|As summer nears its inevitable end, there's great news about the future Fifth-Clegg bridge. Plus, there's still time for an electric boat cruise on the Rideau Canal, the Green Energy Doors Open weekend, a family movie night in Windsor Park, and more.
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Fifth-Clegg bridge secures $10.5 million in federal funding
Ottawa Centre MP Catherine McKenna announced yesterday that the federal government will pay $10.5 million toward the highly anticipated bike and pedestrian bridge over the Rideau Canal.
The much needed multi-use bridge between Fifth Avenue and Clegg Street will connect the Glebe with Old Ottawa East and Old Ottawa South, providing a more direct route between communities in Capital Ward, as well as a safer alternative to the Bank Street and Pretoria bridges.
Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi is working to secure provincial government funds, with the City of Ottawa paying the balance.
The City expects construction to begin in late 2017 and to last two years.
When the RedBlacks take on the B.C. Lions at Lansdowne's TD Place tomorrow evening, the loudest roar won't be coming from the Lions or the crowd, but from jet engines.
As part of Canadian Forces Appreciation Day at the football game, a CF-18 will conduct a flypast near the end of the national anthem, around 7:33 p.m., and again at the kick-off at 7:38 p.m. Residents in communities around Lansdowne Park should expect some short-lived but very loud noise during that period of time.
Last year, a similar flyover came without adequate warning, startling and frightening many residents. This year, the City and OSEG are making an effort to inform no only football fans, but nearby residents as well.
Going Electric: Capital Ward Boat Cruise
Saturday, Sept. 10, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Are you a Capital Ward resident interested in learning more about renewable energy, home energy efficiency or ways to reduce the impact of your daily commute? If so, join me for a fun and engaging mobile workshop aboard the new Queen Elizabeth Dr, Canada's largest fully-electric and solar-powered tour boat!
Be one of the first to experience a ride aboard this clean and quiet new vessel as it travels along the Rideau Canal to Dow's Lake and back. While aboard, participants will have an opportunity to learn from expert speakers on a variety of energy-themed topics, including the state of rooftop solar, residential energy efficiency programs, and the electric vehicle experience, to name a few.
This event is offered free of charge but space is limited to 80 people, so please book and reserve your ticket in advance at eventbrite.ca. First preference will be given to Capital Ward residents.
The tour will depart from the side of the Rideau Canal by the Westin Hotel (11 Colonel By Dr.). Participants are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the departure time. A cash bar and washroom are available on board.
Friday, Sept. 2, 8 p.m.
I'm co-hosting an outdoor movie night in Windsor Park with Carleton University and the Ottawa East Community Association. Come and watch the family classic The Wizard of Oz as we celebrate community and the start of another school year. Carleton is bringing the popcorn!
Everyone is welcome at this free family event.
We hope to make this an annual event that brings the Carleton community and the local neighbourhood closer together.
In case of rain, the movie will be screened in the River Building (Room RB 2200) at Carleton University. Check capitalward.ca on the day of the event to confirm.
Friday, Sept. 9 to Sunday, Sept. 11
Green Energy Doors Open will be held across the Ottawa region from Friday, Sept. 9 to Sunday, Sept. 11. This province-wide showcase of individual, community and commercial sustainable energy projects, organized by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, aims to showcase advancements in the sector and to demonstrate that Ontario is already on the path to building a 100% clean, sustainable energy system.
The Energy Showcase and Electric Vehicle Exhibition take place at Lansdowne Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 10. There will also be tours of homes, businesses and green energy projects — including my own family's home on the afternoon of Sept. 11.
The rehabilitation of Main Street is coming along nicely, on time, on budget and on track for completion next year.
The stretch between Lees Ave. and Clegg St. recently reopened to traffic, and various elements are already or soon will be completed: sidewalks, cycle tracks and crosswalks, road signs, pillars for the Brantwood Place Gates, electrical work, watermains and even some of the landscaping.
At the February open house, the City of Ottawa indicated that work on the Integrated Road, Sewer and Water rehabilitation project for Renfrew Ave. and Imperial Ave. would begin this summer.
However, while the design and tender package for this project is complete, it awaits Environmental Compliance Approval from the the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.
The City hopes to receive the Ministry approval this fall, tender the project, and have a contractor ready to start construction as soon as possible in spring 2017.
On Sunday, Sept. 11, I will be cycling in The Ride, an event to support innovative cancer research at The Ottawa Hospital. I'll be joined by my colleague on City Council, Mathieu Fleury, and Ottawa Hospital CEO Dr. Jack Kitts.
Please help me raise my $1,000 goal by sponsoring me.
Fall Tree Festival
Saturday, Sept. 10 to Saturday, Oct. 15
Enjoy free activities, workshops, concerts, speakers, guided walks and other events to celebrate trees. The Fall Tree Fest is presented by Tree Fest Ottawa in partnership with the City of Ottawa and community partners.
Events in which I am participating include:
Saturday, Sept. 10 - Opening Day, featuring an open house on the restoration of Brewer Pond
For more information and updates on events, visit treefestottawa.org.
Do you know any Capital Ward residents who deserve to be honoured for their volunteer work?
The City of Ottawa is partnering with the Office of the Governor General of Canada to recognize 150 outstanding local volunteers with the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers in 2017. I have been asked to nominate six worthy individuals in Capital Ward, and I need your help to identify the candidates.
The Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers celebrates living Canadians who have made a significant, sustained and unpaid contribution to their community, in Canada or abroad. Non-Canadians are also eligible if their contribution brings benefit or honour to Canadians or to Canada. Visit caring.gg.ca for more information.