Tim Horton’s Cleaning the Capital in Glebe Annex! – Spring 2017

Dear Glebe Annex residents,

Please join us once again for our spring neighbourhood clean-up.
When:  Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time:   10:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
Where: Dalhousie South Park  (343 Bell St. South)
Coffee and Doughnuts will be available – compliments of Buduchnist Credit Union
Please bring your enthusiasm and strong, sturdy gloves!
Rain Date: Saturday, May 6th 10:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
Thank you once again for your help in continuing to make Glebe Annex our proud home.

Notice: Trillium Pathway Phase 3 Functional Design Study (Carling Avenue to Dow’s Lake)

Dear Glebe Annex residents,

Please find enclosed below the following call for input from the City of Ottawa regarding the expansion of the Trillium Pathway across Carling Avenue and to Dow’s Lake.

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Online Consultation:  March 30 to April 14, 2017
Ottawa.ca/TrilliumPhase3

The City of Ottawa has initiated a functional planning study to complete the multi-use Trillium Pathway between its current southern terminus at Carling Avenue and the National Capital Commission’s pathway at Dow’s Lake. The extension to this facility is identified as a Community Connectivity project in the approved Strategic Initiatives of this term of Council (2015-18).  In addition, the design further develops the cross-town bikeway that links to the south urban community along Prince of Wales Drive, as described in the Ottawa Cycling Plan of 2013.  It further improves connectivity to the O-Train Trillium Line’s Carling Station from the south.  This project is in partnership with the National Capital Commission.  This project is also supported financially by the federal government’s Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.

The purpose of the project is to address a missing cycling link for recreational, utilitarian and commuter users at an important junction of several routes, as well as to complete the Cross-town Bikeway #6 at this location.

A recommended functional design concept is being identified, based on technical feasibility, affordability and community input.

Residents are invited to review the available project information and drawings and to provide their input:

Proposed design (plan view plus selected viewpoint) [ PDF 1.842 MB ]

Project Timing

The project is currently in the functional planning study phase which will be completed in the spring of 2017. A construction timeline will be identified after completion of detailed design.

Project Drawing

A plan view and a 3-D rendering of the proposed cycling and pedestrian facilities are shown in the provided drawing.

Proposed is an upgrade of the existing crushed-stone trail running parallel to the O-Train to an asphalt multi-use pathway (MUP) of standard 3-m width.  Between this MUP’s new endpoint at Prince of Wales Drive and the intersection with Preston Street, raised cycle tracks and improved sidewalk will be provided.  In addition, conversion of existing eastbound on-road bike lane to raised cycle track is proposed for the segment of Prince of Wales Drive immediately to the west of the O-Train Trillium Line.

Two courtesy crossings of Prince of Wales Drive with central median refuge will facilitate connections along pedestrian and cyclist desire lines while eliminating the need for cyclist dismounts.  These crossings will not be signalized.

Tell us what you think

After reviewing the above information, you are invited to give your opinion via the

Online questionnaire

Complete the feedback questionnaire or email your questions/comments by Friday April 14, 2017 to the project manager below.

Paul Clarke, P.Eng.
Project Manager, Cycling programs
Transportation Planning
Transportation Services Department
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue
Email: paul.clarke2@ottawa.ca(link sends e-mail)
613-580-2424, ext. 29882

Notice: FCA Transportation Master Plan: Workshop & Survey

Dear Glebe Annex residents,

Please find the following message from the Federation of Civic Associations (FCA) inviting people to their upcoming Transportation Master Plan Workshop and Survey

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FCA Transportation Master Plan: Workshop & Survey

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FCA-FAC Transportation Master Plan: Workshop & Survey

Dear FCA members:
WORKSHOP: The City of Ottawa’s current Transportation Master Plan (TMP) is the City’s blueprint for planning, developing and operating its walking, cycling, public transit and road networks for the next two decades. It was approved in 2013, based on 2006 census information, 2011 traffic data, background reports and public consultation. It contains targets and strategies regarding walking, cycling, transit and vehicles for 2031 (to access the TMP goto http://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/planning-and-development/official-plan-and-master-plans/transportation-master-plan ). The City originally intended to update the TMP for 2018, but now does not expect to begin the process to update the TMP until 2021.
But time does not stand still – assumptions change, new data becomes available, and a new TMP is needed. On Saturday April 8, 2017 (8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. @ Tom Brown Arena, 141 Bayview Rd.) the FCA Transportation Committee will hold a half-day workshop on building a new Transportation Master Plan for our city. Please see the attached Agenda or click on it here:
http://fca-fac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Agenda-TMP-wkshp-08Apr17.pdf

Please distribute this workshop notice to your members, and please RSVP via e-mail to alexcullen@rogers.com.
SURVEY: What should be the new Transportation Master Plan goals and strategies?
Please take 5 minutes to fill out the following survey by April 5, 2017:
Survey results will be released during the workshop to help us in planning the discussion for the event. All answers are anonymous and may be published on the FCA website following the workshop. Please do not include any personal information in the survey answers.

