June 30, 2020

Celebrate Canada Day 2020!

Happy 153rd birthday Canada! This year we will be celebrating differently. Celebrations will be broadcast digitally by Canadian Heritage due to current COVID-19 measures. If you plan on celebrating out of your home, please take the necessary precautions including physical distancing, hand-washing and the use of face masks. For more information, check out my video-blog on masks here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWqubnC_3to Information on the full …

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June 29, 2020

Daily COVID-19 updates

July 4th City provides update on reopening of some of its services and facilities The City will have COVID-related safety protocols and features in place as it prepares for the reopening of some of its facilities and services on Monday, July 6. The City’s plan is based on guidance from Ottawa Public Health and aligns with the Province of Ontario’s …

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June 26, 2020

Concerts to Livestream This Weekend While Social Distancing

Even though large gatherings and events have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 crisis and we’ve all been told to stay at home, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a little live music. This weekend, Canadian performers will be broadcasting their concerts through social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook, so be sure to tune in and support your …

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June 23, 2020

The Government of Ontario’s consultation on the potential for cannabis consumption establishments and/or cannabis special occasion permits

To the Government of Ontario, RE: The Government of Ontario’s consultation on the potential for cannabis consumption establishments and/or cannabis special occasion permits You have engaged the local health authorities to consult and participate for the consultation on the potential for cannabis consumption establishments and/or cannabis special occasion permits On March 10, 2020, Ottawa Public Health has officially responded to …

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June 22, 2020

My Statement on the LPAT’s decision of 333 Montreal Road

To say that I am disappointed in the decision rendered by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) is an understatement. A shelter is not a home. This decision belittles the needs in our community. I – like many in this City – will continue to fight for modern and permanent housing solutions. It remains unclear where the Salvation Army would …

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June 12, 2020

Tayler continues to break waves, focuses on goals despite Olympic delay

Two-time Olympian and Ottawa-born, Michael Tayler, qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics only two weeks before it was evident COVID-19 spread across the world. On March 22, 2020, the Canadian Olympic Committee announced it would not be sending our athletes to the Olympics this year. The International Olympic Committee cancelled the Tokyo Games in April, and confirmed athletes who qualified …

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June 12, 2020

Community update

Montreal Road construction Cross-section east of Vanier Parkway showing proposed raised cycle track. Note: The cycle tracks are proposed on both sides of Montreal Road between North River Road and St Laurent. May proved to be busy in our community, particularly on Montreal Road. It is safe to say there has been a lot of action. The main sections of …

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June 8, 2020

ByWard Market Public Realm Plan

The ByWard Market is one of the most well known destinations in Ottawa. This iconic precinct’s cultural and heritage assets attract local residents as well as visitors from across Canada and the world. The heritage public market building is at the ByWard Market’s symbolic core, but the precinct accommodates a diverse collection of original shops, boutiques, retailers, restaurants and public …

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June 2, 2020

My Thoughts and Considerations on Ottawa’s Ward Boundaries

About Ottawa History  The city of Ottawa amalgamated in 2001 and, following an appeal from rural municipalities in 2002, created 23 wards. The new city of Ottawa combined the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton with areas such as Kanata, Vanier, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Nepean. The joining of several independent cities blended different populations and economic groupings. It meant that many residents …

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May 25, 2020

Beyond balance: Finding a fair approach to growth

Ottawa is one city. In the past two weeks, the City’s Planning Committee has debated and eventually approved the Official Plan’s Growth Management Strategy. Ultimately, allowing for a balanced growth approach to intensification means expanding within the core and expanding within existing suburban communities. Although this plan takes on a fair approach to managing growth, it is also one I …

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