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The City of Ottawa’s planning committee is set to consider a detailed and ambitious blueprint for redeveloping the former Rockcliffe military base to accommodate thousands of new homes over the next 20 years, making it the largest residential development inside the Greenbelt in a generation. Matthew Pearson explains.
LAND TRANSFORMED... More | Plus
Bike lanes could be coming to St. Laurent Boulevard as early as this summer.
City staff unveiled its preferred roadway configuration for the project at a community open house on June 18. The plan promises to make the boulevard safer for cyclists and pedestrians.
It will provide a bike lane along the roadway from Hemlock Street to Montreal Road, providing a link... More | Plus
The Victims of Communism memorial has been drastically reduced in size, but the NCC has moved closer to finalizing its controversial location.
The National Capital Commission presented a significantly smaller design for the proposed monument at its board of directors meeting on June 25, but it also approved starting a decontamination project on the site in preparation... More | Plus
Although Beechwood Avenue is not scheduled to be rebuilt any time soon, two city councillors are appealing to residents to envision ways transportation can improve along the corridor.
Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury and Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum have scheduled a meeting on June 24 to discuss how the street can be altered to better accommodate... More | Plus
The Canada Lands Company has submitted an application to the city to build a 6,000-home subdivision on the former CFB Rockcliffe lands.
The crown corporation needs the city to rezone the property in order to make way for the mixed-use development that will eventually bring 10,000 new residents to the area.
The mammoth parcel is bounded by the Ottawa River to the... More | Plus
STAFF SAY 557 WELLINGTON ‘JUST A PLACEHOLDER,’ NO SITE CHOSEN FOR NEW CENTRAL LIBRARY
Location, location, location: that was the theme of the Ottawa Public Library board’s meeting on June 9, which gave staff a mandate to officially start planning a new central branch.
The library board has approved the staff recommendation to build a new central... More | Plus
Hundreds of buildings in Sandy Hill could soon join the city’s heritage family tree.
On Thursday, the built heritage sub-committee approved 332 buildings for the heritage registry, plus a new historical boundary around Sandy Hill that would set building guidelines for new developments and renovation projects.
Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum, the committee... More | Plus
Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum is wading into the debate over a planned memorial to victims of communism, asking the federal government to put it somewhere else.
The rookie councillor will introduce a motion at the end of the month that would formally request the Harper government relocate its memorial somewhere other than between the Supreme Court and Library... More | Plus
THE CITY APPEARS TO BE TAKING STEPS TO FORMALIZE ITS OPPOSITION TO THE PROPOSED LOCATION OF THE MEMORIAL TO THE VICTIMS OF COMMUNISM.
A day after Defence Minister Jason Kenney told an audience at a city hall breakfast event that the completed site on Wellington Street will be “more like a park” once the monument is built, Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi... More | Plus
A packed panel discussion at a church on McArthur Avenue perhaps speaks volumes to the growing concern around climate change policies in Canada, but the five participating politicians were hardly able to scratch the surface of the contentious topic during a two-hour discussion.
Ecology Ottawa hosted the event at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship church in... More | Plus
ROOKIE COUNCILLOR LOOKS TO MAKE GOOD ON CAMPAIGN PROMISE
Tobi Nussbaum has launched an effort to get corporate and union money out of municipal politics.
The Rideau-Rockcliffe councillor is looking to make good on a campaign promise to get rid of corporate and union campaign contributions by introducing a motion at city council that could lead... More | Plus
When Tobi Nussbaum ran in last fall’s campaign, the Rideau-Rockcliffe councillor promised to introduce a motion to ban corporate and union donations in municipal elections during his first 100 days in office.
A tall order. Moving the motion is easy — but getting 13 of his council colleagues to agree to the election financing changes was going to be a serious challenge... More | Plus
First-time Ottawa city councillor Tobi Nussbaum says he'll ask Queen's Park to prohibit corporate and union donations to candidates seeking municipal office in this city.
But first he'll need the support of his council colleagues, many of whom accepted such contributions during the recent election campaign, and say they don't support a ban.
Nussbaum refused to... More | Plus
Wednesday is budget day at Ottawa City Hall.
After weeks of discussion and debate, the $3.073-billion spending plan is expected to pass without much fuss.
Here’s what you need to know.
TAXES, TAXES, TAXES
The residential tax-rate increase for both urban and rural homeowners will be two per cent, while the commercial rate increase... More | Plus
Planning committee turned the tables on a staff recommendation last week, voting 7-3 to allow the construction of a car repair facility on McArthur Avenue despite its designation as a traditional main street.
