May 5, 2021

New Regulations for Short-Term Rentals

Last week, Council passed the long-awaited regulations for a new by-law that would establish a host permit system for local short-term rental hosts, and rules for short-term rental platforms, like – Airbnb, and property managers.  As per the housing crisis report published on April 9th by the FairBnb.ca Coalition, about 3,000 short-term rental listings are available in Ottawa. 52% of these short-term rentals are …

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April 29, 2021

Letter to Dr. Williams for the Vaccination of Essential Workers

Dear Dr. Williams, We are writing to you today to urge the Provincial Government to accelerate access to vaccines for all essential workers, in Ottawa. Specifically, we are seeking clarity about when people who cannot work from home will be able to book appointments through the provincial booking system as a priority. For months, we have been inundated with messages …

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April 15, 2021

Building resilient neighbourhoods means affordable housing for all (Lowertown Echo, April-May 2021)

As a City, we need a culture change.   No one knows better than our community.  The City of Ottawa faces big City challenges when it comes to housing, mental health and addictions. Lowertown has lived these evolving challenges directly.  We need to stop managing crises and get ahead in preventing homelessness.  13 000 – the number of people on Ottawa’s waiting list for affordable housing. And 2,000 – that …

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April 15, 2021

50 yrs of success begins in Vanier: John Therien honoured as an Ottawa sport legends (Perspectives Vanier, April 2021)

It is amazing what talent grows out of our little neighbourhood. And better yet, this talent also knows how to give back to the community that supported him.This particular story is about a young Vanier-born Jiu-Jitsu fighter who saw the potential in opening up a gym – to share his passion with the rest of the community.   Now, 50 years later – 53 to be exact …

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April 15, 2021

Construction continues along Montreal Road

On Sunday, April 18, a vibrant and welcoming main street with a well-balanced transportation network is one step closer to being complete for our residents and businesses.  Construction crews will resume work on Montreal Road from last year to replace aging underground infrastructure. Work includes watermain replacement, redoing sections of the sewer and roadway, including concrete sidewalks, cycle tracks, the …

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March 31, 2021

Spring thaw: Clean up and stay active (Image Sandyhill: April-May)

As we head into spring and shake off the last remnants of winter from our boots, but still remain in a pandemic, we continue to look for ways to get out, stay active and positive.   One thing I have always enjoyed as the ground begins to thaw is that the trees and plants and parks become more alive again. For many in …

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March 24, 2021

City Reviewing Standards in our Community

With more than 100 neighbourhoods, each with its unique characteristics, the City of Ottawa is a fantastic place that strives to be one of the world’s best Capital cities. Ottawa is also one of the coldest capitals in the world. The City has three distinct zones: its core, the suburbs, and the rural areas. This article is a summary of …

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March 17, 2021

Weathering the housing affordability storm

As a City, we need a culture change. We need to stop managing crises and get ahead in preventing homelessness. 13,000.  This is the number of people on Ottawa’s waiting list for affordable housing. And 2,000 – that is the number of those residents who are without a home. Who are using Emergency Shelters.  The rest simply require affordability in their …

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March 16, 2021

Forging through COVID: Light, path made for Vanier residents (Perspectives Vanier, March 2021)

As we enter the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 in our community, I am pleased to say that in Vanier, we have overcome many challenges that help us navigate this pandemic.  In the early days, we worked hard to address immediate needs: food security, supporting local businesses, access to local COVID testing sites, and finding ways to stay safe but connected to our community.  Three locations have supported …

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