COMMUNITY UPDATES

April 3, 2020 | Calling for Donations: Barrhaven Food Cupboard

A special appeal to those of us lucky enough to still have a job. The local food banks are seeing a huge surge in people who need help feeding their families. So, I am asking you to make a donation to the Barrhaven Food Cupboard and challenge your friends to match it. Together we can do a lot of good. I plan to donate each week and I hope you will too. Don’t feel helpless – feel helpful. Thank you to all who have donated already. Every donation goes a long way.


Donate today

April 3, 2020 | Barrhaven Fire Victim Relief

A GoFundMe page has been created to help those who have been affected by the tragic March 31 Barrhaven fire. The fire destroyed 8 condo units and claimed the lives of 2 people. Thank you Chris Murphy for setting this up. During these particularly hard times, I hope we can come together as a community to help those who need it most.


Learn more 

March 24, 2020 | Barrhaven BIA Online Shopping Portal

Our Barrhaven businesses need your support and The Barrhaven BIA is excited to launch its #MyBarrhaven online shopping portal! You are encouraged to #shoplocal by buying a gift card or merchandise from any of these great businesses. Our businesses are facing enormous challenges in the coming days, weeks, and months and they need our support. You can also make a donation to the BBIA’s post-pandemic rebuild effort. This money is being raised to support small businesses, when they re-open, with a large-scale back to business campaign. BARRHAVEN BUSINESS OWNERS: If you would like to have your business added to the page, please email marketing@barrhavenbia.ca.


Learn more

March 17, 2020 | CANCELLED: BASICS Upcoming Courses

Please be advised these upcoming courses have been CANCELLED.


Please see the upcoming BASICS courses:


  • Thursday March 19, 2020, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Canada Safety Council Babysitting Course
  • Friday March 20, 2020, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Canada Safety Council Home Alone Course


Courses are located at the Revera Prince of Wales Manor, 22 Barnstone Drive, in Barrhaven.


Please register at http://www.basicswithkaren.ca or email karen@basicswithkaren.ca 

February 19, 2020 | Announcement: Winter Parking Bans

I am pleased to announce, with Councillors Laura Dudas, Jenna Sudds, and Jan Harder, a new pilot project allowing Ottawa residents to park their vehicles at select Park & Ride stations during Winter Weather Parking Bans. 


The pilot project will be implemented at:


  • Riverview Park and Ride 
  • Innovation Park and Ride  
  • Chapel Hill Park and Ride
  • Nepean Woods Park and Ride 


When a winter weather parking ban is called, residents will be allowed to park their vehicles in designated parking spaces at these OC Transpo Park and Rides. This is in addition to free parking already offered overnight during parking bans at select parking garages.


These Park and Ride locations were chosen as part of a pilot project to provide more parking options to residents during a Winter Weather Parking Ban. The locations will be monitored throughout the remainder of the winter. 


During a winter weather parking ban, residents are reminded that there is no parking on city streets so that crews can plow easily and effectively. Vehicles parked on the street during a winter weather parking ban may be ticketed and towed. On-street parking permit holders are exempt from this restriction. Follow the City on Twitter @ottawacity or sign up at ottawa.ca to received updates on when a winter weather parking ban will be in effect.


For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).

February 3, 2020 | Barrhaven East Community Association AGM

This past Monday, BECA elected its new board. Congratulations to the newly elected executive of the Barrhaven East Community Association! 


Sara Kearley - Chair

John Francis - Vice Chair

Dean Verbrugghe - Secretary

Alain Landriault - Treasurer


My office looks forward to working with Sara and her team!

January 28, 2019 | Earl Armstrong Road Safety

My office has been made aware of the ongoing safety concerns on Earl Armstrong Road, in Riverside South, particularly at the intersection of Spratt and Earl Armstrong. I would like to reassure everybody that I am very aware of these concerns and this is an issue I am actively pursuing with City staff.


There has been a pattern of unsafe practices at the Spratt and Earl Armstrong intersection, which the City has been able to identify. City staff of Traffic Services are currently working on installing a protected left at this intersection. What this means is the left turn signal will turn red, while straight through traffic remains green. While I understand the concern for longer wait times at this intersection, safety is a real concern here and needs to be addressed.

 

At this time, the study of this intersection is underway and no confirmed timeline of when the protected left will be installed. This type of change requires a more thorough review process and takes more time, as there are different civil works that must be considered. I will make sure to keep everybody informed when I get more information.


In the interim, I've asked that this intersection be considered for an extended advanced left, to give more time to those turning left. 


Other intersections on Earl Armstrong Road are also being considered for an extended advanced left, including Canyon Walk and Shoreline. I am currently waiting on the study from Traffic Services to determine if this is feasible.


I appreciate everybody's understanding and cooperation, and hope to continue working on improving safety on Earl Armstrong.

January 10, 2020 | Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Are you ready? In the case of an emergency such as a tornado, flooding, a natural disaster, or a prolonged power outage, make sure you are prepared. An emergency preparedness kit will help ensure your safety and the safety of your family. Preparing one is easy, inexpensive, and quick - in fact, you probably already have most of the items you need. Your emergency preparedness kit should contain adequate supplies to keep you and your family self-sufficient in your home for at least 72 hours. 


