Column: August 3, 2017

Hydro One reaching out to flood-affected property owners
In response to resident concerns that I heard relating to increased hydro costs experienced during recent flood recovery efforts, I approached Mayor Watson and asked that he reach out to Hydro One regarding these increased hydro costs. On June 21, 2017 the Mayor sent a letter to the President and CEO of Hydro One, requesting some sort of relief to residents. As many residents had to run water pumps and fans 24 hours a day over many days, the Mayor asked for financial relief or deferral of the costs property owners incurred due to the increased use of hydro.
On July 27, the City received a reply back from Hydro One. They indicated they have begun reaching out to affected Hydro One customers on a case-by-case basis.
For more information regarding this matter, residents should contact Hydro One at 1-888-664-9376 or
Colonel By Day schedule changes
The City of Ottawa reminds residents that there will be schedule changes to some city services for Colonel By Day holiday on Monday, August 7. There will be no curbside green bin, recycling, or garbage collection on August 7. Colonel By Day’s pickup will take place on Tuesday, August 8. In addition, the collection of green bin, recycling materials and garbage will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. For a complete listing of changes, visit
Proposed Change to the 3-Hour Parking Rule
In September 2017, Council will receive a report regarding proposed adjustments to the Traffic and Parking By-law. Traffic Services is reviewing the general unsigned on-street parking regulations within city limits that permit parking for a maximum of 3 consecutive hours, from 7am to 7pm on weekends and holidays. However, city staff are now reviewing on-street parking for longer than 3 hours on weekends and holidays, and are engaging the public to provide feedback on this proposal. Transportation Services has developed an online survey which solicits residents’ opinion on a proposal to change the general on-street parking regulations to allow parking for 6 consecutive hours instead of 3 hours between 7am and 7pm on weekends and holidays. The survey is now available and I have provided a link on my website ( under the “Latest News” section of the home page.
The survey will be on until August 22, 2017. A final report will be tabled at the Transportation Committee on September 6.