Past Newsletters

June 2024 Newsletter

 

Dear Neighbour,

June may be Council’s busiest month of the year. Staff, who have worked for months on studies and reports, often table their documents for Councillors’ decision-making in June before people start taking holidays.

This month, I’ve dealt with important issues like the Wildlife Strategy Review, the Zoning By-law, the Tewin development, Solid Waste Master Plan, etc. You’ll find information on several of those issues below.

We also held my 2nd annual Strawberry Social for Seniors. Many thanks to residents who came out and to all of our sponsors (below)!

I’m attending a lot of summer fairs and BBQs in the community these weekends. I hope to see you at one in your neighbourhood soon! And please don’t hesitate to invite me to your local event, I’m always looking for more chances to meet my neighbours.

Warm regards,
Laine

Chers voisins, chères voisines,

Le mois de juin est peut-être le mois le plus chargé de l’année pour le Conseil. C’est souvent au mois de juin que les membres du personnel, qui ont travaillé pendant des mois sur des études et des rapports, présentent leurs documents aux conseillers à des fins de prise de décisions, avant que les gens ne commencent à prendre leurs vacances.

Ce mois-ci, j’ai traité des questions importantes telles que l’examen de la Stratégie de gestion de la faune, le Règlement de zonage, l’aménagement de Tewin, le Plan directeur de la gestion des déchets solides, etc. Vous trouverez ci-dessous des informations sur plusieurs de ces questions.

Nous avons également organisé ma deuxième Fête des fraises annuelle pour les aînés. Un grand merci aux résidents qui se sont déplacés et à tous nos commanditaires (ci-dessous)!

Je participe à de nombreuses foires d’été et barbecues dans la communauté pendant les fins de semaine de l’été. J’espère vous voir bientôt à l’un de ces événements dans le quartier! N’hésitez pas à m’inviter à votre événement local, je suis toujours à la recherche de nouvelles occasions de rencontrer mes voisins.

Sincères salutations,
Laine

May 2024 Newsletter

 

Dear Neighbour,

As we move into summer, there are a lot of important issues coming up at City Hall.

First, we’ve had a significant commitment to new pedestrian and cycling routes over the Queensway bridges at Maitland, Woodroffe, Pinecrest and Richmond. This was one of the first projects I led when I was elected, and along with Councillor Theresa Kavanagh we were able to bring together the many jurisdictions required to make this a reality. It’s new ground for our partners at MTO, and it will open up active transportation links for many residents. In turn, that will reduce vehicle congestion and pollution, making our communities better for all.

The second project I had been advocating for since elected was the purchase of 100 Constellation Crescent, the Mary Pitt Building, which we have previously leased. I am delighted to share that the City is recommending we move forward with the purchase of the 6.4 hectares of land here.  Purchasing the building and its adjacent parking lots is a significant investment in College Ward will offer exponential opportunities for community wealth and amenities. The size of the land will generate exciting financial opportunities and the ability to be truly transformative in our housing options in the area. I’ll share more about this initiative in the coming weeks and months.

You’ll find information about the Zoning By-law Review, stormwater management in City View and Crestview, park and grass maintenance, and coyotes, below.

But summer is also a great time for our neighbourhoods to get together and socialize. There are many upcoming events at the Nepean Museum, Centennial and Centrepointe branches of the Ottawa Public Library, and more.

I look forward to seeing you at one of the many summer fairs and BBQs that happen every year, or while touring College Ward. If you see me, stop and say hi so we can chat.

Warm regards,
Laine

April 2024 Newsletter

 

Dear Neighbour,

Some people look to nesting robins, budding trees, and emerging crocuses as their favourite harbinger of Spring. Here at the City, we celebrate the street cleaning, sports field and ball diamond preparation, traffic calming, and the beginning of the construction season. Each to their own!

We have a lot coming up in College Ward, including my tomato seedling giveaway (see below) and park and playground renewals.

As always, I believe in helping residents learn more about how decisions are made in their communities. Please see our Planning and Development updates, below.

I hope to see you soon at one of our upcoming community events. In the meantime, have a safe and happy springtime!

