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Published by the Ottawa Citizen Feb. 9, 2018
By Tobi Nussbaum
This week’s developments on the light-rail transit file have left me pondering questions about core roles and responsibilities in our democratic system.
Much ink has been spilled about the $1 million penalty that many residents and councillors, including me, had understood to be in... More | Plus
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 —... More | Plus
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... More | Plus
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... More | Plus
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... More | Plus
By Kelly Egan
Weeks ago, a city councillor coolly made a prediction to me on a hot topic.
The Salvation Army proposal for a social service complex on Montreal Road would easily be approved by Ottawa’s planning committee, then sail through city council.
So far, he’s money. How could he know? Well, the mayor was on board, he said, a couple of leading... More | Plus
Ottawa Citizen >> Councillors 'disappointed' after Sally Ann shelter vote, opponents vow to keep fightingNovember 20, 2017
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... More | Plus
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... More | Plus
You could not be faulted for approaching the new Minto building at the western gateway of Beechwood Avenue with excited anticipation. After a fire devastated the previous structure in 2011, reducing apartments and beloved shops to ash, the sad and barren site sat boarded up until 2015, when construction began on a nine-storey, mixed-use building...... More | Plus
Ottawa Citizen >> 'Exceeded expectations': Latest figures show Corktown, Adàwe bridges popular with pedestrians, cyclistsAugust 9, 2017
More than 185,000 people used the Corktown Footbridge to walk, jog or pedal over the Rideau Canal in a five-week span this spring, making it Ottawa’s most heavily-used pedestrian and cycling bridge.
Between May 10 and June 13, 186,333 people — an average of 5,324 per day — used the decade-old bridge to travel between Somerset Street West in Centretown and the street’s... More | Plus
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.
The two-level St. Laurent transit station — with a surface-level bus loop and underground train platforms... More | Plus
Getting around safely is really important in Overbrook.
So looking ahead to when the city’s new light rail transit opens in 2018, Overbrook Community Association wanted to discuss the best way for its residents to get to the station safely.
On July 17 the association met with Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum, management at the St. Laurent Shopping Centre... More | Plus
As Ottawa played host to the 2017 Ontario Heritage Conference last weekend, I have been reflecting on the key questions of heritage conservation.
How is the public interest served by promoting and protecting heritage buildings? How do we balance the public benefit with the rights of property owners? What constitutes heritage and who gets to define it – the broader... More | Plus
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... More | Plus
The opening of the Confederation LRT Line is an exciting moment in Ottawa’s public transit history, but OC Transpo must use it as an opportunity to improve service for all users, including those who won’t ride the... More | Plus
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
Ottawa Citizen >> Leiper and Nussbaum: Cities should have planning powers, not the Ontario Municipal BoardNovember 23, 2016
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
CBC Ottawa >> Focused budget consultation on cycling, transit, social agency funding gets big audienceOctober 14, 2016
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
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
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
With an estimated 3 million people moving into urban areas each week, mainly in the global... More | Plus
Ottawa Citizen City Hall Blog >> Nussbaum scheduled to speak at transportation conference in SeattleSeptember 16, 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
City council should squirm over province's decision to let councillors ban corporate donations (David Reevely, Ottawa Citizen)April 4, 2016
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
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 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
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
Heritage plan offers more teeth to keep 'monster homes' out of Rockcliffe (Joanne Laucius, Ottawa Citizen)January 10, 2016
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
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
Video: Pedestrians and cyclists celebrate the opening of Adàwe crossing over the Rideau River (Ottawa Citizen)December 4, 2015
Ottawa councillor Tobi Nussbaum officially opened Adàwe... More | Plus
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
Under pressure: City to unveil 2016 draft budget on Thursday (Matthew Pearson and Joanne Laucius, Ottawa Citizen)November 9, 2015
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
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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