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 (you will receive a service request number)- Contact me directly at'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 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 ( 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: 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.

Column: July 30, 2015

Earlier Hours at the Kinburn Client Services Centre

To ensure residents have every opportunity to take advantage of the convenience of paying for fire permits, dog licenses, parking tickets etc., the Kinburn Client Services Centre will be open 7:30am to 3:30pm on the first Wednesday of each month for the next 6 months (August 5, September 2, October 7, November 4, December 2 and January 6, 2016). This is on a trial basis and will be revisited after January 2016 to determine practicality.

Colonel By Day Schedule changes

There will be some schedule changes to city services for the Colonel By Day holiday. Of note, there will be no curbside green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Monday, August 3. Pick up will be on Tuesday, August 4. In addition, the collection of green bin, recycling and garbage will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. For full details on all of the schedule changes happening, visit

Carp Farmer’s Market 15th Annual Garlic Festival

Stock up on those garlic recipes, the Garlic Festival is coming! Come to the Carp Farmer’s Market Saturday August 8 (from 8am to 3pm) or Sunday August 9 (from 10am to 3pm). There will be many vendors and products to choose from.

Pan Am Games Medalists

I would like to congratulate our very own Cameron Smedleyand Samantha Cornett who won medals at the Pan Am Games! Cameron won silver in the Canoe (C1) men’s final and Samantha Cornett was a triple-medallist in women’s Squash. Well done!

Speeding in Ward 5

I am receiving numerous calls to the office regarding excessive speeding on our roads.  As in previous columns, let me reiterate to please contact the police if you witness speeding at 613-236-1222 ext.7300.

Police will only be aware of a problem area by the number of calls received. All complaints received by the police are entered into their records management system and are tracked. This allows them to monitor and identify problem areas, so that enforcement and other responses may be documented and assessed.