We encourage feedback on any and all issues of concern to residents. Please join us at our monthly meetings to discuss issues or send an email to President@khca.on.ca. We look forward to hearing your views!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Mayor Warson's November Newsletter

General Jonathan Vance to be guest speaker at
Mayor's Breakfast Series

Each month I host the Mayor's Breakfast Series which is produced by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce & the Ottawa Business Journal. Please join me:
Thursday, November 10, 2016
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., Ottawa City Hall
With Guest Speaker:
General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defense Staff

Registration required. Click here to purchase tickets.

Ottawa River Action Plan underway

The Honourable Yasir Naqvi, Attorney General and MPP for Ottawa-Centre, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and MP for Ottawa-Centre and Mayor Jim Watson review the Ottawa River Action Plan. 

Construction on the final, and largest, of 17 Ottawa River Action Plan (ORAP) projects has started this fall. ORAP is the City of Ottawa’s roadmap for protecting the health and vitality of the Ottawa River for present and future generations. It is funded by the Ottawa River Fund, a cost-shared program with the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada.

The final project, the Combined Sewer Storage Tunnel (CSST), is one of the most important projects of the Ottawa River Action Plan. The CSST will hold up to 43,000m3 of sewer overflow during major rainfalls, which can then be treated after the rain event when flow to the treatment plant has subsided. Sewer overflow is then returned safely to the Ottawa River and improving the water quality, reducing the number of beach closures and providing a safe and clean river for recreation and sporting activities.

Two tunnels will make up the CSST; an east-west tunnel (EWT) through the downtown core from LeBreton Flats to New Edinburgh Park, and a north-south tunnel (NST) along Kent Street from Catherine Street to the existing outfall north of Wellington Street. Once completed in 2019 and in operation by 2020, the CSST will reduce the frequency of sewage overflow incidents into the Ottawa River by 95%.

In addition to reducing overflows from entering the Ottawa River, the CSST project will also reduce the risk of basement flooding for several low-lying lands in the Glebe/O’Connor area and increase operational flexibility and redundancy to major collector sewers in the downtown.

The CSST project is a more than $232-million investment in protecting the Ottawa River. This critical project is once again a great example of the ongoing collaboration between our three tiers of government.

The Federal and Provincial governments’ contribution of $62.09 million each to the CSST project, in addition to the City’s commitment of $107 million, will have a direct positive impact on the lives of Ottawa residents. Federal and Provincial funding for the CSST project demonstrates a vote of confidence in our Council’s commitment to protecting our local environment, including one of our most precious resources, our water.

City of Ottawa 2017 budget

The City of Ottawa 2017 budget will be tabled at the Council meeting on November 9, and will receive final Council approval on December 14.

I intend to continue to fight to protect the 2% tax cap I proposed to Ottawa residents in 2014, and which Council continues to support.

I believe that we can maintain an affordable City, while investing in front line services that are important to our residents. We are already acting to increase the number of police officers and paramedics who work under challenging conditions to keep our City safe. With a fast growing City – we will have 1,000,000 residents by 2019 – we need to make choices to protect and enhance our quality of life and to grow our economy. That’s why the 2017 Budget will include significant investments in our transit infrastructure and transit services. It will also deliver a historic low-income pass for Ottawa residents who are looking for a hand-up. I am also working hard with our new City Manager, Steve Kanellakos, to continue building on our investments in cycling and pedestrian facilities as well as in our parks and recreation facilities.

I will also continue to push Council to keep taxes low for the tens of thousands of Ottawa residents, including seniors, who live on a fixed income and who want to continue living in their own homes, and for the many residents in Kitchissippi, River, Capital, Rideau-Rockcliffe, Kanata North, Kanata South, Stittsville and Rideau-Goulbourn Wards, who are being hard hit by Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) assessments of their properties.

City Council will look closely at these issues as we finalize the 2017 budget, which will better serve all Ottawa residents.