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Fast-track cycling with federal money, councillors ask (Emma Jackson, Metro News)

The federal government could fast-track Ottawa’s cycling and pedestrian plans by up to 11 years, if some city councillors get their way.

Four urban councillors – Mathieu Fleury, Catherine McKenney, Jeff Leiper and Tobi Nussbaum – sent a joint letter to deputy city manager John Moser last Wednesday, asking him to prioritize cycling and pedestrian projects when staff request funding from the Liberals’ new Green Infrastructure Fund. 

Nussbaum to fund new path for Overbrook’s St. Paul’s Park (Alex Robinson, Ottawa East News)


A well-travelled yet unofficial dirt path through St. Paul’s Park in Overbrook is set to get some tender loving care from Tobi Nussbaum.

The Rideau-Rockcliffe councillor is looking to fund the construction of a new multi-use path through the park to replace a muddy walkway that has formed organically over the years.

"Contributing" and "non-contributing" in Rockcliffe Park (Joanne Laucius, Ottawa Citizen)

Which properties contribute to Rockcliffe Park’s unique leafy charm and which don’t?

The difference between “contributing” and “non-contributing” properties still needs to be clarified after Ottawa’s built heritage sub-committee approved a new heritage conservation district plan for Rockliffe Park on Tuesday. It’s unclear how long that might take, said Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum, who is chair of the sub-committee.

Heritage plan offers more teeth to keep 'monster homes' out of Rockcliffe (Joanne Laucius, Ottawa Citizen)

A new heritage conservation district plan for Rockcliffe Park may help prevent “monster homes” in Ottawa’s most prestigious neighbourhood. 

The draft plan, which will be before the city’s built heritage subcommittee next Thursday, is an update to previous guidelines set out in 1997 under the Ontario Heritage Act, when the entire village was designated a heritage district. Rockcliffe, previously an independent municipality, amalgamated with the City of Ottawa in 2001.

Province proposes safeguards for payday loan borrowers (Chris Cobb, Ottawa Citizen)

The Ontario government has introduced legislation it says will increase protection for people using payday loan outlets and other “alternative financial services.”

Canada’s multi-million-dollar payday loan industry, regulated provincially, has been accused of preying on the most financially vulnerable and sucking them into a cycle of high-interest loans that many are unable to repay.

Under the new legislation, consumers hounded by collection agencies — often agencies that have bought the debt from the original lender — will be protected against “unfair collection practices.”

Video: Pedestrians and cyclists celebrate the opening of Adàwe crossing over the Rideau River (Ottawa Citizen)

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Ottawa councillor Tobi Nussbaum officially opened Adàwe crossing, the new pedestrian bridge that links Donald Street and Somerset Street East, on Friday, November 4, 2015.

Under pressure: City to unveil 2016 draft budget on Thursday (Matthew Pearson and Joanne Laucius, Ottawa Citizen)

Mayor Jim Watson’s pledge to keep the tax rate increase to two per cent will be put to the test when the city’s 2016 draft budget is tabled later this week.

How the city will achieve this goal, a commitment Watson made before winning re-election last fall, will likely involve a mix of targeted cuts and one-time borrowing from city reserves.

Fare hikes planned as OC Transpo faces shortfall (Emma Jackson, Metro News)

Bus fares will likely be the hot topic at transit commission this Thursday as OC Transpo stares down an $11.5-million deficit.

The city’s 2011 transit affordability plan calls for regular, incremental fare increases of 2.5 per cent each year in order to pay for Ottawa’s massive light rail project, which is currently under construction.

But commission chair Coun. Stephen Blais refused to say whether the increase would be even higher than usual to help fight this year’s unexpected shortfall.

Ottawa councillor Tobi Nussbaum wants snow cleared from more paths (CBC News)

Ottawa Coun. Tobi Nussbaum wants the city to commit in its plans to clear more paths for pedestrians and cyclists this winter.

Councillors on the City of Ottawa's transportation committee have already pledged $200,000 a year to remove more snow — on top of the 20 kilometres of paths already cleared — but the plan still needs to be approved at budget time.

City council approves CFB Rockcliffe redevelopment (Alex Robinson, Ottawa East News)

City council has approved the mammoth redevelopment of the CFB Rockcliffe lands, which will create a new neighbourhood that will eventually bring 10,000 new residents to the area.

“It will be an exciting day for many people who have been eagerly anticipating the approval of this very ambitious project,” Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum said at a council meeting on Oct. 14.

“It could really give us an exciting and visionary opportunity to build new residential areas.”


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