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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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Capital Ward Bulletin - August 15th

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I took a bit of time this summer to be with family and friends. I’ve returned to city hall feeling refreshed and re-invigorated in going to work for Capital Ward residents and for the city. 

Here are few things to keep an eye out for: 

Official Plan—The 5 Big Moves 

This past week, the city released a new document about big policy changes that could be included in the new Official Plan. This document, The 5 Big Moves, will help explain the direction the city is taking as it looks towards shaping the future of Ottawa. 

 

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Capital Ward Bulletin - August 2nd

I hope you’re having a good summer, so far. At City Hall, summertime means fewer meetings, and so I’ve been able to spend a bit more time with family, enjoying our lovely city. But just because City Hall is a bit quieter in the summer doesn’t mean that there isn’t a lot going on in our ward.

Chamberlain, Catherine and Isabella Consultation Summary

On June 6, 26 people attended the Public Open House on the re-design of Chamberlain, Catherine and Isabella. Although work won’t begin for at least another eight years, this is an important project for Capital Ward and the entire city.

Currently, these streets buffering the Queensway are hostile to pedestrians, bicyclists and city life, in general. We are working with staff to create streets that will better serve residents and vulnerable road users. Coupled with the work being done on the Bank Street Height and Character Study, we can lay the groundwork for a more vibrant, more livable streets in our ward.

We’ve been working closely with city staff on this project, and we will continue to collaborate with them throughout the summer and beyond.

You can see a summary of the consultation at the project website.

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Capital Ward Bulletin - July 18th

Well, it’s been an interesting week or two at City Hall. We've seen the 10 Oblats proposal in Old Ottawa East get rubber-stamped at Planning Committee and City Council, ignoring all the hard work the community put into the Secondary Plan. City Council allowed the unpopular expansion plans for the Chateau Laurier to go ahead. And we’ve heard that RTG plans to handover LRT this summer.

Old Ottawa East Community Plans Broken

The recent decision at Planning Committee and at City Council to rubber-stamp the developer’s request to alter the years of work that went into the community design plan in Old Ottawa East is one reason that I am calling for the break-up of the Planning Committee.

The Old Ottawa East community came out in large numbers to speak to the committee. It was wonderful to see such passion and engagement from residents. It is unfortunate that their reasoned and thoughtful words could not carry the day.

 

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Is it time to split up Ottawa's planning committee?

I debated my colleague Scott Moffatt this morning on my proposal to break up the planning committee at City Hall. We deserve more representative decision-making regardless of the outcome; Moffatt supports the status-quo.

Check out the debate at CBC.ca here.

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Menard: Break up planning committee and bring democracy back to Ottawa City Hall

City Hall belongs to you. City Hall is your building. Council members work for the public and should be tasked with putting the needs of the people first over other demands.

That’s democracy. That’s how democracy is supposed to work.

But you live in Ottawa, so you know that too often, City Hall isn’t a place for people, at least not all people. Too often, City Hall is a place for developers.

Read the full article at the Ottawa Citizen here.

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