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.

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AMO:

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.  

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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 www.casott.on.ca/en/fostering.

 

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.

 

Mark.


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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Canada 150 Celebrations - July Column

Over the past month, I have been honoured to attend a number of great community events and celebrations for Canada 150. It was heartwarming to see neighbours bonding through events such as the Horner Drive Block party, the Glabar Water Fight, the Britannia celebrations, and the Belltown potluck – just to name a few. Our Bay Ward residents were out in full force strengthening the ties that bring our community together. 

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Continuing Consultations - June Column

May was a month of community consultations and I believe we made some significant progress with our Stage 2 LRT plans. The public feedback we are receiving is helping us to improve how we move around our city. I encourage anyone who continues to have questions relating to what the new LRT will mean for their community to please reach out to my office or the stage 2 LRT team stage2@ottawa.ca . 

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Development in our community

Ontario Announces New Proposed Changes to the Land Use Planning and Appeal System

May 18, 2017

This week the Government of Ontario announced new proposed changes to the Land use Planning and Appeal System. My colleagues and I were pleased to see the Province take this important step in returning the ultimate decision making authority in planning matters to the community and local government. 


Celebrating our Volunteers - May Column

Dear neighbours,

First, I'd like to take a moment to thank the incredible efforts of all our volunteers who helped out with the ongoing flooding efforts. There is still lots to do for affected homeowners with the cleanup efforts, and I know our superb volunteers will keep up the great work. 

It was an honour to present the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers with Her Excellency Sharon Johnston and Mayor Watson to our hardworking Bay Ward residents: Ms. Anna Bevilacqua, Mr. Maurice Charlebois, and Ms. Carmela Graziani. Thanks for all the great work you do!

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Continuing the LRT Charge - April Column

Dear neighbours,

On March 8, 2017, my council colleagues and I approved the Staff recommendation that Stage2 of the LRT west be extended from Bayshore to Moodie Drive. A public consultation was held on March 22 to provide residents with more information as well as the opportunity to ask questions. 

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March Column

Dear neighbours,

I was happy to walk in the Coldest Night of the Year fundraising walk for the Ottawa Mission. Volunteers raised $147,662.00 to help the Ottawa Mission continue to serve people most in need. I kicked off the event with my colleagues MPP Yasir Naqvi and Councillor Mathieu Fleury. 

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