Mar 14

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From the Healthy Transportation Coalition.  Please note that the WVCA often posts local events that may be of interest to our members, and does not necessarily endorse the content of the events.

 

Road user fees: key to sustainable urban transportation

The Healthy Transportation Coalition and community partners are hosting an important event on March 28th on the topic of Road User Fees: Key to Sustainable Urban Transportation. Featuring guest speakers:

– Graham Haines, Research Manager, Ryerson University City Building Institute
– Dale Beugin, Research Director, Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission
– David Chernushenko, Chair, Environment and Climate Protection Committee, City of Ottawa
– Vijay Gill, Assistant Vice President (North America), CPCS Transcom Ltd.
– Valérie Assoi, Steering Committee member, City for All Women Initiative; and
– Kristie Daniel, Program Director, Livable Cities, HealthBridge

WHEN: March 28, 2017 at 6:30pm – 9pm

WHERE: Marion Hall – Auditorium, University of Ottawa, 140 Louis Pasteur, Ottawa, ON  K1N 1A2

The event is FREE, but please RSVP here:
http://healthytransportationcoalition.nationbuilder.com/road_user_fees_key_to_sustainable_transportation

Background: There is a steadily increasing interest in applying user-fees to city and provincial roads, both as a means of funding improved public transit options and at the same time covering spiralling road maintenance costs. In Toronto, City Council has recently proposed tolls on two major municipal highways: the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway.

This idea has been widely applauded by experts such as Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, Pembina Institute, Ryerson University City Building Institute, and the Institute of Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. All see road pricing as a realistic solution to the increasing traffic congestion problems in Canada’s major cities, and as a more equitable way to pay for roads than the current ever-changing mix of municipal/provincial/federal funding.

Other Canadian cities, including Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, and Vancouver, and the province of Nova Scotia, are discussing similar ideas, and there is a wealth of international experience to draw on as well. There is no reason why Ottawa cannot move in this same direction, and that is why we have decided to facilitate an important dialogue on this topic. The event will include specific focus on issues of fairness and equity.

This event is sponsored/supported by Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, City for All Women Initiative, The Council on Aging of Ottawa, Greenspace Alliance of Canada’s Capital, Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group, Healthy Transportation Coalition, uOttawa Ontario Public Interest Research Group, Sandy Hill Community Health Centre, Walk Ottawa, and Wilderness Committee.

 

Mar 12

FCA greenspace Survey

From our friends at the FCA:

The Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa is requesting that you take 2 minutes to full out our short greenspace survey on greenspaces in your neighbourhoods. These spaces are vital to the health of our city and we want to know how your CA is dealing with green issues in your local community.

You can find a link to the survey here:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZQTL962

Mar 08

WVCA Meeting – Agenda for March, 2017

WVCA Agenda – 2017-03.  All are welcome at 7:00pm (note the earlier time) on Tuesday at Fisher Park Public School.  We hope to see you there.

Mar 02

City of Ottawa Community Environmental Projects Grant Program

From the City of Ottawa:

Are you looking for an opportunity to put your environmental ideas into action? The City of Ottawa is now accepting applications for the 2017 Community Environmental Projects Grant Program (CEPGP).

CEPGP provides funding to community groups and non-profit organizations to undertake environmental stewardship projects that support an environmentally sustainable Ottawa.

The application deadline is Friday, March 31 at 4:00 p.m.

Successful CEPGP grant recipients must complete their projects within one year of receiving their funds. For details on eligibility criteria, the application process, profiles of past projects, and to download an application form, please visit the City of Ottawa website.

For more information on CEPGP, please contact Jen Brown, CEPGP Co-ordinator, at 613-580-2424 x27914 or at cepgp@ottawa.ca.

Mar 02

WVCA Minutes: February 2017

Find attached: WVCA Minutes – 2017-02-17

Feb 16

Ottawa Race Weekend call for volunteers

From the Organizing Committee of Ottawa Race Weekend:

On May 28, the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon comes north along Fairmont to Wellington, then along Wellington to Richmond Road. We are celebrating Canada 150. The theme for the event is to Run across Canada. In the stretch of road just described will be the Manitoba section of the route. We are looking for community involvement to cheer the runners as the make their way by. If you want to be included in our Cheering Contest let me know and I will put you in touch with our Cheering Coordinator.

 

Feb 16

LRT: Tunney’s Noise Exemption Overnight February 13th and February 17th

From the City of Ottawa:

There is an application for a noise exemption in order to drill two geotechnical boreholes (GB-3 and GB-4 from the attached .pdf) for the future bridge at Tunney’s Pasture that will replace the berm that is in use today.

The application is requesting that work occur overnight between February 13th and February 17th. The rational for the exemption is that the boreholes are to be drilled on the ramp that is how the buses access Tunney’s Pasture Bus Loop from the trench. As such there is a smaller than normal window for the work to occur between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

We checked in with the Councillor to see if this work can be done any earlier.  They note that the drilling is expected to take about 5-6 hours.

Feb 08

Iona Street Reconstruction Meeting

The City is holding an Open House about rebuilding Iona Street on Thursday, February 23rd from 7 to 9pm at the Fisher Park Community Centre.

Feb 08

WVCA Meeting – Agenda for February, 2017

WVCA Agenda – 2017-02.  All are welcome at 7:00pm (note the earlier time) on Tuesday at Fisher Park Public School.  We hope to see you there.

Feb 03

Public Information: Closing 417 Carling Onramp

From the MMM Group (the engineering group responsible):

The purpose of this message is to invite you to attend the second Public Information Centre (PIC) for the above-noted Ministry of Transportation (MTO) Detail Design and Environmental Assessment Study. The first PIC was held in June 2016. The second PIC is scheduled as follows:

Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location:
St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall
523 St. Anthony Street
Ottawa, ON

 

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