LRT Construction: Temporary Haul Route through 747 Richmond Road (Cleary)

19 06 2020

Stakeholder Relations, Stage 2 LRT advises of the following construction activity:

From: “Berlin, Damon” <>
Date: June 19, 2020 at 11:58:00 AM EDT
Subject: Temporary Haul Route

Good afternoon,

Please be advised that as early as next week, KEV will begin temporarily using the former 747 Richmond site for limited truck access. They require an entrance to the construction area off of Cleary (i.e. from both ends) to allow the pads required for construction to be installed in a time period that supports their schedule.  They would like to utilize Rochester Fields and SJAM for the majority of access/egress during construction beginning in July, however access from Rochester Field gets cut off from the east at a point(1650 Drainage Culvert) in addition they cannot construct or utilize SJAM access until after the current SJAM work is completed in July. KEV will use best efforts to maximize use of Rochester Park for truck traffic and minimize use of Cleary, but there will be truck traffic until end of July.

Thank you



Survey regarding cars restricted on Byron Avenue west of Golden Avenue

8 06 2020

A neighbour who lives on Byron has developed a survey/ petition about continuing to have cars restricted to local traffic only from Golden to Redwood in order to allow residents to continue walking and cycling on the street as we have this summer. Please see the link below.


Rochester Field construction notice and layout

7 06 2020

Councillor Jeff Leiper reports in his newsletter that work is beginning to transform Rochester Field into a staging area and worksite:

While residents have already seen it start, this week I received the formal construction notice from the LRT Stage 2 office. Folks will note that in July, the builders expect to construct a “slurry pit” where excavated materials will dry before being hauled offsite. I’ve asked to be briefed on what exactly that will entail. The rail office has also sent me a diagram of how the different on Rochester Field will be configured. Find both the notice and that diagram here.

Besides the slurry pit, I am also working with the City to try to get more timely notice of significant construction activities at the site. The erection of fencing, for instance, was premature, and the City, residents and I expect better communications going forward. I’ll be using my own newsletter, of course, to pass on what I know, but both I and the City encourage residents to sign up for the Stage 2 newsletter which has updates as well. Sign up here.

Rochester Field

4 06 2020
City of Ottawa

Solid Waste Master Plan News

Visual Identity for the Solid Waste Master Plan: a colourful, stylized streetscape, consisting of a mix of buildings and oversized waste-related objects like garbage cans, bottles and milk containers.

Survey: What is important to YOU?

Today, the City has launched its first Solid Waste Master Plan survey. It allows everyone to share their thoughts and opinions about how Ottawa’s waste is managed today and in the future. The survey is kicking off a series of engagement opportunities; details about other activities such as virtual world cafés and focus groups will be made available in the coming weeks. Understanding residents’ priorities and level of commitment will help the project team recommend the most suitable long-term waste management options to Council. Once those options have been identified, the public will be asked for feedback again. The next survey is scheduled for late 2020/early 2021.

Vision: Where do we want to go?

During the month of May, Solid Waste Services’ Long-term Planning team hosted four online workshops for Councillors, key stakeholders and key City staff with expertise relevant to the Master Plan’s development. The purpose of the virtual exercises was to gather input for a vision statement. The vision will define where we want to be in 30 years. Some of the main questions put forward were: How bold and ambitious should we be? Can we aim for zero waste? How important is preserving landfill space? The survey on Engage Ottawa includes all residents in that process. Your feedback will help us craft the vision statement and determine a number of guiding principles to outline our beliefs and see us through the development of the Waste Plan. It will also feed into the Plan’s goals and objectives for Council’s consideration later this year.

Colourful painting of a head bursting with ideas

Engagement: What else is new?

So, you filled out the survey. Now what? Two new features on Engage Ottawa offer further engagement opportunities for those with a vested interest in waste issues. The Your Ideas tab is a place for collective brainstorming, while the Forums section enables residents to discuss their opinions with others. We are also regularly adding more content and information about various aspects of waste management to the project page, so check back often.

Did you know…?

Your recycling efforts make a difference! In 2019, about 56,000 tonnes of glass, metal, plastic, paper and cardboard collected from your homes were sorted here in Ottawa by Cascades Recovery+ and sold to North American markets. The materials became a resource for new products, and the City received approximately $6.9 million in revenue – a win-win for taxpayers and the environment.
Plastic recycling material, sorted and baled at the processing plant, ready for shipping.

