Mark Taylor’s February Newsletter

Dear Neighbours,

As I write this column our City is experiencing extremely cold temperatures.  I encourage you to visit the Ottawa Public Health Website at http://ow.ly/sVIyR   to learn more about weather advisories and get tips on best practices to stay safe during frigid temperatures.  It is also a good idea to check on neighbours and friends especially Older Adults in your community who may find venturing out in this weather too difficult.

Bayshore Open House:

Bayshore Park plays a vital role in the Accora Village community.  The coming year will be an exciting time for the park.  The park will be renewed and undergo a number of upgrades.  Our office held an open house last month to give residents the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed plans.  Display boards were onsite and residents were able to ask any questions they had.   The current plans call for a rebuilt field house, upgrades to the sports field, along with an outdoor community stage.  Following the open house feedback gathered will be reviewed and incorporated into the project.   With over one hundred residents in attendance it was a testament to the community and the importance that the park plays in their lives.  This initiative is in partnership with Ferguslea Properties and will be in keeping with other park and community improvements through the Ottawa Senator’s Foundation RINK program and the Bayshore Shopping Centre’s expansion.   If you have feedback on the park please call our office.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors:

I was pleased to join MPP Lisa McLeod, MPP Ernie Hardeman, members of the Ottawa Fire Services and representatives from the Insurance Bureau of Canada who made a substantial donation of carbon monoxide detectors to our City. MPP Ernie Hardeman’s private members bill now makes it mandatory that Ontario have a Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week every year during the first week of November and changes are currently being looked at to make it mandatory for all residential homes in Ontario to have a functioning carbon monoxide detector.  This was a great day and in the coming weeks more homes in our City will be safer as they receive a new Carbon Monoxide detector.

Britannia Park:

My office has been working on plans to renew and rebuild Britannia Park and the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre.  We have held an open house, consultations with community partners, provided comment cards and always encouraged residents to provide their feedback.  I am pleased to tell you, we will be holding another open house.  We want to update the community on phase 1 which will include the park and exterior.  Later in the year we will provide further information on the plans for renewing the building.  The open house will take place at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, Thursday February 27 at 7:00pm in the main hall.  I encourage everyone to attend and see what we have planned for our park and offer your feedback.

Kindness Week:

I look forward to kicking off Kindness Week in Accora Village on Friday February 14 at 10:00am.  Kindness Week in Ottawa is organised by the Caring and Sharing Exchange.  Kindness is contagious, so check out their website for more information and to see what activities are planned.  http://ow.ly/sVw2S

I would like to remind you that Ottawa’s Winterlude festival runs until February 17th.  There are numerous activities planned and it is a great opportunity to get out, enjoy winter and all that our beautiful City has to offer.  You can visit the official Winterlude Website for more information, http://ow.ly/s5Gn2 .  Don’t forget while you are downtown visit your City Hall and skate on the Rink of Dreams – a lovely destination in our City.

If you have an idea, or question regarding our city, please feel free to contact me at our City Hall or Community office.  You can also visit our website www.Baywardlive.ca to learn more about our community and to stay up to date on what’s new and happening.

Sincerely,

Mark Taylor
Ottawa City Councillor, Bay Ward


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