IN OUR COMMUNITY

Check out what we have been up to in the ward! This page features events we have attended and other important city news.

Doors Open Ottawa

Explore Ottawa’s culture, history, and architecture for FREE June 2 and 3, 2018!

The City of Ottawa is proud to present Doors Open Ottawa, a free annual architectural event that celebrates our community’s built heritage…and you’re invited!  On June 2 and 3, discover the secrets and stories of over 140 unique buildings that have shaped the Ottawa landscape, such as the Supreme Court of Canada, Hydro Ottawa’s new Hydroelectric facility at Chaudière Falls, the Global Centre for Pluralism, and the Bank of Canada.

Whether you’re a resident or visitor to the nation’s capital, we also invite you to take advantage of the free Doors Open Ottawa Shuttle Bus, operating within walking distance of over 50 participating buildings. If you prefer to walk, no problem! With so many choices, visitors can explore numerous buildings per day on foot within the downtown core.  

For details  visit the website

Open House #1: Brian Coburn Extension / Cumberland Transitway Westerly Alternate Corridor Environmental Assessment Study

The first open house for the Brian Coburn extension project Environmental Assessment (EA) was held Thursday May 17th 2018. Many residents were in attendance to provide comments on the proposed options. The study is being conducted in accordance with Ontario’s EA Act, fulfilling the requirements of the Municipal Class EA process for Schedule C projects.

The City must consider alternatives for the project, undertake public and agency consultation, assess the potential environmental impacts of the Recommended Plan and identify measures to mitigate any such impacts. The study will also address potential implications of federal and National Capital Commission (NCC) properties and the need for federal approvals to implement the project.

More information is available at Ottawa.ca/briancoburn

Open House #3: East Urban Community Mixed Use Centre Community Design Plan

The East Urban Community (EUC) Mixed Use Centre is identified in the Official City of Ottawa Plan as lands requiring a Community Design Plan (CDP) prior to development. This CDP presents an opportunity to guide future development in a way that meets the policy directions with regards to land use, intensification, planned transit infrastructure and employment targets. The EUC Mixed Use Centre CDP is a landowner initiated project, supported by the City of Ottawa, which started in September 2013 with two previous open houses in 2014. The most recent open house on May 16th 2018 was an opportunity to learn more about the preferred land use plan, servicing and transportation projects and supporting studies. For more information please visit Ottawa.ca/easturban

AGM Season

Over the past few weeks, the Innes Ward Team has had the pleasure of attending the AGM of several of our Innes Ward Community Associations. Congratulations to all newly elected board members! Community Associations are entirely volunteer led groups that work to make their neighbourhood a better place. If you would like to become involved in your community association visit our “Resources” page.

Bradley Estates Community Association AGM at Chapel Hill Retirement Residence

Chapel Hill North Community Association AGM at the Orléans Library

Chapel Hill South Community Association AGM at Chapel Hill Retirement Residence

Victoria Day activities and schedule changes

The City of Ottawa would like to remind residents that schedule changes will be in place for Victoria Day, Monday, May 21.

Garbage, green bin and recycling collection:

There will be no curbside green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Victoria Day. Victoria Day’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, May 22. In addition, the collection of green bin, recycling materials and garbage will be delayed by one day for the week of May 21. For curbside collection enquiries, refer to the collection calendar tool.

There will be no multi-residential collection of bulky items, green bin and recycling container collection on Victoria Day. Victoria Day’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, May 22. Recycling container and green bin collection will also be delayed by one day for the week of May 22. However, multi-residential garbage container collection is not delayed and collection will take place on its regularly scheduled day during the week of May 21

The Trail Waste Facility is closed

Fireworks:

Consumer fireworks may be discharged on the day of, day before or the day after Victoria Day — Monday, May 21. They must be discharged by someone 18 or older, and on private property, with permission of the property owner. Minimum safety distances as indicated on the fireworks product must be maintained from spectators, buildings and vehicles. The fireworks display must not cause danger or nuisance to any person or property

The sale of consumer fireworks, except on Victoria Day and the seven business days immediately preceding Victoria Day, is prohibited in the City of Ottawa

Firecrackers are prohibited from being used or sold in the City of Ottawa or Province of Ontario

For more information please consult the Fireworks Bylaw on the City of Ottawa website

Parking:

All City of Ottawa parking regulations and restrictions will apply during this time.

