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

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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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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21 February 2017

I always try to provide information that is factual and as complete as possible, which can be a challenge on occasion. Sometimes I am forced to hold off until I can provide more complete details, and other times — see the first two items below — I decide to go ahead and share what I know in order to quell rumours or corroborate information that's already floating around. Read on for the facts — there's no fake news here!


David Chernushenko
Councillor for Capital Ward


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Heron Park Community Centre update

Excellent news came from the office of Ottawa South MP David McGuinty several weeks ago, which I have held off publicizing until more details were available. Well, I still don't have much detail to offer, but nonetheless wanted to acknowledge the federal funding commitment towards a renovation or possible replacement of the Heron Park Community Centre.

In the coming months, the City will finalize its matched funding agreement. We will need to confirm at that time whether a full or partial replacement is feasible within the time and budget available, especially given the presence of some soil contamination at the site.

I will be sure to involve local residents in upcoming discussions around the design and features of the new facility.

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Supportive housing in the Glebe Annex

While I'm in the "it's still too early to tell" mode, I want to reassure residents of the Glebe Annex that a possible new building at 289 Carling Ave. to provide supportive housing is still only in the very preliminary stages.

The City is working with the federal government to provide a residence with services for those who may previously have been homeless. Housing of this kind currently exists in a number of residential neighbourhoods, including several in our ward, and poses few or no issues, and certainly no increased security challenges.

As for the timing, design, the owner/operator and the types of tenants and services to be provided, all of that remains to be determined. Once I have more details about the land purchase and planning process, I will be sure to let the community know and do extensive consultation. I commit to involving the community in decisions regarding design, landscaping, security features, etc.

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The Old Ottawa East Hosers, in green, conquered the Old Ottawa East Moose, in blue, in the final game of the 2017 Councillor's Cup, refereed by Councillor David Chernushenko, at centre. Photo by John Dance.

Hosers win 2017 Councillor's Cup

Congratulations to the Old Ottawa East Hosers, who triumphed against the Ottawa South Moose, Heron Park Hackers and Glebe Goal-Getters Go-Getters in the 10th annual Councillor’s Cup hockey tournament on January 28.

In the final game, the Hosers beat their archrivals, the Moose, by a score of 8-4, despite the latter team's home ice advantage at Windsor Park.

The Councillor's Cup is a friendly tournament that brings together teams from four Capital Ward neighbourhoods, with Councillor David Chernushenko risking both body and reputation as the referee.

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Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel update

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Tunnel shaft at Site 10. City of Ottawa photo.

As some of you may have noticed, work on the City's Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel recently entered a new phase. Excavation of the "Site 10" shaft at Kent St. and Chamberlain Ave. in the Glebe has begun, and the removal of soft material is now complete.

Crews are now in the process of removing rock, which will involve controlled blasting for a period of 10 to 12 weeks. City staff have informed us that the blasting will only be conducted between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays, with a maximum of seven blasts per day, but typically no more than two per week.

The vibrations from these blasts are being carefully monitored to ensure compliance with applicable guidelines and to alleviate the possibility of damage to nearby structures. To date, three controlled blasts have occurred at Site 10, on Feb. 7, 10 and 14.

Staff will continue to engage with residents in the blasting notification area surrounding the site, as they have done since the start of the project. A Field Ambassador has also been hired to serve as a liaison for adjacent businesses.

More information on these activities and the project in general is available at ottawa.ca. Residents can also sign up to receive regular project updates using the City's eSubscription signup form.

The Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel (CSST) is part of the Ottawa River Action Plan (ORAP). It will greatly reduce the frequency of sewage overflows during storms from entering the Ottawa River.

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Temporary closure of Greenfield Ave.

As part of the O-Train Confederation Line LRT project, Greenfield Ave. from King Edward Ave. to the westbound Hwy. 417 on-ramp will be closed from Friday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. until Monday Feb. 27, at 6 a.m. to facilitate construction on the Mann Ave. Bridge.

Detours will be in place around the Greenfield/Mann/King Edward intersection. Pedestrians and cyclists will have access to the north/south sidewalk and roadway going through the intersection. As the sidewalks on Greenfield will be closed, those looking to go east/west between Nicholas St. and King Edward are advised to use Marie Curie Pvt. and the tunnel under Nicholas St. to access the Rideau Canal pathway adjacent to Colonel By Dr.

