Glebe Report – Annual General Meeting

Please find that following message from the Glebe Report regarding their upcoming AGM on Monday, May 16, 2016 at 7 PM.


As previously announced, the Annual General Meeting of the Glebe Report Association will be held Monday May 16 from 7pm in the Pantry at the Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Ave. All members of the Association are invited to attend. In addition other members of the community are welcome to observe. Those who quality for membership (by living working or volunteering in the Glebe) are invited to become members of the Association.

Attached is a draft agenda for Monday’s meeting, draft minutes of the previous AGM for approval and a summary outlining the Association’s financial situation. Comprehensive documentation on the financial state of the Association will be available at Monday’s meeting.

Note that David Reevely, investigative journalist whose writings enliven our daily diet of the Ottawa Citizen, and Glebe resident, has agreed to provide some personal views about contemporary journalism and changes in the industry.

At the last AGM it was agreed that our Board should normally be composed of nine members. On the eve of the AGM we are one short of that number. Please considering becoming a board member.

I look forward to seeing you on Monday.


Agenda – Glebe Report AGM

Cleaning the Capital with GACA: Spring Edition

Dear Glebe Annex Residents,

I would like to thank everyone who came out on Saturday, May 7th to help clean up our neighbourhood and get it ready for an exciting summer. Working together, over a dozen residents cleaned up our neighbourhood’s streets and the Dalhousie South Park. Walking around the neighbourhood on Sunday, it was apparent how all of your hard work has made our community an even more beautiful place to live. Congratulations. I hope that you all had a great time and you’ll join us again in the Fall. If you want to get more involved, please join us at one of our executive meetings. Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 18th in the Meeting Room at the Glebe Community Centre. You look forward you there. In the meantime, please find some photos of our cleanup posted below.


Scott Blurton
President, Glebe Annex Community Association

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Preliminary Design and Environmental Assessment Study for the Rehabilitation / Replacement of Ottawa Queensway Mid-town Bridges from Holland Avenue to O’Connor Street (G.W.P. 4075-11-00) – Notice of Submission of Transportation Environmental Study

May 2, 2016


To Whom This May Concern,

Re:         Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) – Preliminary Design and Environmental Assessment Study for the Rehabilitation / Replacement of Ottawa Queensway Mid-town Bridges from Holland Avenue to O’Connor Street (G.W.P. 4075-11-00) – Notice of Submission of Transportation Environmental Study Report 

THE STUDY – The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has retained Morrison Hershfield Limited (MH) to undertake a preliminary design and environmental assessment study for the rehabilitation and / or replacement of twenty-three bridges (twelve locations) on Highway 417 (Ottawa Queensway) from Holland Avenue to O’Connor Street, in the City of Ottawa. This study determined the appropriate strategy for the rehabilitation or replacement of the bridges. The study areas are shown below.

Several alternatives were reviewed for each bridge including structural and construction staging options in order to minimize disruption to the Queensway. In addition, engineering, environmental, and property requirements have been established, along with the identification of mitigation measures to reduce or negate short and long term residual effects. Technically Preferred Alternatives have been identified for all twenty-three bridges and the recommendation is for rehabilitation of bridges at Holland, Parkdale, Fairmont, Bayswater, Bank and O’Connor and replacement of bridges at the CPR/O-Train, Preston, Rochester, Booth, Bronson and Percy. Full closures of the Queensway will be required for the bridge replacements for up to 82 hours at a time over a long weekend with Queensway traffic detoured to municipal streets including: Booth Street, Bronson Avenue, Carling Avenue, Catherine Street, Chamberlain Avenue, Gladstone Avenue, Kent Street, Somerset Street, Riverside Drive and Rochester Street. Other localized lane reductions, closures and detours will be required for general traffic, transit, cyclists and pedestrians.


THE PROCESS – This Study was completed in accordance with the Class Environmental Assessment for Provincial Transportation Facilities (2000)process for a Group “B” project. External agency and public consultation took place throughout the study. As required, a Transportation Environmental Study Report (TESR) has been prepared which includes a summary of the undertaking, consultation process, the existing environmental issues, alternatives evaluation, and the mitigation measures that have been developed to address environmental concerns. The public is encouraged to review this report. It will be available from Wednesday, May 4, 2016 until Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at the following locations:

Ottawa Public Library – Main Branch

120 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa

tel: 613-580-2940

Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Hintonburg Community Centre

1064 Wellington Street, Ottawa

tel: 613-798-8874

Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sunday: 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Ottawa Public Library – Sunnyside Branch 1049 Bank Street, Ottawa

tel: 613-580-2940

Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Friday: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

McNabb Recreation Centre

180 Percy Street, Ottawa

tel: 613-564-1070

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Plant Recreation Centre

930 Somerset Street West, Ottawa

tel: 613-232-3000

Monday to Friday: 6:45 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday: 7:45 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday: 7:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

City of Ottawa Service Centre 

110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa

Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

If, following consultation with MTO and MH, you have serious unresolved concerns with the project, you have the right to request the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change (77 Wellesley Street West, 11th Floor, Ferguson Block, Toronto, Ontario, M7A 2T5) to “bump-up” (i.e., make a Part II Order under the Environmental Assessment Act) this project. A Part II Order may lead to the preparation of an Individual EA. The Part II Order request must be received by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change at the above address by June 8, 2016, and a copy of the request should be forwarded to MTO at the address below. If there are no outstanding concerns after June 8, 2016, the project will be considered to have met the requirements of the Class EA.

