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Ottawa Citizen >> Dawson: Yes, councillors should get to abstain from voting

In some ways, Ottawa council follows the immortal words of Yoda: "Do or do not, There is no try." In political terms: Vote yes, or vote no. There is no abstention. It's an imperfect metaphor, admittedly, but the shades of grey that domiante much of politics aren't readily reflect in  the way representatives must, with finality, say what they think. Read more >>

 

Source: Ottawa Citizen, Tyler Dawson, Feb. 13, 2017

Ottawa East News >> Councillors look back and ahead to 2017

Last year, east Ottawa councillors and residents grappled with issues around traffic, rising costs around the city, intensification, violence and community safety.

In a year-in-review questionnaire, Couns. David Chernushenko, Mathieu Fleury, Tobi Nussbaum, and Tim Tierney weighed in on the year’s challenges, what they are looking forward to in 2017, budget highlights for their wards and personal goals throughout the year. 

Ottawa Citizen >> Stanley Park, a giant hole in the ground, 30,000 loads of muck

So the news — about the giant hole in its heart — has struck hard.

As part of the “Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel,” the City of Ottawa is planning to dig a massive shaft on the edge of venerable Stanley Park — named for a governor general — a hole as wide as a house (13 metres) and as deep as a six-storey building (20 metres).

Ottawa Citizen >> Development group unveils future of former CFB Rockcliffe air base

Published Nov. 28, 2016 >> Plans for a new residential community at CFB Rockcliffe were unveiled Monday afternoon when the development group — including Canada Lands Company, the Algonquins of Ontario and three local builders — presented the official plan for a sustainable 310-acre community that will house 10,000 residents. Read more >>

Source: Ottawa Citizen, Paula McCooey, Nov. 28, 2016

 

Metro Ottawa >> Stop derailing east-end transit

Posted: Oct. 23, 2016

Neighbourhoods like Vanier, Rockcliffe and Manor Park won't directly benefit from light rail, yet its construction affects their daily commutes every day. As light rail construction continues, east-end transit users are frustrated their commutes have been hardest hit by the delays – and they don’t even live along the line. Neighbourhoods like Vanier, Rockcliffe and Manor Park won’t be directly served by the new O-train running from Blair Station to Tunney’s Pasture.

Source: Metro Ottawa, Ocr. 23, 2016, Emma Jackson

CBC Ottawa >> Focused budget consultation on cycling, transit, social agency funding gets big audience

More than 130 people poured into City Hall Thursday night for a budget consultation on social issues, boasting a larger attendance than the combined audiences of all the other public meetings held so far this budget season.

Indeed, it was the best-attended budget consultation in recent memory, likely because of a new format that eschewed the usual general discussion about the budget for a more curated conversation on three specific topics: affordable transit, increased funding for social agencies and improving safety for cyclists and pedestrians.

Ottawa Citizen >> Budget process still irks Ottawa councillors looking for flexibility

Coun. Tobi Nussbaum is optimistic there could be wiggle room in the 2017 budget to help social agencies and improve sustainable transportation infrastructure.
 

Nussbaum, who represents Rideau-Rockcliffe ward, points to the $8 million extra the city plans to receive next year and sees potential.

“That’s actually a good news story,” Nussbaum said after a council meeting Wednesday.

Council approved the 2017 budget directions to staff, reflecting the updated savings from last week’s layoffs and changes to the revenue projections.

Ottawa Citizen >> 'This makes a big difference': Proposed low-income OC Transpo pass coming in 2017

Ottawa residents who live at or below the poverty line may soon qualify for cheaper rides on OC Transpo.
 

A proposed new low-income pass would offer eligible riders a deep discount on the monthly adult general pass if they live at or below Statistics Canada’s low-income cut-off of approximately $20,000 or less a year for individuals, or an annual income of $38,000 for a family of four.

Ottawa Citizen City Hall Blog >> Nussbaum scheduled to speak at transportation conference in Seattle

Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum is apparently becoming a coveted speaker outside of Ottawa.

He’s off to Seattle later this month to speak at the National Association of City Transportation Officials’ “Designing Cities” conference. He’ll be sharing his insights during a session called Paving the Way for Safe Streets: The Role of Political Leadership. Read more >

Ottawa Citizen >> Nussbaum's planning presentation during conference irks some at city hall

A councillor’s presentation at a national conference partially highlighting the perceived dark sides of municipal planning has raised eyebrows in some offices at Ottawa City Hall.

Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum delivered a presentation called Fixing the 5 ‘i’s’ of Planning Failure during a Canadian Institute of Planners conference in Quebec City in July. 

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