Updates | Mises a jour

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

July 22, 2016

For the past year, the City has been studying and consulting the public on how to make Beechwood Avenue into a complete street, with safer transportation options for all modes of travel. Following consultations in March, a number of tweaks have been made to the plan, which will see the introduction of bike lanes, a lower posted speed limit and alternate side on-street parking... More  |  Plus

July 11, 2016

Last week, I presented at the Canadian Institute of Planners’ annual conference what I consider to be the five main reasons for planning failure.Since being elected to office, I have found it puzzling that, despite widespread agreement within the urban planning profession on the principles and patterns of good urban growth and a strong intent to create walkable and... More  |  Plus

June 21, 2016

Construction of the new pedestrian crossover on St. Laurent Boulevard is almost complete!Join me Friday, June 24 at 11 a.m. to be one of the first to use this new safe crossing south of Brittany Drive/Dunbarton Court, near 520 St. Laurent Boul. Pedestrian crossovers are designated areas that allow pedestrians to safely cross roads where vehicles must yield to pedestrians... More  |  Plus

June 16, 2016

In case you were wondering about that new addition to Beechwood...here is a brief, graphic introduction to the Beechwood Parklet - a public space for everyone to use. Let us know what you think. 

June 1, 2016

During consultations on the complete street project for St. Laurent last year, residents in this area of Manor Park identified the need for a safe way to cross St. Laurent between Brittany/Dunbarton and Montreal Road.  As a result, I’ve asked city staff to include St. Laurent Boulevard as one of the first locations in the city to get a "pedestrian crossover" – a crosswalk... More  |  Plus

June 1, 2016

Ottawa’s second “big dig” – the Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel project – will begin this summer. This major project, which will build a sewage overflow tunnel to protect the Ottawa River from contamination during heavy rainfall events, will start in the City’s downtown. A portion of Stanley Park in New Edinburgh will be affected starting in 2017. This construction, which... More  |  Plus

May 26, 2016

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

May 16, 2016

Explaining the Map: Sources & Numbers(Le message en français suit)As the Ottawa Public Library consultation on site selection approaches for the proposed new Central Library, it is a good time to review the present and future demographics of the area in which the library could potentially be located.Library staff has identified three main users for the new central library... More  |  Plus

March 31, 2016

This afternoon, City staff issued a report proposing revisions to the taxi by-law and the creation of new rules regulating private transportation companies (PTCs) such as Uber. The report is over 100 pages long and includes a lot of information that may be of interest.  You can find the report and related documents here. In summary, staff are recommending that the... More  |  Plus

March 23, 2016

(LE MESSAGE EN FRANCAIS SUIT).By Councillors Catherine McKenney (Somerset Ward) and Tobi Nussbaum (Rideau-Rockcliffe Ward)WORKING TOWARDS A NEW LIBRARYThe prospect of a new central public library in our city is an exciting one. No longer mere repositories of books, libraries are vibrant public hubs providing meeting places, access to technology, reading rooms, maker spaces,... More  |  Plus

March 9, 2016

Conseiller municipal à la recherche d’une personne dynamique qui s’ajouterait à son équipe pour faire des recherches sur les politiques et s’occuper des relations avec les résidents de sa circonscriptionVous avez déjà pensé à vous abonner à Options politiques.Vous êtes souvent fasciné par les histoires que vous racontent les gens pendant votre pause-café.Vous maîtrisez... More  |  Plus

February 23, 2016

Last night, there was a stabbing in Lawson Park in Overbrook, which led to the death of a 19 year old man. My thoughts are with the family of the victim, Mohamed Ali Hassan.I spoke with the Ottawa Police and they have confirmed this was a targeted incident, charges have been laid and there is no ongoing threat to the community.The Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre (... More  |  Plus

February 1, 2016

(LE MESSAGE EN FRANCAIS SUIT.) Ward residents often ask me a very sensible question – “What are your key priorities?”.  Instead of giving a long-winded answer, I figured a picture is worth a thousand words. So, here, in visual form, are my nine priorities categorized in four issue areas. Comments and feedback welcome.Les gens du quartier me demandent souvent une... More  |  Plus

January 31, 2016

Dear Residents,When I visited St. Paul’s Park this past spring, it was clear from the worn foot path through the grass between Moorvale and Donald streets that this was a path well traveled and in need of improvement. Following conversations with community members and the Overbrook Community Association Planning and Development Committee, the desire for a more formal pathway (... More  |  Plus

