Making Public Washrooms a Priority

Public Washroom Blog ImageWritten by Councillors Catherine McKenney and Tobi Nussbaum

At first glance, the public washroom may not seem the stuff of visionary city-building. Practical yes, but not obviously inspiring. However, scratch beneath the porcelain surface and it’s clear that the availability of this very necessary facility is indeed indicative of the kind of city we want to become.

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Notice of Road Closure

imagePlease take note of the following road closures due to the Albert Street construction:

Perkins Street, between Albert Street and the dead end, will be closed from Monday, 13 July to Wednesday, 15 July.

Lorne Avenue, from Albert Street to Primrose Avenue, will be closed from Thursday, 16 July to Friday, 17 July.

Local access will be maintained during the road closures and notification will be posted on site. For more information please call 311 or visit

New “Mini Bike Lane” on Preston at Albert

7d8dd35e-d451-41b1-bcc0-de0ebefc3239The City’s Rail Implementation Office recently completed work on a new “mini bike lane”, complete with bike symbols, on Preston at Albert. I requested that this work be done after I visited the site on a very cold January morning (-30C!) to look at possible safety improvements to the intersection with City staff.

I asked to have the original bulb-out modified to become a mini bike lane to improve safety for cyclists. The problem with the bulb-out is that it caused cyclists to be “pinched” by motorists as the lane narrowed after drivers passed through the intersection. In addition, two sharrows have been added to the intersection to guide cyclists to the new mini bike lane.

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Strategic Initiatives/Complete Streets Motion Passes at Committee

IMG_6493The transportation committee is the last standing committee to deal with its share of the City’s strategic initiatives.

The city has $37 million set aside this year, and an additional $25 million each for 2016, 2017 and 2018.

The committee also approved the following motion, introduced by Somerset Coun. Catherine McKenney: THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the 2015-2018 Term of Council Priorities Strategic Initiatives…be amended to read “progress in completing all road network improvement projects, including the implementation of complete streets, identified … in the Transportation Master Plan”.

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