Peter Brimacombe attended "Crude Awakening Preparing Ottawa-Gatineau for Peak Oil" on Saturday January 29, 2006. There were over 150 people of all ages, they were intelligent and aware. The Mayor Bob Chiarelli said "we are in a race against the clock". Councillor Clive Doucet spoke of the urgent need to create an infrastructure that can survive peak oil. In the break-out sessions, Peter Brimacombe said that the Southern Corridor was an obvious choice for intensive development because it is in the City core and is next to the proposed east-west rapid transit line. The people at the break-out sessions understood that green space was at stake and reserved judgement.
Alan Asselstine remarked that the speed limit on Walkley Road was too low. The speed limit on Riverside Drive is 60 km/hour and there is no reason that Walkley be 50 km/hour. He asked that the City review the speed limit on Walkley.
Phase II of the constructed wetland has begun - it can be seen to the east of the O-Train just north of Greenboro Station at South Keyes. The constructed wetlands will reduce erosion from storm runoff and improve the water quality of Sawmill Creek. Pedestrian access to the constructed wetland will depend on the north-south rail line.
Bell Canada has asked for a special three-year levy (tax or surcharge above the original bill) to eliminate long-distance charges within the City. For example a call between Orleans and Barrhaven is billed as a long-distance call. Alan is against against a general levy and favours either the status quo or a levy directly to those who would benefit.
Pat Murphy thanked Alan for his work on Sawmill Creek and said that the City would review access to the constructed wetlands and the speed limit on Walkley. She presented Maria McRea's report.
The Mayor's State of the City address was circulated.
Next meeting: Mon 6 Mar 2006 at 7:30pm