Updates | Mises a jour

September 13, 2017

On Sept. 13, 2017, City Council voted to formally establish a Gaming Site at the Rideau-Carleton Raceway. It was the first time in this term of Council that we have dealt with a casino item. I did not vote in favour of this proposal for the reasons below. My main issue related to the well-known adverse public health impacts of gambling. We know that today’s vote will... More  |  Plus

August 28, 2017

The application to construct a new building on the site of 137 Beechwood and 143 Putman will play an important role in the future development of Beechwood Avenue.  I have been monitoring this application closely; meeting with the City planner responsible for approving the site plan application and listening to the community feedback. I think it is important to clarify how... More  |  Plus

August 25, 2017

During consultations on the draft plans to add cycling lanes onto McArthur Avenue, residents expressed a desire to see dedicated cycling facilities added to Donald Street as well. The repaving of Donald between North River Road and the Vanier Parkway this summer presents an opportunity to consider repainting the lines to allocate space on the roadway for cycling lanes. ... More  |  Plus

August 16, 2017

Early bird registration for the annual fall GLAD Cleaning the Capital campaign is now open. Participants can register their cleanup projects by calling 3-1-1 or by using the online registration form available at ottawa.ca/clean. The interactive map on the City website shows which locations have already been claimed, and allow residents to register their own project site.Key... More  |  Plus

August 14, 2017

Registration for fall 2017 and winter 2018 recreation programs will begin – August 14 at 9 p.m.The Recreation eGuide and Mon Cyberguide francophone des loisirs are online at ottawa.ca for fall and winter programs. Residents can choose from a wide variety of activities in their neighbourhoods including swimming lessons and fitness classes.Registration for swimming and... More  |  Plus

August 4, 2017

Last year, the City of Ottawa began turning Beechwood Avenue into a complete street, with safer options for all modes of transportation. That transformation is continuing, with construction taking place this summer to reconfigure Beechwood between the Vanier Parkway/Crichton Street and Springfield Road.Construction is already underway in front of the new building at 19... More  |  Plus

August 3, 2017

You will notice that new suggested cycling/pedestrian detour signs have been installed in and around Stanley Park to better guide people during CSST and playground construction.Thanks to the help of interested community members,  people travelling in the area by bike or on foot will be able to refer to new, larger signs in key locations for suggested routes around the... More  |  Plus

July 31, 2017

In response to resident concerns about speeding on Sandridge Road, the installation of raised traffic calming speed tables was proposed as part of an infrastructure rehabilitation project this summer.After hearing from residents on this proposal and holding a public information session, I am seeking residents' feedback on some ideas that have been proposed. Please fill out... More  |  Plus

July 20, 2017

The construction underway here is a major community partnership project between the Crichton Community Council and the City of Ottawa to renew and improve the New Edinburgh Park Playground.  The project is a result of a series of community consultations over the last year and includes the removal of play equipment that had reached the end of its life, the retention... More  |  Plus

July 14, 2017

New Edinburgh playground improvements The New Edinburgh playground renewal is set to begin the week of July 17, 2017. This important project is a community partnership between the Crichton Community Council and the City of Ottawa to renew and improve the New Edinburgh Park Playground.  The playground redevelopment plan shown here is a result of a series of... More  |  Plus

July 14, 2017

For residents who cycle east to destinations such as Gloucester High School, you may be interested in knowing that until July 21, 2017, residents can provide comments about a planned cycling connection along Ogilvie Road between Blair Road and Montreal Road.This project was identified in the City of Ottawa’s Term of Council Priorities (2015-2018) and... More  |  Plus

July 5, 2017

During consultations on the draft plans to add cycling lanes onto McArthur Avenue, residents expressed a desire to see dedicated cycling facilities added to Donald Street as well.While Donald was designated as a cycling route in the City’s Transportation Master Plan, no sources of funds for dedicated cycling infrastructure were identified. However, in light of the fact that... More  |  Plus

July 5, 2017

Since its enactment in 2005, the City’s Property Standards by-law has been amended several times including a comprehensive review in 2013 that resulted in a new and updated by-law that addressed other issues such as vacant buildings, lands, heritage properties and enhanced existing provisions.City staff are in the process of initiating a further review with a particular focus... More  |  Plus