Transit services:

OC Transpo service will operate on a Sunday schedule on Victoria Day. On Victoria Day, a family or group may travel all day with a DayPass, which can be purchased for $10.50 on the bus or at a ticket machine at O-Train Line 2 stations. A family or group can include up to six people with a maximum of two who are ages 13 or older. For more information, holiday schedules and travel planning, visit octranspo.com or phone 613‑741‑4390

OC Transpo Customer Service Centre at the Rideau Centre will be open on Victoria Day from 10 am to 6 pm. Customer Service Centres at Lincoln Fields, Place d’Orléans and St-Laurent stations will be closed.

The Transit Information Centre (613-741-4390) will be open from 9 am to 5 pm.

OC Transpo Customer Relations (613-842-3600) will be closed.

Para Transpo operations:

Customer service (613-842-3681) – closed
Administration (613-244-1289) – closed
Taxi coupons (613-842-3670) – closed
Reservation line (613-244-7272) – open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cancellation/information/general inquiries (613-244-4636) – open 6 am to 12:30 am.

Recreation services:

Many pools, fitness centres and some arenas will be open on Victoria Day for public swimming, fitness schedules, aquafitness and public skating with modified schedules. Please check with ottawa.ca or the facility of your choice for details.

Many registered programs at swimming pools, community centres and arenas are cancelled on Victoria Day; however, clients should check with their facility to confirm, as some exceptions will apply.

Public skating will be offered at Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex, Jim Durrell Recreation Complex and Goulbourn Recreation Complex. Please check with ottawa.ca for details.

Splash pads will open for the summer season on Saturday May 19. Some splash pads may require repairs due to unpredictable impact from winter weather conditions and may result in a delayed opening.

Library Services:

All branches and services of the Ottawa Public Library will be closed. They will operate as usual on Tuesday, May 22.

For complete information please visit: https://ottawa.ca/…/victoria-day-activities-and-schedule-ch…

Renaud Rd. Resurfacing

The resurfacing work for Renaud Rd. between the second S curve and Anderson Rd. is scheduled to begin August 15th and be completed by September 26th, weather dependent. Aecon Construction will be completing the work. Renaud Rd. will remain open during construction will alternating lane closures.

National Health and Fitness Day

Outdoor Aquatics

The 2018 City of Ottawa outdoor aquatics season begins May 18th. Outdoor aquatics include Splashpads, outdoor pools, wading pools and City of Ottawa Beaches. Below is some relevant information, for complete details please visit the City of Ottawa Swimming page at https://ottawa.ca/en/residents/recreation-and-parks/swimming

Beaches

City of Ottawa beaches will be lifeguard supervised Monday to Sunday – 12:00 – 7:00 pm from June 16 – August 26, 2018.

Washroom facilities will open Saturday, May 19 to September 3, 2018 inclusively at Mooney’s Bay, Britannia and Petrie Island Beaches.

Washroom Hours:
Mooney’s Bay, Britannia, Petrie Island
Mon – Thu, 10:30 am – 9:00 pm
Fri – Sun 10:30 am – 7:00 pm

Washrooms at Westboro Beach are open as part of the canteen concession and reflect canteen operating hours

For information on water quality at beach locations, contact Public Health: 613-580-2424 ext.13219 or visit Ottawa.ca. For general information on beaches, please visit: www.ottawa.ca/beaches or email beaches@ottawa.ca

Outdoor Swimming Pools

There will be 9 outdoor pools (deep pools) in operation this summer with schedules for public swimming available at: https://ottawa.ca/2/en/residents/parks-and-recreation/drop-in-programs

Some pools also offer learn to swim programs for all ages.