Bel-Air Lexus-Toyota general manager Michel Parent applied to the city to rezone three properties near his Lexus dealership at 450 McArthur Ave. to allow a... More | Plus
The words “budget” and “public consultation” may evoke suppressed memories of uncomfortable folding chairs, stale muffins and cold coffee. More worrisome, however, is the fact that for many, those words are synonymous with being talked at, not listened to.
This week, we are hosting two sessions of what we are calling Budget Speak, in addition to the city-run area... More | Plus
Ontario's possible plan for slower speed limits faces a bumpy road ahead (Matthew Coutts, Daily Brew)January 30, 2015
The Ontario government is currently considering reducing speed limits in residential areas as part of a plan to protect pedestrians in the case of automobile accidents.
In many ways, that debate is a unique one. In other ways it is well-debated territory that, in most previous cases, has fallen on the side of slower speeds for the sake of safety.
According... More | Plus
The naked man opened his door partway to tell me that he was sorry he couldn’t speak but that he had no clothes on. I immediately threw up my hands to indicate my full appreciation for his predicament and quickly moved to carry on to his neighbour’s apartment.
“But hold on, come to think of it…”, he said, and proceeded to ask about the plans for the vacant lot across... More | Plus
Protesters gathered on the corner of St. Laurent Boulevard and Karen Way on Monday afternoon chanting “Easy on the Speed” to slow traffic in advance of the 2015 reconstruction to reduce the number of lanes on St. Laurent, which will slow the pace of reckless traffic permanently.
“I think that they should at the very least have a pedestrian crossing sign here and, I... More | Plus
City council approved the members and leaders for its committees and boards during its Dec. 10 meeting. Several committees, commissions and boards saw turnover in their leadership positions based on the advice of Mayor Jim Watson and the nominating committee.
Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais said he’s looking forward to tackling... More | Plus
Les conseillers d'Ottawa, élus aux élections du 27 novembre, ont lancé les débats, mercredi, lors de leur toute première réunion du conseil municipal.
Ils ont d'abord pris connaissance du rapport sur la gouvernance, de presque 300 pages, qui trace les règles de fonctionnement des quatre prochaines années.
Une recommandation propose notamment de réduire le nombre... More | Plus
An amazing thing happened Wednesday at this term’s first city council meeting.
Councillors discussed, debated and disagreed on the specifics of a 289-page governance review for more than two-and-a-half hours. And yet the sky didn’t fall, there was no sign of dysfunction, and council seemed actually more productive than ever. There were even a few compromise motions... More | Plus
MUNICIPAL. Place au vif du sujet pour les huit conseillers élus à la Ville d'Ottawa le 27 octobre dernier.
La formation dans le cadre du Programme d'orientation mis en place par l'administration de la Ville est dorénavant terminée depuis ce vendredi. Trois semaines en tout qui ont vu les nouveaux échevins plancher sur des sujets tels les... More | Plus
Living in a country in which rehab, fraud and corruption have dominated news coverage of municipal politics, it’s hard to imagine that elsewhere, a mayor’s campaign promise to lower speed limits could be considered, well, rather exciting.
But earlier this year, Anne Hidalgo, newly elected as mayor of Paris, ran and won with a proposal to reduce the speed of traffic to... More | Plus
The tipping point for cities likely went unnoticed. It could have been a baby born in a large hospital in Lagos. It might have been a Chinese farmer moving to Shanghai. Or perhaps it was the quiet passing of a grandparent in the Amazon.
Whatever it was, the result was dramatic. In 2009 and for the first time in history, more people lived inside urban areas than... More | Plus
There is much cynicism about politics and politicians these days. Some of it is deserved, some of it is misplaced. But the consequence is that voter participation has been trending down and confidence in our democratic institutions is low. Changing our approach to campaign financing in municipal elections provides an opportunity to increase civic engagement and trust.... More | Plus
As hard as it might be these days to believe that the City of Ottawa can draw inspiration from Toronto City Hall, it is indeed the case. Beneath the rancour of the media-frenzied politics, Toronto has quietly undertaken an important step in municipal leadership that ought to serve as an example to the nation’s capital.
Despite the rather dry title, the Toronto... More | Plus
When a fire broke out in the local hardware store in 2011, burning almost an entire block of cherished retail space to the ground, it is safe to say that Beechwood Avenue reached its nadir. To that point, a slow but steady decline had seen the exodus of numerous small businesses after the departure of the Mountain Equipment Co-op in 2000. Elsewhere, a strip of vacant and... More | Plus