This month's news involves trees, the Rideau Canal and River, patios, summer events, consultations and more.
Councillor for Capital Ward
In this issue
Lansdowne tree replacement begins
OSEG has begun the long-awaited process to replace all the street trees at Lansdowne that died during the winter of 2014–2015 and were later removed. A certified arborist examined the trees and concluded that several factors, including tree pit design, winter maintenance practices and extraordinarily cold temperatures, contributed to the mass die-off.
The replanting — with Valley Forge Elm and the Shademaster Honey Locust — will take into account the unique design requirements and local winter weather conditions. The tree pits are being modified with raised grates, tree guards and a planting technique that’s more conducive to air and water circulation. OSEG will also wrap the lower portions of the trees in the fall and modify the winter maintenances processes.
To improve the trees' chances for long-term survival at Lansdowne, OSEG will start by planting 12 test trees along Exhibition Way and Marché Way, and study their growth and health over the next 12 months. If all goes well, the rest will be replaced next spring.
Capital Ward residents wanting to paddle on the Rideau Canal have easier access this summer thanks to two new launch sites for canoes, kayaks and paddleboards.
One dock is at Patterson Creek in the Glebe, while the other, at Clegg St., serves Old Ottawa East and Old Ottawa South. Both will be in place until Oct. 10 as part of a pilot project. If the docks are a success, Parks Canada could add several other local launch sites along the canal next year, based on community feedback.
Funding for the docks comes from a $57-million federal allocation to rehabilitate and repair bridges, dams, locks and historic masonry structures in communities all along the canal.
The full design for an underpass on the south side of Billings Bridge will be ready by the end of this summer, with the cost to be split between the City of Ottawa and the National Capital Commission (NCC), which initiated the project. The City would like to get the underpass completed by 2018 in order to qualify for Strategic Initiative funding, but so far the project is on hold because NCC funding is not in place through their 2016-2021 funding envelope.
Residents are invited to provide feedback as the City prepares a new, stand-alone by-law to regulate right-of-way patios operating on City sidewalks and boulevards.
Patios are currently regulated through a broader existing by-law. By developing a separate by-law, the City aims to improve service to the restaurant industry and to the public by rethinking the way the public domain is regulated. This review will ensure regulations are consistent with the City’s current standards and objectives for street use and design.
Visit ottawa.ca/patioreview to find out how patios are currently regulated, what the objectives of this patio by-law review are, and to review two discussion papers: one on safe and accessible sidewalks and one on dynamic right-of-way patios, which covers topics such as the use of audio speakers, railings and patio design. The deadline for submitting feedback is Wednesday, June 1.
Feedback from the consultation will be incorporated into a report and recommendation paper that residents will be invited to review later this summer. That paper, along with a proposed new by-law, will be considered by the City’s Transportation Committee later in 2016.
Patios on private property will not be affected by the new by-law.
The survey is an opportunity for the public to rate a list of location factors that was developed with community input, technical expertise, and best practice research. The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) Board will be asked to approve the evaluation criteria and weighting at the July 12 meeting.
Groundbreaking for the new Ottawa Central Library is expected in the spring of 2018, with the official opening in 2020.
Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5
The 2016 edition of Doors Open Ottawa will offer residents and visitors of all ages and interests the opportunity to access, at no charge, more than 120 buildings around the Ottawa region, including municipal facilities and government buildings, private businesses, artists’ studios, places of worship, embassies and high commissions of countries from across the globe.
There will be 19 new locations participating in Doors Open Ottawa this year. As usual, there will be a free accessible OC Transpo shuttle that can be used to reach 50 of the participating buildings.
For a full list of participating buildings, including which ones are accessible, and information about the shuttle bus, visit ottawa.ca/doorsopen.
Friday, June 17, to Sunday, June 19
Everyone is welcome to attend this family-oriented weekend of music, dance, aboriginal art, crafts and food.
Saturday, June 25, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cycling to school or work offers significant challenges to both novice and experienced cyclists. This one-day course is for recreational and commuter cyclists who want to improve their competence and comfort level in traffic. Learn to recognize and react to common road hazards. Traffic problems are presented, then ridden through and discussed. Learn about the legal status of bicycles and essential bicycle handling techniques.
Ages 18 and up. Cost $88.50. Register at ottawa.ca (barcode 1030412).
Friday, July 1, 8:30 – 11 a.m.
Tickets are now available for the Mayor’s Canada Day Celebration for Seniors, a sponsored event that includes breakfast, served until 10:30 a.m., as well as door prizes and live entertainment.
A limited number of VIP tickets will be available to couples celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in 2016. These tickets are available by calling the City of Ottawa at 613-580-2424, ext. 25683.
The City of Ottawa is undertaking the functional design and transportation study to identify a preferred corridor design for Elgin Street between Laurier Ave. and Queen Elizabeth Dr., and Hawthorne Ave. from the Pretoria Bridge to Main St.
This initial study will serve as a basis for the subsequent detailed design of Elgin from Lisgar St. to Isabella St., and Hawthorne from Colonel By Dr. to Main St., where reconstruction has been identified as a short-term priority. See ottawa.ca for more information.
OC Transpo's online public consultation on the expansion of their Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) policy continues until May 31.
OC Transpo uses CCTV cameras to enhance the safety and security of its customers, employees, property and the transit system as a whole, and to support daily operations. CCTV cameras often act as a preventative deterrent of criminal activity and other unwanted behaviour.
With the introduction of the O-Train Confederation Line in 2018 and the most recent expansion of the Trillium Line, there will be more stations, vehicles and facilities that require CCTV cameras. These upcoming changes warrant a review of the policies that regulate the use of CCTV on OC Transpo property.
OC Transpo customers and residents can provide their comments by:
For more information on the CCTV public consultation, please visit octranspo.com.