Vehicles travelling on Lees Ave., Mann and King Edward will not be able to access Greenfield, and those wanting to access the Hwy. 417 westbound on-ramp on Greenfield are advised to take Laurier Ave. W. to the Nicholas on-ramp. The westbound on-ramp on Greenfield Avenue will still be accessible for those coming from the west along Greenfield.

An overnight noise exemption has been approved for this work, as noise levels are expected to be moderate to high.

For further information about this project, please contact the City's representative:

Alison Lynch
Stakeholder Relations
O-Train Construction and O-Train Planning
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(613) 580-2424, ext. 17950

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Pathway improvements

The City of Ottawa has retained the services of R.V. Anderson Associates Limited to undertake Preliminary and Detailed Design for the renewal of various multi-use pathways that are in need of upgrading. Among these is the pathway running through Linda Thom Park and Windsor Park in Old Ottawa South, and the link between Old Riverside Dr. (north of Smyth) to the SE Transitway.

The pathways will be replaced later this year in the same location as the existing pathways, with widening to 3m in places where the existing pathway is narrower.

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Safe Wings Ottawa Annual Bird Display

Monday, Feb. 27, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. W.

Safe Wings Ottawa, an organization dedicated to bird collision research, prevention and rescue, is presenting its annual public display of birds that died in from windows strikes.

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the problem of bird collisions and to educate people about what they can do to prevent unnecessary bird deaths.

This year, volunteers will lay out more than 1,700 victims collected in 2016, representing just a small fraction of birds killed by window collisions every year in Ottawa. These include the dozens of Bohemian Waxwings that died last April at City Hall's raised glass walkway, which has since been retrofitted with a pattern of dots to deter further collisions.

Safe Wings Ottawa is a program of the Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club.

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Focus on Family Violence

Friday, March 10, 9:30 – noon
Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. W. (Andrew Haydon Hall — Council Chambers)

The Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO) Speaker Series presents Dr. Theresa Tam, Interim Chief Public Health Officer, speaking about "Public Health in Canada 2016: A Focus on Family Violence in Canada".

The annual report, the first to focus on family violence, outlines the important health consequences of all aspects of violence in the family, including partner assault, child abuse and elder abuse. Come and learn more about this important data and be introduced to a new way of thinking about this important safety issue.

The keynote speaker will be followed by some examples of local programming that are reaching out to prevent violence. The panel, chaired by Dr. Isra Levy, Medical Officer of Health, Ottawa Public Health, will include:

  • Erin Leigh, Executive Director, Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women;
  • Denise Hébert, Manager of Healthy Babies and Healthy Children program, Ottawa Public Health (OPH)
  • Conny Menger, Regional Consultant Eastern Ontario, Elder Abuse Ontario

RSVP to Crime Prevention Ottawa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 613-580-2424 ext. 25393. Click here to download a PDF of the Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2016.

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Public meeting: Brewer Park Reimagined

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 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), a pool and 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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Public information session: OOS road renewal

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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#OttYouth2017 social media campaign

#OttYouth2017 is a social media campaign launched by the Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee (OYEC) to showcase youth-friendly faces, spaces and accomplishments that have contributed significantly to the success of our capital city.

Young people are invited to submit a photo and short story (maximum 200 words), and OYEC will choose and feature more than 150 of these stories on youthottawa.ca, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter throughout 2017. The top stories that captivate our audience will receive prizes at the end of the campaign.
 
To enter, follow the instructions at youthottawa.ca/ottyouth2017. The deadline is March 15.
 
OYEC, a Youth Ottawa initiative in conjunction with the City of Ottawa, aims to encourage youth engagement and amplify youth representation at the City.

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12 January 2017

This month's newsletter is a relatively light read to start the year: Our annual friendly hockey tournament, a meeting about the proposed new library, the Bruce Timmermans Awards, and some other useful information. Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2017.


David Chernushenko
Councillor for Capital Ward


In this issue


Councillor's Cup

Saturday, January 28
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Windsor Park Rink (1 Windsor Ave., east of Riverdale and south of Belmont)

Forget Canada's 150th — the annual Capital Ward hockey showdown is celebrating its 10th anniversary!

