August 20 Newsletter 2021

August 20, 2021 newsletter from Rawlson King, City Councillor for Rideau-Rockcliffe.

I hope that residents of Rideau-Rockcliffe ward are having an amazing end to the summer. While this summer and the last have been anything but normal, residents continue to demonstrate their incredible resiliency.  

Please note that this week COVID-19 vaccination eligibility expanded to children born in 2009 or earlier. Additionally, if you have not already gotten the vaccine please consult the bulleted list in the newsletter which details numerous ways to access it. Also of note is a special event on August 25th and 28th at the African, Caribbean, & Black Wellness Resource Centre. Individuals who are a part of the ACB (African, Carribean, and Black) community can access the vaccine as well as educational resources. 

Looking forward to fall, registration for Cleaning the Capital is now open. If you have a group or organization who wants to get involved in cleaning up our beautiful city, please register. Lastly, we are a week out from Overbrook Day! Join me next Saturday, August 28th from 12pm to 3pm at the Overbrook Community Centre for a free hot dog lunch and free ice cream for kids.  

COVID-19 vaccination eligibility expanding for youth 

Children born in 2009 or earlier, who will be turning 12 years old in 2021 are now eligible to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  

Residents have numerous ways to access the vaccine:  

  • Drop by any vaccination clinic. Visit to find your nearest clinic or neighbourhood vaccination hub 
  • Visit to access the provincial booking system or call the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900 between 8 am and 8 pm, seven days a week 
  • Visit or by calling 613-691-5505. Multiple languages are available for those using this service 
  • Mobile vaccination clinics are available upon request. Mobile vaccination clinics can be requested via an online form at 
  • Vaccination appointments are also available at a local pharmacy  

Residents who require accessibility accommodations are encouraged to complete this Accessibility form prior to their appointment. 

ACB Vaccine Initiative 

Are you a part of the ACB (African, Carribean, and Black) community? Come attend this special event! 

  • Access to the COVID-19 vaccine (first and second doses) 
  • Speak with a public nurse about the vaccine 
  • Vaccine 101 education (by internationally trained medical doctors) 
  • Foodbank 
  • Recreational activities on-site for kids and adults 
  • Transportation support to the event (as needed) 

Have other health questions or concerns? 

A team of professional health staff will be on-site to support you. 

When: August 25th & 28th 2021 from 11am to 2pm 

Where: African, Caribbean, & Black Wellness Resource Centre, 1021 Cyrville Rd Unit #9, Gloucester, ON 

Phone: (613) 709-0698 

Cleaning the Capital 2021 

Registration is now open for the fall Cleaning the Capital campaign, from September 13 until October 15, 2021. 

How you can take part: 

Plan it 

  • Pick your project site, your cleanup date (rain date too!), and time. 
  • Promote your project and gather your project team. 
  • Be sure to plan ahead for the proper disposal of compost, garbage, recycling, leaf-and-yard waste and any other hazardous items you may collect. Need assistance? Call 3-1-1. 
  • Cleaning the Capital is an ideal way for neighbours, family and friends to work together and clean up their neighbourhood. 


  • Fill out the online registration form or call 3-1-1 to register your project. If you need supplies, remember to request your project starter kit and to select your desired pickup location while registering. 

The importance of registering: If you're cleaning up your neighbourhood or favourite green space, please register with us. People are encouraged to register in order to allow Cleaning the Capital organizers to distribute cleaning supplies, track the areas that have been cleaned and recognize volunteer work. 

Complete your project! 

  • If you requested a starter kit, remember to pick it up. If you have questions about your starter kit pickup date, please call 3-1-1.You can find a complete list of pick up locations on the online registration form. 

Submit your report 

For more information click here. 

Save the Date! Overbrook Day 2021 

Join us for family fun and excitement! Overbrook residents of all ages are welcome! 

Councillor King’s office in partnership with Ottawa Community Housing and the Overbrook Community Association invite you to celebrate our community and neighbours. 

Who? ALL residents of Overbrook are invited! 