January 27, 2016

Barry Gray Photo(LE MESSAGE EN FRANCAIS SUIT).At today’s City Council meeting, permission was granted to Richcraft Homes to take down the iconic Bradley/Craig Barn in Stittsville and move it to Saunders Farm, over 20 kilometres away.  I disagreed with this decision. The heritage value of the barn is deeply connected to its original location – the very spot where for... More  |  Plus

January 15, 2016

Whether Ottawa is the worst G7 capital or not has been a topic of heated debate this week, with columnists at Maclean’s, the Toronto Star and the Ottawa Citizen responding to Andrew Cohen’s initial Citizen piece, which argued rather negatively in the affirmative. While I disagree with a number of Cohen’s observations (contrary to his statements, wider highways do not a better... More  |  Plus

January 11, 2016

(LE MESSAGE EN FRANCAIS SUIT.)Residents may have heard about the shooting and death of a 28-year-old man on Claremont Drive just east of St. Laurent Boulevard and north of Hemlock Road in our ward. I am saddened by the loss of life.  Regardless of the circumstances, it is always unsettling when these kinds of events happen in our community.  In this case, the... More  |  Plus

December 22, 2015

(LE MESSAGE EN FRANCAIS SUIT.)Dear fellow residents,I wanted to report to you on my first year as your representative at City Hall. I would describe 2015 as productive. Importantly, this year brought a range of improvements to our ward and city.To be sure, it was the year of bridges. In January, we opened the new pedestrian and cycling 417 overpass linking the train station... More  |  Plus

December 22, 2015

(LE MESSAGE EN FRANCAIS SUIT.)The 2016 City of Ottawa budget was approved on December 9, 2015. It was a difficult process that juggled maintaining the service levels expected by residents and keeping tax increases to a minimum. Adding in another layer of complexity, the City had to find $37 million in savings in the last quarter of 2015 to cover a deficit (which the City is... More  |  Plus

December 7, 2015

(LE MESSAGE EN FRANCAIS SUIT.)At the Council meeting on Wednesday, I will be tabling a motion asking that Council freeze transit fares for 2016. Instead of increasing fares by 2.5 percent, I propose we make up the revenue difference by increasing the transit levy by a further 0.9 percent, which equates to less than 6 dollars for the owner of an average priced home in the urban... More  |  Plus

December 4, 2015

(LE MESSAGE EN FRANCAIS SUIT.)The approvals process for the redevelopment of CFB Rockcliffe is nearing completion. On Tuesday Dec. 8, at 9:30 a.m. in the Champlain Room at City Hall, Planning Committee will consider the zoning by-law amendment for the former CFB Rockcliffe air base. This zoning aligns with and implements the Community Design Plan and Secondary Plan City... More  |  Plus

November 12, 2015

The City’s 2016 Budget process is underway.  A draft version will be released today followed by committee meetings at which members of the public are invited to appear to offer their views and suggestions. I co-hosted BudgetSpeak with Rideau-Vanier Councillor Mathieu Fleury on Oct. 7, 2015.  At this budget consultation, residents learned about the City’s... More  |  Plus

November 3, 2015

(LE MESSAGE EN FRANÇAIS SUIT.)SEPTEMBER 2016 UPDATE...To understand why water levels at the Caldwell Carver Conservation Area pond have been decreasing and investigate possible solutions, an engineering consultant was hired by the City earlier this year and the report has now been completed.   The engineer’s report suggests that the water level decline is due to less... More  |  Plus

November 3, 2015

Councillors Catherine McKenney, Jeff Leiper and I wrote to the Standing Committee on Social Policy at Queen’s Park on October 31, 2015 with our support for several provisions in Bill 73, Smart Growth for Our Communities Act.We are largely supportive of the changes being proposed, which we consider will strengthen residents’ voices in planning our city, though we are asking the... More  |  Plus

October 30, 2015

(LE MESSAGE EN FRANCAIS SUIT)While knocking on doors and speaking to residents, I’m often asked about what my priorities are for our Ward. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I have created this infographic outlining my top priorities. The first major area of focus includes traffic calming. A topic of interest, I know for many Manor Park residents.I wanted to take the... More  |  Plus

