Community Updates

May 17, 2019 | Notice: Sewer Cleaning

Starting next week, sewer cleaning will take place on the following streets:

  • Blackshire Circle
  • Calderwood Way
  • Shawglen Way

For more information on what to expect, please visit the City of Ottawa website.

May 6, 2019 | Notice: Bank Street Construction

City Crews have started construction on Bank Street, at Findlay Creek Drive and Dun Skipper Drive. This work is expected to be completed by the end of September. Expect traffic impacts and lane reductions.

Bank Street at Findlay Creek – Road Modification:

  • Fourth  leg of the Findlay Creek Drive and Bank Street intersection
  • New southbound left-turn lane on Bank Street at Findlay Creek Drive

Bank Street at Dun Skipper Drive – Road Modification:

  • New three leg protected intersection on Bank Street at Dun Skipper Drive
  • New northbound left-turn and southbound right-turn lane on Bank Street at Dun Skipper Drive
  • Paved shoulder on both sides of Bank Street for cycling within the construction limits
  • New traffic control signal at the intersection of Bank Street and Dun Skipper Drive

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

April 30, 2019 | Seeking Attendees for Playgroup - EarlyON Child and Family Centre

EarlyON Child and Family Centre is seeking attendees for their intergenerational playgroup which happens twice a month at the Revera Prince of Wales Manor at 22 Barnstone Drive. During the month of May, the playgroup will be held on Thursday May 9 and 23 from 10:00am to 11:15am. The benefits of intergenerational playgroups are immense both for the little ones and for the residents of the manor. 


  • Further, develop social skills, have the opportunity to interact with seniors, adults, infants, toddlers and children up to 6 years of age, build new friendships.
  • Further, develop communication, language and literacy skills, give the children and yourself the opportunity to hear and learn from the wisdom and experience of others. 
  • Further, develop emotional, cognitive, and physical abilities in a beautiful space provided by the residence.
  • Explore developmentally appropriate toys, crafts, and circle time.
  • Overcome geographical or social isolation from a loving senior in your young family’s life: enable relationships across the generations.  
  • Seniors experience great joy when spending time with children.

A Registered Early Childhood Educator facilitates all playgroups.

For more information please email or call 613-825-5990.

April 26, 2019 | Spring Tree Planting

Forestry’s spring planting program is scheduled to begin May 1st and will run, weather permitting, until the end of June. This includes tree planting in parks, at City facilities, and along streets. Tree planting is scheduled on City property adjacent to a residence, individual notifications will be provided to the resident in advance of planting. Residents should also expect to see utility locate flags and paint on the ground prior to planting.  

In addition to caliper tree planting, the following planting events will take place in our ward this spring:

Saturday, May 4th

Seedling planting by Scouts Canada

Earl Armstrong North Woods- 3845 Canyon Walk, 310 trees

Twin Falls Woodlot - 543 River Rd., 100 trees

Chapman Mills East Woodlot - 370 Cresthaven Dr.,150 trees

Chapman Mills West Woodlot - 3525 Strandherd Dr., 240 trees

Stormwater Pond, Rear of Rainforest Dr, 175 trees

Saturday, May 25th, 9am

Riverside South Community Association with RVCA

Mosquito Creek- 4051 Spratt Rd, 350 trees

April 26, 2019 | Capital Timberworks - Local Tree Care Service

Looking to dispose of removed or downed trees? You can do this and support a local business by disposing these trees at Capital Timberworks! This local business takes these trees and provides them a "second life" by using the wood for custom furniture pieces and also sell to other local woodworking businesses and hobbyists. Where most other tree services are either cutting this resource into firewood, or dropping it off at a dump, Capital Timberworks have found an alternative use.

For more information, visit

April 24, 2019 | Calling for Volunteers in Riverside South

The Riverside South Community Association is seeking volunteers from Riverside South to help throughout the community. This is the perfect opportunity to meet your neighbors and work to making the community a better place to live. To learn more, and to keep to date on community updates, please visit the Riverside South Community Association website.

April 16, 2019 | Seeking Assistance: The United Church in Manotick

The United Church in Manotick, in South Ottawa is asking for help to identify residents and families who need assistance in the community.  Rev. Leslie Beattie says poverty exists in new suburbs, and if we want to tackle it, we must work to establish a sense of community and to learn how to become good neighbours.  

Please find the United Church contact information below: 

Manotick United Church,

5567 Manotick Main Street, Manotick, Ontario, K4M 1A5 

Office (613) 692-4576 

Admin ext. 221

April 12, 2019 | Nominations Needed: Mayor's City Builder Award

Do you know an individual, group or organization in our community that have, through their outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making our city a better place today and for the future?


If so, nominate them today if you believe they have had a positive impact in our community. To learn more or make your nomination, visit the City of Ottawa Page.

