From our city councillor Jeff Leiper’s newsletter today:
Island Park/Clearview crossing
Last year, we’d been told that construction of the pedestrian crossing at Island Park Drive and Clearview was proceeding, but then the work was paused apparently because of covid-related supplier issues. Indications to my staff are now that work should proceed in May. We’re all impatient for that and I appreciate your patience.
From Ottawa Public Health…
Bookings available now for eligible residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine
Bookings are now available for COVID-19 vaccinations for some Ottawa residents. For more information, visit: http://ottawapublichealth.ca/80PlusVaccine.
Pending vaccine availability, vaccinations will be rolled out in the coming weeks to more neighbourhoods where residents are at the greatest risk of COVID-19.
To confirm that you are eligible for vaccination, please visit Ottawa Public Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Screening Tool.
Residents of all ages who are not yet eligible for the vaccine are encouraged to follow announcements on the City of Ottawa and OPH websites and social media channels, and from your local news media to learn when they can receive their vaccine.
Just saw a tweet from our city councillor:
There’s a water main break on Northwestern between Pontiac and Cleaview that will affect service for some. They’ve got a 4:30 pm estimated repair completion time on that.
7:56 AM · Mar 3, 2021
Forwarded by co-chair Heather. City’s page about it at https://engage.ottawa.ca/Community-Safety-Well-Being-Plan. There’s also an Ottawa Citizen article.
What: City of Ottawa Community Safety and Well Being Plan Consultation
When: March 3, 2021. 6:30 – 8:30 PM EST.
Where: On Zoom
Join us for a consultation on the City’s Community Safety and Well Being Plan. This event provides an opportunity to learn more about the plan from City staff and participate in a live Q&A. Attendees will also be invited to provide comments about the plan in the chat, which will be collected and sent to City staff after the event is complete.
Click the link below to register in advance for this webinar. Once you have successfully registered, you will receive an email with a link to join the event on March 3. If you have any questions, please email Emma.Kenny@ottawa.ca.
From the city via Heather:
The City will be holding six bilingual online facilitated consultation sessions to get your opinions and ideas on the City’s first-ever combined Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan (PRFMP), in support of the new Official Plan (OP).
You are invited to share your knowledge and experiences to help us plan for the future of municipal parks, recreation and community activity spaces. We want to hear from residents, community associations, sports organizations, arts and cultural organizations, the homebuilders, residents interested in accessibility, equity and diversity and other recreation partners and user groups. Targeted stakeholder outreach with school boards, colleges and universities and the Nation Capital Commission (NCC) are also being planned.
More info, survey and registration at: https://engage.ottawa.ca/parks-and-facilities-recreation-master-plan
When: Feb 9, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Planning for Priorities: City Planning and Infrastructure Impacts
From http://kitchissippiward.ca/content/planning-priorities-city-planning-and-infrastructure-impacts-february-9-2021 by councillor Jeff Leiper:
Over the last six years, I’ve frequently been asked questions related to how the city is planned and the infrastructure we need paid for. Cycling advocates in particular wonder how and when funding decisions get made, and according to what priorities.
On paper, city planning is elegant. On February 9, I’ll be using a case study approach to explore in just 15 slides how cities in Ontario are planned, the funding mechanisms that support that planning, and who decides where the money is spent and when. While cycling infrastructure will be the focus, the material is equally applicable to virtually everything the City does.
Join me for an hour and half from 7-8:30 for this free webinar to explore in easy-to-understand terms the big strokes of city planning and how those become funding decisions for projects and initiatives big and small. You’ll learn and have the chance to ask questions about when the key decisions are made and who you need to influence to achieve the outcomes that you want.
Register at the link here, and see you on the 9th!
Subject: Fwd: Weekend Workshops January 23 and 30
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2021 22:58:53 -0500
From: Heather Pearl <email@example.com>
Ottawa is in the process of building a new Official Plan, to direct the City’s growth and development during the next couple of decades.
The proposed plan takes a significantly different approach to city planning and redevelopment than has been taken in the past. All current residential zones (Champlain Park is R1 and R2) will be replaced and the City will be divided into “Transects”. All of our Kitchissippi Ward is situated in the new “Inner Urban Transect”. The goal is to “Transform” the Inner Urban Transect fairly quickly to accommodate greater density.
The Federation of Citizens’ Associations (FCA) will be presenting four workshops on the next two Saturday mornings. The purpose is to: Continue reading
A message from the new librarian to our neighbourhood (was addressed to the CPCA board, but the general parts are worth repeating here). By the way, I was there yesterday dropping off a book. They now have a desk just inside the front door, with a plexiglass shield, where they will take your returned books or give you books you’ve ordered online.
Subject: Update from the Rosemount branch of the OPL
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2021 20:58:14 +0000
From: Sirett, Kelly <firstname.lastname@example.org>
My name is Kelly Sirett and I’m the new Supervising Librarian at the Rosemount branch of the Ottawa Public Library. […]
I’m writing to introduce myself, provide an update on the Rosemount branch, and to connect with your organization. To tell you a bit about myself, I have been working at the OPL since 2014, most recently as the Coordinator of the Sunnyside branch in Old Ottawa South. I live in Hintonburg, love this neighbourhood and am excited to be working in this community.
As you may know, the Rosemount branch temporarily closed its permanent location (at 18 Rosemount) in Spring 2019 for major renovations. During the renovations, the branch operated out of a temporary location on Wellington Street. Like for everyone else, COVID has caused to major changes in Library services. Since July, Rosemount has been offering holds pick up and returns in a variety of ways, depending on provincial regulations. We moved back into our permanent location at 18 Rosemount in early December. While we are operating only on the first floor of the building & with limited services (currently curbside holds pick up and returns), staff are very happy to be back “home”! For more information on current services and hours, please visit our website: https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en
Following up on the previous post, there’s another meeting about cycling and Scott Street changes:
Subject: Re: Meeting re: Scott Street reconfigurations
Date: Thu, 24 Dec 2020 15:10:19 -0500
From: William van Geest <email@example.com>
I have received communication from Councillor Leiper’s office that in order for City staff to participate in this meeting, it will need to be scheduled for the following week. I apologize for this change. I do, however, think it will be important for City staff to be on hand to answer questions.
Co-chair Heather writes:
On November 25, Jeff Leiper hosted an information and Q&A session with City Transportation Planning Staff, on upcoming changes to Scott St, to make it more bicycle and pedestrian friendly. Plans are to upgrade the section from Churchill to Holland later next year. Jeff provided us a copy of the presentation which describes the project and timelines. Within the next month, Staff will put up a web page with further information. The page will be updated as work proceeds.
, and YouTube archive
of the video conference are indexed in our city councillor’s page on the meeting: