is festival season in Orléans
Thus month I
would like to start off by thanking our incredible volunteers
who donated time, money and meals to combatting the Ottawa
River Flood over the past month. My wife,Laura and I spent
some time on my birthday helping Councillor Blais fill sand
bags at the Cumber-land museum and I was so heartened by
the community support for those in need.
Petrie Island clean-up has begun as the water recedes. City
staff are dealing with the problems posed by contamination
and the island remains closed to the public. Please stay
away from the water, as it still poses a risk.
Due to the closure,
CariVibe on June 15 has been relocated to Centrum Plaza.
I’m looking forward to the festival and can’t wait to see
you down there!
Block Party will be held the day before CariVibe on June
14. Come out and celebrate 10 years of arts and culture
in the heart of Orléans! There will be lots of activities
for the kids too!
For the adults,
the Orléans Beer Fest will be held on Centrum Blvd. from
June 6-8. With the Orléans Brewing Company officially open
and Broadhead moving to Lacolle Way, along with local favourites
Stray Dog Brewing Company, we are quickly becoming a destination
for great beer. If you plan on attending don’t drink and
to Stray Dog for bringing home a gold trophy from the Canadian
Brewing Awards for their Jagged Little Pilsner. With an
Alanis Morissette reference like that, you couldn’t be more
local, or make us more proud!
Ottawa is on
the lookout for a new police chief. If you have ideas on
who you would like to see in the top job, make sure to share
your comments with us.
Finally, I will
be hosting our annual Senior’s Bingo on June 21 from 9 a.m.
to noon on Centrum Blvd. Presented by Tamarack Homes, Brandon
and Megan’s No Frills and dozens of incredible local businesses.
Hope to see you there!
initiatives aim to keep our children safe
if it was your child? I hope this will only ever be a rhetorical
question for speeders in our community. What is lost on
some drivers is that speeding endangers the lives of their
own family and their neighbours.
through school zones or past school buses is a serious issue.
According to the Ottawa Police, between 2013 and 2017, there
were 858 colli-sions resulting in 213 injuries involving
school buses or occurring in school zones.
Of the 24 fatal
collisions on Ottawa streets in 2017, 41% involved excessive
speeding. This is why the City of Ottawa has been investing
in new methods to encourage drivers to slow down, especially
in sensitive areas near schools and parks.
The City has
launched a pilot project called Constable Scarecrow: a life-size
metal cut-out of Ottawa’s Constable Luc Mongeon, pointing
a radar gun at oncoming traffic. The cut-out is a deterrent
measure used to slow motorists down on roadways where speeding
is a chronic issue.
Based on a pilot
project completed in BC last September, speeds were seen
to decrease steadily in the presence of the police cut-out.
The day we launched
the program a driver was caught doing 104 km/h on Portobello
past TWO elementary schools!
deter-rence is important, but so is enforcement. This is
why the City of Ottawa is working to launch Photo Radar
later this year. Stay tuned for more information.
Perhaps the only
thing more dangerous than speeding through a school zone
is passing a stopped school bus whose lights are flashing
and stop sign out.
This is why I
have been working hard to deploy video cameras on school
buses. During a test in 2016, the camera system detected
an average of five motorists passing the stopped school
bus every day!
This week the
City launched a permanent school bus camera program. For
all the details visit www.stephenblais.ca.