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My vote against the budget direction

Today, Council debated a motion to provide staff with direction to write and propose a budget that has a 2% tax increase. I voted against that direction.

While I have no issue with asking staff to draft a budget that takes 2% as its starting place, I am concerned by some of what I heard during today’s debate. Without assurance that Council can deviate from the draft budget with full flexibility to add or subtract the funds necessary to provide the services residents need and want, it would be irresponsible to lock ourselves into a specific tax cap.


Coach houses pass committee

New rules that allow “coach houses” in Ottawa were approved by Planning Committee this morning. Though not necessarily the most contentious issue with which Council has dealt this term, there was nonetheless some significant discomfort in some quarters about the implications of the new rules in urban communities, and I wanted to take this opportunity to address why I voted in favour of the proposal.


Standing Together: Art and Community

Join us for a community event at Somerset Square park on Sunday, October 16 from 11-3 featuring live art, children's activities, teen basketball, music and food. It's being organized by the Somali community, Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization, the family of Adbirahman Abdi, the Hintonburg Community Association, Somerset West Community Health Centre and my office. The whole community is welcome, and I hope you'll join us!


Comment period open on W-LRT

A key milestone in the proposed second phase of light rail has been reached with the Notice of Completion of the City's Environmental Project Report required by the Province as part of the Transit Project Assessment Process. In lay language, that means a public comment period opened on September 29 with an opportunity for members of the public to provide feedback to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change at Queen's Park.

Comments are due on October 31.

From the project website:


Music Cities update

While we can’t devote as much time to it as we’d like given more pressing ward priorities, I and my music lovin’ and playin’ staff continue to advocate for making Ottawa a great music city. I wanted to take this opportunity to update residents on a couple of recent items on that front.


Update on potential Pontiac closure

Last Tuesday night, residents, the Champlain Park Community Association and I met at the field house to discuss the potential to close the stretch of Pontiac between Cowley and Carleton. It was a very well-attended meeting with dozens of residents, and I appreciated the respectful and productive discussion. I’ll take this opportunity to provide an update on what I’m thinking, and some follow-up steps I’ve taken.


Public Meeting: 404 Eden Ave

Note of Public Meeting for

404 Eden Ave

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 7:00-8:30pm

Churchill Senior's Centre - upper Townhall room


Budgetspeak 2016


In preparation for both the 2015 and 2016 budgets, Councillors Chernushenko, Fleury, McKenney, Nussbaum and I held consultations with residents to get a better sense of their priorities - and the funding options - for the municipal budget. This year, in the interest of moving the three priorities about which we heard more than any others forward, we are focusing our budget consultation on the "how" rather than the "what". See the details in the posters below.


Traffic analysis round 3!

In months past, I've asked for your help to analyze what's happening at the corners of Harmer/Wellington and Island Park/Byron, which have been highlighted to me as problematic. Another corner about which I frequently hear is West Wellington and Rosemount/Carruthers - an odd dog-leg of an intersection. I filmed it from roughly 3:05 (Connaught bell) to 4:30 on a weekday afternoon.


OMB reform: letter to Ministers Mauro and Naqvi

Yesterday, I was pleased to join my colleagues Councillors Brockington, Chernushenko, Fleury, McKenney and Nussbaum in writing to Ministers Mauro and Naqvi with our perspective on the reforming the Ontario Municipal Board. Take a look at the letter in English or French.