Furthermore, you should follow the seven steps for emergency preparedness:


  • Step 1: Create an Emergency Communications Plan
  • Step 2: Establish a Meeting Place
  • Step 3: Assemble an Emergency Preparedness Kit
  • Step 4: Learn about your Community Emergency Plans, Arrangements and Authorities
  • Step 5: Check on the Emergency Plan of Children's School or Day-care Centre
  • Step 6: Learn some Basic First Aid Techniques
  • Step 7: Know how and when to evacuate if you live in a high-rise building


To learn more please visit the City of Ottawa website.

January 10, 2020 | Winter Operations and Maintenance

Winter operations have been well underway. In order to help with winter operations there are several things you can do to help:


  • Keep your waste bins out of way of the road and sidewalk to ensure proper road and sidewalk plow operations. 
  • Clear your catch basin. The catch basin on your property is the homeowners responsibility to clear. Please take the time to clear your basin to ensure proper drainage. To locate your catch basin please visit the City of Ottawa website.
  • Parking off of the street. Keeping your vehicle parked off of the street during winter events like these are extremely helpful to both plow operators and other residents to ensure proper winter maintenance. This is particularly important if an overnight parking ban is in place.

January 10, 2020 | Update: Arrests Made for Car Thefts

I am very happy to announce that 20 arrests have been made for the high end car thefts that have been happening in Ontario, including my ward. I appreciate all the work done by the OPS, OPP, and other Police services who have been working on this file. Please remember that if you experience car theft, report it immediately to the Ottawa Police: 613-236-1222 ext. 7300, or online: https://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/contact-us/Online-Reporting.aspx.

December 16, 2019 | Riverside South Recreation Complex

On Wednesday, December 11, I sat down with City Staff from the Planning and Recreation Departments to discuss plans for a Rec Center and Community Centre in Riverside South. 


Originally a community center, similar to the Rideauview community building we now enjoy on Shoreline Drive, was proposed for the new town center core, near the LRT Limebank Station, and a recreation complex would be located North of Earl Armstrong. After consultation with the Riverside South Community Association, we took the decision to alter those plans, to essentially swap them. Overriding opinion is that it makes better sense to build a recreation center, with the opportunity to have a library, pool, gyms and meeting rooms in one building and locate it on the transit line. We can’t squander the opportunity to give as many residents as possible easy access to much needed amenities, and the LRT which will connect to the BRT to Barrhaven will do that. 


The Rec Center represents over $64 million investment in our ward. 


All this to say, these plans are still early in the planning process. Before anything is finalized, there will be community consultation so you can tell me what you want in our new recreation center.

November 28, 2019 | UPDATE: Longfields and Golflinks Roundabout Construction

The roundabout construction at Longfields and Golflinks is seeing a slow progression. The last update indicated that the temporary roundabout would be ready by December, however due to further delays and some safety concerns, the contractor has recommended that the intersection remain with through traffic on Longfields and a stop sign on Golflinks and Stanhope. The road will be partially paved for the winter, with painted lines. I have been told that he roundabout construction will re-start in May 2020, with expected completion in July 2020. I apologize for the inconvenience thus far. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

November 25, 2019 | 2019/2020 Winter Maintenance

Ottawa implemented new snow clearing standards and priorities this season in response to a mountain of complaints last winter.  We’ve had one major snow storm so far.  City Staff evaluated the snow clearing performance for Councillors this week. The biggest change is that snow plow deployment will now be the responsibility of yard managers across the City, rather than the Director of Roads Services. This should allow better navigation of winter maintenance in each community, more specifically to avoid the ice ruts and buildups that we experienced last winter season. 


In addition to these improvements is the 24/7 availability of sidewalk plows. In previous seasons, sidewalk plows had limited timeframes to complete their work. This year, sidewalk plows will now be readily available, where sidewalk plows can now do their work overnight. This is another change made to try and avoid the ice buildups.


Finally, one of the biggest concerns I heard last season from many residents was in regards to vehicles parking on the street during the overnight parking ban. In order to allow snow plows to properly clear the roads, I ask that you please refrain from parking on the street during these bans. If you witness a vehicle parked on the street during the overnight ban, I encourage you to report this directly to Bylaw Services by calling 3-1-1 or online at www.ottawa.ca


Finally, I encourage all my residents to sign up to receive alerts for overnight parking bans. You may do so at www.ottawa.ca


I appreciate everybody's cooperation on this issue! 

October 30, 2019 | Speeding in School Zones

My office has received numerous complaints about speeding in school zones. Please remember to reduce your speed and obey the limit in order to ensure the safety of children, students, and pedestrians. If you witness any incidents of speeding, I encourage you to please report this directly to the Ottawa Police to ensure traffic enforcement. The more reports the better, as the OPS are report driven and evidence based. Report online

October 2, 2019 | Update: Riverside South High School

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has formally submitted a request for capital funds to build a high school in Riverside South;  a much needed high school. If a high school opened tomorrow – it would already by over-crowded. One would think that would make Riverside South a priority with the provincial government. It doesn’t, because we are competing with every other school board in the province for capital funding. We need your help to ensure our request is considered. Here’s what you can do. Please write to: 


Hon. Stephen Lecce

Minister of Education

5th floor, 438 University Ave. 

Toronto, On M7A 2A5 

Minister.edu@ontario.ca

 
If you choose email, please CC:  


I would suggest either writing a letter of support and mailing it, or sending an email to Stephen Lecce and CC those listed above. Make sure to include Riverside South High School in the subject line.