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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. ... More  |  Plus

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... More  |  Plus

The prospect of a new central public library in our city is an exciting one. Successful central libraries offer citizens a one-stop shop of diverse civic and cultural life. Across the country, new libraries have breathed additional life into downtown cores, from Vancouver to Halifax. In that context, the recommendation to move Ottawa’s new Central Library from the downtown... More  |  Plus

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).

All on the banks of the Rideau... More  |  Plus

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.... More  |  Plus

Published Nov. 20, 2016 >> One of the most important jobs entrusted to city council is the task of planning our growth. Where should growth happen? Is it appropriate for the context? Can it be supported from the perspectives of social services, transit, parks and other city services? When residents cast their ballots, they’re choosing what kind of city in which... More  |  Plus

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... More  |  Plus

By Tobi Nussbaum for the Huffington Post

A billion more people will be living in cities the next time a gavel opens the bi-decennial UN conference on housing and sustainable urban development, known as... More  |  Plus

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... More  |  Plus

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... More  |  Plus

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... More  |  Plus

By Tobi Nussbaum and Miranda Spessot for Policy Options
 
We need to update our approaches to international assistance to reflect that poverty is increasingly an urban problem. This will entail new partnerships with the world’s cities
 

With an estimated 3 million people moving into urban areas each week, mainly in the global... More  |  Plus

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.... More  |  Plus

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.... More  |  Plus

Who doesn’t want to go to a feast? Even better, how about an East Feast?

 Thanks to one Vanier entrepreneur, the backing of his community association and the help of his area city councillors, the first ever Beechwood East Feast will celebrate food and fun on Sept. 10.

 Chris Penton is a man of many hats – he manages the weekly summer farmers’ market,... More  |  Plus

Ottawa's next big dig set to start on $230M sewage tunnels - Storage tunnels centrepiece of massive plan to clean up the Ottawa River

Another big dig is set to start under Ottawa's downtown, this time to carve out tunnels with the capacity to store up to 43 million litres of raw sewage and runoff resulting from big storms.

The combined sewage storage tunnel is... More  |  Plus

Beechwood Parklet

A new attraction has popped up on Beechwood Avenue.
  
The official grand opening of the Quartier Vanier’s Water Garden a parklet in front of Auturo’s restaurant at 49 Beechwood Ave. took place on June 10.
  
The water garden is designed by Carleton University students and has a canopy that will collect water and disperse it into a self-... More  |  Plus

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Along with legends, fairy tales and fables, myths are a great way to teach and learn values. But the other kind of myths – beliefs not grounded in fact – can be politically treacherous, especially when widely held by many or deeply felt by a vocal few. Yet dispelling myths that frustrate the public interest is a necessary aspect of political leadership, which is... More  |  Plus

Gloucester Food Cupboard donations

The cupboards are bare at the Heron Emergency Food Centre – and it's not the only food bank in this city that is suffering based on an increased need as Syrian refugees living on social assistance can’t make ends meet.

Louisa Simms, head of the food centre, said that in February and March the centre – at 1480 Heron Rd. – served 684 Syrian refugees.

Simms said... More  |  Plus

Forensics investigator collecting a sample in  Manor Park

In the wake of police charging five men in relation to what was Ottawa’s first homicide of the year, the community’s focus remains on working together.

Mohamed Najdi, 28, was killed at the Yule Manor Co-operative on Claremont Drive in Manor Park in what police said was a targeted gang-related shooting on January 10. Najdi was a known gang member with prior charges and... More  |  Plus

Uber App

After a marathon 18-hour session of feedback and debate at the committee level, a plan to update Ottawa's taxi regulations and to licence ride-hailing companies lands at full city council Wednesday.

Like many cities, Ottawa has been grappling for months with how to deal with the arrival of app-based Uber, and to craft regulations for such ride-hailing companies, while... More  |  Plus

Ballot being placed in box

The City of Ottawa will be allowed to adopt ranked-ballot voting, as well as ban corporate and union donations, after proposed changes to Municipal Elections Act were announced by the province early Monday afternoon.

For Ottawa123, the lobby group that's been pushing for electoral reform at the municipal level for years, it's the first of several hurdles to clear... More  |  Plus

Voters in voting booth

Could Ottawa move past the post in 2018?

The province said Monday it will give cities the option of using a ranked ballot system instead of first-past-the-post in the next municipal election.

The new system lets voters rank their top candidates in order of preference. If no one wins 50 per cent of the vote, the last-place candidate is eliminated and their second... More  |  Plus

Mayor Jim Watson and Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum

The province is going to let Ontario’s cities ban corporate and union campaign contributions and use a new kind of ballot for their next elections, if they want.

