On March 4, I attended my first Transportation Committee meeting as Vice-Chair. The meeting focused on the proposal for Downtown Moves: Transforming Ottawa’s Streets. Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit is scheduled to begin operation in 2018. The idea behind the Downtown Moves Study is to provide a plan for how people will move through Ottawa’s downtown once LRT decreases bus activity in the downtown core from 2,600 to 600 buses daily.
Although the study provided several interesting proposals, I was very disappointed to see that a report costing over half a million dollars, detail on how many parking spots would be lost. I want to be sure that Kanata taxpayers are getting good value for their hard earned tax dollars. The fact is that most people travelling from Kanata to downtown will travel by car, and I don’t want to see cycling lanes replace the parking spots you rely on. I will not support projects coming out of the Downtown Moves report until I know exactly how much it will cost, and what impact it will have on people driving from Kanata.
On March 7, I was honoured to have my name placed on the Wall of Inspiration, along with fellow United Way Community Building Award recipients. I look forward to continuing work on youth mental health issues and anti-bullying initiatives in the future.
April 6, 2013 – Community Breakfast: I will be hosting a community breakfast at Don Cherry’s Bar and Grill featuring celebrated journalist and Sun TV personality Brian Lilley as a guest speaker. The cost will be $15.00 per person with all net proceeds being donated to the Kanata Food Cupboard. The breakfast will go from 9:00-11:00am.
March 18-April 14, 2013 – Kanata Leisure Centre and Wave Pool: The KLC will be closed for scheduled annual maintenance. Work will be done on the building as well as the pool itself. This process is done every year to ensure that all city facilities are up the high standards we all expect, while continuing to prioritize the safety of residents.
If you do not wish to use your recreation pass at any other city facility during the maintenance period, you can apply to have your pass suspended and the time reapplied to your membership once the facility reopens. To obtain an extension, please fill out a Membership Extension Application at the Customer Service Counter of any City of Ottawa recreation facility.
Spring – Eagleson Road: I have requested instillation of “Pedestrians Ahead” warning signs facing northbound and southbound traffic on Eagleson Road approaching Romina Street/Emerald Meadows development. These signs will be installed in early spring.
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 list, please email my office.
Working for Kanata South:
It is my privilege to serve as your Councillor and to be a strong voice for 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.