With summer vacation fast approaching for many, things are ramping up in preparation for winding down. But before then, a pair of meetings taking place this week are of particular interest to residents.
I am thrilled to say that not only is the “new” Main Street officially open, the ceremonial reopening coincided with the annual Main Event, making for an especially celebratory mood and a great turnout. We’re sharing a few photos below.
As always, I’ll be taking some vacation time this summer, though my office will remain open. I hope you’ll get some down time too.
Main Street Celebration
After two years of dust and detours, Main Street in Old Ottawa East officially reopened on Sunday with a big celebration that coincided with the Main Event. A huge crowd enjoyed the street party with live music, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, street food, horse-drawn wagon rides and other fun activities that took over Ottawa's first major "Complete Street", a road designed to be shared equally by motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and transit users.
The renewal project, which began in early 2015, involved the replacement of old water and sewer systems, and the narrowing of much of the roadway to accommodate new cycle tracks, wider sidewalks, landscaping and public art.
Click here for more photos of the party and a video of the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Wednesday, June 21, 7 – 9 p.m.
Don't forget that there's an open house tomorrow evening for residents who wish to view details of final plans and ask questions about the designs, anticipated construction timing and impacts of major infrastructure projects set to begin in 2017.
The marquee project for many people will be the long-anticipated footbridge over the Rideau Canal connecting the Glebe with Old Ottawa East and South. Another is the Western Rideau River Pathway, which will connect existing paths and trails from Billings Bridge to the Lees transit station. Finally, there’s the series of changes to bus routes and service related to the opening of light rail service.
But there’s no need to confine questions to these projects. I will be available at this meeting to take questions, hear concerns and discuss whatever issue you wish to bring up, one on one. There will be no speeches or Q&A session.
Thursday, June 22, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Ottawa now has approximately 3,500 properties designated under the Ontario Heritage Act, ranging from simple Lowertown cottages to rural churches, stone farmhouses and even the Mayfair Theatre.
To ensure better management of our built heritage resources, the City has initiated the Heritage Inventory Project, a city-wide survey and evaluation of all built structures in order to determine which resources contribute to the city's cultural heritage.
The conservation of heritage buildings, districts and landscapes is a priority for the City of Ottawa because they are physical reminders of our past and provide a greater understanding and appreciation of our local identity. The City of Ottawa conserves significant cultural heritage resources to celebrate, revitalize, stabilize and enhance the community as well as to contribute to its physical, social, cultural and economic development.
At this information meeting, City staff will be available to discuss the results of property evaluations in Old Ottawa East and Old Ottawa South.
Monday, June 26, 7 p.m.
Guest speaker Dr. Stephen Azzi will talk about the life and times of Lester B. Pearson, Nobel Prize winner and prime minister in two productive minority governments in the 1960s.
Azzi is associate professor of political management, history, and political science at Carleton University, where he is supervisor of the Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management. He holds a PhD from the University of Waterloo and has extensive political experience, having worked for four members of Parliament. He is author of Walter Gordon and the Rise of Canadian Nationalism and Reconcilable Differences: A History of Canada-US Relations.
Monday, June 26, 6 – 8 p.m.
The City of Ottawa is hosting a public information session to discuss the renewal of aging infrastructure in the Brantwood Park area. Drop in to review the preliminary design plans, including the proposed roadway geometry, roadway widths and sidewalk locations.
The works proposed includes the rehabilitation or replacement of sidewalks, road structure and pavement, watermains and sewers on the following streets:
I will be there, along with representatives from the City and the design consultant, to discuss the project and to answer your questions.
The project's detailled design will be finalized over the coming months, with construction starting in 2018. Visit ottawa.ca for more information.
The City of Ottawa is warning residents to be aware of door-to-door salespeople posing as water-quality technician and making false claims about the quality of our drinking water. These scammers have been approaching residents to sell water filtration or treatment systems.
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has rated Ottawa’s drinking water as being among the safest in the world. The City has an extensive drinking water quality analysis program.
Residents are reminded that:
Should you have concerns or wish to report suspicious visits or calls, please contact the City of Ottawa via 3-1-1.
With the increase of opioid overdoses in Ottawa over the last few months, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) offers the following resources that may be of help:
For more information on any of these resources, contact Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 or visit ottawapublichealth.ca.