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Thursday, February 18, 2016
I had the pleasure at speaking at the 10th Anniversary of Michaëlle Jean Elementary School last Friday. A wonderful bunch of students, staff and guests were on hand to mark this special anniversary. I can remember 10 years ago when we opened the school – how Barrhaven has changed since then. Speaking of change, if you don’t have to cross the Greenbank Widening Project everyday you might not have noticed the huge milestones the project reached last week – we now have a rail bridge expanding the underpass. The two parts of the steel structure were lifted by crane and placed on their supports. It is truly a great project to watch progress! Kudos to staff and contractors who so far are on time and on budget for one of the City’s largest infrastructure improvement projects currently underway. Lastly I wanted to give you a quick update on my Ward office hours. As many of you know, Carol, my Constituent Manager, is off for a little while as she recovers from knee surgery. Until further notice, my Ward Office hours will be held on Monday and Friday’s from 8 -4. Please feel free to drop in to say hi. As always, I am always available by email and by phone at 613-580-2473. I look forward from hearing from you.
The Barrhaven Blog Mobile App
The Barrhaven Blog is now available as a mobile app for both the iPhone and iPad. Please visit www.barrhavenblog.com/ to view the app webpage. A version for Android devices will follow shortly.
March Break Camps in the City of Ottawa
School will be out from March 14 to 18 for March Break, and the City is offering a week of fun-filled activities and action-packed camps in sports, arts, swimming and more. Register now for March Break camps. Find your neighbourhood adventure online at ottawa.ca/recreation
• Take to the ice with hockey, skating and curling camps
• Try aqua camps, indoor soccer or rock climbing
• Wow family and friends with talents developed in computer, magic or movie camps
• Star on stage in acting, singing and dance camps
• Get messy with clay, paints and glue
• Work on your leadership skills and make new friends
Ottawa's largest selection of camps comes with enthusiastic and trained leaders. The programs offer top value and quality you can trust. You can register online, or visit a recreation facility or Client Service Centre where customer service staff can help you with all your registration needs.
Greenbank Road Widening at VIA Railway
Our contractor, Thomas Cavanagh Construction Ltd has been working to install storm sewers on the south side of the railway. Work is also underway to excavate post holes for the noise barrier wall, and then install the posts. Work assembling the steel bridge spans was completed last week. On Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 two cranes lifted the steel spans into position on top of the concrete pier and abutments. This will was an exciting milestone for the project.
Longfields Station Bicycle Path
A convex mirror has been installed at the southward exit of the Longfields Station Bicycle Path from the tunnel to allow pedestrians/cyclists coming from both directions to see each other. City of Ottawa Facilities staff will continue to maintain the shrubbery in the surrounding area in order to continue to improve sightlines.
The Alzheimer Society is "Here to Help!"
There are some 16,000 people in Ottawa and Renfrew County living with the effects of dementia. Yet the Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County serves just 20% of that number as clients. They want to change that. The Alzheimer Society's "We're Here to Help" campaign is designed to inform the public about their practical and helpful services, available to anyone who needs them. Dementia can be a long, emotional journey. The Alzheimer Society is here to help people to navigate the system to get the community support and services they need. Visit alzheimerottawa.ca or call 613-523-4004.
Barrhaven Senior's Centre
Formed less than 3 years ago at the request of a few community members 55 and up, the "Barrhaven Seniors' Council" is rapidly approaching 350 Members. There are lots of weekly and monthly activities to choose from! Their weekly clubs for Cribbage, Euchre and Bridge have room for more players. Come and have fun, enjoy the variety of snacks provided by our sponsors, and meet new people. There is no cost to join. For a copy of the Barrhaven Seniors' Council news and calendar for Winter 2016 please contact Don at 613-440-3620 or online at https://www.facebook.com/groups/barrhavenseniorscouncil/