Green Light to Moodie for Western Light Rail Transit

Stage 2 LRT is now going to extend to Moodie Drive, beyond Bayshore Station as part of the original construction of Western LRT.

After much work over the past several years with our City's LRT team, Chair of the Transit Commission Stephen Blais, Chair of the Transportation Committee Keith Egli, and Mayor Jim Watson, we are pleased to report that we are proposing, as part of the stage 2 LRT plan, a further extension west to Moodie Drive opening with the second stage of light rail in 2023, just 6 years from now.  

Learn more about neighbourhood projects in Bay Ward

There are several important community level projects to complete in the next four years. We will improve fitness, gathering and recreation opportunities in Britannia Park and at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, renew the field house in Bayshore Park, and finish construction on the waterfront infrastructure project in Britannia Village.

Lean more by visiting our Bay Ward Neighbourhood Projects page

Learn more about community-wide projects

Some of the projects in which our office is involved encompass the entire community because they involve issues close to all of us. 

You can learn more about these projects by visiting our Community-Wide Projects page.

Western Light Rail Transit


Ottawa's Western Light Rail Transit corridor will be built as part of Stage 2 of the LRT project. The proposed route will see the train run underneath the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and underneath Richmond Road. 

The route will preserve the Byron Linear Parkway and will see the creation of a National Park along the Ottawa River. It will also see the redevelopment of Richmond Road to include better infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians. 

The new proposed alignment was the product of a 100 Day working group made up of members of the National Capital Commission and the City of Ottawa. I was proud to be a part of that group. 

Homelessness and Affordable Housing


 In 2015 the City renewed its $14 million commitment towards its 10-year Housing and Homelessness Plan.

 In addition, council increased funding of $3.1 million for the maintenance of Ottawa Community Housing units.

 To help ensure we are a caring capital city, an additional $19 million will build new homes for Ottawa families. This will help our City’s most vulnerable residents.

Community Safety

10410260_10153561771273275_2145626456658427697_n.jpgIn April I met once again with all of the community partners working collaboratively to combat street-level crime and gang-related violence in Bay Ward. The results of that conversation were promising but this remains an ongoing concern that will require the cooperation of everyone involved – including the public. 

This April meeting followed a public forum held in February to which my team invited the community at large. At that meeting community members had the chance to speak with representatives from all of the major stakeholders working to build a safer community together.


Older Adult Plan 2015-2018

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Ottawa will continue to invest in older adults as it embarks upon the Older Adult Plan for 2015-2018.

As Deputy Mayor one of my three areas of focus is in developing the OAP Action Plan for 2015-2018. I sit as Mayor Jim Watson’s representative at the Seniors Roundtable and work closely with co-chairs Colleen Hendrick and Councillor Diane Deans.

Following in the successful footsteps of the first Older Adult Plan the second stage will see $500,000 a year allocated to continuing to make Ottawa a more age-friendly city.

Association of Municipalities of Ontario

AMOlogo.jpgAs Deputy Mayor for the City of Ottawa I represent the city on the Board of Directors of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.

AMO is an organization that works to make municipal governments stronger by helping them to work together toward common goals and by providing them with mutually beneficial services to help with cost-saving measures.

West Transit Way Extension for Bus Rapid Transit

BRT.jpgThe City of Ottawa and OC Transpo are continuously looking for ways to improve the transportation system that services close to 370,000 riders daily.  In efforts to provide better access to transportation, mange service reliability, and service future growth the City has approved plans to extend the Transitway.

The City of Ottawa will be extending the Transitway west from Bayshore Station along Corkstown Road towards Kanata. As illustrated in the diagram below, the new Corkstown Station will be constructed east of the intersection at Moodie Drive and Corkstown Road.  This will increase the reliability of OC Transpo by removing public transit from mixed traffic on Highway 417.

In addition, the new station will provide better access for existing and future community needs as younger families move into the area. For further convenience, the station will provide drop-off/pick-up points.