Families First

The necessary closure of the City of Ottawa’s Forward Avenue Family shelter due to the cost of maintaining liveable building conditions heightens again the need to build proper family shelter space as well as address the capacity being lost. 
Along with Councillors Leiper, McKenney and Deans we have ensured that City staff have secured appropriate stable housing for the last 14 families are forward avenue. For them, the future is secure. For those future families though who will need shelter space, the future is less clear. 
The state of the Forward shelter is not a surprise. In March of this year I reported that the buildings that house the two City of Ottawa family shelters are in a state of degradation that significantly limits their effectiveness in serving the families housed there. 

Revision to Route 11 & 153 to address service issues

Following the fall scheduled service changes and the subsequent discussions regarding the delay in the opening of the first stage of the LRT I raised this issue, as other Councillors did as well, with OC Transpo.

Of concern to Bay Ward residents primarily was the gap in service caused by the change to Route 11 that eliminated the western trip to Bayshore mall. This is being addressed as of October 15th by making a change to some of the daily trips on route 153. 

STORM RECOVERY UPDATE 10pm Monday Sept 24/2018

For immediate release:

September 24th 2018


Update on windstorm and tornado recovery efforts 

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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