City of Ottawa's 2018 Budget

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On December 13th, City Council approved the 2018 budget. This budget maintains the predictability of the previous seven budgets in that it focuses on priorities that matter the most and carries a 2% property tax increase. You likely heard talk of a proposed 2.5% increase but that was withdrawn following the announcement that the City had a surplus for the second straight year and $10M of that surplus would be dedicated to infrastructure renewal.

In Parks & Recreation, planning and consultation will be undertaken for improvements to Beryl Gaffney Park using the master plan for that plan and the $560,000 identified in the budget. Blue Rock Park, in Kars, will see improvements, as will King’s Grant Park and Richmond Lions Park and Gordon & Ivy Scharf Park in Manotick. New parks will be created in the form of Lela Scharf Park, Mud Creek Park and the Spring Pond Parkette, all in Manotick. Also in Manotick, a new park is planned for construction in the new Riverwalk development. Sarah McCarthy Park will be constructed in Richmond. The total funding commitment for these parks, using 2017 and 2018 budget dollars, is $1.7M.

When it comes to traffic improvements, planning is slated for the intersections of Prince of Wales Drive & Bankfield Road, Prince of Wales Drive & Barnsdale Road, First Line Road & Bankfield Road and Rideau Valley Drive & Barnsdale Road. Previously budgeted works are also expected to be carried out this year at Moodie Drive and Fallowfield Road.

The biggest issue across the City, and in every other municipality for that matter, is infrastructure renewal. For 2018, Rideau-Goulbourn will see the resurfacing of Rideau Valley Drive South as well as a small portion of Fallowfield Road around Moodie Drive. Another major renewal project for 2018 is the McBean Street Bridge. There will also be many culvert replacements throughout the ward. In cases like Rideau Valley Drive North, these culvert replacements are the precursor to full resurfacing. The previously mentioned $10M injection into renewal will be discussed early in the new year as recommendations are presented to the Finance & Economic Development Committee on how to allocate those funds.

In other areas, the 2018 budget adds 25 new Ottawa Police officers, 14 new paramedics, $100,000 for rural transportation to be distributed through service agencies, including Rural Ottawa South Support Services. This budget also sees increases to social services spending and increased transit to suburban growth areas as OC Transpo continues to prepare for the opening of LRT in 2018.

If you have any questions about any of the items listed above or anything else on the budget, please do not hesitate to contact me.

North Gower Client Service Centre

Please note that the Client Service Centre in North Gower will be closed on Thursday, December 28th and Thursday, January 4th. Normal hours will resume on Thursday, January 11th. With that said, I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Onward and upward to 2018!

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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.

It's time to celebrate Canada! Here's what you need to know

Come join the festivities in North Gower!

1:00 pm – Annual Bike Parade

Decorate yourself and your bike in Canada’s Colours and/or theme and join us at the North Gower Marlborough Public School for a parade down to the Alfred Taylor Centre. Prizes for the most unique. All ages welcome to participate. For Safety reasons please encourage your children to stay behind the lead Fire Truck.

1:30 pm - Opening Ceremonies

Join us at the pavilion for the singing of O Canada, greetings from our elected representatives, the judging of the bikes and a slice of cake.

1:45 pm - Rides and Activities

Fun for everyone – Gumball bouncing house, volcano climbing wall, kiddie slide, 65’ obstacle course, dunk tank, cow milking, plinko, or challenge friends to the wrecking ball.

Fireworks at Dusk (Raindate – July 2/13)

Bring your lawn chair, relax have a chat with your neighbours, and enjoy the show. Many thanks to our Volunteer Firefighters. 

Canada Day Safety Tips

  • Check the weather and prepare for hot temperatures and the possibility of rain
  • Know the signs and symptoms of heat illness and take action immediately
  • Drink plenty of water and keep hydrated when active or outdoors
  • Be Sun Smart - wear sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and light and loose clothing
  • Do not bring glass containers downtown as they may accidently break and cause serious injuries to you or someone else
  • Wear proper and comfortable shoes –if you head downtown, roads near the Hill are closed to vehicles, so you will be doing lots of walking
  • If you take medication, bring it with you and include a current list of prescribed medications
  • If you do not feel well, please stay home
  • If you are heading downtown to see the fireworks, keep within designated areas only—fences protect you from danger, do not climb over them to get a better vantage point of the fireworks
  • Keep a close eye on children and teach them to stay where they are if they get separated from you and know where the nearest lost child tent is located
  • Refrain from or minimize consumption of alcoholic beverages
  • If consuming alcohol. use Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines to protect yourself and your loved ones:
    • Set limits for yourself and stick to them.
    • Drink slowly – have no more than two drinks in any three hour period.
    • For every drink of alcohol, have one non-alcoholic drink.
    • Eat before and while you are drinking.
    • Always plan for a safe ride home.

Fireworks Safety

To minimize the risk of fire and burn injury, the Ottawa Fire Services recommends that everyone attend public fireworks displays organized and monitored by fireworks experts. (Like the one in North Gower!)

We would also like to remind who are planning to use fireworks this Canada Day weekend to practice caution and comply with the Fireworks By-law to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday.

The City’s Fireworks By-law outlines the rules around fireworks use. Anyone planning to have fireworks displays over the Canada Day weekend should do so in a safe and courteous manner.

Consumer fireworks may be discharged on the day of, the day before or the day after Canada Day. They must be discharged by someone 18 years or older, and on private property, with permission of the property owner. The fireworks display must not cause danger or nuisance to any person or property.

It is also important to note that the sale of consumer fireworks, except on Canada Day and the seven business days immediately preceding Canada Day, is prohibited.

Display fireworks, such as those on Parliament Hill and smaller-scale versions at public parks on Canada Day weekend, may only be discharged by someone over 18 who holds a permit issued by the Ottawa Fire Chief. Applications for these permits must be submitted 30 days before the intended display.

Firecrackers are prohibited from being used or sold in the City of Ottawa or Province of Ontario. Anyone selling, purchasing or using firecrackers within the City of Ottawa is in violation of the Fireworks By-law as well as provincial law.

Please review Ottawa’s Fireworks By-law on ottawa.ca for further details. Residents wanting more information or having questions about the Fireworks By-law can contact 3-1-1.

If you still choose to have a family fireworks or an informal neighbourhood display. Here are some important safety tips to be followed: 

  • Purchase your fireworks from a reliable source.
  • Always read and follow the label directions exactly.
  • Adults must supervise the lighting and handling of fireworks at all times.
  • Always keep water handy (a garden hose or bucket of water).
  • Discharge fireworks away from combustible materials, including buildings and trees.
  • Keep children and spectators a safe distance away from fireworks when the fireworks are discharged.
  • Light only one firework at a time.
  • Never re-light a “dud” firework (wait 15 to 20 minutes, then soak it in a bucket of water).
  • Never give fireworks to small children, including sparklers. While sparklers are often considered harmless fun, they can burn twice as hot as a typical kitchen oven (they can burn at 650 C or 1,200 F), can ignite clothing, and cause eye damage and burns.
  • Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then disposing of them in a metal garbage can.

For more information on fireworks safety please visit Ottawa.ca/fire.

Ice Safety Awareness: Think twice before venturing onto the ice

The Ottawa Drowning Prevention Coalition wants to remind residents that when the temperatures go down, awareness of the dangers of being on or around ice and open water needs to go up. When water begins to freeze on rivers, lakes, the Rideau Canal and other open bodies of water it may look solid but is often still dangerous.
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