This could, and should, make life uncomfortable for a lot of Ottawa politicians.

Municipal Affairs Minister Ted McMeekin announced the plans Monday. The first idea arrives in Ottawa... More  |  Plus

Library main branch

Somerset Coun. Catherine McKenney and Rideau-Rockliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum want residents to start thinking about how they’d evaluate potential locations for a new central library.

As the library board prepares for public consultations, McKenney said she wants people to consider some elements from a survey that was commissioned by the board.

Figures show that 68... More  |  Plus

The Fifth-Clegg bridge concept art

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... More  |  Plus

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A well-travelled yet unofficial dirt path through St. Paul’s Park in Overbrook is set to get some tender... More  |  Plus

House in Rockcliffe Park

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-... More  |  Plus

Monster home in Rockcliffe

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... More  |  Plus

Payday loan businesses

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... More  |  Plus

Presto card reader

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... More  |  Plus

Mayor Jim Watson

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.

Sculpted by Watson... More  |  Plus

Bike on snowy path

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.

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CFB Rockcliffe redevelopment

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... More  |  Plus

L'ex base militaire

«Enfin!» L'ancien conseiller municipal d'Ottawa, Jacques Legendre, a exprimé mardi tout haut ce que beaucoup pensent tout bas: la municipalité va finalement de l'avant avec sa transformation de l'ex-base militaire de Rockcliffe en un nouveau quartier résidentiel et commercial d'importance.

Le comité d'urbanisme a donné son aval au méga projet de 131 hectares situé à l... More  |  Plus

Reunion des conseilleurs

La Société immobilière du Canada (SIC), une société d'État fédérale, veut transformer l'ex-complexe militaire en un quartier résidentiel et commercial. La SIC est propriétaire du site de quelque 125 hectares, situé à l'est du centre-ville, depuis 2011.

Le projet immobilier prévoit notamment la construction de 5200 appartements au cours des 15 à 20 prochaines années.... More  |  Plus

CFB Rockcliffe redevelopment aerial view

The City of Ottawa's planning committee has approved the redevelopment of the former CFB Rockcliffe air force base just east of downtown Ottawa.

The plans by Canada Lands Company Limited (CLCL) would bring around 5,500 housing units to the property. 

Most of the buildings would be six storeys or fewer, but some mixed-use buildings would be as tall as 20... More  |  Plus

CFB Rockcliffe redevelopment aerial view

The city’s planning and development committee has approved the community development plan for the former CFB Rockcliffe.

Now the real work begins, says Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum. The new development, which encompasses 131 hectares, will eventually be home to 10,000 people. It won’t be finished for another 20 years.

“This is a visionary document and a... More  |  Plus

CFB Rockcliffe redevelopment aerial view

 

The City of Ottawa’s planning committee is set to consider a detailed and ambitious blueprint for redeveloping the former Rockcliffe military base to accommodate thousands of new homes over the next 20 years, making it the largest residential development inside the Greenbelt in a generation. Matthew Pearson explains.

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Map of St. Laurent blvd.

Bike lanes could be coming to St. Laurent Boulevard as early as this summer.

City staff unveiled its preferred roadway configuration for the project at a community open house on June 18. The plan promises to make the boulevard safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

It will provide a bike lane along the roadway from Hemlock Street to Montreal Road, providing a link... More  |  Plus

Draft of proposed changes to communism memorial

The Victims of Communism memorial has been drastically reduced in size, but the NCC has moved closer to finalizing its controversial location.

The National Capital Commission presented a significantly smaller design for the proposed monument at its board of directors meeting on June 25, but it also approved starting a decontamination project on the site in preparation... More  |  Plus

Cyclists on Beechwood Ave.

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... More  |  Plus

Plan for former CFB Rockcliffe site

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.

The mammoth parcel is bounded by the Ottawa River to the... More  |  Plus

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STAFF SAY 557 WELLINGTON ‘JUST A PLACEHOLDER,’ NO SITE CHOSEN FOR NEW CENTRAL LIBRARY

Location, location, location: that was the theme of the Ottawa Public Library board’s meeting on June 9, which gave staff a mandate to officially start planning a new central branch.

The library board has approved the staff recommendation to build a new central... More  |  Plus

Map of proposed Sandy Hill Heritage sites

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... More  |  Plus

Conceptualization of Victims of Communism Memorial

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... More  |  Plus

Conceptualization of Victims of Communism Memorial

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... More  |  Plus

Citizens voicing opinions

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.

Ecology Ottawa hosted the event at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship church in... More  |  Plus

Councillor Tobi Nussbaum

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... More  |  Plus

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