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CBC >> Ottawa city councillors want clarity around LRT contract

Posted Feb. 8, 2018

Coun. Tobi Nussbaum said he was also taken aback to learn that RTG would not be on the hook financially for the delay. 

"I think I was as surprised as everybody else was in light of the fact that the briefing material, which the public had received over the last couple months — and a lot of the public statements — had suggested that if the deadline beyond May 24 were passed that there would be a fine levied at a million dollars."  

CTV >> City to consider request to tear down Château Laurier parking garage

By Ted Raymond

The Built Heritage Sub-committee meets January 11. One of the main issues, Nussbaum expects, will not be the removal of the garage, so much as the care that must be taken during its demolition.

“There’s no question that the Château Laurier is one of the city’s most iconic buildings,” he says. “I think people feel a great attachment to it. It’s a real symbol of our city. Obviously, the Built Heritage committee and Council will want to make sure that the owners, when they take down the garage, are careful not to damage the existing hotel structure.”

Ottawa Citizen >> Verner's artwork will be part of a Better Beechwood in 2018

By Jennifer Liu

Residents of Beechwood are on a crusade to brighten their neighbourhood, and now they have chosen the artwork that will best represent their vision.

Created from plastic fragments of colourful laundry soap containers, “The Lilypond” was unveiled Friday as the winning proposal for the Better Beechwood 2017 campaign. Approximately 30 people gathered at the Chartwell New Edinburgh Retirement Residence to see the artwork as well as to meet its creator, Barbara Verner.

CBC >> Analysis: 4 ways the 2018 budget might be fake

By Joanne Chianello

Like some other cities, Ottawa has seen a decline in the number of people using public transit.

Whether it's construction, unsatisfactory service or the introduction of Uber, fewer people rode OC Transpo this year. In fact, the transit operation is forecasting $8.5 million less in revenue for 2017 than expected.

And yet, for 2018, the city is counting on taking in $11.2 million more than OC Transpo expects to make in 2017.

Where will this money come from?

Coun. Tobi Nussbaum would like to know.

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.

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