OECA and CAG joint AGM - November 12, 2013

Joint Annual General Meetings of Old Ottawa East Community Association (OECA) and Community Activities Group (CAG)

Tuesday November 12, 2013
Amphitheatre 1124 Guigues Building
Saint Paul University
Everyone welcome!

7:00 p.m. - registration
7:15 p.m. - annual meeting call to order, followed by a social hour

Please attend – it’s your community!

View the AGM report presentation.

CAG: board@ottawaeastcag.ca
OECA: info@ottawaeast.ca

The Old Ottawa East Community Association will be electing a new board at its annual general meeting on November 12. Most of the current board members are seeking re-election, however, a new candidate is sought for the position of secretary. The duties involve preparing the monthly meeting agenda, ensuring materials are distributed electronically in advance and preparing the minutes. Please contact info@ottawaeast.ca if you are interested in this or other positions on the board.

Lane closures at south end of Colonel By Drive beginning October 30, 2013

Work will begin on Wednesday, October 30, for the construction of a pedestrian refuge island between the two traffic lanes of Colonel By Drive. Work will continue until the end of November 2013 and will require traffic lane closures. Motorists and cyclists are asked to use the Queen Elizabeth Driveway during the work.

During the construction period, for a distance of 150 metres, the traffic lanes of Colonel By Drive, in the Hartwell Locks area, behind Carleton University’s buildings, will be closed alternately. Flag persons and directional signage will be on site to direct traffic on the opened lane of Colonel By Drive. Users can expect traffic delays. Work will be conducted Monday to Saturday, from 7 am to 7 pm, weather permitting.

On Saturday, November 2, both traffic lanes of Colonel By Drive, from Hog’s Back Road to Bronson Avenue, will be closed from 7 am to 7 pm.

The National Capital Commission (NCC) urges motorists and cyclists to respect the flag persons and the directional signage installed on the construction site to ensure their safety. Cyclists and pedestrians will be able to keep on using the Rideau Canal Recreational Pathway during the work.

Work includes the construction of a pedestrian refuge island and installation of the signage required, as well as the addition of four streetlights. Once work is completed, pedestrians and cyclists will have an easier and safer crossing point to access the Rideau Canal Recreational Pathway and the Rideau Canal shorelines.

In 2011, the NCC completed the Rideau Canal Corridor Pedestrian Crossing Study with the participation of community associations and interest groups of the area, as well as representatives from Carleton and Ottawa universities. The study identified key crossing points along Queen Elizabeth Driveway and Colonel By Drive and solutions to enhance the safety and the comfort level for crossing pedestrians and cyclists in these locations. The NCC is now proceeding with the improvement work.

Traffic advisory due to light rail construction - various locations throughout Ottawa

Upcoming ramp closures and lane reductions on Highways 417 and 174 Ottawa: Starting Sunday, October 27, the following additional off peak lane, ramp and shoulder closures on Highway 417 in both directions are scheduled to occur between Parkdale Avenue and Walkley Road and on Highway 174 between Montreal Road and the Hwy 417/174 split.

Friday, Oct 25 to Monday, Oct 28
• The southbound Vanier Parkway on-ramp to Hwy 417 eastbound will be closed for the weekend, beginning 11 p.m. on Friday until 5 a.m. on Monday.

Sunday, Oct 27 to Friday, Nov 1 (Beginning Sunday evening)
• The right shoulder of the westbound Hwy 174 will be closed in the vicinity of Montreal Road to Blair Road, overnight and daily from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
• The right and left shoulder of Hwy 417 will be closed in both directions between Innes Road and the Cyrville Road overpass, overnight and daily from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
• The left shoulder of the eastbound Hwy 417 off-ramp to Bronson Avenue will be closed nightly and daily from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The right shoulder of the northbound Parkdale Avenue on-ramp to Hwy 417 eastbound will be closed overnight and daily from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
• The left shoulder of the westbound Hwy 417 off-ramp to Parkdale Avenue will be closed overnight and daily from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct 28 to Wednesday, Oct 30
• The eastbound Hwy 417 off-ramp to Vanier Parkway will be closed nightly.

