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26
Jan

Lebreton plans revealed

Today, the two plans for Lebreton Flats were revealed. Both see a major revitalization of the Flats with thousands of new residents, a new home for professional hockey in Ottawa, and truly exciting proposals for public amenities and a new contribution to a dynamic urban fabric downtown.

22
Jan

MUP changes

UPDATE: I've posted a video to highlight the newly-opened multi-use path that runs next to Tom Brown, and the January 31 construction closure. 

 

On January 31, a portion of the MUP connecting the newly-opened northern MUP to Bayview station will be closed as Rideau Transit Group demolishes, then re-builds, the structure to handle the future LRT.

22
Jan

Parkdale/Wellington proposal to Committee of Adjustment

There is a major development coming to the Committee of Adjustment (CoA) next week (February 3) for the corner of Parkdale and Wellington - a nine-storey seniors' residence being proposed by Taggart. Take a look at the plans for 1166 Wellington St. here.

20
Jan

Westfest fundraiser - this'll be epic

I'm thrilled to have been asked by Westfest festival organizer Elaina Martin to host a fundraiser for the event on Sunday, March 6 at 3-8  pm at the Orange Art Gallery. It's going to be an incredible evening - the list of participating acts and local business support is as long as anything I've seen in a long time. I'll be particularly looking forward to back-to-back live music with Lynn Miles, Holly McNarland and John Allair, as well as Lynne Hanson, Cody Coyote, Andrew Vincent and Maria Hawkins. Tickets are $100, and they're going to sell out.

20
Jan

Armstrong study student report sets up next steps

The study exploring Armstrong Street's future development is starting to take shape nicely now that the McGill students hired by the Wellington West BIA have completed their report based on your feedback. Recall that in November, those students held an open house to explore zoning, transportation and other considerations for Armstrong.

19
Jan

Parkdale United hate graffiti

This morning, many will have seen news (Le Droit and the Sun) of the hate crime perpetrated against the Parkdale United Church last week. Racist graffiti was scrawled across the building: "nigger" and a reference to Tupac that is sometimes used as a veiled threat of violence.

18
Jan

Bus detour, day one

This morning was the first real test for the Scott Street bus detour, and I was onsite for a couple of hours through the morning peak to observe how it went. There are two categories of concerns that I and the community have had in the run-up to this: the impact on residents immediately adjacent, and the safety of pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and passengers through the corridor.

17
Jan

Rochester Field Official Plan Amendment on hold pending park consultations

Residents may recall that this summer, the community was notified of a new Official Plan amendment process to designate part of the NCC Rochester Field land as developable, and part as perpetual park (read more here). I missed getting it into this week's newsletter, but wanted to provide a brief head's-up that that process has been paused. With the City's buy-in, the NCC has decided it wants to do more consultations on the future use of the park area before seeking the amendment.

16
Jan

Scott Street detour begins tomorrow: new video

With the Scott Street detour about to start in a few hours, there have been several questions that have come to the fore. Motorists are wondering how they'll interact with new buses-only lanes, and pedestrians and cyclists are seeking an alternative to the Albert Street bridge. I had a chance to pull together a quick 7 1/2 minute video today that explains some of the highlights. Check it out here.

13
Jan

The Mayor's views on broadband competition: a counterpoint

I was interested to see recently, pointed out by the Sun’s Jon Willing in social media, that the Mayor has submitted comments to a key telecommunications process. I spent several years at the CRTC as a manager and executive, and try to keep up with what’s going on in that fast-changing sector.

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