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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Protect Lansdowne Park Rally and Petition

The recent proposal from City staff to transfer operations, programming and city control of the remaining public space at Lansdowne. This is one more step towards privatization of this great public asset. Like many residents, I am very concerned about this proposal and the manner it is being rushed through City Hall.  

I have some concerns about this proposal and the current process being rushed through FEDCO and city council. 

Before the city enters into negotiations with the intent of relinquishing the control of the park, the problem statement should be clear, the public deserves to be consulted on a new vision for Lansdowne, and we deserve some answers. 

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City Looks to Give Away Full Control of Lansdowne Park to For-Profit Partners

For Immediate Release

October 25, 2019
Updated November 4, 2019

CITY LOOKS TO GIVE AWAY FULL CONTROL OF LANSDOWNE PARK TO FOR-PROFIT PARTNERS

Ottawa—In a staff report coming to the Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDCO) on November 5th, 2019, the city is seeking to direct staff  to strike a deal with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) to transfer operations, programming and city control of half of the site over to OSEG. This would mean Aberdeen Pavilion, Aberdeen Square, the Horticulture Building, the Great Lawn and other areas of Lansdowne would be transferred in a commercialization of the remaining public space at Lansdowne. No business plan has been presented for such a move. No vendors who rent the space have been informed and zero public consultation has taken place. 

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Upcoming Meetings about the Future of Lansdowne Park (Updated Location) and the 2020 Budget

It’s a busy time in the city and in Capital Ward, and there are a couple of important public meetings coming up that I’d like you to know about: 

Changing the Deal at Lansdowne? 

At the Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDCO) meeting on November 5, the committee will receive a report in which city staff seek permission to negotiate a deal with OSEG to hand over control of operations and programming of the entire site to OSEG.

This is a significant change that could have serious detrimental impacts to our ward and our city. The city should be serving residents and the community rather than for-profit private sector entities.

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Capital Ward Bulletin - October 17th

We’re a month into fall. Schools back. The leaves are changing. And things are really picking up at City Hall. Much of the work this Fall will be around the city budget, which will be finalized in December. Other important topics will include Lansdowne Park, Springhurst Park and re-deisgning Bank Street south of Riverside Drive.

Budget Consultations

I’ll be taking part in two public consultations to discuss the 2020 City Budget, which is like to invite to:

Ottawa South councillors (Capital Ward actually stretches out to Walkley Road) will be gathering for a consultation at the Jim Durrell Centre on Tuesday October 22. Doors open at 5:45 pm and the presentation begins at 6:00, with a Question & Answer session following.

Then on Tuesday November 5, the five urban councillors will be hosting Budget Speak in Jean Pigott Hall at City Hall from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

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Our office is hiring for a Councillor's Assistant

Please see a description of the job, and instructions as to how to apply, at the link below.

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The Return of the Mutchmor Rink!

For Immediate Release

Ottawa—It is with great pleasure that Councillor Menard, Trustee Evans, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) and the City of Ottawa announce that a boarded hockey rink will be returning to the schoolyard at Mutchmor Public School this winter. The schoolyard, located between Fourth and Third Avenues in the Glebe, had been home to a rink since the 1930s, but the rink was removed in recent years as necessary work was completed on the school.

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Capital Ward Bulletin - September 19th

Taking a Moment to Pause and Reflect

It’s been a busy nine months at city council. As we roll into the fall, we thought we’d start compiling a list tracking what our office and our community has been able to achieve so far.

City of Ottawa’s Women & Gender Equity Community Forum

The City of Ottawa’s Women & Gender Equity Community Forum is confirmed on September 30th at Ottawa City Hall, Jean Pigott Place. This event is one of several activities taking place to engage residents in our City and use their input to inform our strategy.

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Capital Ward Bulletin - September 4th

Summer may have come to an end, but things are starting to heat up at City Hall.

Five New Polls for OP Feedback

There are 5 new polls for the public to provide feedback through on the Official Plan site. There is a quick poll on each of the 5 Big Moves. The deadline to complete these polls is September 16th. Please take some time to give your feedback to the city.

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Five new Polls for OP Feedback

There are 5 new polls for the public to provide feedback through on the Official Plan site. There is a quick poll on each of the 5 Big Moves. The deadline to complete these polls is September 16th. Please take some time to give your feedback to the city.

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