Request for Cost and Implications of RTM Contract Changes

January 22, 2020
John Manconi
GM, Transportation Services Department
1500 St. Laurent Boulevard, Floor 1
Ottawa, ON
K1G 0Z8

CC: City Council

Mr. Manconi,

Section 2 of Schedule 23 to the Project Agreement for Stage 1 of the Ottawa Light Rail Transit Project sets out the method for determining the compensation to be paid on termination of the P3 agreement for city default or convenience.

I am requesting that City staff provide a detailed breakdown of the estimated cost to the City should we terminate the contract with RTG/RTM for convenience, or for any other avenue of termination that is currently available to the City through the Project Agreement. Further, I am requesting an estimate of the cost of a negotiated purchase of the controlling interest in RTG/RTM through purchase of equity.
Finally, I request that this information be made available at, or in advance of, this Thursday’s meeting of the Transit Commission.

Shawn Menard
Councillor/ Conseiller Shawn Menard
Ward 17, Capital
City of Ottawa | Ville d’Ottawa

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Capital Ward Bulletin - January 9th

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Welcome to 2020, Capital Ward. We did a lot of good work in 2019—implementing measures to protect the environment, increasing safety on our streets, taking steps to address the housing crisis in the city, just to name a few—and now it’s time to get to work to making 2020 another successful, productive year for our community.

Here’s what’s happening at City Hall and around Ottawa in the coming weeks:

Declare a Housing Emergency

City Council will be sitting again on Wednesday January 29. There, Somerset Councillor Catherine McKenney will be presenting a motion to declare an Affordable Housing and Homelessness Emergency.

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Wishing Capital Ward a very happy Chanukah!


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Capital Ward Bulletin - December 13th

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Welcome to the final Capital Ward Bulletin of 2019. We just saw the 2020 budget passed and there are a few more meetings and legislative issues coming up in the next week, but our office will close from December 23 to the New Year. If, during that time, you have an urgent matter, please call 311 or email Otherwise, we will be back in 2020, working with you to make a better Capital Ward and a better city.

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Have Your Say on Public Health

No photo description available.The Ministry of Health is looking for input on modernizing #PublicHealth in Ontario. Ottawa Public Health has launched an online tool to hear from Ottawa residents.

This is an important opportunity to communicate that the Ford government's cuts to public health / healthcare are unacceptable!

Click here to share your thoughts:

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BudgetSpeak 2020: As We Heard It

On Tuesday, November 5, Councillors Leiper, McKenney, King, Fleury, and Menard welcomed a record number of participants for the annual BudgetSpeak event. We rely on this event to get valuable feedback from residents of the urban wards about what their budget priorities are, so the councillors can best advocate on their behalf during the budget process.

Download the PDF version of the report here.

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Capital Ward Bulletin - November 28th

Public Consultation: Bank Street Transportation

It's time to consider the future of transportation along Bank Street. How can Bank Street best support sustainable transportation in Ottawa? Come out and join in the community discussion.

December 18, 2019 at 7pm - 8:30pm

OOS Firehall, 260 Sunnyside Ave

RSVP here

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Rental Accommodations Study Update // Des nouvelles sur l’Étude sur les logements locatifs

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The City staff report on the Rental Accommodations Study was voted on and approved last week (on Friday, November 15th) at the Community and Protective Services Committee. The staff report can be viewed here. The specific recommendations for long term-rentals can be found here, and for short-term rentals (e.g. AirBnB) here. The summary of the votes at the meeting can be viewed here. The Recommendations included a proposal for a registration regime to better regulate AirBnBs, something our office supported, and something that we had committed to fight for during the 2018 election campaign. Now that the recommendations have passed committee they will go to City Council for a final vote on November 27th.

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Capital Ward Bulletin - November 18th

It’s snowy and the days are getting shorter...but the work keeps on going on at City Hall. We’ve got the budget, LRT, snow clearing and Lansdowne keeping us busy, these days.

Lansdowne Park Update

In the last newsletter, I wrote about some proposed changes for Lansdowne Park. This proposal would have given authority to city staff to strike a deal to hand over control of operation, rent control and programming of the “city side” of the park to OSEG.

Well, you all stepped up. Hundreds came to a community organized public consultation, opposing this move. Residents wrote to Councillors and the mayor. They showed up a rally we held before the Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDCO) meeting, and then they came in and gave thoughtful, passionate delegations in defense of public space.

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Capital Ward Bulletin - October 31st, 2019

Happy Hallowe’en!

I love Hallowe’en...and not just because I love candy. It’s one of those times when residents come together and take over the neighbourhood, in the spirit of community and festivity. I love seeing all the kids out in their costumes, excitedly running from door to door.

I hope everyone has a good night tonight, and a safe and fun Hallowe’en.

Tonight may be about trick-or-treating, but there’s still other things we need to talk about.

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