20 June 2017

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.


David Chernushenko
Councillor for Capital Ward


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Photos by Chris Bricker (City of Ottawa) and Jim Lamont
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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.

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Reminder: Capital Ward Open House

Wednesday, June 21, 7 – 9 p.m.
Immaculata High School (Upper Cafeteria), 140 Main St.

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.

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Heritage Inventory Project meeting

Thursday, June 22, 6:30 – 9 p.m.640px Mayfair Theatre thumb
Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave.

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.

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Sesquicentennial Prime Ministers Book Club: Lester B. Pearson

PearsonMonday, June 26, 7 p.m.
Saint Paul University, 233 Main St., Room L120

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.

This talk is one in a series organized by the Old Ottawa East Community Association to celebrate Canada’s prime ministers during the year of Canada's 150th birthday. Each month, a guest speaker leads a discussion on a particular prime minister in a casual, informal setting. See the schedule and details here. Pre-registration would be appreciated: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Brantwood Park road, sewer and watermain renewal

Monday, June 26, 6 – 8 p.m.
Saint Paul University, 249 Main St. (Room 228, Laframboise Hall, Second Floor)

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:

  • Onslow Crescent: Elliot Ave. to Burnham Rd.,
    and through the park to Clegg St.
  • Belgrave Rd.
  • Glengarry Rd.
  • Beckwith Rd. from Marlowe Cres. to Onslow Cres.
  • Burnham Rd.
  • Letchworth Rd.

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.

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Door-to-door water quality scam

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:

  • City employees do not contact residents to sell products or services.
  • Except for emergency situations, home access is scheduled in advance.
  • City employees carry identification at all times, and you have the right to ask for ID.
  • City employees always travel in vehicles marked with a City of Ottawa logo .

Should you have concerns or wish to report suspicious visits or calls, please contact the City of Ottawa via 3-1-1.

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Opioid community resources

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:

  • The OPH Overdose Resources for Professionals pages provide a growing collection of opioid and overdose related resources.
  • StopOverdoseOttawa.ca offers general information about overdoses, naloxone and fentany; links to pharmacies that carry naloxon; and locations to drop off used or expired medications
  • ParentingInOttawa.com has an opioid specific page with information of interest to parents, such as how to recognize an opioid overdose; how to talk to youth about drugs; where to seek help and more.
  • Watch OPH's webinars, Opioids 101 and How to Talk to Youth About Drugs
  • The Secure Your Meds campaign offers resources to promote the importance of safely disposing of their medications to reduce the number of prescription medication-related overdoses.

For more information on any of these resources, contact Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 or visit ottawapublichealth.ca.

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25 May 2017

Calls to abolish or at least reform the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) have been commonplace for years. Many Ottawa residents blame the City of Ottawa's failure to uphold existing zoning and preserve neighbourhood character on the OMB, an unelected body perceived by many to always side with the developer.

Regardless of the extent to which this is true, many — including city councillors — feel the existence of the OMB, at least in its current form, undermines good municipal planning and leads too often to incompatible development. Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi said as much a few years ago when he began meeting with councillors and residents to discuss the possibility of abolishing or reforming the OMB.

After many discussions and extensive consultation in Ottawa and across the province, the Ontario government is introducing legislation to overhaul our land use planning appeals system, give communities a stronger voice, and provide access to faster, fairer and more affordable hearings.

Legislation will be tabled very soon, with implementation targeted for 2018. If the legislation is passed, regulations will be developed to guide the transition and implementation. You can find more details here.

I like what I see, and look forward to contributing to the passage of this legislation.


David Chernushenko
Councillor for Capital Ward


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Capital Ward Open House

Wednesday, June 21, 7 – 9 p.m.
Immaculata High School (Upper Cafeteria), 140 Main St.

With a number of significant infrastructure projects set to begin in 2017, I am organizing an open house for residents who wish to view details of final plans and ask questions about designs, anticipated construction timing and impacts.

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.

