Community Update Spring/Summer 2021

Local Farmer’s Market Returns to the Market

As always, if you are in Vanier or near Beechwood Avenue, the Beechwood Market is another option for fresh food and local goodies. 

The Market offers online click and collect, with a start date for local shopping in Optimiste park in early June.  

Visit for more information.

With Spring well underway, it is so nice to be once again able to shop at our local Farmers’ Markets in our community.  

It is exciting to share that the York Street Farmers’ Market launched on Mother’s Day weekend, and although a little wet, it was a refreshing launch of a much-needed return of local farmers to the popular district.

According to Ottawa Markets, this new Market, located on York Street, between Byward Market Square and Sussex Drive, aims to rebuild the presence of farmers, fresh food and local products in the Byward Market. 

Operating every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Throughout the season, the Market is expecting up to 36 local vendors. 

As part of the new program, I am happy to see Ottawa Markets take steps to ensure outdoor vending includes local products only. Allowing shoppers the assurance the quality products they are purchasing are indeed from nearby Ontario and Quebec farms.

Ottawa Market will play an essential role in supporting vending and outdoor programming in the ByWard Market.

Visit for more information.

The local option East of the Rideau

As always, if you are in Vanier or near Beechwood Avenue, the Beechwood Market is another option for fresh food and local goodies. 

The Market offers online click and collect, with a start date for local shopping in Optimiste park in early June.  

Visit for more information.

Tree Huggers Wanted

Lowertown & Market

Damages to trees in Lowertown & Market area along the edges and sidewalks of the park are taken seriously.  Earlier this spring, the City conducted a spring evaluation to ensure damaged and missing trees in planters are replaced and that the planter segments are adequately maintained.

Forty-two trees are available for Lowertown residents because of the trees that were removed as part of the Trinity development at Chapel and Rideau. If you have space for one of those trees on your property please reach out to us via

Sandy Hill

As we head into summer, I wanted to remind residents in Sandy Hill we can replenish the loss of tree canopy in the neighbourhood from last year, and if you are interested – you could have a tree on your property. 

As I launched this effort to replant in the community last Fall, I can report the Forestry Department and my office are still looking to add a total of 10 trees to the neighbourhood. 

Locations and interest from residents are still being sought -whether on your property or City, either may work to rebuild the important tree canopy to the area. 

If you would like to sign up for one of the 10 remaining trees available we are looking to plant in the neighbourhood, please reach out to me at 

I look forward to keeping Sandy Hill, the mature, tree-lined neighbourhood we have all come to love. 

Additionally, for Vanier and Lowertown residents – you too have the opportunity to plant in your community or front of your house, with the City’s Trees in Trust program visit for all the details.


With the City initiative Building Better Revitalized Neighbourhoods, the City, hired a consultant who identified 200 properties in Vanier which could benefit from a City tree in the front yard. All applicable owners received notice of this tree planting gift. The requirement is that landlords/owners contact our office to request, as they are required to water the newly planted species.

For more details on this initiative to replant in the front yard to help support attractive residential streets and environmental benefits to our community visit:

Renewed Commitment to Protect Trees – City wide:

Again, I would like to remind you of the newly implemented tree Bylaw that began in January 2021. Linked here:

Critical aspects of this newly active bylaw are the improvement of tree protection, formal compensation, proper tree information for distinctive tree permits, higher application fees to promote retention and pay for replacements, and a new fine designed to eliminate or reduce any economic or financial gain from contravening the bylaw.

There are two pieces of the bylaw, and the second looked at decreasing the distinctive tree size from 50 cm to 30 cm and adding a permit to work around trees. 

An important new feature includes notices on tree removal of City trees, with a notice sent to your local community association as well as a notice on the tree itself. This new process allows us to be no longer surprised when a diseased or dangerous tree is removed and that there is a coordinated approach assessing where, how and when a replacement tree is planted.

Our urban tree canopy is so essential to the fabric of our communities, and I am pleased that the City is working hard to recognize this and take the proper steps to ensure additional tree protection, increased permit costs, ensured replacement value and that information is appropriately shared. 

Diving Into a New Outdoor Pool in Vanier

Significant upgrades for Genest Outdoor Pool is just the type of big splash our community pool needed. 

Located at Optimiste Park, the pool will receive a complete overhaul. The joint funding project from the Federal Government and the City of Ottawa, the $5M budget for upgrades to our community pool includes the development of a new City-standard, 6-lane, 25-meter outdoor pool, installing a new pool deck, and creating accessible changerooms, pathways, and pool entrances.

The project involves modernizing the pool to improve accessibility and provide a safer and more enjoyable swimming experience. 

Work is intended to begin in 2023. The plan is only to lose one season of pool use. 

A popular stop in the community during the warm months, I am pleased overall we will only lose one season for this important outdoor pool modernisation project and regain a fantastic new pool and facility to enjoy for years to come. 

Stay tuned for consultation late in 2021.

