May 20, 2021

Diving into a new outdoor pool in Vanier (Perspectives Vanier, May 2021)

Significant upgrades for Genest Outdoor Pool is just the type of big splash this community pool needed.   Located at Optimiste Park, the pool will receive a complete overhaul.   The joint funding project from the Federal Government and the City of Ottawa, the $5M budget for upgrades to our community pool includes the development of a new City-standard, 6-lane, 25-meter outdoor pool, installing a new …

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May 11, 2021

The City of Ottawa is investing in residential streets in Vanier

The project is a complete road, sewer and watermain renewal for St. Denis Street, Lavergne Street and Ste. Monique Street Many people know the old joke that there are two seasons in Ottawa – winter and construction season – but for our community moving into construction season (And Spring!) is an exciting time as we get to see many of …

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May 5, 2021

New Regulations for Short-Term Rentals

Last week, Council passed the long-awaited regulations for a new by-law that would establish a host permit system for local short-term rental hosts, and rules for short-term rental platforms, like – Airbnb, and property managers.  As per the housing crisis report published on April 9th by the FairBnb.ca Coalition, about 3,000 short-term rental listings are available in Ottawa. 52% of these short-term rentals are …

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April 29, 2021

Letter to Dr. Williams for the Vaccination of Essential Workers

Dear Dr. Williams, We are writing to you today to urge the Provincial Government to accelerate access to vaccines for all essential workers, in Ottawa. Specifically, we are seeking clarity about when people who cannot work from home will be able to book appointments through the provincial booking system as a priority. For months, we have been inundated with messages …

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April 15, 2021

Building resilient neighbourhoods means affordable housing for all (Lowertown Echo, April-May 2021)

As a City, we need a culture change.   No one knows better than our community.  The City of Ottawa faces big City challenges when it comes to housing, mental health and addictions. Lowertown has lived these evolving challenges directly.  We need to stop managing crises and get ahead in preventing homelessness.  13 000 – the number of people on Ottawa’s waiting list for affordable housing. And 2,000 – that …

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April 15, 2021

50 yrs of success begins in Vanier: John Therien honoured as an Ottawa sport legends (Perspectives Vanier, April 2021)

It is amazing what talent grows out of our little neighbourhood. And better yet, this talent also knows how to give back to the community that supported him.This particular story is about a young Vanier-born Jiu-Jitsu fighter who saw the potential in opening up a gym – to share his passion with the rest of the community.   Now, 50 years later – 53 to be exact …

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April 15, 2021

Construction continues along Montreal Road

On Sunday, April 18, a vibrant and welcoming main street with a well-balanced transportation network is one step closer to being complete for our residents and businesses.  Construction crews will resume work on Montreal Road from last year to replace aging underground infrastructure. Work includes watermain replacement, redoing sections of the sewer and roadway, including concrete sidewalks, cycle tracks, the …

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