The City is seeking public comments on its plans for improved bus transit along the full length of Baseline Road. Work began on the project several years ago; major new details were released earlier this month at a public Open House. Construction is at least several years away, and depends on additional funding from provincial and federal sources. However, NOW is the time for public comment on the plans. The first phase will involve the eastern section of Baseline, from Woodroffe to Heron and on to Billings Bridge.
The plan calls for two bus-only lanes in the centre of the road, with less 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 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 homes on Baseline Road would lose the city boulevard in front of their houses.
Here are two sources of more detailed information:
A detailed drawing of the section between Clyde Avenue and Fisher Avenue can be found here.
“Frequently Asked Questions” and the display boards from the “Open House #4 – October 5, 2016” are found here.
The city is asking for comments on a very tight time frame, by Oct. 21. Email to Jabbar.Siddique@ottawa.ca We suggest that late comments (copied to Councillor Keith Egli at firstname.lastname@example.org) will still be accepted.
At a ceremony last Thursday evening, Fisher Heights resident Hans Moor received a Ward 9 Volunteer Recognition Award for his work promoting cycling and advocating for cycling safety in Ottawa. For the past 5 years, Hans has served as president of Citizens for Safe Cycling. Congratulations, Hans!
We are very pleased to note that Hans is also actively involved as a volunteer in FHACA activities, including our annual Bike Rodeo. Currently, Hans is co-chair, with Stephane Audet, of our newly-established Committee on Road Safety (see recent article).
Contrary to rumours, the current expansion of the Ottawa Islamic School will NOT result in more students. The addition now under construction will include a gymnasium, science laboratories, computer rooms, and study space. School principal Mohamed Ahmed, in a recent email message to City Councillor Keith Egli, stated clearly that the physical expansion is solely to meet the academic, sport, and extra-curricular needs of the current student population.
Because of changes to the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, FHACA is required to update its incorporation and make some amendments to its Bylaws. The Board has approved a new consolidated bylaw for the Association, which will be voted on at the Annual General Meeting on September 29.
Both Receive Awards for Volunteer Work in our Community
At the annual Ward 9 Volunteer Recognition Ceremony on November 28, Councillor Keith Egli honoured local residents Don Flynn & Margaret McPherson.
Don Flynn received the 2013 ‘Heart of the Community’ award. Over the past 38 years, Don has been a central figure with the St. Mark’s 72nd Scouting group, taking on a variety of key roles, from section Leader to committee Chair to Jamboree delegate. His quiet manner, determination, and leadership have had a positive influence on countless youth in our community. Don also contributes his efforts to FHACA, delivering newsletters and working on park clean-ups. His dedication to a cause is demonstrated again in his remarkable status as a 150+ blood donor. Congratulations, Don, and thank you!
Margaret McPherson received the 2013 ‘Senior Volunteer’ award for her steadfast dedication to betterment of the Fisher Heights and Skyline community. Over the past 30+ years, Margaret has provided dedicated volunteer service to Girl Guides of Canada, the Long Park Tennis Club, various health charities, and not least of all, the FHACA. Her innovative ideas, sage advice, and positive attitude have contributed greatly to the success of our Community Association. Whether though her active participation on the Board of Directors, or organizing a new activity for the Association, or beautifying the gardens that surround the community building, we have come to depend greatly on Margaret. A well-deserved honour!