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Great Glebe Garage Sale

Saturday, May 27, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

This popular annual event with a conscience, organized by the Glebe Community Association, is an opportunity to sell unwanted items, discover treasures, and support the community and the environment.

As always, sellers are asked to donate 10% of sale proceeds to the Ottawa Food Bank. In addition, everyone is being asked to make a special effort towards environmental stewardship and the responsible and pro-active disposal of leftovers from the garage sale.

In addition, Ecology Ottawa volunteers will distribute thousands of free saplings to residents and shoppers throughout the neighbourhood  — the single largest one-day distribution of trees Ottawa has ever seen! Visit their fun community zone at  Bank St. and Glebe Ave., where there will be a veggie BBQ, public washrooms, a water bottle filling station, music, kids' activities and more! Come get your free sapling(s)!

For more information on the GGGS and on how to donate or dispose of unwanted or unsold items, visit glebeca.ca.

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Sesquicentennial Prime Ministers Book Club: Sir Robert Borden

Sir Robert Laird Borden 2Monday, May 29, 7 p.m.
Saint Paul University, 233 Main St., Room L120

Greg Donaghy will present the life and times of Sir Robert Borden, prime minister during the trying days of the “Great War.” Greg is Head of the Historical Section and Deputy Director, Policy Research Division, Global Affairs Canada, and author of Grit: The Life and Politics of Paul Martin Sr. The biography was a finalist for the 2015 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.

This is the third in a series of talks to celebrate Canada’s prime ministers. Pre-registration would be appreciated: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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King's Daughters and Sons building expansion

Tuesday, June 6, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.KDS
567 Cambridge St. South

Residents are invited to attend a presentation on the proposed expansion of the King’s Daughters and Sons (KDS) seniors' apartments at 567 Cambridge St. South.

Presentation boards will be on display for viewing in the meeting room. Representatives from KDS will describe the organization and its mission, while project architect CSV Architects, planning consultant Novatech, and City of Ottawa planning staff will be in attendance to answer questions about the project and the planning process.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The councillor's welcome begins at 7 p.m., followed by presentations and a question and answers session.

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Capital Spokes Bike Rally & Rodeo

Sunday, June 11, 9 a.m. – noon
Windsor Park

Join your neighbours in Old Ottawa South, the Glebe, Old Ottawa East or Heron Park for a bike ride along familiar neighbourhood streets and pathways leading for Windsor Park and the very first Capital Spokes Bike Rodeo. Depending on where your live, your routes will take you along streets like Percy, Glebe Ave., O’Connor, Bank, Echo Drive, Avenue Rd., Main St., Brookfield, Clementine, Aylmer Ave. & Colonel By Dr.

All rallies begin at 9 a.m. and run from 2.48 to 5.12 km in length, arriving at Windsor Park around 10 a.m. for a Bike Rodeo with family activities, bike training and more! Everyone is welcome.

More information and route maps are available online at oldottawasouth.ca. Presented by the Old Ottawa South Community Association in conjunction with Safer Roads Ottawa.

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The Main Event & Main Street Reopening Celebration

Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Main St. from Hazel St. to Clegg St.

The Main Event is moving back onto Main St. for a combined celebration with the reopening of Main St.

Main St. will be closed from Clegg to Hazel for Old Ottawa East's biggest & best ever block party — you do not want to miss this one!

Presented by Community Activities Group of Old Ottawa East (CAG) and the Office of Councillor David Chernushenko. The event will be held rain or shine, but may be scaled back if there is poor weather. Visit ottawaeastcag.ca for more information and updates.

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The butt stops here!butt

Did you know that cigarette butts are the number one most littered item in the world? In some cases, cigarette butts account for 37 percent of the visible waste on a given street, sidewalk or park.

CigBins, an Ottawa-based social enterprise that collects and recycles butts using innovative receptacles, estimates that 4.5 trillion butts are discarded into the world's ecosystems every year.

In Ottawa, where smokers make up about 15% of the population, we generate an estimated 2.6 million butts every day. A large portion of these are tossed, rather than properly disposed of, adding 780,000 additional bits of non-biodegradable litter on the ground every day!

