Fall is here, and with it news about the new signalized crossing on Bronson, the Brookfield pathway, Budget 2016 consultatons, the Blue Bag program, tree planting, Ottawa's participation in the World Cities Project, and the new Bank St. underpass mural.
Councillor for Capital Ward
Bronson Ave. is gaining a new pedestrian and cyclist crossing south of Colonel By Dr. In addition to traffic signals, the improvements include new sidewalks, bicycle lanes, multi-use pathways, streetlights, and modifications to the ramps connecting Bronson to Colonel By and Bronson Pl.
Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-September. The crossing should be functional by the end of November, with final paving and landscaping to be completed next spring or summer.
Work is taking place on Bronson Ave. between the Colonel By Dr. overpass and Sunnyside Ave., as well as on the Bronson Ave./Colonel By Dr. ramps and on Bronson Pl. between Colonel By Dr. and Fulton Ave. To avoid lane restrictions on Bronson during the day, the contractor will work between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., with periodic lane and ramp closures. While efforts are being made to minimize noise, dust, vibrations and other disruptions to local residents, some of these things will be unavoidable, and the contractor has applied for a noise by-law exemption.
Thank you for your patience while this much-needed crossing is being installed. Find out more about the project here.
Residents on foot or bike can once again travel easily between the communities of Heron Park, Confederation Heights and Riverside Park via the Brookfield multi-use pathway. The City of Ottawa recently unveiled a new dedicated, grade-separated connection to cross under the O-train track at Sawmill Creek.
Work to replace the only at-grade crossing of the O-Train tracks for pedestrians and cyclists began a year ago, when the City embarked on the O-Train expansion project. This new connection consists of a wooden deck elevated crossing and asphalt connecting path that curves under the Sawmill Creek O-Train Bridge. The total project cost $2.3 million.
The pathway, including the new connection, will be maintained in winter.
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Residents will have several opportunities in the coming weeks to take part in pre-budget consultations in advance of the City of Ottawa Budget 2016. These opportunities are in addition to Mayor Jim Watson’s telephone town hall held in June. Councillors will work together in groups, inviting residents from their wards to share budget comments and provide input on priorities and potential savings.
The session covering Capital Ward is planned for Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Jim Durrell Recreation Centre, with Councillors Riley Brockington (River Ward), David Chernushenko (Capital Ward), Jean Cloutier (Alta Vista Ward) and Diane Deans (Gloucester-Southgate Ward). Visit ottawa.ca for a full list of sessions throughout the city.
Suggestions and ideas arising from the consultations will be brought forward for consideration before City staff develops the draft budget, which will be tabled later this fall. To assist residents in preparing for these meetings, background information and budget resource materials are available at ottawa.ca.
The City of Ottawa has introduced a blue, reusable bag to make it easier for people in apartments, condos and other multi-unit properties to recycle.
The Blue Bag is a smaller, collapsible version of a Blue Box, so it takes up less space. When it's full, residents can use the bag to carry recyclables to the designated recycling area and then sort them into the appropriate containers. The bag is reusable and easy to wipe or rinse clean. Information about what can be recycled is available on ottawa.ca.
While the City's curbside diversion rate was over 50 per cent in 2014, the multi-residential diversion rate in last year was just over 16 per cent — a significant challenge that Ottawa must address by making it easier for more residents to recycle.
In addition to encouraging recycling, the Blue Bags can help property managers save money through reduced garbage collection fees. Property managers or condo board representatives can contact Progressive Waste Solutions at 613-740-3281 to request Blue Bags for their properties.
Residents who live in apartment buildings and multi-unit properties are encouraged to contact their property managers and building superintendents to receive the Blue Bags.
Forestry Services’ fall tree planting program is scheduled to begin the week of Sept. 28 and will run, weather permitting, until the end of November. Trees will be planted along streets, at City facilities and in parks, including 17 trees in Kaladar Park in the Heron Park neighbourhood, and nine in Glebe Memorial Park, on the northern edge of Capital Ward.
Where a tree planting is scheduled on City property adjacent to a residence, individual notifications will be provided to the resident in advance of planting. Residents should also expect to see utility flags and paint on the ground prior to planting.
Ottawa and Hannover, Germany, have officially started working together to identify strategies for boosting renewable energy generation and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced at the local level. The cities were paired as part of the World Cities Project, a global initiative of the European Commission's Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy to match participant cities in the European Union with counterparts in Canada, Japan, India and China. The goal is to promote the exchange of knowledge and best practices for urban and territorial development. In Canada, the program's main focus is on sustainable urban development, giving participant cities the opportunity to collaborate in three core areas:
When the Hannover delegation visited Ottawa in July, the itinerary highlighted noteworthy development projects and sustainability initiatives underway in the city. They met with City staff and key environmental organizations from the community and explored Canada's capital while learning about our approach to issues like active transportation, renewable energy, green buildings and sustainable neighbourhood design.
The five-member Ottawa delegation, which will travel to Europe in October, includes Environment Committee Chair David Chernushenko and representatives from the City's Planning and Growth Management Department and Environmental Services Department, the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op and Hydro Ottawa.
Residents of Capital Ward may have noticed the new murals on the Queensway underpass along Bank St. They were created as part of the Murals on Underpasses program intended to feature local artists and beautify the City.
One wall features a mural painted by local artist Nicole Belanger, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation in 2017. The opposing wall is adorned with a multi-coloured mural titled The Heart of a City in Motion, created by the artist group AMPLove. It celebrates the diversity of individuals from around the world who call Ottawa home. A city in motion is captured, recognizing that nature, family and friendship work in harmony to give the community its heart.