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: January 5, 2017

Hydro One to complete brush removal work

Hydro One Forestry will be performing transmission line clearing and brush removal work through West Carleton-March beginning January 2017 and continuing through the year in stages. The work will consist of tree trimming, removal of dead, leaning or dangerous trees as well as those encroaching upon the line. Non-compatible brush beneath the line will be sprayed standing or cut and the stumps sprayed with Garlon RTU (PCP Registration # 29334) which is a federally and provincially approved herbicide. Questions or concerns should be directed to Hydro One directly.

Rebuild of City’s website

In late December, the City launched a rebuild of ottawa.ca, the purpose of which is to improve the user experience and ensure accessibility compliance. The new design is based on industry best practices and includes a new search tool which allows users to filter information according to various categories rather than browsing from page to page.

New OC Transpo fares

New and simplified OC Transpo fares went into effect on January 1, 2017. The fare changes may affect Ward 5 residents using this service as follows:

  • All routes will require regular fare only.
  • Express fares will no longer be charged and a unified monthly pass will replace the separate regular and express passes.
  • Cash fare is reduced and single-ride fares are adjusted so that cash and e-purse prices are more closely aligned.
  • A new youth pass for those aged six to 19 will replace the student monthly pass.
  • No top ups will be required on Para Transpo, including for community pass holders who are Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) recipients.
  • A new access pass will be available to Para Transpo registrants who are not ODSP recipients. The access pass will be the same price as the community pass and provides unlimited travel on conventional service and a one-third discount from the single-ride fare for trips on Para Transpo.

If you are a Presto user and normally purchase (or auto-renew) an express pass for January, you must switch to a regular pass online at prestocard.ca, or in person at an OC Transpo Customer Service Centre. If you use auto-renew your contract will be cancelled and you must create a new one with a regular pass. For detailed information call OC Transpo at 613-741-4390.