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Thursday 21 August 2015
Halfway through the summer of 2015 I am liking this weather overall, how about you? I have run into many of you around Barrhaven stores and restaurants and whether you have just returned from the Maritimes, Calgary, camping, Chicago, or the lake memories are being made and treasured. I want to thank you all for your patience in dealing with all the construction everywhere in Barrhaven – i t is a mess. On the flip side however we have grown massively and we need this. I am very pleased that finally the road re-surfacing on Longfields between Woodroffe and Beatrice is complete. I hope you find the information in the article useful. See you around Barrhaven!
The 57th Canadian Little League Championship is HERE!
Have you noticed all the youth ball players frequenting the establishments of Barrhaven? Excitement is in the air as the 57th Canadian Little League Championship wraps up this weekend and will determine which team will win the honour to represent Canada in at the World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
The 2015 Canadian Little League Championships are taking place now until August 16th right here in Barrhaven at the East Nepean Little League's main diamond - the Eagles' Nest, Ken Ross park, formerly known as South Nepean Park. The tournament has brought over a hundred 11 and 12 year olds from across Canada to fight for the chance to go to the World Series. This event celebrates East Nepean LL's 60th season and is the first time the tournament is being held in the capital of Canada.
I encourage everyone in the community to come out and cheer on some of the best players from across Canada as they compete for Canada's berth at the 2015 Little League World Series. Admission is FREE!
Please visit 2015.littleleaguechampionships.ca/ for more information.
Register for Fall and Winter Recreation Programs Now
The Recreation eGuide for fall and winter programs is now online at ottawa.ca.
Choose from a wide variety of activities for all ages including swimming lessons, fitness classes, general interest courses, sports and instruction in the arts.
Registration is open for all programs online, by phone (613-580-2588) or in person at City recreation facilities during regular business hours. To register online or by phone residents will need a client barcode and family PIN numbers. The City expects high volumes of online registrants throughout the first week of registration which could result in a longer registration experience than usual.
Residents who do not have access to the internet are encouraged to visit City recreation centres or libraries with public internet access. They can also visit any Client Service Centre where customer service staff can help with registration. Some community centres may provide printed brochures for their local activities.
Please Help Me Honour Ken Ross in an Epic Way!
I am sure that, like me, cancer has touched your own life in some way, be it a friend, family member, or neighbour. That is why this year I am co-chairing the EPIC WALK - for our community members like Ken Ross.
As you know Barrhaven lost our dear friend Ken in March, and with the participation of Ken’s wife Kelly and friends, we have put together “team Ken Ross” representing Barrhaven as a leader in the EPIC WALK. Many of you have been asking how you can honour Ken’s name. Kelly and I think this would be a great way to remember him and so I am inviting you to stand up for Ken and walk in the 3rd annual EPIC WALK.
We all know how much Ken did for this community, and we know how hard the Queensway Carleton Hospital and Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre tried to help Ken with his battle, so let’s raise money for cancer treatment and prevention, let’s do it for Ken Ross, and let’s do it for our community. Please visit https://shar.es/1sltg4 to get involved now!
Funds raised from the EPIC WALK will be invested in local cancer care including equipment and programming at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation and the Queensway Carleton Hospital. This means that every dollar raised will help local families who are facing a cancer diagnosis. The Queensway Carleton Hospital, our community hospital, will invest in state-of-the-art technology and equipment that will help prevent and detect cancer.
Help an Ottawa child in need return to school with their head held high!
The Caring and Sharing Exchange is a local Ottawa charity that provides children from families in need with grade appropriate stuffed backpacks through their Sharing in Student Success program. Last year, this program provided 1,519 children with the tools they needed to succeed. This year, they will once again be called upon for assistance by hundreds of children in our community. Please consider supporting this program by making your gift today: https://caringandsharing.ca
A Ken Ross Tribute Gala
The Barrhaven Food Cupboard will be holding a Fundraising Gala Dinner on Thursday, September 24, 2015 in memory of and to honour Ken Ross, a prominent business man, philanthropist and community leader. Proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Barrhaven Food Cupboard.
You can purchase tickets at Ross' Independent Grocer, or online at www.barrhavenfoodcupboard.ca
For corporate sponsorship opportunities, please contact David Rattray, Director, Barrhaven Food Cupboard at 613-797-2959.
Half Moon Bay Tree Planting Event
If you would like to make a difference in your community of Half Moon Bay you can do so by helping to plant trees along the Jock River on Tuesday, October 6th at 4:30pm - 7:30pm.
This event is a joint effort by the City's Forestry Services Department and community volunteers. City staff are providing coordination with internal stakeholders such as parks and recreation or stormwater management; consultation with external stakeholders such as Rideau Valley Conservation; site preparation, plant material, shovels.
