As part of the nation-wide “100 Debates on the Environment” initiative, Evidence for Democracy is organising a debate in Ottawa-Centre on September 8 at 6 pm. RSVP here, and share the Facebook event here.
The 2021 Federal Candidates for Ottawa Centre:
Ecology Ottawa is co-hosting three election debates as part of GreenPAC’s nation-wide “100 Debates on the Environment” initiative.
The first is in Ottawa West-Nepean, on Wednesday, September 8 at 6pm with First Unitarian Congregation. RSVP here, and share the Facebook event with your contacts here.
The second is in Kanata-Carleton, on Thursday, September 9 at 6pm. RSVP here, and share the Facebook event here.
The third is Ottawa-Vanier with Lowertown Community Association, Vanier Community Association, For Our Kids Ottawa-Gatineau, Ontario Committee of Canadian Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) on Thursday, September 9 at 8 pm, RSVP here, and share the Facebook event here.
You are invited to the virtual Federal All Candidates Debate, Monday, September 13, 2021, at 7 pm.
- The debate is sponsored by your local community associations.
- Visit http://hamptoniona.ca/ for Zoom video conference links; available when they’re known.
Official 2021 Federal CANDIDATES DEBATE.pdf
From our city councillor Jeff Leiper’s newsletter today:
IPD/Clearview pedestrian crossing
With my apologies, I learned last week that the planned pedestrian crossing at Island Park Drive and Clearview will likely not be completed now until October. The schedule I’d previously been given saw it completed by Labour Day. It’s been asserted to me that some required parts are on back-order, which has not been uncommon due to the pandemic. I have expressed my extreme disappointment to our City Manager both at the lack of notice and further delay in this project, and the City is exploring ways to try to accelerate completion.
Subject: Tunney’s Pasture Redevelopment: FYI for the Board and for posting on the CPCA website
Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2021 16:19:45 -0400
From: Heather Pearl
On April 5, a short history of the Tunney’s Pasture redevelopment plans was posted on the CPCA website. All Champlain Park residents were invited to complete a Survey, developed by the Wellington Village Community Association (WVCA). The survey results are in, a web page has been created, the working group is growing and everyone is invited to participate. Here is a brief recap:
Tunney’s Pasture redevelopment plans have been in the works for some time. This massive federal government project has been developed under a cone of silence. Plans are now at an advanced stage, and have been done with no community consultation or input, nor the input or knowledge of city staff and elected officials. Whatever the outcome, this will have a major and direct effect on anyone who lives near Tunney’s Pasture, works at Tunney’s Pasture, or enjoys the river, roads and greenspaces in and around this large campus. The Wellington Village Community Association recently completed a survey of area residents regarding their knowledge and concerns related to the redevelopment, and are using this data to make a difference before it is too late. Step one is for all of us to push for the release of the detailed plans, and to push for the federal government to meet with local residents to ensure our input is taken into account, and taken seriously.
The community associations representing Wellington Village, Champlain Park, Hintonburg and Mechanicsville have formed Neighbours for Tunney’s to focus on these and other Tunney’s Pasture redevelopment-related issues. A preliminary web page has been launched (www.neighboursfortunneys.ca) and a mailing list has been created so that everyone can stay apprised of updates, and have continued input into the work your community associations are doing on your behalf. Even if you live outside of these four neighbourhoods, you can still sign up. You can join the mailing list by sending a request to email@example.com.
For more information, please read the Neighbours for Tunney’s News Release and the Backgrounder and visit the WVCA web page.
To access previous Tunney’s Pasture related posts on the CPCA web site, type “Tunney’s” into the box under Search our Posts to find Community Information on the web page.
Champlain Park neighbours are encouraged to review the following information and consider writing individual letters in support of the initiative to rename the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway.
Coucillor’s Jeff Leiper, Catherine McKenney and Theresa Kavanagh have asked the Federal Government to facilitate an Indigenous-led consultation process to rename the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. The letter is posted on Jeff’s web site at: https://kitchissippiward.ca/content/name-reconciliation-re-name-sjam
For those with an interest in history, a precipitous name change in 2012 turned the Ottawa River Parkway into the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. There is no historical link between the Parkway and Sir John A. Macdonald, who died in 1891. The Parkway, first proposed in the 1940s as part of the Greber Plans for Ottawa, was built on former rail lands and the sites of waterfront houses.
