively discussion and valuable input on various issues. I look forward to future collaboration.”

Following the roundtable discussions, the Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee, led by Emma Buchanan, spoke to the attendees about their partnership with Youth Ottawa and the City of Ottawa to encourage youth engagement and amplify youth voice and representation at the City of Ottawa. Their current projects relate to building better communication & relationships between Councillors and youth, the environment, and public transportation.

The Summit wrapped up with a courtesy lunch and with a renewed goal of future collaboration and engagement between the community, youth and government.

 

 

 

Travel smart to Winterlude activities

31 January 2017 - 11:13am

Ottawa – Get the most out of Winterlude by spending less time driving and more time having fun. Winterlude runs every weekend from February 3 to 20 with many activities happening at or near City facilities. Here are some travel tips to help you get the most out of your Winterlude outings.

OLG Sno-Bus

This free service will operate between the various Winterlude sites. Please visit octranspo.com and sto.ca for more information on the OLG Sno-Bus service.

  • Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Family Day, Monday February 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The service, which is sponsored by Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission (OLG), will run every 15 minutes. You are not permitted to board the bus wearing skates. While carrying skates on the bus, use skate-guards to avoid injury or carry your skates at your side by their blades.

For more information, visit octranspo.com or call 613-741-4390. If you are traveling to or from Gatineau, also check sto.ca for the latest updates on service.

Road closures

During Winterlude weekends, Queen Elizabeth Driveway between Laurier Avenue and Preston Street will be closed to traffic, and also Laurier Avenue from Elgin Street to Nicholas Street. These closures will be in effect:

  • Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Family Day, February 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Parking

Parking is available at all municipal parking lots, including at Ottawa City Hall where you can catch the OLG Sno-Bus. If you are parking at City Hall, please use the Elgin Street entrance.

Free transit

If you plan on attending Ottawa 67’s games during Winterlude, your 67’s ticket gets you a free OC Transpo ride on regular public transit routes from three hours before to three hours after the game.

New Sens Rink Now Open in Carlington

30 January 2017 - 3:45pm

NEWS RELEASE

Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017

Ottawa Senators Foundation, City of Ottawa officially open ninth SENS RINK

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators Foundation (@sensfoundation), in partnership with the National Hockey League Industry Growth Fund and the City of Ottawa, officially opened the ninth SENS RINK (Recreational Investments in Neighbourhoods for Kids) in the Ottawa-Gatineau region with a ceremony this morning at Alexander Park.

The Ottawa Senators Foundation is giving thousands of children and youth across the region an opportunity to play and to be healthy. The Foundation has committed to building 20 outdoor rinks in neighbourhoods in Ottawa, Gatineau and the surrounding regions. SENS RINKS are recreational spaces that offer free year-round sporting activities and serve as a social hub for families in the neighbourhood.

“Registration fees, transportation and equipment costs are some of the many barriers to recreation that families face. SENS RINKS remove those barriers and give children and families the opportunity to get active,” said Danielle Robinson, president and CEO, Ottawa Senators Foundation. “In partnership with the City of Ottawa we are offering a robust program portfolio designed to attract children of all ages and educate them on the many benefits of physical activity.”

Ottawa Senators president Cyril Leeder joined Ottawa Senators Foundation president and CEO Danielle Robinson, Ottawa Senators Foundation board chair Goldy Hyder, Ottawa mayor Jim Watson, Sens Alumni member Chris Phillips and Riley Brockington, Councillor for River Ward, City of Ottawa, to break ground on the project.

“The City of Ottawa is very proud of our partnership with the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club and the Ottawa Senators Foundation,” said mayor Jim Watson. “The new rink will be a great facility all year round. It will benefit children and families in this community and beyond.”

“On behalf of the City of Ottawa and Carlington residents I would like to thank the Ottawa Senators Foundation for this welcomed addition to the community,” said River Ward City Councillor Riley Brockington. “I am grateful for the new recreational programming opportunities that the Sens Rink will bring to Carlington,” Brockington added.

The completion of the SENS RINK in Alexander Park marks the ninth of the 20 rink committment of the Foundation and third project completed in the past 12 months. The new SENS RINK in Alexander Park will ensure the Carlington Community has resources in place that provide safe, fun and affordable activities for after school, weekend and summer hours for local children and youth.

Visit the Ottawa Senators Foundation website: www.sensfoundation.com

Follow the Ottawa Senators Foundation on Twitter: @sensfoundation

Like the Ottawa Senators Foundation on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ottawasenatorsfoundation

 

For more information, please contact:

Brad Weir, Ottawa Senators Foundation, weirb@ottawasenators.com

Brian Morris, Ottawa Senators, morrisb@ottawasenators.com

Chris Moore, Ottawa Senators, moorec@ottawasenators.com

 

Sens Rink Opening
Jan. 28, 2017
PHOTO: Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photography

Sens Rink Opening
Jan. 28, 2017
PHOTO: Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photography

Sens Rink Opening
Jan. 28, 2017
PHOTO: Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photography

Sens Rink Opening
Jan. 28, 2017
PHOTO: Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photography

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.

NEWS RELEASE/COMMUNIQUÉ
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 27, 2017
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 compac@ottawapolice.ca.

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CONTACT:
Ottawa Police Service, Diversity and Race Relations Section
Telephone: 613236-1222, ext. 5011
E-Mail: compac@ottawapolice.ca

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 ottawapolice.ca/serviceinitiative or email serviceinitiative@ottawapolice.ca.

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.

Sincerely,

Riley

 

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