Ottawa’s water pipe (hookah) regulations are now in effect

The City of Ottawa’s Water pipes in Public Places and Work Places By-law, which prohibits the use of water pipes in enclosed public places, enclosed workplaces, and outdoor restaurant and bar patios, is now in effect.  The use of water pipes is also prohibited in the Parkdale Market and Byward Market stands.

Richmond Road Complete Street Consultation

Our office along with staff from the Stage2 LRT office will be hosting a public consultation to discuss the Richmond Road Complete Street project.  Residents are also invited to take part in a workshop about the design of the Byron Linear Park Renewal project.

Details are as follows:

What: Richmond Road Complete Street & Byron Linear Park Renewal Public Consultation and Workshop
When: November 15th, 2016 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
Where: Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 1000 Byron Avenue (Ukrainian Hall)

The evening will start with brief updates on both projects, along with the Byron Avenue Traffic Calming Design Study and the Cleary and New Orchard Planning Study.


• 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. – Introductions/short presentations
• 7:20 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. – Richmond Road Complete Street group discussion and Byron Linear Park Renewal Design workshop

For more information on the Richmond Road Complete Street Project, please contact Marc Magierowicz at

You can also contact our office directly at 613-699-8163 if you have questions.

A Caring and Compassionate City - Renewing and Building for the Future

Budget 2017

I believe in a community where everyone matters. The draft city budget for 2017 proposes to strengthen our social infrastructure immediately and for years to come, while at the same time building and renewing the assets that we rely on daily. The City is maintaining its commitment to transit development through the LRT project and bus service expansion increasing Bay Ward residents’ connectivity. Budget 2017 also ensures young families can continue to stay active by using our arts and parks programs and facilities. 

See & Hear


Photo_2016-12-01__7_25_27_PM.jpgYSB’s SleepOUT for Youth is an event to raise awareness and funds to support YSB’s work to provide support for street-involved youth and end youth homelessness in Ottawa. This year my wife, Christine and I, were excited to spend the night on the field and have many discussions on youth homelessness with the other participants. This year YSB's SleepOUT raised almost $200K. Thank you to all those who supported this important event.

Remembrance Day for the victims of the Holodomor

DSC_0394.JPGI was honoured to attend the Holodomor ceremony at the St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine with Ambassador of Ukraine to Canada, Andriy Shevchenko. Today is a solemn day of remembrance for those who endured the forced starvation at the hands of Stalin's regime. It was inspiring to hear the stories from two Holodomor survivors who attended today.

See more photos of the event here

Community Leaders Networking Breakfast

16K-385___026.jpgOver the morning we heard from key speakers on the subject of infant and early childhood mental health. I'd like to extend special thanks to Reta Gordon, Sally Webster, and Irene Compton who led us in a blessing ceremony. 

See more photos of the event here


November Column

Dear neighbours,

I hope you all had a safe and happy Halloween. I was pleased to attend numerous Community Association AGM’s during the month of October and as always enjoyed receiving resident’s feedback.

October Column

Dear neighbours,

The splendour of fall colours can be seen throughout our City.  It is a beautiful time of year and I trust you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends.

September Column

Dear neighbours,

It’s that time of year again; the kids have returned to school and the feeling of fall is in the air. Once again we are all getting ready for a busy fall.