Column: August 15, 2019


Joint session of ARAC & Planning Committee

On Thursday, August 22, there will be a joint meeting of the Planning Committee and the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee (ARAC). This meeting is taking place at Ottawa City Hall, in Andrew Haydon Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West. It will begin at 9:30am and is open to the public. The agenda can be reviewed on ottawa.ca. This joint meeting is to hear about preliminary policy directions that staff are recommending for the City of Ottawa’s new Official Plan. The policy directions, which reflect the results of previous public outreach, are presented in five main areas:

  • Growth – aim for more growth through intensification than through greenfield development

  • Mobility – aim to see more than half of all trips made by sustainable transportation

  • Neighbourhoods – aim to improve community planning and design, with a focus on neighbourhoods

  • Natural Systems – aim to better integrate public health, energy and environmental resiliency in planning matters

  • Economic Development – aim to embed economic development considerations in planning matters

Culvert replacements

Culvert replacement work in Ward 5 is ongoing until December 2019. Culverts at each site listed below should take about 1 to 3 weeks to complete. Residents in the nearby areas will receive notice of the pending work:

- Thomas A. Dolan Parkway about .8 km east of Dunrobin Road
- Thomas A. Dolan Parkway about .01 km west of Sixth Line Road
- Carp Road about 1.4 km north of Thomas A. Dolan Parkway
- Ferry Road about .06 km north of Galetta Side Road
- Ferry Road (lining) about 0.30 km north of Galetta Side Road
- Ferry Road about .12 km north of Aylwin Road
- Ferry Rd about 1.2 km north of Badhams Side Road
- Thomas A. Dolan Parkway about 1.17 km east of Carp Road
- Kinburn Side Road just west of Diamondview Road
- Kinburn Side Road just west east of Diamondview Road
- Carp Road about 1.10 km south of Thomas A. Dolan Parkway
- Constance Creek Drive just north of Thomas A. Dolan Parkway
- John Shaw Road about 1.65 km north of Kinburn Side Road
- John Shaw Road about 1.9 km north of Kinburn Side Road
- Howie Road just south of March Road
- Rochon Way just east of Dunrobin Road
- Diamondview Road about .46 km north of Baird Side Road

Fall Cleaning the Capital begins

Early bird registration for GLAD Cleaning the Capital beings today. Help keep the City clean, green and litter free. Register your project by September 14 to be eligible to win an early bird prize. Go to ottawa.ca to get all the details and to register your team.

Column: August 8, 2019

Garbage collection issues in Ward 5

Over the past couple of weeks, since the Waste Management facility on Westbrook Road experienced a small fire which affected some of the fleet of collection vehicles, there have been some ongoing issues with garbage pickup in Ward 5. The City is working with the contractor to meet our service standards and will continue to be following the City’s Contract Administration Policy to continue to keep Waste Management accountable. In the meantime, the contractor is bringing in additional trucks, mechanics, drivers, and logistics people to help meet the current demand. Please call 3-1-1 if your garbage is not collected on schedule.

Culvert replacement - Rochon Way

Rochon Way, from Dunrobin Rd. to O’Hara Dr. will be closed from August 12 to 16 (weather permitting) to complete a culvert replacement. Notification signs will be posted and local/emergency vehicle access will be maintained.

Culvert replacement - Kilmaurs Side Rd.

Kilmaurs Side Road will be closed between Woodkilton Rd. and Dunrobin Rd., beginning August 6 for a period of three weeks (weather permitting). The closure is required for the replacement of an existing bridge culvert. Detours will be in place and only local traffic access will be available.

Speeding on our roads

My office receives frequent calls from residents regarding speeding on our roads. Residents need to contact the police directly at 613-236-1222 ext.7300. All complaints received by the police are entered into their system and tracked, allowing them to monitor and identify problem areas, so that enforcement may be assessed.

