Column: July 25, 2019

Rural Economic Development Strategy and Official Plan

On July 24, 2019, City of Ottawa staff had the opportunity come out to our rural community to discuss rural economic development and to take a look at examples of successful rural businesses. This relates to the Official Plan review that’s now ongoing. The City staff that attended are the key staff that are working on the policies that will encompass our new Official Plan.

During this session, staff attended two businesses in Carp (KIN Vineyards and Ridge Rock Brewing Co.) to witness first-hand the kind of potential there is for economic development in the rural areas of Ottawa. Ridge Rock Brewing Co. is an exceptional example of how the owners took an abandoned building that was an eyesore in the community, and turned it into a successful business. KIN Vineyards is another shining example of using rural land to create a unique business that adds so much to the rural community.

During this tour and visit, I had an opportunity to address staff. I pushed the importance of rural economic development, especially as over 80% of the City of Ottawa is rural in nature. With this in mind, I also made it clear that while we have an eye on increasing rural economic development, we also need to continue to protect and preserve farmers, farms and farmland. (In February 2019, I met with members of the Ward 5 farming community to discuss their wants and needs as it relates to the Official Plan review).

This Official Plan review is now being done as required by the Planning Act and Provincial Policy Statement, 2014, and will run in coordination with the review of the Infrastructure Master Plan, Transportation Master Plan and the Development Charges By-Law. The City of Ottawa Official Plan provides a vision for the future growth of our City and a policy framework to guide the City’s development to the year 2031. This is the strategic document that guides our City’s growth and development. It impacts how and where the City will grow, now and for years to come. It establishes a policy framework that will inform the shape of the communities where you live, work and play. Its scope may reach as far as the middle of this century and will affect generations to come. I encourage residents to learn more about the Official Plan review by going to ottawa.ca/officialplan. Stay tuned to future columns as this process continues. There will more opportunities for Ward 5 residents to have their say.

Crack sealing work on Thomas A. Dolan Parkway

Beginning the week of July 29, crack sealing work will begin on Thomas A. Dolan Parkway between Sixth Line Road and Barlow Crescent. The work will require lane reductions and traffic will be controlled by flagging personnel.

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 the garbage pickup schedule from some homes in Ward 5. The City is aware of the issues and are working with the contractor to meet our service standards. The City 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 immediately if your garbage is not collected on schedule. Make sure to note the "SR Reference Number" given to you when you call. If you do not get timely action from 3-1-1, call our office (we will want this SR number, so we can follow up appropriately).

Column: July 18, 2019

2020 Civic Events Funding Program

The City of Ottawa invites local not-for-profit organizations, such as community groups and recreation associations, to apply for up to $3,000 in funding to deliver community events that take place in local, geographic communities and neighbourhoods in the City of Ottawa. These family-friendly events must include family entertainment and activities that appeal to members of the geographic community where the event is being held. The deadline to submit to the program is October 9, 2019 by 4pm. If you are unsure of your eligibility or have any questions, please contact the Funding, Partnerships & Agreements Unit at rec-info@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424 ext. 14133. More information on the Civic Events Funding program is found at ottawa.ca/en/residents/recreation-and-parks/recreation-and-parks-funding. Information is also available at any City of Ottawa Client Service Centre.

Open Air Fire Permit

Open Air Fire Permits can be obtained online by going to MyService.Ottawa.ca. If you already have a MyService account, login in. If you do not have an account, follow the easy steps to create one. Online payment options include MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Interac Online, MasterCard Debit and Visa Debit. Fire permits can also be acquired at any City of Ottawa Client Service Centre. To apply or renew in person in West Carleton-March, the Client Service Centre at the West Carleton Community Complex (5670 Carp Rd.) issues Open Air Fire Permits, on Wednesdays only from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Permits can also be obtained at the Rural Fire Administration Office at the Carp Fire Station (475 Donald B. Munro Dr.) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am to 4pm. For a complete listing of all locations where permits can be obtained throughout the city, go to ottawa.ca.

Backyard pool safety

Sadly, ever year a number of Canadians drown in backyard pools. These deaths are preventable. The City’s Pool Enclosure By-law is designed to increase the safety of all pools and hot tubs. While requirements vary, the following rules apply regardless of when your pool enclosure was constructed:

  • All gates in a pool enclosure must be self-closing and equipped with a self-latching device and a lock located inside the enclosed area;

  • All pool owners must ensure every gate around the pool in closed and locked at all times, except when the pool area is in use;

  • Pool enclosure gates adjoining public spaces like parks or public pathways must be locked at all times, except when the gate itself is in use; and

  • Portable and blow up pools that hold water at a depth of two feet or more are a potential safety hazard and require a compliant pool enclosure.