Contact us

Email the project team at

Update from Jeff Leiper – Rochester Field/SJAM construction: path closure

31 05 2020

Rochester Field and south side of the SJAM are going to be a significant construction staging area and will soon be off-limits to residents. The whole path that runs from Cleary to 200m west of Dominion Station along the south side of the SJAM parkway will be closed mid-month with fencing around it, and signs to that effect will start going up starting on Monday. The closure will last until the fall of 2024.

While today there’s not a lot to look at, the south side of the SJAM will be under heavy construction for the next few years as it’s dug up to build the new LRT tunnel and the SJAM finally configured into its final alignment. And, Rochester Field will be a major construction staging area. Unfortunately, that means anyone walking or riding east-west will either need to use the MUP on the north side, or detour around the site using Richmond Road to get to Dominion or Cleary.

There’s more useful detail at the project web site here.

The Human Needs Task Force, City of Ottawa wants you to know :

27 05 2020

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This email is being shared to our wider network of agencies throughout the City this week. As Community Associations, we wanted to share the link with you as well, this link can be shared on social media platforms and will always contain the most up to date information.

The purpose of this email is to make your organization aware of the City of Ottawa’s Human Needs Task Force to broaden our outreach efforts and ensure that all residents are aware of the many resources and services available across the city.

The Human Needs Task Force (HNTF) has been developed as part of the City of Ottawa’s emergency response to COVID-19 to ensure that we are responsive to the emerging social service needs of the community. The HNTF is a collaborative effort between over 50 community partners focused on service coordination for immediate medium and long-term response associated with food security, outreach to isolated populations, urgent translation, and housing and homelessness.

As we continue to move forward during these difficult times, we are hoping to work more closely with cultural associations to ensure that residents are informed and aware of the services and supports are available from the City of Ottawa, and across our city. To support these efforts the City of Ottawa’s Community and Social Services Department has developed a new webpage.


The Family and Social Services COVID-19 webpage on the City of Ottawa site is a great resource for community members to gain up to date information on the City’s social services that have been added or adapted to support residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webpage also includes a collection of community resources available to residents in need. Content is organized into 6 categories:

·       Childcare and online activities

o   Information on emergency childcare for essential workers, virtual EarlyON programs, licensed childcare centres, and more.

·       Financial Assistance

o   Information on Ontario Works and emergency assistance, applying for provincial and federal help, and more.

·       Resources for people in need

o   Information and fact sheets on food banks, grocery supports, and meal delivery, who to call for help, mental health supports, community gardens, and more.

·       Housing Services

o   Information on outreach, isolation and physical distancing centres, shower and washroom facilities and more.

·       Seniors’ supports and City-run long term care homes

o   Information on food, transportation and mental health supports for seniors, updates and FAQs for long-term care homes, and more.

·       The Human Needs Task Force

o   Information for our community partners.

To make our content accessible to a wider audience, in addition to English and French, many of the resource sheets created by the HNTF and outlined above have been translated into multiple languages including Nepalese, Somali, Farsi, Mandarin (Simplified Chinese), Spanish, and Arabic and can be found on the website.

In order to support our outreach efforts, we would appreciate if you could share our website link with your clients and networks.

The Human Needs Task Force will continue to update the site regularly with the latest information to support residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, so while you may have already seen much of this content, new information is often added.

Please email to learn more about the Human Needs Task Force or if your organization would like regular updates from our team.

For additional information on programs and services in our community please call 211 or 311.

Thank you,

The Human Needs Task Force

Ce courriel sera partagée avec l’ensemble de notre réseau d’agences cette semaine. En tant qu’associations communautaires, nous voulions également partager le lien avec vous. Ce lien peut être partagé sur les plateformes de médias sociaux et contiendra toujours des renseignements actualisées.


Le présent courriel vise à informer votre organisation au sujet du Groupe de travail sur les besoins humains de la Ville d’Ottawa afin d’élargir la portée de nos efforts et nous assurer que tous les résidents soient au courant des nombreux services et ressources offerts à travers la ville.


Le Groupe de travail sur les besoins humains (GTBH) a été créé dans le cadre de l’intervention d’urgence de la Ville d’Ottawa face à la COVID-19 pour nous assurer de répondre à l’augmentation des besoins en services sociaux de la collectivité. Le GTBH est né d’une collaboration entre plus de 50 partenaires communautaires qui se concentrent sur la coordination d’une intervention à court, moyen et long terme liée à la sécurité alimentaire, la communication avec les populations isolées, la traduction urgente, le logement et l’itinérance.