June 29, 2017

Cummings Avenue is an important connector in our community. It connects residents in the Forbes area with commercial districts on Montreal and Ogilvie roads, and as importantly, it connects families to local schools and parks. Since the beginning of my term in office, I have been hearing about speeding and safety concerns on Cummings Avenue, so I am happy to report that the... More  |  Plus

June 23, 2017

One of Ottawa’s oldest public transit routes, the #1 is about to transform into route #6. OC Transpo is changing several bus route numbers in preparation for the new LRT system. Route 1 will soon represent the new Confederation line of the LRT. The change to #6 will not affect the route or level of service. Yet, given its rich history serving some of Ottawa’s oldest... More  |  Plus

June 13, 2017

Thank you to all the residents who joined me and Councillor Fleury at the East of the Rideau Transit Forum on June 6, 2017. It a useful event with lots of information on the proposed changes to bus routes that will come into effect when the LRT comes online in 2018. In our effort to make sure as many residents as possible have the opportunity to hear how the proposals... More  |  Plus

June 13, 2017

The CSST (Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel) project has been underway since March 2017, with work occurring in two locations in New Edinburgh: within Stanley Park (Sites 5A and 5B) and at the intersection of Queen Victoria and River Lane (Site 5C).The CSST team has now provided an updated schedule of upcoming construction works, broken down by month. This schedule is an update... More  |  Plus

June 6, 2017

The City of Ottawa is hosting the Ontario Heritage Conference from June 8 to 10. This conference attracts individuals from across the province who are passionate about cultural heritage. As Chair of the City’s Built Heritage Sub-Committee, I will be opening the conference, entitled Canada 150: Past, Present, and Future of Heritage Conservation.The conference will feature... More  |  Plus

May 31, 2017

At Council last week, there was a lengthy debate about an application to demolish a house in the Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District (HCD) located at 270 Buchan Road. The staff report had recommended against permitting demolition on the basis that both the original HCD guidelines and the new HCD Plan, passed last year by City Council, had established clear... More  |  Plus

May 8, 2017

Construction will take place this coming spring/summer season to replace watermains on Brittany Drive, Bangs Street, and Chelsea Drive. At the same time, crews will be constructing traffic calming measures identified through a study and public consultation that took place last year.These measures include:Speed humps on Brittany Drive, Bangs Street and Truro StreetCurb... More  |  Plus

April 28, 2017

Transportation safety and choice are a key priority for me and one of the topics I frequently hear about from residents. Street design is the most important factor that influences the speed of traffic. Unfortunately, permanent traffic calming measures such as speed bumps and curb extensions are very costly and require lengthy studies.Recognizing that there is a long waiting... More  |  Plus

April 20, 2017

The City of Ottawa invites you to attend a public information session regarding the environmental risk management plan to be implemented as part of the upcoming playground improvements at New Edinburgh Park (Stanley Park) taking place this summer.The meeting has been organized to present and discuss the results of the recent environmental investigation completed at the park... More  |  Plus

April 18, 2017

 The City of Ottawa’s By-law and Regulatory Services Branch is conducting a Noise By-law review, and residents are invited to provide their feedback through an online public consultation survey or by attending one of the three public workshops. The online survey runs until Monday, May 1. The online survey will provide residents with brief facts on the by-law and an... More  |  Plus

April 10, 2017

The CSST team has initiated community drop-in meetings to provide an opportunity for residents to connect with CSST team members to receive construction updates, ask questions and raise any concerns.Please note: Starting at the end of July 2017, drop-in meetings will be held bi-weekly with the next scheduled meeting on August 2, 2017.Members of the CSST team will be... More  |  Plus

March 31, 2017

More than 380 residents voted on their favourite concept for the Better Beechwood 2017 project. "Brighten up Beechwood" was selected as the winning idea and is now the basis for the next exciting phase: the call for proposals! Artists are invited to submit their ideas to betterbeechwood2017@gmail.com, by April 26, 2017 at 5 p.m. For more details on the project and the... More  |  Plus

