A stakeholder breakfast was recently held at the Westcliffe community building to talk about ways to improve life in Bells Corners. BIA board member Al provided the steaks.
Alex talked about the importance of putting up more banners plugging the BIA and the benefits of second-hand smoke, while Rick said that more left-turn lanes and drive-thrus are key to making Bells Corners a better place for everyone.
Alex vaunted the merits of the BIA/Chiarelli tax on local businesses. “If you’re not a part of the change then you have no right to criticize it,” he said, urging residents to “sell Bells Corners” as a place to shop.
Community developer Kyle Kearnan had a different take on things, pointing to problems of school readiness in kindergarten-age children identified in the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study. In Bells Corners West, 31 per cent of the children could be “vulnerable,” versus the city average of 23 per cent.
He also wants to improve recreation and seniors programming.
Others lamented the lack of accessible transportation and “walkability” in Bells Corners. A lot of daycare providers have trouble getting around Bells Corners. “It’s also tough for parents who have to figure out how to drop their children off and then bus to another area of the city for work,” said one participant.