November 26, 2020

Growing our tree canopy in Sandy Hill

A mature tree canopy is what makes an urban neighbourhood unique and desirable. Aside from the environmental benefits from a tree-lined street, trees, in general, make a neighbourhood more inviting, beautiful and charming. Unfortunately, this past spring and summer, Sandy Hill suffered several losses when it comes to mature trees in the neighbourhood. The fact that we lost the tree …

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November 23, 2020

Renewed hope: The Byward Market plan forges ahead

The ByWard Market is one of the most well-known destinations in Ottawa. This iconic precinct’s cultural and heritage assets attract residents and 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 spaces. Because of its …

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November 23, 2020

Winter 2020-21

Winter Weather Update – Wednesday November 25 It’s the second winter weather event of the week!  We are expecting a mixed bag of conditions over the next 24 hours.  We could see 5-6 cm of snow, rain, freezing rain and drizzle over the next 24 hours.  The heaviest snow is expected this morning, though with temperatures hovering around the zero …

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November 23, 2020

City seeks public input on New Official Plan and how Ottawa will grow

The City of Ottawa is seeking your input as we develop a New Official Plan that will guide the physical development of Ottawa until 2046. A draft of the New Official Plan is now available for review and comment at ottawa.ca/newop. On the City’s website you will find a series of short surveys, arranged by theme, to help guide your feedback …

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November 13, 2020

For those who care about Lansdowne: sports and public amenities

There was a lot of skepticism when the proposal to redevelop Lansdowne was presented.  Arguments aside about how it was developed, I think there is one thing that many of us can agree – Today’s Lansdowne is a thousand times better than it was.  The park improvements, farmers’ market, sports and entertainment, pedestrian-focused streets offer visitors a fabulous place to go.  Like Mooney’s Bay and ByWard …

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November 12, 2020

STO Interprovincial Transit Proposal

City staff will be presenting a report on Ottawa-Gatineau transit crossings based on the STO tramway plans at the next city of Ottawa transportation committee, which I am a member of, on November 16, 2020.  I first shared my initial thoughts on this plan when the City received a technical briefing on May 15, 2020. It can be found here. Following this …

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November 10, 2020

Open letter to landlords and realtors: Understanding local parking rules before selling or renting

Today, the five councillors representing the inner urban wards sent the letter below to several landlord and realtor organizations in Ottawa offering our help to ensure everyone knows the local parking rules before tenants and buyers make decisions about buying or renting a home. November 10, 2020 Dear Landlords and Realtors, Ottawa is growing fast. It’s exciting times for many …

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November 10, 2020

Parking the problem, and rolling forward with a fix: Standardizing options for parking in Lowertown

Finding parking downtown can be difficult.    Whether it is looking for a spot for a business, visiting a friend, or parking your vehicle – it can be stressful if you can not find one. Over the years, working with residents and the Lowertown Community Association, we have made several changes, including expanding the neighbourhood’s permit parking area into one …

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November 5, 2020

Daily COVID-19 updates

November 22 Browse the winter recreation and arts eGuides on November 30 and register on December 7 Stay active this winter and register for one or more City of Ottawa COVID-modified winter recreation and arts activities, starting on Monday, December 7 at 9 pm. In advance, browse our winter eGuides, which go online Monday, November 30, and discover our selection …

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November 4, 2020

Important letter from Vera Etches our medical officer

November 2, 2020 Re: COVID-19 Situation in Ottawa Dear city council, I am writing to recommend a new approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, to protect the health of the population of Ottawa. The current harms to health arising from societal disruption are significant and the measures to limit COVID-19 transmission in Ottawa must be sustainable and balanced following the end …

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