Notice: Cyberbullying Parent Night

Dear Glebe Annex residents,
Please find enclosed below a notice for an information session regarding cyberbullying.
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The Ottawa Bullying Prevention Coalition presents
Cyberbullying Parent Night: How to Prevent and Respond
March 30, 2017
6:30 to 9:00 pm
Ben Franklin Place
101 Centrepointe Drive, Nepean
Free Parking
6:30 to 7:00 Registration
7:00 to 8:00 Speaker Dr. Hazen Gandy, CHEO
8:00 to 8:30 Speaker from Ottawa Police Service
8:30 to 9:00 Q&A, Service Fair

Notice: Announcing OCISO’s Run for a New Start fundraiser – Going the Distance for Refugees!

Dear Glebe Annex residents,

Please find the enclosed message regarding this year’s OCISO’s Run for a New Start fundraiser.

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Walk or Run for a New Start!

Help make refugees feel welcome in Canada

 

There are many ways to show your support for refugees and welcome them to our community. The Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO) invites you to participate in one of these.

We invite you to join our “Run for a New Start” team of walkers and runners and train for one of the 2km, 5km, 10km, 21km or 42km races as part of the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, May 27-28.

After raising $12,451 in our inaugural 2016 event, the “Run for a New Start” fundraising team has set ourselves the very ambitious goal of raising $20,000 this year, in support of OCISO’s increasingly important programs working with refugee and immigrant youth here in Ottawa.

We invite all runners and walkers to sign up and join our “Run for a New Start” fundraising team. Volunteers who commit to raising $100 will receive one of our distinctive Tshirts!

In addition, this year Beau’s Brewery is sponsoring a “workplace challenge”, so this is a chance to organize your friends where you work and raise funds together for OCISO’s work.

For registration information, please contact OCISO’s volunteer coordinator, David Rain at drain@ociso.org, or visit ociso.org/run-for-a-new-start

Thank you for helping refugees and immigrants 

feel welcomed and supported in our city!

 

David Rain

OCISO Volunteer Coordinator

Run for a New Start

Going the Distance for Refugees

https://ociso.org/run-for-a-new-start/

Notice: Ontario’s Fair Hydro Plan

Dear Glebe Annex residents,

Please find enclosed the following message from the office of Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi regarding electricity pricing.

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Dear Friends,

We’ve heard you. Our government is taking all action necessary to reduce your electricity bill.

I’m happy to report that the Ontario government will be reducing the average electricity bill by 25% for families, farms and small businesses. And future rate increases will be held to the rate of inflation for the next four years.

Starting this summer, Ontario’s Fair Hydro Plan will provide Ottawa households with this 25% break. Many small businesses in our community like Gabriel’s Pizza, Suzy Q Doughnuts and The Clocktower Pub will also benefit from this cut. These measures include the 8% rebate introduced in January and builds on previously announced initiatives to deliver broad-based rate relief on all electricity bills.

Taken together, these changes will deliver the single-largest reduction to electricity rates in Ontario’s history.

Recently, electricity rates have risen for two key reasons:

  • Decades of under-investment in the electricity system by governments of all stripes resulted in the need to invest more than $50 billion in generation, transmission and distribution assets to ensure the system is secure and reliable; and,
  • The decision to eliminate Ontario’s use of coal and produce clean, renewable power, as well as policies put in place to provide targeted support to rural and low-income customers.

Over the last decade, we have created an electricity grid that is clean, reliable and sustainable. These are enormously important assets that meet the demand for cleaner and reliable power everywhere in the province.

But these investments came at a cost, and we have asked one generation – today’s generation – to unfairly shoulder the burden of nearly all of it. We had to play catch-up and we asked today’s ratepayers to cover nearly the whole tab.

Think of it in terms of a mortgage. We needed to rebuild the system and so we went to the bank for that money. Instead of paying off the mortgage over 30 years, we agreed to a term of 20. That means we pay things down faster. But the monthly mortgage payments – or, in this case, your hydro bills – are higher.  And it doesn’t really make sense since that house – or in this case the electricity system – is an asset that will continue to benefit people far past that twenty year window. In effect, this generation is subsidizing not just those who came before, but those who will come next.

This is not right – and it has been notably unfair on today’s hydro users. So, we are fixing that. We are renegotiating the mortgage and setting a new term that stretches over a longer period. Over time, it will cost a bit more. And it will take longer to pay off. But it is fairer – because it doesn’t ask this generation of hydro customers alone to pay the freight for everyone before and after. The burden now will be shared more evenly and more appropriately.

Recognizing that the electricity infrastructure that has been built will last for many decades, our province would refinance those capital investments to ensure that system costs are more equitably distributed over time. Spreading a portion of these costs over a longer time period better reflects the useful lifespan of Ontario’s generation assets and is a fairer approach to distributing those costs.
In addition, a number of important programs, such as the Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP), will now be funded by our government instead of ratepayers. Our province will also launch a new Affordability Fund, increase the existing OESP by 50%, enhance the Rural or Remote Rate Protection (RRRP) program to provide distribution charge relief and provide on-reserve First Nations 100% delivery credit. These initiatives will cost our government up to $2.5 billion over the next three years.

These new measures will make the system fairer and more affordable by cutting your hydro bill by 25% (and in some instances more) for everyone in Ottawa and across Ontario.

Collectively we have all worked hard to strengthen and green our electricity system. We recognize that we needed to do more to help our residents and businesses to manage the cost of electricity and that work is underway. If you would like more information on our plan to cut hydro bills by 25% please visit ontario.ca/fairhydroplan or contact me at ynaqvi.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org or 613-722-6414.

Sincerely,

 

Yasir

Yasir Naqvi, MPP

Ottawa Centre