Statements on Glebe hate crime

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I write this with a heavy heart, after the hate incident perpetrated last night at the home of Rabbi Anna Maranta, on Powell Ave.

There is no room for complacency here. Someone in our midst felt it was acceptable to vandalize someone’s home with a hateful message, and we must make it loud and clear that they are wrong.

Each of us must stand with all the residents of our community to show our support for each other at a time when vulnerable groups are feeling understandably nervous.

I am encouraged by the swift condemnation of this disgraceful act, and by the equally swift action taken to remove the graffiti. This is the tolerant and inclusive Glebe and Capital Ward that we all know.

Best regards,

Community associations in Capital Ward, as well as the Glebe BIA, have also shared statements in the wake of recent hate crimes:

Glebe Community Association

The Glebe Community Association advocates for a liveable, sustainable, diverse urban neighbourhood and believes in a safe community which welcomes, and is enriched by, diversity, broadly defined. 

We were all shocked and greatly offended by the racist, hate-crime committed against one of our neighbours. 

We express our support to Rabbi Maranta and ask that the City of Ottawa Police Service and the RCMP do all that is possible to immediately bring the criminals to justice. We also request anyone with information about the perpetrator report to Crimestoppers.

Glebe BIA

The Glebe Business Improvement Area is horrified by the appearance of hate graffiti on the home of a local resident. The symbols send a message of intolerance and hate to the entire community and we regard it as a sickening act.

While we view this as an isolated incident, we cannot allow this behaviour to continue as we all have a role to play in combating bigotry. Hate is not welcome in our community or our society. We are thankful for the quick response to this incident and urge all community members to answer the call to work towards a more civil and inclusive Ottawa.

We wish to let those victimized by this thoughtless crime know that we condemn these actions and are committed to working with the community in any way necessary to see that such things do not happen again.

The Glebe is a place that is welcoming and inclusive, a neighbourhood where this type of behaviour will never be tolerated.

Old Ottawa East Community Association

The residents of Old Ottawa East were appalled at the news of today's hate crime committed in our sister neighbourhood, the Glebe. We are a community that welcomes diversity and supports freedom of religion.

Old Ottawa South Community Association

The Old Ottawa South Community Association (OSCA) wishes to express its outrage and anger about the recent incidents of vandalism targeting minority groups in Ottawa.
Ottawa is known to be a city that is diverse and celebrates our many differences. We can only hope that these cowardly acts have been carried out by a person or a small group of people who are simply attention-seekers for all the wrong reasons.  We are confident that the ongoing police investigation will soon find the perpetrators and they will be brought to justice.
Our thoughts are with those who have been personally hurt as a result of these hate crimes.

Glebe Annex Community Association

The Glebe Annex Community Association categorically condemns the hate crime perpetuated against a Glebe resident at her home on November 15, 2016.

As the centre of Canadian democracy and a symbol of freedom to the world, our city has no place for these types of cowardly attacks. We express our support unreservedly to Rabbi Maranta and encourage our residents to report any information that they may have regarding the incident to Ottawa Police Service’s Hate Crimes Unit.

Ottawa has become one of the world’s great cities due its commitment to serve as a sanctuary for all those who wish to live in peace, no matter who they love, who they pray to, what language they speak, or where they may come from. The Glebe Annex Community Association will continue to support the right of all people to live here in peace.

Dow's Lake Residents Association

The Dows Lake Residents' Association (DLRA) strongly condemns the despicable hate crime committed in our community, on Powell street. We stand in solidarity with our neighbour who has been victimized, and call upon the police to bring the perpetrators to justice.

We cannot allow such heinous behaviour in our neighbourhoods. The DLRA therefore requests that you and other community leaders make it clear that this kind of bigotry will not be tolerated in our city. In this endeavour we are ready to stand with you.

We must be vigilant against the scourge of racism and be prepared to confront it whenever it shows its ugly head. Please let us know if there is anything the DLRA can do support those who has been victimized by such behaviour.

Heron Park Community Association

Neighbours: You may have heard about an incident of vandalism in our Ward that is being categorized as a hate crime. The Heron Park Community Association strongly condemns all such acts of violence and hate. 

As part of the City of Ottawa, Heron Park is home to the whole wonderful spectrum of  human diversity.  All are welcome and all have the right to safety and respect.  We invite you to stand with any person or group feeling vulnerable.  We are stronger together. Together!

Two more park planners deployed to help clear Ottawa's project backlog

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Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen

The city is beefing up its team of park planners and assigning the work to one department to clear a backlog of projects.

Two more park planning positions are being created through the City of Ottawa’s corporate reorganization.

Dan Chenier, the general manager of parks and recreation, said his department will now take charge of all park planning, rather than having the responsibility straddle the parks department and planning department.

“One of the things the city manager heard is we have so many projects now that there’s a backlog of projects,” Chenier said in an interview. “We need more capacity to turn out more projects more quickly.”

Chenier said the backlog of projects has been a “chronic condition.”

There are about 17 projects in the queue.

Sixteen park planners will now be in charge of projects through inception, construction and maintenance.

