- Councillor's Corner
*New information as of Feb 18th, 2022. Approximately 1.4 million dollars has been added to the Budget Highlights to reflect the funding for upgrades to the Larry Robinson Arena in Metcalfe.
The budget includes $427.3 million in capital funding to improve the following:
The City’s 2022 Budget has been approved to include $1.3 million to hire 14 new paramedics and purchase the necessary emergency vehicles required. In regard to policing, I fully supported the 2022 budget, as I am well aware of the need to increase policing within Osgoode Ward 20. I’m disappointed with the result, as this takes away from the needs within rural communities. Ottawa Police Services will still add 22 new officers over the course of 2022; in order to fulfill its hires slated for the 2021 budget.
For more information on this project, visit the attached link:
2021 has presented itself as another challenging year; and now we begin to implement a recovery plan as we navigate through the pandemic. As many questions remain, I can assure you I have been working collaboratively with city staff to advocate for Osgoode Ward 20; all this to ensure the necessary work is being done to continue building on our strong and proud community. With an emphasis on roads, as the size of Osgoode Ward includes many communities; upgrades and maintenance of our roadways is essential and a vital piece in keeping residents safe when traveling.
Over the years, I have been working relentlessly, in an attempt to repair our majorly neglected roads and drainage infrastructure. Since amalgamation, our main arterial roads and interior residential roads have drastically deteriorated. One of my main priorities has been to ensure Osgoode Ward 20 receives the ashphalt that has been long overdue. I’m proud to announce, since 2014, we have completed resurfacing on the majority of these main travel routes. With these major accomplishments in such a short period of time, I have also been able to include more interior residential roads each year. In addition to improving our roads, I continue to work with Community Associations and individual residents to implement several traffic calming measures within Ward 20. These include: 40Kms Gateways zones near parks and schools in residential areas, Thermoplastic Markings indicating the cross-sections of The Greely Loop. We have been advised that Osgoode Ward 20 possesses one of the largest fleets of Speed Display Boards; all to encourage drivers to adhere to posted speed limits.
The children and youth, along with adults and seniors, deserve parks which provide fun and stimulating scenery; to enjoy free time within a welcoming environment. I am pleased to share the completion of Kenmore Bicentennial Park this year, as well as the upcoming renewal of Bramble Lane Park, Whitehorse Park and an upgrade to the BMX Pump Track, just to name a few. To coincide with Parks and Facilities funding, I am happy to announce both Metcalfe and Osgoode Arenas will be equipped for free WIFI services for those visiting the facilities.
If you have any suggestions or areas of concern in the community, please never hesitate to reach out to my team and I at George.Darouze@Ottawa.ca. We are happy to look into this for you and see how we can help.
For further details on road infrastructure and community projects, please visit www.GeorgeDarouze.ca/ward-construction To read more on traffic calming measure, visit www.GeorgeDarouze.ca/TrafficCalming