An excellent synopsis is contained in Kelly Egan’s article in the Citizen, published on June 3: https://o.canada.com/news/local-news/egan-sir-john-a-wrong-name-for-parkway-in-2012-even-more-wrong-today.
Wikipedia has a brief section on the history of the Parkway: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_John_A._Macdonald_Parkway.
Some news from the NCC on their Westboro Beach renovation. Didn’t realise that there would be a Churchill avenue underpass; that explains all the construction on the SJAM parkway! Copied from their newsletter which doesn’t have a corresponding web page…
Westboro Beach Pavilion Project Update
(Le français suit)
The National Capital Commission (NCC) would like to provide an update regarding the Westboro Beach redevelopment project.
Below, you’ll find the most recent information about construction work, the new pavilions and the development of parking areas.
Westboro Beach pavilions and landscaping
Over the past year, our team has been working on furthering the design development for the new and rehabilitated pavilions at Westboro Beach. We’ve progressed from the ideas phase to a concrete plan. Also, drawing on the rich and diverse feedback provided by community members, we have developed a design that we think will please all who visit this enchanting site. Here is a short video illustrating the proposed design.
Continue reading “Westboro Beach Update”
Since the weather is warming up, the insects are starting to come out. That includes the ticks living in our area. Have a look at the NCC’s Tick information post to find out how to deal with these half spiders at https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/blog/tick-safety-in-the-capital
Via Heather and Daniel:
Mechanicsville Community Association and Big Trees of Kitchissippi invite you to make your voice count in efforts to say YES to more trees and No to embassies at the NCC Burnside property on the Ottawa River in Kitchissippi Ward.
First, send a video message (hug) to Councillors and Federal Ministers before Earth Day next week, using this simple video platform: https://app.vidhug.com/yes-to-trees-no-to-embassies-/HyZ-FoNL_/record
Use your phone, or record directly on the platform, indoors or (preferably) outdoors to say Yes (and No).
Second, sign this petition calling on the City of Ottawa and NCC to honour their commitments to addressing the climate emergency, by saying Yes to more trees on the site, and No to embassies: See Petition
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.
Subject: Tunney’s Pasture redevelopment plans, history, update on current status and a survey
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2021 19:26:47 -0400
From: Heather Pearl
After years of silence, we may soon know more about the redevelopment proposals for Tunney’s Pasture. Here is some history:
- Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) presented a draft plan to local community associations and the West Wellington BIA in 2012.
- The CAs and BIA responded that the site needed to be redeveloped as much more than an attractive employment campus.
- Our MP, Paul Dewar held a public meeting, attended by a large number of residents from the adjacent communities, to discuss what the Tunney’s Pasture Master Plan (TPMP) needed to address.
- The resulting TPMP Community Report (attached) was posted on Paul’s website. In-house negotiations began, to which the CAs were not privy.
In 2013, PSPC held a public consultation to gather comments on their new, very different proposal, for a substantial mixed-use development, that responded to most of the issues raised in the TPMP Community Report.
- Jeff Leiper has regularly asked for updates, but has learned only that the 2014 TPMP is being, for the most part, followed. Recently, he heard that more information should be coming soon.
- The Wellington Village CA (WVCA) recently heard from PSPC that more information may be available by late spring.
- WV is inviting all interested residents of Champlain Park to respond to their survey questionnaire on the Tunney’s redevelopment plans. The survey can be found at https://forms.gle/mEWU8BTBj2Rg3oZ6A
Their intent is to:
- Gather preliminary information on awareness, concerns, and priorities associated with the coming redevelopment.
- Gather information for a mailing list of keenly interested residents.
- Take the first step in a series of steps as they attempt to obtain more information, and participate in public consultation.
Based on the survey responses, they hope to form a small working group amongst neighbouring CAs to keep the ball rolling.
Please consider completing the short survey and staying current as this issue matures. Whatever happens at Tunney’s Pasture has a direct impact on Champlain Park.
TPMP Community Report.pdf