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Health Problems Require Health Solutions : The Need to Expand Safe Supply Programs 

Since 2016, Ottawa has been in the middle of an opioid crisis that seriously affects individuals’ and communities’ well-being. Hospital and policing services are on the front line of these challenges and have been unsuccessful in curbing the ongoing reality. We need to turn the page on the war on drugs and move towards a …

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The Boots on the Ground Approach : Time to be responsive to the needs of urban neighbourhoods.

One solution I have continued to advocate for is a 24/7 on the ground City presence to respond to the acute needs in our city’s core and to better coordinate responses to support all in our community.  This proactive City presence would include on-the-ground coordination of outreach services and mental health responses; integration of urgent housing response to encampments; responding to drug dealing and drug use …

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Former Paralympian offers helping hand to connect families

No one can prepare for a pandemic, let alone one which requires many of us to stay away from friends and family.  When COVID-19 hit our city in March 2020, many of us shifted to a virtual way of life. For work, gatherings and even family get-togethers, we’ve spent the past two years connecting via …

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7 days of local fear and intimidation: ENOUGH

The impact to our community this weekend remains extreme and despite unrelenting efforts, a resolution to end this occupation has yet to come. As many aggressive, unwanted individuals continue to disrupt our peace in our community and entire city. Let me make it clear that I will not rest until our community can go back to …

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February 3rd: Statement on Acts of Intimidation in Ottawa

Over the last week, our downtown residents have been under siege. The noise and intimidation have increasingly impacted residents and local businesses. Livability in the core has been greatly impacted. Residents are hostages in their own homes and face constant intimidation when trying to leave. As your local Councillor, I continue to request the highest …

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Joint Statement: Salvation Army

January 19, 2022 The Community Advisory Group mandated by Ottawa City Council to review the Salvation Army’s proposed development site plan at 333 Montreal Road met for the first time on January 13, 2022. Following that meeting, local representatives from all orders of government, Hon. Mona Fortier, Member of Parliament, Ottawa-Vanier, Lucille Collard, Member of …

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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 …

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Community Engagement Team

Beginning earlier this year, a new City-led Community Engagement Team was introduced to address the immediate needs in needs in Lowertown & Sandy Hill. This pilot will make it easier for businesses & residents to ensure modern & effective service responses from the City. Like any growing city, Ottawa is faced with ongoing and increasing …

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Growing up gold: Local parents reflect on what it takes to raise an Olympian

As we prepare for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the focus, as it should be, is on our Canadian athletes. Who they are. What they will do and the small towns, cities, and provinces they will be representing as they represent Team Canada. I love these stories. I love to hear how every athlete made …

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