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.Read more
A Visioning Exercise for Lansdowne Park—April 2, 2019
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.Read more
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
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.Read more
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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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