Cigarette butts are made of cellulose acetate, which can take up to 25 years to decompose. In the meantime, they get be swallowed by children and animals alike, and don't just remain on the street or sidewalk — butts leach toxins and plastic into the soil, contaminating plant life and the water table.

The City of Ottawa’s Public Works and Environmental Services Department conducts regular spring and summer sweeping operations to remove cigarette litter from our streets, sidewalks and parks. It also hires a "Bucket Brigade" of summer students who collect litter in the downtown core to help keep Ottawa tidy at the height of the tourist season.

Ottawa has made butt disposal receptacles available to local business improvement areas (BIA) at no cost, and incorporates anti-butt litter messaging into the annual spring and summer Cleaning the Capital events and other initiatives.

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Orpheus Musical Theatre: Ragtime

June 2 – 11
Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Dr

Community organizations often ask for their councillor's help to draw attention to worthy causes. In this case, it's the Orpheus Musical Theatre, a longtime Ottawa cultural institution — founded in 1906 — that puts on top-quality musical theatre performances using mostly amateurs and volunteers, and also supports other charities around town.

Their latest production, Ragtime, set in New York City in the early 1900s, combines great music, acting and dance with a contemporary social justice message concerning racism, immigration and discrimination — issues that unfortunately still touch us today in Canada, in Ottawa, and even in Capital Ward.

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100in1Day Citizen Movement

Have you ever had an amazing idea to transform Ottawa? Have you walked by a space and thought of other possibilities for it? Do you have a solution to an ongoing problem?

100in1day, on Sunday, June 3, is an opportunity to put your idea into action with an intervention — a community-based project, led by an individual or group, to inspire participants and onlookers alike by fostering a strong sense of community and positive change.

For more information on how to register or be inspired, visit 100in1day.ca.

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12 April 2017

As Earth Day nears, there are several initiatives and events of potential interest to Capital Ward residents. Also — whether you file it under environment, transportation, convenience or recreation — the City has developed a plan to complete the O-Train multi-use pathway from Carling all the way to Dow's Lake, linking it with the paths around the lake, through the Arboretum and along Prince of Wales Dr. to points further south and west. Your feedback on this plan is welcome.


David Chernushenko
Councillor for Capital Ward


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Have your say about the Trillium Pathway plan

The City of Ottawa has initiated a functional planning study to complete the multi-use Trillium Pathway between its current southern terminus at Carling Ave. and the National Capital Commission's pathway at Dow's Lake.

You are invited to provide your feedback via the online public consultation by Friday, April 14.

See ottawa.ca for more information on this project.

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Cleaning the Capital starts April 15

The City of Ottawa's annual GLAD Cleaning the Capital campaign takes place from April 15 to May 15. This city-wide event brings together neighbours, communities and friends to help keep Ottawa clean, green, graffiti-free and litter-free. Last year alone, 72,000 volunteers collected more than 58,182 kilograms of litter from 1,300 projects.

Go to ottawa.ca/clean or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) to register for the cleanup. Check the interactive map to see which locations have already been claimed, to register your own project site, and to choose the cleanup supplies that you need. You can select any location, such as a park, ravine, shoreline, bus stop, pathway or other public area that requires litter pickup or graffiti removal.

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Zero Waste Talk with Bea Johnson

Tuesday, April 18, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church, 140 Laurier Ave. W.

An inspirational talk and Q&A with Bea Johnson, author of Zero Waste Home, on how waste-free living can lead to significant health benefits while saving time and money.

This not-for-profit event is presented by NU, Ottawa's new zero waste grocery store (opening this summer), in partnership with Councillors David Chernushenko, Catherine McKenney, Jeff Leiper, Matthieu Fleury and Tobi Nussbaum, the EnviroCentre and ÉcoLead.

Tickets $7, available at eventbrite.ca. Extra proceeds will go to the Ottawa Food Bank.

