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Give control of noise by-laws back to cities

“Call your MPP,” is never the answer anyone wants to hear from their councillor when they have a concern. But when it comes to pre-dawn construction noise, it’s one I’m forced to give.


Tom Brown arena respite centre FAQ

As I noted in my newsletter a few weeks ago, Tom Brown arena on Bayview Station Road will open next week as a respite centre for those experiencing homelessness, operating on weekdays during the day. It will operate as a place where folks can use a washroom, grab a shower and some warm food, and warm up this winter. City staff have prepared the following FAQ with respect to its operations.


First look at Westboro infill study

For many years, infill housing has been a key discussion in Kitchissippi. The demolition of older homes to make room for new dwellings at a more intense scale is changing how our neighbourhoods look and feel, adding pressure to street parking, removing trees from the urban canopy, and made stormwater management more challenging. It is adding new residents and neighbours. The construction of it frequently results in conflict on hitherto quiet streets.


Westboro Infill Zoning Study - Update and Proposed Zoning + Open House Webinar

For those who have been following the Westboro Infill Study, we have some significant progress and updates.


Kitchissippi Ward Spooky Halloween Contest

Kitchissippi Ward Spooky Halloween Contest!

From Monday, October 26 to Friday, October 30 we are encouraging Kitchissippi to safely get into the Halloween spirit! There are two ways to win this spook-takular contest. 

Homeowners: We are encouraging you to decorate the exterior of your home with all the goulish and ghostily decor you can think of! 


October 5 testing update

This evening I received an update from the covid testing task force with information on which centres are open tomorrow. Click on the .pdf below for more information.

Remember that the best source for local covid news is always the Ottawa Public Health site here.


Light Up Live spotlights live events sector

Across Ottawa and the country, live events technicians, suppliers and venues continue to struggle through the pandemic. A grassroots organization, Live Event Community is asking venues and landmarks across the country to light up their buildings and marquees in red on Tuesday, September 22 to raise awareness for an industry that remains dark.


Laroche Park and Community Building Renewal and Remediation Project Community Meeting

Parks and Facilities Planning Services and members of the consulting team will present the final plans for the renewal of the park and community building and remediation of Laroche Park in Ward 15. This meeting is a follow-up to the public consultation held in October 2018 and will be held on Wednesday, September 30th, 7:00- 8:30pm via online Webinar, details below.


Permanent Holland bike lanes

As the new Jackie Holzman bridge was being constructed, the City installed bike lanes and traffic calming on Holland while pedestrian and cycling traffic was detoured and a level of cycling infrastructure installed. As I noted in my newsletter a few times, I've received requests from cyclists and Bike Ottawa to make those measures permanent. Staff have been evaluating whether that is feasible, and I have been informed that it is.


My vote for intensification in the R4 zones

At this week’s Planning Committee meeting, I voted to support proposals for the higher-density residential zones around the downtown core that will allow even greater intensification than previously. The review of the R4 zones has been a hotly-debated topic for the last year, and I want to explore my vote here.