Pending 417 closure due to required work on pedestrian bridge

A section of Highway 417 will be fully closed in both directions on Saturday, July 28th  until Sunday, July 29th. Significant traffic impacts are expected from 5:00 pm on July 28th  to 11:00 am on July 29th . This closure is required for the demolition of the Harmer Avenue Pedestrian Bridge.

Highway 417 will be closed in both directions from Bronson Avenue to Carling Avenue. During the work, the following eastbound on-ramps will be closed:  Carling, Parkdale and Maitland. The following westbound on-ramps will be closed: Catherine, Rochester, Parkdale, Lyon and O’Connor.

The following detours will be in effect during the closure:

Westbound detour

  • Westbound motorists must exit the highway at Bronson Avenue onto Catherine Street
  • Proceed via Catherine Street, which becomes Raymond Street, westbound to Booth Street
  • Proceed via Booth Street southbound to Carling Avenue
  • Proceed via Carling Avenue westbound to the westbound Highway 417 on-ramp at Kirkwood Avenue (west of the fire station)

Eastbound detour

  • Eastbound motorists must exit the highway at Carling Avenue and continue east to Bronson Avenue
  • Proceed via Bronson Avenue northbound to Chamberlain Avenue
  • Proceed via Chamberlain Avenue eastbound to Isabella Street
  • Proceed via Isabella Street eastbound onto the eastbound Highway 417 on-ramp at Metcalfe Street

The public is advised to plan all trips well in advance as significant delays are expected during the closure. There are many other transportation options including OC Transpo, carpooling and other alternative forms of transportation to get around the city while this closure is in place.


Federal funding is available for Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives

Federal funding is available for Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives. Varieties of events, projects are eligible including recruitment and training of volunteers.

An information session is being held on July 25, 2018 to answer any questions you may have.

Events – funding up to $100,000

  • demonstrate involvement of more than one single cultural, religious or ethnic community, and/or target a single cultural community and provide opportunities to engage with and foster pride in the community’s history, culture and/or identity, such as heritage months recognized by Parliament;
  • establish concrete opportunities for positive interaction among cultural, or ethnic community;
  • help foster intercultural or interfaith understanding, civic memory and pride, and/or respect for healthy democratic values; and
  • be open to and intended for the general public.

Community Capacity Building – funding up to $100,000

  • Strengthening governance and building partnerships: building the capacity of organizations, and promoting collaboration between service providers, to better support equitable opportunity for individuals of all origins to participate in social, economic, political, and cultural spheres of society;
  • E-Capacity: building and/or strengthening the online and social media presence of eligible organizations;
  • Establishing an overall external communication strategy; and
  • Recruitment and training of volunteers

Projects – there isn’t a set limit as every project will be different. It can range from $50,000-$300,000

  • work toward the elimination of discrimination, racism and prejudice, with a priority for those targeted against Indigenous Peoples, and racialized women & girls;
  • provide opportunities for youth community engagement and involvement; and
  • bring people together through art, culture, and/or sport.

The initiative will seek to fund projects that promote diversity and inclusion, as well as anti-racism initiatives, with a focus on Indigenous Peoples and racialized women and girls.

Some of the examples of types of activities eligible for funding:

  • Mentorships and internships;
  • Skills development initiatives;
  • Development of learning materials, tools, and training sessions;
  • Network and partnership development;
  • Leadership and volunteerism initiatives;
  • Knowledge sharing initiatives
  • Meetings, events and workshops
  • Development of programs, policies and services responsive to diversity, or combatting racism and discrimination.

There is no deadline. However for events, proposals have to be submitted at least 18 weeks before an event takes place. Please email to get an application form. For those interested an information session is being held July 25, 2018 6:00 pm in the Chapman Mills Community Building, 424 Chapman Mills Dr, Barrhaven.

Stay Safe

I would ask that you please take a moment to discuss the dangers of swimming in quarries with those who may not realize the potential risks. A quarry is not a pool and is therefore not regulated by the City’s Pool Enclosure By-law, nor by the Ontario Building Code, which governs the design and construction of site-assembled and manufactured public pools.

Quarry water can be very cold and can send your body into shock or leave you too exhausted to swim within minutes of jumping in.

The depth of the water itself is a whole different danger, and you’ll probably have no idea how far down the water goes until it’s too late.

If you can’t stand up in a lake or quarry, there will be no way to recover from the shock of the temperature – and you increase your risk of drowning.

There are no trained lifeguards on duty to help you if you get yourself into a situation and you never know what dangers could be beneath the surface – Jagged rocks, discarded materials or strong currents could be hidden out of sight.

Dead animals, toxic algae and industrial pollution all represent a threat to your health if you take to swimming around in stagnant bodies of water such as quarries.

All this being said quarries are located on private property. Whether the gate is open or not to enter onto the property is trespassing.

The Order of Ottawa

The Order of Ottawa celebrates outstanding citizens. This prestigious civic award recognizes exceptional citizen contributions in the many areas of city life including arts and culture, business, philanthropy, health care, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, sports, entertainment or other fields of endeavour that benefit the citizens of Ottawa. Once again this year, His Worship Jim Watson will award up to 15 individuals with the Order of Ottawa and one individual with the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching. Deadline for nominations is Friday, September 7, 2018.

