Column: October 13, 2016

Water, wastewater & stormwater rate review

This is a reminder to residents that the City’s Environment Committee is meeting on October 18 (next Tuesday) to review the Water, Wastewater & Stormwater Rate Review Report that will be tabled. If you haven’t already done so, please read my column from last week (it’s posted on which reviews the full extent of the Report and what it will potentially mean to you as a resident.

I strongly encourage residents to voice their concerns and comments to the Environment Committee members before October 18. This can be done by emailing your feedback to the Committee Coordinator ( and request your messaging be shared with members of the Committee. Alternatively, you may also register as a public delegation and speak to the Committee at its meeting on October 18. If you wish to do so, please contact Christopher Zwierzchowski using the email address above or by calling 613-580-2424 x21359.

Budget 2017

There is still time to provide feedback to the City which will be used in drafting of the City’s budget for 2017, which will be tabled at Council on November 9. You can provide your comments by:

  • Emailing
  • Participating in the online consultation at
  • Tweeting @ottawacity using the hash tag #ottbudget
  • Calling 3-1-1

Subsequent to the tabling, residents can make a presentation to Standing Committees, Boards and Commissions when they meet to review the draft budget (go to the eAgenda on for meeting times/locations).

Red-light cameras being installed at locations across the city

Five new red-light cameras will be installed throughout the city in 2016 with 15 more to be installed in 2017. These 20 cameras will be in addition to the existing 34 red-light cameras currently in operation at locations across Ottawa.

The program’s objective is to improve intersection safety by decreasing the number of red-light running occurrences. In 2014, there were 655 reportable angle collisions at signalized intersections in the city.

Red-light cameras take two photographs: the first is taken when a vehicle is about to enter an intersection with a red light, the second photograph shows the offending vehicle in the intersection. The fine for running a red light is $260, plus a $5 service fee and $60 victim surcharge. The City installs cameras at intersections based on collision rates.