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Ottawa Park Summit

Saturday, April 22, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Makerspace North, 250 City Centre Ave., Bay 216

The inaugural Ottawa Park Summit will bring together people from across the City of Ottawa on Earth Day to generate ideas and build momentum for better local parks. When communities get involved, parks get better.earth-day-celebration-image

Ecology Ottawa is partnering with Park People, an independent charity that builds strong communities by animating and improving parks, to bring together people involved in a wide range of park-related work.

These include "adopt a park" groups, community associations, community gardeners, tree planters and community-builders who work on public health and safety, recreation, economic development and other park-based activities. 

The event features keynote speakers on critical issues affecting our city parks, as well as breakout workshops on specific issues such as community gardens, park naturalization and tree planting, and investing in local parks.

The event will be followed by Ecology Ottawa's first Earth Day Celebration, starting at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, and to register, visit ecologyottawa.ca.

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Old Home Earth Day

Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Ave.

In celebration of Earth Day, the Glebe Community Association is hosting exhibits, workshops and more to inform residents of older homes about how they can conserve energy, reduce carbon emissions, and live more sustainably.

The free event features speakers and panel discussions (with Paul Dewar, Councillor David Chernushenko, MPP Yasir Naqvi, and Taylor Howard of the Green Party of Canada). There will also be workshops by home energy experts, informal discussions where neighbors can share their experience with home renovations and energy upgrades, and information displays on products, services, and incentive programs.

For inquiries on how to participate in or contribute to the event, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Depots

Sunday, April 30, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Rideau Carleton Raceway, 4837 Albion Rd.

Sunday, May 7, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tunney's Pasture, 251 Sir Frederick Banting Dr.

If it’s corrosive, flammable or poisonous it’s hazardous waste. These types of products contaminate water and landfills and should never be poured down the drain or put out with your regular garbage. Instead, bring them to one of the City of Ottawa's one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depots, which are for residents only.

Products accepted (maximum 100 litres by volume):

Aerosol containers
Propane cylinders
Disinfectants
Fluorescent bulbs/tubes
Fire extinguishers
Fertilizers and pesticides

Mercury switches/thermometers
Needles and syringes
Pharmaceuticals
Paints and coatings
Oven and window cleaners
Pool chemicals

Residential electronic waste is also accepted at these depots. Liquid or hazardous waste from industrial, commercial and institutional sources will not be accepted.

Click here for more information and for other depots scheduled for 2017.

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Children's Garden consultation

Monday, May 15, 6:30 p.m.
Old Town Hall Community Centre, 61 Main St.

Local residents are invited to a small consultation on the redesign of the Children's Garden in Old Ottawa East.

There will be a short presentation by Lady Evelyn Alternative School students who have been helping the Children's Garden volunteer board with the redesign, followed by a fun activity for community kids to provide their input to the on the proposed design.

While that activity is taking place, other community members (including parents) will have a chance to speak with the City of Ottawa Parks Planner and Environmental Remediation Unit staff working on this file, as well as the landscape architect who is working with the kids.

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Canada 150 Maple Groves on Riverside

Fifty Red Maples, 25 Silver Maples and 75 Sugar Maples will be planted at the RA Centre at 2451 Riverside Dr. this fall. The trees, each about 2 m tall, are part of the Canada 150 Maple Groves project, which is planting 150 native maples in each of the Ottawa's 23 wards.

Another grove will be planted adjacent to Capital Ward along Riverside Dr. between Billings Bridge and the McIlraith Bridge.

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Rideau Canal repairs and contaminant testing

Parks Canada began repairing the Rideau Canal walls between Bank St. and Pig Island in November. Concrete refacing of the walls inside the canal is complete. The top portion of the wall will be repaired next, followed by the pathway, railings and light standards in May. This phase is expected to be complete in spring 2017.

In January, Parks Canada announced that contaminants had been identified in the canal bed sediment in the area of the construction site. Additional testing from Hartwells Locks to the Ottawa Locks will begin in late April to identify the extent of contaminants, begin the process of risk assessment, and determine appropriate environmental protection measures for any future work that might disturb the sediment.

