City considers redirecting shuttle buses off Lakeside Ave.

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Potential route along Sunnyside and Fifth avenues to be tested in coming months, city says

CBC News

The city says it's considering redirecting shuttle buses for Redblacks football games off of Lakeside Avenue, where residents say the volume of buses is unsafe.

The city said there was always a plan to try out other routes.

The game-day shuttle buses for Redblacks games will continue to take Lakeside Avenue for the next three games, and then the city will test a different route that uses busier arterial roads: Sunnyside Avenue, Bank Street and Fifth Avenue.

"Obviously, you're putting buses onto very busy city streets ... and we'll have to see whether they can handle the shuttles," said David Chernushenko, the city councillor for Capital Ward.

Our city — and our way

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The two Europeans were mostly correct, writes Jonathan McLeod

Ottawa Citizen

Jonathan McLeod is a general fellow with the Canadian Council for Democracy. He writes about local matters at stepsfromthecanal.wordpress.com.

We've all had disappointing vacations, haven't we? The airline loses your luggage; the amusement park is overpriced; the host society's values and norms don't align with your cultural biases. You know, the usual.

And so it is with two European tourists who visited a handful of Canadian cities, coming away unimpressed with our infrastructure, our air quality and our waistlines. In a letter sent to a number of prominent Canadians — including our mayor and this paper's editor — the unhappy travellers detailed all that is wrong with our car-centric cities, imploring us to embrace infrastructure that prioritizes people over horsepower. The letter was well-intentioned (if a tad insufferable) and, for the most part, correct.

'Go the extra step' to bury Main St. wires, city urged

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Michael Woods, Ottawa Citizen

A city plan to keep hydro wires above ground on Main Street instead of burying them is drawing fire from the local community association.

The Old Ottawa East Community Association says burying hydro wires on the west side of a threeblock stretch of Main Street from Immaculata High School to Clegg Street instead of keeping them on above-ground poles would create more development capacity and increase municipal property tax revenues.

"It's an opportunity to make for a much better-looking environment, and one that encourages development," association president John Dance said Tuesday.

Main Street is set to undergo extensive construction over the next couple of years in a renewal project approved by council last year that will make it a "complete street" designed to benefit all users, including motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

"We're grateful that the city is redesigning Main Street as a complete street. It's a wonderful change. But we'd like to go the extra step to get the wires buried," Dance said.

The city's underground wiring policy, adopted in 2011, says the hydro wires are buried only when a requesting party pays for the cost. Running wires underground isn't cheap; Hydro Ottawa estimates it would cost $1.5 million to $3.5 million to bury the wires on Main Street.

The community counters with its own estimate that it would cost less than $1 million.

But Capital Ward Coun. David Chernushenko said that despite his efforts, city staff could not come up with a technical reason, beyond esthetics, to bury the wires.

Garbage control coming to TD Place

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Jon Willing, Ottawa Sun

Football fans have been calling their own plays when it comes to tossing their trash at TD Place.

The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group says a "supply chain delay" prevented the company from deploying the right garbage and recycling containers in time for the start of the RedBlacks' season.

OSEG spokesman Barre Campbell said the size of the Lansdowne Park redevelopment means each delivery is "tightly timed to mesh together."

"As a temporary measure, we deployed large bins clearly labelled for trash, paper products and cans around facility but unfortunately those labels were not fully respected and we were unable to completely sort all recyclable materials from those bins," Campbell wrote in an e-mail Tuesday.

If cans and paper were in with the rest of the garbage, then that's where they stayed when the bags were tied up at the end of night.