June 23, 2020

The Government of Ontario’s consultation on the potential for cannabis consumption establishments and/or cannabis special occasion permits

To the Government of Ontario, RE: The Government of Ontario’s consultation on the potential for cannabis consumption establishments and/or cannabis special occasion permits You have engaged the local health authorities to consult and participate for the consultation on the potential for cannabis consumption establishments and/or cannabis special occasion permits On March 10, 2020, Ottawa Public Health has officially responded to …

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June 22, 2020

My Statement on the LPAT’s decision of 333 Montreal Road

To say that I am disappointed in the decision rendered by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) is an understatement. A shelter is not a home. This decision belittles the needs in our community. I – like many in this City – will continue to fight for modern and permanent housing solutions. It remains unclear where the Salvation Army would …

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June 12, 2020

Tayler continues to break waves, focuses on goals despite Olympic delay

Two-time Olympian and Ottawa-born, Michael Tayler, qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics only two weeks before it was evident COVID-19 spread across the world. On March 22, 2020, the Canadian Olympic Committee announced it would not be sending our athletes to the Olympics this year. The International Olympic Committee cancelled the Tokyo Games in April, and confirmed athletes who qualified …

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June 12, 2020

Community update

Montreal Road construction Cross-section east of Vanier Parkway showing proposed raised cycle track. Note: The cycle tracks are proposed on both sides of Montreal Road between North River Road and St Laurent. May proved to be busy in our community, particularly on Montreal Road. It is safe to say there has been a lot of action. The main sections of …

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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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