Street Name Changes and More Rideau-Goulbourn Updates

After amalgamation, streets names across the City were changed or altered to alleviate duplication. While the most obvious duplicates were changed initially, the process to correct every duplication was onerous each one took up a considerable amount of time. As a result, the process was changed in 2015 in order to get through the backlog of addressing anomalies.

In Richmond, many residents will be receiving letters about new street names within the village. The issues being addressed at the moment involve streets that are cut off by the Jock River. As many residents know, most of the streets in Richmond straddle the Jock but don’t cross the Jock. Since this could cause challenges for wayfinding and emergency services, the City will be adding cardinal directions to the ends of each street with the fewest number of addresses. For instance, there are more homes on the north end of Lennox Street than on the south end so only the southern portion will have the cardinal direction added to it.

The new streets names include King Street North, Burke Street East, Cockburn Street South, Lennox Street South, Colonel Murray Street South, Maitland Street South, Ottawa Street West, Royal York Street West, Queen Charlotte Street North, Fowler Street South and Cambrian Road West. Letters to affected homeowners will be sent by the City of Ottawa. In fact, you may have already received these letters.

While these street names present minor conflicts and can be corrected by simply adding a cardinal direction, some other streets still require full changes. Currently, the City is looking at renaming one section of Links Drive in Country Club Village. Those residents have received notification. Further on, the City will be getting in touch with residents on Hamilton Street in Richmond as well due to the conflict with Hamilton Avenue. If you have any questions on any of these, feel free to contact my office.

Construction Updates

Many of you have likely noticed that construction is coming along nicely at Manotick’s newest park located in Dickinson Square. With the grand opening slated for July 2nd, the Remembrance Park is nearing completion having just had a split rail fence installed at the rear of the property. This work was completed by staff from the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority as well as community volunteers. The entire park has been a community effort and it is exciting to see it come this far.

On another local construction project, the Manotick Arena expansion is well underway. Scheduled to continue through the fall, the City is working with the community and Arena user groups on finding ways to utilize the ice surface come October while the new space is still under construction. The new dressing rooms and community space on the second floor is scheduled to be available for use in January 2018.

As for road construction, the spring weather hasn’t been incredibly friendly to our road crews and contractors. William McEwen Drive resurfacing is nearing completion with Shea Road just getting underway after several delays due to weather. Similarly, projects on Donnelly Drive, Harnett Road, Mackey Road and Gallagher Road are advancing and will be completed over the next two months. The Gallagher and Mackey projects are both different stages of a gravel road upgrade while Harnett and Donnelly will see microsurfacing.

Household Hazardous Waste Depot

 In 2016, 17,962 participants dropped off 646 tonnes of material at the City’s household hazardous waste depots. This represents an 8% increase in participation and a 16% increase in material collected over 2015 rates. This year, the Public Works and Environmental Services department (PWES) will continue to provide collection services for household hazardous waste such as corrosive, flammable or poisonous materials; by offering free one-day mobile depots from April 30, 2017 through to October 28, 2017.

Our next depot will be held at the OC Transpo Park and Ride facility at 3355 Fallowfield Road on June 25th from 8:00am until 4:00pm. Electronic waste will also be accepted.

A Canadian Odyssey

Manotick Brass will be presenting “A Canadian Odyssey” to celebrate Canada 150 on June 24th at Knox Presbyterian Church in Manotick. This special program will feature all Canadian music including the world premiere performance of a new work titled “Aurora” by Saskatchewan composer Laura Pettigrew. The composition describes the Aurora Borealis which is so visible on the wide expanse of the Canadian prairies in northern Saskatchewan.  “Aurora” was specially commissioned for this program by the Manotick Brass Ensemble and the composer will be attending the premiere performance in Manotick on June 24.

“A Canadian Odyssey” is a musical journey which visits each province in the order they joined confederation. A short narrative introduces each province and sets the scene and a slide presentation created by Manotick resident Brian Cromie which will provide a visual enhancement of the music. 

