Rideau Canal Crossing: Update and PAC Meeting Notes

Some changes have been made to the detailed design of the Clegg-Fifth Canal Footbridge to increase the transparency of the east side switchback and stairs. The final meeting of the Public Advisory Committee (PAC) will be held at an as-yet unscheduled time in January. For more details see the notes of the November and December PAC meeting notes. Please contact OOECA rep John Dance at john.dance.ottawa (AT) gmail.com if you have any comments.

Planning for Sesquicentennial Event: Circumnavigation of Rideau Island

Planning is underway for an event in September to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary. The circumnavigation of Rideau Island is a proposed leisurely one-day paddle up the Rideau Canal, down the Rideau River, along the Ottawa River and back on the Canal to Old Ottawa East. Rideau Island is the name for the triangular landform bounded by the Rideau Canal on the west, the Rideau River on the east and the Ottawa River on the north. For more details, see this planning document. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact John Dance (contact info is in the planning document).

Celebrating our Prime Ministers: a sesquicentennial project

As a sesquicentennial project, the OOECA will be holding monthly gatherings to celebrate Canada's 23 prime minsters. But we need volunteers to outline the lives and accomplishments of their favorite PM and lead the ensuing discussion. Are you interested or do you know somebody (Richard Gwyn where are you?) who'd like to make the case for one of our PMs? If so please contact info@ottawaeast.ca. The first gathering will be on January 30 (second one on February 27) so mark your calendars. More details to be provided closer to the date.

Soil contamination and remediation at Children's Garden

The City of Ottawa’s Environmental Remediation Unit recently found shallow soil contamination at Robert F. Legget Park and the Ottawa Children’s Garden at 321 Main St. in Old Ottawa East. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) compounds were detected at concentrations exceeding provincial standards.

Over the winter, the city will undertake a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) to determine the full extent of the contamination, then develop a plan to implement appropriate risk management measures and/or remediation of the site.

The city and Ottawa Public Health do not consider the current risk to be acute or immediate, and the contaminated soil is unlikely to have a health impact on anyone unless the soil itself was ingested. Please see capitalward.ca for further information.

Open house: Elgin Street and Hawthorne Avenue Functional Design Study - January 11, 2017

The City of Ottawa will be hosting an open house regarding the draft design for the Elgin Street and Hawthorne Avenue Functional Design Study. Registration is required by Friday, January 6.

Wednesday Jan. 11, 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Presentation at 5:30 p.m.
City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. W.

Full details and a link to register is available on the city's website.

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