March 28, 2017

The findings of a study on road congestion pricing prepared by transportation specialists CPCS (Canadian Pacific Consulting Services) will be discussed for the first time on March 28 at a road user fee symposium organized by the Healthy Transportation Coalition. The study, commissioned by Councillors Chernushenko, Leiper, McKenney and Nussbaum, looked at specific... More  |  Plus

March 17, 2017

The CSST project team has indicated that construction activities are scheduled to begin in New Edinburgh the week of March 20, 2017 to support the Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel (CSST) project. Initial site set-up activities will include work such as: snow removal, some tree clearing in Stanley Park, fencing installation and ground preparation. The CSST project team's... More  |  Plus

February 23, 2017

The team in charge of the City's CSST (Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel) project hosted a public open house on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 at St. Bartholomew’s Church Hall. Residents were invited to review planned construction activities in New Edinburgh and provide feedback on options for truck routes though the community.Feedback on truck routes is being accepted via... More  |  Plus

February 10, 2017

 In partnership with the Quartier Vanier Business Improvement Area Many cities are enhancing public spaces to create more interesting and engaging places for residents to enjoy. Montreal has strung pink balls on Sainte-Catherine Street, Halifax has installed furniture at strategic locations along its waterfront, Vancouver has suspended red... More  |  Plus

February 8, 2017

On February 22, 2017 City Council debated the proposed central library site. The following are the remarks I delivered before council.I was going to use my five minutes this morning to ask questions about the process that got us here to better understand what I see as some of the shortcomings and gaps in that process. For instance, to better understand how a site... More  |  Plus

January 30, 2017

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) is conducting city-wide student learning and pupil accommodation reviews. As part of this process, three east end secondary schools - Colonel By, Rideau and Gloucester High Schools - have been evaluated. Board staff is recommending Rideau High School for closure as early as September 2017. At the December 2016 OCDSB... More  |  Plus

January 30, 2017

Last fall, I was invited to speak at the annual conference of the North American City Transportation Officials. It was an opportunity to outline my ideas for how best to ensure our roads are structured to ensure safe passage for all users. Political leadership is critical, but I offered four other factors that can help contribute to complete streets. You can read a summary of... More  |  Plus

January 25, 2017

On Jan. 18, 2017, I along with Councillors representing the five urban wards hosted an Open House on the Central Library.  Over 200 people attended to learn more about the newly recommended location for the central library and the criteria used by city staff in formulating this recommendation. Here is a link to a recently written op-ed that I co-wrote with Councillor... More  |  Plus

January 24, 2017

I wanted to provide an update on the work I have been doing on the community’s behalf to address the challenges posed by CSST (Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel) construction in New Edinburgh. Residents are understandably concerned about the potential impacts of the construction on their health, safety, heritage buildings, traffic and enjoyment of the neighbourhood and its... More  |  Plus

January 24, 2017

On Jan. 18, 2017, Heritage Ottawa marked 50 years of important local advocacy work. I was delighted to participate as the keynote speaker as well as join a discussion panel with former Presidents Carolyn Quinn and David Flemming. Heritage in the service of City Building: Celebrating 50 years of Heritage OttawaWe gather here tonight to celebrate the 50th anniversary of an... More  |  Plus

December 7, 2016

This column was originally published in the December 2016 edition of the New Edinburgh News.For background documentation on the CSST, please refer to this page.Views From Our City Councillor on CSSTBy Tobi Nussbaum, City Councillor for Rideau-RockcliffeMy approach to the Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel (CSST) has been, and will continue to be, based on three tracks: keeping the... More  |  Plus

November 26, 2016

Here you can find a collection of documents and information related to the CSST which have been provided to my office from the CSST Project Team in many cases in response to residents' requests. I am posting them here to ensure residents have access to them and because they are in some cases contained in files that are too large to email. I will continue to update... More  |  Plus

November 23, 2016

The Province of Ontario is currently undertaking a review of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), a quasi-judicial tribunal that rules on land use planning disputes. City planning staff prepared a response to the provincial consultation, outlining the City of Ottawa's position on OMB reform. However, the staff report did not agree with the province's suggestion that it... More  |  Plus

