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Councillors invite residents to envision better Beechwood Avenue (Alex Robinson, Ottawa East News)

Although Beechwood Avenue is not scheduled to be rebuilt any time soon, two city councillors are appealing to residents to envision ways transportation can improve along the corridor.

Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury and Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum have scheduled a meeting on June 24 to discuss how the street can be altered to better accommodate pedestrians and cyclists.

“We really want to have an opportunity to discuss with residents how to reconfigure Beechwood Avenue to be a safer street for all forms of transportation,” Nussbaum said.

Plan for former CFB Rockcliffe site submitted to city (Alex Robinson, Ottawa East News)

The Canada Lands Company has submitted an application to the city to build a 6,000-home subdivision on the former CFB Rockcliffe lands.

The crown corporation needs the city to rezone the property in order to make way for the mixed-use development that will eventually bring 10,000 new residents to the area.

Ottawa seeks heritage designation for 332 Sandy Hill buildings (Lucy Scholey, Metro News)

Hundreds of buildings in Sandy Hill could soon join the city’s heritage family tree.

On Thursday, the built heritage sub-committee approved 332 buildings for the heritage registry, plus a new historical boundary around Sandy Hill that would set building guidelines for new developments and renovation projects.

Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum, the committee chair, hailed it as “great news for heritage in Ottawa and great news for Sandy Hill.”

The reports will go to the planning committee for consideration.

Put communism memorial somewhere else: Nussbaum (Emma Jackson, Ottawa East News)

Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum is wading into the debate over a planned memorial to victims of communism, asking the federal government to put it somewhere else.

The rookie councillor will introduce a motion at the end of the month that would formally request the Harper government relocate its memorial somewhere other than between the Supreme Court and Library and Archives buildings on Wellington Street, where it’s currently approved to go.

City steps up opposition to victims of communism memorial (Matthew Pearson, Ottawa Citizen)


A day after Defence Minister Jason Kenney told an audience at a city hall breakfast event that the completed site on Wellington Street will be “more like a park” once the monument is built, Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum informed his fellow councillors that he plans to move a motion at the next council meeting to formally request that the federal government relocate the proposed memorial.

Climate change debate brings all government levels together (Emma Jackson, Ottawa East News)

A packed panel discussion at a church on McArthur Avenue perhaps speaks volumes to the growing concern around climate change policies in Canada, but the five participating politicians were hardly able to scratch the surface of the contentious topic during a two-hour discussion.

Get corporate and union money out of municipal politics: Nussbaum (Alex Robinson, Ottawa East News)


Tobi Nussbaum has launched an effort to get corporate and union money out of municipal politics.

The Rideau-Rockcliffe councillor is looking to make good on a campaign promise to get rid of corporate and union campaign contributions by introducing a motion at city council that could lead to banning the practice.

“If you’re a member of a union or the owner of a corporation, you have two opportunities to donate and that’s a right that’s not afforded to other citizens,” he said.

Rookie councillor renews push to ban corporate campaign donations (Alistair Steele, CBC News)

First-time Ottawa city councillor Tobi Nussbaum says he'll ask Queen's Park to prohibit corporate and union donations to candidates seeking municipal office in this city.

But first he'll need the support of his council colleagues, many of whom accepted such contributions during the recent election campaign, and say they don't support a ban.

Nussbaum refused to accept corporate and union donations during last year's campaign, and promised voters in Rideau-Rockcliffe he'd raise the issue if elected.

Time to talk about changing campaign finance rules (Joanne Chianello, Ottawa Citizen)

When Tobi Nussbaum ran in last fall’s campaign, the Rideau-Rockcliffe councillor promised to introduce a motion to ban corporate and union donations in municipal elections during his first 100 days in office.

A tall order. Moving the motion is easy — but getting 13 of his council colleagues to agree to the election financing changes was going to be a serious challenge. Mayor Jim Watson has said he doesn’t see any issues with companies and unions contributing to campaigns.


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