Rapid Bus Corridor Coming to Baseline Rd

As we reported in October on our website and in the newsletter, the city is planning major improvements to the bus transit service along Baseline Road. The first phase will involve the eastern section of Baseline, from Woodroffe to Heron and on to Billings Bridge.

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Sample image for reference only. Not an actual plan.

The plan calls for two bus-only lanes in the centre of the road, with fewer frequent stops. Passengers will board the bus at platform-stations built at each stop, with traffic lights to control access. The roadway will be widened to keep two lanes in each direction for cars, and add a protected bicycle lane and a sidewalk on the side. The design implements a new intersection design to shelter pedestrians and cyclists from turning vehicular traffic by increasing separation and improving visibility. The residential section of Baseline in our community, along the experimental farm, will feature a bicycle/pedestrian “multi-use pathway” on the north side. In Fisher Heights, most of the expansion for the wider roadway will be on the north side, but the plan foresees that local homes on Baseline Road would lose the city boulevard in front of their homes.

Work began on the project several years ago, and the latest plans were released last fall at a public Open House. The proposals will now be considered by the Transportation Committee of City Council in early February. Detailed design planning is anticipated in 2017 and 2018, but construction is at least several years away, and depends on additional funding from provincial and federal sources.

These are some of the details about the section that affects the Association’s residents, between Merivale Road and Fisher Avenue:

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  • There would be bus stops at Merivale, Farlane, Zena and Fisher. The existing bus stop at Marson Street would be removed. Bus riders who use the Marson stop would have to use the stops at Zena or Fisher instead.
  • Existing accesses to Baseline Road from the community would be unchanged. The intersection with Farlane would continue to have a traffic signal; the intersections at Zena and Marson would continue to be right in, right-out.
  • The project would be built within the existing right of way on the south side of Baseline; there would be no need to acquire privately owned land. However, the right of way in general extends for a certain width onto the front year grass beside the existing sidewalk on each property, and this grass would be replaced by the new sidewalk, which would occupy the last part of the existing right of way. With a bicycle lane and a narrow buffer to be built adjacent to the new sidewalk, it means the actual vehicular traffic would occupy about the same locations as now, or perhaps a small distance closer to the houses.
  • The project would require seven metres of Experimental Farm land on the north side of Baseline. In addition, the Farm would use an additional 18 metres of its land to produce a ‘shelter-belt,’ a treed buffer for the adjacent farm lands and to provide a scenic backdrop for that section of Baseline. The ‘shelterbelt’ would actually start at Prince of Wales Drive and also carry on onto the east side of Merivale Road northbound. The north side of Baseline, between Prince of Wales and Merivale, would include a multiuse pathway in both directions. It would extend northbound along the east side of Merivale to the NCC pathway at Caldwell Avenue.
  • The project foresees that the city will have to implement elevated snowplowing and snow removal policies along the corridor, because of the amount of extra pavement that needs to be plowed and the reduced room to store it with the addition of median bus lanes.
  • The project is expected to spur development in the Triangle lands, the largely vacant lands bordered by Baseline, Clyde and Merivale.

A detailed drawing of the section between Clyde Avenue and Fisher Avenue can be found here, as well as the “Frequently Asked Questions”.

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UPDATE: Mindfulness Meditation Course SOLD OUT!

The upcoming Mindfulness Medication course that is set to begin Feb 1 is now… 

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Thanks to everyone who has shown an interest. Please stay tuned to fhaca.ca for future courses and events.

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Register Now! Mindfulness Meditation Course Begins Feb 1

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Mindfulness has been described as paying attention on purpose, and being in the present moment with acceptance. Two local residents trained in this practice, Dr. Kathy Nathan and Jane Brown, are offering a FREE 3-session introduction to mindfulness meditation to local residents:

Wednesday evenings
February 1, 8, and 15
7:30 – 8:30 pm
Fisher Heights Community Place 31 Sutton

Please contact Kathy at mbsrworkshop@rogers.com or 613-727-0825 to register, or for more information.

