Column: August 22, 2019

Operation Re-Leaf

Tree Canada developed Operation ReLeaf – Ottawa-Gatineau Tornadoes program following the September 2018 tornadoes. This program provides up to $300 to reimburse landowners for tree planting on private property to replace forest cover. They have opened a second application period which closes August 31 for trees that to be planted this fall. Link to apply: www.treecanada.ca/operationreleaf/ottawa-gatineau.

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

Back to school

With school starting soon, drivers need to slow down, as there will be many kids trying to get to and from school safely. Vehicle owners can be fined from $400 to $2,000 and 6 demerit points if their car illegally passes a stopped school bus. If you witness an offence, call the Ottawa Police to report it: 613-236-1222 ext. 7300. Wishing all students a successful year!

A new school year also brings increased traffic and ridership on OC Transpo. Plan your commute with this in mind. Visit www.ottawa.ca for the latest traffic updates. Visit www.octranspo.com to plan your trip. Be aware that many of the park and ride lots fill up quickly. Spaces are on a first come, first serve basis. Illegally parked cars will be ticketed.

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: June 27, 2019

Culvert replacement work

Several culverts in Ward 5 are scheduled for replacement and work will beginning soon. Be mindful when travelling of lane reductions and follow posted detour signage in the areas of work:

- Upper Dwyer Hill Road approximately 0.49 km north of Grainger Park Road
- Upper Dwyer Hill Road approximately 1.41 km north of Vaughan Side Road
- Kinburn Side Road approximately 0.31 km east of Dominium Side Road
- March Road approximately 0.25 km west of Huntmar Drive
- Creek Drive approximately 0.05 km east of Frome Street
- Ivy Acres Road approximately 0.33 km south of Ritchie Side Road
- Pinhey Point Road approximately 0.70 km east of Sixth Line Road
- Panmure Road approximately 0.49 km east of Breezy Heights Road

Road closure - Ritchie Side Rd.

In early July, Ritchie Side Rd. from Ivy Acres Rd. to Walter Bradley Rd., will close to undertake rehabilitation work on the Ritchie Side Rd. bridge. A signed detour will be place and local/emergency vehicle access will be maintained. Work will be done by the end of August.

Carp Rd. slope stablization & culvert renewal

In early July work will begin between 4203 and 4185 Carp Rd. on slope stabilization and culvert renewal. This work will provide stabilization to the slope along the south side of Carp Rd. The culvert is being replaced at the same time due to its current condition. Throughout the construction, there will be single lane closures as required to facilitate the work. When construction is not active, the roadway will be fully open. Work will be done by fall 2019.

Sandbag processing site on Kinburn Side Rd.

I’ve received inquiries about the ‘sandbag mountain’ at the Public Works site at 1444 Kinburn Side Rd. This location is being used as a sandbag processing site. Staff have begun work here and are separating the sand from the bags with the appropriate shredding and screening equipment with this process taking about two to three weeks. The separated sand will then be stored in neat piles on site and within the next 4 weeks will be put through a final separation process preparing it for future winter material use. Residents should see a gradual reduction in the pile of used sandbags soon. Any likelihood of critters or bugs is quite low as staff will be constantly working on the piles.

Column: September 14, 2017

Committee aims to make it easier for flood-affected residents to rebuild

At the September 7th Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, changes were approved to facilitate flood recovery by making it easier for residents to rebuild. City-initiated amendments to the Zoning By-law would relieve property owners from having to get minor variances when repairing or rebuilding structures damaged during the May flooding. The intent is to minimize delays and costs involved in rebuilding, and to make it easier for owners who may wish to rebuild at a higher point on their lot. Small increases in building height would also be permitted, to accommodate flood-proofing measures. This item will go to City Council on Wednesday, September 13 for final approval.

Temporary Road Closure for culvert work

Kinburn Side Road from Dominion Springs Drive to Timmins Road will be closed from Monday, September 25 until Friday, October 13, 2017. The closure will be in place in order to complete culvert replacements. Notification signs will be posted in advance of the closure. There will be a signed detour. Local and emergency vehicle access will be maintained.

Hydro One planned power outage

Hydro One has notified my office that they have planned a power outage on Sunday, September 24, from 7am to 11am. (This is the rescheduled outage that Hydro One had planned in the spring but due to the flooding event, they agreed to delay it to a later date).

Hydro One will be replacing two poles at the intersection of Kinburn Side Road and Stonecrest Road. Due to the complexity of the work and to ensure safety of the workers, the power must be shut off. The outage will affect approximately 3,500 customers in the following areas: Canon Smith Road, Limestone Road, Stonecrest Road, Thomas Dolan Parkway and the Ottawa River.

Hydro One will be notifying all customers using their automated call system. If you have questions or concerns, called Hydro One directly at 1-888-664-9376.

Try it: Sledge Hockey

Want to have some fun and learn about a new sport? Join Sledge Hockey of Eastern Ontario on Saturday, September 16, from 9:15am-11:15am at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex to try out sledge hockey. This is open to all abilities and ages. I have proudly sponsored this event along with my colleagues Councillors Wilkinson, Hubley and Qadri.