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Onigam Street re-naming recognizes Algonquin history in Kitchissippi

River Street, which connects the Lemieux Island water purification plant with the Sir John A. Macdonald parkway will be officially named Onigam Street on November 20.

The name Onigam, Algonquin for “portage” was arrived at after collaboration between the Algonquins of Ontario, Kitchissippi Councillor Jeff Leiper and the City of Ottawa as part of the ongoing City process of re-naming duplicate streets.


Updated: Future of Rochester Field

I want to thank the 60 or so residents who took the time to attend the open house last Wednesday to explore the proposed re-zoning to allow some development in Rochester Field (pictured), a part of the "100-day solution" that allows the City to put LRT under the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. I found it extremely useful in helping shape my own thinking on the subject, and there were some excellent perspectives and ideas shared.


Voting "no" on the Salvation Army shelter

Last night, Planning Committee voted 6-3 in favour of approving the re-located Salvation Army men’s shelter to 333 Montreal road. It was a three-day debate, with something like 140 speakers coming out, the vast majority to express their opposition. I was one of three dissenting voices, with Councillors Brockington and Nussbaum also voting no.


Archaeology Assessment Work at Rochester Field

Beginning on Tuesday, November 14th, City staff will be conducting Stage 3 archaeology work in Rochester Field in conjunction with LRT construction. The work will take approximately 10 days to complete, but as always at this time of year, start dates are weather dependent.  


Kitchissippi Ward Forum! November 27, 6:00-8:00pm

We are excited to announce our next Kitchissippi Ward Forum will be coming up towards the end of the month!

As always, this is an opportunity to the community to come together to discuss key issues within the Ward, collaborate, and get updates from our various community stakeholders, as well as from our office. 


Help shape Ottawa's new music strategy!

The Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC) and the City of Ottawa are developing this region’s first music strategy. It will be presented to City Council in early 2018.

To guide the strategy’s final recommendations, and to provide information that will help us measure the short and long-term growth of our local music industry, we are seeking your input through this short anonymous survey.

Participate today here.


404 Eden next steps

On Friday, residents read an article in the media about the developer of a property on Hopewell Avenue who, it was asserted, has put many more units into the building than he had led stakeholders to believe was his intent. The same developer has zoning permission at 404 Eden to build a multi-unit apartment building, and residents are concerned that they might see the same thing here.


SJAM Winter Trail moves into Champlain Park

We had a great meeting this week with representatives from the National Capital Commission, City of Ottawa, Dovercourt Recreation Association, Champlain Park Community Association, and my office to hammer out some details about bringing the popular SJAM Winter Trail to the doorstep of the Champlain Park Field House. It means skiers, walkers, snowshoers and fat-bikers will be able to use the washrooms and change facilities during the hours when the park rink is in operation - generally weeknights and weekend afternoons. It's great news.


Response to infill inquiry

My thanks to staff for responding quickly to an inquiry about infill statistics I made recently. I've posted that here for quick access by residents. Click on the .pdf below.


Hampton Iona Looks 4ward to the Future

Think about the qualities that drew you to live in the neighbourhood of Hampton Iona and/or the surrounding Westboro and Wellington Village areas.  What made this part of Ottawa a place in which you wanted to live, raise a family and retire?   How do you feel about the way your neighbourhood is developing now?  What concerns you?  What excites you?  How do we retain the qualities that make this a special part of the city in which to live, while dealing with issues such as intensification and opportunities such as the LRT?