Maple Grove, a lasting legacy
Cumberland Ward City Councillor and environmental steward Stephen Blais is happy to announce the Canada 150 Maple Groves project, which has planted 150 trees at Aquaview Park near the Avalon Pond in Orléans.
“I’m thrilled to see that we are able to make this significant environmental contribution,” says Blais. “It’s an investment that will be paying off for many years to come.”
Cumberland Ward communities participate in Cleaning the Capital
Cumberland City Councillor and environmental steward Stephen Blais joined hundreds of volunteers in Navan and Chaperal as part of the City of Ottawa’s GLAD Cleaning the Capital.
“Volunteerism is an important component to help keep a community strong and vibrant for families,” said Councillor Stephen Blais. “I would like to thank and recognize the tremendous work these volunteers did to help clean-up our community.”
169 new trees being planted this Spring
Cumberland Ward City Councillor and environmental advocate Stephen Blais is happy to announce that 169 new trees will be planted in his ward for his annual tree-planting initiative.
Cumberland City Councillor and environmental steward Stephen Blais, joined by volunteers from Tree Canada and TD Friends of the Environment, to plant 450 new trees in Yves Richer Park (Queenswood Heights) after the woodlot was devastated by the Emerald Ash Borer.
Annual spring planting of hundreds of new trees
Stephen Blais is proud to continue with his yearly commitment by securing additional tree planting in Orléans and throughout Cumberland Ward. This includes tree planting in parks, City facilities and along streets.
Hundreds of trees being planted in Cumberland Ward
Cumberland City Councillor Stephen Blais is pleased to announce that hundreds of new trees will be planted to help reforest our community by replacing trees that have been recently damaged or lost to disease.
“It is incumbent upon us to support our environment for residents of today and the future,” says Blais. “In addition to improving air quality, trees can really turn a dull looking area into something more relaxing and enjoyable.”
Ottawa Rural Clean Water Grants Program to be renewed
Cumberland City Councillor Stephen Blais is proud to support the City’s effort to bring cleaner water to Ottawa’s environment through local businesses and farms.
Major environmental protection plan brings green sanctuary to east end
Stephen Blais was proud to announce the protection of 238 acres of Forest in Cumberland Ward by the South Nation Conservation Authority.
Councillor Blais introduced a motion seconded by Mayor Watson to secure another $25,000 to support Dump this Dump 2 in their efforts against the Taggart Miller proposal in Carlsbad Springs.
New trees being planted across Cumberland Ward
Councillor Stephen Blais is proud to deliver on another commitment by securing additional tree planting in Orléans and throughout Cumberland Ward. This includes tree planting in parks, at City facilities, and along streets.
Whereas the City has provided $75,000 of Intervener funding to the West end community groups to assist in responding to the environmental assessment for the expansion of the Carp Landfill,
And Whereas the City approved $50,000 of Intervener funding for the East end community groups to assist in responding to the Environmental assessment for the Capital Region Resources Recovery Centre,
Therefore be it Resolved that the contribution for the east end community groups be increased by $25,000 to be funded from the One-time and Unforeseen account and that the agreement with the east end group be amended accordingly.
Cumberland City Councillor Stephen Blais, is pleased to announce hundreds of new trees will be planted by the City of Ottawa in Orléans to help enhance streetscapes.
“Tree’s really complete a community,” says Blais. “In addition to increasing property values, they help improve air quality – and as someone who suffers from asthma I know first hand how important that is.”
Re: Time to pay the piper, Feb. 1.
As a fiscally prudent person I'm naturally averse to hiking any fee above the rate of inflation. However, when faced with these decisions, I often think of a Chinese proverb "A closed mind is like a closed book; just a block of wood."
Without casting stones, inaction by previous councils has allowed our water infrastructure to seriously decay. This poor management is going to cost all of us a little bit more today because the cost of continued inaction is so much higher tomorrow - both for our pocket books and for our quality of life.
Taxpayers to save $10 million with the new contracts
Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais is pleased that the City of Ottawa is moving forward with another fiscally responsible action with the recent award of the East Zone Solid Waste Collection contract to the in-house bid.
“As a fiscal conservative, I am pleased that $10 million will be saved with the new contracts that will take effect in November 2012,” says Blais. “Residents can be confident that the award of the East Zone to the in-house bid showed it to be the most competitive and cost-efficient option for the City.”
Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais was on hand as the City of Ottawa added to its growing fleet of environmentally friendly vehicles this week with the purchase of its first electric plug-in car, a 2012 Chevrolet Volt.
“I am very proud to announce that the City of Ottawa will be one of the first municipalities in the country to use an electric car,” said Blais. “This is an opportunity for us to reduce our fuel consumption and show that we are serious about green technologies that make both economic and environmental sense."
The $250 million dollar Ottawa River Action Plan aimed at reducing combined sewer overflows into the Ottawa River has paid immediate dividends for the City of Ottawa and residents of Orléans and Cumberland by cutting discharges by more than half compared to measurements of four years ago.
“Orléans and Cumberland residents told me loud and clear during the election they want the Nation’s Capital to be a world leader in the controlling sewer discharge into our river,” said Councillor Stephen Blais, Councillor for Cumberland Ward. “Our neighbours want a clean river and this is the way to reach our goal of reducing these runoffs and eventually eliminating them.”
In celebration of Earth Day, Councillor Stephen Blais planted a red maple tree, donated by J. A. Laporte Flowers and Nursery, at the Avalon Lake.
This year’s theme for Earth Day is “Billion Acts of Green”.
“In coming years, hundreds of trees will be planted around the lake through the City’s Community Tree Planting Initiative,” says Blais. “This is an opportunity for our community to come together to enrich the neighborhood and environment we live in.”
The city's campaign to change our ways on waste has been muddled at best. joanne chianello looks at what's gone wrong so far
How do you convince people to alter their lifestyle habits - routines they've had for decades - especially when those changes can be conceived as causing inconvenience, a cut in tax-paid services and a reeking mess?
Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais is pleased to announce that he has kept another promise by generating new streams of revenue through the generation of solar electricity on city owned rooftops.