Why I Voted Against the 2018 Budget
Maintaining our roads, assets and core services needs to be a priority
As they say... if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. When Mayor Watson presented the 2018 draft budget it was difficult to understand how we’d be able to increase spending on everything, plus cope with inflation, all for the low price of the promised 2% tax increase. Something just didn’t add up...
Actually, a lot of things didn’t add up.
After many months of public consultation and hard work, and with the Minister’s sign-off on the Moodie LMSF (Light Maintenance Storage Facility) and rails extension just weeks ago, we can now give you a snapshot picture of what rail will look like in College Ward and its destinations. A whopping six LRT stations will be within or bordering College Ward. So what’s already happening? There is a new light rail station coming to Iris, another to Queensview, one to Pinecrest, and furthest west, Moodie and Bayshore. And, finally, there is the new underground Baseline Station (which we may rename “College Station”) which was mostly complete 7 years ago is but is not yet opened.
Pool at Bob Mitchell Park
Many residents of Crestview and City View are enjoying the first full year of swimming and fun at the new pool at Bob Mitchell Park. The pool and the pool buildings had been completely rebuilt and the new pool officially opened on Canada Day 2017. Former Nepean Mayor, Mary Pitt, as well as Lee and Jeff Mitchell, family of the late Bob Mitchell, joined in the festivities during the grand opening.
Big win in Crestview as Maintenance Storage Facility for LRT has moved!
We have successfully dodged a gargantuan eyesore on the edge of Crestview. The Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF) needed to clean and maintain all of the trains with Light Rail Transit (LRT) Stage 2 was originally slated to be built on the open land currently used as parkland right behind many Crestview homes. The strategy we recommended to the community at public meetings to deal with this situation has paid off. The new Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF) will be moved to open land off Moodie Dr. This is excellent news for Crestview and also for Bells Corners since this means that light rail Stage 2 will go to Moodie Drive years ahead of what was originally hoped!
Thank you for your consultation and for helping me fight!
Baseline/Woodroffe Storm Management Facility
The City of Ottawa has completed a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) for a proposed Stormwater Management Pond at the northeast corner of Baseline Road and Woodroffe Avenue.
I insisted upon two public meetings (rather than the required one) and I did not feel the proponents proved the need for the pond and so I voted it against it at Environment Committee and again in, Council June 2017.
O-Train 2018 Route Network Plan - Ottawa West
Several bus routes throughout Ottawa will be replaced when the O-Train Confederation line opens. Other bus routes will also be changing in order to simplify routing and provide convenient connection to the O-Train. For information about the upcoming bus route changes in Ottawa West, click here.
Building Projects on Baseline Between Morrison and Draper
Several years ago an application for a twenty storey plus two fourteen storey buildings was put in to the City for the site on Baseline between Morrison and Draper. This would affect the three communities of Redwoods, Leslie Park, and Qualicum-Graham Park.
Click here to continue reading
Lansdowne: A Media History
I was one of the original supporters of the Lansdowne project and mover of the 2009 motion that helped push the City into the redevelopment. I worked through years of process and obstacles to help achieve the remarkable result completed this summer. It was always planned to be tax-neutral to residents and by the end of the thirty year "mortgage" it will have paid for itself.
Assisting Victims of Basement Flooding
Over the past four months, I have worked with staff and three of my Council colleagues who also have communities within their wards that experienced basement flooding as a result of the record rainfall in October. I presented our notice of motion to City Council to provide financial relief to those residents who, on the advice of their insurance companies and others, speedily installed backwater valves immediately rather than leaving their basements exposed to the risk of a second flood while they applied for the city’s protective plumbing program.
How to Make a Green Bin Liner
How do you make a green bin liner using newspaper? My daughter and her friend will show you how. Click here.
Helping Our Community Hospital - the Queensway Carelton Hospital
This Spring, I, and a group of “west end” Councillors, helped organize a large fundraising night at Saunders Farm for the Hope Blooms project to fund the expansion to the Hospital’s Mental Health Unit. The evening blew well past its target and raised over $530,000 – with $100,000 coming from one single surprise donor!
To read more, click here
Protect Character of our Neighbourhoods
Soon I will need your help to get Council to approve my proposed legislation to protect the character of our communities against illegal rooming houses. We want to preserve the character of our neighbourhoods because we do not want City View, Ryan Farm, Bel Air, Centrepointe or Crestview to become another Sandy Hill (in terms of improper conversions, noise and property standards violations, etc).
We need this new legislation because, while the rules we have now are great, it is extremely difficult for By-law officers to enforce them or to charge violators. Those who operate illegal rooming houses rely upon the inability to enforce in order to carry on their illegal activities.
My proposed legislation will enable officers to enforce the law and protect the character of our neighbourhoods.
Parkglen Sidewalk Consultations lead to deferral on Transportation Master Plan
The Parkglen Drive Sidewalk proposal was suggested by city staff who determined that Ryan Farm needed a sidewalk connection to Baseline station. The proposal was made as part of the Transportation Master Plan and the Pedestrian Master Plan.
In canvassing the street, I received an overwhelming response suggesting an alternative. The sidewalk has been successfully deferred until a permanent solution with Algonquin College can be arranged.
To read more about the proposed solution click here.