Alors que nous traversons cette période difficile, nous espérons travailler plus étroitement avec les associations culturelles pour faire en sorte que nos résidents soient informés et conscients du soutien est des services offerts par la Ville d’Ottawa à travers la ville. Dans le but d’appuyer ces efforts, la Direction générale des services sociaux et communautaires a créé une nouvelle page Web.


La page Web Famille et services sociaux – info COVID-19 du site Web de la Ville d’Ottawa est une excellente ressource où les membres de la collectivité peuvent obtenir des renseignements à jour sur les services sociaux de la Ville qui ont été ajoutés ou adaptés pour appuyer les résidents pendant la pandémie de COVID-19. La page comprend aussi une collection de ressources communautaires offertes aux résidents qui en ont besoin. Le contenu est divisé en six catégories :

·       Garde des enfants et activités en ligne

o   Renseignements sur les services de garde d’urgence des enfants des travailleurs essentiels, les programmes On y va virtuels, les centres agréés de garde d’enfants, etc.

·       Aide financière

o   Renseignements sur Ontario au travail et sur l’aide d’urgence, comment demander de l’aide provinciale et fédérale, etc.

·       Ressources pour les personnes dans le besoin

    • Renseignements et fiches d’information sur les banques alimentaires, les services d’aide pour l’épicerie, la livraison de repas, la santé mentale, les jardins communautaires et qui appeler pour obtenir de l’aide.

·       Services de logement

    • Information sur les services de proximité, les centres d’isolement et de distanciation physique, les installations disposant de douches et de toilettes, et plus.

·       Soutiens aux aînés et foyers de soins de longue durée gérés par la Ville

    • Information sur l’aide alimentaire, le transport et la santé mentale, mises à jour et FAQ sur les centres de soins de longue durée municipaux.

·       Groupe de travail sur les besoins humains

o   Renseignements pour nos partenaires communautaires.


Pour rendre notre contenu accessible à un plus grand public, en plus du français et de l’anglais, de nombreuses fiches de renseignements sur les ressources créées par le GTBH et mentionnées ci-dessus ont été traduites en plusieurs langues, dont le népalais, le somali, le persan, le mandarin (chinois simplifié), l’espagnol et l’arabe. Toutes ces fiches se trouvent sur le site Web.


Afin de soutenir les efforts de sensibilisation, nous vous serions reconnaissants si vous pouviez partager le lien vers notre site Web avec vos clients et réseaux.


Le Groupe de travail sur les besoins humains continuera d’actualiser le site régulièrement avec les dernières nouvelles pour soutenir les résidents pendant la pandémie de COVID-19. Par conséquent, bien que vous ayez peut-être déjà vu ce contenu, de nouveaux renseignements y sont souvent ajoutés.


Envoyez un courriel au pour en savoir plus au sujet du Groupe de travail sur les besoins humains ou si votre organisation souhaite obtenir des mises à jour régulières de notre équipe.


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Ottawa Police share safety tips, ongoing investigation

25 05 2020

[From Ottawa Police Services, “Safety tips to protect your house from a break and enter – ongoing investigation”]


Executive Services
Services de direction
474, rue Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Tel./tél. 613-236-1222

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, May 22, 2020 3:39pm

Safety tips to protect your house from a break and enter – ongoing investigation

(Ottawa) – The Ottawa Police Break and Enter Unit has received several reports of daytime residential break and enters within the last week, in or nearby the Westboro area. These incidents have occurred while residents are home but are either outside or in another area of the house.

The Ottawa Police has been made aware that with these incidents, a suspicious man was seen either in a neighbour’s yard, trying to enter a neighbour’s home. When the man was questioned by neighbours including children, he left the area immediately.

These incidents may have been deemed by some members of the community as incidents of a stranger approaching children. However, no evidence has been found to that effect.

No suspect is in custody at this time, and the investigation continues.

As the weather warms and we are getting outside more often, police would like to remind homeowners of some ways to help prevent your home from being the target of a break-in:

  • Do not leave windows and doors open or unlocked while you are outside on your property or in a different area of your home.
  • Door and windows should be kept locked at all times.
  • If you have an attached garage, always keep the access door between the house and the garage locked.
  • If you have a garage door remote in your vehicle, ensure it is kept out of sight and keep your vehicle locked.
  • Keep valuables and sentimental items you wouldn’t want lost in a safe and if possible secure the safe to the floor or wall stud.
  • Don’t leave purses and wallets just inside your entry door.
  • Install and use a security bar on your patio door.
  • Keep grass cut and shrubs trimmed to give your home a lived-in look.
  • Consider security lighting and cameras.

