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.
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.
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.”
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.
Stephen Blais was proud to announce the protection of 238 acres of Forest in Cumberland Ward by the South Nation Conservation Authority.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.”
“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."
“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.”
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.”
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?