April 9, 2020

Free digital exhibitions

Even though most museums and galleries are closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, that shouldn’t stop you from visiting your favourite establishments. During this period of self-isolation, take advantage of the free digital exhibitions available from several organizations – many of which are located in our city. I have compiled a list of museums, galleries and other institutions offering virtual …

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March 17, 2020

COVID-19 updates

ONTARIO DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY – RESTAURANTS AND BARS, CHILD CARE CENTRES TO CLOSE – MORE INFORMATION Ontario.ca Message from Mathieu and team,  First and foremost, I want to thank the community for taking precautions including social distancing to prevent the spread of this virus. This is obviously unchartered territory and we know there are many impacts, but we are all …

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March 4, 2020

Para-Transpo customers one step closer to full online options

When it comes to booking Para Transpo, the issues can sometimes seem impossible. Important to note that Booking (online or by phone) doesn’t necessarily mean you will get your ride on time. I am pleased to say we might be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to these issues. It started on Feb. 21, OC Transpo launched a new …

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March 2, 2020

Question of governance

As each council member sits around the council table, it is just as easy to see us as individuals, as we are whole. Yes, we represent our constituents, our wards – but I think it is fair to say we also represent this city, its values and its needs as we continue to grow and prosper. That is why, when …

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February 21, 2020

Council moves for more transparency for the LRT phase 2

The recent news of the payments being made to Rideau Transit Group to the sum of $4.9 million when there remains issues with service did not sit well with many of my council colleagues or me. Council questioned the issue at its Feb.12 meeting. On Feb. 14, General Manager of Transportation Services, John Manconi clarified that these payments were for …

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February 20, 2020

Sidewalk snow clearing and winter parking ban

We are well into winter now, and with that, unfortunately, for some comes snow. It has been a pretty average snowfall winter. I am pleased to see some positive changes with snow clearing this year, but there are still areas we could be doing better – and I intend to follow up on those.  We invite you to share with us your suggestions. For …

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February 18, 2020

Council supports Housing Emergency actions; down the hall Salvation Army LPAT wraps up

On Jan. 29 City Council passed a motion stating there is a housing Emergency in Ottawa – there is currently a list of more than 12,000 people waiting for an affordable home.  This number includes those waiting in shelters and motels. This incredibly high number of Ottawa residents waiting for a permanent home has barely budged. On the same day, the Local Planning Appeal …

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February 11, 2020

My letter to the Ontario Minister of Health regarding the need for Community Health Services in Vanier

Honourable Christine Elliott Minister of Health 5th Floor 777 Bay St. Toronto, ON M7A 2J3 Dear Minister Elliott, I want to thank you, and the Ontario Government, for the opportunity the Ontario Health Teams have brought to our communities. I am eager to see their ability to transform health services to residents in Ottawa. I represent the Rideau-Vanier Ward in …

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January 31, 2020

Housing and Homelessness Emergency

350 families. Average stay of 123 days. 700 children. And a waitlist of 12,000 people. How is this not an emergency? At council today my colleagues Coun. Catherine McKenney, seconded by Coun. Rawlson King, brought forward a motion stating Ottawa officially declare an Affordable Housing and Homelessness Emergency acknowledging that the City of Ottawa does not possess the resources to …

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January 29, 2020

Community Update Winter 2020

Winter Season: A fun time for outdoor activities: I’m happy to announce that the Rideau River Winter Trail is now open. The Rideau River Winter Trail, which runs from the Rideau Sports Centre and Hurdman’s Bridge, is a project led by our office, Councillor King’s office, the Rideau Sports Centre, the Overbrook and Action Sandy Hill Community Associations. This new …

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