Updates | Mises a jour

March 16, 2018

The City of Ottawa invites you to attend an open house to discuss a road rehabilitation project planned in Forbes neighbourhood that is expected to begin construction in 2019.The project limits are:Borthwick Avenue from Clarke Avenue to Gardenvale RoadQuebec Street from Borthwick Avenue to Cummings AvenueGardenvale Road from Borthwick Avenue to 40m west of Borthwick... More  |  Plus

March 14, 2018

Since January 2016, the City of Ottawa has been reviewing the R4 family of zones. There are several of these types of zones across Rideau-Rockliffe Ward and residents in these areas have noted issues, such as over intensification, excessive bedrooms per unit, and failure to fit within the established community.Throughout this review, the City engaged stakeholders, including... More  |  Plus

March 9, 2018

You are invited to attend a public information session on flood mitigation, hosted by Councillor Tobi Nussbaum. Learn about efforts to prevent and mitigate flooding in Ottawa and what you can do if you live in the floodplain.This session will take place:Monday, March 197 to 9 p.m.St Bartholomew’s Church, 125 MacKay StreetSince a portion of New Edinburgh falls within the Rideau... More  |  Plus

March 8, 2018

Join the discussion on March 22 at the Overbrook Community Center; 7.00 to 8.30 p.m.Joignez-vous à la discussion le 22 mars au Centre communautire d'Overbrook; 19 h à 20 h 30.   

February 28, 2018

Do you ever wonder what this City will be when 2 to 3 million people call Ottawa home?Can you imagine how everyone will get around, where they will live or work and how climate and new technologies may change the way we do things?In December 2016 City Council directed that a planning study be undertaken that will begin to look at what the answers to these questions might be... More  |  Plus

February 23, 2018

How can we use smart solutions to make Ottawa an even better place to live, work and play? The City of Ottawa needs your best, most innovative ideas for the Smart Cities Challenge!Ottawa is entering the Smart Cities Challenge, in which the Government of Canada has invited Canadian cities to compete for a top prize of $50 million. The goal is to solve community challenges with... More  |  Plus

February 23, 2018

 First FridaysThe first Friday of every month is a drop-in day in different locations throughout the ward. It is a great chance for me to connect with residents, discuss ideas or address questions or concerns. Please join me for a chat and refreshments. I hope to see you this week or at a future drop-in. ***Drop in on Friday, March 2, 2018 at the... More  |  Plus

February 15, 2018

Feb. 15, 2018Ice breaking operations on the Rideau River start this week between Rideau Falls and Hog’s Back. Ice blasting will follow in the coming weeks, weather permitting.The City, in partnership with the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, undertakes ice breaking operations each year to alleviate possible spring flooding in flood-prone areas. Once started, these... More  |  Plus

February 15, 2018

Funding is available for outdoor mural art projects that support graffiti prevention, youth empowerment, community safety and the beautification of Ottawa neighbourhoods.  Projects must contribute to a clean, safe and beautiful city by engaging neighbourhoods and youth in a constructive learning process to create murals to prevent or deter graffiti.For more information... More  |  Plus

February 15, 2018

The City of Ottawa is looking for public input regarding rooming houses and private home conversions. Issues concerning rooming house licenses were raised as part of the By-law Review Strategy approved by Council in 2015, especially regarding the definition of rooming houses, as well as with the identification of illegal rooming houses.  The public feedback that the City... More  |  Plus

February 15, 2018

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur or are you looking for a job? If you are between 16 and 29 years old, come and join two Ottawa based start-up founders, Tecla Kalinda and Dominique Souris at the Rideau Rockcliffe Community Ressource Center on Tuesday Feb. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m.Tecla and Dominique founded Zala Smart (teaching young children essential life skills) and the... More  |  Plus

February 15, 2018

NOTICE TO RESIDENTSITE PLAN CONTROL APPLICATION FOR 324/326 DONALD ST.PUBLIC CONSULTATIONFebruary 2018You are invited:Tuesday, February 27th, 20186:00 to 7:30 p.m.Overbrook Community Centre33 Quill St., OttawaDear Resident,You are invited to attend a public consultation on the Site Plan Application submitted for a 25 unit apartment building at 324/326 Donald Street. An... More  |  Plus

