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By Matthew Kupfer, CBC Ottawa
Ottawa is playing host this week to a major international urban planning conference — and its goal is figuring out how to build neighbourhoods where everything's within a 10-minute walk.
By Jon Willing
OC Transpo’s top manager says the service is “at the peak of the peak of detours” because of downtown construction, creating a “fragile” network that relies heavily on buses redirected to routes in response to demand changes.
“I’m sensitive to how important this is for our customers because any cancelled trip or any impact to our customer is important because we’re here to serve them and we care very much about their service,” John Manconi said after a transit commission meeting Wednesday.
Ottawa's relatively generous tax policy for space-hogging downtown parking lots should be updated to encourage smarter development, an Ottawa city councillor believes.
"We want to invigorate, we want to revitalize downtown, and I think to do that we have to make sure we're sending the right tax signals to do that," Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum said Wednesday.
Right now the typical commercial property owner in Ottawa pays 1.9 times the residential property tax rate, while owners of surface parking lots pay only 1.3 times the residential rate.
By Jon Willing
Customers of OC Transpo Routes 6, 7 and 12 are right to think their buses don’t show up on time more often than other routes.
Statistics published Wednesday by the transit agency show the three routes have a higher-than-average cancellation rate than the rest of the bus system.
The figures are in a response to questions from Coun. Tobi Nussbaum and are attached to a transit commission agenda. The commission meets next Wednesday.
By Laura Osman
Coun. Tobi Nussbaum said he doesn't think the city will be able to deal with the problem without more funding from the provincial and federal governments.
He asked staff to be honest about what's equired to solve Ottawa's homelessness problem.
Source: CBC News Ottawa
Coun. Tobi Nussbaum said he was also taken aback to learn that RTG would not be on the hook financially for the delay.
"I think I was as surprised as everybody else was in light of the fact that the briefing material, which the public had received over the last couple months — and a lot of the public statements — had suggested that if the deadline beyond May 24 were passed that there would be a fine levied at a million dollars."
By Ted Raymond
The Built Heritage Sub-committee meets January 11. One of the main issues, Nussbaum expects, will not be the removal of the garage, so much as the care that must be taken during its demolition.
“There’s no question that the Château Laurier is one of the city’s most iconic buildings,” he says. “I think people feel a great attachment to it. It’s a real symbol of our city. Obviously, the Built Heritage committee and Council will want to make sure that the owners, when they take down the garage, are careful not to damage the existing hotel structure.”
By Jennifer Liu
Residents of Beechwood are on a crusade to brighten their neighbourhood, and now they have chosen the artwork that will best represent their vision.
Created from plastic fragments of colourful laundry soap containers, “The Lilypond” was unveiled Friday as the winning proposal for the Better Beechwood 2017 campaign. Approximately 30 people gathered at the Chartwell New Edinburgh Retirement Residence to see the artwork as well as to meet its creator, Barbara Verner.
By Joanne Chianello
Like some other cities, Ottawa has seen a decline in the number of people using public transit.
Whether it's construction, unsatisfactory service or the introduction of Uber, fewer people rode OC Transpo this year. In fact, the transit operation is forecasting $8.5 million less in revenue for 2017 than expected.
And yet, for 2018, the city is counting on taking in $11.2 million more than OC Transpo expects to make in 2017.
Where will this money come from?
Coun. Tobi Nussbaum would like to know.