UPDATED JUL 4: Inappropriate Development on Benjamin/Woodroffe

Today after meeting with City of Ottawa Planning staff I learned the specifics of changes made to a development in our Ward that had been approved in 2013/14 but which is under construction now.

Thanks to vigilant residents who alerted me to changes in the look of the development I met with staff only to learn of changes to the project that took place after the approvals process, about which neither I nor the community were aware.

To be clear - I believe the changes made to be fundamentally at odds with the spirit of the approval given on this project and my next step will be meeting with City legal staff.

2018 Wading Pool Program

With the opening of City of Ottawa outdoor wading pools just around the corner, we wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with information regarding the wading pools operating within your ward.

 Hours of Operation



Season Open Date

Season End Date

Pool Closed Day(s)


2844 Ahearn Ave.

July 3

August 28


Frank Ryan

950 Alpine Ave.

June 28

August 23



2074 Benjamin Cres.

July 3

August 28

Sun & Mon

Michele Heights

2955 Michele Dr.

June 28

August 23


Ruth Wildgen

1099 Grenon Ave.

June 28

August 23



Wading pool hours of operation are standardized across all City of Ottawa wading pools. Residents can expect the pools to be open at the following times, with the exception of their scheduled closed day(s):

  • Monday & Friday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Special Events

In addition, each location will be hosting a special event during the summer with organized games and activities for residents. Activities will generally take place between 1:00-4:00 pm. You are welcome to attend these events to meet and greet with participants.

  • Britannia Park –  July 26, 2018
  • Frank Ryan Park – July 24, 2018
  • Kingsmere Park –  August 16, 2018
  • Michele Heights – July 31, 2018
  • Ruth Wildgen – August 1, 2018

Byron Park Tree Transplant and Renewal Project


The City of Ottawa will be relocating transplantable trees from Byron Park to suitable areas within the community prior to Stage 2 Light Rail Transit, construction beginning in 2019. Tree relocation activities will take place in Byron Park in early June 2018. For more information, The City of Ottawa is hosting two pop-up information sessions on June 7th 5pm-7pm. One at Byron Ave & Sherborne Rd and the second Byron Ave & Woodland Ave

See & Hear

Speed Display Board Data – Q4 2017

One issue which residents often contact our office about is traffic and speeding.  Our office takes residents’ concerns seriously and we have been working with communities and City staff to address the problems.  You will notice throughout our ward we have installed speed boards on streets where residents have expressed concerns and highlighted a danger due to speeding cars. The data collected from the speed boards is analysed by traffic staff and shared with Ottawa Police Services. When warranted staff and police services look at ways to implement traffic calming measures and enforcement. 

PDF files have been attached with the speed board data collected from October – December 2017. The speed boards are divided up by neighborhood, so please take a moment to find the speed board closest to you! Please note that a few speed boards may not be in the following list as they require data to be recovered manually.

Glabar Park:

- 40km/h Lenester WB, Ridley to Innswood

Woodpark/ Woodroffe North:

- 50km/h Woodroffe NB, Saville to Anthony


- 40km/h Sherbourne SB, Manitou to Courtenay


- 40km/h Woodridge EB, Bayshore to Bayshore

Crystal Bay/ Crystal Beach:

- 80km/h Carling EB, Burke to Rifle

- 80km/h Carling WB, Rifle to Burke

- 80km/h Moodie NB, North of Corkstown

- 80km/h Moodie SB, South of Carling

- 40km/h Corkstown WB, Creekwood to Creekwood

6th Annual YSB Sleepout

sleepout.jpgRain didn't stop us from participating this evening in the 6th Annual YSB Sleepout. Participants committed to spending one night outside in the cold to raise money and awareness around the issue of youth homelessness. While the evening does not aim to replicate homelessness, participants spend the evening without many of the comforts of home, calling attention to the realities faced by well over 1,000 young people in Ottawa annually. You can see more photos here

Harry Kingston Point

Harry_Kingston.jpgIt was an honour today to join Teri Kingston, her friends and colleagues as we named the point at the Nepean Sailing Club -Harry Kingston Point after her late husband. Harry passed away last summer following his battle with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. Harry was very active with Toastmaster's for 49 years and came to be known as "The Coach" He also served on the Ottawa Police Services Board, Neighbourhood Watch and was also an active member of the Crystal Beach Community Association for a number of years. Harry continually demonstrated his commitment to community and those around him. He always reminded his family, friends and colleagues that "I got you back" . Next spring a permanent boulder with a bronze plaque will be installed on the point. More photos can be seen here


Back to School, Heading into Fall

Back to School:

As the long hot days of summer begin to conclude, the new school year is upon us. Please continue to be vigilant when near one of our many local schools. I have taken many steps to once again, make Bay Ward safe for many kids heading back to school. Speed display boards, flex stakes and pavement markings have all been installed in high traffic areas around the ward. If you would like a Slow Down for Us sign, as seen below, please contact my office.



During the month of August, I was given the opportunity to represent Bay Ward and the City of Ottawa at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s annual convention. There I advocated for the needs of Citizens of Ottawa with our provincial government. I spoke on the role of the municipality in health as well as the how the upcoming legalization of Cannabis will affect our community.  


The Children’s Aid Society:

The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa (CASO) is currently looking to add to their team of foster parents in the Ottawa area. I’m sharing this message on their behalf to increase awareness of this important issue.

Fostering is a commitment to provide safety, security and stability in the lives of children and youth who require temporary out-of-home care. In short, foster parents open their hearts and homes to children and youth in need. Currently, there is a need to expand Ottawa’s foster parent community in order to best match children and youth based on their age, culture, religion, or individual circumstances.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent, contact CASO’s foster care intake line at 613-742-1620 ext 1 or visit their website at


In closing I wish all the students heading back to school, parents and others heading back to work a healthy and safe autumn. If my office can be of assistance on any Municipal issue please reach out - we would be glad to help.



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Today Ottawa City Council approved the application of the Salvation Army to proceed with their proposal to both close their existing shelter in the Byward market and open a social hub in Vanier, including an emergency shelter as one of its uses. 


I voted in support of this approval and here is why:


Heading into the Fall - September & October Column

I hope the first month back to school has been positive, and people have enjoyed this late surge of warm fall weather. I’d also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all residents who helped one another during the storm that hit our ward. I have heard a number of very positive stories about residents helping one another, both with fallen branches and when the hydro was out.

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