COMMENTS  If you would like to provide comments, or require additional project information, please contact the Consultant or MTO Project Manager listed below or visit the project website at

Steve Taylor, P.Eng., Project Manager

Morrison Hershfield / BT Engineering

2440 Don Reid Drive

Ottawa, Ontario, K1H 1E1
tel: 613-228-4813, toll free: 1-855-228-4813

fax: 613-280-1305


Peter Freure, P.Eng., Senior Project Engineer

Ministry of Transportation
1355 John Counter Boulevard
Kingston, Ontario, K7L 5A3
tel: 613-547-1740, toll free 1-800-267-0295
fax: 613-540-5106


While accessible locations are being used in accordance with the Ontarians with Disabilities Act (ODA), if you have any other ODA requirements in order review the TESR at the locations listed above, please contact one of the Project Team members. All information will be collected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (2009). With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record. Pour des renseignements en français veuillez communiquer avec Karine Bertrand au: (613) 739-2910 ou

Yours truly,


Steve Taylor, P.Eng.

Project Manager

c.c.         Peter Freure, Senior Project Engineer, MTO Eastern Region Planning & Design Section

Kevin Ogilvie, MTO Senior Environmental Planner

Andrew Harkness, Consultant Environmental Manager

PSA: Call to artists to paint murals on underpasses

For immediate release:
May 4, 2016

Call to artists to paint murals on underpasses

Ottawa – The City of Ottawa is seeking artists to paint murals on two underpass walls located at the Laurier Avenue underpasses at Colonel By Drive and the Queen Elizabeth Parkway.

The City chose to enhance these underpasses as they are key gateways to downtown Ottawa and their proximity to the Rideau Canal. This year, artists who submit mural designs are required to incorporate a celebration of the canal’s historical and cultural significance.

Interested artists can visit for more information on the application process and selection criteria. Each wall will feature a community-inspired mural developed by the selected artists based on public consultations. The designs will be chosen by an independent panel of local artists and community members.

Selected artists will be announced in early August and they will be expected to complete the artwork by the end of September 2016.

Outdoor murals can bring vitality and civic pride to community cores. They have also proven to be successful in managing graffiti.

For more information, call 3-1-1 or email

This is the third year that the City has chosen to paint murals on underpasses. Previous underpass locations that have been revitalized with murals are:

  • Bank Street at the Queensway
  • Carling Avenue at the Queensway
  • Metcalfe Street at the Queensway
  • Riverside Drive at Bronson Avenue

For more information on the City’s mural programs, and photos of completed underpass murals, please visit


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Notice to Residents: Community Forum to engage residents in city planning

GACA residents,

Please find enclosed the following notice forwarded the councillor’s office.


Ottawa  Residents and businesses will have an opportunity to engage with City staff on a series of planning topics at the Building Better Connections community forum. The event will be webcast live at


Date: Wednesday, May 4

Time: 7 to 9 p.m.

Location: Andrew Haydon Hall (Council Chambers), Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West


The event will feature a keynote presentation by John Campbell, former President and CEO of the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation, as well as information sessions about the workings of the Committee of Adjustment and how to make the most of your five minutes when presenting at a standing committee. Each of the three presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer period.



For more information:

City of Ottawa
Media contact

Public inquiries:

Notice to Residents: Tarion Public Consultations

GACA residents,

Please find enclosed the following notice forwarded the councillor’s office.


To: Rick O’Connor, City Clerk:

As you may be aware, the Ontario government has appointed the Honourable Justice Cunningham to review existing home warranty protections for owners/purchasers of new homes and identify potential opportunities to improve consumer protection. More specifically, Justice Cunningham will be reviewing the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act (ONHWPA) and the Tarion Warranty Corporation (Tarion).

Justice Cunningham would like your assistance in circulating information to city councillors and interested parties about the review and upcoming province-wide public consultations.

Public consultations will gather feedback from owners/purchasers of new homes regarding the home warranty plan and the Tarion Warranty Corporation.

Public consultations were already held in Toronto and Mississauga, and seven more sessions are planned throughout the province. Your help in circulating consultation information will be of great help in making the upcoming sessions a success.

The public consultation for the City of Ottawa is scheduled for Tuesday, May 31, 2016 from 5-7 p.m., at the Ramada Ottawa on the Rideau, 2259 Prince of Wales Drive, Room: Rideau. Details on how to RSVP to the sessions can be found in the attached.

More information about the review, including the Terms of Reference, is available on the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services’ website at

Thank you.



Notice to Residents: Change of Venue for May 1, 2016 Household Hazardous Waste Depot and Electronic Waste Collection Event

GACA residents,

Please find the following message distributed by the City of Ottawa’s Environmental Services.


Please be advised that the May 1, 2016 Household Hazardous Waste Depot originally scheduled for the Rideau-Carleton Raceway will now be held at the OC Transpo Park & Ride at 1201 Trim Road.  The change of venue was announced in the Public Service Announcement issued on April 22, 2016. The accompanying electronic waste collection event has also switched venues.

There will be no Household Hazardous Waste Depot at the Rideau Carleton Raceway and no staff will be onsite to accept any waste. Signage has been posted notifying residents of the change of location; and Corporate Security has assisted with posting an individual at the Rideau-Carleton site on April 30 and May 1 to assist with re-directing residents.

Dixon Weir, P.Eng.