I’m sending out this issue of Capital Ward News to let residents know about some upcoming events — including a Capital Ward Walk and a public meeting on the Emerald Ash Borer — and to share my thoughts on the recent Lansdowne Park legal outcome.
Councillor for Capital Ward
Capital Ward Walk: Street Art in the Glebe
Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m.
Meet at Bank and Patterson
Please join me for a very special Capital Ward Walk to see the new street art on Bank Street in the Glebe. The artist, Tim desClouds, will join us.
Mr. desClouds’s series A Place to Nest, a Place to Reflect. Have a Seat won the public art competition for this street renewal project.
The City of Ottawa described his work as 22 “whimsical metal chairs in various shapes, sizes and heights as a reflection of the Glebe’s history, architecture, and the diversity of individuals in the area … The work’s strong aesthetic and timeless nature made it a clear winner in this art competition.”
We’ll meet at 10 a.m. at the corner of Bank and Patterson. We will head south along Bank Street and aim to be finished by 11:30 a.m.
Public Meeting on Emerald Ash Borer
Monday, May 14, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Southminster Church, 15 Aylmer Ave. (Old Ottawa South)
In response to my request, the City of Ottawa’s Forestry Department is hosting a public information meeting regarding the impact of the Emerald Ash Borer in Capital Ward.
This meeting is for Capital Ward residents who want to know how the EAB issue will affect this area. Forestry staff will make a presentation, followed by a question and answer period.
The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive insect species that has killed an estimated 50 to 100 million ash trees since its introduction to North America in the 1990s. The insect’s larvae feed on the inner bark and sapwood along the entire trunk and larger branches, which disrupts the tree’s circulation of water and nutrients and can kill it in one to three years.
The beetle, which is native to Asia, was confirmed in Ottawa in 2008. It poses a major economic and environmental threat to urban and forested areas in Canada and the United States. Since it spends most of its lifecycle under the bark of trees, the destructive species can be easily spread through the movement of firewood or other tree materials such as nursery stock, logs, brush and larger wood chips.
Learn more at www.ottawa.ca
Rideau River Cleanup
Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join the Urban Rideau Conservationists on Mother's Day weekend for the River Cleanup in collaboration with community groups.
There are three meet-up locations:
- Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club,
176 Cameron Ave. (next to Brewer Park)
- Brantwood Park Field House,
off Onslow Cres. (two blocks east of Main St., near Saint Paul U)
- New Edinburgh Field House,
193 Stanley Ave.
Dress for mucky conditions. The City of Ottawa is providing cleanup supplies, and there will be free coffee at select locations.
Heron Park Survey
The Heron Park Community Association (HPCA) is conducting a Community Building Survey to help determine what size and type of community centre facility would be appropriate for the neighbourhood.
Statement on Lansdowne Park legal outcome
Monday's ruling by the Ontario Court of Appeal against the Friends of Lansdowne effectively clears the way for the Lansdowne Partnership Plan to go ahead. This obviously comes as a disappointment for many residents of Capital Ward. We continue to believe that this plan — and the process behind it — are just too flawed to deserve such a major investment of public money and dedication of public space.
We have not been convinced that Lansdowne Park is the right place for a major new stadium, given its relatively poor transportation links, and we do not believe that more retail space is needed in this location. We also remain deeply concerned about the impact of additional daily traffic on the health, safety and social fabric of the residential neighbourhoods in the Glebe, Old Ottawa South and Old Ottawa East.
It is time, however, to move from a position of opposing the Lansdowne Partnership Plan outright to one of more constructive engagement. However unappealing this will sound to many, it is in the details that we must seek ways to refine and improve what is likely to be built. Continue reading ...