Precautions are always taken when conducting repairs to this part of the Rideau Canal due to its past commercial and industrial use, and its location in a heavily populated urban area. Contaminated sediment presents a very low risk to the public; it is generally only a concern if there is dermal contact or ingestion.

For more information, please visit pc.gc.ca/rcInfrastructure. To receive updates on this project, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Ottawa in the World ... of Documentaries

One World Arts presents three days of Canadian documentaries that explore the changing landscape and diversity of the City of Ottawa and the National Capital Region.

Canada's Capital through the Years
Sunday, April 23, 2 p.m.
Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Blvd., Orléans

Several vintage NFB shorts and two contemporary documentaries that highlight Ottawa's evolving physical, political, socio-economic and cultural landscape from 1938 to the present. Followed by a discussion with two of the filmmakers: Conor DeVries (Shawarma City) and Stephen Coleman (Project Cold Days).

Ottawans on the Move
Saturday, May 6, 2 p.m.
Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Dr.

Two films — David Chernushenko's Bike City, Great City and the YOW/CBC documentary Four Wheeled Furies — that showcase how Ottawa residents and visitors to move around and within the city for work, health and recreation. Followed by a discussion with Chernushenko and other special guests.

Ottawa Roots and Visions
Saturday, May 20, 2 p.m.
St. Paul University auditorium, 223 Main St.

Two films focussing on the remarkable contributions made by an Ottawa family business with immigrant roots, and a renowned indigenous architect whose iconic designs have shaped the national capital. Followed by a Q&A with One of the Last director Ed Kucerak; Douglas Cardinal, the subject of Radical Attitudes: The Architecture of Douglas Cardinal; and and other special guests.

All screening are free, although donations are welcome to support One World Arts in delivering this and other outstanding and accessible programming. For the complete schedule and more details, see oneworldfilmfestival.ca.

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20 March 2017

There's never a dull moment in Ottawa, least of all during Canada's sesquicentennial year. Read on for upcoming events, consultations and opportunities to provide input on the evolution of our transportation system and our parks, and energy retrofits for older homes.

In the "good news" ledger, those who qualify can now apply for the low-income EquiPass. On the "bad news" side, Ottawa, like other Canadian cities, is in the midst of an opioid crisis. I encourage you to take advantage of the public health resources available to help protect you and your loved ones.


David Chernushenko
Councillor for Capital Ward


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Happy International Francophonie Day

Today marks International Francophonie Day, a day to celebrate and highlight the diversity and richness of the French language and Francophone culture here in our city.

Ottawa's own Francophone community is comprised of more than 140,000 people who enrich the city's cultural landscape. To commemorate this important day, the City will recognize the celebrated voice of Ottawa's Francophone news scene, Mr. Michel Picard, by presenting him with the Key to the City, Ottawa's highest honour.

On Friday, March 24, the City will continue the celebrations with our Francophone community at the 11th Annual Francophone Rendezvous in Jean Pigott Place at City Hall, bringing together residents and community leaders to honour a great local purveyor of French-language arts and culture, the francophone theatre centre La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins.

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Brewer Park Reimagined meeting

Thursday, March 23, 7 – 9 p.m.
Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave.

How would you like to see Brewer Park in Old Ottawa South transformed?

Budget 2017 allocated $100,000 to study the long-term renewal of Brewer Park, which has the potential to be substantially redesigned to make better use of the space, by consolidating roads and parking to create more space for fields, arena(s), outdoor rinks/oval, a pool and maybe even a gym.

Share your vision for the park of the future by attending this public meeting, or email your ideas to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Road User Fees: Key to sustainable urban transportation

Tuesday, March 28, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Marion Hall, Auditorium, University of Ottawa, 140 Louis Pasteur Private

The Healthy Transportation Coalition and community partners are hosting a talk on the topic of user fees for city and provincial roads as a means of funding improved public transit options and covering spiralling road maintenance costs.