Community Health- an Apparent Need for a Renewed Response

The current pandemic, among other things, has exposed gaps in our social services and community health infrastructure – notably in our neighbourhood, East of the Rideau River, where there has been a historical gap in community health services. 

The pandemic has had an even more devastating impact on vulnerable populations without access and coordination to primary health care; A community health model needs to be introduced in Vanier.

To date, I have spoken with several key health partners and leaders in Ottawa about these gaps. My discussions all highlighted the same thing; Vanier needs community health services. 

Many individuals in our community struggle with mental health and addictions issues with no access or coordinated supports available within our community. 

To bridge this service gap, a health team made up of crucial community health partners must be introduced in Vanier. 

The most significant gaps we see are with isolated seniors, families and new Canadians, in addition to those suffering from mental health and addiction issues with little outreach and adequate services.  Currently, the approach requires extreme and costly intervention by those in Emergency Services, which are ill-equipped to identify and address root causes, and coordinate supports.

The Vanier Community Services Center has already established itself as a core community service provider in Vanier, with space to grow. They are intimately familiar with community needs and have built partnerships with various community partners who could add to the range of services that they already provide – similar to the Vanier Social Pediatric Hub, which has been a resounding success to support families.

My engagement with our elected officials, the Vanier Community Services Center and other community health partners will continue. 

These are essential services that need to exist locally in Vanier.

Investing in infrastructure: Building a Better Community

Montreal Road Reconstruction (Update)

Construction has ramped up this spring.East of the Vanier Parkway will see infrastructure renewals, utility pole burial, widened sidewalks and cycling tracks. There will also be modernized public plazas at Place Dupuis, Bradley, and Emond Streets. 

For up to date information on the Montreal road construction project visit:

Residential streets in Sandy Hill: Mann Avenue, Range Road, Russell Avenue and Templeton Street

Finishing touches will be added this spring and summer, including trees and landscaping on Mann Avenue, Range Road and Templeton. 

The City is working on final landscaping plan along Mann street, including the addition of more trees.  The contractor did make a mistake at Range and Somerset E. intersection and did not implement the elevated intersection as per the approved plans.  The City will ensure correction.

The Russell Avenue will undergo a complete reconstruction this year, including new landscaping.

Vanier Residential Streets Construction

This project is an important one for our community’s ageing infrastructure on St. Denis Street, Lavergne Street and St. Monique Street. Specifically, the existing watermains and sanitary sewers will be replaced, resulting in better wastewater collection and water distribution in the area.

This project includes improvements to traffic safety such as six raised crossings, six raised intersections and four traffic calming bump-outs throughout the project site. Landscaping, planting 24 trees and improvements to the Des-Peres-Blancs, Marquette and St. Denis/Tabor streets stairs is part of the project. The renewal of existing stairs and lighting at the Tabor Avenue parkette will improve safety and accessibility.

For more details on this project visit:

Increasing Street Safety in Our Community

Safety in our community is of utmost importance, and one of the main drivers of worry is speeding along our streets.

Now, this worry will soon be a thing of the past – with the introduction of 30km/hr zones in six zones in our community.

I presented a report to Transportation Committee on April 26th and passed at Council on May 12. Link here:

The report requested to lower speeds to 30km/hr on most of our residential streets in our community. 

Residents in Lowertown, Sandy Hill and Vanier sought safer, slower and calmer residential streets. I worked with each community association and regularly connecting with residents with speeding concerns to lower travelling speeds, improve active transportation networks and increase safety. Reducing traffic speed was a goal of each association. 

The six zones within residential streets are:

1 In Sandy Hill: Laurier South to Lees Ave

2 In Sandy Hill : Laurier North to Rideau Street

3 In Vanier: Montreal North to Beechwood,  East to Cantin

4 In Vanier: Montreal North, West of the Vanier Parkway

5 In Lowertown:  The entire ByWard Market area

6 In Lowertown: St Patrick North, West of King Edward

The reduction in speeds will welcome new gateway speed signs. The new gateway speed signs are part of a broader efforts to ensure our residential streets are safe specifically for families, seniors and those with accessibility needs. 

Research on the benefits of 30km/h zones is available here:

The City is currently working to review gateways in all residential areas of our community.  The additional areas are located: 

• in Lowertown – East of King Edward, 

• in Sand Hill – West of Cumberland and East of Charlotte,  

• in Vanier – South of Montreal road.  

We are confident to be in a position to ensure all residential streets within our community will have gateway posted speed limits of 30km in the near future.

As many know, traffic speed directly impacts the safety of our streets and having gateway speed zones of 30 km/h traffic calming initiatives increases safety for all road users. The gateways are one pillar of the strategy and will be accompanied by enforcement, traffic calming measures and leverage the opportunities as we reconstruct residential streets to design with modern urban objectives. 

We want to continue to improve safety where you live and to enable safe access to parks, schools, place of worships.

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