Archive for May 2nd, 2012

Sewage Stopping Award

- May 2nd, 2012

There has always been a good reason to criticize the city’s sewer system in recent years, considering the volume of diluted sewage that has spilled into the Ottawa River from aging infrastructure.

But one organization is celebrating the city’s achievements in trying to fix the problem.

The Consulting Engineers of Ontario, during its annual gala last Saturday, recognized a city contractor for the design of the real time control system on the combined sewers.

Here’s the description of the award:

Award of Merit – Environment
Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Real Time Control Implementation and Flow Regulator Upgrade Project
Client/Owner: City of Ottawa

Stantec completed the design and integration of a Real Time Control system for the automated operation of Ottawa’s combined sanitary and stormwater system. The system minimizes combined sewer overflows by dynamically adjusting multiple flow regulating chambers and has led to a 60 per cent reduction in overflow volumes to the Ottawa River.

There is still sewage spilling into the river on very rainy days, but it does seem like the number of overflows has decreased. It felt like we were writing about spills every time there was a sprinkle a few years ago.

Another Ottawa project received an award at the gala, too. The association’s PR firm says the Museum of Nature’s Victoria Memorial Museum Building was saved from sinking, thanks to Halsall Associates.”The firm also built a new glass tower that gave the heritage building new life. The Queen’s Lantern, the glass tower that reproduces the majesty the building lost when its front tower had to be demolished. Halsall was given an award of engineering excellence for the rehabilitation of the Victoria Memorial Museum Building.”

Above: Municipal, provincial and federal politicians announce the operation of the Keefer St. regulator July 22, 2010. Photo by the Sun’s Darren Brown.

The Never-ending, Non-Lansdowne Court Case

- May 2nd, 2012

My goodness, you thought the Friends of Lansdowne case was never-ending. This Ottawa Stadium/Rapidz dustup is running into extra innings.

A memo sent to council today from the city’s top lawyer:

Sent on behalf of M. Rick O’Connor, City Clerk and Solicitor

Mayor and Members of Council:

The purpose of this e-mail is to advise that, last week Momentous.ca, owner of Rapidz Sports and minority owner in Ottawa Pro Baseball Inc. (OPBI), filed a new action against the City by way of a Counterclaim in connection with its litigation defence of a previous claim filed by Miles Wolff, majority owner in OPBI.

As Members of Council may recall, on March 15th, 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the appeal by Momentous.ca Corporation, Rapidz Baseball Club Inc. and Zip.ca Inc. against the City of Ottawa and Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball Ltd., Inside the Park, LLC, Miles Wolff, Greg Lockard, Dan Moushon and Bruce Murdoch.

In 2009, Mr. Wolff had commenced a separate action against Momentous.ca and Zip.ca to recover monies he claimed were owed to him under guarantees given to him pursuant to the terms of a letter agreement of May 2008 entered into between the parties. The guarantees were in respect of payment of the rent at the Ottawa Stadium by Mr. Wolff when Rapidz failed to pay the rent, and the repayment of the shareholders loans made by Mr. Wolff (on behalf of the Rapidz) to Ottawa Pro Baseball Inc., the entity which originally had a lease agreement with the City for the use of the Ottawa Stadium.

Momentous.ca has now filed a Counterclaim against the City re-stating their claim which was previously dismissed by all levels of the courts in Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada. I am of the opinion that, by the Counterclaim, Momentous.ca is attempting to re-litigate all the issues that the courts dismissed in the previous action.

As such, we anticipate relying on the previous decisions of those courts and the decision of the Supreme Court in defending the Counterclaim.

I will endeavor to keep Council apprised as this matter progresses.

Bray Statement on Airport Pkwy. Bridge

- May 2nd, 2012

Louis W. Bray Construction released a statement today regarding its work on the Airport Pkwy. pedestrian bridge. An assessment recently determined the main tower must be demolished and rebuilt.

Bray Statement On Airport Pkwy. Pedestrian Bridge