7 April 2015

In this edition of the Capital Ward newsletter, a call for volunteer gardeners, invitations to community meetings, updates on city construction projects, and more.

David Chernushenko
David Chernushenko
Councillor for Capital Ward
613-580-2487 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In this issue

OOS Adopt-a-Garden meeting

We're looking for a few good people to help keep Old Ottawa South beautiful by volunteering to maintain the public planters along Bank Street and the new gardens along Sunnyside Ave.

Interested? Learn more at our meeting on Wednesday, April 15, 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Old Firehall.

To RSVP or for more info, contact my office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 613-580-2424 ext. 26693.


O'Connor Bikeway Open House

Thursday, April 9, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
(Presentation at 7 p.m.)
Jean Pigott Place
Ottawa City Hall
110 Laurier Ave. W.

The City is hosting a second open house for the O'Connor Street Bikeway, the proposed cycling facility along the O'Connor St. corridor from Wellington St. to Glebe Ave. Information will also be presented for the Glebe Neighbourhood Cycling Plan portion of the proposed cycling facility further south along O'Connor down to Fifth Ave. Identified in the Ottawa Cycling Plan as a Phase 1 Cross-town Bikeway, the facility would link Confederation Boulevard (at Wellington St.), the Central Business District, Centretown and the Glebe.

The open house will learn more details about the project including:

  • Gaining an understanding of existing conditions and challenges
  • Reviewing the preferred concept for the bikeway
  • Sharing thoughts and ideas on achieving the project goal and on addressing potential community concerns.

The preferred concept:

  • Between Wellington and Pretoria, where O'Connor is a one-way street: a separated bi-directional bikeway on the east side of the roadway with a buffer treatment consisting of pre-cast concrete curbs, paint and flexible bollards.
  • Between Pretoria and Strathcona where O'Connor is a one-way street: a uni-directional bike lane on the west side and a contraflow bike lane on the east side with a buffer treatment similar to above
  • Between Strathcona and Glebe Avenue, where O'Connor is a two-way street: a painted bike lane on both sides.*

*The Glebe Neighbourhood Cycling Plan recommends the continuation of a painted bike lane on both sides of O'Connor from Glebe Ave. to Fifth Ave.

The images below illustrate the preferred concept at two representative locations along O'Connor.

Example cross-section of O'Connor Bikeway looking north at MacLaren St. (cross-section varies by block)
Example cross-section of O'Connor Bikeway looking north at Patterson Ave. (cross-section varies by block)

The recommended functional design concept, showing the proposed treatment for the bikeway along the full length of the O'Connor corridor from Wellington St. to Glebe Ave., meets the following project objectives:

  • The highest level of cycling safety and comfort for all ages and abilities
  • A northbound and southbound link as part of the larger existing and planned cycling network
  • A short-term, cost-effective solution (i.e. limited to work between the curbs and not a full rebuild of the street)
  • Supportive of the long-term goal of a Complete Street.

The study has involved a review and evaluation of alternative design options leading to a recommended functional design concept that has the highest likelihood of implementation based on technical feasibility, affordability and community input. If adopted, the City would co-ordinate the works with the planned street resurfacing of O'Connor St. (Somerset St. to Isabella St.) and work towards implementation of the bikeway in two phases:

  1. Between Laurier Ave. and Glebe Ave. starting in 2016
  2. Between Wellington St. and Laurier Ave. starting sometime after 2017.

The project is being planned to meet the requirements of Ontario's Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act that may apply.

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation for this meeting, please call 3-1-1 or e-mail the project lead below before the event.

Tell us what you think!

For more information on the study contact the City's project manager.

Robert Grimwood, P.Eng.
Senior Project Manager, Sustainable Transportation
Planning & Growth Management Department
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Ave. W., 4th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1J1
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
613-580-2424 ext. 28757
Fax: 613-580-2578


RESCHEDULED: Complete Streets Open House

Tuesday, May 5, 5 – 8 p.m. (Presentation at 6:30 p.m.)
Jean Pigott Place, City Hall
110 Laurier Avenue West
Transit routes 5, 6, 14 and Transitway Routes

The City of Ottawa invites you to an Open House to learn more about Complete Streets and the plan for implementation within our city. This meeting, originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 8, has been moved to Tuesday, May 5.