The amount of work required is significant, considering there are 1,835 play structures, 478 sports fields and 284 ball diamonds in the city’s portfolio. There are 4,135 hectares of parkland that need monitoring for upkeep, with more being added as the city grows.

“The new opportunity is we have a larger pool (of planners) to spread this work around,” Chenier said.

There is a high demand from councillors to create parks, replace playground equipment or make repairs.

Each of the 23 wards has a reserve fund collecting “cash-in-lieu of parkland.” Developers must provide parkland in new projects, and if they can’t, they have to pay cash to the city. Sixty per cent of the money stays in a parkland fund for the ward and the rest goes into a citywide fund.

The city’s last cash-in-lieu of parkland update at the end of September showed there was $11 million spread across the 23 ward accounts. Some wards have much more money than others, especially those areas with significant development, such as the downtown. Together with the citywide fund and a special fund for the Preston-Carling district, there’s more than $14 million in cash-in-lieu of parkland accounts.

The city was temporarily funding two parks planners from the cash-in-lieu of parkland funds to help with the backlog of projects, but the temporary nature of the contracts led to a high turnover in staff.

Capital Coun. David Chernushenko has been pushing the city to address the lack of resources for creating new parks.

“I made it a top priority when I met with the city manager,” Chernushenko said.

Lights on Bikes

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Councillor David Chernushenko and Ian Grabina installed bike lights at this morning's event at Clegg and Echo, with Safer Roads Ottawa and the Old Ottawa East Community Association.





Ontario bringing back photo radar for school zones

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By Haley Ritchie, Metro

Cameras capable of catching and ticketing speeding drivers will soon be coming to Ottawa’s busiest school zones.

On Tuesday, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the province will introduce a bill that would give cities in Ontario the power to approve and install photo radar cameras.

The announcement was made at Elmdale Public School alongside Mayor Jim Watson, Ottawa police Chief Charles Bordeleau and Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi.

In May, city council voted to ask the province for special permission to install photo radar cameras. Right now, cities don’t have that power.

It will still be months before speed cameras are installed in school zones. The legislation will be tabled before the end of November and needs to pass through the legislature. After that process is complete, the discussion of where to put cameras will come to city council.

Somerset ward Coun. Catherine McKenney said she believes installing the cameras is a priority for council and will be asking for them in her ward.

"I think kids across the city deserve a safe way to walk to school. We don’t have the criteria yet for how we’ll evaluate that, but I think that each of us will be looking at particularly dangerous areas where we have a high rate of collision and a high rate of kids walking to school," she said.

The second part of Tuesday’s announcement will allow cities to control their default speed limit on residential roads.

Right now the speed limit is 50 kilometres per hour, but Watson said on Tuesday morning that council would consider lowering Ottawa’s default speed to 40 kilometres per hour.

Naqvi said money raised from the tickets will go to directly to municipalities, and will likely offset the cost of equipment and enforcement.

What’s in a name? City’s environment committee takes on climate change

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By Jennifer McIntosh, Ottawa Community News

Two members of the public wanted to get the city’s environment committee to change more than its name on Nov. 1.

As part of the midterm governance review, the environment committee will change it’s name to the environment and climate protection committee to better reflect the work it does, said committee chair David Chernushenko.

“It’s symbolic, but it’s more than that,” Chernushenko said.

But Donna DuBreuil, president of the Ottawa Carleton wildlife centre, wanted more than a name change.

DuBreuil said it makes little sense for the city’s agriculture and rural affairs committee to deal with urban wildlife concerns and urban forest management, since most of their work deals with the city’s rural area.

“Wildlife and bio diversity is an integral part of the city’s environment,” she said.

Debbie Laws, a member of the board of directors for the Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre, said the centre dealt with thousands of injured birds last year.

The number of injured birds topped 3,300 last year, she said – a 35 per cent increase over the previous year. And for a small, not-for-profit, the increase in winged patients puts a lot of pressure on the budget.

“I find it odd that birds and wildlife don’t fall under the environment committee’s mandate,” she said. “It’s responsible for the common green spaces and natural areas. The committee should also be responsible for the birds and wildlife that need those areas for their survival.”

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.

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.

A message to Good Samaritans on O'Connor

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The following is directed to those who stopped to help the cyclist who was hit by a driver on the O'Connor Bikeaway this week. Both the cyclist and his wife wish to remain anonymous. If you are the owner of the orange jacket, or if you know who is, please email Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. or call 613-580-2487 so that we can arrange its return.

To all those who came to the aid of the O'Connor cyclist on Tuesday late afternoon:

We'd like to thank you for your amazing kindness and generosity to a stranger who needed help. We were both very touched by it all and extremely grateful.

I suppose we are not really strangers, as I feel a certain camaraderie with other cyclists, knowing the potential dangers that can exist on even a daily commute.  We all have to look out for each other — pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. This is our community.

My husband is at home recovering, still in quite a bit of pain, but things should improve every day.  Cycling season is over for this year.  :-)

We would also like to track down the owner of the orange jacket pictured below so that we can return it. 

The good vibes we got from this situation will go towards the healing process, I believe that.

Our sincere thank you to everyone once again.