IN OUR COMMUNITY
Check out what we have been up to in the ward! Want to get in on the fun? Be sure to check our Calendar for upcoming public events.
February STEP Themes
Construction on St.Joseph Between Bearbrook and Hart
From January 29th and March 30th, St.Joseph between Bearbrook Rd. and Hart Rd. for an expedited watermain repair in order to prevent a water shortage.
There is an existing OC Transpo bus stop (Route 31 eastbound) within the limits of the work zone. The effected bus stop will be relocated to the west outside of the work zone.
To complete this work, it will be necessary to shift eastbound traffic to the westbound lanes, providing one lane in each direction. The posted speed limit will be reduced to 40 km/h to ensure that motorists can safely travel through the area.
The repair work will not affect the supply or quality of your City drinking water or fire protection.
There will be periods of time when no visible work will be happening on site, while parts are being fabricated and when the watermain is being disinfected prior to being placed back into service. All lanes will return to normal operation as soon as the contractor has completed the work.
A leak has been identified in the existing watermain of 1220mm in diameter. The repair of this large diameter watermain will require specialized contractors and repair methods. The work is required to be completed prior to high summer water demands in order to prevent the need for water restrictions.
Councillor Mitic’s Spring Celebration BBQ
Today, May 27th, I launched my Summer BBQ Series with our Spring Celebration event at Fountainhead Park. It was a great afternoon filled with sunshine, hot dogs and smiles all around. Thank you to Glenview Homes for sponsoring the food for the event.
On May 16th it was great to see so many residents of the ward out at our community meeting asking questions and providing feedback to the development proposal at 3490 Innes Rd. Your feedback is an integral part of the process.
Provincial Post-Budget Breakfast
On May 12th the Honourable MPP Marie-France Lalonde hosted a provincial post budget breakfast to discuss different projects that will have an impact on the residents of Innes Ward. There are great things coming for the East End, stay tuned!
Ottawa Outlaws Season Kickoff
Today, May 6th, I was excited to help to kick off the 2017 season for the Ottawa Outlaws, an Ultimate Frisbee team. Even though it rained, the weather couldn’t keep the players and fans away!
BECA Board Meeting
Congratulations to the newly elected Bradley Estates Community Association Board, which was made official on April 27th. The association has a great group of volunteers, and they are doing great work for the residents and community of Innes Ward.
Blackburn Arena Expansion Consultation
Thank you to everyone who came out to offer their suggestions and comments at the Phase One consultation of the Blackburn Hamlet Arena Expansion. Many great ideas were discussed on how best to improve your community arena. Stay tuned for more developments.
Innovative Orleans Magazine Launch
On March 9th I was one among many excited members of Orléans to be a part of this morning’s Orleans Chamber Breakfast that highlighted the release of ‘Innovative Orléans’ business magazine!
Family Day Skate
On February 20th I hosted my annual Family Day Skate at Blackburn Hamlet Arena in the ward. My team and I were happy to welcome so many families to the arena to enjoy a few hours of skating, hot chocolate and timbits.
Orleans Branch 632 Ladies Auxiliary Tea
Forest Valley Food Truck Rally
On Saturday October 1st, I joined ward residents and the Chapel Hill North Community Association for their Food Truck Rally. I always enjoy setting up shop at community events to have a chance to connect with fellow residents and friendly faces.
Celebration of Franco-Ontarian Culture
On Friday September 23rd I was happy to celebrate Franco-Ontarian culture with MIFO in the ward. To celebrate francophone residents MIFO hosted a flag raising, French music and good company at their office.
Community & First Responder BBQ
On Sunday September 18th my office hosted it’s final BBQ of the summer. This round we decided to feature Ottawa First Responders so that residents could have the opportunity to interact with the service women and men in attendance, and learn more about what they do. We were thankful for the generous support of Blackburn Hamlet Fire Station 54 who let us use their site for the BBQ. The firefighters on staff that day helped us with everything from set up, to cooking, station tours and even a water pump display. BOOM 99.7 also came out to set us up with rockin tunes for the afternoon. My team and I had a great afternoon mingling with ward residents and we look forward to making this an annual event!
