February 14

PUBLIC TRANSIT INFRASTRUCTURE FUND – APPROVED PROJECT UPDATE AND CAPITAL ADJUSTMENTS

Voted in favour; approved at Council

Council approved $10 million in additional infrastructure renewal projects, which are to be funded through this year’s budget.

The list includes improvements to roads, sidewalks, multi-use pathways, parks and buildings across the city. In our neighborhood we will see improvements to the Colonel By and Corktown Bridge intersection, as well as funding to turn McArthur Ave into a complete street.

 

SALVATION ARMY BED COUNT MOTION

Voted in favour; carried at Council

Councillor Cloutier and I brought forward a motion that limits the number of permanent beds the Salvation Army could have should their 333 Montreal Road proposal go forward. My council colleauges agreed that the Salvation Army should be limited to 140 permanent shelter beds at the site. We wanted this on record so that the Salvation Army is unable to make any changes at a later date.

 

February 28

AMENDMENTS TO TRANSIT BY-LAW FOR MULTIMODAL OPERATIONS

Voted in favour; approved at Council

Council approved policy changes to align with how transit will operate when the O-Train Confederation Line comes into service. The changes will take effect starting Monday, April 2.  The policy changes include:

  • Permitting customers to bring bicycles on the O-Train Confederation Line vehicles at all times, except during times of extraordinary crowding, using designated doors and positions inside the trains;
  • Allowing small pets on all transit vehicles and in stations at all times, provided they are in an animal carrier or crate that can rest on the customer’s lap; and
  • Developing a procedure for busking at transit stations.

These changes were recommended after staff examined the transit policies of other cities.

 

OFFICIAL PLAN AND ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENTS – 213, 217, 221, 223 HENDERSON AVENUE AND 65 TEMPLETON STREET

Voted in favour; approved at Council

This proposal introduced a low-rise apartment with ground floor retail to a predominantly residential area in Sandy Hill. Taking into account the complexity of this application, we were happy to see the applicant participate in a public meeting so that our community had an opportunity to provide comments and discuss our concerns with the applicant and planning staff.

We are happy to see the applicant work with staff to bring forward a recent resubmission applying the feedback they received from the previous submission, and the public meeting. This project initially came in as essentially three bunker houses and has since shifted to a purpose-built apartment.

We are concerned about the type of commercial business proposed within this building as the outcomes for our community based on how the space is used. That being said, the offer on the part of the applicant to add conditions to the site plan agreement relating to limiting the hours of operation and the commitment to not permitting the sale of alcohol on the premises is welcome and protects our community.

 

March 28 

RIGHT OF WAY PATIO BY-LAW – REVIEW OF PEDESTRIAN CLEARWAY AND ACCESSIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR EXISTING PATIOS

Voted in favour; approved at Council

Council approved an amendment to the Right of Way Patio By-law, which requires patios that encroach on the City’s road allowance to have barrier-free access and to leave a clear pathway for pedestrians that is at least two metres wide. The City will also commit $50,000 to move some of that infrastructure, including signs and benches, where possible, to increase the clearway for pedestrians.

 

UPDATE ON THE TEN YEAR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS PLAN 2014-2024

Voted in favour; approved at Council

Council received an update on its 10-year plan for housing and homelessness. In the first four years of the plan, more than 100,000 residents have benefitted from housing and support services, delivered by more than 130 community partners. The City has built 364 new affordable and supportive housing units, diverted 1,280 people from emergency shelters and moved 519 single individuals with long shelter stays into permanent housing with supports.

We made progress in reducing homelessness, but more work remains to be done.

The City will consider the progress highlighted in this report as it conducts its mid-point review of the plan over the coming year. The review will set new targets and staff will consult with stakeholders, residents and people with lived experience.

 

OFFICIAL PLAN AMENDMENT AND ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT – 315 CHAPEL STREET

Voted in favour; approved at Council

Council approved redevelopment of the former All Saints Anglican Church at 315 Chapel Street in Sandy Hill. The project involves construction of a nine-storey building that will include office and retail space on the lower floors and hotel or residential space on the upper floors. The church building is no longer used as a place of worship, but is a designated heritage site and would be retained as part of the project. This project was met with wide community support and we are thankful to the developer for their openness.

