FYI. Hi all. I know it’s short notice, but suggest that this is an important opportunity for residents to have a say on Developing the Future of Municipal Recreation and Cultural Activity Spaces.
This is from the city of Ottawa:
Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway – On weekdays, until Friday, June 7, there will be intermittent off-peak lane closures on Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, between 9:30 am and 3 pm. The closures are for tree clearing and will be between Dominion and Cleary avenues.
Scott Street – From Monday, June 3 to Friday June 14, weather-permitting, Scott Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction, during off-peak hours between Churchill Avenue North and Smirle Avenue as part of the Scott Street Sewer and Watermain Rehabilitation Project.
Heather Pearl points out that there’s a new issue of the development oriented city of Ottawa City Builders newsletter out. Rather than reproducing the whole thing here, you can subscribe to it at https://ottawa.ca/esubscriptions/signup-form-en.html
Main topics are:
The newsletter ends with a list of upcoming events and workshops.
Councillor Jeff Leiper is requesting our support to implement a Vision Zero Program in Ottawa, to eliminate traffic fatalities and injuries.
Two motions are attached, that Councillor Leiper proposes to present to Council. One is for a comprehensive Vision Zero strategy. The other is a proposal to use the Federal Government’s one time increase in the share of the gas tax, which is being rebated to Municipalities, to implement safe cycling infrastructure. Jeff encourages residents to write to the Mayor and Councillors to support these motions, which will be debated by City Council.
Contact information for the Mayor and Councillors is here: https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/mayor-and-city-councillors
We need your help: Champlain Park Emergency Preparedness
Many residents in the Ottawa region are dealing once again with rising flood waters from heavy spring snow melt. Last summer, tragedy struck many when 6 tornadoes caused extensive damage throughout the region and cut off power to most parts of the City for extended periods. Battery backup for cell towers died in a couple of hours. Had the power outage lasted more a few more days, land lines also would have failed and hospital generators might have run out of fuel or might not have been able to keep up with demand.
We can’t know when the next natural disaster will hit or when but it makes good sense to be well prepared.
How can you help?
As mentioned in a post on Facebook by our city councillor Jeff Leiper, sewer overload warnings have been delivered to the appropriate houses (a flyer or fire department visit); if you didn’t get one then there’s no worry about keeping usage down.
The Pontiac and Keyworth sandbag wall should be okay; the water won’t be rising too much and should mostly affect low driveways there.
Also the Patricia sewer overflow seems to be mostly ground water coming from upstream (higher water pressure). I assume it’s better to let it flow out there than filling the pipes.
Pontiac and Keyworth Sandbag Wall in the Rain and Sleet
As described in https://ottawa.ca/en/residents/garbage-and-recycling/hazardous-waste-and-special-items we have local waste depots twice this year, for disposing of paint, old electronics and other things too dangerous for regular garbage.
The depot runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tunney’s Pasture. Dates this year are:
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Some of the odder and more dangerous things I’ve brought and the chemical experts at the depot had fun looking over – old gardening chemicals with Malathion (still used for West Nile mosquitoes), DDT and Chlordane.