Nomination Process

Nominations for the Order of Ottawa or the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching can be completed online or by completing a nomination form, available at your local community centre, public library or any Client Service Centre.

You can also download and print a copy of the nomination.

Traffic impacts due to utility work on Elgin Street beginning July 16

The full rehabilitation of Elgin Street is scheduled to begin in early 2019. In advance of the City’s work, Bell Canada is upgrading their underground infrastructure, which is deteriorated and in need of repair. This work is essential, and needs to take place before the City begins its underground infrastructure renewal in 2019.

The work will be staged so that lane reductions and on-street parking impacts are limited to the area where the work is taking place, and will not affect the entire length of Elgin Street. Access to businesses and storefronts will be maintained at all times, and residents and visitors are encouraged to continue to support the businesses during construction. Beginning on July 16, free parking is available at the City Hall parking garage located at 110 Laurier Avenue during weekday evenings (after 6 pm) and on weekends until completion of the major construction work on Elgin Street.

The second phase of Bell Canada’s work, between Cooper Street and Gloucester Street, is nearing completion. The third phase of Bell’s work will take place between MacLeod Street and Isabella Street, with a second work area at Gloucester Street for manhole repair. Upcoming impacts beginning July 16. Please visit here for details.

Ottawa City Council

On Wednesday July 11, City Council approved two major developments that will create a mixture of residential and commercial buildings near light-rail stations in Ottawa.

Council approved Official Plan and zoning amendments for five high-rise buildings next to the Pimisi light-rail-transit station, east of Booth Street. This multi-phase project will include towers between 25 and 45 storeys. The development will include a variety of apartment sizes, affordable housing and a child-care facility, as well as a range of commercial uses, including restaurants and a grocery store. The fully built development will feature about 1,600 dwellings.

Council approved Official Plan and zoning amendments needed to develop 900 Albert Street with three high-rise towers on a three-storey podium. The buildings will be 65, 56 and 27 storeys.

This mixed-use development is located 50 metres south of Bayview Station, where the Confederation and Trillium light-rail lines meet. It will feature 1,241 residential units, along with 1,059 parking spaces in six levels of underground parking. The building plan includes a new sidewalk and cycling facility along the Albert Street frontage and a public plaza at City Centre Avenue.

Council agreed to defer the City’s portion of development charges for a one-million-square-foot warehouse that will be occupied by Amazon at 5225 and 5371 Boundary Road. This will bring significant infrastructure to support business growth in the area. The charges are valued at $7.9 million and the developer, Broccolini Construction, will pay the City after the facility is completed, in about one year.

The warehouse operation will create about 600 permanent full-time jobs, resulting in significant rural economic development on lands that the City identified as an area of opportunity in the 2016 Ottawa Employment Lands Review. Construction will also create more than 1,500 jobs involving more than 30 trades.

The City will also waive  interest charges in exchange for the developer bringing services to the site, in particular extending water service, which the City committed to in the Official Plan. Extending these services to the area would otherwise cost between $8.4 million and $9.1 million, including gas ($4.7 million to $5 million), hydro ($1.2 million to $1.5 million) and water ($1.5 million), as well as roadway modifications ($1 million to $1.2 million), all of which would support further development in the area.

The City will get $856,000 in provincial funding for main-street enhancements after Council approved a by-law authorizing the City to receive the funds. The money will come from the Government of Ontario’s $26-million Main Street Revitalization Initiative. The initiative funds public-realm enhancements in main-street areas that improve energy efficiency, accessibility, aesthetics and the marketability of small businesses. The 10 projects earmarked across seven wards in Ottawa include public information displays, tourist kiosks, commemorative plaques and decorative elements.

A by-law requiring City Council oversight, should there be an application for additional gaming tables at the Hard Rock Casino, was approved. Any such application would need to be considered by both the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and Council. In May, Council directed staff to initiate the by-law, to prevent increases made through an application for a minor variance through the Committee of Adjustment.

For other items discussed at Wednesday’s City Council, please visit here.

Wellings of Stittsville Open House

Are you interested in learning more about the Wellings of Stittsville seniors’ community?

Then, now is your chance!

The Wellings of Stittsville (5731 Hazeldean Rd) will be an open house this weekend on Saturday July 14 from 11-2 p.m.

Be sure to stop in to get a feel for what is sure to be a great communal living space and visit their website at for more information.

Kiwanis Community BBQ

Visit Brown’s Independent Grocer (1251 Stittsville Main) on Sunday, July 15th from 11:00-2:00p.m. for a community BBQ hosted by our friends of the Kanata-Stittsville Kiwanis Club!

Face painting, Star Wars character, and a Fire engine will all be on site along with a raffle for the adults. Stop by for a deliciously fun time!

Yoga in the Park Now Every Wednesday

Take a deep breath and Namasté for a while in Village Square Park. After the free session hosted on International Yoga Day, Yoga in the Park will now be an ongoing event every Wednesday at 6:00 PM in Village Square Park.

This event is brought to you by a local Stittsville volunteer and it is open to everybody! The session begins at 6:00 PM and will run until about 7:15 PM.

Some yoga mats will be available but in limited quantity, so feel free to either bring your own yoga mat or connect with nature by stretching in the grass! Be sure to wear comfortable clothing.