February 8, 2018

The City of Ottawa has openend its call for proposals for one-time, non-renewable Community Project Funding. This aims at supporting time-limited or pilot projects that address new or emerging needs in the community. Priority is placed on programs/projects that: increase access to basics for people from diverse equity groups, reduce poverty, and increase self-efficacy.... More  |  Plus

February 5, 2018

Maple Island Public Art ProjectCall to artists: Request for Qualifications (RFQ)Deadline: March 16, 2018, at 4 p.m. ESTBudget: $52,000 plus HSTInformation: Allison O’Connor, Public Art OfficerAllison.O'Connor@ottawa.ca 613-244-4429The City of Ottawa invites professional artists to submit qualifications to design, fabricate and install a permanent artwork on Maple Island in... More  |  Plus

February 2, 2018

In recognition of the historical significance of Helen Redpath Thomson to the surrounding community, the City of Ottawa has been asked to rename Cummings Park, at 861 Cummings Ave., the “Helen Redpath Thomson Park”.I issued a call for a new name for Cummings Park as part of the community outreach for the park redevelopment throughout summer of 2017. You can see the... More  |  Plus

January 30, 2018

Come and join your City Councillor at a rink nearby you - We will bring some hot drinks!10 am: Manor Park; 100 Braemer Street11 am: Dr. John Hopps Park; 300 Den Haag Drive 12 pm: Overbrook Community Center; 33 Quill StreetWe will be wrapping up our tour at the Overbrook Community Center where the Overbrook Carneval will offer lots of fun activities for Family Day.... More  |  Plus

January 26, 2018

Join me for the next installment of Cityscapes! I will be moderating an informal panel discussion and together with journalist and author Andrew Cohen and German Ambassador to Canada Sabine Sparwasser, we will explore new perspectives on “Creating Captivating Cities: Visions from Around the World” and lessons from various Capitals that Ottawa can draw from.Register via... More  |  Plus

January 19, 2018

As part of ongoing work to combat the Emerald Ash Borer invasion in Ottawa’s tree population, the City’s Forestry Management Branch will be undertaking a woodlot rehabilitation program in Presland Park in Overbrook.It is important to address the safety issues due to dead and declining trees as a result of the Emerald Ash Borer – a type of beetle that infests ash trees,... More  |  Plus

January 18, 2018

 First FridaysThe first Friday of every month is a drop-in day in different locations throughout the ward. It is a great chance for me to connect with residents, discuss ideas or address questions or concerns. Please join me for a chat and refreshments. I hope to see you this week or at a future drop-in. ***Drop in on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 at the Rideau... More  |  Plus

January 18, 2018

Last month, the City of Ottawa’s housing branch announced the recipients of the 2017 Action Ottawa housing funds, a list which included the Shepherds of Good Hope for its proposed supportive housing building at 765 Montreal Road on the north east corner of Lang’s Road, east of the Aviation Parkway.The proposed building would see the construction of 42 bachelor units made... More  |  Plus

January 17, 2018

The City’s Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel (CSST) project team recently provided an update on upcoming construction activities in New Edinburgh. Residents of New Edinburgh will be receiving a copy of this update by mail.Please click here to read the full notice in both English and French.Here is an overview of the information provided:The CSST will consist of two inter-... More  |  Plus

January 16, 2018

Make a difference in your community by becoming a volunteer member of the City's new Planning Advisory Committee.  The City of Ottawa is currently recruiting for the Planning Advisory Committee (PAC). Several positions are available:Residents residing in the Rural Area of Ottawa (2 members)Residents residing inside the Greenbelt (2 members)Residents residing within... More  |  Plus

January 5, 2018

The City’s Built Heritage Sub-Committee will consider an application on Thursday, Jan. 11 to partially demolish the Château Laurier’s parking garage. The application stems from an engineering report that indicates the four-storey building is no longer structurally sound.An engineering analysis of the parking garage, built in 1969, indicates it has deteriorated badly, due to... More  |  Plus

December 22, 2017

Our office will be closed for the holidays, re-opening Jan. 2, 2018. For urgent matters, please call 311 or submit service requests online at http://www.ottawa.ca.Wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday season!

