January 13, 2022

2022 Transportation Masterplan Consultation

2022 is off to a strong start – I hope the New Year is treating you well and that you are keeping warm during this cold weather and staying healthy and safe. If you haven’t already, please vaccinate (1st, 2nd and 3rd doses are readily available) as soon as you can. More information on vaccination available here. I am reaching out …

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December 20, 2021

Community Resources Winter 2021-2022

The Human Needs Command Centre team has collaborated with our Community Day Programs and Community Health Centres to ensure the continuity of services to support residents that are relying on respite services during the holiday season. The City’s Respite Centres will maintain regular operations over the holiday period and will be open on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, to support the …

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December 19, 2021

COMPLETE STREET: Montreal Road revitalization overview for 2021

When Montreal Road revitalization project began in the fall of 2020, the amount of work may have seemed substantial – but as we all know, incredibly necessary. Now, more than a year and a half later, it is with great success we have completed more than half of the work planned. As many know, this is the largest infrastructure project …

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December 14, 2021

Crossing the 2021 finish line: How a sport community bounced back (Ottawa Sports Pages, Winter 2021)

The past two years have been anything but ordinary.  COVID-19 pandemic changed the world.  It shook communities, and it challenged us to live differently. Act differently. And to react differently.  Everything changed. The one thing that did not change – instead – became stronger – was the desire for sport.  To train. To compete. To laugh and to be a part …

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December 13, 2021

The Context for my vote on the City of Ottawa 2022 Budget

As it is with every year, the budget presented at the start of November and the one we debated this week at City Council differ very little, despite my every effort to advance our community and City priorities.  Simply put, the City of Ottawa 2022 Budget was lacking, with no significant transformations.   No significant funding for the emerging priorities residents continue to raise.  Mental health …

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December 1, 2021

Lowertown HCD Review

Heritage is a such a large part of Lowertown’s history and community. It is something we see on every walk to the store or steps to work.  The City is currently reviewing the designations to better align with modern heritage planning practices and City policies.  A virtual public meeting was held at the end of November to launch the review, …

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December 1, 2021

Winter 2021 Community Update

As the winter approaches, I want to take the time to share a final community update for 2021 and reflect on this past year.  We’ve seen great progress in City infrastructure projects in our community. This includes 1.2km out of the full 2km of Montreal Road now complete. Starting December 19th, one lane will reopen in each direction and bus #15 will come back to Montreal Road.   We’ve also celebrated the reopening of Riverain Park, …

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November 30, 2021

Celebrate the holidays in our community (Newsletter: Winter 2021)

CF Rideau Centre: Santa is back Between Nov. 19 and Dec. 24 experience the magic of the holiday season and visit Santa, in person, at the CF Rideau Centre.To keep everyone safe, visits with Santa are by reservation only and a $5 fee will apply to each booking. All fees will be donated to Youth Services Bureau and CF Rideau …

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November 30, 2021

Infrastructure year in review (Newsletter: Winter 2021)

Montreal Road This year, Montreal Road Renewal Project has completed 1.2 kilometre out of the total 2 kilometre length of road, curbs, sidewalk, and cycle track work. This has also included landscaping, utility pole burial, bus shelters, new traffic signals and modernized public plazas at Place Dupuis, Bradley, and Emond Streets.  One lane of traffic will remain open in each …

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November 30, 2021

No drama, no scrutiny, and no big ideas: We need to change how the City of Ottawa budgets (Newsletter: Winter 2021)

It was budget day last Wednesday at Ottawa City Hall. If you and your family didn’t notice, that’s exactly what certain people at City Hall were hoping. Over my decade as an elected official, I have witnessed the budgeting process become increasingly more ‘closed circle’ with limited analysis or opportunity for challenge at the Council table. At the ward level, …

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