Complete Streets integrate physical elements creating an environment of safety, comfort and mobility for all users of the street regardless of age, ability or mode of transportation. In the November 2013 Transportation Master Plan (TMP) update, recommendations were included to support the development of Complete Streets.

The Implementation Framework will recommend a process for transportation projects that:

  • ensures a Complete Streets approach
  • is sensitive to the unique aspects of specific areas
  • identifies road users and their various modes of transportation

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please call 3-1-1 or e-mail the project lead below before the event.

For further information about this project and/or to submit comments, please contact:

Colin Simpson, MCIP RPP
Senior Project Manager
Transportation Planning Branch
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1J1
613.580.2424 ext. 27881
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


McIlraith Bridge Rehabilitation

The contractor, Greyleith Limited, has begun rehabilitation work on the McIlraith Bridge (connecting Main St. and Smyth Rd. over the Rideau River) due to the age and condition of the existing bridge structure. This project includes wildlife mitigation measures to protect Barn Swallows and turtles, as required under provincial Species at Risk legislation.

As with all such projects, local residents can expect some inconvenience. In this case, the work requires lane closures between Elliot Ave. and Riverside Dr. One lane will remain open to traffic in either direction at all times.

In addition, because of traffic constraints on Riverside Drive during daytime and peak hours, some work on the last span of the bridge will occur after hours, over a period of up to 11 nights in April. The City of Ottawa Noise By-law (2004-253) allows construction activity weekdays between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., Saturdays between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., and Sundays and statutory holidays between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. For that reason, this project will require exemptions for the affected nights.

Local residents may also feel vibrations from the work.

For more information, contact Sarah Postma, Greyleith Limited, at 613-253-3771.


Safe Crossing of Colonel By

Work on the fully signalized safe crossing of Colonel By Drive at Clegg will begin April 13, with completion expected by June. The improvements will allow safe access to the canal pathway and the Skateway and reduce confusion at this difficult intersection.


Main Street Renewal

Major construction for the Main Street Renewal project is now expected to begin in late May or early June. This is a bit later than planned because the budget approval falls under the Budget Adjustment Report in April instead of solely under the regular budget approved in March

Open House
The City plans to host a public open house, tentatively on May 11, but details still need to be confirmed.

OC Transpo detour on Colonel By
The National Capital Commission recently approved a temporary detour of northbound OC Transpo service from Main Street onto Colonel By Dr. between Clegg St. and Hawthorne Ave. This detour is necessary to maintain northbound bus service within the community during the Main Street "Complete Street" transformation from 2015 to 2017.


Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital

Early bird registration is open for the annual Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital campaign, which will take place this year from April 15 to May 15.

Registration is quick and easy:

  1. Go to ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) to register for the cleanup. The new interactive map on our website will show you which locations have already been claimed, allow you to register your own project site and choose the cleanup supplies that you need.
  2. Select a location such as a park, ravine, shoreline, bus stop, pathway or any public area that requires litter pickup, graffiti removal or other cleanup.

Volunteers who register their cleanup project before April 14 have a chance to win one of many early bird prizes donated by our generous sponsors. Volunteers who submit a final cleanup report by May 31 will be eligible for more prizes.

Last year, 80,000 volunteers collected almost 140,000 kg of litter from 1,400 locations.

This is a great opportunity for families and friends to work together on community cleanup projects that help make Ottawa clean, green, graffiti-free and litter-free. Cleaning the Capital is also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.


Parenting in Ottawa

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has launched a new, interactive Parenting in Ottawa web portal to help parents access relevant, reliable and local parenting information online.

Research shows that a large majority of parents are using online channels to find information, support and community resources and to stay connected with other parents. Parenting in Ottawa is designed to cover all kinds of parenting issues, from planning a family to getting through the teenage years, all in a highly interactive, easy-to-use format.

Parenting in Ottawa contains a wealth of information about local community resources and events, and helps parents and families connect virtually with experts from various organizations.

This web portal will provide access to parenting information on subjects such as:

  • pregnancy
  • the growth and development of your child
  • mental health
  • when to worry, when not to
  • healthy eating
  • immunization
  • how to talk to your child and teen about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs
  • how to talk to your child and teen about puberty and sexuality
  • community services for your family

Parents can also access the recently launched and very popular Parenting in Ottawa Facebook page, where they can interact live with other parents and with a Public Health Nurse weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information on pregnancy and parenting, please visit ParentinginOttawa.com or call the OPH Information Line at 613-580-6744. You can also follow OPH on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.