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Ottawa Citizen >> Councillors 'disappointed' after Sally Ann shelter vote, opponents vow to keep fighting

Opponents of the Salvation Army’s proposed “mega-shelter” on Montreal Road say they’re prepared to take their fight to the Ontario Municipal Board, if the project gets the green light in a council vote Wednesday.

Drew Dobson, head of the group SOS Vanier, whose members came out in numbers through three days of impassioned public hearings on the proposal, said he believes they have a “winnable case.”

CBC >> Downtown councillors ponder possibilities of steeper tax hike

City councillors and residents from Ottawa's five central wards spent Tuesday evening exploring the ways in which the city could spend extra tax dollars if the mayor and rest of council ever loosen their grip on the annual tax increase, currently capped at two per cent.

About 100 people attended the meeting at city hall to hear five pitches including improved winter maintenance, long-term arts funding, sustainable funding for new social services organizations, affordable housing and transitioning to cleaner energy.

Ottawa Sun >> St. Laurent transit station needs better pedestrian, cycling access, councillor says

Making it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to navigate St. Laurent Shopping Centre and reach the adjacent transit station once the Confederation LRT Line opens next year is crucial to light-rail’s ultimate success, says Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum.

Metro >> Tumilty: Transit meeting to focus on east-end concerns

Frustrated transit users in east Ottawa will have a chance to vent their concerns Tuesday evening, as two councillors hold a forum on transit.

Coun. Mathieu Fleury and Coun. Tobi Nussbaum will host the meeting Tuesday beginning at 6:30 at the Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre.

Nussbaum said with the Confederation Line set to open next year, transit routes will change and it’s important actual riders have their voice heard.

Ottawa Citizen >> Dawson: Yes, councillors should get to abstain from voting

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. Read more >>

 

Source: Ottawa Citizen, Tyler Dawson, Feb. 13, 2017

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