April 12, 2019 | Dusty Miller Stormwater Management Pond

On April 15, 2019, work is expected to begin at the Dusty Miller Stormwater Management Pond. This is aimed to prevent the pond from emitting a “rotten egg” odour. The City of Ottawa is now implementing the pilot project. It involves the installation of aeration units (bubblers) on the base of the pond. The bubblers will mix the water, increasing the oxygen content during the winter. This will reduce the growth of the smelly bacteria. 

What to expect:

  • Some areas around the pond will be fenced off for safety reasons. This should be mostly limited to the areas on the eastern and southern sides of the pond but may include other areas as the work proceeds. 
  • All environmental and habitat considerations required by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP), the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) have been or will be addressed. 
  • Construction is expected to be complete by the end of August, 2019. 

Once the system is installed and in operation, residents may notice some changes: 

  • A small structure will be installed on the southeastern side of the pond, visible from the walking path (see sketch for location). This structure will house the mechanical components and controls of the system. During operation the system will be audible but this will be localised to the area immediately around the structure.
  • When in operation, bubbles will be visible on the pond surface. During winter months, this will limit ice formation in the vicinity of the bubblers. 

April 11, 2019 | Ottawa Police Update: Riverside South Swarmings

Ottawa Police are investigating 3 recent swarmings in Riverside South in the area of Spratt Road and Canyon Walk. Police say in each incident a young person was jumped by a group who demanded cash and electronics. No physical injuries were reported. 

Ottawa Police want to assure residents they are taking the attacks seriously and are working with businesses in the area to monitor activity. They have also increased police presence in the area and an investigation is ongoing. For safety tips, visit 

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Robbery Unit at 613-236-1222, ext.5166. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app. 

See my interview with CTV

March 28, 2019 | Recap - March 27, Public Meeting to Discuss Recent Break ins

 VIDEO  Thank you to everybody who were able to attend this important meeting to discuss the recent break ins in South Barrhaven and Riverside South. It was an informative discussion with Deputy Chief Steve Bell and your Community Police Officer, Cst. Sherry Jordan. 

As we all know, a rash of break and enters in Barrhaven, StoneBridge and Riverside South has residents on edge. Ottawa Police are investigating, and have made several arrests, but say they need the public's help. During this information session at the Minto Rec Centre in Barrhaven,  Ottawa Police shared information and steps everyone needs to take to protect their homes. 

What you can do:

  • Be the nosy neighbour
  • Set up a neighbourhood watch 
  • Report Suspicious activity
  • Don’t keep valuables in the master bedroom 
  • Buy a safe
  • Don’t answer the door to strangers
  • Invest in good door and window locks
  • Invest in a door bell camera or home security
  • Schedule a home safety audit with Ottawa Police 

For a recap of the meeting, please watch this video.

To discuss community safety or if you would like to set up a neighborhood watch, please contact one of your Community Police Officers:

Constable Sherry Jordan

613-236-1222 ext. 2344 


Riverside South/Leitrim

Constable Marcus Cibischino

63-236-1222 ext. 5812 / 6502


Our Community


Community Associations

Thank you to our community associations who work hard and are dedicated to making our neighborhoods such great places to live.

Findlay Creek Community Association

Riverside South Community Association 

Havenlea – Chapman Mills Community Association

Honey Gables Community Association

Stonebridge Community Association 

Heart’s Desire Community Association

Barrhaven East Community Association

Your Most Voiced Concerns



After hearing from many residents, I understand the growing concern for inefficient transit in our communities. This issue is existent in Riverside South, Barrhaven, and Findlay Creek. 

On April 16, 2019, I met with City staff of OC Transpo to go over your concerns and to discuss solutions. At this time, City staff are reviewing the routes of concern.

I reassure you that I am working with City staff on this issue and hope to find the best and most feasible solution. 



Speeding is a huge issue in our community, particularly in school zones. To tackle this, we must work collectively as a community. For more information on what you can do, check out this video.

With warm weather just around the corner, the City's Temporary Traffic Calming Measures Program will begin. This program includes the installation of flex-stakes (the metal posts in the middle of the road), new speed boards, pavement marking (slow, 40km/h), etc. For more information, on this program and how you can get measures on your street, please feel free to contact me.



Should you bother to report a minor incident to Police?  The Police understand that for some residents, using their online system can seem daunting. They have taken steps to simplify the process, and have significantly expanded the scope of the types of incident(s) that can be reported online. 

Deputy Chief Steve Bell explains in this video why reporting is so important.

Report online or by calling 613-236-1222


There have been voiced concerns about the recent break ins in Barrhaven and Riverside South. On March 27, a public meeting was held at Minto Rec Centre to discuss this further with our Community Police Officers and Deputy Chief Steve Bell. We must work together as a community with the Police to prevent this from happening. This video points out what you can do in your community to help. 

Your Community Police Officers


Constable Sherry Jordan

613-236-1222 ext. 2344

Riverside South / Leitrim

Constable Marcus Cibischino

613-236-1222 ext. 5812 / 6052