Parks Canada update on work to repair the Rideau Canal walls (along Colonel By between Bank and Pig Island)

Update from Parks Canada:

"Parks Canada began work on repairs to the Rideau Canal walls between Bank Street and Pig Island in November 2016. Repairs have progressed well and concrete refacing of the walls inside the canal is now complete. The next phase of work will be on the top portion of the wall, known as the coping, before shifting to address the trail, railings, and light standards in May. This phase of the project to repair the Rideau Canal walls in downtown Ottawa is expected to be complete in spring 2017.

In January 2017, Parks Canada issued a bulletin to the public providing notice that contaminants had been identified in the canal bed sediment in the area of the construction site. A contract to conduct additional testing in the Rideau Canal in downtown Ottawa, from Hartwells Locks to the Ottawa Locks, has now been finalized. The tests will seek to identify the scope and extent of contaminants within the Rideau Canal, begin the process of risk assessment, and inform the appropriate environmental protection measures for any future work that might disturb the sediment within the canal. These tests are expected to take place in late April when the ice has cleared from the canal. Once the testing is complete, Parks Canada will take all necessary steps to update the Federal Contaminated Sites Inventory.

The Ottawa stretch of the Rideau Canal has a rich history of commercial and industrial uses and is also in the middle of a heavily populated urban area. As a result of this legacy, precautions are always taken when conducting repairs because of the potential presence of contaminates associated with the canal’s past use and its location. Contaminated sediment presents a very low risk to the public as this type of contamination is generally only a concern if there is dermal contact or ingestion. Additionally, Parks Canada is taking a precautionary approach to ensure that the repairs are conducted in the most responsible manner.
This project along the Rideau Canal walls is part of Parks Canada’s unprecedented $3 billion dollar investment over 5 years to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway, and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas across Canada. These historic investments will halt the loss of nationally significant built heritage and stimulate the economy in communities across the country. "

R4 consultation extended until May 31, 2017

The City of Ottawa previously requested that all interested stakeholders send their comments on the R4 Zoning Review by April 19, 2017. That deadline has been extended until May 31, 2017.

You can read the city's Discussion Papers on the project website.

To submit your comments:

Mail:
R4 Zoning Review
c/o Tim J. Moerman
Ottawa City Hall, Mail Code 01-14
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th floor
K1P 1J1
Fax: (613) 580-2459

Email: tim.moerman@ottawa.ca or R4zoning@ottawa.ca

Watershed Conditions and Flood Watch

The City of Ottawa is currently monitoring water levels along the Rideau River and the possible impact on houses/neighbourhoods in close proximity to the river. Should the situation escalate, the city will issue a Public Service Announcement (PSA).

In the meantime, the city will be communicating on social media on the following items:
-ponding-unwanted water on roadways
-keep kids away from the water

Please follow the city on Facebook and Twitter to get further updates. Residents can also find more info on the City of Ottawa website.

You may also wish to read about the 610 Action Plan for Brantwood Park/Old Ottawa East here.

Sesquicentennial celebration of our prime ministers - Sir Wilfrid Laurier on March 28

Richard Clippingdale will be helping us to better understand the life and times of Sir Wilfrid Laurier. Richard is the former Director of Canadian Studies at Carleton University, where he remains currently as an adjunct professor. This is the first of a series of talks to celebrate Canada’s prime ministers organized by the Old Ottawa East Community Association (OOECA).

7:00 p.m., Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
Free but pre-registration appreciated at info@ottawaeast.ca
All are welcome to attend!

More information is available on the OOECA home page.

City of Ottawa R4 Zoning Review Update - draft recommendations available

Please visit our planning page for an update on the City of Ottawa's R4 Zoning Review. A draft set of recommendations has been posted and comments are due April 19, 2017. A link to the recommendations is available from our planning page.

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