Those who complete the introductory sessions will then be welcome to attend the monthly meditation practice sessions which will also be held at Fisher Heights Community Place.

What is mindfulness: and why is it good for you?

Mindfulness is the practice of bringing nonjudgmental attention to the present moment. And there are many simple ways for anyone to practice even in the midst of a busy day. Emerging from the contemplative practices of Buddhist meditation, mindfulness is increasingly being employed in Western psychology and medicine to alleviate an array of health conditions. These present-moment practices connect us to ourselves, each other, and the world around us. And scientific research continues to prove that it’s good for us too.

Breathing meditation and other mindfulness practices have been shown to sharpen focus and decision -making, increase workplace effectiveness, reduce pain, fight anxiety and depression, and improve sleep and overall well-being. Mindfulness even helps us to effectively change the brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, and empathy. Through mindful parenting, and incorporating mindfulness practices in schools, mindfulness has been shown to help children reduce stress, improve focus, and even combat obesity and depression.

To learn more about the practice of mindfulness and about Dr. Kathy Nathan, visit her website at mindfulhealthprofessionals.ca

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Age 50+ ? Get Fit This Year !

It’s not too late to sign up for the NEW fitness class at Fisher Heights Community Place!  All the details are below:

A third session of the “50+ Fitness” class will be offered for the winter session starting in January, if there is sufficient demand. The current two classes (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 am) are already full.

The new session is set for 10:30 to 11:30 am, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Fisher Heights Community Place, 31 Sutton. You can get more details, and register, by calling Keri at 613-226-2208 ext. 222.  Or, if you already have an account with the City Recreation Branch, go to the City website: https://apps102.ottawa.ca/Start/Start.asp and enter this Barcode: 1095260.

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Calling All Skaters! – Rink opens at Noon this week

During the school break this week, the rink at Fisher Heights Park (31 Sutton) will open early.

The skate change room and washrooms will open at NOON for this week only – Monday Jan. 2 to Friday Jan. 6. Come on over for a skate or a pick-up hockey game.

Regular hours will resume on Saturday, Jan 7.  See our schedule on the Clubs & Activities page.

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Outdoor Rink Opens Friday & Women’s Hockey Begins Sunday

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The outdoor rink at Fisher Heights Park opens for the season on Friday, December 30 at 4pm. Our ice making team has been hard at work preparing the main rink surface and the adjacent puddle rink.

The rink’s public skating and hockey schedules can be found under the Clubs & Activities tab on our website, or by clicking here. Please note that the rink is available anytime of day, however the ice will not be maintained and the skate room will not be open outside of the posted hours.

Special Holiday Hours January 2-6, 2017

The outdoor rink will have extended hours next week to accommodate the holiday schedule and will return to it’s regular hours beginning January 9.

Women’s Ice Hockey Is Back!

Women’s pick-up ice hockey will be taking place on Sunday evenings between 7-8:30pm. All ages (14 and over) and all levels including beginners are welcome. No need to register, just bring your skates and hockey stick! The Fisher Heights Community skate change room and washrooms will be open during this time.

If you have any questions (or would like to borrow a stick) please contact Karen Gordon at (613) 274-7507. Hope to see you on the ice on Sunday evening!

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City to Add Another Fitness Session

 

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A third session of the “50+ Fitness” class will be offered at Fisher Heights for the winter session starting in January, if there is sufficient demand.  The current two classes (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 am) are already full.

The new session is set for 10:30 to 11:30 am, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Fisher Heights Community Place, 31 Sutton.   You can get more details, and register, by calling Keri at 613-226-2208 ext. 222.

Or, if you already have an account with the City Recreation Branch, go to the City website: https://apps102.ottawa.ca/Start/Start.asp   and enter this Barcode: 1095260.

 

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