The Bearbrook Pool, located at 2679 Innes Rd., will be open from June 9th to September 2nd.

Splashpads

The City of Ottawa Splash Pads will be in operation from May 18 until September 14 (weather dependent). Splash pad sites are unsupervised.  Some splash pads may require repairs due to unpredictable impact from winter weather conditions and may result in a delayed opening.

For a list of splash pad locations, scheduling information and site closures due to repairs, please visit the City of Ottawa Swimming Page and select “Splashpads”

 Request for Comments: Renaud Rd. (East) Traffic Calming Measures

The images below show the proposed locations for speed humps on Renaud Rd. between Navan Rd. and Compass St.

The installation of speed humps on Renaud Rd. is a developer funded project agreed upon in the final urbanization plan for the surrounding area.

The speed humps will serve as a traffic calming measure at the pedestrian crossing (PXO) in front of École élémentaire catholique Notre-Dame-des-Champs that serves not only the students of that school but the students of Collège Catholique Mer Bleue, residents walking to Patrick Dugas Park and all pedestrians in the area

We would like to hear your thoughts on the porposed locations. Please submit comments with your name and address to jody.mitic@ottawa.ca before Wednesday May 23rd 2018.

Upcoming Public Meetings

There are two upcoming meetings important for Innes Ward. On Wednesday May 16th, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., an Open House will be held in the second floor community room of the Innes Rd. Superstore to discuss the East Urban Community Design Plan.

On Thursday May 17th, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., a public meeting will be held at RAFO building at 3349 Navan Rd. to discuss the Environmental Assessment conducted for the Brian Coburn Extension.

See our calendar or the notices below for full event details.

City of Ottawa Older Adult Plan

The City of Ottawa is planning for its third Older Adult Plan 2019-2022.

The City is asking that residents share what they think is important for older adults living in Ottawa.

For more information and to provide your comments, please visit the following website: https://ottawa.ca/en/older-adult-plan

May STEP Themes

The Selective Traffic Enforcement Program for the month of May is to focus on motorcycle safety and unsafe vehicles and heavy trucks.

 OC Transpo Spring Service Adjustments

OC Transpo’s spring service starts Sunday, April 22. Minor route changes will be made to help us get ready for rail and the opening of O-Train Line 1, the Confederation Line, later this year. Other spring service changes include adjusted schedules and seasonal reductions to reflect the lower demand for service as the winter term ends at colleges and universities. The Rack & Roll program also returns with bike racks on more than 600 buses.

Customers should visit http://www.octranspo.com/splash
and use the travel planner to see if their regular trips are affected.

Paper ticket use ends April 30

Old tickets can be used on buses (except at Greenboro Station) until April 30, 2018. Use Presto e-purse or cash instead. It will cost the same or less. On Para Transpo, use ParaPay or cash. At all O-Train stations except for Bayview, use the new ticket machines to buy single-ride tickets for immediate use. Customers can also exchange old tickets towards new fare products at OC Transpo Customer Service Centres until August 31, 2018.

Para Transpo customers can purchase monthly passes on the new ParaPay system.

Seasonal service adjustments

The Rack & Roll program returns with bike racks available on major routes across the City, including Routes 12, 61, 62, 85, 88, 91, 94, 95, 97, 98, 99, 101, and 106. By April 30, over 600 buses will be equipped with a bike rack. Bicycle parking is also available at most transit stations and customers can bring their bicycles on O-Train Line 2, the Trillium Line, year-round.

Spring seasonal reductions will be made to reflect lower ridership levels on Routes 4, 85, 104, 111, and 129 that serve post-secondary schools. As in previous years, service levels on O-Train Line 2, the Trillium Line, will be reduced after 9 p.m. on Mondays to Saturdays, and between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays, to match reduced seasonal ridership.

Construction Detours – Routes 283 and 301 will be detoured around roadwork on the Richmond Bridge in the village of Richmond. Customers traveling on those routes should allow themselves extra travel time. Routes 4, 9, and 12 will continue to be detoured around roadwork on Queen Street.

