A look back, and moving forward (IMAGE Sandy Hill, Winter 2021)

As we come closer to the end of the year, I am amazed at what we have accomplished as a community. Especially under these different, and uncertain times.

And although a new year is fast approaching, there is still much more work that needs to be done – including completing the review of the City’s 2022 Budget.

As it stands now, it is not a budget I can support without significant changes. The changes that I am working tirelessly for include ensuring there is more investments in affordable housing, a proper mental health/addictions response strategy, funding is needed for recreation spaces and youth programming and a focus on making sure transit can be a lifestyle choice including affordability and reliability for this City.

In addition to these City-wide asks, I am also focused on Ward-specific needs. These priorities include

winter maintenance and repairs to sidewalks, ensuring our community’s secondary design plans move ahead, ageing in place strategy for seniors, affordable housing developments at LRT lands.

As we review each committee budget and the entire budget on Dec. 8. 

INFRASTRUCTURE UPDATES

The Mann and Range infrastructure project was completed this year. A massive undertaking, this included Mann Avenue, Range Road, Templeton Street and Russell Avenue. The road was rebuilt with brand new utilities, road resurfacing and sidewalks. OC Transpo will also finalize bus stops in the Spring and a new planter box will be added on Mann. 

A PARK RENAMING

The final step in renaming Sandy Hill Park took place on Nov. 7th.

A beloved and innovative Inuk artist, Annie Pootoogook legacy’s was honoured initially when Sandy Hill Park was renamed Annie Pootoogook Park in the winter. We held the official naming ceremony on Nov. 7th with some incredibly special guests. Annie’s daughter Napachie Coburn attended the ceremony as well as Her Excellency, the Right Honourable Mary May Simon, Governor general of Canada and His Excellency Whit Grant Fraser. 

Leave a Comment