Calls for service

I am frequently ‘tagged’ in Facebook posts on my personal Facebook page, from residents who are posting various concerns relating city services (road maintenance, potholes, by-law, garbage collection, etc.). I need to reiterate that just because a resident has tagged me in their post, does not mean it will be seen right away or actioned. My Facebook account is personal account. It is not monitored 24-7 and my staff do not access this account, so any city related concerns posted may not be addressed in a timely manner. Instead, resident should do one of the following:

• Call 3-1-1

• Complete an online service request via ServiceOttawa on ottawa.ca

• Contact me directly at eli.el-chantiry@ottawa.ca

Column: July 31, 2019

Speeding on our roads

My office receives frequent calls from residents regarding speeding on our roads. Residents need to contact the police directly at 613-236-1222 ext.7300. All complaints received by the police are entered into their system and tracked, allowing them to monitor and identify problem areas, so that enforcement may be assessed. If speeding is a concern in your community, you may want to consider installing a “Slow Down for Us” sign on your lawn to warn passing motorists to follow the speed limits and watch out for children. If you would like one for your lawn, please stop by my ward office – we have a supply on hand.

Calls for service

I am frequently ‘tagged’ in Facebook posts on my personal Facebook page, from residents who are posting various concerns relating city services (road maintenance, potholes, by-law, garbage collection, etc.). I need to reiterate that just because a resident has tagged me in their post, does not mean it will be seen right away or actioned. My Facebook account is personal account. It is not monitored 24-7 and my staff do not access this account, so any city related concerns posted may not be addressed in a timely manner. Instead resident should do one of the following: - Call 3-1-1 (you will receive a service request number that can be use for further follow up and tracking of your request)- Complete an online service request via ServiceOttawa on ottawa.ca (you will receive a service request number)- Contact me directly at eli.el-chantiry@ottawa.ca.It's certainly fine for residents to go onto Facebook to discuss their concerns together, but please remember some of the city-related issues being discussed won't actually get addressed unless and until the City is notified.

Schedule changes for Colonel By Day

I would like to remind residents there will be schedule changes to City services on Monday, August 5 (which is a statutory holiday). Of note, there will be no curbside green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Monday, August 5. Pick up will be delayed a day and collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. Visit ottawa.ca for a complete list of all changes to services.

Engage Ottawa

Giving feedback on City projects has never been easier. The City of Ottawa has launched an online engagement tool called Engage Ottawa. The City wants to make it easy for as many people as possible to engage with the City, and to participate in and learn about ongoing projects. This online space gives residents the opportunity to get informed and give the City feedback in a way that’s accessible, portable and convenient for you. Residents can create a profile to gain access to online public engagement opportunities. Registered users can tailor their preferences to receive notifications about topics that mean the most to them. Check out the new site (engage.ottawa.ca) to see how it works and register yourself with to stay informed about current and future topics of interest. Some of the current projects include:

- Rural Economic Development Plan

- Recreation facility strategic plan

- Ottawa Central Library/Library and Archives Canada joint facility project

- Elgin Street renewal

- Open Data

- Peer to Peer Parent Program

Column: July 25, 2019

Rural Economic Development Strategy and Official Plan

On July 24, 2019, City of Ottawa staff had the opportunity come out to our rural community to discuss rural economic development and to take a look at examples of successful rural businesses. This relates to the Official Plan review that’s now ongoing. The City staff that attended are the key staff that are working on the policies that will encompass our new Official Plan.

During this session, staff attended two businesses in Carp (KIN Vineyards and Ridge Rock Brewing Co.) to witness first-hand the kind of potential there is for economic development in the rural areas of Ottawa. Ridge Rock Brewing Co. is an exceptional example of how the owners took an abandoned building that was an eyesore in the community, and turned it into a successful business. KIN Vineyards is another shining example of using rural land to create a unique business that adds so much to the rural community.

During this tour and visit, I had an opportunity to address staff. I pushed the importance of rural economic development, especially as over 80% of the City of Ottawa is rural in nature. With this in mind, I also made it clear that while we have an eye on increasing rural economic development, we also need to continue to protect and preserve farmers, farms and farmland. (In February 2019, I met with members of the Ward 5 farming community to discuss their wants and needs as it relates to the Official Plan review).

