Monday, June 23, 2014

Planning Committee meets today to consider the Preston-Carling Community Design plan, which will shape our neighbourhood for decades to come. We've issued the press release below to highlight some of our concerns.

There are a number of elements that need to be amended to protect the things that matter most in our community. For more information, you can visit www.savelittleitaly.ca.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

DCA AGM, with Guest Speaker Dr. Mark Kristmanson




The Dalhousie Community Association will be holding its annual general meeting on Tuesday, April 29th at 7:00PM at the Dalhousie Community Centre.

We are very excited to welcome Dr. Mark Kristmanson, CEO of the National Capital Commission, as our keynote speaker. Our neighbourhood is bounded to the north and south by NCC land. The redevelopment of Lebreton Flats is gradually reshaping the northern portion of our neighbourhood, and the parklands along the Ottawa River and Dow’s Lake are important greenspaces to our community.

At the meeting, we’ll also provide an overview of the past year in our neighbourhood, what’s coming up in the year ahead, and elect new members of the board. This is your chance to get involved in helping make our neighbourhood a better place.


Residents Start Pedestrian Audits of the Transitway Diversion Route


More from the Albert/Scott bus diversion efforts: 

22 April 2014 | Frustrated by four months of waiting for a critical safety report on the proposed diversion of buses through their community during the Confederation Line construction,  community members will undertake their own audit Thursday night. 
Residents have been asking the City for copies of the Pedestrian and Cycling Safety Audits prepared by Rideau Transit Group in preparation for the diversion of 2500 buses a day onto Scott and Albert streets, but  City officials and RTG say the report is not ready.  
"We're frustrated because the report is supposed to be the basis of safety measures that were described in early December. If that's the case, how can it now not be ready? This is critical information for the community," says the Hintonburg Community Association's Cheryl Parrott, one of the safety audit organizers. 
The first audit will be with the Women's Initiatives for Safer Environments (wiseottawa.ca) and will look at safety on the proposed new multi-use pathway that will be built on the north side of Bayview Transitway Station through the Bayview Yards.  Residents will also do an audit of the multi-use pathways on the north side of Scott and Albert streets from Holland to Empress. There will be four teams auditing different areas, looking for issues associated with lighting, hiding places, calling for emergency help and more. 
The organizers are also planning a walkability audit in May. 
Date:  Thur Apr 24 - rain or shine
Time:  7:15pm to get instructions and audit forms
Audit start:  about 8pm - when it is dark
7:15pm Meeting at 170 Booth ( at Albert) basement meeting room CCOC building - buzz to get in.
For further information, please contact Cheryl Parrott, 613.620.9453 (c).
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Monday, April 7, 2014

Albert St. Reconstruction Open House: What you need to know

Albert St. will begin it's (long!) reconstruction process in early May. This will involve a total replacement of sewers and water mains, construction of a temporary transitway for during the LRT construction (though we are working to minimize this!), and ultimately a final reconstruction in after 2018 for a permanent design.

The city will be holding an open house on April 8th from 5-7 PM at the Dalhousie Community Centre to highlight what will be happening during the sewer reconstruction and the post-2018 design. 2018 may seem like a long ways away, but the decisions for what will be built then are being made today. It's important that you make your voice heard.

The DCA has been participating in the consultations on this project for sometime. We've put together a handy sheet of our key thoughts that will hopefully help frame yours.

Please let us know what you think!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Community Rallies to Stop the Buses on Albert/Scott Streets

Ottawa- (January 22nd, 2014) Today, residents who live near Albert and Scott streets rallied to demand that the city revisit a plan to divert as many as 2500 buses a day onto a widened roadway. They called on the city to find creative solutions that would divert fewer buses through their neighbourhood.

“Today’s rally, particularly on such a cold day, reinforces how the community has been frozen out of the decision making process for Confederation Line bus diversions,” said Dalhousie Community Association (DCA) president Michael Powell. “The current plans for diverting all Transitway bus traffic through our neighbourhood will cause a nightmare of safety, health and liveability issues. It is simply not acceptable.”

The construction of the Confederation Line will require that the Transitway between Lebreton Flats and Tunney’s Pasture be closed to bus traffic beginning in 2016. The current plan is for Albert and Scott Streets to absorb the entirety of Transitway traffic for the duration of LRT construction. The Dalhousie Community Association, along with other community groups, has pushed the city to consider diverting as many buses as possible along alternate routes, such as the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and the Queensway.

“Our community has been trying to work with the city to find a solution that allows for Transitway operations to function as normally as possible with as minimal a disruption to our community as possible,” continued Powell. “In fact, all indications that we had received were that no final decisions had been made. We were very upset to find out in December that the city, without consultation, had opted for a final plan that is the worst possible outcome for our neighbourhood.”

“The LRT is a major city building exercise and Ottawa will be better off when it is completed. We hope to work with the city and RTG to find a solution that meets all of our needs,” concluded Powell. “Nothing about the LRT means that the city can abrogate its responsibility to minimize harms during the process.”

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The Dalhousie Community Association is the volunteer organization that represents the interests of residents of Ottawa’s Chinatown, Little Italy and Lebreton Flats. For more information, visit www.ottawadalhousie.ca.

For more information:

Michael Powell, President
president@ottawadalhousie.ca

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

“2500 Buses a Day? NO WAY!”

It is not too late to change the City’s plan to widen Albert Street to 6 and 7 lanes and to run ALL of the Transitway buses down Albert during light rail construction.

Your voice is already making a difference - the City is now looking seriously at alternatives such as the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway for some of the buses.
However, concerns remain about air and noise pollution, cyclist and pedestrian safety, and traffic management. There are also fears that Albert will remain widened even after light rail opens in 2018.