If you think you may be able to participate, please visit the event's Facebook page called HMB's Treerific - Community Tree Planting (just put that in Facebook’s search bar to find the event) to get more information and let organizers know.
The City of Ottawa has several tree planting programs that rely on community groups, schools, and individual residents to plant trees for the betterment of their local neighbourhoods.
For more information on the City of Ottawa’s tree planting programs, please visit ottawa.ca/forestry.
Barrhaven Transit Changes for September
As many of you know, every fall OC Transpo makes regular schedule adjustments to optimize service. This September changes include three types of modifications:
The continuation of service adjustments during Confederation Line construction, which began in June 2015;
- Transit network improvements; and,
- Seasonal adjustments to service levels and capacity.
Below are the new changes affecting Barrhaven, but please note that even if your route isn't listed below you should check your bus schedules on octranspo.com in advance of the Tuesday, September 6th changes, especially if you are travelling east or south or take a route that may increase in frequency due to students returning to school.
- Trips toward Barrhaven Centre on Route 177 in the morning will continue through to downtown on Route 95, to save customers a transfer.
- The direction of travel on Route 71 along Stoneway Drive will be reversed in the morning, to improve reliability by avoiding traffic congestion on Woodroffe Avenue.
This year the Capital Fair will be Friday, August 21st to Sunday, August 30th and courtesy of Rideau Carleton Entertainment Centre, every citizen in Ottawa can enjoy free gate admission. The Fair will feature Eastern Ontario's largest Midway as well as an incredible variety of free shows, displays and competitions. For full details please visit capitalfair.ca.
Barrhaven Senior's Centre
Looking to connect with other older adults (55+) in Barrhaven?
The Barrhaven Senior's Centre has over 200 members from your community, and continues to grow.
Everyone is welcome to join any or all events. Everyone is welcome to join any or all events. Beginning in September 2015, programs will be offered five days per week, on Monday to Friday at 1 pm to 4 pm.
For more information about the Barrhaven Seniors Centre, please email Don Winchester at email@example.com or call 613-440-3620.
Are you an ACE Ambassador?
Your west-end Councillors -- myself, Councillor Rick Chiarelli, Councillor Keith Egli, Councillor Eli El-Chantiry, Councillor Allan Hubley, Councillor Shad Qadri, Councillor Mark Taylor and Councillor Marianne Wilkinson -- are asking you to take this urgent opportunity to become an ACE Ambassador.
An ACE Ambassador is someone who supports the Queensway Carleton Hospital's Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Unit project. The ACE Unit is the first of its kind in the Ottawa-area and the second in Ontario specializing in holistic geriatric care of our most fragile population. It will be an inpatient medical unit where comprehensive care of older patients, 65 years and above, is provided by a specialized inter-professional team of healthcare and social science professionals. The care focus is not only on treating a patient's medical illnesses but also on maintaining their independence, trying to prevent the loss of physical abilities and development of mental health problems. The ACE team will work pro-actively to address these issues, which older patients are at a higher risk of developing during a stay in hospital.
The overall funding requirement for the ACE Unit is almost $12 million. The province has already contributed close to $9 million. It's up to our community ambassador's to raise the remainder.
Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH) serves one of the fastest aging populations in Canada. Over 70% of their medical in-patients are over the age of 65. By 2031 it is projected that over 1 in 5 people in the City of Ottawa will be older than the age of 65. We are asking each west-end household to donate $30 to ensure all residents and their family members have access to the specialized resources they need.
Your donation will help Queensway Carleton Hospital provide care that will lead to:
- Fewer falls
- Reduced delirium
- Less functional decline at discharge
- More patients returning home
I hope you will join your City Councillors, and become an ACE Ambassador today to help complete the ACE Unit at Queensway Carleton Hospital and show the world the Nepean/Barrhaven you represent truly cares.
You can do so by visiting ace.qchfoundation.ca, calling 613-721-4731 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to make your important donation.
2015-2018 Term of Council Priorities Published
The City has published the 2015-2018 City Strategic Plan. This plan is based on the 2015-2018 Term of Council Priorities Report, approved by Council on July 8. It integrates planning, performance measurement and financial information that provide the strategic and high-level direction of the City.
The 2015-2018 City Strategic Plan outlines what the Council plans to accomplish over its four-year term and includes:
- Strategic Priorities, that represent the highest level expression of what the City hopes to achieve during the Term of Council;
- Strategic Objectives, which specify what outcomes are expected to be achieved during the Term of Council for all priorities;
- Strategic Initiatives, the projects or programs undertaken by the City that will contribute to the achievement of the specific objectives for the Term of Council, and their associated resource requirements;
- Performance Measures, that will help monitor Council's progress against objectives throughout the Term of Council, as outlined in the City Balanced Scorecard; and
- Alignment of initiatives with the oversight responsibilities of the standing committees, the Information Technology Sub-Committee and the Transit Commission for specific elements of the City Strategic Plan during the Term of Council.
