December 31, 2020

What has the City of Ottawa learned from the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic?

Large Cities struggled through this pandemic. Our main streets’ survival is undoubtedly at the centre of a rethink going into 2021. For many, this pandemic has involved struggling to survive, maintain, close then reopen businesses. Online ordering seems to be a way of the future; only how can we ensure we order from local businesses and do so reasonably and …

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December 17, 2020

Holiday season schedule changes

Team Fleury Myself and my team would like to wish everyone who celebrates a Merry Christmas, and for the rest, a safe and restful end of the year. From Dec. 21 to Jan. 5, 2021, emails and calls will be monitored but the office will be closed. Any urgent matters or issues should be reported to 3-1-1. The City of …

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December 17, 2020

Experience your #WinterCapital

Keep active this winter with an expanded trail network, interactive map and personal challenge! To help everyone keep active during the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Capital Commission (NCC) is providing an unprecedented winter offering to create more public space for outdoor physical and mental well-being. With over 450 km of trails for skiing, snowshoeing, snow biking, walking or hiking, hills for tobogganing and fire pits to warm up by, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in our “Winter Capital.” We’re also making it easier for residents to discover the expanded winter trail network, with our …

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December 14, 2020

Ottawa’s Mainstreet Reopens

History Rideau Street has come a long way over the years. Its roots reach back to the mid 1800s, during the construction of the Rideau Canal, when it was established as the community’s route to Montreal for rail and travel. As one of our city’s first streets, it quickly developed its status as Ottawa’s main street. The first shops on …

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December 10, 2020

NCC Consultations: Fall 2020

2020 has been a busy year for the NCC. Over the last few months my office has filled out consultations and engaged with their staff on at least three different projects. This update will provide information and my thoughts on the NCC consultations and specifically the Sixth Crossing (Bridge), Alexandra Bridge reconstruction, and the NCC pathways plan. 1- Long-term Integrated …

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December 9, 2020

Community Update December 2020

Riverain Park Renewal project has now begun I am pleased to announce construction work for Phase 1 is underway, with work expected to wrap up for Summer 2021 use. I want to thank everyone who participated in the two well-attended public consultations for Riverain Park. It is fair to say residents are very passionate about this beautiful park. A new splash …

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December 7, 2020

As We Heard It: A Report on the 2021 BudgetSpeak Meeting

On October 27, Councillors Fleury, Leiper, McKenney, King, and Menard hosted their sixth annual BudgetSpeak meeting. This annual meeting offers residents of the urban wards an important opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions about the draft municipal budget for the upcoming year. The focus of BudgetSpeak 2021 was housing. You can read the full report here.

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December 7, 2020

Well, to say it’s been a year – that would be an understatement. (Perspective Vanier)

This year has been unlike any other we have ever come across, from record snowfalls in the winter, declaring a housing emergency to a global pandemic.  I feel the virtual life shift that took place, at first, felt unknown and uncomfortable. Silly at times, figuring out the logistics, how to ‘meet’ with residents, but I am proud to say (and see) that we not only persevered, but we that in some ways, we have all managed our time, and our attention to issues in the community relatively well.  We had a bumpy year, with a few …

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December 1, 2020

10 years ago, it started today

Tuesday, December 1, 2020, marks 10 years since my first inauguration as an elected representative for the best neighbourhood in our city. I am very grateful for the continued support of the residents of Lowertown, Sandy Hill, and Vanier for the past three elections. I began in municipal politics as a 25-year-old, unknown to Ottawa’s political elite. Just a lifeguard, some …

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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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