We need to ensure that we get a liveable street, now and in 2018.


Here are 4 ways you can help:

1.   Attend the community rally on Wednesday, January 22, 7am to 8am

Let’s show first-hand just how unworkable the City’s plans are.

“Stop 2500 Buses” Community Rally
7am to 8 am, Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Albert @ Preston (east side)

“Stop 2500 buses” and “HELP US” signs will be available, or bring your own!

2.   Attend a community information session on January 18 or 19
View the current plans for Albert Street during and after the detour, sign a postcard to the Mayor, and chat with your neighbours about a liveable Albert Street. Light refreshments will be served.   

Saturday, January 18, 10am to 12 noon
Centretown Citizens’ Ottawa Corporation
170 Booth @ Albert (storefront on Booth)


Saturday, January 18, 2pm to 4pm
The Good Companions Seniors’ Centre 670 Albert @ Empress

Sunday, January 19, 2pm to 4pm
Plant Recreation Centre (lobby)
Preston @ Somerset



3.   Send a postcard to the Mayor today
Let’s make it clear to Mayor Watson that this issue is not going away. Send a “No to 2500 buses” postcard to the Mayor (below and hereand sign a printed postcard at the community event, the community drop-ins and local shops until January 31.


4.   Spread the word
Talk to your friends and neighbours, join our Facebook page, tweet, blog, comment online, write a letter to the editor.
Consider talking and writing about:
·      What the widening of Albert to 6 and 7 lanes and the introduction of 2500 buses a day will mean for you and your family
·      Your concerns about pedestrian and cyclist safety, noise and air pollution, and traffic management
·      Your vision of a liveable Albert Street (both during the detour and after light rail is running in 2018)






Saturday, December 7, 2013

Help keep the buses off Albert St.: ACTION NEEDED

As you may know, the city is planning on using Albert St. as a replacement for the Transitway for the duration of LRT construction. This plan will see Albert St. widened to have as many as 7 lanes to allow hundreds of buses an hour move through our neighbourhood. All this behind our homes, alongside narrow and decrepit sidewalks with no efforts to mitigate noise or emissions.
Our Hintonburg friends have a very good break down with the documents the city didn't want you to see. You can read them all here

I've posted a flyer below that outlines how you can take action to change this plan. This diversion will have devastating effects on the health, safety and liveability of our neighbourhood. There are obvious alternatives (the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, Carling, and the Queensway).

The plans for the Transitway diversion show what little regard the City bureaucracy has for our neighbourhood. They were developed in secret with no consultation with the community. Other alternative routes, even for just some of the buses, were rejected without real consideration.

Just take a look at this photo:

A Child's view of the future Albert Transitway

It's the view from a child's window onto Albert Street. As many as 300 buses per hour will be passing by this window for nearly 3 years. Was any attempt made to mitigate the effects of this, for example, by rebuilding the sidewalk and adding a green buffer between the sidewalk and the bus lane? No. They will simply add a bus lane directly beside a narrow, crumbling sidewalk.

This gives us a clear idea of the future of Albert Street.

We would like to see Albert transformed from a dangerous, high-speed corridor catering to rush-hour commuter traffic into a "complete street" that serves our neighbourhood. It makes no sense to have a highway running along the LRT.

The city's original plan was to rebuild Albert St. after the LRT is complete. However, the disingenuousness of the last few weeks brings this into serious doubt. I have real concern that once Albert is widened to 6 and 7 lanes, it will remain that way.
The City's Transit Commission will be meeting on Monday to consider this plan. 
Please email and tell them how this concerns you. If you are able, please attend the meeting. It takes place Monday at 1:30 at City Hall
Email addresses are as follows:
Mayor Jim Watson (jim.watson@ottawa.ca)
Marianne Wilkinson (marianne.wilkinson@ottawa.ca)
Councillors:
Public members
Katherine Hobbs (katherine.hobbs@ottawa.ca)
Blair Crew (blair.crew@ottawa.ca)
Diane Holmes (diane.holmes@ottawa.ca)
Justin Ferrabee (Justin.ferrabee@ottawa.ca)
Diane Deans (diane.deans@ottawa.ca)
Mark Johnson (mark.johnson3@ottawa.ca)
Shad Qadri (shad.qadri@ottawa.ca)
Emily Rahn (emily.rahn@ottawa.ca)
Stephen Blais (stephen.blais@ottawa.ca)

Rainer Bloess (rainer.bloess@ottawa.ca)
Dalhousie Community Association
Keith Egli (ward9@ottawa.ca)
president@ottawadalhousie.com
Tim Tierney (tim.tierney@ottawa.ca)



Thursday, November 28, 2013

Albert St. - The New Transitway?

Construction of the new LRT is barrelling ahead, with boring machines already working their way below downtown.

When they are done, the city will have to take the transitway offline to allow for construction of new stations and the rail line. All those busses have to go somewhere.

The current proposal seems to be to move them all to Albert St., right in our backyards. Fortunately, there's still time to make our concerns heard.

A public meeting is being held on December 3rd (Tuesday!!) at Tom Brown arena to discuss this. Bring your questions and concerns and make sure that the Rail Office and Rideau Transit Group know that we must be consulted before they make major changes to our neighbourhood.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

DCA Supports Creating New Park on OCDSB Ottawa Technical High School Lands

Tonight, the Ottawa Carleton District School Board wil consider a motion tonight that effectively confirms 2008's Escarpment Area Plan. In that plan, the OCDSB would pass over the former playing fields to the city to create a new park and would be given permission to redevelop the rest of the site for mixed-use.

The DCA supports this. Below is our letter to the OCDSB board to that effect.