6 March 2012

The purpose of this issue of Capital Ward News is to notify you of two upcoming meetings of interest to Capital Ward residents, and to encourage young people to join the Ottawa Police Service's Youth Advisory Committee.

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

Safer Bridges Meeting

Thursday, March 29, 7 to 9 p.m.
Old Firehall, 260 Sunnyside Ave.

I am working on improving the safety of the Bank Street Bridge and Billings Bridge for cyclists and pedestrians (and motorists too!). Cyclists don't belong on sidewalks, but many feel unsafe on the road surface on these bridges.

To address this problem, I'm hoping to make the outside lanes in both directions "no passing" lanes, effectively obliging cars to treat a cyclist as they do any other vehicle: either move safely to the left lane to pass a cyclist, or stay behind the cyclist until safely off the bridge.

On March 29, I will host an open house at the Old Firehall in Old Ottawa South to show some drawings and explain the proposed approach. Come out and share your thoughts.

Lansdowne Soil Remediation Meeting

Wednesday, March 21, 7 to 9 p.m.
St. Giles Presbyterian Church, 174 First Avenue

The City of Ottawa is organizing a public information meeting on soil remediation at Lansdowne Park, and on the risk management measures associated with the contaminated soils.

Presentations are from 7 to 7:30 p.m., followed by a question and answer session from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

According to City of Ottawa staff, the associated draft Certificate of Property Use should be posted by Thursday, March 15 on the Government of Ontario's Environmental Registry at www.ebr.gov.on.ca (search for "Lansdowne Park"), and the Risk Management Plan will be available at ottawa.ca/lansdownepartnership.

For more information, please contact:

Nancy Horton
Program Manager, Disposals and Environmental Remediation
Realty Services Branch
City of Ottawa
613-580-2424, ext. 21219
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Ottawa Police Service seeks members for Youth Advisory Committee

Here's a great opportunity for young people who want to get involved in their community:

Ottawa Police Service is launching a Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) for young people under 24.

The YAC will bring a youth voice to policing and give young people a chance to share ideas and work with police on decisions and projects that matter to Ottawa youth. YAC members will also meet new friends, build skills and resumes, and be provided with food, bus tickets and other perks.

The YAC comes straight from ideas and suggestions from youth at the Let's Chat Youth Café co-hosted by the Ottawa Police and the Ottawa Police Services Board last fall.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining the YAC, please apply online by Friday, March 23. For more information and to apply, visit ottawapolice.ca/yac.