Speakers are:

  • Graham Haines, Research Manager, Ryerson University City Building Institute
  • Dale Beugin, Research Director, Canada's Ecofiscal Commission
  • David Chernushenko, Chair, Environment and Climate Protection Committee, City of Ottawa
  • Vijay Gill, Assistant Vice President (North America), CPCS Transcom Ltd.
  • Valérie Assoi, Steering Committee member, City for All Women Initiative
  • Kristie Daniel, Program Director, Livable Cities, HealthBridge
Road pricing has been promoted by Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, the Pembina Institute and other experts as a realistic solution to traffic problems in Canada’s major cities, and as a more equitable way to pay for roads.

In Toronto, City Council proposed tolls on two major municipal highways, but the idea was vetoed by the province. But with other Canadian cities, including Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal and Vancouver, discussing similar ideas, and a wealth of international experience to draw on, there is no reason why Ottawa cannot move in this same direction.

This event is supported by the Ecofiscal Commission, The Council on Aging of Ottawa, Healthy Active Living and Obesity (HALO) Research Institute, Healthy Transportation Coalition, and Sandy Hill Community Health Centre.

Free admission, but registration is required. For more information, visit healthytransportationcoalition.nationbuilder.com.

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Sesquicentennial Celebration of our Prime Ministers: Sir Wilfrid Laurier

Tuesday, March 28, 7 p.m.
Old Town Hall Community Centre, 61 Main St.

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In this first of a series of talks to celebrate Canada's prime ministers, Dr. Richard Clippingdale will help us better understand the life and times of Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

Clippingdale is the former Director of Canadian Studies at Carleton University, where he remains as an adjunct professor.

Admission is free, a pre-registration email would be appreciated at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Presented by the Old Ottawa East Community Association (OOECA). Additional information and reading suggestions at ottawaeast.ca.

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OOS road renewal info session

Wednesday, March 29, 7 – 9 p.m.
Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave.

The City of Ottawa is hosting a public information session on road renewal in the northwest portion of Old Ottawa South, where the existing watermain, sanitary sewer and road infrastructure has reached the end of its useful life and is in need of replacement/upgrading.This open house is an opportunity to review the design, ask questions and provide comment on the proposed works.

The project area is predominantly bounded by Bronson Pl. to the west, Colonel By Dr. to the north, Seneca St. to the east and Sunnyside Ave. to the south. A three-block section along Seneca St. extends south to Grove Ave., and captures a section of Glen Ave. and Grove Ave. near the Brewer Arena.

The affected streets are:

  • Aylmer Ave. (Bronson Pl. to Seneca St.)
  • Carlyle Ave. (Woodbine Pl. to dead end)
  • Colonel By Dr. (parkland, Carlyle Ave. to Fulton Ave.) — remove watermain dead-ends
  • Downing St. (Seneca St. to Carlyle Ave.)
  • Fulton Ave. (Woodbine Pl. to dead end)
  • Glen Ave. (Seneca St. to Grove Ave. N/S)
  • Grove Ave. N/S (Glen Ave. to Grove Ave. E/W) — watermain only
  • Pansy Ave. (Seneca St. to Carlyle Ave.)
  • Seneca St. (Grove Ave. to Colonel By Dr.)
  • Woodbine Pl. (Seneca St. to Carlyle Ave.) — sewer only
  • Woodbine Pl. (Carlyle Ave. to Fulton Ave.) — watermain only

An additional public information session to show the final detailed design is expected next fall. Construction is expected to start in Spring 2018, with completion by Fall 2019.

For more information about this project, please visit ottawa.ca.

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Zero Waste Talk with Bea Johnson

Tuesday, April 18, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church, 140 Laurier Ave. W.

An inspirational talk and Q&A with Bea Johnson, author of Zero Waste Home, on how waste-free living can lead to significant health benefits while saving time and money.

Presented by NU, Ottawa's new zero waste grocery store (opening this summer), in partnership with Councillors David Chernushenko, Catherine McKenney, Jeff Leiper, Matthieu Fleury and Tobi Nussbaum, EnviroCentre and ÉcoLead.