Watch out for one another. If you see a suspicious person in your neighbour’s yard or driveway, call police.

Anyone with information relating to any break and enters is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service Break and Enter Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 4533.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at

Recent vandalism, break in

20 05 2020

The McKellar Park community should be aware of some recent vandalism (fires) and a break-and-enter in the area. Constable Kostuch confirms these events and advises that anybody with evidence of these or other suspicious events should contact Ottawa Police Services:

Over the night of Thursday, May 14th into the early morning of Friday, May 15th, 2 Green bin that were set out overnight by the road in the 500 Block of Windermere Ave were set on fire. There was no injuries and the fires extinguished on their own. OPS were notified in the morning and attended for the reports, Also OFD were called to the area during the same time frame for two small fires set in McKellar Park ( OPS not advised).

In the mid afternoon on May 14th there was one reported daytime Break and Enters in the 500 block of Sherbourne Rd.

There has been no further fire incidents or Break and Enters since in the area.

In anyone has any information or suspect (s) video in regards to the above events, please call, 613 236 1222, Ext 7300 and reference the above.

Cst. Jeff Kostuch, 1579
Ottawa Police Service/Service de police d’Ottawa
Community Safety Services/services de sécurité de proximité

UPDATE | Extension of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway pilot project route

17 05 2020

From NCC:

Published on May 16, 2020

Pilot project to partially close the Sir John A. Macdonald (SJAM) Parkway westbound lanes to motor vehicle traffic extended between Booth St. and CARLING Ave. this long weekend, May 17 and 18, from 8 am to 4 pm, to improve compliance around pilot project to provide local residents more space for outdoor wellbeing.

Thank you OC Transpo for routing buses away from the SJAM Parkway on Saturday to allow us to extend the pilot project route.

We will review plans for remainder of pilot project on Tuesday.

Hate is a crime

13 05 2020
Constable Kostuch of the Ottawa Police provided the following:




Executive Services
Services de direction
474, rue Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Tel./tél. 613-236-1222

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 12, 2020    1:40pm

Awareness, Reporting, We are Here – Hate Incidents

(Ottawa) – Since the Global Pandemic has emerged, we have been very concerned and aware of rising racism, xenophobia, discrimination, hate incidents and crimes, in particular targeting our Asian communities globally and here in Canada.  We are aware of how unsettling and how much fear this garners with our local communities.

We want you to know that our city partners, Ottawa Public Health, City of Ottawa and The Ottawa Police stand with you, you are not alone and we will not tolerate this hate.  We encourage all resident of Ottawa to be vigilant and to alert the authorities when you see or hear something.  The Ottawa Police Service takes these incidents very seriously and they will be investigated to the fullest extent.  Hate in any form, will not be tolerated here in Ottawa.

Most recently here in Ottawa, between April 28th and May 1st, 2020, there were 2 hate motivated incidents in the area of Viewmount Drive and Four Seasons Drive.  The Ottawa Police is currently investigating those incidents.  Both incidents involved a grey, newer model, Hyundai Elantra.  The vehicle and its occupants approached pedestrians of East Asian descent and yelled racial slurs, obscenities and swore at them. In both incidents witnesses describe occupants in the vehicle as an older white male and an older white female.

“We know that hate motivated crimes are often under-reported,” said David Snoddy, Director, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. “We want people to know that we take such incidents seriously and we are here to help.”

In partnership with the community, the Ottawa Police, Ottawa Public Health and the City of Ottawa will make every effort to educate, encourage reporting, and when necessary pursue investigation. A community poster in English, French and Chinese to urge reporting is now available. Reporting hate-motivated incidents is an important step in stopping the cycle of hatred and preventing others from being victimized.

If something similar happened to you or someone you know, you are encouraged to report it. Investigators are looking to speak with anyone who may have witnessed these incidents or who has information about the vehicle and occupants.

Anyone with information is asked to visit or call Detective Ali Toghrol of the Ottawa Police Service Hate Crime Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5453. Anonymous tips can be submitted by Calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at

hate is a crime