Pleas garner pedestrian crossing for Perley Rideau veterans, seniors

By Erin McCracken, Ottawa Community News, October 11, 2016

While the city’s 2017 budget is still being ironed out, one item, at least, on Joan Olinik’s wish list has been granted.

The Greely resident and longtime volunteer at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre had long been advocating for a safe crossing outside the centre on a very busy Russell Road, as well as repaired sidewalks.

“Some of our veterans are going down the side of the road in their wheelchairs because they cannot access the sidewalks,” Olinik said at an Oct. 6 budget consultation meeting at the Jim Durrell Recreation Centre just before Mayor Jim Watson delivered the good news that a new pedestrian crossing will be going in.

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