Summer U-Pass starts May 1 and Winter U-Pass expires

From May through August, eligible full-time students at Algonquin College, Carleton University, University of Ottawa and Saint Paul University benefit from the Summer U-Pass, which can be obtained or renewed on campus.

Students who are not full-time during the summer are reminded that their U-Pass will expire on April 30 and to switch to Presto for their summer transit. Some students with lower incomes who are not receiving a U-Pass may be eligible for the EquiPass. EquiPass applications should be submitted early to allow for timely approval.

Service changes:
Route 23 – Minor routing change near Blair Station to improve service for the CSIS and CSE offices on Ogilvie Road

Route 99 – Peak period trips to and from Manotick will be renumbered as Connexion Route 299

Route 96 – Peak period trips between Lincoln Fields Station and Merivale / Slack will be renumbered as Local Route 186

Route 11 – More frequent service on weekdays in the early morning and adjusted service on weekends to better match ridership patterns

School trips – Adjustments to the number of trips serving Gloucester H.S., Sir Robert Borden H.S., Brookfield H.S., Hillcrest H.S. and É.s. catholique Franco-Cité, based on observed ridership levels.

 Household Hazardous Waste Depots

The City of Ottawa operates several one-day Household Hazardous Waste depots (for City of Ottawa residents only) throughout the year to help residents dispose of these types of products safely.

Innes Ward will be host to the June 3rd 2018 depot being held at the Navan Waste Recycling and Disposal Facility located at 3354 Navan Rd. from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Corrosive, flammable or poisonous it’s hazardous waste. These types of products contaminate water and landfills and should never be poured down the drain or put out with your regular garbage.

Permitted items at household hazardous waste depots include:

Aerosol containers
Propane cylinders
Disinfectants
Fluorescent bulbs/tubes
Fire extinguishers
Fertilizers and pesticides
Mercury switches/thermometers
Needles and syringes
Pharmaceuticals
Paints and coatings
Oven and window cleaners
Pool chemicals

Liquid or hazardous waste from industrial, commercial and institutional sources is not accepted. The one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depots are for residential household waste only.

For more information and a list of al 2018 depot days and locations please visit the following link https://ottawa.ca/…/garba…/hazardous-waste-and-special-items

 Easter Pancake Breakfast

On Saturday March 31st, Innes Ward hosted an Easter Pancake Breakfast and what a wonderful time it was! There was a lot of fun to be had with pancakes, sausages, a bouncy castle, colouring and much more! During the Breakfast, I announced that I would not be seeking re-election this fall. My full statement on this matter is below.

A huge thank you to all who were able to attend, we hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did! A special thanks to Enbridge Gas (for cooking the pancakes), Jamie from Circus Delights (for the bouncy castle), The Chateauneuf Community Association (for helping residents engage in their community) and Dr. Vera Etches of Ottawa Public Health (for her resources and wisdom)

Chateauneuf Community Association

The Chateauneuf Community Association is looking to expand it’s Facebook Group. If you live in the area outlined in the picture  below consider joining the group, a great way to “meet” your neighbours and keep each other informed of relevant community information! Click the link at the bottom of this block to access the group.

4th Annual Family Day Skate

This past Family Day, I held my Annual Family Day Skate at the Blackburn Arena. The fourth time is the charm as this was definitely the busiest one yet! Thank you to everyone who came out, I hope you had a great time. A special thanks goes to the Toscano-Walker Team for providing the pizza!

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.

Community Consultation

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

On October 16th, I was happy to be able to talk to so many people today at the Orleans Legion Branch 632 Ladies Auxiliary. It is always a pleasure to join MPP Marie-France Lalonde at events.

The Royal Canadian Legion branches provide representation, advocacy and financial assistance to serving and retired Veterans and their families, free of charge, Legion member or not. Through their advocacy efforts and Service Bureau Network across the country, they help Veterans including serving military and RCMP members and their families, get the care, benefits and supports they need and deserve.

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

Ward Canvassing

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!