Community Updates

August 6, 2019 | Riverside South Community Association Newsletter

Please check out the Riverside South Community Association (RSCA) August newsletter! Lots of events coming up for the remainder of the month. Read more 

July 31, 2019 | UPDATE: Littlerock Park Splash Pad Repairs

Littlerock splash pad repairs are currently underway. Contractors have been able to inspect the piping and identify the source of the leaks. There was a cracked pipe that resulted from an inability to properly remove the water for winter maintenance due to a lack of drain on the equipment by the specific company who supplied the splash pad elements. 


The City can replace the equipment with a different brand that is used at other sites. The delivery date for these parts is the end of August at the earliest therefore, construction completion is estimated at mid September. The site will be secured for the duration of the work as it is an active construction area.


My office has received concerns from residents and families in the community about the inability to use the splash pad during the summer months. I have been in close communication with City staff and have advocated for the expedition of this repair. Before the repairs could begin, the process to choose a contractor to complete the work first had to take place. This process takes some time, as contractors must go through the bidding process.


The initial quoted date for completion was August 2, however due to the need for specific parts and their delivery, this splash pad won't be available until mid September. I've asked that the delivery be expedited, if possible. 


I apologize for the inconvenience this has caused for the residents and families in this community. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

July 29, 2019 | Barrhaven East Community Association

The Barrhaven East Community Association is alive! The first meeting of volunteers was held this week. We are asking for anyone interested in helping with community events to join us! This association includes Chapman Mills and Havenlea. Learn more

July 25, 2019 | Thank you!

Thank you to everybody who attended my Community BBQ to discuss recent crime and thefts in Riverside South. A huge thank you to Ottawa Police and Crime Prevention Ottawa for taking the time to attend and chat with residents, and a thanks to Riverside South Community Association for all their help.


It was a successful evening with over 200 people in attendance. We enjoyed some hot dogs, the beautiful weather, but most importantly were able to speak to local police officers directly on how to maintain a safe community. I am happy with how the event turned out and hope we can continue to work together as a community to keep our community safe. A friendly reminder to always report any suspicious activity, thefts, crime, etc., to Ottawa Police directly as this is the most efficient and effective way to get enforcement in the community.  


https://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/contact-us/Online-Reporting.aspx

July 24, 2019 | Riverside South Public High School

Ward 22 is a step closer to getting a public school built in Riverside South. The Ontario Ministry of Education today issued a call for Capital funding, inviting School Boards around the province to submit applications for priority projects. 


In the Ottawa Carleton District School Board, eight schools are on the list, including a much needed public high school in the rapidly growing community of Riverside South. A study has shown if that school were to open today it would already be over capacity. The Board also needs funding for new elementary schools in Riverside South and Findlay Creek.   


This is welcomed news and I look forward to advocating alongside our School Board and MPP Ghamari for the necessary funding.

July 24, 2019 | BASICS with Karen August Courses

BASICS with Karen August courses:

  • Thursday August 1, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm: Babysitting Course (7 to 10 years)
  • Saturday August 24, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm: Home Alone Course (10 and over)
  • Thursday August 29, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm: Babysitting Course (11 and over)


All courses are held at the Prince Of Wales Manor in Barrhaven. Register at www.basicswithkaren.ca

July 19, 2019 | Update: Diamond Jubilee Park

My office has been advised that the Diamond Jubilee Park is progressing, and the construction company is ready to start the grading work on the north side of the park, at the current location of the mini soccer field. In order to do the work, a portion of the existing path on the south side of the field will need to be shut down. The intention is to shut down the pathway on Monday, July 22. The pathway connection will be rebuilt as the construction progresses.

July 19, 2019 | Longfields Resurfacing

If you live in the Stonebridge community or take Longfields on your daily commute, you will have noticed the start of the Longfields resurfacing project. This is a total resurfacing of Longfields Drive between Cambrian and Prince of Wales. While this has provided some disruption to traffic, I am very happy to know the road conditions here will improve greatly. 

July 4, 2019 | UPDATE: Riverside South Car Break-ins

UPDATE: I am working with Deputy Chief Steve Bell to get more enforcement to the Riverside South Community. He advised he will deploy more resources immediately. I reassure you I am aware of this issue and completely share your concerns, as this is my top priority at this time. I encourage you to continue to report these incidents directly to the Ottawa Police. 


In addition, I have arranged a public meeting with members of the Ottawa Police and Crime Prevention, so residents can have a direct opportunity to discuss their concerns and so we can hear directly what OPS is doing in Riverside South. This meeting will be on Wednesday July 24, at the Rideauview Community Center, located at 4310 Shoreline Drive, from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. 


A reminder to please report these incidents directly to the Ottawa Police as they are report driven and require these reports to provide increased enforcement. You may do so by reporting online at https://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/contact-us/Online-Reporting.aspx. Please remember to lock your car doors, as a majority of break-ins are from unlocked vehicles. 


Please find some tips, released by the Ottawa Police pertaining to vehicle break-ins:


Important tips to protect your vehicle from car thieves
From Ottawa to the GTA we continue to see thefts of high-end Lexus/Toyota vehicles, particularly larger SUVs and 4Runners. We found that an additional technique using signal amplifiers has been used in Eastern Ontario. 


We recommend you consider an additional line of defense to protect your asset: consider keeping any vehicle with a proximity key fob inside a radio frequency shield device (RSF device). This will prevent the key fob’s signal from being amplified to the vehicle from inside the house protecting it from being driven away.


We remind car owners of the following tips to protect their vehicle:


  • Make your vehicle less vulnerable to theft by parking it in a locked garage and or blocking it in tightly with a second vehicle.
  • Consider installing an after marker anti-theft device.
  • Be vigilant that no one has tampered with the door locks mechanisms. 
  • Consider installing a club. 
  • If you are selling your vehicle, be wary not to let anyone have access to your car keys or your vehicle out of your sight. This prevents a thief from copying your key during a “test drive” so they can return to steal it.
  • The onus is on the registered owner of a vehicle to ensure that the person they let drive their vehicle has a valid driver’s license.  As such, request to see their driver’s license prior to allowing them to test drive your vehicle. This gives you an opportunity to note the person’s identity and      home address.  
  • Further to that, note the license plate and vehicle description of any individuals who attend your home to enquire about a car for sale.
  • Finally, good old fashioned neighbourhood watch is a great deterrent. Call 911 to report any suspicious activity; be vigilant.

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 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 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. 

Our Community

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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

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TRANSIT

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. 

TRAFFIC

SPEEDING AND TRAFFIC

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.

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ONLINE REPORTING WITH THE POLICE

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. 


With the recent crimes including thefts, break-ins, etc, the key messages we've taken is to report all incidents, big or small, directly the Police as they are report based and evidence driven. 


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


Report online or by calling 613-236-1222

Your Community Police Officers

Barrhaven

Constable Sherry Jordan

613-236-1222 ext. 2344

JordanS@ottawapolice.ca

Riverside South / Leitrim

Constable Marcus Cibischino

613-236-1222 ext. 5812 / 6052

CibischinoM@ottawapolice.ca