Major construction work that was set to begin on High Street in Vankleek hill this week will begin next week instead. According to the public works head James McMahon, a subcontractor issue has resulted in a delay. There will be temporary water shutdowns and street closures connected to High street throughout the process which will continue on into mid November.
The Cement Plant Colacem held an open house last Saturday, June 16, with recap presentations of the proposed cement plant followed by guided tours of its quarry and proposed cement plant site. According to Colacem Commercial, Production and Operations Manager Alain Bernard, the goal of the initiative was to uphold the promise of transparency while giving the local residents a chance to share their top concerns. Bernard confirmed that Colacem is moving forward with preparations with the OMB hearing set to begin in September.
Several rebate programs for energy-efficient renovations have been cancelled by the incoming P-C government. The programs include those for ground source heat pumps and smart thermostats for homes. The rebate programs were funded with proceeds from Ontario’s cap-and-trade program through a provincial agency called the Green Ontario Fund. Doug Ford, who is to be sworn in as premier on June 29th, has said getting rid of cap-and-trade would be his first order of business once the legislature resumes.
For those who commute to Ottawa and make use of OC Transpo you may want to note that changes are being made to services this summer, to help it get ready for rail and the opening of O-Train Line 1, the Confederation Line, later this year. Changes will include adjusted schedules and seasonal reductions, which the city said reflects a lower demand for service when the school year ends and customers take summer vacations. These changes are expected to come into affect this June 24:
Route 11 – Modified to serve Tunney’s Pasture Station via Holland Avenue, and removed from Westboro Station, McRae Avenue, and Churchill Avenue
Route 11X – Renumbered as Local Route 151 and extended from Westboro Station to Tunney’s Pasture Station via Scott Street
Routes 17 and 18 – Extended to the future location of Parliament Station on Queen Street
Route 48 – Extended to Hurdman Station on weekends
Routes 63 and 64 – Extended to Tunney’s Pasture Station during the midday and evening on weekdays, and extended all day on weekends
Route 80 – Shortened in peak periods to end and start at Tunney’s Pasture Station
Route 86B – Renumbered as Local Route 86
Route 86C – Renumbered as Local Route 89 and shortened to end and start at Tunney’s Pasture Station at all times of the day
Route 92 – Extended to Hurdman Station on weekends
Route 66 – First trip in the morning extended to Innovation Station
Route 174 – Limited Saturday service will be reduced to operate with one northbound trip and one southbound trip due to low ridership. These two Saturday trips will also be renumbered as trips on Local Route 82.
Service will continue to be detoured around roadwork on Queen Street, affecting Routes 4, 9, 12, 17, and 18. Routes 283 and 301 will continue to be detoured around roadwork on the Richmond Bridge in the village of Richmond. Customers traveling on those routes should allow themselves extra travel time.
Summer weekend service returns on Route 129 to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, on Route 139 to Petrie Island, and on Route 185 to the Experimental Farm and Canada Agricultural Museum. Buses run every 30 minutes during the day on weekends, including on holidays.