The program features several new musical arrangements commissioned by Manotick Brass thanks to a generous grant from the Kiwanis Club of Manotick.  These include two pieces by Vancouver composer Robert Buckley, “Cathedral Grove” which describes our heritage old growth forests on Vancouver Island and “Yukon Quest” which captures the excitement of a long-distance dog sled race. 

The program also features “Alberta Cowboy Songs” by Edmonton musician Trent Worthington and several arrangements by Ottawa musician E. F. Lloyd Hiscock.  These include “La Metisse” attributed to Louis Riel and “Sunset on the St. Lawrence” attributed to Frederick Harris founder of the Frederick Harris Music Publishing Company. 

“A Canadian Odyssey” will be presented on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 commencing at 7:00pm at Knox Presbyterian Church in Dickinson Square.  Tickets are $15 and are available at Knox Presbyterian Church, Manotick Office Pro or by calling 613-822-8749.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Household hazardous waste depots help the environment - you can too!

What is household hazardous waste? It’s simple! If it’s corrosive, flammable, or poisonous it’s hazardous waste. Some examples of every day household products we use include oven and window cleaners, fluorescent bulbs, and pool chemicals. It is important that these products never be poured down the drain or put out with your regular garbage, as they will contaminate water and landfills.

As a resident of the City of Ottawa, you can dispose of these products safely at the Household Hazardous Waste Depots offered one day of the month at various City of Ottawa locations. The 2013 dates and locations are listed below. For a complete listing of acceptable household hazardous waste, please visit www.ottawa.ca.

The City of Ottawa also provides five main tips to reduce household hazardous waste:

1. Use a non-hazardous alternative:

Environmentally friendly and safer alternatives are available for household cleaning, home improvement and garden care.

2. Be a wise consumer:

If you must purchase a hazardous product, but only the amount you can use up. Avoid larger quantity, bulk purchases if you don’t need a lot.

3. Read labels:

Ensure that the product you purchase does what you want it to do before you purchase it. Once purchased, follow the instructions on the label for safe use, ventilation and storage. 

4. Give leftover hazardous products to someone who can use them:

Relatives, friends, neighbors, community groups and charitable organizations may be able to use of your leftovers.

5. Avoid aerosols whenever possible:

Much of the aerosol product ends up in the air. Purchase safer alternatives.

In 2012, Statistics Canada conducted a survey of the dispose of household hazardous waste, by province. One of the most common hazardous household products focused on was leftover paint or solvents. Statistics Canada reported Ontario as one of the provinces where over 50% residents took or sent the leftover paint or solvents to a depot or drop-off centre, precisely 63%. Only 4% of residents had put them in the garbage, 5% had returned them to a supplier or retailer, and 34% still had them sitting somewhere in the house or garage. It is great to see majority of Ontarian’s properly disposing of leftover paint and solvent however; to the 34% of residents who still have paint sitting around at home, it is important to know about the expiration of paint.

Professional painters claim that depending on how it is stored, paint can on average last up to two years after being opened. Paint cannot be stored in extreme temperatures such as extremely hot, or frigid cold weather. It is best to keep paint located in a climate where a medium temperature is reached and does not fluctuate. With that being said, it is important to remember that yes, paint does expire after an average of two years if stored properly. For more statistics on household hazardous waste by province in Canada, please visit www.statcan.gc.ca.

Household Hazardous Waste Depot 2013 Dates and Locations

Sunday, June 9, 2013

BFI Canada, 3354 Navan Road

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Waste Management, 254 Westbrook Road

Residential electronic waste is also accepted at this site.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

900 Champlain (OC Transpo Park & Ride)

Residential electronic waste is also accepted at this site.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

3355 Fallowfield Road (OC Transpo Park & Ride)

Residential Electronic Waste is also accepted at this site.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

100 Constellation (Parking Lot)

Residential electronic waste is also accepted at this site.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Drain All Ltd.

2705 Stevenage Drive, between Hawthorne Road and Russell Road, south of Walkley Road.

Spring cleaning and household hazardous waste

Spring cleaning season is upon us. The City of Ottawa would like to encourage you to dispose of your waste in safest and most environmentally friendly way. There are a number of options available for the disposal of household hazardous waste.
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