A strike interrupts work on Ottawa construction sites, gas prices in Ottawa flirt with $2 a liter and tulips bloom in the capital.
CTVNewsOttawa.ca takes a look at five stories to watch in Ottawa this week.
Strikes slow construction in Ottawa
Major construction projects in Ottawa could be hit this week as carpenters join striking crane operators and heavy equipment operators.
The Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario announced that carpenters in the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors of the construction industry would go on strike Monday after its 15,000 members rejected the employers’ latest offer.
Last week, crane and heavy equipment operators in Ottawa and across Ontario went on strike, shutting down cranes and heavy equipment at major construction sites.
The Ottawa Construction Association warns that the pressure measures will cause long delays for all projects in Ottawa, including the restoration of the Center Block on Parliament Hill and work in condominiums.
The City of Ottawa says work on the new $334 million Central Library at LeBrton Flats was halted last week due to the crane operators’ strike, and contractors warn the strike could impact work of phase 2 of the LRT.
“Due to the current strike by the International Union of Operations, Institutional, Commercial and Industrial Engineers (ICI), work has been temporarily halted at the Ādisōke project site. The Ādisōke project site is safe and secure,” Carina Ducios, director of infrastructure services, told CTV News Ottawa in a statement.
“The city and the Ādisōke project team are monitoring the situation closely and will continue to provide regular updates.”
The Ottawa Construction Association says the rising cost of fuel and other products has been a concern for members who have rejected proposed contracts.
Rising gas prices
All eyes will be on the cost of gas this week, as prices flirt with $2 a litre.
Motorists paid 199.9 cents per liter to fill up at gas stations in Ottawa on Sunday, a record price for gasoline.
The cost of gas has increased over the past few weeks for several reasons, including the switch to summer blending and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Canadians for Affordable Energy President Dan McTeague predicts gas prices could hit $2.10 a liter by the May long weekend.
McTeague says the only thing that could drive prices down is if Russian forces retreat into Ukraine.
“If Russia decides to backtrack to see gas prices go down, as well as oil prices, that would likely lead to an unexpected price drop,” McTeague told CP24 on Saturday.
An Ottawa gas station with gas prices at 199.9 cents per litre. Sunday, May 8, 2022. (Jeremie Charron/CTV News Ottawa)
Second week of the Ontario election campaign
It’s the second week of the Ontario election campaign, as leaders spread out across Ontario to present their vision for the province in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A recent poll indicates that affordability of living is a key issue for Ontario voters. An Abacus Data survey found that 62% of Ontarians said their household income was lower than the cost of living.
On Sunday, Liberal Leader Stephen Duca was the only major party leader to visit Eastern Ontario during the campaign.
This week, the leaders of the Conservative, Liberal, NDP and Green parties will hold a debate on Tuesday to discuss issues focused on Northern Ontario.
The Ottawa Hospital seeks $150 million from the City of Ottawa
Council will vote this week on an application by The Ottawa Hospital for $150 million in municipal funding to support the new Civic Campus of The Ottawa Hospital.
If the board approves the financial framework and guiding principles plan, staff will report during the next term of the board with options to cover the local share contribution.
The four ‘guiding principles’ supporting the study on the $150 million contribution to the hospital project include ‘minimal or no financial burden’ on taxpayers and no reallocation of funds from the existing operating budget to the project.
City Treasurer Wendy Stephanson told the Finance and Economic Development Committee that it was the “biggest, biggest” request for funding the city has received during her tenure.
The Ottawa Hospital’s new $2.8 billion Civic Campus is expected to be completed in 2028.
The Canadian Tulip Festival returns
As tulips begin to bloom in Ottawa, visitors will arrive for the start of the Canadian Tulip Festival.
The popular spring festival will turn 70and anniversary with in-person events for the first time since 2019.
Events include a Tulip Legacy walking tour, new nightly programming called “Tulips at Night” and Tulip Bingo.
For more information, visit festivaldestulipes.ca
2014 Ottawa Tulip Festival (Leona Qiu/MyNews)
EVENTS IN OTTAWA THIS WEEK
Ottawa Public Library Board – 5:00 p.m.
Ottawa Carleton District School Board Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
Ottawa Catholic District School Board Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
Ottawa City Council meeting – 10 a.m.
Ottawa Planning Committee Meeting – 9:30 a.m.
The Canadian Tulip Festival is launched