14 February 2014

This issue includes an open house on proposed changes to Sunnyside Ave., the City's Wildlife Speakers' Series, tenants' rights to a warm apartment, Crime Prevention Ottawa, the City's consultation on commemorative naming proposals, and United Way Ottawa's extended campaign.

David Chernushenko
Councillor for Capital Ward
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Sunnyside Ave. Traffic Calming and "Green Street" Treatments Open House No. 2

Wednesday, February 19, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave.
Presentation at 7 p.m.

The City of Ottawa will construct traffic calming and "green street" measures on Sunnyside Ave. this summer as a result of the Old Ottawa South Area Traffic Management (ATM) Study completed in 2012. Building on the ATM Study, the City will also construct further enhancements to help "green" the street and provide improved stormwater management. Additionally, they have identified a need to replace a short section of storm sewer between Bronson and Sloan Aves. The design of the project is now underway with the aim of completing construction in 2014.

The preferred concept indentified in the ATM Study included a combination of highly visible crosswalks and curb extensions to better manage traffic flow and narrow the travelled portion of the roadway. Select boulevard areas will also be provided with "rain gardens", which are planted areas designed to improve water quality and reduce runoff into local streams and rivers using a combination of soil, plants and mulch. Rain gardens can be combined with curb extensions to serve multiple purposes, including traffic calming, greening of streetscapes and improving stormwater management. For Sunnyside Ave., the proposed rain gardens are being undertaken as a pilot project for the City to learn more about these biorentention measures. Once constructed, their performance will be monitored to assess how effective they are at reducing runoff and how well they withstand Ottawa winters.

The first open house to present the proposed measures to the public and seek input on the design was held in September. The information presented can be viewed here: www.ottawa.ca/sunnysideavenue.

Storm sewer replacement needs were identified in late 2013. This additional work will involve replacing 12 metres of 450 mm diameter storm sewer (1962 installation) by open-cut, and trenching in the east bound lane of Sunnyside Ave. from Bronson to Sloan Ave., with reinstatement of existing surface features.

The second open house will present further information about the design and seek additional input from the public prior to proceeding with the final design. The City is particularly interested in hearing the community’s thoughts about the planting and long-term maintenance of the rain gardens. Following the second open house, the final design will be completed and tendered for construction in 2014.

For more information, please contact:

Kyle Carson, P.Eng.
Planning and Growth Management
City of Ottawa
613-580-2424, ext. 16874
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Wildlife Speakers’ Series: Coyote expert Dr. Stan Gehrt

Friday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m.
Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive

The first event of the City’s Wildlife Speakers’ Series will feature Dr. Stan Gehrt, world renowned wildlife ecologist from Ohio State University, who will provide insight on how people in urban and rural developments can coexist with coyotes.

Dr. Gehrt is the lead investigator in the Cook County Coyote Project, which has been studying the coyote population in the greater Chicago metropolitan area since 2000. This project has led to many interesting discoveries about how coyotes behave in different settings, and how they interact with humans and other animals.

He will share his extensive knowledge and experience to provide a better understanding of coyotes — including how and why they live in settled areas. He will also show how residents can avoid problems with coyotes, such as taking simple preventative measures around their properties.

In addition to the presentation, information booths will be on display from 6 to 9 p.m. for residents to learn more about Ottawa’s wildlife and natural environment.

The City will hold three more events in the Wildlife Speakers’ Series this year. The series is intended to increase residents’ knowledge and appreciation of wildlife and promote coexistence through understanding and respect.

The next event is planned for April on the topic of Backyard Biodiversity. For more information on the coyote presentation, visit ottawa.ca.

Heating: Your Rights as a Tenant

As we try our best to stay warm this winter season, remember that as a tenant, you have the right to a working heating system in your apartment that can maintain a temperature of 20°C throughout your unit (Property Standards By-Law No. 2013-416, City of Ottawa).

If your unit doesn’t meet this minimum, contact your landlord. If you need additional help, call 3-1-1.

For more information about your rights 
as a tenant, contact:

City of Ottawa Social Services

ottawa.ca/residents/social-services/housing or call 

Landlord and Tenant Board

 or call 1-888-332-3234

Centre for Equal Rights in Accommodation

equalityrights.org/cera or call 

You may also print and distribute this flyer.

Build a better neighbourhood with new Crime Prevention booklet

Crime Prevention Ottawa has released its 50th publication, How to Create Safe and Caring Communities: A Project Book for your Neighbourhood. This handy how-to booklet is the result of last year’s Crime Prevention Ottawa conference, Community Solutions: Beautification Today, Safer Tomorrow.

The booklet is for residents, community groups and businesses who want to make a difference in our communities. It features eight community-based projects from Ottawa and beyond. In each case, neighbourhoods become safer and stronger thanks to communities that care.

Download your copy of the booklet at www.crimepreventionottawa.ca and share the link with your friends. Start building a better neighbourhood today!

City seeks public input on commemorative naming proposals

The City of Ottawa’s Commemorative Naming Committee is conducting public consultations on two separate naming proposals:

Nelson Mandela Square
(Ward 14 - Somerset)

In recognition of Nelson Mandela’s lifelong devotion to democracy and equality, the City of Ottawa has been asked to name the front yard of Ottawa City Hall’s Heritage Building "Nelson Mandela Square". Mandela was an internationally recognized leader who, from the age of 26 until his death at age 95, dedicated his life to the peaceful termination of the South African apartheid regime, laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa, and the promotion of human rights and freedoms. In September 1998, Mandela visited the Human Rights Monument in front of Ottawa City Hall’s Heritage Building, and unveiled a plaque honouring John Peters Humphrey.

Foot Guards Park
(Ward 22 – Gloucester South Nepean)

In recognition of their historical significance to the community, to the City of Ottawa and to Canada, the City of Ottawa has been asked to name a new park at 226 Leamington Way "Foot Guards Park". The Governor General’s Foot Guards have served Canada since they were established on June 7, 1872, as the senior reserve infantry regiment in Canada. Since 1879, the Regiment has been headquartered in Ottawa and, as such, the Foot Guards have been a fixture in the National Capital Region for more than 141 years, providing a functional and ceremonial presence throughout the Ottawa area.

View both online proposals HERE.

United Way Ottawa Campaign extended to March 31

It’s not too late to donate. United Way Centraide Ottawa has extended its 2013 campaign to March 31, 2014.

Ottawa residents' generosity can help. Did you know that the City of Ottawa invests in about 72 of the 108 frontline programs and services where there is a United Way investment?

As part of the 2013 federal budget, the First-Time Donor’s Super Credit applies to any single cash donation up to $1,000 made by individuals or couples who are first-time donors or haven’t claimed a donation in the last five years. Under this time-limited incentive, donations up to $200 receive a 40% tax credit. Donations between $201 and $1,000 receive a 54% tax credit.

Show your commitment to our community by donating now.