Update on Derelict Buildings

Many of you will recall that dealing with the ‘West Coast Video’ eyesore in Old Ottawa South, and derelict buildings broadly in Ottawa, was a major campaign issue for us during the 2018 election. We have been making progress on this file. Our office has been working with City staff to ensure that existing regulation is enforced on the West Coast Video site--hence the recent removal of signage--but we are also pushing for further reforms that would make the long-term maintenance of vacant and derelict buildings untenable going forward. 

Through working with City staff and other councillors, we expect to see a bylaw review of the regulation of derelict buildings make it into the Community and Protective Services Committee's (CPSC) bylaw review work plan which will be voted on in August. We have reason to suspect that this item will be prioritized in the work plan, and our allies will be ready to intervene with a motion if it is not. Previous reforms have not gone far enough, as buildings like the West Coast Video building remain in place, and so our office is pushing for the City to review and consult on the possible implementation of a permit system (similar to the one that exists in Winnipeg) that will see property owners pay an increasingly large sum of money to the City the longer that they allow these properties to lay dormant. The bylaw review is the next step toward having such a system implemented here in Ottawa.

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PSA - Brantwood Park Flooding

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Please see the following PSA from the City of Ottawa:

Keep children away from flooded wading pools and play structures

OTTAWA --- The City of Ottawa is asking residents to ensure that children are kept away from City wading pools and play structures located near a river.   A rise in water levels, particularly of the Rideau River, has resulted in water backups in at least one wading pool and three park areas with significant water in the play structure area.   The water in the pool cannot be drained: it is two to three feet deep and poses a hazard to young children. The water in the park play areas have standing water which is approximately 4-6” deep and also poses a hazard to young children.

The pool in question is: Strathcona Wading Pool, corner of Laurier Avenue East and Range Road.

The parks in question are: Riverain Park (N River Road, Sandy Hill Area), Brantwood Park (Onslow Crescent and Burnham Rd) and Strathcona Park (Corner of Laurier Ave East and Range Road).

Our office has also received reports that basements have been flooding in the area. Our office has reached out to City staff and have been informed that staff is clearing catch basins in the area to help ameliorate the situation.

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Motion Declaring a Climate Emergency

Photo: Ben PowelessCOUNCILLOR SHAWN MENARD TO PRESENT A MOTION DECLARING A CLIMATE EMERGENCY

Ottawa— On April 16, Capital Ward Councillor Shawn Menard will present a motion at the Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management declaring a climate emergency. If this motion is approved by the committee and city council, Ottawa will join Halifax, Vancouver, Hamilton, Kingston, Richmond and Edmunston, NB, as Canadian cities declaring climate emergencies. 

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Report on Snow Clearance Forthcoming

On behalf of the Capital Ward office, I would like to thank everyone who participated in the Information Session on Snow Clearance. Your participation made this event a success. The event saw a full room participate in a critical and productive dialogue. We have our work cut out for us moving forward.

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A Place for People. A Place for Families. A Place for Mobility. A Place for City Life.

A Visioning Exercise for Lansdowne Park—April 2, 2019

Overview

The re-development of Lansdowne Park was undertaken as a partnership between the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG). The agreement between the two parties called for revenue distribution to follow a “waterfall” method, whereby the costs of capital investments would be paid back before other payments were made. The city would receive payment on accrued interest on “deemed equity”. Further down the waterfall, OSEG and the city would split any profits.

With the 2017 Lansdowne Partnership Annual Report comes news that the economic and financial outlook of the park has been adjusted. It is now predicted that the City of Ottawa will not receive re-payment for interest accrued on deemed equity, nor will we earn any profits throughout the life of the 30-year agreement. Further, OSEG is not expected to receive re-payment on $120M worth of capital investment.

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Getting our fair share from Uber and Lyft

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Councillor wants City of Ottawa’s auditor general to probe LRT Stage 2 procurement process

The OC Transpo light rail train in Ottawa Friday, May 3, 2002 makes its way though Ottawa.

Capital ward Coun. Shawn Menard gave notice to his council colleagues on Wednesday that he’ll soon ask for their support in requesting that Auditor General Ken Hughes “launch an investigation into the procurement process that was executed to award the LRT stage 2 contracts.”

Read the full story at Globalnews.ca here

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Open Letter to Doug Ford Re: LPASC

Dear Premier Ford,

I am dismayed at your decision to close the Local Planning Appeal Support Centre (LPASC). This centre provides residents from all neighbourhoods with a source of information to help them with their appeals.

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Statement on Mosque Shootings

It is with deep sadness that I learn about the mass shootings at Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. This despicable act of Islamophobia must be condemned, as too must be the rhetoric of hatred and bigotry that fuels these terrorists. We cannot tolerate that in our society and in our world such crimes of hate are accepted, shrugged off, downplayed or ignored. Islamophobia, and the structures that embolden it, must be confronted and eradicated.

On behalf of Capital Ward, I offer our deepest condolences to the victims, their loved ones and the Muslim communities that were targeted by this vicious and abhorrent attack. Our heart breaks for those whose lives have been stolen, for those seriously injured and traumatized by this heinous act, and for those who will live with the pain and suffering inflicted upon them.

We stand with our local Muslim community, as well as all oppressed and vulnerable people who endure bigotry and violence. Terrorist violence is perpetrated by hateful individuals and groups, but we must also oppose the systemic factors that create a fertile ground for them. Our sadness—and accompanying anger at such racist and xenophobic attacks—will feed our resolve; we will work for a better a community and a better world for our fellow community members, their children and all of our children.

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Newsletter March 12th, 2019

I have so much to update you on since our last newsletter:

Official Plan Update

Did you know that Ottawa’s Official Plan is being updated? It’s the city’s primary planning document that guides our growth and development as a municipality. It will look at how we grow, what we want out of our city, and how we can use city planning to make Ottawa a better city for generations to come.

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