COMMUNITY UPDATES

May 29, 2020 | Notice: Road Closure

Please be advised that Earl Armstrong Road between Limebank Road and Bowesville Road will be closed from Monday, 15 June 2020 to Saturday, 15 August 2020.


The contractor, Trans-Northern Pipelines Inc. will be performing maintenance and repair work to their gas pipeline .


Notification signs will be posted. Local and emergency vehicle access will be maintained. The impact to traffic will be moderate.

May 29, 2020 | Notice: Road Closure

Please be advised that Bowesville Road from Earl Armstrong Road to Rideau Road will be closed from 10:00 pm on Wednesday, June 10 to 5:00 am on Thursday,  June 11.


The contractor, SNC-Lavalin Constructors (Pacific) Inc. will be installing pre-fabricated concrete girders forming the bridge decks over Bowesville Road


Notification signs will be posted. Local and emergency vehicle access will be maintained. The impact on traffic will be low.

May 15, 2020 | Bank Street Widening

We received some good news about plans to widen Bank Street South. Under the City’s current plan, work to expand Bank Street would not begin until 2025. Now, City staff tells us money has been set aside to begin Phase 1 of Bank Street, expansion between Leitrim and Blais Road, as early as 2022. Phase 2 would widen Bank from Blais to Rideau Road. 


The new scope of the project would widen it all the way to the Dunskipper and Bank Street Intersection. 


All of this is still subject to Council approval. 


I consider it a win for Findlay Creek and Ward 22 and I am pleased with the new proposed timeline. 

May 8, 2020 | SNC's Tree Planting Program

Rural Ottawa Residents! We have partnered with South Nation Conservation to provide some free trees to area residents this fall. 


Though SNC is accepting online order requests for free trees this spring in other regions, please note that trees secured for Ottawa residents won’t be ready until the Fall. Check back with SNC or us later in the year for details on how we’ll provide free trees, we’ll post all of the details on social media. 


Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this time. For more info on SNC’s Tree Planting Program and to secure tree orders for Spring 2021, please visit www.nation.on.ca.

May 8, 2020 | Community Gardens

Following motions from the Ottawa Board of Health at its meeting of April 20, 2020 and Ottawa City Council at its meeting of April 22, 2020, Ottawa Public Health has developed web-based guidance for local community gardens. 


Ottawa Public Health has supported our local partner, Just Food, in order to deliver two webinars for community garden coordinators to share new COVID-19 requirements to operate gardens safely. Ottawa Public Health continues to work with Just Food to develop signage that will be placed at each community garden. 


Ottawa Public Health continues to work with various City partners, including EOC, RCFS, PIED, CSSD and legal, to coordinate the safe operation of community gardens on City properties. 


Thank you  to the Government of Ontario for its consideration and quick action in amending the current Emergency Orders to permit the use of outdoor allotment gardens and community gardens across the province.


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May 1, 2020 | Hydro Ottawa: Findlay Creek Power Outages

My office and I have received several emails asking why there have been so many power outages in the Findlay Creek area. I reached out to Hydro to get some answers:

Below is a summary of the outages experienced in Findlay Creek in the past twelve months, along with a summary of Hydro Ottawa’s plan to mitigate the impact and improve restoration times for Findlay Creek residents affected by unplanned power interruptions in the future.

     

  • April 4, 2020: Equipment Failure
  • February 23, 2020: Under investigation, cause to be determined
  • November 21, 2019: Caused by foreign interference  which caused a flash  at our station 
  • October 21, 2019: Switching error caused by Hydro Ottawa Staff
  • August 28, 2019: Dump truck pulled down overhead wires
  • July 10, 2019: Loss of supply from the transmission grid
  • April 29, 2019: Fallen Tree on main circuit


As shown above, there have been no clear trends for cause of outages in the past twelve months for this area; however, Hydro Ottawa is working on the following plans to mitigate customer impacts:


  1. An additional circuit was recently installed at the substation supplying the area. This improvement will support capacity and reliability in the Findlay Creek area.
  2. A project is planned to re-configure the circuits in the area and install more remotely operable switches. This circuit reconfiguration will result in fewer customers being impacted in the event of an outage, and the new switches will enable faster fault detection and restoration times. The project is scheduled to start in Q3 of 2020 and be complete by the end of the year.
  3. Outages that affect the area will continue to be monitored to determine if recognizable trends emerge so that they can be addressed in a timely fashion.


Hydro Ottawa will continue to work towards improving reliability for the longer term for this high growth area of our City.

April 14, 2020 | Unsafe at Home Ottawa

Are you or is someone you know living with violence or abuse? Physical distancing during COVID-19 can make things worse. Unsafe at Home Ottawa is a secure, bilingual text and chat line. It’s available 7 days a week, from 8:30 am to midnight. 


You are not alone. Reach out!


Text (613) 704-5535

Chat online unsafeathomeottawa.ca

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.


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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.


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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.

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.