Bernie Ashe Inducted Into the Order of Ottawa

The Order of Ottawa recognizes exceptional residents who have made a significant contribution in a professional capacity in many areas of city life, including arts and culture, business, community service, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, medicine, sports and entertainment, or other fields that benefit the residents of Ottawa.

This prestigious civic award was established in 2012 by Mayor Watson and City Council. Recipients of the Order of Ottawa are chosen by a selection committee comprised of the Mayor, City Clerk and Solicitor, Chief of Police, Chief of Protocol, City Archivist and Chief Executive Officer of the Ottawa Public Library.

Bernie Ashe

Bernie Ashe has enjoyed a long and formidable career as a key community builder in the nation’s capital, contributing to its economic growth and making the city of Ottawa a better place to live and work.

In his role as Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club from 1990 to 1997, he helped establish the business of hockey and build the Canadian Tire Centre. As the first CEO of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, Mr. Ashe was instrumental in the development of Lansdowne Park and the launching of major sports franchises in Ottawa. Canadian Football League team the Ottawa REDBLACKS made it all the way to the 2015 Grey Cup in their second season, and won the 2016 Grey Cup. The Ottawa Fury FC competed in the league’s championship match at the end of their second year. More recently, Mr. Ashe’s ambition and hometown pride helped bring the 2017 Grey Cup game and festival and the 2017 NHL 100 Classic to Ottawa.

Mr. Ashe helped the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group Foundation raise more than $2 million to lower financial barriers and enable youth from all backgrounds to participate in team sports. He launched the Bernie Ashe Sports Fund, which will provide children in the care of the Children’s Aid Society a chance to participate in organized sport.

A long-serving trustee and former Chairman of the Board of CHEO, Mr. Ashe also served on the boards of the Shaw Centre and Celebrations Ottawa, the organization that planned a range of Ottawa events for Canada’s 150th anniversary. He was a member of the Mayor’s Leadership Table on Homelessness and acted as a mentor to future leaders as CEO in Residence of the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management. In 2015, he was named the CEO of the Year by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce.

For more details on other Order of Ottawa inductees and the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching, please click here.

Give feedback and get informed about City projects

The City of Ottawa wants your input on the projects, policies, programs and services that affect your daily life. From open houses to workshops and online consultations, your feedback helps to shape City decisions.

The following opportunities to learn more about City projects are available:

Monday, November 26

Cannabis 101: Get the blunt facts
Ottawa Public Library – Beaverbrook Branch

2500 Campeau Drive

7 to 9 pm
Ottawa Public Health and its partners are hosting information nights for parents to learn more about cannabis, the new legislation, how to talk to youth about cannabis, and available resources and services. This session will be in English.

Tuesday, November 27

Zoning By-Law proposal for 1039 Terry Fox Drive and 5331 Fernbank Road
Eva James Memorial Community Centre

65 Stonehaven Drive

6 to 9 pm

Open House for plan of subdivision.

Wednesday, November 28

Elgin Street Renewal public information session

Ottawa City Hall, Jean Piggot Place / Council Chambers

110 Laurier Avenue West

4 to 8 pm, presentation at 6 pm

This session will provide an opportunity for residents to review the final design for the Elgin Street Renewal project and hear about upcoming construction and road closures on Elgin Street. Following a presentation from 6 to 7 pm in Council Chambers, the project team will be available to discuss the project and answer questions.

 Thursday, November 29
Community information session on 352 Aquaview Drive
Aquaview Community Centre
318 Aquaview Drive
6:30 to 8 pm
Open House for plan of subdivision.

The City offers residents a variety of opportunities to share information, consult and collaborate. Stay informed on upcoming engagement opportunities to see your ideas, suggestions and concerns incorporated in the work that impacts you and your community.

For more information on City programs and services, visit or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). You can also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Stittsville Parade of Lights


Stittsville Village Association is hosting the Parade of Lights December 1st at 6 pm. Come early and enjoy a Christmas Market in Village Square Park (5-9pm), or stay after the parade to join us for cookies and hot chocolate, a visit with Santa, a live choir, and for the annual lighting of Village Square Park.

Volunteers are still needed at traffic barriers along the route to ensure the success of this year’s parade. Please contact Tanya Hein at if you can help while enjoying the parade.

Please note: Stittsville Main Street will be closed to traffic beginning at 5:45 pm until a short time after the end of the parade. Please plan your travel accordingly.

Ottawa Board of Health: Meeting Highlights November 19, 2018


Monday night, the Ottawa Board of Health held its final meeting of this term.  Members of the board were thanked for their dedication and Mayor Jim Watson surprised me with special recognition for my time as chair.  Ottawa Public Health provides an essential service to the City of Ottawa and will continue to deliver excellent public education and service under the direction of Dr. Vera Etches.

As this was our final meeting of term, we reviewed our plan for the future of Ottawa Public Health.  The strategic plan addresses five key health challenges and identifies specific directions to advance public health:

Strategic Direction #1 –        Inspire and Support Healthy Eating and Active Living

Strategic Direction #2 –        Foster Mental Health in Our Community

Strategic Direction #3 –        Enhance Collective Capacity to Reduce Preventable infectious Diseases

Strategic Direction #4 –        Develop an Adaptive Workforce for the Future

Strategic Direction #5 –        Advance Healthy Public Policy

For more information, you may see the full report at the link below.

Building a Healthier Ottawa: Ottawa Public Health Strategic Plan 2015 – 2018 – Final Report

If you have never attended a Board of Health meeting or watched one of the webcasts, I would encourage you to do so. You can find the videos here. Every meeting is webcast live and archived videos are posted online within days of the meeting. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

Amberway Park

I apologize for not including an update on Amberway Park in my Newsletter last week. As Stittsville grows, it is important that we dedicate spaces for public enjoyment and recreation.


