Past activities


Below is a description of our major advocacy activities listed from most recent to oldest.  


Feedback to the NCC's Draft Parkways Policy Update (May 2014)


The NCC has published a vision document outlining their vision, proposed direction for their Parkway and Driveways Network.  The CCC discussed this proposal and put together some Parkways Policies comments which were sent to the NCC.

In general the CCC is supportive of the NCC's recognition of the greater role the Parkways and Driveways should play for active transportation users both recreationally and for commuting.  Focus needs to be on slowing down car traffic and making the parkways/driveways into corridors that are safer and more enjoyable for all users.

Letter to Transportation Committee opposing installation of massive digital billboard on Ottawa Convention Centre (Apr 2012)

In mid 2011 the Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC) received permission from the NCC to install massive digital billboards on the south wall of the Ottawa Convention Centre for a 3 yr trial.  As a subsequent step, the OCC would also require permission from the City of Ottawa.  The intention was that these digital screens would display a mix of advertising, motion video, public service announcements, and 'public art'.  It was quite clear though in the presentation to the NCC that the majority of time the screens would be used for brand advertising directed at road users on Laurier, Queen Elizabeth Drive, and on the Mackenzie bridge. The CCC wrote to the transportation committee with road safety concerns due to driver distraction, particularly given that several of these roads have on-street cycling lanes and carry large volumes of cyclists, pedestrians, and vehicles operating in a mixed environment.  Click here to see the OCC Digital Billboard Letter.

Postnote: Soon afterwards, the NCC announced that the OCC had withdrawn their application for installation of the screens citing that the restrictions on content meant insufficient revenue was anticipated to cover the cost of the screens.

Letter to Transportation Committee opposing widening of Bronson Ave.

Update (Jan 2012) : The mayor acknowledged the CCC letter and assured us that our concerns will be considered.  Shortly after an announcement was made that Bronson ave would not be widened as part of the sewer/water/reconstruction effort. The stated reason was that the proposed widening would have required relocation of hydro poles, adding costs which the City did not wish to incur.  

Dec 2011: Despite numerous efforts on behalf of the DCA and CCCA communities, and with the support of the local councilor, the City staff in charge of the Bronson Ave 'renewal' project insist on carrying through with plans to widen the section of roadway north of the 417 as part of the sewer and water renewal in 2012.

The CCC at it's Nov 30, 2011 meeting agreed to send to City Transportation Committee a letter re. Bronson Ave. in support of the DCA and the CCCA's efforts to oppose the further widening of Bronson Ave north of the 417.

More information can be found at the Rescue Bronson page of this website.


Letter to City Council opposing 5m$ funding for Alta Vista Corridor in 2011 Budget

The 2011 budget proposes 5m$ towards the construction of Phase 1 of the Alta Vista Corridor referred to as the Hospital Link, with an intention to ask for a further 50m$ in 2012 to complete this 1.2 km roadway which would serve no other purpose other than to be an alternate access road to the Ottawa Hospital.  Due to its excessive cost relative to its benefits, and due to the fact that in reality what is to be built is really the first phase of the complete Alta Vista Corridor, the CCC has sent the following Alta Vista Corridor opposition letter to City Council as part of its 2011 budget deliberations.  For further details consult this Alta Vista Corridor section on this website.


Letter to Transportation Committee in support of Laurier Ave. Segregated Cycling Lane

On Feb 2, 2011 Transportation Committee deliberates a motion to move forward on a pilot project to implement a segregated cycling lane on Laurier Ave between Elgin St and Bronson Ave.  The CCC is supportive of this initiative and has written the following Laurier Ave Cycling Lane letter of support to the members of the Transportation Committee.

Further information about this project is provided in the Cycling Issues section of this website.

Survey of mayoralty positions on transportation issues (Oct 2010)

During October 2010 a team of people collated together the positions of the major mayoralty candidates on transportation issues. This information was gathered from campaign web sites, press articles, and mayoralty debates.  Thanks to all those who contributed to the information gathering.  The information below has not been reviewed by the individual campaign offices however we believe that it is an accurate representation of the positions of the candidates.

Response to Prince of Wales Widening EA (Jul 2010)

The CCC participated in the public consultation group for the Prince of Wales drive widening EA.  The CCC does not support this $100m project to bring more cars into the already congested streets within the greenbelt.  At the conclusion of the process the following EA response letter was sent to the City's project engineer responsible for this project.  This letter also includes a number of suggestions for improving the design should the project succeed.


Lansdowne Live: Letter to City Council (Jun 2010)

After reviewing the detailed transportation studies prepared for City of Ottawa staff, the CCC undertook to write the following letter regarding the Lansdowne Live project.  A copy of this Lansdowne Live letter was circulated to the mayor and all councilors.  The CCC expressed the point of view that the planed 130m$ re-investment into a 25,000 seat stadium should not occur at this site as it was not located adjacent to the City's planned 5B$  multi-phase LRT mass transit system.

Support for Sustainable Solutions position on interprovincial east end bridge (May 2010)

A group under the name Sustainable Solutions drafted a position which was supported by 12 other community groups calling on the NCC to more fully consider other alternatives that would provide a better solution to the downtown interprovincial truck problem.  The CCC agreed to add its name to this Sustainable Solutions Joint Statement


Presentation of CCC positions to Jim Watson (Apr 9, 2010)

The CCC chair and vice chair met with Jim Watson after his declaration to run as mayoralty candidate in the 2010 election.  Our positions were conveyed using this CCC position presentation.


Downtown Ottawa Transit Tunnel: CCC Letter to Council (Jan 2010)

City council received public delegations as part of the final stage of public consultation on the DOTT (Downtown Ottawa Transit Tunnel).  The CCC expressed support for this east-west LRT project letter but with some reservations that the current plan including this tunnel would not be operational until 2019 and even then with no service west of Tunney's Pasture.  The CCC expressed a desire for a more thorough assessment of operation of the LRT on the surface through the downtown and encouraged council to put more focus on solutions that will increase ridership and reduce bus rapid transit costs in the shorter term. A tunnel could be implemented later as ridership increased.  This was the presentation given to council by the CCC delegation.

2009 and earlier

The CCC has been active for many years prior to 2010 and if time permits more information will be provided here on previous activities and positions taken by the CCC.


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