First of all, I’d like to thank you for confirming your confidence in me and my team to lead our community for the next 4 years. I am committed to working hard for the betterment of Vanier. 2017 was another enthralling year for Team Fleury and our community. Over the last year, we have continued to work directly with you to see real progress and positive improvements in our neighbourhood and in our city.
Projects highlights from 2018:
Montreal Road Revitalization
The preparation for the Montreal Road Revitalization Project continues. We have formed a working group consisting of members of the VCA, QVBIA, Citizens for Safe Cycling, as well as accessibility, pedestrian and transit advocates with the purpose of obtaining input on specific issues during the project design process.
The project is set to begin in spring of 2019. Two more public open houses are set to come. If you wish to learn more about this project please visit: www.medium.com/@mathieufleury.
Salvation Army Shelter Proposal – Leading Opposition Efforts
I am thankful for the support of our community and from many residents across the City in opposing this outdated mega-shelter project. Together with community leaders, I have coordinated a community effort to bring united voices against the Salvation Army project on Montreal Road. We continue to work with these community leaders and SOS Vanier as we fundraise for the legal proceedings that will happen in 2019.
After our East of the Rideau Transit Forum, we were able to bring key issues to OC Transpo around service in Vanier. Since the LRT won’t be directly benefitting Vanier residents, we feel it is very important to improve current bus connections and reliability. Bus service for Vanier residents was increased with the creation of the new route #20. We will continue to strive for improved bus service for Vanier and look forward to engagement with users.
McArthur Traffic Calming
Due to numerous speeding complaints and the fact that this street is home to two schools and a community centre (Robert E. Wilson, Horizon Jeunesse and Boys and Girls Club), we have modified McArthur Avenue into a complete street. It is now a two-lane road with a third lane which acts as left-turning lane at select intersections or a parking lane. There was an overall reduction of one travel lane. The goal is to make McArthur as safe as possible for all users by slowing down vehicle speeds.
As always, we look forward to working with you in 2019 on the issues that matter most. To receive updates about our community and to see a full array of all the projects we are working on please visit mathieufleury.ca.
Lastly, I’d like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. Merry Christmas and happy new year!