Politicians’ Messages

 

Councillor Tobi Nussbaum


 

Rockcliffe Rink Project

After the end of the school year in early July, residents will see construction activity on City land just adjacent to Rockcliffe Park Public School. Thanks to a fundraising effort led by the Rockcliffe Hosers and matched by funds from the City, the site will soon see a new community field house, an all-season slab rink surface, and an improved playing field. This project is the result of years of community effort, and I look forward to seeing the hard work come to fruition.

Seasonal Traffic Calming

During the warmer months in the last three years, a network of seasonal traffic calming measures has cropped up on local roadways to reduce speeding and increase safety. This year, we will again be using flexible signs in the roadway, posts separating bike lanes from vehicle traffic, concrete planter boxes to narrow the road, and visual reminders such as speed display boards and painted messages on roadways. This year’s locations are based on areas of concern raised by residents and community associations, as well as feedback from City traffic services staff.

These interventions will be installed in stages. The first stage, beginning in May, is the redeployment of locations where these measures were already installed in previous years. In June, you will begin to notice new locations for painted messages, as well as flexible signs and posts separating bike lanes. In summer, new locations for concrete planter boxes will be added. We will be creating a map showing all the locations that have seen the addition of these lighter, quicker and cost-efficient traffic-calming measures.

New Community Police Officer and Free Home Inspections

Constable Jonathan Kenney has completed his time as our community police officer and moved into a new role. My sincere thanks to him for all his work, and I welcome his successor, Constable Vianney Calixte, to the community. Vianney’s responsibilities include the communities of New Edinburgh, Manor Park, Lindenlea, Rockcliffe Park, Vanier and Overbrook. I will continue to share the drop-in hours of the Community Police Center (located at 252 MacArthur Avenue; 613 236-1222, ext. 5823) through social media. You can also contact him if you wish to schedule a free safety audit. Residents interested in making their home less susceptible to criminal activity can request that a police representative visit their home and provide them with concrete recommendations on how to make their home safer.


Mayor Jim Watson


 

Light Rail Transit Milestones

The beginning of May was marked by two significant LRT milestones. First, we completed the Confederation Line 12.5 kilometer rail by laying the final piece of rail, and second, we secured the funding necessary to extend the Stage 2 O Train Trillium Line farther south into the Riverside South community. The last piece of rail was a historic moment for Ottawa. I was thrilled to be part of it, alongside Mona Fortier, MP for Ottawa-Vanier, and the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure and MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean. This major milestone means that OC Transpo’s Electric Rail Operators and many other key staff members will get firsthand experience operating the entire system from one end to the other, and that we are on track to open the Confederation Line to the public by the end of this year.

That same week, we reached another important milestone, this time for the second phase of our LRT system. The Government of Ontario committed to fund $50 million of the anticipated $80 million cost for the proposed Stage 2 LRT O-Train Trillium Line 3.4 kilometre extension from Earl Armstrong/Bowesville Station to a new terminus station approximately 200 metres west of Limebank Road, in the future Riverside South Town Centre community. This extension will offer Riverside South residents more reliable public transit options, help reduce north/south traffic congestion, and ensure that residents spend more time with their families rather than in traffic. The Trillium Line extension is one of the three in Ottawa’s Stage 2 LRT project, and will be expanded to reach Limebank Station, with a link to the Ottawa International Airport by 2021. In the east, the Confederation Line will extend to Trim Road by 2022. And in the west, the Confederation Line will extend to Algonquin College and Moodie Drive by 2023. Once completed, Stage 2 will bring 70 percent of Ottawa residents within five kilometres of fast, efficient, clean and reliable rail, with the capability of carrying an estimated 24,000 riders per hour per direction during peak periods. The complete O-Train system will span 64 kilometres and include 42 stations.

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.


MP Mona Fortier


 

Diversity is one of Canada’s Strengths

Over the summer, there have been many conversations in our community and in the media about Canada’s diverse multicultural fabric. I have long believed that in Ottawa-Vanier, as in Canada, diversity is our strength, and I take every opportunity to brag about our communities’ diverse cultural background.

However, over the past few months, I have noticed a change when I meet people in the community and at cultural activities. I hear that individuals are concerned about the dangerous rhetoric coming from members of the opposition. They are concerned that Canada will no longer be a welcoming place.

I completely disagree with those who are trying to spread fear and divide our community. In Ottawa-Vanier, as in Canada, we have so much to learn from each other. The different life experiences and perspectives of the people and groups that live in our community is a tremendous asset that helps us build up our community and face life’s challenges together. As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said recently: “Compassion, acceptance and trust; diversity and inclusion–these are the things that have made Canada strong and free. Not just in principle but in practice.”

I wanted to take the opportunity, in this newsletter, to thank everyone in our riding who contributes to our thriving and dynamic riding.

As always, my constituency office is there to help you with any interactions with federal services. It is open Monday to Thursday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Give us a call at 613 998-1860 or send an email to mona.fortier@parl.gc.ca.

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