1st Annual Councillors Harvest for the Hungry
The 1st Annual Councillors Harvest for the Hungry event was hosted by Councillor Egli in support of the Ottawa Food Bank. The event was hosted at Black Family Farm. The Food Bank feeds 50,000 monthly clients, of whom 37% are children.
The Ottawa Food Bank is also the central food collection, storage, and distribution centre for a network of 140 emergency food programs in Ottawa. These programs include community food banks, food cupboards, and school breakfast and snack programs. Last year, the Ottawa Food Bank distributed a total of 176,553 pounds of fresh produce and 101,000 pounds was grown at the Black Family Farm. This is a 38% increase over 2014. I was happy to get my hands dirty and help plant food in support of those who need it most.
Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony 2016
Today, September 9th, we honoured all the courageous men and women, and their families, who have put the service and safety of the Ottawa community above their own needs and safety. Thank you to all the Ottawa fire fighters and their families for their service and for selflessly sacrificing their safety for our own. Your bravery and dedication does not go unnoticed.
Chapel Hill Retirement Grand Opening
This morning (September 8th) Chapel Hill Retirement hosted their Grand Opening of their facility. I was honoured to take part and welcome Chapel Hill Retirement staff, admin and residents to Innes. The residence is home to 157 constituents and offers a variety of different care options to make sure residents are happy and safe.
Orleans Chamber of Commerce Breakfast
On the morning of September 8th, I attended a breakfast hosted by the Orleans Chamber of Commerce with MPP Lalonde, MP Andrew Leslie and other notable attendees at the Shenkman Arts Centre.
Blackburn Hamlet Community Safety Meeting
The open forum held on September 1st was focused on community safety. We take safety in our ward very seriously and are working in conjunction with Ottawa Police to address concerns and be proactive in improving safety measures in our ward. If you would like to access the minutes visit: http://eepurl.com/ceIMXj
We kicked off the month of September with Canvassing! Today we took advantage of the beautiful weather and canvassed in our ward. Not only were we happy to meet with residents and discuss their concerns and needs, but we were excited to see the new speed sign on Bearbrook Road!
Grand Opening Collège Catholique Mer-Bleue
The morning of August 30th 2016 marked the grand opening of Collège Catholique Mer-Bleue. Education and the development of youth is the foundation of our community and so I was proud to be a part of this exciting day.
Innes Ward’s First Signalized Pedestrian Crossing
On the morning of August 29th 2016 we unveiled Innes Ward’s first signalized pedestrian crossing (PXO) on Renaud Road. The PXO will serve as a safe way to help residents cross the road and serve as safety feature for students attending Notre-Dame-des- Champs Catholic Elementary School and the new Collège catholique Mer Bleue Catholic High school. City staff and contractors went out of their way to ensure that a signalized pedestrian crossing was installed on Renaud Rd before students are back in school tomorrow.
Family Day Skate
Today I hosted my annual Family Skate at the Blackburn Hamlet Arena. Over 200 residents enjoyed some time on the ice with families and friends, and enjoyed hot chocolate and Tim Bits. Community is about working together and building relationships. I was happy to welcome MP Leslie, MPP Lalonde, and a surprise visit from Mayor Watson. I was also happy to show off the new accessibility upgrades that have been added to the arena. A big thank you goes out to the arena city employee, Fraser Robertson, who worked diligently and enthusiastically to keep the facility clean and safe for families.
Community Leaders Lunch
As the holidays approached in 2016, I wanted to take the opportunity to connect community leaders and take the time to thank them for all the hard work they have done over the year. This lunch was a chance for new connections amongst the leaders and also a year-end review of the happenings of each association or group. Our community is rich with programming and events because of all the hard work these people do. Thank you to Bradley Estates, Chapel Hill North, Chapel Hill South, Chateauneuf, Blackburn Hamlet Community Associations, Blackburn Hamlet Hockey Association, MIFO, RAFO and The Theatre Box, for attending!
Collège catholique Mer Bleue Grand Opening
On October 28th, I had the pleasure to speak at the Collège catholique Mer Bleue Grand Opening. Education is central to the development of our community. Thank you to CECCE for investing in Innes Ward and congrats to all those who were a part in the development and opening of the innovative and beautiful new school!