October 14, 2015

(LE MESSAGE EN FRANÇAIS SUIT)At City Council today, I voted against a settlement agreement to resolve an appeal to the City’s updated development charges bylaw. Ottawa updated its development charges in 2014 and the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) and other developers subsequently appealed the decision at the Ontario Municipal Board.The Province of Ontario... More  |  Plus

September 17, 2015

After years of public consultation led by the proponent, Canada Lands Company, the City’s Planning Committee will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. in the Champlain Room at City Hall to consider the Community Design Plan and accompanying Secondary Plan.I would encourage you to take a look at the staff report and the draft Community Design Plan (CDP) that will be... More  |  Plus

August 24, 2015

(LE MESSAGE EN FRANÇAIS SUIT.)I speak to many residents who would like to see the City do more in the area of traffic calming, pedestrian safety and complete streets. You may have noticed zebra crossings, “Slow Down For Us” signs, radar speed boards and flexi posts. I have also been working with city staff to explore how the design of our streets – from road width and speed... More  |  Plus

July 14, 2015

(LE MESSAGE EN FRANCAIS SUIT.)There was a shooting incident in Overbrook this morning that has now been resolved.  I know that this incident has been unsettling.Ottawa Police are currently investigating – at this stage I do not know the motive or full context surrounding the shooting. However, I have been assured by Ottawa Police that this was not a random act but an act... More  |  Plus

July 10, 2015

(LE MESSAGE EN FRANCAIS SUIT.)On June 24, Rideau-Vanier Councillor Mathieu Fleury and I hosted a public workshop to envision the future of transportation on Beechwood. Over 80 residents, business owners and representatives from local groups participated in this collaborative, interactive and inspiring evening of traffic troubleshooting! Although there are no plans to rebuild... More  |  Plus

July 8, 2015

(Le message en Francais suit.)WRITTEN BY COUNCILLORS CATHERINE MCKENNEY AND TOBI NUSSBAUMAt first glance, the public washroom may not seem the stuff of visionary city-building. Practical yes, but not obviously inspiring. However, scratch beneath the porcelain surface and it’s clear that the availability of this very necessary facility is indeed indicative of the kind of city... More  |  Plus

May 27, 2015

(Le message en Francais suit.)Today, my City Council colleagues voted 18-6 in favour of my effort to request that the Federal Government reconsider its proposed location for the National Memorial to Victims of Communism.I’m very pleased to see such strong support for this motion from my Council colleagues. Our position reflects the consensus among the major stakeholders and... More  |  Plus

May 21, 2015

“The name we give to something shapes our attitude toward it” – Katherine PatersonNames can invoke powerful emotions, create images and help recall history. Councillors Mathieu Fleury and Tobi Nussbaum invite you to participate in the process of naming the new Donald/Somerset pedestrian bridge. Be part of this moment that symbolizes new opportunities for residents east and... More  |  Plus

May 13, 2015

(LE MESSAGE EN FRANCAIS SUIT.)Today at City Council, I put forward a notice of motion to request that the Government of Canada relocate the proposed site for the planned Memorial to the Victims of Communism.The proposed site, on Confederation Boulevard – the key ceremonial boulevard for the City of Ottawa, the National Capital Region and the country – has long been planned for... More  |  Plus

April 30, 2015

(LE MESSAGE EN FRANCAIS SUIT.)The City of Ottawa continues to work toward the opening of Light Rail Transit (LRT) in 2018. As the Transitway is converted, there will be some temporary but significant impacts on the current transit system. Construction and re-routing will be required for LRT, which, when it opens, will provide a more efficient and reliable service. OC Transpo... More  |  Plus

April 15, 2015

(LE MESSAGE EN FRANCAIS SUIT.)Today, my efforts were unsuccessful to have Council agree to request that the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing enact legislation amending the Municipal Elections Act to permit the City of Ottawa to prohibit corporate and trade union contributions to municipal candidates.  A majority of Council voted against the motion - only... More  |  Plus

March 25, 2015

(LE MESSAGE EN FRANCAIS SUIT.)While campaigning I spoke to many residents of our ward who felt that allowing corporations and unions to contribute to municipal election campaigns is unfair. I agree with this sentiment. Owners or employees of corporations and members of unions have the right to donate as individuals just like other residents. There is no need to provide... More  |  Plus

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