Réparation des murs du canal

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Parcs Canada

Des travaux de réparation des murs du canal au centre-ville d'Ottawa devraient commencer le 7 novembre 2016.

Le projet vise la remise en état d'une portion de 500 m du mur du canal entre le pont de la rue Bank et l'île Pig, du côté est du canal Rideau. Les travaux comprennent le retrait du béton endommagé ainsi que le reformage et la mise en place du nouveau béton pour recouvrir les murs. Une section de 60 m près de l'île Pig devra être complètement reconstruite pour réparer des dommages structurels.

Les travaux comprennent aussi le remplacement des lampadaires et des mains courantes ainsi que la réfection du sentier.
Les travaux dans l'eau associés à ce projet devraient être terminés en mai 2017 et le reste des travaux sur les rives à l'été 2017.

Le 7 novembre 2016 vers 21 h, l'entrepreneur commencera à clôturer le chantier de construction et à mettre en place des dispositifs de sécurité supplémentaires le long de la voie, en direction sud, de la promenade du Colonel-By. Un parcours de déviation signalisé a été prévu, car les travaux nécessiteront la fermeture de la promenade du Colonel-By pendant la nuit.

Un tronçon de 1,4 km du sentier est du Canal-Rideau sera également fermé pendant toute la durée des travaux de construction, et un parcours de rechange sera en place pour les piétons et les cyclistes. Ce détour longera principalement la promenade Echo. Des mesures temporaires seront en place à chaque extrémité du parcours de rechange pour aider les piétons et les cyclistes à traverser en toute sécurité la promenade du Colonel-By pendant la déviation.

Les clôtures se prolongeront dans le canal sur une courte distance et auront peu de répercussions sur la patinoire du canal Rideau. Les résidents et les visiteurs pourront continuer à patiner le long de cet endroit malgré les travaux de réparation.


Parcs Canada investit une somme record de trois millions de dollars répartis sur cinq ans en vue d'appuyer les travaux d'infrastructure dans les installations patrimoniales, celles destinées aux visiteurs ainsi que dans les voies navigables et les routes situées dans les lieux historiques nationaux, les parcs nationaux et les aires marines nationales de conservation d'un bout à l'autre du Canada. Grâce à ces investissements dans l'infrastructure, Parcs Canada protège et préserve nos lieux les plus précieux tout en soutenant les économies locales, en contribuant à la croissance de l'industrie du tourisme et en rehaussant le charme et l'attrait des lieux patrimoniaux du Canada.

Councillors embrace "climate protection"

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Capital Coun. David Chernushenko convinced the finance and economic development committee to rename the environment committee to include "climate protection" in the title. PAT MCGRATH / OTTAWA CITIZEN

Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen

Capital Coun. David Chernushenko sold climate protection to his colleagues today.

At first, he appeared to have lost his pitch to change the name of the environment committee he chairs to the “environment and climate protection committee.” It was an idea he came up with last February when the committee considered a report on climate change.

According to discussions the clerk’s office had with council members during the mid-term governance review, there wasn’t a consensus on changing the committee’s name and the proposal was destined for failure.

Since the governance review was up for approval at the finance and economic development committee, it was Chernushenko’s chance to force a vote on his idea. It seemed his inclusion of “protection” in the title swayed councillors like Jan Harder, Mark Taylor and Keith Egli.

Others, like Scott Moffatt and Allan Hubley, didn’t support it. As Moffatt explained, you don’t need to make symbolic changes to committee titles to actually do the work. What’s next, he mused, calling the transportation committee the “transportation and complete streets committee?”

We could go on.

Should the finance and economic development committee be called the “finance and economic development and Ottawa 2017 and brownfield applications and BIA boundary adjustment committee”?

Chernushenko argues, yes, it’s a symbolic gesture to have climate protection in the environment committee name, but so what? For him, it’s an important gesture since the city might have the most intimate role to play in climate protection.

Ottawa creates a planning advisory committee, full of the people it's supposed to advise

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David Reevely, Ottawa Citizen

Because the provincial government thinks citizens should have more of a say in how their neighbourhoods grow, it’s forcing cities to form new advisory groups to advise politicians on things like rezonings and long-term neighbourhood plans.

Because the City of Ottawa thinks it gets quite enough public input on these things as it is, it’s stacking its new “planning advisory committee” with the very people you’d think would get the advice, not give it.

Pending city council approval, the group will include the mayor, the city councillors who chair council’s planning and rural-affairs committees, the manager who heads city hall’s planning bureaucracy, and two citizen members who will need to have some planning expertise.

So four out of its six members will be the people already in charge of planning in Ottawa.

It’ll have one job: To review the planning department’s work plan, its to-do list of policy studies and whatnot for each year. “Re-examine minimum parking requirements for new developments,” “Write neighbourhood plans for north Kanata, south Barrhaven and the new Gladstone O-Train station,” “Clemow Estate Heritage Conservation District Study: Phases 2 and 3,” that kind of thing.

The to-do list is set by the manager who heads the department, working with the chairs of the two committees he answers to. The plan is ordinarily reset after each election; the advisory committee will check in on it annually.

AIDS memorial could go up in front of Ottawa City Hall

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Coun. David Chernushenko introduced a notice of motion to seek city support to have the memorial placed in Marion Dewar Plaza in front of City Hall.

By Ryan Tumilty, Metro

A new memorial could be in place outside city hall next year to mark both those who have died from AIDS and the dark history of the disease.

After celebrating their 30th anniversary last year, the AIDS committee of Ottawa is hoping to install a new memorial for those who have died.

“We have recognized that Ottawa is one of the bigger cities in Canada that doesn’t have an official AIDS memorial,” said Khaled Salam, the group’s executive director.

On Wednesday, city Coun. David Chernushenko introduced a notice of motion to seek city support to have the memorial placed in Marion Dewar Plaza in front of City Hall.