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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)

THE CITY APPEARS TO BE TAKING STEPS TO FORMALIZE ITS OPPOSITION TO THE PROPOSED LOCATION OF THE MEMORIAL TO THE VICTIMS OF COMMUNISM.

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)

ROOKIE COUNCILLOR LOOKS TO MAKE GOOD ON CAMPAIGN PROMISE

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.

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.

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.

Everything you need to know about Ottawa's budget (Matthew Pearson, Ottawa Citizen)

Wednesday is budget day at Ottawa City Hall.

After weeks of discussion and debate, the $3.073-billion spending plan is expected to pass without much fuss.

Here’s what you need to know.

TAXES, TAXES, TAXES

The residential tax-rate increase for both urban and rural homeowners will be two per cent, while the commercial rate increase will be 1.37 per cent.

Ontario's possible plan for slower speed limits faces a bumpy road ahead (Matthew Coutts, Daily Brew)

The Ontario government is currently considering reducing speed limits in residential areas as part of a plan to protect pedestrians in the case of automobile accidents. 

In many ways, that debate is a unique one. In other ways it is well-debated territory that, in most previous cases, has fallen on the side of slower speeds for the sake of safety.

According to CBC News, the potential shift would make the limit in areas where no speed limit is posted 40 km/h. Default speed limits in Ontario are currently 50 km/h.

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