March 1, 2021

New Recreation Facilities Needed in the Core (updated)

Before COVID, did you use pools, gyms, arenas, courts, fields… in Lowertown, Sandy Hill and Vanier? If yes, please share with the City and I your experience and how we can improve it (when it comes to facility location and spaces). If not, why? Are City owned facilities adequate, accessible, safe for your recreation needs and sport? The City’s Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services …

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February 26, 2021

Chateau Laurier Continually Emphasizing the Importance of Heritage: Strengthening our need for better protection

Ottawa city council approved the sixth design iteration of the Château Laurier’s proposed addition of a two-tower, 159-unit extension. The approval came from a split vote during Council on Thursday February 24th.  The final vote count 10 nays 14 yays. I voted against it. I addressed council on this. Here are my thoughts: Yesterday we found ourselves in the same place we were …

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February 17, 2021

Long-Term Care Commission 2021

On December 15th I had the opportunity to speak in front of the Long-Term Care COVID19 Commission. Over the last 10 years representing Lowertown, Sandy Hill and Vanier, I have seen how complex the needs in our Long-Term Care homes have become along with the challenges faced by public housing agencies such as Ottawa Community Housing in supporting seniors in their …

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February 11, 2021

INPUT NEEDED: Share your concerns, wants for the oldest recreational facilities (Perspectives Vanier)

The future of recreation facilities in the neighbourhood is in your hands. It is time to come together as a community and share – what would you like? What do you want to see? In your pools, gymnasiums, sports fields, courts, and recreational spaces. The City’s Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services Department Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan (PRFMP) is …

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January 26, 2021

Chateau Laurier Update: My comments

First, I would like to say thank you to all of you for attending the information session as well as submitting comments and concerns about the latest submission for the addition of the Chateau Laurier. Below I am sharing my comments, which will be part of the staff report, available on Feb. 26. In addition to these comments, I feel …

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January 22, 2021

Accessibility at cannabis dispensaries

The Honourable Doug Downey, Attorney General of Ontario, Ministry of the Attorney General Hi Minister, I hope you are doing well. As shared with you through recent correspondences, I have concerns regarding cannabis dispensaries within our Ward not possessing fundamental accessibility features such as barrier-free ramps. Ottawa, like many other municipalities, is getting more and more applications for cannabis retail …

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January 22, 2021

Why COVID Vaccination is an Equity Issue

At a time when many worry about when they will get a COVID-19 vaccination, it is important to remember that not everyone is entirely enthusiastic. The pathway out of this confusion must include health and racial equity. COVID-19 has disproportionally affected certain groups, most notably seniors and members of racialized communities. Given this reality, we would expect these same groups …

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