 

SOURCE SEPARATED ORGANICS PROGRAM UPDATE

Voted in favour; approved at Council

Starting in mid-2019, residents will be able to put dog waste in their green bins, and put their organic waste in plastic bags. This was a difficult decision for me but ultimately I supported it because I believe it will greatly improve diversion rates in multi-residential buildings, and ultimately divert more organic waste from our landfill. Residents will have no excuses left not to use the green bin. Please note that if you are currently using paper liners or no liners at all for your green bin, you will be more than welcome to continue doing so.

 

National Health and Fitness Day Motion

 Voted in favour; carried at Council

I brought forward this motion which declares June 2, 2018 to be National Health & Fitness day, and gives a 2 for 1 discounted price to any resident attending a city-operated swimming pool or weight/cardio room on this day.

April 11

COMMUNITY ENERGY INNOVATION FUND

Voted in favour; approved at Council

To support achieving Energy Evolution’s vision, it was recommended that a new funding program called Community Energy Innovation Fund (CEIF) be developed to seed the advancement of viable energy opportunities and savings in Ottawa as well as longer term planning for the city’s low-carbon future. While I supported this new fund, I do not believe that it goes far enough. Investing in environmental opportunities will not only protect our environment but it will save us money in the future.

 

ALBERT AND SLATER STREETS POST LRT REPURPOSING FUNCTIONAL DESIGN AND SLATER STREET REALIGNMENT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT STUDY RECOMMENDATIONS

Voted in favour; approved at Council 

Following the opening of the LRT, Albert St and Slater St will be changing significantly. The dedicated bus lanes in the area will be decommissioned, with local OC Transpo and STO buses running in the general traffic lanes and dedicated cycling facilities will be implemented on the right side of Albert and Slater streets. Construction of the $6.4-million project, from Bay Street to Waller Street, will take place between 2019 and 2022.

Overall, we are pleased with the changes set to come forward as part of the Downtown Moves project. Our main concern falls with the Mackenzie King Bridge. We’d love to see cycle tracks throughout this corridor, but we understand that the concrete median creates a significant cost barrier.

We have advocated for a PXO on Mackenzie King Bridge connecting the Confederation Park staircase to the National Arts Centre (NAC). We believe significant numbers of pedestrians would pick this location over the current Rideau Centre entrance crosswalk. We are additionally concerned about the Mackenzie King and Nicholas Street intersection and the potential conflicts points for pedestrians and cyclists heading to or from the future Waller Street multi-use pathway (two-directional cycling facility).

 

EXEMPTION TO PERMANENT SIGNS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY BY-LAW – MURAL AT 215 WURTEMBURG STREET

Voted in favour; approved at Council

We approved a plan for a large mural on the side of 215 Wurtemburg Street (corner of Rideau  and Wurtemburg Street). The mural will be 10 storeys high and will be developed through community sessions led by the artist (Claudia XXX). The goal of the mural is to highlight contributions of newcomers to Ottawa. I look forward to seeing this colourful creation take form.

 

Pay Day Loan Motion

Voted in favour; carried at Council

I brought forward this motion in order to have staff investigate putting a cap on the numbers of pay day loan establishments. Staff will report back to Planning Committee and Community and Protective Services Committee with their findings. These establishment prey on our lower-income residents and I am a strong supporter of limiting their numbers.

 

April 25

SPONSORS GROUP REPORT ON THE SELECTION AND APPOINTMENT OF A NEW MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH – IN CAMERA – PERSONAL INFORMATION ABOUT AN IDENTIFIABLE INDIVIDUAL – REPORTING OUT DATE: FOLLOWING COUNCIL APPROVAL

Voted in favour; approved at Council

I’d like to welcome Dr. Vera Etches as the new permanent Medical Officer of Health for the City of Ottawa Health Unit. Dr. Etches has already shown great leadership skills and a willingness to listen. She joined Ottawa Public Health in 2009.

 

CHILD CARE AND EARLY YEARS TRANSFORMATION

Voted in favour; approved at Council 

Council received an update and approved a funding framework for the new system of EarlyON Centres, which will expand access to child and family services across Ottawa. In 2017 and 2018, the City received additional funding from the province in order to increase access and affordability to childcare. These additional funds included capital funding to support the creation of new spaces in high priority and/or underserved areas.

Since September 2017, nearly 950 children eligible for a fee subsidy to help offset childcare costs were placed, and all additional children eligible have been approved for a fee subsidy and placed on their preferred provider’s placement list. The City expects to have service providers selected for the new system by the end of 2018.