December 19, 2017

OC Transpo will introduce the new EquiFare, an affordable single-fare ride option for low-income OC Transpo customers, for use beginning on January 1, 2018.At a cost of $1.75 per single-fare ride, the new EquiFare was approved by City Council on Dec. 13.The EquiFare complements the EquiPass discounted monthly pass, which launched in March 2017. While the EquiPass benefits... More  |  Plus

December 13, 2017

The CSST team has shared an update on the Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel project schedule as it relates to work at Site 5C (the intersection of Queen Victoria and River Lane).With assembly of a noise barrier at Site 5C now complete, the contractor indicated that shoring construction is underway.The CSST project team has informed me that this work includes... More  |  Plus

December 12, 2017

 Art is vital to the energy, spirit and quality of life in our neighbourhoods. With that in mind, I partnered with the Quartier Vanier Business Improvement Area to launch the Better Beechwood project, aimed at creating a more engaging and colourful public realm on Beechwood Avenue.Through online voting and ballots, the type of improvement – street art – and theme (“... More  |  Plus

December 7, 2017

For $1 per month, we can address the critical infrastructure issues with this budget. I am supporting this motion to amend the proposed 2018 City budget, along with my colleagues David Chernushenko, Diane Deans, Mathieu Fleury, Jeff Leiper, Catherine McKenney, Rick Chiarelli and Marianne Wilkinson.Please click here to read the motion that we will support at the Dec. 13... More  |  Plus

November 29, 2017

The City has been undertaking a study to look at transportation safety and speeding on Cummings Avenue. After consulting the public, including at a BBQ I hosted over the summer, City staff will present a draft plan to address those issues.An open house will take place:When: Wednesday, Dec. 6Drop in any time between 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.Where: Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, 675... More  |  Plus

November 27, 2017

First FridaysThe first Friday of every month is a drop-in day in different locations throughout the ward. It is a great chance for me to connect with residents, discuss ideas or address questions or concerns. Please join me for a chat and refreshments. I hope to see you this week or at a future drop-in. ***Drop in on Friday Dec. 1, 2017 at Tim Hortons, 585... More  |  Plus

November 17, 2017

After three days of deliberation and debate, I voted against the recommendation of the planning staff to permit the application by the Salvation Army to amend the Official Plan and zoning by-law to allow the siting of a shelter as part of a proposed 350-bed facility on Montreal Road. The application was required since the proposed site is on a traditional main street, a zoning... More  |  Plus

November 17, 2017

Construction of a new, formal pedestrian crossing at Crichton and Electric Streets is expected to begin the week of Nov. 20.I am pleased that the CSST project staff have agreed to install this new pedestrian crossing (PXO) in response to the joint efforts of the New Edinburgh Community Alliance and my office. We had pushed for the installation both as a preventative... More  |  Plus

November 10, 2017

The Built Heritage Sub-Committee (BHSC) unanimously recommended that the heritage permit for an addition at 551 Fairview be granted with direction to the City’s heritage staff to work with the applicant on two specific elements to improve the proposal and ensure compliance with the Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Plan.  As Chair of the BHSC, I... More  |  Plus

November 9, 2017

The following article, The Five I’s of Failed Urban Planning, builds on my presentation at the 2016 Annual Conference of the Canadian Institution of Planners. It describes both the key reasons for urban planning failure and suggests solutions for fixing them. Read the full article by clicking on the button below:

November 7, 2017

BudgetSpeak 2017On Oct. 17, 2017, I along with four council colleagues hosted BudgetSpeak, a session on the City’s 2018 budget. This year we focused on four thematic areas: Winter walkability; arts, culture and music, social services and housing; and reducing our carbon footprint. Residents came and heard from subject-matter experts on the priority areas and... More  |  Plus

November 1, 2017

What happens when a resident calls the city to report a property standards issue? My office got in touch with a property standards officer with the goal of sharing with you the step by step internal process for most property standards calls.Property standards issue is observed then reported by a resident by calling 311A By-law property standards officer is assigned to the case... More  |  Plus