What? A day of fun for everyone. Free hot dog lunch! Free ice cream for kids! 

When? Saturday, August 28, 2021 from 12pm – 3pm. 

Where? Overbrook Community Centre, 33 Quill Street at Queen Mary. 

Montreal Road Revitalization 

Please find below a two-week update (August 16 to 27) for the Montreal Road Revitalization project. The work activities planned for the next two weeks will include: 


  • Vanier Parkway/Montreal Road intersection – Surface work continues in the northeast and southeast quadrants of the intersection focusing on cycle track and paver stone construction. The east-west crosswalk on the south side of Montreal Road is opened. The pedestrian lights for the north-south crosswalk on the east side were unbagged earlier this week and are now operational.    


  • North River Road to Vanier Parkway – The sidewalk on both the north and south sides of Montreal Road are now mostly complete. Some sections of the sidewalk will be constructed as part of larger outstanding work. This includes the North River Road/Montreal Road intersection and the southwest quadrant of the Vanier Parkway/Montreal Road intersection. Additionally, sections of sidewalk around the existing hydro poles are backfilled with gravel until hydro poles are removed in late summer/early fall.   


  • Vanier Parkway to Marier Avenue – The northside concrete curb, base asphalt, sidewalk and the asphalt cycle track are complete for this section. Crews are continuing work on the south side of the road and are progressing with the construction of underground electrical utility work and concrete curbs between Savard Avenue and Olmstead Street. Soil cells for urban trees are also being constructed on the south side. A temporary pathway was constructed on the south side to improve accessibility and side street connections. Construction of the sidewalk fronting the LCBO is nearing completion. The LCBO will be starting exterior renovations to their building shortly. Relocation of an intersection controller at the Marier Avenue/Montreal Road intersection is planned this week. 


  • Marier Avenue to Lafontaine Avenue – Installation of underground utility work and soil cells continues, as well as construction of north sidewalk from Marier Avenue to Bradley Avenue. Sections of concrete sidewalk have been constructed along this segment and grading for the cycle track is continuing. Temporary water shuts to several buildings will be required this week while crews make final water connections to buildings. The water shuts were communicated to impacted businesses and residents last week.   


  • Lafontaine Avenue to de l’Église Street  Underground sewer and catch basin work continues. The north side of Montreal Road between Lafontaine Avenue and Cantin Street has been paved. The south side of Montreal Road from Ducharme Boulevard to de L’Eglise Street has been paved. Temporary water shuts to several buildings will be required this week while crews make final water connections to buildings. The water shuts were communicated to impacted businesses and residents last week. 


  • De l’Église Street to St. Laurent Boulevard – Excavations for new sanitary sewers and the watermain are continuing at de L’Eglise Street with crews working east towards St. Laurent Boulevard.   


  • Continued traffic impacts and road closures – Montreal Road is reduced to one westbound lane from Vanier Parkway to St. Laurent Boulevard. All streets are closed between Vanier Parkway and St. Laurent Boulevard, except for Olmstead Street, Marier Avenue, Granville Street/Lafontaine Avenue and Cantin Street. Some of the traffic calming flex posts installed along Lafontaine Avenue, Deschamps Boulevard and Montfort Street have been damaged and will be restored with additional reinforcing.  


  • Month-long construction outlook – Underground and aboveground work continues between Vanier Parkway and St. Laurent Boulevard. The curbs and granular road surface on the south side of Montreal Road between the Vanier Parkway and Olmstead should be nearing completion within the next month, followed by road paving and sidewalk construction. Underground, road, curb and sidewalk work will continue between Marier Avenue and de L’ Eglise Street. Work on North River Road, including installation of permanent traffic calming measures and dedicated pedestrian crossings, is tentatively planned to start within the next month. 


  • Hydro update – Hydro Ottawa removed their overhead power line between North River Road and Vanier Parkway on the weekend of July 17. Before the hydro poles can be fully removed, the new streetlights must be installed and energized. Complete removal of the poles will happen towards the end of the summer. 

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