This Official Plan review is now being done as required by the Planning Act and Provincial Policy Statement, 2014, and will run in coordination with the review of the Infrastructure Master Plan, Transportation Master Plan and the Development Charges By-Law. The City of Ottawa Official Plan provides a vision for the future growth of our City and a policy framework to guide the City’s development to the year 2031. This is the strategic document that guides our City’s growth and development. It impacts how and where the City will grow, now and for years to come. It establishes a policy framework that will inform the shape of the communities where you live, work and play. Its scope may reach as far as the middle of this century and will affect generations to come. I encourage residents to learn more about the Official Plan review by going to ottawa.ca/officialplan. Stay tuned to future columns as this process continues. There will more opportunities for Ward 5 residents to have their say.

Crack sealing work on Thomas A. Dolan Parkway

Beginning the week of July 29, crack sealing work will begin on Thomas A. Dolan Parkway between Sixth Line Road and Barlow Crescent. The work will require lane reductions and traffic will be controlled by flagging personnel.

Garbage collection issues in Ward 5

Over the past couple of weeks, since the Waste Management facility on Westbrook Road experienced a small fire which affected some of the fleet of collection vehicles, there have been some ongoing issues with the garbage pickup schedule from some homes in Ward 5. The City is aware of the issues and are working with the contractor to meet our service standards. The City will continue to be following the City’s Contract Administration Policy to continue to keep Waste Management accountable. In the meantime, the contractor is bringing in additional trucks, mechanics, drivers, and logistics people to help meet the current demand. Please call 3-1-1 immediately if your garbage is not collected on schedule. Make sure to note the "SR Reference Number" given to you when you call. If you do not get timely action from 3-1-1, call our office (we will want this SR number, so we can follow up appropriately).

Column: July 18, 2019

2020 Civic Events Funding Program

The City of Ottawa invites local not-for-profit organizations, such as community groups and recreation associations, to apply for up to $3,000 in funding to deliver community events that take place in local, geographic communities and neighbourhoods in the City of Ottawa. These family-friendly events must include family entertainment and activities that appeal to members of the geographic community where the event is being held. The deadline to submit to the program is October 9, 2019 by 4pm. If you are unsure of your eligibility or have any questions, please contact the Funding, Partnerships & Agreements Unit at rec-info@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424 ext. 14133. More information on the Civic Events Funding program is found at ottawa.ca/en/residents/recreation-and-parks/recreation-and-parks-funding. Information is also available at any City of Ottawa Client Service Centre.

Open Air Fire Permit

Open Air Fire Permits can be obtained online by going to MyService.Ottawa.ca. If you already have a MyService account, login in. If you do not have an account, follow the easy steps to create one. Online payment options include MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Interac Online, MasterCard Debit and Visa Debit. Fire permits can also be acquired at any City of Ottawa Client Service Centre. To apply or renew in person in West Carleton-March, the Client Service Centre at the West Carleton Community Complex (5670 Carp Rd.) issues Open Air Fire Permits, on Wednesdays only from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Permits can also be obtained at the Rural Fire Administration Office at the Carp Fire Station (475 Donald B. Munro Dr.) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am to 4pm. For a complete listing of all locations where permits can be obtained throughout the city, go to ottawa.ca.

Backyard pool safety

Sadly, ever year a number of Canadians drown in backyard pools. These deaths are preventable. The City’s Pool Enclosure By-law is designed to increase the safety of all pools and hot tubs. While requirements vary, the following rules apply regardless of when your pool enclosure was constructed:

  • All gates in a pool enclosure must be self-closing and equipped with a self-latching device and a lock located inside the enclosed area;

  • All pool owners must ensure every gate around the pool in closed and locked at all times, except when the pool area is in use;

  • Pool enclosure gates adjoining public spaces like parks or public pathways must be locked at all times, except when the gate itself is in use; and

  • Portable and blow up pools that hold water at a depth of two feet or more are a potential safety hazard and require a compliant pool enclosure.

If you are planning to install a pool this summer, please remember to obtain your pool enclosure permit for everyone’s safety. For more detailed information about pool enclosures and permits, please visit ottawa.ca.