October 3, 2017

There is a growing opioid crisis in Canada from which Ottawa has not been spared. In 2016 alone, almost 2,500 Canadians died from preventable overdoses, and in Ottawa, deaths have increased sharply. With the creation of a new temporary safe consumption site, and the expected opening of permanent sites in the coming weeks there is an urgent need for a comprehensive municipal... More  |  Plus

October 3, 2017

The Salvation Army has applied for an Official Plan and zoning bylaw amendment to permit the construction of a new shelter at 333 Montreal Road in Vanier. The proposal is to build a 9,600 square metre multi-program facility that would include emergency accommodation, residential accommodation for working men, specialized medical care beds, stabilization and treatment services... More  |  Plus

September 28, 2017

Thanks for your interest in Cummings Park improvements! Tobi would like to hear your feedback on the draft plan and any ideas you have for a new park name.Click on the draft plan below to see the proposed improvements:   You can provide your feedback and name ideas to the park planner overseeing this project via this survey link.The survey will be online until... More  |  Plus

September 20, 2017

The intersection of Donald Street and St-Laurent Boulevard has been identified for improvements focused on creating a safer environment for all road users, particularly pedestrians and cyclists. This intersection was chosen because of its high pedestrian and vehicle traffic volumes, as well as its collision history. It ranked 10th on a list of highest pedestrian collision... More  |  Plus

September 13, 2017

On Sept. 13, 2017, City Council voted to formally establish a Gaming Site at the Rideau-Carleton Raceway. It was the first time in this term of Council that we have dealt with a casino item. I did not vote in favour of this proposal for the reasons below. My main issue related to the well-known adverse public health impacts of gambling. We know that today’s vote will... More  |  Plus

August 28, 2017

The application to construct a new building on the site of 137 Beechwood and 143 Putman will play an important role in the future development of Beechwood Avenue.  I have been monitoring this application closely; meeting with the City planner responsible for approving the site plan application and listening to the community feedback. I think it is important to clarify how... More  |  Plus

August 25, 2017

During consultations on the draft plans to add cycling lanes onto McArthur Avenue, residents expressed a desire to see dedicated cycling facilities added to Donald Street as well. The repaving of Donald between North River Road and the Vanier Parkway this summer presents an opportunity to consider repainting the lines to allocate space on the roadway for cycling lanes. ... More  |  Plus

August 16, 2017

Early bird registration for the annual fall GLAD Cleaning the Capital campaign is now open. Participants can register their cleanup projects by calling 3-1-1 or by using the online registration form available at ottawa.ca/clean. The interactive map on the City website shows which locations have already been claimed, and allow residents to register their own project site.Key... More  |  Plus

August 14, 2017

Registration for fall 2017 and winter 2018 recreation programs will begin – August 14 at 9 p.m.The Recreation eGuide and Mon Cyberguide francophone des loisirs are online at ottawa.ca for fall and winter programs. Residents can choose from a wide variety of activities in their neighbourhoods including swimming lessons and fitness classes.Registration for swimming and... More  |  Plus

August 4, 2017

Last year, the City of Ottawa began turning Beechwood Avenue into a complete street, with safer options for all modes of transportation. That transformation is continuing, with construction taking place this summer to reconfigure Beechwood between the Vanier Parkway/Crichton Street and Springfield Road.Construction is already underway in front of the new building at 19... More  |  Plus

August 3, 2017

You will notice that new suggested cycling/pedestrian detour signs have been installed in and around Stanley Park to better guide people during CSST and playground construction.Thanks to the help of interested community members,  people travelling in the area by bike or on foot will be able to refer to new, larger signs in key locations for suggested routes around the... More  |  Plus

July 31, 2017

In response to resident concerns about speeding on Sandridge Road, the installation of raised traffic calming speed tables was proposed as part of an infrastructure rehabilitation project this summer.After hearing from residents on this proposal and holding a public information session, I am seeking residents' feedback on some ideas that have been proposed. Please fill out... More  |  Plus

July 20, 2017

The construction underway here is a major community partnership project between the Crichton Community Council and the City of Ottawa to renew and improve the New Edinburgh Park Playground.  The project is a result of a series of community consultations over the last year and includes the removal of play equipment that had reached the end of its life, the retention... More  |  Plus