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2018 Mother's Day Tea

It’s almost that time of year again. My annual Mother’s Day Tea at Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre is just around the corner, May 10 1-3pm. The event is free but spaces are limited. RSVP now! 

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Everyone Together - Ottawa, A Caring and Compassionate City

Over the past year I have met, collaborated with, and interviewed key stakeholders in the affordable housing and homelessness sector to find ways to accelerate the City of Ottawa’s progress on its 10-year housing and homelessness efforts.

This report, Everyone Together – Ottawa, A Caring and Compassionate City is dedicated to all of the people in the Ottawa Community who are living in poverty or homelessness. I would like to thank all of the partners who collaborated with me on this report. Most importantly, I would like to thank individuals who shared their lived experiences of homelessness with me.

This report and its recommendations are the culmination of many formal and informal conversations, research, feedback from the housing sector, and leading practices from other cities.

The City’s own plan was reviewed and meetings with City staff from a variety of departments were also held.

My hope for our community is that together we work to address inadequate affordability in housing, homelessness and all of its financial, mental health, physical health, addictions and other causes.

Please read Everyone Together – Ottawa, A Caring and Compassionate City – here

Veuillez trouver la version française de mon rapport: Tous ensemble - Ottawa, ville de coeur et de compassion 

Appendices are available here:

Appendix I , II , III , IV , V , VI , VII 

Maitland Avenue Bridge

For several years I have had discussions with residents around the safety concerns people have with the Maitland avenue Queensway bridge.

Much of that concern revolves around pedestrian crossing safety (especially children) at the ramps, and the safe ability for cyclists to use the bridge.

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

Carlingwood:

- 40km/h Sherbourne SB, Manitou to Courtenay

Bayshore:

- 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

Opinion

You use all the tools you have...

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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Back to School - August Column

Hoping you had a wonderful summer with family and friends, full of good times and new memories.
As we prepare for autumn, back to school and the end of vacation season I am writing today to share a few tips.

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