So far, we've been divvying up topics as they arise (and, boy, do they ever flood in!). I've become very familiar with a lot of the community-led groups who are pushing for positive change in the ward as well as the LRT and developments. I'll be handling the Planning Committee file for the office, which means I'm logging lots of face time with city planners, private developers and interested residents.
I and our MPP Yasir Naqvi, along with the Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association (CHNA), will be attending a public open house on January 13 starting at 7 pm in the Foustanellas Auditorium of the Heart Institute. The Institute's project lead and contractor PCL will be on hand to discuss the project timelines and neighbourhood impacts.
I've had productive meetings this week with Institute and Hospital executives, and will be working with the community and CHNA to ensure our day-to-day construction concerns are addressed, and that the lines of communication are open.
There are several key documents available now for review:
In the first few weeks, I’ve been known as the snow, sidewalk, parking and tree girl. But in the new year I’ll also be working on all matters relating to Jeff’s work at City Hall other than Planning Committee matters. So I'll deal with Jeff's other Committee work on Environment, Transit, IT, Film and TV, and Crime Prevention Ottawa.
Background / previous work:
Most recently, I was an immigration and policy officer for the Australian Government, and spent a time working as Departmental Liaison Officer in the office of the federal Minister for Multicultural Affairs at Parliament House in Canberra.
Please join us January 17, 2015 for the first of Councillor Leiper's quarterly community forums for all Kitchisisippi residents.
When: January 17, 2015: 1pm-4pm
Where: Hintonburg Community Centre, Wellington Room
For: All Kitchissippi residents!
In the spirit of greater communication and collaboration within the ward, Kitchissippi Councillor Jeff Leiper is inviting community organizations and residents to join him and his ward office team for aKitchissippi Forum, the first of many to come.