Bike Lanes on Sherbourne Ave.

20 12 2018

From Jeff Leiper’s Kitchissippi Ward website. Note, map is included in link at bottom of this post.

Councillor Kavanagh and I were recently informed that as part of the Sherbourne re-surfacing there will be painted bike lanes implemented on the road when it’s re-painted.

Sherbourne Avenue is identified in the City of Ottawa Cycling Plan as a cycling route that connects Carling Avenue to Byron Avenue, including bike routes on Dovercourt Avenue and through the Byron Avenue Linear Park. The draft pavement marking and signage plan for the upcoming 2019 resurfacing project is attached below for your information and review. This plan accommodates on-street parking on one side of Sherbourne, between Byron to Dovercourt on the west side; and between Saville to Bromley on the east side.

The Council approved Complete Streets Implementation Framework directs staff to consider implementing bike lanes and other measures as part of road resurfacing projects. Comments on the project are due by January 3. I apologize for the tight timeframe.

Regarding implementation timing, there currently isn’t a schedule for the 2019 resurfacing projects other than sometime between late May to late September. The schedule will be refined after the tender is awarded (all of the city’s resurfacing projects are in one big tender package) and the winning contractor will then schedule individual jobs, so we likely won’t know the exact planned date for implementation until late spring timeframe.

I am supportive of the project, but will review your comments to see whether the plan requires any tweaks and pass those on to City staff.

For more information, please contact:

Amir Zahabi

Engineer, Design Review & Implementation

Transportation Services Department

613-580-2424 x16821



Provincial Proposal to allow cities to pass an open-for-business planning by-law

15 12 2018

On Dec 6th, the Provincial Government tabled its new “Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act.”

As part of this proposed act, and in the government’s words, the government “is proposing to make changes to the Planning Act to create a new economic development tool, the open-for-business planning by-law. The tool would be available to all local municipalities to ensure they can act quickly to attract businesses seeking development sites.”

If the proposed bill becomes law, it has major implications for how development applications would be dealt with in Ontario cities.  

The law would apply to development that is:

  • a new major employment use (minimum 100 jobs for larger cities)
  • manufacturing and/or research and development, but not residential, commercial or retail as the primary use

This process would allow municipalities to permit the use (i.e., zone the lands) without having to strictly adhere to existing local requirements (e.g., official plan and zoning). The bill could short-circuit the application approval process and also eliminate the right of appeal to the LPAT in some instances.

A lay-person explanation of the proposed permitted uses is here. The proposed changes to planning process are outlined here.  The full bill is found here.

The deadline for comments is January 20. The comment link for the provincial government is found here. Please consider also leaving comments with:

Ottawa Centre MPP Joel Harden

Kitchissippi Ward Councillor Jeff Leiper

McKellar Park Community Association

Christmas Bird Count 2018

12 12 2018
2018 marks the 100th annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC).  The CBC is a census of birds in the Western Hemisphere, and is conducted by volunteers.  This year’s count will be on Sunday, December 16.  The count involves monitoring your bird feeder and counting the birds that come by.  Participants will be given a checklist and are asked to report the numbers at noon and final numbers at the end of the day.  Gillian Koh, Hintonburg Community Association board member, will be administering the CBC for the Kitchissippi.  If you would like to participate, please email her at

Goldenrod Garden

10 12 2018

Goldenrod Garden Announce copy

Sock Drive! (from Jeff’s newsletter)

3 12 2018

Give the gift of warmth this Christmas and donate a new pair of socks to our neighbours in need! Sock it to Christmashas drop-off bins at the Churchill Seniors Recreation Center, Royal LePage Team Realty at 1335 Carling, Freshii Westboro, and Catherine McKenna’s Constituency Office at 107 Arthur.  New socks only please! Parkdale Food Centre’s Soup and Socks Program particularly appreciates donations of women’s and children’s socks. Men’s socks will go to the shelters. Help us Sock it to Christmas!

Shared from The Ottawa Mission’s Facebook page.

13 11 2018


We are in need of CSA-approved mens work boots in sizes 8-12. We’ll gladly accept any new or used boots in good condition so that we can help provide our clients the footwear they need to work. You can drop off donations any time at our front desk at 35 Waller St. (just inside the blue door).

SJAM Winter Trail – Season 3 – Let’s Keep Grooming

13 11 2018

Fundraiser for SJAM Trail