November 10, 2020

Open letter to landlords and realtors: Understanding local parking rules before selling or renting

Today, the five councillors representing the inner urban wards sent the letter below to several landlord and realtor organizations in Ottawa offering our help to ensure everyone knows the local parking rules before tenants and buyers make decisions about buying or renting a home. November 10, 2020 Dear Landlords and Realtors, Ottawa is growing fast. It’s exciting times for many …

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November 10, 2020

Parking the problem, and rolling forward with a fix: Standardizing options for parking in Lowertown

Finding parking downtown can be difficult.    Whether it is looking for a spot for a business, visiting a friend, or parking your vehicle – it can be stressful if you can not find one. Over the years, working with residents and the Lowertown Community Association, we have made several changes, including expanding the neighbourhood’s permit parking area into one …

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November 4, 2020

Important letter from Vera Etches our medical officer

November 2, 2020 Re: COVID-19 Situation in Ottawa Dear city council, I am writing to recommend a new approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, to protect the health of the population of Ottawa. The current harms to health arising from societal disruption are significant and the measures to limit COVID-19 transmission in Ottawa must be sustainable and balanced following the end …

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November 4, 2020

Recent Fires in Vanier

I share the anxiety of residents in Vanier relating to recent fires. I want to assure everyone that City and enforcement bodies are refocusing to support our community (investigation, information, and proactive monitoring).  Recent Fires have targeted vacant buildings as well as buildings under construction including targeting the soul of our community: the Vanier Sugar Shack. We will rebuild.  Here …

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November 3, 2020

Budget 2021 Virtual Consultation – As we heard it

On Nov. 4 the Mayor will present the City’s 2021 Draft Budget. Following that presentation, each of the City’s Council Committee will debate their individual budgets throughout November and early December.  Council will debate and approve the 2021 Budget on Dec. 9, 2020. Ward 12 focused list of Budget Considerations ByWard Market Public Realm Plan | Plan pour le domaine …

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September 24, 2020

New regulations to improve rental-housing quality

On August 20th, the City’s Community and Protective Services Committee approved new regulations to improve rental-housing quality. Over the last several months, even years, many of us have attended consultations and provided comments as part of the Rental Accommodations Study.  While this Study encompasses both Long Term and Short Term Rental Accommodations, City Staff will return to Council and committee …

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September 23, 2020

R4 Zoning report, brings more changes to our community

At City Council on Sept. 23, I intend to vote against the R4 Phase 2 report.  It is important for the City to see through the Official Plan and changes to the residential zones within the greenbelt in a coordinated way.  Further, the current report does not address the missing middle (diversity of rental units) and affordability issues that began the R4 study in …

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