Deferring the LRT Stage 2 Vote

Today, several city councillors, including myself and Councillors Chiarelli, Deans, Leiper, McKenney and Meehan, announced that we would seek to defer until March 27 the report recommending approval of stage 2 LRT. This contract is critical to Ottawa’s sustainability and it is important that we get it right.

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Menard: LRT Stage 2 is at risk of becoming another SNC-led boondoggle

With recent news highlighting that current LRT cars are experiencing major challenges in winter weather, it is more clear than ever that the Rideau Transit Group (RTG) is going to miss its March 31 deadline for handover of the Confederation Line to the city. It begs the question: Who knew about this and why weren’t councillors informed of this major impediment in advance of approving Stage 2? As city residents are painfully aware, this project is already well behind schedule and over-budget.

 

Read the full article in the Ottawa Citizen here

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Urban Ward 2019 Budget Feedback Survey

Fill out our urban wards feedback survey here! (Deadline March 5)

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You can also participate in the citywide feedback tools by reviewing the budget information here and emailing your feedback to the City at budget@ottawa.ca.

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Stage 2 LRT Public Information Session

Residents of Capital Ward are invited to attend this information session on Stage 2 of LRT.

City Council and the public have been given only 12 days to evaluate and deliberate on a proposal for a P3 project that will cost the City $4.6 billion, with commitments to private partners that will span almost 30 years; this information session will be one of the only opportunities for community members to learn more, as well as raise questions and concerns, before the deal is voted on at the same time as the budget on March 6th. Please consider attending.

You can RSVP for the event here.

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Capital Ward Forum on Snow Clearance Replaced by Information Session on Snow Clearance for Urban Wards

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Due to the Special Meeting of City Council on Wednesday February 27, 2019, the Capital Ward Forum on Snow Clearance will need to be postponed until the evening of Wednesday March 20th. It will be held in City Council Chambers from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

We apologize for the inconvenience and for the short notice, but it won’t be feasible to hold the Forum on the same day as the Special Meeting.

However, this delay allows us to expand the Forum. We have spoken with other urban councillors who have expressed interest in participating, and we will have greater access to city staff to provide information about current snow clearing protocols.

We appreciate that this is a significant issue with which all residents have been struggling for the past two months. We appreciate your understanding about this scheduling change, and we look forward to the expanded format of this Information Session.

In the meantime, we’d love to start collecting some of your experiences with snow clearing and suggestions for improvement. You can send them to us at CapitalWard@ottawa.ca with the subject line “Snow Forum”.

RSVP for the event here

Facebook event is here

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Councillor removes 'beg buttons' at Old Ottawa South crosswalks

Pedestrian safety shouldn't be jeopardized to improve traffic flow, Shawn Menard says

 

Read the CBC article here

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Public Panel on Free Transit

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Winter Weather Advisory - February 13, 2019

The major snowfall we received overnight has affected city operations. Here are some weather-related updates:

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Councillor supports Transit Week Challenge group's call for OC Transpo fare freeze

At least one city councillor is jumping on the idea of an OC Transpo fare freeze following an eye-opening “Transit Week Challenge” that set out to highlight the importance of accessible transportation services.

 

Read the article in the Citizen here

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Newsletter February 12th, 2019

There are four recurring themes to this week’s newsletter: street safety, the city budget, public consultations and snow (will we ever get a break from all the white stuff!?!). So here are some of the things happening for Capital Ward.

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