February 21, 2020

Council moves for more transparency for the LRT phase 2

The recent news of the payments being made to Rideau Transit Group to the sum of $4.9 million when there remains issues with service did not sit well with many of my council colleagues or me. Council questioned the issue at its Feb.12 meeting. On Feb. 14, General Manager of Transportation Services, John Manconi clarified that these payments were for …

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February 20, 2020

Sidewalk snow clearing and winter parking ban

We are well into winter now, and with that, unfortunately, for some comes snow. It has been a pretty average snowfall winter. I am pleased to see some positive changes with snow clearing this year, but there are still areas we could be doing better – and I intend to follow up on those.  We invite you to share with us your suggestions. For …

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February 18, 2020

Council supports Housing Emergency actions; down the hall Salvation Army LPAT wraps up

On Jan. 29 City Council passed a motion stating there is a housing Emergency in Ottawa – there is currently a list of more than 12,000 people waiting for an affordable home.  This number includes those waiting in shelters and motels. This incredibly high number of Ottawa residents waiting for a permanent home has barely budged. On the same day, the Local Planning Appeal …

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February 11, 2020

My letter to the Ontario Minister of Health regarding the need for Community Health Services in Vanier

Honourable Christine Elliott Minister of Health 5th Floor 777 Bay St. Toronto, ON M7A 2J3 Dear Minister Elliott, I want to thank you, and the Ontario Government, for the opportunity the Ontario Health Teams have brought to our communities. I am eager to see their ability to transform health services to residents in Ottawa. I represent the Rideau-Vanier Ward in …

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January 31, 2020

Housing and Homelessness Emergency

350 families. Average stay of 123 days. 700 children. And a waitlist of 12,000 people. How is this not an emergency? At council today my colleagues Coun. Catherine McKenney, seconded by Coun. Rawlson King, brought forward a motion stating Ottawa officially declare an Affordable Housing and Homelessness Emergency acknowledging that the City of Ottawa does not possess the resources to …

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January 29, 2020

Community Update Winter 2020

Winter Season: A fun time for outdoor activities: I’m happy to announce that the Rideau River Winter Trail is now open. The Rideau River Winter Trail, which runs from the Rideau Sports Centre and Hurdman’s Bridge, is a project led by our office, Councillor King’s office, the Rideau Sports Centre, the Overbrook and Action Sandy Hill Community Associations. This new …

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January 29, 2020

Ensuring LeDroit stays in Ottawa

On Jan. 29, a Francophone’s right to receive daily news in their preferred language became a priority for our City. Le Droit is Ontario’s only French-language daily newspaper – and like many newspapers in today’s economy, is struggling to stay afloat. Founded in 1913 as a means to help protect Franco-Ontarians rights, Le Droit has called Ottawa it’s home for 106 years with the newsroom and …

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January 17, 2020

Parking Standardization in Lowertown

We’ve heard many concerns about parking in Lowertown related to inconsistencies between the different streets and the same vehicles overstaying their welcome every weekday. The purpose of this survey is to evaluate the feedback in regards to a complete standardization of on-street parking limits in Lowertown. Please note this survey does not propose any changes to the paid parking in …

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January 13, 2020

Housing impacts us all

Last fall I had the opportunity to speak at the TEDx Ottawa forum on this vital issue in our City. I have a key to my own home. Chances are, you do too, and I believe a key is a right. The face of homelessness continues to change, more frequently families are faced with emergency housing needs in growing numbers.  …

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