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


Initiatives for Women in Ontario

On March 8, we celebrated International Women’s Day. At my office, we recognized the contributions of five Ottawa-Vanier women and girls. They have each volunteered many hours and played an important role in the community. Once again, I congratulate Sabreen Aby-Zeyada, Hildana Adan, Menal Aman, Ruweida Shire and Lauren Touchant.

On March 6, 2018, Premier Kathleen Wynne unveiled Then Now Next: Ontario’s Strategy for Women’s Economic Empowerment. The strategy will help remove long-standing barriers that have kept women from benefiting equally in Ontario’s rapidly changing economy. It includes the introduction of legislation to increase transparency in hiring processes and give women more information when negotiating fairer compensation that is equal to their male peers.

Also in March, our government took a major step in its commitment to create a province free from domestic and sexual violence by launching It’s Never Okay: Ontario’s Gender-Based Violence Strategy. It will help survivors and families get timely support, as well as help prevent violence by intervening early, focusing on four key areas:

  • Improving services and supports for survivors, families and communities.
  • Intervening early and effectively to help youth who have seen or experienced violence by providing consistent and flexible support for children who find themselves in shelters, and greatly reducing the wait list for the Child Witness program.
  • Changing attitudes and norms through public education, along with training for service providers, communities and bystanders so they can recognize and respond to gender- based violence.
  • Improving the justice system response by providing free legal advice to survivors of sexual assault. In addition, alternate justice options for survivors of gender-based violence that are trauma-informed and survivor-centred will be explored in partnership with the violence against women sector.

We keep working hard to reach gender equality because everyone deserves to feel safe, and everyone deserves to have access to opportunities for success and well-being.

MP Mona Fortier


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