Rain gardens being installed along Sunnyside Avenue

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Pilot project to help manage and treat storm water run-off

By Michelle Nash, Ottawa Community News

New landscaping features being installed along Sunnyside Avenue aim to help better redistribute storm water in Old Ottawa South.

The "green street" measures on Sunnyside are a part of a larger project focused on creating traffic calming measures for the area, based on the Old Ottawa South area traffic management study, which was completed in 2012. Right now, construction is underway to narrow of the streets, add crosswalks and curb extensions.

Senior project manager Darlene Conway said the city added the idea to build "rain gardens" to the project to improve water quality and reduce runoff into the Rideau River.

"Really it's the genesis between city staff," Conway said. "(As part of) the study completed in 2012, we coordinated with that group because we wanted to do some storm water management because it's an old neighbourhood and currently water goes into Rideau River untreated."

According to the city, rain gardens are planted in areas designed to improve water quality and reduce run-off using a combination of soil, plants, and mulch to treat and absorb storm water run-off. They can be combined with boulevard extensions to serve multiple purposes, including traffic calming, improved aesthetics and storm water management.

There will be three rain gardens, one each at the intersection of Sunnyside and Leonard, Rosedale and Grosvenor avenues. The gardens will trap-capture dirt run-off from the road, which will be treated by the plants and soil and then can safely overflow into the sewer, eventually making its way to the Rideau River.

O-Train temporarily replaced by Route 107 this weekend

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City of Ottawa

O-Train service will be replaced by bus Route 107 starting at 10 p.m. on Friday, November 7, until 5:30 a.m. on Monday, November 10, in order to complete signal work necessary for the O-Train Expansion Project. This work is an important part of the expansion project which is required to build and maintain a safe rail service for customers.

This temporary replacement of service is in addition to the ongoing late evening service adjustments, which will continue throughout the fall. To minimize customer impacts, work is being performed when ridership is lower.

Route 107 buses will travel parallel to the O‑Train routing between Bayview and South Keys stations, with limited stops along the way. In addition to Route 107, there may be other bus route options that work better for some customers. For schedules and travel planning assistance, visit octranspo.com or call 613-741-4390.

City recruiting residents for committees and boards

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City of Ottawa

Residents of Ottawa who are 18 years and over are invited to put their expertise and knowledge to work by becoming a volunteer member on one of the City’s committees or boards. 

Interested residents are required to fill out an application form or submit a résumé and cover letter indicating the committee or board on which they would like to serve. Your application needs to include an outline of qualifications, specific skills, interests and background, and how they are relevant to the committee/board. 

Please note that City of Ottawa employees are not eligible to apply. 

You can learn more about becoming a committee/board member at our public information session on: 

Date: Thursday, November 13
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: Mary Pitt Centre, 100 Constellation Crescent (Lobby area) 

All applications must be submitted by Thursday, November 27 at 4:30 p.m

Positions are available on the following committees and boards:

  • Board of Health (5 members)
  • Police Services Board (1 member)
  • Library Board (5 to 8 members) *
  • Committee of Adjustment (15 members)
  • Transit Commission (4 members) *
  • Built Heritage Sub-Committee (3 members) *
  • Licence and Property Standards Committee (5 members)
  • Shaw Centre (formerly the Ottawa Convention Centre) – Board of Directors (2 members) *
  • Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (4 members) *
  • South Nation Conservation (2 members) *
  • Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (3 members) *
  • Mohr’s Landing / Quyon Port Authority (1 member)
  • Accessibility Advisory Committee (9 to 15 members) *
  • Arts, Heritage and Culture Advisory Committee (9 to 11 members) *
  • Community Services Advisory Committee (9 to 11 members) *
  • Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee (9 to 11 members) *
  • French Language Services Advisory Committee (7 to 11 members) *

* Subject to the Term of Council Governance review and/or Nominating Committee process. 

For more information, visit ottawa.ca.

Rideau River Pathways update

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City of Ottawa
 
An update on the work at Hurdman Bridge and the upcoming impacts to the Rideau River Pathways:

Both paths are currently closed until the end of October as demolition works at Hurdman bridge are ongoing. Upcoming work at Hurdman Bridge includes headwall work, which will require an additional 2 week closure per pathway in November.

Pathway status:

  • Eastern pathway – remains closed until the end of October. To reopen for approximately 2 weeks starting in November and then close again for approximately 2 weeks around November 20.
  • Western pathway – remains closed and is anticipated to reopen as early as November 19


Please note that these dates are dependent on weather and work progress; we will continue to provide updates as they become available.