In order to usher in an era of predictability and to maximize investment, the City of Ottawa has presented both the 2013 and the 2014 Rate Budgets together.
Although the City has proposed a seven per cent increase in each of 2013 and 2014, it is important to note that over 70 per cent of these funds will be invested directly in improvements in physical infrastructure.
Included in these improvements are significant infrastructure upgrades for Kanata South: a new water main service to be installed on Hazeldean Road, a major upgrade to our pumping station, and a $10 million upgrade to our storm water system.
The proposed seven per cent increase works out to about under $4 per month for the average household. This is the price we have to pay for the best drinking water in Canada according to all ten standard measures, and to ensure we make the necessary investments to protect the health and safety of all residents.
WEEK IN REVIEW:
On February 11, I had the pleasure to tour the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa with Laureen Harper, and meet with at risk youth who have been helped by YSB and their staff. As a strong advocate for youth mental health, her visit was the national launch for Bell’s “Let’s Talk” day. I am thankful for her support for this cause, and for the awareness she has helped bring through her tireless involvement. Mrs Harper and I co-chaired the Kaleidoscope of Hope Gala last fall.
I also participated in a roundtable discussion about National Capital Area Crime Stoppers and youth. As a strong supporter of Crime Stoppers, I know how critical it is for their organization to work with the youth in our community. Finding a way to work together to stop crime, ensures we all live in a safer place.
On February 15, I spoke to a Police Foundations Class at Algonquin College about the impact that bullying can have on a victim and their family. It is crucial that our future law enforcement officials understand the severity of this issue.
March 6, 2013 – Women’s Day Celebration: I will be hosting my annual Women’s Day Celebration at the Kanata Recreation Centre in Salon A. Light refreshments will be served and my musical guest will be Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee Gail Gavan and her band. This year’s guest speaker will be Dr. Kellie Leitch Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and to the Minister of Labour. I am also pleased to announce my celebrity master of ceremonies is Sandy Sharkey. The event will be held from 6:30-9:00pm with free admission and attendance open to everyone.
We are preparing a quarterly e-newsletter to keep residents informed on activities in the ward and at city hall. To be added to the recipient list, please email my office or visit my website.
WORKING FOR KANATA SOUTH:
It is my privilege to serve as your Councillor and to be a strong voice your family at City Hall. Please feel free to contact my office with any concerns or comments, by phone: 613-580-2752, or by email: Allan.Hubley@ottawa.ca. You can also visit my website for more information: www.councillorallanhubley.ca or follow me on Twitter: @AllanHubley_23.