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.

2 companies say they haven't been paid $6M for Lansdowne work

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Spring Valley Classic Custom Corp., Lainco Inc. file lawsuits this month

CBC News

Two companies are claiming they haven't been paid for millions of dollars worth of work done on Lansdowne Park.

In a statement of claim filed on Oct. 27, Spring Valley Classic Custom Corp. says it had an agreement to build the wooden veil that surrounds TD Place stadium, as well as additional design and engineering work. 

The price for the work was about $8 million, the Hamilton-area company claims, but it did the work and supplied materials worth an additional $3.4 million.

The claim says the Lansdowne group and Pomerleau, the contractor in charge of the project, inspected the additional work and were aware of the additional charges through invoices and requests for payment.

Spring Valley claims the difference hasn't been paid.

The lawsuit names the defendants as Lansdowne Residential GP, Lansdowne Residential Limited Partnership, TD Bank, Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, the City of Ottawa and Pomerleau. 

Chernushenko back for second term in Capital Ward

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By Aidan Cullis, Ottawa Community News

Capital Ward residents have returned David Chernushenko to city hall for a second term after he collected more than 77 per cent of the vote.

At Chernushenko’s election night event on Oct. 27, the delicious smell of the kitchen wafted through the back room of Patty’s Pub on Bank Street as people slowly filtered in ahead of the polls closing, sitting down in front of a TV tuned to election coverage. CCR’s Bad Moon Rising played in the background as campaign staff and supporters awaited Chernushenko’s arrival. Despite the rain, there was certainly no bad moon out tonight for this particular candidate.

With results pouring in shortly after 8 p.m., people waited eagerly to call a win. Sure enough, when Chernushenko surpassed the 50 per cent mark shortly after 9 p.m., it was safe for the party to begin in earnest.

“As the incumbent who didn’t think that he’d messed up in any major way, it’s sort of your election to lose,” said Chernushenko. “You’re kind of expected to win, but you can’t take it for granted — you have to work hard. A lot of people wanted to congratulate me much too early.”

At the end of the evening, Chernushenko’s share of the popular vote was well up from the 41.3 per cent he took in 2010.

Lansdowne Park veil builder not paid in full, suit says

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By Jon Willing, Ottawa Sun

Hamilton-area company Spring Valley Classic Custom Corp. says it's still owed $3.4 million for the work they did on the Lansdowne Park veil. CITY OF OTTAWA IMAGE

Another company says it hasn't been paid for work at Lansdowne Park, claiming it's owed $3.4 million for the design and construction of the site's signature element.

The wooden veil wraps around the south-side stands at TD Place stadium and is one of the redevelopment's standout features.

Spring Valley Classic Custom Corp. says it had an agreement to design, engineer and construct the stadium veil.

The Hamilton-area company says it supplied labour and material "in a good and workmanlike manner in excess" of $8 million.

"This included additional work required to ensure a safe design and reworking of the original structure design and materials and additional costs," the suit says.

Still outstanding is the $3.4 million, even though invoices have been issued for the work, the company's suit claims.

In addition to the city, the suit names as defendants the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, general contractor Pomerleau and lender TD Bank.

According to Spring Valley, it has made requests for payment and sent invoices but has not received the owed money.