November 4, 2016

BudgetSpeak 2016 On Oct. 13, 2016, I along with four council colleagues hosted BudgetSpeak, a consultation on the City’s 2017 budget. This year we focused on advancing the top three priorities residents identified from BudgetSpeak sessions hosted for the 2015 and 2016 city budgets. The priorities were: affordable transit, provision of social services and safe... More  |  Plus

October 29, 2016

Le message en français suivraOn October 27, 2016, the project team of the Ottawa River Action Plan Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel (CSST) hosted an information session at the conclusion of the New Edinburgh Community Alliance (NECA) Annual General Meeting.The display panels that were presented at the Oct. 27 meeting are now available online: please click here.Click here to view... More  |  Plus

October 5, 2016

In late September, I particepated as a panelist at the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) conference in Seattle. The session focused on the role elected officials in building community support and creating the political environment necessary for transportation staff to implement safe street projects. Attendees were keen to learn more about the... More  |  Plus

September 28, 2016

The owner of the Chateau Laurier, Larco Investments, recently released its plans to alter the iconic hotel by constructing a rear addition in place of the existing parking structure. Proponents and critics alike will want to be aware that the owners need to secure a series of federal and municipal approvals before proceeding.The Chateau Laurier is designated under Part IV of... More  |  Plus

September 23, 2016

The final and most significant project of the Ottawa River Action Plan is getting underway. The construction of the Combined Sewer Storage Tunnel (CSST) under the downtown will ultimately improve the health of the Ottawa River by significantly reducing the number of sewage overflows into the river during heavy rainfall. Unfortunately, the tunnel project will cause disruption... More  |  Plus

September 23, 2016

The Province of Ontario is reviewing the scope and effectiveness of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), an independent, quasi-judical tribunal responsible for handling appeals of land-use planning disputes, such as zoning by-law amendments and minor variances. Along with my colleagues, Councillors Brockington, Chernushenko, Fleury, Leiper and McKenney, I submitted a... More  |  Plus

September 22, 2016

In partnership with the Quartier Vanier Business Improvement Area Many cities are enhancing public spaces to create more interesting and engaging places for residents to enjoy. Montreal has strung pink balls on Sainte-Catherine Street, Halifax has installed furniture at strategic locations along its waterfront, Vancouver has suspended red umbrellas on trees, while... More  |  Plus

September 22, 2016

***Please note the new date***I invite residents to join me and four of my Colleagues representing urban wards for BudgetSpeak, a consultation focused on moving resident-identified priorities forward.When: Oct. 13, 2016, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Where: Jean Piggott Place, Ottawa City HallIn preparation for both the 2015 and 2016 Budgets, I co-hosted a series of... More  |  Plus

September 6, 2016

Over the course of the last months, a number of marijuana dispensaries have opened in the city, including one recently on St. Laurent Boulevard.  I have been reaching out to By-Law, Public Health and police officials to gather information in relation to these operations given many of us were surprised to see a retail operation of this kind in our community.  ... More  |  Plus

August 30, 2016

By Councillors Mathieu Fleury and Tobi NussbaumWe know that Beechwood Avenue is an important artery that joins many communities together. With this in mind, the City of Ottawa is turning Beechwood Avenue into a complete street, with safer options for all modes of transportation. This is the first step towards helping the street become a safer, more thriving main street local... More  |  Plus

August 17, 2016

Removing trucks from our downtown streets is an important priority for our city. However, any proposed solution must avoid simply transferring the burden from one community to another. In 2013, City Council voted to work with the province to assess the feasibility of building a tunnel under the City’s core to alleviate truck traffic on downtown streets. This study, which... More  |  Plus

August 12, 2016

Construction update: The work on St. Paul's Park is scheduled to begin the week of October 17, 2016. The contractor will be securing the work areas with fencing and/or with flag persons to ensure the safety of people entering or exciting the park. Since the public consultation on St. Paul’s park improvements this past winter, Parks and Recreation staff have... More  |  Plus