Monday, Oct 28 to Friday, Nov 1
• Hwy 417 will reduced to 2 lanes in each direction between Nicholas Street and the Cyrville Road overpass, daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Hwy 417 will be reduced to 1 lane in each direction between Nicholas Street and Cyrville Road
overpass.
• There will be alternating lane closures on Hwy 417 westbound between Walkley Road and Innes Road, overnight and daily from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
• There will be alternating lane closures on Hwy 174 westbound from Montreal Road to Blair Road, overnight and daily from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
• The northbound St. Laurent on-ramp to Hwy 417 westbound will be closed nightly.
• St. Laurent Boulevard will be reduced by one lane in each direction nightly between Lemieux Street and Tremblay Road.

Tuesday, Oct 29
• The right lane of Hwy 417 westbound will be closed overnight between Bronson Avenue and Booth Street.

Tuesday, Oct 29 to Wednesday, Oct 30
• Hwy 417 will be closed in both directions in the vicinity of Vanier Parkway to Lees Avenue for 15 minute intervals between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. Ontario Provincial Police will be on hand to direct traffic; however, motorists are urged to consider alternate routes.

Wednesday, Oct 30
• The left lane of the westbound Hwy 417 will be closed overnight between Rochester Street and
Parkdale Avenue.

Thursday, Oct 31
• The right lane of Hwy 417 eastbound will be closed overnight between the Kent Street off-ramp and Metcalfe Street.

Thursday, Oct 31 to Saturday, Nov 2
• The northbound Vanier Parkway on-ramp to Hwy 417 westbound will be closed nightly.

Signage will be in place to advise commuters of these traffic and road changes. Motorists are also reminded to respect the reduced speed limits and use caution when travelling through construction zones. Many of these construction elements are weather dependant and may be implemented later than the dates given. This work is being done as part of the Highway 417 expansion project, which began in May, and will add an additional lane in each direction, between Nicholas Street and the Split. The additional lane will be used for bus rapid transit during the 2015 to 2018 phase of the Confederation Line construction. With all of the construction-related activities underway, residents are encouraged to be flexible with commuting times, stagger work hours or use other alternative means for travel. The public is asked to consider options such as transit, walking, cycling or carpooling.

Remembrance Ceremony at Brantwood Gates - November 10, 2013

The Royal Canadian Legion (Strathcona Branch 595) and residents of Old Ottawa East welcome all Ottawans to join MP Paul Dewar, MPP Yasir Naqvi, Councillor David Chernushenko and other dignitaries, as well as representatives from Ottawa’s first-responders: Ottawa Police Services, Ottawa Paramedics and Ottawa Firefighters, to the annual Remembrance Ceremony at Brantwood Gates. There will be an Honour Guard Parade down Main Street and laying of wreaths at Brantwood Gates.

The gates to Brantwood Place were dedicated to the memory of the war dead of the First and Second World Wars. The text on the plaque mounted on the gates reads:
"Brantwood Place. To the memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice and to the honour and glory of those men and women who served in the Armed Forces, 1914-1918, 1939-1945. Praise can add nothing to their gallant worth."

ANNUAL REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY ON MAIN STREET
Sunday, November 10, 2013 – 10:30 a.m.
Brantwood Gates. Main Street at Beckwith/ Bower.
(Street will be pedestrianized and blocked to vehicular traffic for the duration)

Public open house for Rideau River Western Pathway on November 13, 2013

The second, and last, public open house for the Rideau River Western Pathway (from Belmont Street to the University of Ottawa Lees Avenue Campus) will be held on Wednesday, November 13, at Saint Paul University, 233 Main Street. The meeting will be held in Room 142, Laframboise Hall, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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