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CommuniTree CONFERENCE from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Just Food Farm, Big Red Barn, 2nd floor - 2391 Pepin Court in Blackburn Hamlet. Check in and registration at 8 a.m. The Conference will include various panels, a networking break and a tour of a Community Food Forest. This is an opportunity for community members to share tree-related stories, data and projects and provide attendees with new ideas, information and resources to carry out tree-related initiatives in their communities.


HALLOWE'EN HIJINX from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum. A day of family-friendly Halloween fun at the museum! Wear your costume and explore the origins of Halloween traditions as you collect some yummy treats along the way. Complete a scavenger hunt, create your own masquerade mask and more! Cost: $19.75 per family (2 adults + children); $7.75 adults; $5.50 seniors, children and students. Children 5 and under are free.


THE GLOUCESTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY will present a talk by military historian Captain Steven Dieter entitled “From Normandy to the Scheldt.” This will take place at 2 p.m. at the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood, and will include a guided tour of the National Military Cemetery for those who wish to take it. Admission is free.


ORLEANS COMMUNITY SPAGHETTI SUPPER AND SILENT AUCTION hosted by the Orléans Lions Club from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the basement of St. Joseph Church, 2757 St. Joseph Blvd. Tickets: Adults $13 ; Children under 12 $5 available at th door or in advance from members or by sending an e-mail to orleanslions@gmail.com (or call Lion Jean Paul at 613-830-7035). Tickets include spaghetti and freshly made sauce with buns, dessert, tea and coffee. Cash bar. All profits to support Camp Banting, a summer camp for kids with diabetes.

 

NCC rejects Brian Coburn extension
By Fred Sherwin
Oct. 3, 2019

Plans to extend Brian Coburn Boulevard to Anderson Road suffered a major setback last week when the National Capital Commission rejected the proposal saying it ran counter to the Greenbelt Master Plan and could potentially have a negative impact on the nearby Mer Bleue wetland.

The NCC’s decision has angered the east end’s four city councillors who say the decision is just another example of the federal agency’s vice grip on Orléans in limiting it’s ability to address its transportation needs.

The NCC recently rejected Option 7 of the Brian Coburn Extension Environ-mental Assessment which called for the roadway to be extended along Renaud Road to Anderson Road. FILE PHOTO

“The NCC plays a major role, and has for a long time, in keeping Orléans down. They have a vice grip around Orléans because of where the Greenbelt is,” says Cumberland Ward councillor Stephen Blais. “They basically told Orléans residents that you’re going to be stuck with what you’ve got,”

The extension proposal was one of seven options to link the south part of Orléans to the Blair LRT station that were being studied as part of an Environmental Assessment being carried out by the City of Ottawa.

In July, the seven options were narrowed down to four. Two of the options include the Brian Coburn extension to Anderson Road, while the other two options call for Brian Coburn Blvd. to be linked to a widened Blackburn Bypass using either a widened Navan Road, or a new road to run parallel to Navan Road.

The prospect of all four options moving forward to the next phase of the EA depended on their receiving the blessing of the NCC, which many outside observers considered suspect at best, given the federal agency’s past reticence to support any project that would increase traffic within the Greenbelt.

The four east end councillors pushing for the Brian Coburn extension were hoping that the NCC’s support for the future Innes-Walkley-Hunt Club parkway which will run along the east side of Hwy. 417 and is technically within the Greenbelt, would reflect positively on their own plans. That didn’t happen and now the four councillors are up in arms.

Orléans Ward councillor Matt Luloff, Innes Ward councillor Laura Dudas and Beacon Hill, Cyrville councillor Tim Tierney have joined Blais in penning a letter calling on the various candidates running in the ongoing federal election in Orléans Ward to take their fight to the NCC should they get elected.

Blais admits that the eventual MP-elect would have to be a member of the government for any lobbying effort to be effective. In the meantime, the city is moving forward with the EA, which will now focus on the two options left on the table.

Option 1 would see Brian Coburn Blvd. extended past Navan Road and then link up with the Blackburn Bypass using a new road running parallel to the existing Navan Road. At the same time, the Blackburn Bypass would be widened from four to six lanes.

Option 2 would see Navan Road widened from two to four lanes from Brian Coburn Blvd. to the Blackburn Bypass, thus avoiding the need to build a new road. It also includes plans to widen the Bypass to six lanes.

All of the options include plans to build a bus transitway from the Millennium Park and Ride to the Blair LRT Station running along the hydro corridor through Avalon and then following Navan Road, the Blackburn Bypass, Innes Road and Blair Road.

According to the EA timeline, an Open House is supposed to be held sometime this month to allow area residents to provide their input on the remaining options. As of press time, the date of the Open House has yet to be made public.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

 
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