HWY 174

Widening of HWY 174 Moving Forward

Councillor Stephen Blais today kept another campaign promise today by securing City Hall’s support to partner with the Ontario government to conduct an environmental assessment (EA) on widening HWY 174.

“For too long, the road network in the East End had been left to deteriorate while suburban development continued,” says Blais. ”This idling approach by previous City Councils forced East End commuters to waste valuable time in traffic rather than have more time at home with their families.”

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OC Transpo

Bus riders pack final open house

Citizens' concerns will be considered: transit chair

City staff and councillors have a lot of feedback to sort through after east-end transit riders packed the house again for the final public consultation on proposed OC Transpo route changes.

Transit commission chairwoman Diane Deans said she couldn't say how drastically the plan presented to the public will change, but said the public's concerns will play a major role in the redesign.

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Community Engagement

Blais Tours Avalon Public School to View SMART Board technology

Councillor Stephen Blais, Vice Chair of the City of Ottawa’s Information Technology (I.T.) sub-committee toured Avalon Public School to view the school’s newly purchased SMART Boards. SMART Board technology is becoming increasingly more popular in schools as it serves as an interactive whiteboard to help improve learning outcomes for students.

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Garbage and Recycling

Residents wary of biweekly garbage pickup

Fewer than half in favour of plan after public consultations

Despite public consultations that indicated more than half of respondents are against biweekly pickup of curbside garbage, that is exactly the policy city staff is recommending.

From late last year to early February, the city carried out "extensive public consultations," including a random telephone survey of 2,003 residents, to get feedback on various service options that staff was considering.

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