Tickets $7, available at evenbrite.ca.

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Old Home Earth Day

Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Ave.

The GCA Environment Committee is hosting a day of exhibits and workshops to inform residents of older homes about how they can conserve energy, reduce carbon emissions, and live more sustainably.

The free event will offer information on:

  • government programs
  • businesses that can help
  • estimating your home's carbon footprint
  • reducing energy consumption
  • increasing energy efficiency
  • switching to green energy sources

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Carling Ave. Transit Priority Measures

The City of Ottawa recently held an open house to share the Recommended Functional Design Plan for Transit Priority Measures along Carling Ave. from Lincoln Fields to Bronson Ave. The plan is comprised of low-cost and easily implementable measures for the interim.

The recommended design includes:

  • Revised pavement markings and signage
  • Minor modifications to reallocate the existing outside (third) lane to a bus-only lane
  • Cycling treatments at signalized intersections
  • Multi-modal level of service assessment for pedestrians, cyclists, transit service and general traffic between Carling Station (Preston St.) and Bronson and at Kirkwood Ave.
  • A protected cycling facility between Carling Station (Preston St.) and Bronson Ave.

Download the open house display boards and project plans here.

For more information on this project, visit ottawa.ca.

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Rideau River Western Pathway

Rideau River Western Pathway update

Construction is expected to begin this summer on the Rideau River Western Pathway between Onslow Cres. and the University of Ottawa. The pathway will create a new active transportation corridor providing better access to St. Paul’s University, the University of Ottawa and the future Lees Light Rail Transit (LRT) Station. It also will directly link to a number of other existing and planned multiuse pathways along and across the river, enhancing the ability of residents to travel by foot and bicycle.

Although the pathway will terminate at Onslow Cres., the cycling route will continue to Main St. and the McIlraith Bridge by means of route signing and cycling-friendly pavement markings using local streets parallel to the shoreline. Pathway users will be able to continue as far as Bank St. using a combination of informal and existing paved pathways along the shoreline.

The new pathway will include the following features:

  • A 3 m-wide paved pathway with yellow centreline and appropriate signage through  Brantwood Park, Greystone Village, Springhurst Park and the University of Ottawa Lees Campus
  • Accessible ramping and switchbacks to address steep grades north of Clegg St. and under the Transitway up to Lees Campus
  • A pathway intersection with new LRT Pathway on east side of the Confederation Line
  • Links to the existing pathway that extends to Strathcona Park in Sandy Hill

Work is scheduled to begin in June or July, for completion in the fall. Any necessary clearing will be done before April 15, and turtle fencing will be installed before May 1.

For more information on this project, visit ottawa.ca.

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Ottawa overdose prevention resources

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is working with municipal and community partners, including all first responder services, to address the issue of opioid abuse, including the recent fentanyl crisis, counterfeit prescription medications and local teen overdoses.

Visit StopOverdoseOttawa.ca to learn about the risks of using fentanyl and counterfeit medications, the signs and symptoms of an overdose, information on local treatment resources, information for parents, and more.

It also provides information on naloxone kits, which contain a medication that can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. These are available free at many Ontario pharmacies, where parents can pick one up and learn how to use it.

An overdose is a medical emergency. If you suspect or witness an overdose, you should call 9-1-1, even if naloxone has been administered.

According to OPH, one quarter of high school students say it would be easy to get prescription pain pills without a prescription, and 13% of Grades 7 to 12 students had used prescription opioids non-medically in the past year. Two-thirds of them got these drugs from home.

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EquiPass now available

Residents can now apply for OC Transpo's new EquiPass, a discounted monthly transit pass for those living on low incomes.

The EquiPass is priced at $57 per month, a 50 per cent discount from the adult monthly pass, and will be available for use starting April 1. It is available to individuals and families whose income is below the low-income threshold, which is set by the Government of Canada.

For more information and to apply, visit octranspo.ca.

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