Column: March 14, 2019

Zoning Amendment - 2596 Carp Road

On March 8, the City’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee (ARAC) approved a zoning amendment at 2596 Carp Rd. The amendment would permit construction of a concrete batching plant, where raw materials are mixed to make concrete for use in construction projects across Ottawa. The applicant would be prevented from starting construction until Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks determines that air, noise and dust emissions from the plant would be compliant with all provincial regulations. In addition, to address traffic concerns, the applicant will be required to submit a Transportation Impact Assessment to the City. Huntley Creek runs through the property, and while no new development is proposed near the creek as part of this project, City planning staff have recommended further re-zoning on the surrounding lands to prevent future development adjacent to the creek. The plan for this site also proposes increased landscaping near the creek, which would encourage regeneration. This item will be tabled at City Council on March 27.

Budget 2019 Approved

On March 6, City Council approved Budget 2019. Of significant note, this budget approved funding for a new community building to be constructed in the Corkery community. In 2019, funding of $550,000 has been earmarked as the first contribution toward the estimated project costs. A further approximately $900,000 has been flagged for this project in 2020. Other Ward 5 specific budget highlights include:

- $4 million to design and build 47 culverts
- $2 million to retrofit, rehabilitate & replace components of communal well drinking systems, including the Carp Well System
- $1.8 million for road surface treatments
- $1.6 million to renew the Fitzroy Harbour Bridge
- $820,000 to resurface roads
- $620,000 to renew the Ritchie Side Road Bridge
- $605,000 to preserve roads
- $180,000 to renew the Kilmaurs Road Bridge
- $125,000 to upgrade gravel roads
- $560,000 towards making repairs at various community buildings
- $38,000 for fitness equipment for Langstaff Park
- $10,000 for safety netting for the baseball diamond at Fitzroy Harbour

Stage 2 LRT

At the March 6 City Council meeting, Council approved Stage 2 Light Rail Transit. This project will expand the O-Train by 44km to the west, south, and east and add 24 new stations. The expansions will be completed in 2022, 2024 and 2025 respectively. Stage 2 is funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Ottawa. The total project cost is $4.6 billion.

Column: June 22, 2017

Funding secured for Stage 2 of LRT

In an announcement made on June 16, the federal government pledged to contribute up to $1.09 billion in total eligible costs to Ottawa’s Stage 2 of LRT. Further, the provincial government also promised an investment of $1 billion towards this project, plus 50 per cent of the cost associated with extending the O-Train system to the Ottawa airport and from Place d’Orleans to Trim. The remainder of the LRT costs, approximately $1 billion, will be covered by the City of Ottawa.

Once complete, Stage 2 of LRT will bring 70 per cent of Ottawa residents within five kilometers of efficient, clean and reliable rail service with the capability of carrying an estimated 24,000 riders per hour per direction during peak periods. The complete O-Train system will span nearly 60 kilometres and include 41 stations. Shovels are expected to be in the ground starting in 2019. For all the latest information on Stage 2 of LRT go to

Fire Services receives naloxone training

In the City’s efforts to deal with the opioid crisis and to ensure all first responders are equipped with naloxone, all 45 fire stations (both rural and urban) have now received naloxone training, and all fire trucks and engines are carrying supplies of nasal spray naloxone on board. Firefighters will be recertified every year as part of their training program.

Naloxone is a drug that can temporarily reverse an opioid overdose. Opioids are drugs that are usually used to treat pain (fentanyl, morphine, heroin, methadone, oxycodone). For more information on drug related matters including overdose prevention visit

Diefenbunker needs your votes & donations

THIS PLACE MATTERS is the National Trust for Canada’s innovative crowdfunding competition that brings community members together to raise funds and awareness to save and renew beloved historic places.

The Diefenbunker Museum was successful in their application for THIS PLACE MATTERS competition, and they have an opportunity to win a community builder award of $10,000, and if the Diefenbunker raises the most funds in their category, they have a chance of winning a national prize of $60,000 and a regional prize of $30,000. Residents can help by voting for and donating to the Diefenbunker’s Flushes with Success Project: Cast one vote every 24 hours until July 17, 2017. Please share widely, as every vote counts!