March 31, 2021

Spring thaw: Clean up and stay active (Image Sandyhill: April-May)

As we head into spring and shake off the last remnants of winter from our boots, but still remain in a pandemic, we continue to look for ways to get out, stay active and positive.   One thing I have always enjoyed as the ground begins to thaw is that the trees and plants and parks become more alive again. For many in …

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March 24, 2021

City Reviewing Standards in our Community

With more than 100 neighbourhoods, each with its unique characteristics, the City of Ottawa is a fantastic place that strives to be one of the world’s best Capital cities. Ottawa is also one of the coldest capitals in the world. The City has three distinct zones: its core, the suburbs, and the rural areas. This article is a summary of …

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March 17, 2021

Weathering the housing affordability storm

As a City, we need a culture change. We need to stop managing crises and get ahead in preventing homelessness. 13,000.  This is the number of people on Ottawa’s waiting list for affordable housing. And 2,000 – that is the number of those residents who are without a home. Who are using Emergency Shelters.  The rest simply require affordability in their …

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March 16, 2021

Forging through COVID: Light, path made for Vanier residents (Perspectives Vanier, March 2021)

As we enter the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 in our community, I am pleased to say that in Vanier, we have overcome many challenges that help us navigate this pandemic.  In the early days, we worked hard to address immediate needs: food security, supporting local businesses, access to local COVID testing sites, and finding ways to stay safe but connected to our community.  Three locations have supported …

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March 15, 2021

Community Update March 2021

Key Topics: Sugar Maple Festival to go Virtual The Journey Towards a Home For All Engage Ottawa Drafting a plan: Building our future City Engagement is the Key to Getting it Right Sugar Maple Festival to go Virtual The beginning of spring has always been marked with one of the best festivals in this City – the Maple Sugar Festival, with our very …

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March 1, 2021

New Recreation Facilities Needed in the Core (updated)

Before COVID, did you use pools, gyms, arenas, courts, fields… in Lowertown, Sandy Hill and Vanier? If yes, please share with the City and I your experience and how we can improve it (when it comes to facility location and spaces). If not, why? Are City owned facilities adequate, accessible, safe for your recreation needs and sport? The City’s Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services …

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February 26, 2021

Chateau Laurier Continually Emphasizing the Importance of Heritage: Strengthening our need for better protection

Ottawa city council approved the sixth design iteration of the Château Laurier’s proposed addition of a two-tower, 159-unit extension. The approval came from a split vote during Council on Thursday February 24th.  The final vote count 10 nays 14 yays. I voted against it. I addressed council on this. Here are my thoughts: Yesterday we found ourselves in the same place we were …

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February 17, 2021

Long-Term Care Commission 2021

On December 15th I had the opportunity to speak in front of the Long-Term Care COVID19 Commission. Over the last 10 years representing Lowertown, Sandy Hill and Vanier, I have seen how complex the needs in our Long-Term Care homes have become along with the challenges faced by public housing agencies such as Ottawa Community Housing in supporting seniors in their …

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February 11, 2021

INPUT NEEDED: Share your concerns, wants for the oldest recreational facilities (Perspectives Vanier, February 2021)

The future of recreation facilities in the neighbourhood is in your hands. It is time to come together as a community and share – what would you like? What do you want to see? In your pools, gymnasiums, sports fields, courts, and recreational spaces. The City’s Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services Department Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan (PRFMP) is …

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