Warm regards,
Laine

Chers voisins, chères voisines,

Pour certains, le rouge-gorge nicheur, les arbres bourgeonnants et les crocus naissants sont les signes avant-coureurs préférés du printemps. Ici, à la Ville, nous célébrons le nettoyage des rues, la préparation des terrains de sport et de balle, la modération de la circulation et le début de la saison de construction. À chacun son métier!

Nous avons beaucoup d’activités à venir dans le quartier Collège, y compris ma distribution de plants de tomates (voir ci-dessous) ainsi que le réaménagement des parcs et des terrains de jeux.

Comme toujours, je crois qu’il faut aider les résidents à en savoir plus sur la manière dont les décisions sont prises dans leurs communautés.

J’espère vous voir bientôt à l’un de nos prochains événements communautaires. Entre-temps, nous vous souhaitons un bon printemps en toute sécurité!

Sincères salutations,
Laine

March 2024 Newsletter

 

Dear Neighbour,

Spring is a time when we see more animals venturing into our neighbourhoods seeking food and we can be prepared for safe interactions with them. That’s why I am SO excited to have Professor Michael Runtz, naturalist, author, and photographer, come to College Ward to talk about urban wildlife. The details are below, and I hope that you can attend this important (and free!) event.

We also have several public consultations coming up in April. Child care, sidewalks, parks, and more are all subjects seeking your feedback. All the details can be found in the newsletter below.

It’s a nice time of year to get out in the sunshine and fresh air. I hope to see you around the neighbourhood soon!

Warm regards,
Laine

Chers voisins, chères voisines,

Le printemps est une période où l’on voit de plus en plus d’animaux s’aventurer dans nos quartiers à la recherche de nourriture et nous pouvons donc envisager d’interagir avec ces derniers en toute sécurité. C’est pourquoi je suis très heureuse que le professeur Michael Runtz, naturaliste, auteur et photographe, vienne au quartier Collège pour parler de la faune urbaine. Les détails sont ci-dessous, et j’espère que vous pourrez assister à cet événement important (et gratuit!).

Plusieurs consultations publiques sont également prévues en avril. La garde d’enfants, les trottoirs, les parcs, etc. sont autant de sujets sur lesquels il vous est possible de donner votre avis. Tous les détails se trouvent dans le bulletin d’information ci-dessous.

C’est une période agréable de l’année pour sortir au soleil et à l’air frais. J’espère vous voir bientôt dans le quartier!

Sincères salutations,
Laine

February 2024 Newsletter

 

Dear Neighbour,

This is a busy time of year for City Council, with many policy reviews and construction applications on the horizon.

The provincial and federal governments continue to make decisions that impact municipal planning, including neighbourhood housing density and urban boundaries. This has meant a tremendous amount of work for staff and Council to update our Official Plan and other long-range policy documents.

I hope you can attend our Second Annual Skating Party and Open House on February 25, 1-3pm. It’s going to be a fun-filled afternoon for all!

Looking forward to seeing you soon,

Warm regards,
Laine

January 2024 Newsletter

 

Dear Neighbour,

Happy New Year!

City Council already has a busy legislative agenda lined up, with reports on Winter Maintenance Quality Standards; the Wildlife Strategy update (expected March or April); the Community Partners Insurance Program; the Zoning By-law Review; Transportation Master Plan prioritization; and a deeper look at planning issues near the Experimental Farm.

I’ll ensure that you have the opportunity to comment on any of these issues as they come forward.

In the meantime, I hope you can take advantage of some of our wonderful winter recreation opportunities and that you stay safe and warm throughout the season.

Warm regards,
Laine

Chers voisins, chères voisines,

Bonne année!

Le Conseil municipal a déjà un programme législatif bien chargé devant lui : rapports sur les normes de qualité de l’entretien pour l’hiver, mise à jour de la Stratégie de gestion de la faune (laquelle est attendue en mars ou avril), Programme d’assurance des partenaires communautaires, examen du Règlement de zonage, priorisation du Plan directeur des transports et examen plus approfondi des enjeux de planification à proximité de la Ferme expérimentale.