Once again, the Ottawa South Moose, Heron Park Hackers, Old Ottawa East Hosers and Glebe Goal-Getters will battle for glory. This year, the Ottawa South Moose have the home ice advantage in Windsor Park.

The Councillor's Cup is a friendly hockey tournament that brings together teams from four neighbourhoods. As always, I will risk both body and reputation as the referee.

The tournament is not so much a cutthroat competition as a celebration of hockey and community. Anyone 16 or older is welcome to play, and everyone is welcome to watch. There's a a "gender-balanced bench" policy, i.e. two females and two males on the ice at all times, so we particularly encourage women to sign up.

Interested players are welcome to contact my office so we can refer you to your community's team captain.

See capitalward.ca for more details.

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Baseline BRT corridor

The City of Ottawa's proposal for a Baseline Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor along Baseline and Heron Rds. has generated considerable public interest, which is no surprise. There is enormous potential here to improve mobility along this important east-west route, south of the downtown core. 

Notably, it will offer faster and more reliable rapid transit, in addition to improved safety and appeal for walking and cycling by transforming Baseline into a complete street with at-grade, median bus-only lanes, as well as new protected cycle tracks and sidewalks. The Baseline corridor will continue to have four lanes for general traffic.

But there will inevitably be changes and trade-offs, and the benefits to some may represent a sacrifice to others.

Planning for this project began in 2012. Most recently, the Planning and Environmental Assessment Study to assess and develop a recommended plan for implementation of the proposed BRT was discussed at a public open house in the fall. The study report is expected come to Transportation Committee for review and debate by members, as well additional input from the public, on Feb. 1.

For more information on the Baseline BRT project, visit ottawa.ca.

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Central Library meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 6 – 8 p.m. 
Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. W.

Councillors Catherine McKenney, Tobi Nussbaum, Mathieu Fleury, Jeff Leiper and I are hosting a public meeting to discuss the recommended location of Ottawa's proposed new Central Public Library at 557 Wellington Ave., on the edge of LeBreton Flats. All are welcome.

For more information on the project, see the ottawacentrallibrary.ca website. To read the City of Ottawa's news release about the site selection, see ottawa.ca. You can forward your questions and comments about the plan by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Bruce Timmermans Cycling Awards

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Do you know an individual or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to cycling in 2016? If so, submit a nomination for the Bruce Timmermans Cycling Awards.

The awards, named for the late cycling educator, advocate and founding member of Citizens for Safe Cycling (a.k.a. Bike Ottawa), honour individuals and organizations committed to promoting the benefits of cycling as a principal mode of transportation.

Bruce Timmermans was a long-time cycling educator and advocate, and a founding member of Citizens for Safe Cycling. Bruce worked tirelessly to promote cycling and safety for cyclists.

The deadline to nominate your favourite cycling ambassador for an award for 2016 is Sunday, Feb. 19. The application form is available online or you can pick up a hard copy at your local library.

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Residential Protective Plumbing Program update

Late last year, the City of Ottawa launched the revised Residential Protective Plumbing Program (RPPP), which provides financial assistance to qualified Ottawa residents for the installation of protective plumbing devices such as sump pumps and backwater valves. These devices help prevent stormwater and sewage from entering homes through service connections. Changes to the program include a simplified application and new standardized rebates.

Visit ottawa.ca for more information.

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Addressing Hate Crimes: Creating A Safe City for All

Following a spate of hate-motivated vandalism in Ottawa late last year, Crime Prevention Ottawa hosted an event, Addressing Hate Crimes: Creating A Safe City for All, to discuss the need for a coordinated, collaborative approach to this serious community safety issue.

Speakers included Bernie M. Farber of the Mosaic Institute; Dr. Rev. Anthony Bailey of Parkdale United Church; Joanne Law, representing Ottawa's trans community; Staff Sergeant Dave Zackrias, Diversity and Race Relations, Ottawa Police Service; and Amira Elghawaby of the National Council of Canadian Muslims.

Visit crimepreventionottawa.ca to listen to the podcast and to download the speakers' presentations.

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