Column: June 22, 2017

Funding secured for Stage 2 of LRT

In an announcement made on June 16, the federal government pledged to contribute up to $1.09 billion in total eligible costs to Ottawa’s Stage 2 of LRT. Further, the provincial government also promised an investment of $1 billion towards this project, plus 50 per cent of the cost associated with extending the O-Train system to the Ottawa airport and from Place d’Orleans to Trim. The remainder of the LRT costs, approximately $1 billion, will be covered by the City of Ottawa.

Once complete, Stage 2 of LRT will bring 70 per cent of Ottawa residents within five kilometers of efficient, clean and reliable rail service with the capability of carrying an estimated 24,000 riders per hour per direction during peak periods. The complete O-Train system will span nearly 60 kilometres and include 41 stations. Shovels are expected to be in the ground starting in 2019. For all the latest information on Stage 2 of LRT go to

Fire Services receives naloxone training

In the City’s efforts to deal with the opioid crisis and to ensure all first responders are equipped with naloxone, all 45 fire stations (both rural and urban) have now received naloxone training, and all fire trucks and engines are carrying supplies of nasal spray naloxone on board. Firefighters will be recertified every year as part of their training program.

Naloxone is a drug that can temporarily reverse an opioid overdose. Opioids are drugs that are usually used to treat pain (fentanyl, morphine, heroin, methadone, oxycodone). For more information on drug related matters including overdose prevention visit

Diefenbunker needs your votes & donations

THIS PLACE MATTERS is the National Trust for Canada’s innovative crowdfunding competition that brings community members together to raise funds and awareness to save and renew beloved historic places.

The Diefenbunker Museum was successful in their application for THIS PLACE MATTERS competition, and they have an opportunity to win a community builder award of $10,000, and if the Diefenbunker raises the most funds in their category, they have a chance of winning a national prize of $60,000 and a regional prize of $30,000. Residents can help by voting for and donating to the Diefenbunker’s Flushes with Success Project: Cast one vote every 24 hours until July 17, 2017. Please share widely, as every vote counts!