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.
Saturday, January 28
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.
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.
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 6 – 8 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.