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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November 23, 2020

Renewed hope: The Byward Market plan forges ahead

The ByWard Market is one of the most well-known destinations in Ottawa. This iconic precinct’s cultural and heritage assets attract residents and 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 spaces. Because of its …

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November 23, 2020

Winter 2020-21

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow – As long as we have a plan Here is what the City is doing to manage winter maintenance this year. Below you will find useful information on snow removal, parking bans (and what they mean) and what to do if there are snow concerns on your street.  As always, I …

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November 23, 2020

City seeks public input on New Official Plan and how Ottawa will grow

The City of Ottawa is seeking your input as we develop a New Official Plan that will guide the physical development of Ottawa until 2046. A draft of the New Official Plan is now available for review and comment at ottawa.ca/newop. On the City’s website you will find a series of short surveys, arranged by theme, to help guide your feedback …

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November 13, 2020

For those who care about Lansdowne: sports and public amenities

There was a lot of skepticism when the proposal to redevelop Lansdowne was presented.  Arguments aside about how it was developed, I think there is one thing that many of us can agree – Today’s Lansdowne is a thousand times better than it was.  The park improvements, farmers’ market, sports and entertainment, pedestrian-focused streets offer visitors a fabulous place to go.  Like Mooney’s Bay and ByWard …

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November 12, 2020

STO Interprovincial Transit Proposal

City staff will be presenting a report on Ottawa-Gatineau transit crossings based on the STO tramway plans at the next city of Ottawa transportation committee, which I am a member of, on November 16, 2020.  I first shared my initial thoughts on this plan when the City received a technical briefing on May 15, 2020. It can be found here. Following this …

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