If you are planning to install a pool this summer, please remember to obtain your pool enclosure permit for everyone’s safety. For more detailed information about pool enclosures and permits, please visit ottawa.ca.

Column: July 11, 2019

Changes to the Green Bin Program

Starting on July 2, plastic bags are now allowed to be used as a clean and easy bagging option for your food scraps. If residents choose to use plastic bags to dispose of their organics, they are encouraged to reuse bags that may otherwise be thrown out, such as grocery/retail, milk or bread bags. The organic waste facility has been retrofitted to rip open the plastic bags and separate the organic waste for composting. The plastic bags are then disposed in the landfill. Residents can explore all options and learn what type of organic materials go into the green bin at ottawa.ca/greenbin.

Why this change to allow plastic bags in the green bin? When asked in a market research survey, 60% of people who seldom use or do not use the green bin said they would participate if plastic bags were allowed. The use of plastic or compostable bags will address the inconvenience and ‘yuck’ factors for residents who are hesitant to use the green bin. These changes will also make the green bin even more convenient and easier to keep clean.

Developing a Waste Master Plan

On June 25, The City’s Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management recommended Council approve a two-year process to develop the City’s second Solid Waste Master Plan. The new 30-year master plan would provide the overall framework, direction and goals for solid waste management, diversion and reduction policy over the short, medium and long term. It would look at how the City collects and processes waste, and how we could increase waste diversion rates. Refocusing our approach to waste management will help keep Ottawa clean and livable over the long-term and help extend the life of the Trail Road Landfill, which is currently expected to reach capacity in 2042. Following extensive, inclusive and ongoing public engagement and consultation, the master plan would come to the Committee for consideration by the end of 2021, along with the initial five-year implementation plan. Staff would provide updates and new implementation plans every five years, making the master plan adaptable as new technologies, legislation, policies, information and ideas emerge. This item will go to City Council for final approval at the Council meeting on July 10, 2019.

Column: July 4, 2019

Changes to the green bin program

Starting on July 2, plastic bags are now allowed to be used as a clean and easy bagging option for your food scraps. If residents choose to use plastic bags to dispose of their organics, they are encouraged to reuse bags that may otherwise be thrown out, such as grocery/retail, milk or bread bags. The organic waste facility has been retrofitted to rip open the plastic bags and separate the organic waste for composting. The plastic bags are then disposed in the landfill. Residents can explore all options and learn what type of organic materials go into the green bin at ottawa.ca/greenbin.

Why this change to allow plastic bags in the green bin? When asked in a market research survey, 60% of people who seldom use or do not use the green bin said they would participate if plastic bags were allowed. The use of plastic or compostable bags will address the inconvenience and ‘yuck’ factors for residents who are hesitant to use the green bin. These changes will also make the green bin even more convenient and easier to keep clean.

Order of Ottawa & Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching

The City is now accepting nominations, until September 13, for both the Order of Ottawa and the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching.

The Order of Ottawa is a prestigious civic award that recognizes exceptional citizen contributions in the many areas of city life including arts and culture, business, philanthropy, health care, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, sports, entertainment or other fields of endeavour that benefit the citizens of Ottawa. Past recipients from West Carleton-March who have received this award are Todd Nicholson, Emily Glossop and Dr. Barry Bruce.

The Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching to acknowledge the contribution of an amateur coach who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment that have been the hallmarks of Brian Kilrea's exceptional career. Ward 5 resident Greg Patacairk is a past recipient of this award.

For more information on the nomination process and eligibility requirements for both awards, please visit www.ottawa.ca/orderofottawa. If you know someone in our community that would be a worthy recipient of either of these awards, please consider nominating them so they can receive some much-deserved recognition.

Committee recommends two-year process to develop waste master plan

On June 25, The City’s Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management recommended Council approve a two-year process to develop the City’s second Solid Waste Master Plan. The new 30-year master plan would provide the overall framework, direction and goals for solid waste management, diversion and reduction policy over the short, medium and long term. It would look at how the City collects and processes waste, and how we could increase waste diversion rates. Refocusing our approach to waste management will help keep Ottawa clean and livable over the long-term and help extend the life of the Trail Road Landfill, which is currently expected to reach capacity in 2042. Following extensive, inclusive and ongoing public engagement and consultation, the master plan would come to the Committee for consideration by the end of 2021, along with the initial five-year implementation plan. Staff would provide updates and new implementation plans every five years, making the master plan adaptable as new technologies, legislation, policies, information and ideas emerge. This item will go to City Council for final approval at the Council meeting on July 10, 2019.

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.