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BudgetSpeak 2018 - Tuesday, October 17

You are invited to join Councillors Chernushenko, Fleury, Leiper, McKenney and Nussbaum for BudgetSpeak, an evening session focused on moving four key priority areas forward via the City of Ottawa budget.
Following a similar format to last years’ event, this session will consist of short plenary presentations with opportunities to provide input on four themes:
- Winter walkability and accessibility
- Arts, culture and music
- Social services and housing
- Reducing our carbon footprint

For more information and to RSVP, please visit the BudgetSpeak website.

Public information meeting re: replacement of the Highway 417 Nicholas Street Underpass on October 25

A Public Information Centre (PIC) will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, to provide stakeholders and the public with an opportunity to review
and comment on the proposed design, anticipated and potential environmental effects, and proposed mitigation for the replacement of the Highway 417 Nicholas Street Underpass. The PIC will be held from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Normandin Room at Saint Paul University, 223 Main Street. You are also invited to attend a one hour advanced session scheduled from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm where members of the project team will be available at the PIC to discuss the project and answer any questions you may have. Following the PIC, digital copies of the PIC display materials will be posted to the project website.

The scope of the work includes:
- Full replacement of the existing bridge on a new alignment immediately west of the existing bridge;
- Re-alignment of the associated interchange ramps (specifically, ramps in the northwest and southwest quadrants) as required by the new bridge
alignment;
- Short extension of the fourth Highway 417 through lanes in each direction, to just west of the Nicholas Street Underpass; and
- Construction of related works, including drainage, illumination, and roadside protection barriers

Time Lapse Video of Rideau Island Circumnavigation Event

On September 9, the community association organized a circumnavigation of the part of Ottawa between the Rideau Canal and Rideau River. This was part of the association's celebration of Canada's 150th birthday. Check out this time lapse video from the trip!

Sesquicentennial Prime Ministers Book Club - Louis St-Laurent


7:00 p.m., Monday, September 25, 2017
Room L120, 233 Main Street, Saint Paul University

Dr. Xavier Gélinas will be helping us better understand the life and times of Louis St-Laurent, prime minister during the dynamic
years after the Second World War. As former Privy Council Clerk Gordon Robertson has said, "St-Laurent's administrations […]
probably gave Canada the most consistently good, financially responsible, trouble-free government the country has had in its
entire history." Included in his accomplishments were Canada’s membership in NATO, becoming an active “middle power,” and,
on the domestic front, the creation of large-scale projects structuring Canada's economy and sense of nationhood, such as the
Trans-Canada Highway, the St. Lawrence Seaway and the CBC / Radio-Canada television networks.

Dr. Gélinas is the Canadian History Museum’s Curator of Political History. His work involves enriching and documenting the
collections of artifacts and documents, while enhancing public knowledge of Canada’s political history through exhibitions,
publications and other activities. He was a driving force behind the new Canadian History Hall and Canada: A People’s History,
broadcast on CBC. And he has written extensively on Maurice Duplessis and René Lévesque. Xavier Gélinas has a Bachelor’s
and a Master’s degree in History from the University of Montréal, and a PhD from York University.

More details and a picture are included in the event poster.

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