Je veillerai à ce que vous ayez la possibilité de donner votre point de vue sur ces questions au fur et à mesure qu’elles viendront à l’ordre du jour.

Entre-temps, j’espère que vous pourrez profiter de certains des merveilleux loisirs hivernaux qui s’offrent à nous et que vous resterez en sécurité et bien au chaud tout au long de la saison.

Sincères salutations,
Laine


December 2023 Newsletter

 

Dear Neighbour,

City Council approved the 2024 budget earlier this month. You can find details below. You’ll also find a link to our College Ward progress report – a document I’m very proud to share with you, outlining some of the steps forward we’ve made over the past year.

We’ll have some exciting projects coming up in 2024, including long-promised meetings with Hydro and the continuing review of Ottawa’s zoning by-law.

Our office will be closed after December 22nd, reopening January 2nd. I’ll keep an eye on email in case of any emergencies, but otherwise we’ll get back to you in January. I also encourage you to report issues to 311 by phone or email ([email protected]).

I hope you have a safe and wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year!

Warm regards,
Laine

Chers voisins, chères voisines,

Le Conseil municipal a approuvé le budget de 2024 plus tôt ce mois-ci. Vous pouvez en consulter les détails ci-dessous. Vous trouverez également un lien menant à notre rapport d’avancement sur le quartier Collège, un document que je suis très fière de partager avec vous et qui décrit certaines des avancées que nous avons réalisées au cours de l’année écoulée.

Nous mènerons quelques projets passionnants en 2024, dont les réunions promises de longue date avec Hydro Ottawa et la poursuite de l’examen du Règlement de zonage de la Ville d’Ottawa.

Notre bureau fermera ses portes le 22 décembre en fin de journée et rouvrira le 2 janvier. Je surveillerai mes courriels en cas d’urgence, mais sinon je serai de retour en janvier. Je vous invite par ailleurs à signaler tout problème en composant le 311 ou à écrire à l’adresse [email protected].

Je vous souhaite à toutes et à tous un bon et merveilleux temps des Fêtes et une bonne année!

Chaleureuses salutations,
Laine


November 2023 newsletter

Dear Neighbour,

There are two major issues coming to Council in November.

First up is the Lansdowne Park 2.0 proposal, a proposed renewal of the financial commitment and proposed land uses of Lansdowne between the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG). There are many issues to consider about Lansdowne Park, which serves the entire Ottawa community. I want to know what you think! Fill out my online survey, below, and let me know.

The other big issue is the 2024 City of Ottawa budget. We held a public form on Oct 23 to hear from residents about their budget priorities. Read about that, and how you can get involved in the budget process, below.

I hope you’re staying warm, keeping healthy, and getting outside for the colours!

Warm regards,
Laine

October 2023 Newsletter

Dear Neighbour,

We’ve had a busy autumn so far. Over 100 people came out to our first annual Ward 8 Town Hall, discussing issues like traffic calming, in-fill, and transit services with senior City staff. It was a unique event in Ottawa and one I look forward to repeating next year.

We also took 35 residents on a tour of the LRT system so that they’ll have confidence using our public transit system in the future. If there’s sufficient interest, we will do this again in the spring. We’ll include the details in a spring newsletter when we know more.

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September 2023 Newsletter

Dear Neighbour,

Summer is quickly coming to an end, kids are back in school, and the City of Ottawa is back to its full schedule of committee and Council meetings.

We’re looking at the City budget for 2024 (and, in truth, we’ve been looking at it since the 2023 budget was adopted) and I’ll have more about that soon. At the same time, we’re dealing with OC Transpo’s shortfall and trying to find ways to improve services to residents overall.

I am also seeing several development applications that have the potential to change the character of our neighbourhoods, while providing much needed housing (though little of it will be affordable). This requires a careful balancing of our community’s desires and needs and I will continue to consult with you. More about some of these projects can be found below.

If you find these newsletters helpful, please consider forwarding them to neighbours and others who live in College Ward. I’ve met several people who don’t know I send out a regular newsletter and it would be helpful if you could spread the word.

Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you in the neighbourhood.

Laine

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