City, Bank Street BIA and Capital Pride to unveil rainbow crosswalks

777px-Gay_flag.svgOttawa Mayor Jim Watson, Somerset Councillor Catherine McKenney, members of the Bank Street BIA and organizers of Capital Pride Festival will unveil rainbow crosswalks during a photo op in the heart of the Village.

Location:    Intersection of Bank and Somerset streets

Date and time: Thursday, August 20, 8:00 a.m.

In case of rain, the same event will take place on Friday, August 21.

New pedestrian and cycling bridge connects Somerset and Kitchissippi wards

15H-286   024Residents travelling through Little Italy and the Civic Hospital neighbourhoods have more travel options thanks to a new bridge connecting Hickory and Adeline Streets. Until the bridge opened last week, both streets came to a dead end on opposite sides of the O-Train Trillium Line rail bed.

This bridge helps improve the connectivity to the rapid-transit network and to cycling facilities on Bayswater Avenue and Rochester Street.

This new pedestrian and cycling bridge is the first infrastructure project to be built with co-operative funding from the development community through a new innovative policy (Section 37 of the Planning Act). The budget for the project was $1.5 million.

$15Gs more would build 20 gardens in Ottawa

11894466_1073521029325053_2649758598971893145_oThe city wants to spend $15,000 more annually to build 20 new community gardens.

It was a plank in Mayor Jim Watson’s re-election campaign last fall.

Watson said Thursday the money would come out of the existing community and social services budget.

“We just don’t eat enough healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables,” Watson said after touring a lush community garden outside McNabb Community Centre.

If the 20 gardens are approved by committee and council, the annual funding for community gardens will rise to $176,337.

There are currently 59 community gardens in Ottawa. The gardens are managed by Just Food Ottawa.

The community and protective services committee will consider the spending next Thursday.

– Ottawa Sun article.


Ottawa Public Health advising residents to be vigilant during heat warning

prc-picOttawa Public Health (OPH) is notifying residents that Environment Canada is predicting that the Ottawa area will be under a heat warning effective Sunday, August 16 and Monday, August 17.

A heat warning is issued when the temperature forecast is expected to exceed 31°C during the daytime and the night time temperature is not cooler than 20°C or the humidex is expected to exceed 40°C for two consecutive days.

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Construction on East West Bikeway Connection to begin Monday, August 19

ewb_flyer_mapOn Monday, August 19, construction will begin on a new multi-use pathway through the Ottawa Tech High School field.

An off-road cycling and pedestrian facility will be provided to provide connectivity between the Laurier Avenue bike lane and the existing multi-use pathway running along the north side of Albert Street.

Further enhancements to this section of the East-West Bikeway will be undertaken following the completion of the Confederation Light Rail Transit (LRT) line post 2018. At that time a new cycling link will be established along the south side of Slater Street from Empress Avenue to Bronson Avenue.

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