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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May 25, 2020

Safe Supply in Ottawa : A Critical Step in the Management of Addictions

Since 2016, Ottawa has been in the middle of an opioid crisis that continues to seriously affect the well-being of individuals and communities. Hospital and policing services are on the frontline of these challenges and have been unsuccessful in curbing the ongoing reality. Current responses to addictions are costly, and do not address the growing issue of toxic drug use …

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May 19, 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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May 15, 2020

Today the Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) presented their plans to build a tram between Ottawa and Gatineau to Ottawa City staff and Council members

I requested an update on the STO’s study at the Transportation Committee in the fall of 2019.  Now that it was made public, I will be asking the Chair to ensure this item is added to a future Transportation Committee agenda this year. I want to first thank STO and the City of Gatineau for conducting a study that looks …

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May 14, 2020

LRT Stage 1 Update: Rideau Transit Group Performance Plan

Notice of Default  On March 9, 2020, city council directed staff to prepare and deliver a notice of default to Rideau Transit Group (RTG), requiring it to provide a plan and schedule by March 31, 2020, for how it intends to fix ongoing issues. The notice of default is a contractual notice advising RTG that it is not fulfilling its obligations under its contract …

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May 7, 2020

News from Montreal Road!

The spring has been a busy time in our community, and particularly in Vanier. It’s exciting to see all the action underway, and we’re happy to announce that work crews have taken advantage of the mild weather and reductions in traffic to jump into the revitalization of Montreal Road! Workers from Tomlinson are doing their best to diligently minimize the …

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April 30, 2020

Community Update

Finally HERE – last phase of construction work for Rideau and William Street Rideau Street is now closed between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street until the end of 2020 for the last portion of the complete renewal of Rideau Street. #RideauStRenewal This closure is needed to complete the final phase of work on Rideau Street and will include the renewal of William Street. Work …

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April 22, 2020

Rideau Street and William Street renewal

Rideau Street to close on April 26 On Sunday, April 26, Rideau Street will close between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street until the end of 2020. This closure is needed to complete the final phase of work on Rideau Street and will include the renewal of William Street. Work on William Street between George and Rideau streets will start in early fall. …

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