This past week was Small Business Awareness Week, and on Saturday I hosted a coffee pop-up at Bar Robo in Ottawa Centre to hear more from small business owners and residents. I am always thrilled to see how many people of Ottawa Centre come out to these events – it is so great to hear all of the ideas, feedback, and questions. I took a moment after the meeting to summarize some of what I heard:
Residents shared with me some of their ideas for what the finished Lebreton Flats redevelopment project could look like. This is a big project for our city and it is important we get it right. The proposed plan for Lebreton Flats outlines attractions and amenities designed to foster community with plenty of green space and access to transportation. The federal government will continue to work collaboratively with our local partners and the National Capital Commission and I look forward to seeing the project advance in the coming years.
Clegg Street and Fifth Avenue Footbridge
The new Rideau Canal crossing at Fifth Avenue and Clegg Street also came up in conversation. This bridge was a campaign commitment of mine because I know being able to cycle or walk safely, efficiently and comfortably around the downtown core is fundamental to our economic growth as a city and builds a more inclusive community. Our Government contributed $10.5 million to the project and I am pleased construction has begun.
New Canal Paddle Access Points
The new bridge wasn’t the only Rideau Canal construction project constituents shared their excitement about. I heard lots of positive feedback about the three new canal access points I’ve announced since taking office. Paddle access point ensure safe and easy access to the Rideau Canal for paddlers and their canoes, kayaks and paddle-boards, allowing community members and visitors to enjoy the history and beauty of the Rideau Canal. I look forward to working with local partners and the NCC to continue expansion on this project.
The last topic we discussed was the independent review of Canada Post to make sure it provides high quality service at a reasonable price to Canadians, no matter where they live. Canada Post is important to countless Canadians because of the services it provides. Our Government intends to make an announcement of the future of Canada Post before the end of 2017.
I hold these coffee pop-ups as often as a can; it’s a great opportunity to hear any concerns constituents have and get a sense of how they think our Government is doing. Keep an eye on my website and social media channels for the next coffee pop-up, I’d love to see you there. If you have any feedback or concerns in the meantime, please reach out to my community office at 613-946-8682 or send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org