Capital Ward Bulletin//Bulletin de Quartier Capitale

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Getting Around in the Winter: Winter Operations & Snow Clearing Report

This week, my office released a report on the city’s Winter Maintenance Operations (WMO) titled, Getting Around in the Winter: Winter Operations & Snow Clearing Report. Informed by the Information Session on Snow Clearing hosted last winter by the urban councillors, the report offers residents input on how the city could improve snow clearing efforts.

In the report, we lay out five key principles that should guide our efforts on winter maintenance: Accessibility. Equity. Sustainability. Climate Change Resiliency. A Healthy and Livable City.

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Capital Ward Councillor Shawn Menard Releases Report on Snow Clearing

Ottawa—Today, Capital Ward Councillor Shawn Menard released a report on urban snow clearing and Winter Maintenance Operations (WMO) in the City of Ottawa. The report is informed by staff information and resident feedback presented at the 2019 Information Session on Urban Snow Clearance, which was hosted by the offices of Councillor Menard, Somerset Ward Councillor Catherine McKenney, Kitchissippi Ward Councillor Jeff Leiper, Rideau-Vanier Ward Councillor Mathieu Fleury and Rideau-Rockcliffe Ward (which was without a councillor at the time).

The report is released in anticipation of the city’s review of it’s Winter Quality Maintenance Standards (WQMS). The city’s WMQS have not been updated since 2003, and the inadequacy of these standards were fully exposed in the winter of 2018-2019.

With the pressures of population growth and intensification, and the ever-increasing effects of climate change, it is imperative that new winter maintenance standards are forward-looking, seeking to foster winter mobility and active, sustainable lifestyles.

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Capital Ward Bulletin - February 6th

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Ottawa is changing. This past year, we’ve recognized the dual threats of climate change and the housing crisis. We’ve launched LRT, but questions swirl about the partners we’ve chosen to deliver these projects. And the development of the new Official Plan will set the tone for Ottawa’s growth for the next ten years. 


Urban Boundary

This term of council, Ottawa is developing a new Official Plan (OP). The OP will set the direction for Ottawa for the next decade. It covers everything from housing to environmental policy to transportation, and it’s important that we get this right. This document will guide all city-building efforts.

As part of this, city council will establish a new “urban boundary”. The urban boundary sets the edge for development and sprawl within the city. The lands within the urban boundary are serviced by piped sewer and water service, transit and major roads.

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Capital Ward Bulletin - January 24th

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Life at City Hall is getting back to its usual busy self. Committees are back meeting, city council will resume next Wednesday and there are a lot of important issues coming up.

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.

With this motion, the City of Ottawa will:

  • declare an affordable housing and homelessness emergency in Ottawa;
  • acknowledge that we do not possess the resources to manage this crisis alone and that we must call on the Provincial and Federal governments to assist us by providing the City with an immediate increase in emergency funding for housing, housing supports and housing allowances as well as a long-term financial plan to meet the needs of the community;
  • resolvs that the update to the ten-year housing and homelessness plan includes aggressive targets to:
    • preserve and increase the affordable housing supply;
    • increase access to housing affordability;
    • prevent the occurrence of homelessness and eliminate by 100 per cent chronic homelessness by 2024; and
    • ensure people are supported to achieve housing stability and long-term housing retention.
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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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