COMMUNITY UPDATES

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, 2019 | BASICS Upcoming Courses

Please see the upcoming BASICS courses:


  • Friday January 24, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Home Alone Course
  • Friday February 14, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Babysitting Course
  • Saturday February 29, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, My Safe Life Course


Courses are $70, located at the Revera Prince of Wales Manor, 22 Barnstone Drive, in Barrhaven.


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

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.

January 3, 2020 | Reminder: January 5 OC Transpo Service Changes

My office was informed of additional change coming in the New Year that we hope will address ongoing transit issues. Please see the following list of routes which will be seeing additional service: 75, 80, 99, 271, 275, 277, 278, 294, 299. 


The 270-series during afternoon periods will serve as express routes from Tunney's Pasture non-stop to Fallowfield. This should alleviate the overcrowding and packed buses which transit users have been facing.


You may find all detailed route changes here.

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! 

November 20, 2019 | Additional Buses in Ward 22

Councillors were notified how the additional 40 buses will be dispatched across the city. In Ward 22:

  • Routes 75 and 275 during the AM peak periods with standby buses from Fallowfield
  • Route 99 during the PM peak periods with standby buses from Hurdman


I look forward to hearing from you on whether these bussing changes will benefit your commute.  

November 13, 2019 | Stonebridge Levy Vote Results

The Stonebridge Levy votes have been counted and the results are in favour of the levy. Thank you to everybody who submitted their vote and have taken part of the public consultation process. Learn more

November 6, 2019 | Barrhaven LRT Open House

Phase 3 of LRT to Barrhaven is still years off, but residents are more than interested in how its being planned. The first public open house on the Environment Assessment for the LRT route attracted a good crowd this week. City Staff and outside Consultant Parsons outlined the route options and some of the challenges. The plan boards are available on the City of Ottawa website

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 25, 2019 |Update: Earl Armstrong Road Closure

Earl Armstrong Road, between Limebank Road and Bowesville Road, road closure has been postponed to 2020. This closure is to accommodate maintenance work by Trans-Northern Pipelines Inc., on the pipeline. Please keep an eye out for updates on the start date.

October 24, 2019 | Calling for Nominations! International Women's Day 2020

If you know any outstanding women in ward 22, please come forward and nominate them! For International Women's Day 2020, a new bilingual website will be launched to acknowledge and document the local women whose achievements and contributions have enriched the quality of life for Ottawa's citizens. If you know of any outstanding women in ward 22, or in the City, who you would like to nominate, or would like more information, please email DistinguishedWomenOttawa@gmail.com or FemmesremarquablesOttawa@gmail.com.

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:  

  • Joshua Paul, Assistant Deputy Minister, Capital and Business Support Division, Ministry of Education Joshua.paul@ontario.ca
  • Paul Bloye, Director, Capital Program Branch, Ministry of Education Paul.Bloye@ontario.ca
  • Camille Williams-Taylor, Director of Education, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board  director@ocdsb.ca
  • Goldie Ghamari, MPP Carleton  goldie.ghamari@pc.ola.org
  • Karyn Ostafichuk, Manager of Planning, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board  karyn.ostafichuk@ocdsb.ca
  • Jennifer Jennekens, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board Trustee, Zone 7  jennifer.jennekens@ocdsb.ca


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. 

September 26, 2019 | Riverside South Emergency Plan

As we have just passed the one year anniversary of the tornadoes which devastated several pockets of our beautiful City, including Riverside South, the Riverside South Emergency Preparedness Team has launched the Riverside South Management Plan. 


This plan supports the City of Ottawa Emergency Plan in the event of a crisis, and will allow for resources to be used in areas of greater need as determined by the City of Ottawa. This will include important information on what individuals and the community need to do to be prepared for an emergency will be added to this site along with procedures and a framework of what and how available resources will be used in an emergency. 


For more information please visit: https://www.riversidesouth.org/emergency