Click here to view all the final drawings for Amberway Park. The City is on track and the site is ready to receive the structure as early as spring thaw will allow.

Thank you Stittsville

Thank you

Thank you Stittsville, with all my heart.

These past few weeks have been filled with many emotions as I have been finishing my term at City Hall.  Serving as your representative has been an immense pleasure and I am grateful for the opportunity you have given me.

It seems like yesterday that I visited my new office at City Hall for the first time.  Looking out from my downtown office window, I had a perfect view over what is now Marion Dewar Plaza, to the Chateau Laurier, the NAC and the Parliament Buildings

Several people approached me and suggested that running for city councillor would be a way to deepen my relationship with Stittsville.  After much consideration and discussion with my family, I decided to take the plunge.  The promise of fulfilment and the chance to make an impact was irresistible.

I am proud of the twelve years I spent in office.  It has been a time of tremendous change for Stittsville, as we have gone from being a rural to a suburban ward.  This evolution was always at the forefront of my mind and I spent all twelve years on planning committee steering our growth.  Thanks to you, Stittsville has become Ottawa’s second fastest growing neighbourhood and yet, I am proud that it has maintained its village charm.  I believe that the preservation of our Main Street is key to our village identity.  That is why we introduced the Community Design Plan (CDP), creating a blueprint for future development.  No matter how big we become, Stittsville Main Street will remain a focal point of the community.

I consider myself a big picture thinker.  Throughout my councillorship, I have always looked beyond the immediate and considered the future of Stittsville and the City of Ottawa.  Looking ahead, I am confident that current and future residents will appreciate the widening of Hazeldean Road, the Carp River Restoration, the expansion of the Goulbourn Recreation Complex and the preservation of Shea Road Woods.  All of these achievements will ensure that the people of Stittsville continue to enjoy a high quality of life.

During my time at City Hall it has been my pleasure to serve as chair of Crime Prevention Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health.  I am proud of my involvement with programs such as “Man Up,” “Do it for Daron” and the Guns and Gangs unit.  During my tenure, Ottawa Public Health became an independent board and it has been an honour to serve initially with Dr. Isra Levy and our present Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Vera Etches.  I have learned a lot from my time as chair of OPH and I am proud of the work we have done to safeguard the health of our city.

In the next few years, Stittsville will see the coming of the LRT and the widening of Carp Road.  Robert Grant Avenue should be connected through to Paladium Drive and traffic will be flowing much more smoothly.  Our character may be changing but Stittsville will continue to be a wonderful place to live.

Thank you for choosing me to represent you at City Hall these past twelve years.  I have come to think of the people of Stittsville as my extended family.  Thank you for supporting my business and my work as City Councillor.



Final Newsletter

This will be the final newsletter of my term as your City Councillor.  Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedules each week to read my newsletter, and thank you to all of you who subscribe.

When I started this newsletter, I was the first councillor to produce a weekly online newsletter.  This column was my way of reaching out to residents, and keeping you up-to-date with local and city developments.  Over the years my staff and I have enjoyed putting the weekly newsletter together, sharing local interest stories and finding ways to make the politics of City Hall interesting.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to our newsletter over the years.  Your human interest stories and advertisements for local events helped make our newsletter special.  I hope that you have enjoyed reading the result.

All my best wishes to you and yours.



Christmas Gift Suggestion


Do you have a political junkie on your Christmas list? There is a new book available about Ottawa municipal politics: Blight by Marc Aubin.  The historic novel follows the sad story of residents affected by an urban renewal scheme in the 1960s in Lowertown, Ottawa. It also jumps to the early 2000s when the same community was fighting for more recent urban issues in the post-amalgamation years.

Marc Aubin is a fifth generation Ottawa resident and the former president of the Lowertown Community Association. Over the past two decades he has accumulated stories about Ottawa’s struggles and identity.  Blight would make a great gift for anyone with an interest in Ottawa.

Meetings at City Hall for the Week of November 19, 2018

All public meetings are held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts, visit or call 3-1-1.

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee – Monday, November 19, 10 am, The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive

  • Zoning By-Law amendment – Part of 5416 Ferry Road
  • Zoning By-Law amendment – Part of 6090 McVagh Road
  • Zoning By-Law amendment – Part of 1964 Galetta Side Road

Ottawa Board of Health – Monday, November 19, 5 pm, Champlain Room

  • Chair of the Board of Health verbal report
  • Medical Officer of Health verbal report
  • Building a Healthier Ottawa: Ottawa Public Health Strategic Plan 2015 – 2018 – final report


  • Medical Officer of Health Submissions to the Province on the Smoke Free Ontario Act, 2017 and Cannabis Act, 2017
  • 2019 Ottawa Board of Health meeting schedule

Planning Committee – Tuesday, November 20, 9:30 am, Champlain Room

  • Designation of Cobble Cottage, 420 Kenwood Avenue, Under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • Kanata Avenue Secondary Plan amendment and Environmental Assessment
  • Zoning By-law amendment – 4025 Strandherd Drive
  • Zoning By-law amendment – Part of 3025 Albion Road North
  • Zoning By-law amendment – 1000 Thomas Spratt Place
  • Zoning By-law amendment – Part of 300 Goulbourn Forced Road
  • Zoning By-law amendment – 415 Huntsville Drive
  • Zoning By-law amendment – 339 Cumberland Street
  • Zoning By-law amendment – 352 Crete Place

Police Services Board – Policy and Governance Committee – Wednesday, November 21, 2 pm, Champlain Room

  • 2018 Public Research


    • 2017 Member Census


  • Environmental Excellence Awards – 2018
  • Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee – 2015-2018 annual report

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