Councillor’s View - Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus
December 2, 2016
There has been some discussion in the air this week regarding the future location for the Civic Campus of the Ottawa Hospital. Last week, the National Capital Commission (NCC) approved the recommendation to relocate the campus to Tunney’s Pasture
The NCC decided upon this location based on a variety of factors including nearby Light Rail Transit (LRT) access, its close proximity to the region’s urban core, multiple access points, smallest impact to natural, public recreation with a large variety of surface parking areas, and more.
However, many Ottawa residents feel that this location is too far away from major highway routes such as the 417, the current campus on Carling Avenue and the ongoing-renovations of the Heart Institute adjacent to the current campus on Ruskin Street (which plans to remain where it is), thereby delaying services in times of emergency.
I agree with these concerns and as such, am not in approval of the proposed location.
The City’s Emergency and Protective Services staff reassures residents that all of the twelve prospective locations would be able to transport emergency patients to a Trauma Centre within the target time (30 minutes) as established by the Ministry of Health’s Field Trauma Triage Guide (FTTG) 90% of the time. And although Tunney’s Pasture is among those locations, I do believe that in an effort to ease concerns and ensure that access is as efficient as possible, that other locations be reconsidered in this decision.
As Councillor for the Stittsville area, I believe it is imperative that our residents have ease of access to any proposed medical facilities within the Ottawa area. It is also important that any proposal which directly affects the health and safety of all Ottawa residents be received with a broad consensus from the public. As of so far, I do not believe that the Tunney’s Pasture location has garnered that consensus.
That said, I am happy to inform residents that today, Mayor Watson along with the Federal National Capital Region Government Caucus and the Ottawa Provincial Government Caucus decided as a collective to ignore the NCC’s recommendation and instead recommend the former Sir John Carling Building site as the preferred location for the new Civic Campus.
This is great news not just for today but for the residents of Ottawa the next one hundred years who will benefit from a better Civic Campus built in the best location for an ever expanding City.
I hope that residents will be pleased with this news as I certainly am. With these steps in motion, I look forward to seeing the next phase of this process which will include presenting this decision to the Federal government for approval. Until then, please do not hesitate to share your thoughts with me at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca.