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Keeping my first commitment...

Today at my eighth annual Mother's Day Tea I shared with our community my thanks for their support over the past two terms.

On January 11th 2010 I pledged to residents that if elected I would not seek more than two terms as their Councillor (read that release here).

Today, I fulfilled that pledge. Please take a moment to read my message.

Defend then Renew...

Last year, just in time, the Britannia Flood Berm was put in place. Today, after 30yrs of delay and 8 years of work by my team and the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, MPP Bob Chiarelli, Mayor Jim Watson and City Council colleagues alongside hard working and collaborative Britannia Village residents and the community association - responsible property renewal in the village will be possible.

2018 Flood Preparedness

May 2, 2018

City officials have informed us that they have taken the step to move towards Enhanced Operations for the 2018 Spring Freshet. In an effort to keep all residents informed we would like to share with you the following information.  

Late Tuesday, the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority issued an update on the Ottawa River, contained in the update was a Flood Outlook for Britannia.  

"Levels and flows along the Ottawa River have started to increase with the onset of the spring freshet period. Based on the current snowpack and the weather forecast, levels and flows from Arnprior to Deschenes Rapids are expected to remain within the normal range of fluctuations associated with this time of year.

Rainfall in the next few days will fill lakes and reservoirs within the Ottawa Valley.  Model outputs currently indicate that levels are expected to increase over the next week and peak on or about May 7th, 2018. No significant flooding is expected within the watershed; but given the size of the Ottawa River basin and forecasted rain over the next week, these predictions could change. 

Water level projections continue to remain within a normal range; however, Public Works, Environmental Services and the Office of Emergency Management have and continue to take proactive measures should rainfall be higher than expected.  

You may see more City trucks, sand or sand bags being delivered to the neighbourhoods of Britannia, Belltown and Crystal Bay. Public Works, Environmental Services and the Office of Emergency Management will continue to monitor local conditions in and around ditches, culverts, and dykes and address any issues that may arise. Variable Message Signs will be deployed as necessary.  An information kiosk will also be set-up at Ron Kolbus Lakeside for residents to visit and have questions answered.    

Our office will continue to monitor and provide updates as we receive them.  You can find the most recent Information by calling 311 and on the city website as it will be updated regularly.

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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