Mark Taylor’s January Column

Dear Neighbours,

Happy New Year to all of you!

As I have done in previous years I kicked off 2015 in Britannia Park.  This year I not only welcomed folks to the Sears Great Canadian Chill, I was also a participant.  It was a chilly way to start the year but well worth it, all in support of a great cause, “Stopping Kids Cancer Cold”!

Community Partner Meeting:

Like many of you, I am concerned and frustrated with the increase of gun violence in our City.  Following two events in the neighbourhoods of Britannia Woods and Michele Heights my office organized and hosted a Community Partner Meeting.  At the meeting were members from Ottawa Community Housing, Ottawa Police Services, Michele Heights and Britannia Woods Community Houses, Pinecrest-Queensway Community Resource Centre, Crime Prevention Ottawa, Crime Stoppers, Ottawa By-Law and the Boys & Girls Club.   It was a productive meeting where all partners shared ideas and looked at ways to better address some of the long-standing issues that play a role in situations like the ones that have occurred.  My office, along with Community Partners, are committed to hosting a Community Meeting for all residents later this month.  Once details have been finalized we will share them with residents on our website: BayWardLive.ca.   I want to remind you, if you see suspicious behaviour or have any information please share it with Ottawa Police or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Outdoor Rinks:

Outdoor rinks are a winter tradition throughout Bay Ward and our City.  Without dedicated volunteers to maintain them the rinks would not be operational.  If you and your family enjoy the rinks, and have time to share, I would encourage you to contact your neighbourhood coordinator and offer your support.  You can find more information about rink locations and volunteer opportunities at

Baywardlive.ca/parks-2/2015/01/rinks/

Don’t forget if you are downtown be sure to visit your City Hall or Lansdowne Park and skate on the Rink of Dreams – wonderful additions to our City.

Community Consultations:

In the coming months we will bring the Britannia Park working group together again as we continue to look at ways to renew Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre.  We also plan to host another community consultation for Bayshore Park, which has already seen some renewal with the addition of a SENS RINK and community bake oven.  Further plans for the park include a renewed sports field, and field house.

Looking ahead, Winterlude celebrations kick off on Friday January 30th and run until February 16th.  This is a great opportunity to get out, enjoy winter and everything that our beautiful City has to offer.

2015 will be another busy year, my team and I will continue to work for you and with you, in an effort to make the neighbourhoods of Bay Ward great places to live, work and raise our families.

I want to remind you that you can always reach out to me at our City Hall or Community office or on social media.  Visit our website www.BayWardLive.ca  to learn much more about our community and to stay up to date on what’s new.

Sincerely,

Mark Taylor

Deputy Mayor, Ottawa City Councillor, Bay Ward


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