I encourage you to take the time to review the 2015-2018 City Strategic Plan published on ottawa.ca.
Here are some updates on the major projects around our neighbourhood.
Sewer replacement on Greenbank Road north of West Hunt Club Started
As of Tuesday, August 4th, 2015, construction work started on Greenbank Road just north of West Hunt Club Road. The existing sanitary sewer in this area has reached the end of its service life and must be replaced. The work is planned to continue until September 7.
To minimize traffic impact work from August 24 to 31 will only be carried out during off-peak hours, with one lane in each direction kept open. At peak hours, both lanes will be open. From August 10 to 24, work may occur during peak hours but a lane in each direction will always be open.
All turning movements at intersections will be accommodated at all times, and traffic lights will remain in operation.
The City of Ottawa has tools on ottawa.ca to help motorists and transit users plan their routes and manage their commute, including:
- OttawaNav - the City's mobile application for real time construction and traffic information
- City of Ottawa Traffic Report - outlining citywide road closures, traffic restrictions and detours
- Travel Planner at octranspo.com - transit users can chart and plan routes
- Interactive traffic map - showing construction areas and live traffic cams throughout the city
- Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) cameras
- Cycling maps and information - detailing bicycle pathways and lanes throughout the city
The sewer replacement on Greenbank Road is an Ottawa on the Move project. Ottawa on the Move is about keeping our community and economy moving forward through strategic investments in a number of transportation, water, and sewer projects to build a better city and create jobs.
For more information about the construction activity happening across the city, or for information about traffic and travel planning, visit ottawa.ca
Temporary Road Closure on Larkin Drive
Larkin Drive will be completely closed at Fallowfield Road from 9 am on Friday, August 14, at 9 am to Monday, August 17, 2015 at 6am. Traffic will be maintained on Fallowfield Road during this time, but delays should be expected.
In order to minimize the duration and impact of the road closure, weekend construction work will occur during the daytime on Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16, but no work is anticipated to occur overnight.
The road closure is required to install a new watermain on Fallowfield Road, from the pumping station at Larkin Drive to Cedarview Road. The project is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2015.
For the three day period when Larkin Drive is closed at Fallowfield Road, OC Transpo bus routes 70 and 170 will be detoured along Weybridge, Jockvale and Fable. For more information regarding the temporary bus detour routes and stops, please refer to the map that is posted on the OC Transpo website (OCTranspo.com) under the "detours/construction" tab, located on the main page or call OC Transpo at 613-842-3636.
Strandherd/Fallowfield Widening - Update
The Strandherd widening project is moving along well and we have just completed construction on the south half of the road. Traffic has been flipped to the newly paved section with two wide shared use lanes painted so that cyclists and motorists can operate side by side. Construction is scheduled to be completed this fall with two travel lanes and a cycling lane being operational in each direction.
Jockvale Road Closure
Please note that Jockvale Road from Strandherd Drive to Cobble Hill Drive has been closed from Monday, 20 July 2015 and is planned to remain so until Monday, August 24, 2015. The contractor, R.W. Tomlinson Ltd. is undertaking the installation of sanitary, storm and watermains. Local and emergency vehicle access is still being maintained and the impact to traffic is low.
Greenbank Road Widening at VIA Railway
Construction continues on the Greenbank Road widening project. The Greenbank detour road has shifted roadway traffic and work will now continue to move the railway track south of its current alignment. This railway detour is being constructed to allow the new underpass structure to be constructed.
During August, work will continue to build the railway diversion track, south of the existing rail. Greenbank Road will be closed on a Saturday night during August to complete the work necessary to switch train traffic to the new diversion track. This involves connecting the east and west end of the diversion track to the mainline track, and also relocating the railway signals at the detour road.
Once trains are travelling on the diversion track, the old track will be removed and the area will be excavated, including drilling and blasting, to create space to build the underpass. No blasting is permitted in close proximity to the active railway track so rock removal will be done by hoe ram, starting in September. This operation will create noise that may be disruptive to residents.
City and VIA rail representatives will be on-site while work is done and all safety regulations will be in effect. Lights will be set up and equipment will be operating which will result in noise and possibly vibration.
Thomas Cavanagh Construction Ltd. and their sub-contractors will work diligently to complete work as quickly as possible but you may experience some inconvenience due to the night work. Your continued patience throughout this project is very much appreciated.
Enbridge Work Fallowfield at Woodroffe
Enbridge has started work on Fallowfield at Woodroffe. During this project there is expected to be work at night and on the weekends to try and minimize the impact on traffic. Lane closures are expected to accommodate the installation of required infrastructure.