Information Update Meeting – Tuesday, May 23, 2017

13 05 2017

Ukrainian Hall, 1000 Byron Avenue

4 to 9:00 p.m. with presentations

By attending this session, residents will find out more about the progress to date for these two projects in the Richmond/Byron Corridor:

Cleary and New Orchard Planning Study

  • A review of the lands around future light rail stations to determine appropriate redevelopment and potential public realm improvements. Staff recommendations will result in changes to the existing Richmond Road/Westboro Secondary and Community Design Plans

Byron Linear Park Renewal(link is external)

  • With the realignment of the Ottawa Light Rail Transit under the Byron Linear Park, there is an opportunity to design the park to meet the community needs.  Based on previous public consultation, a preliminary plan has been prepared that will guide the final design for the park.

Residents have an opportunity to attend one of two identical sessions:

Session One

4 p.m.       Drop in to review display boards and speak to staff 
4:30 p.m.  Presentations begin
5:15 p.m.  Q&A

Session Two

6 p.m.      Drop in to review display boards and speak to staff
7 p.m.      Presentations begin
7:45 p.m. Q&A

9 p.m.  Session closes

City staff and Ward Councillors will be available to discuss the projects and answer questions.

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please email your request to sends e-mail)  or contact:

Jillian Savage, Planner
Planning Infrastructure and Economic Development
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa ON K1P 1J1 sends e-mail)
tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 14970

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 18, 2017  4:35pm Seeking assistance in identifying a person of interest involved in Fraud

22 04 2017

(Ottawa) –The Ottawa Police Service Central Criminal Investigations Unit is asking for public assistance in identifying a woman.

On March 31, 2017, at approximately 9:00 pm, a woman approached a male at the Mackenzie King Bridge entrance of the Rideau Centre. The female convinced the male to make a donation to an unknown charity. The male was subsequently led to an ATM to withdraw money. Once he had entered his PIN, he was moved aside by the female and she proceeded to remove an unauthorized amount of cash from his account. It is believed the victim was targeted due to his cognitive disability.

The female is described as an Asian female, approximately 35 years old, small build wearing black pants and a black jacket (view pictures.)

Anyone with information is asked to call the Ottawa Police Criminal Investigations Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5166. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.

Additional Tips when dealing with Charities:

Consider the following precautions to ensure that your donation dollars benefit the people and organizations you want to help. They’re good practices whether you’re contacted by an organization’s employees, volunteers or professional fund-raisers, soliciting donations by phone, mail or in person.
•       Be wary of appeals that tug at your heart strings, especially pleas involving patriotism and current events.
•       Ask for written information about the charity, including name, address and telephone number. A legitimate charity or fund-raiser will give you information about the charity’s mission, how your donation will be used and proof that your contribution is tax deductible.
•       Check out the charity’s financial information. For many organizations, this information can be found online.
•       Ask for identification. If the solicitor refuses to tell you or does not have some form or verifiable identification, hang up or close the door and report it to law enforcement officials.
•       Call the charity. Find out if the organization is aware of the solicitation and has authorized the use of its name. If not, you may be dealing with a scam artist.
•       Check with local recipients. If giving to local organizations is important to you, make sure they will benefit from your generosity. If a charity tells you that your dollars will support a local organization, such as a fire department, police department or hospital, call the organization to verify the claim.
•       Watch out for similar sounding names. Some phony charities use names that closely resemble those of respected, legitimate organizations. If you notice a small difference from the name of the charity you intend to deal with, call the organization you know to check it out.
•       Be skeptical if someone thanks you for a pledge you don’t remember making. If you have any doubts about whether you’ve made a pledge or previously contributed, check your records. Be on the alert for invoices claiming you’ve made a pledge. Some unscrupulous solicitors use this approach to get your money.
•       Ask how your donation will be distributed. How much will go to the program you want to support (as opposed to other programs of the non-profit), and how much will cover the charity’s administrative and telemarketing costs?
•       Refuse high pressure appeals. Legitimate fund-raisers won’t push you to give on the spot.
•       Be wary of charities offering to send a courier or overnight delivery service to collect your donation immediately.
•       Consider the costs. When buying merchandise or tickets for special events, or when receiving “free” goods in exchange for giving, remember that these items cost money and generally are paid for out of your contribution. Although this can be an effective fund-raising tool, less money may be available for the charity.
•       Be wary of guaranteed sweepstakes winnings in exchange for a contribution. According to law, you never have to donate anything to be eligible to win.
•       Avoid cash gifts. Cash can be lost or stolen. For security and tax record purposes, it’s best to pay by check.

More tips can be found on the Ottawa Police Service<> website regarding Fraud and Scams.

Don’t forget….it’s tomorrow!

14 04 2017

The 8th Annual McKellar Park Egg Hunt is back!easter_egg_hunt.jpg

Thank you to our wonderful McKellar Park neighbours who are once again organizing this annual tradition. Join your neighbours and help spread the word by sharing this event and inviting your friends.

The hunt is on — rain, shine, snow, or mud — on Saturday, April 15th beginning for the kids at 10:30am.

For the first timers, here is how it works:

Parents provide 10 eggs per participating child. One adult arrives in the park early (9:45am) to hide eggs.

When the hunt begins, all the kids shoot off to find any 10 eggs. Then the older kids help the young ones to find their 10. It’s all very sweet and it’s over in about 5 minutes

Bringing baked goods for the cookie potluck is welcomed!

Hope to see you on April, 15th!

MPCA will start to publish police incidents in McKellar Park community

7 04 2017

General Broadcast – Break and Enter (2017/04/05)

Broadcast Synopsis

On April 5th 2017 at 0440 hrs an unknown male attempted to break into two different residences in the  600 Block of  Westminster Ave. The male was white complexion, 18-20 years with a dark mustache, wearing a Black vest, red hoodie and black gloves.  If any suspicious persons are observed and you feel police should attend please call 613 236 1222.

 Make the right call to the police!

7 04 2017

Life-threatening emergency or crime in progress 9-1-1

Non-emergencies  613-236-1222

Telephone report: 613-236-1222  ext. 7300

On-line reporting:

Do you know who our Community Police Officer is? His name is:

7 04 2017

Cst. Jeff Kostuch, 1579

Ottawa Police Service/Service de police d’Ottawa

Community Safety Services/services de sécurité de proximité

West CPC / CPC Ouest

613-236-1222 ext.2347

Street re-namings in Kitchissippi

4 04 2017


Kitchissippi is one of the last wards on the City’s list to clean up duplicate and confusing street names. There are over 20 in the ward that need a new name (many will likely simply end up with a “north” or “east” tacked on to the end, the simplest approach). I’ve got full details in a post here, including my request for names for River Street.