Politicians’ Messages

 

Councillor Tobi Nussbaum


 

Beechwood Avenue and Springfield Road Construction

This summer, City of Ottawa will undertake construction on a section of Beechwood Avenue (Douglas Avenue to Springfield Road), as well as Springfield Road (between Beechwood and Rideau Terrace). The existing underground infrastructure dates to the 1920s and must be replaced because it has reached the end of its life cycle. The project is expected to start as early as May 2019 and is anticipated to be completed in autumn 2019. More information will be available at rideaurockcliffeward.ca and presented at a public open house organized by the City: Tuesday, April 9: drop in anytime from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Chartwell New Edinburgh Square, 35 Beechwood Avenue.

The project includes:

  • Replacement of the sanitary sewers on a short section of Beechwood Avenue (Douglas to Springfield);
  • Replacement of the water mains along Springfield Road;
  • Installation of wider 1.8-metre sidewalks on the west side of Springfield Road from Rideau Terrace to Bertrand and on the east side from Bertrand to Beechwood.

For the duration of the project, pedestrian access on Beechwood and Springfield will be maintained. Residents are encouraged to continue supporting our local businesses. On Beechwood Avenue, vehicular traffic (including cyclists) will be detoured between Charlevoix to St. Charles. Local access to businesses will be maintained. For a two-week period in the summer, Beechwood Avenue will be completely closed from Springfield Road to Douglas Avenue. Impacted businesses and residents will be notified in advance of the exact dates of the closure. Springfield Road will remain open to traffic, but there will be lane closures outside of rush hour when the water main is being installed.

Transit route detours are in the process of being prepared and will be communicated to the community in advance of construction. This construction is a continuation of the project that began on Beechwood last year. The work was divided over 2018 and 2019 to minimize the duration of the required road closure of Beechwood.

MPP Nathalie des Rosiers


 

Update on Issues of Importance

We have had a very unusual summer at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. The government called the Assembly on emergency sittings in order to debate their bill to reduce the size of the Toronto City Council from 47 seats to 25 in the middle of the municipal election campaign. The government wanted to use the Notwithstanding clause in the Charter to prevent any court challenge to this intervention and prevent the application of the Charter of Rights and of the Human Rights Code to their new legislation.

I have been very outspoken about this: I do not believe that this was a case to use the Notwithstanding clause because this trivializes Charter rights. It was not only about the City of Toronto, but about the protection of all of our rights and freedoms. Please visit my website if you would like to read some articles that I have published on this subject.

I also recognize that there is still a lot of uncertainty about what will happen with the legalization of cannabis on October 17. The government has not provided much clarity on their intentions to allow private retailers to enter the market as of April 2019. I will keep you posted as we hear more. On these or any other topics, I am always interested in hearing what you have to say; please contact my office with your concerns and questions.

Very soon, I will be hosting some round table discussions on housing, and on the needs of seniors. If you would be interested in participating in one of these discussions, please communicate with my office by emailing ndesrosiers.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org or by calling 613 744-4484.

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind all students between the ages of 16 to 22 that we will soon be starting our Constituency Youth Council in collaboration with MP Mona Fortier.


 

Mayor Jim Watson


 

Why Campaign Promises Matter

During the last election, I had the opportunity to knock on thousands of doors and speak with residents from all corners of our City about what they wanted to see the new Council prioritise over the next four years. Residents wanted to see us continue to grow our economy while keeping the City affordable, create safer communities, invest in our roads and basic infrastructure, protect our environment, and ensure that Ottawa remains a caring and compassionate place. Within the first 100 days of the new 2018-2022 Term of Council, we have already started to deliver on many of the promises I made to residents during the election. On March 6, City Council unanimously approved the 2019 Budget while maintaining the tax cap I committed to while campaigning. Budget 2019 also delivered on important commitments I made in the areas of:

Economic Development:

  • Reducing the City’s patio encroachment fees by 50 percent;
  • Increasing the City’s support to Invest Ottawa by $500,000;
  • Delivering the TriBros film studio and sound complex, creating 500 new full-time jobs within its first few years of operation, with no government funds;
  • Increasing the City’s contribution to the Ottawa Film Office by $60,000.

Safer Communities:

  • Hiring an additional 30 police officers in 2019;
  • Hiring an additional 56 paramedics over the next four years;
  • Increasing annual funding for traffic calming measures in each ward from $40,000 to $50,000;
  • Purchasing one more Automated License Plate Recognition device. The revenue generated will be reinvested into new programs, such as the School Bus Stop Arm project;
  • Doubling fines in high-risk school zones by designating them as Community Safety Zones;
  • Doubling the number new Red Light Cameras to be purchased in 2019;
  • Investing $500,000 for Pedestrian Crossovers, 10 more crossing guards and funding for active transportation – with an investment in both the Ottawa Pedestrian and Cycling Plan of $7.1 million.

Environment:

  • Planting additional trees in City parks and public spaces across Ottawa, starting with areas impacted by the recent tornadoes;
  • Seeing the continued progress of the Ottawa River Action Plan.

Affordable Housing:

  • Investing $15 million for new affordable housing units in 2019;
  • Contributing City of Ottawa land to further boost the value of the City’s affordable housing investment;
  • Developing 442 new affordable housing units in the coming years.

Roads and Infrastructure:

  • Increasing the roads repair budget by $9.8 million in 2019;
  • Making the necessary investments to address the infrastructure funding gap within five years instead of the projected ten years while adding no new debt.

Diversity and Inclusion:

  • Investing $5.85 million in Long Term Care this year;
  • Appointing the very first Council Liaison for Women and Gender Equity;
  • Investing $210,000 for the Women and Gender Equity Strategy, including one staff position to advance equity and inclusion for all;
  • Achieving 50/50 gender parity on Advisory Committees, Commissions and Boards.

Transit:

  • Investing $7.8 million to purchase 12 new busses and $55.2 million to replace buses at their end of life cycle;
  • Extending no-charge transit service to Sundays for seniors;
  • Approving the Stage 2 LRT project, which will expand the O-Train by 44 kilometres to the south, east and west, and add 24 new stations while reducing greenhouse gases and changing the way residents move through our City.

As we continue to make progress on these important City issues and priorities, I look forward to working with my Council colleagues, our partners and the public in order to help improve the lives of all Ottawa residents.

MP Mona Fortier


 

The Climate Action Incentive

Our government has built a plan to protect the environment and grow the economy. To ensure a cleaner, more prosperous future for our kids and grandkids, our climate action plan seeks to invest in renewables, promote using less energy, support public transit projects and put a price on pollution. Putting a price on pollution is the best way to address climate change and our government also understands the importance of supporting families to make smart, clean investments. That is why, starting this year, the Climate Action Incentive has been introduced to give money directly to you while fighting climate change. An average Ontario family of four will receive $307 through their Income Tax return this year.

The climate plan is ambitious, effective, and makes life affordable while creating good middle-class jobs. Since 2015, we have created more than 900,000 new jobs with a significant gain in full-time work. Our unemployment rate is also at its lowest level since the 1970s. We will always focus on jobs, growing the middle class and strengthening our economy.

Many residents and organizations of Ottawa-Vanier have taken steps towards making clean investments. From local park clean-ups to investments in renewable energy, every little bit helps. With the climate action plan, we hope to keep this momentum going to foster a cleaner and greener Canada. As always, my constituency office is here to help you with any interactions with federal services. It is open Monday to Thursday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, and Friday from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. Give us a call at 613 998-1860, or send an email to mona.fortier@parl.gc.ca.

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