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 with the subject line “Snow Forum”.

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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


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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.


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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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Press Release: 2019 Transit Challenge - Councillor Shawn Menard calls for an OC TRANSPO fare freeze in the upcoming budget

OTTAWA—The 2019 Transit Week Challenge concluded with a renewed call for more reliable, more affordable and more equitable transit service in Ottawa. For the week of Monday February 4 to Sunday February 10, city councillors were asked to use OC Transpo for all transportation, other than walking.

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Councillor stresses need for Ottawa transit changes, as fares rise while ridership drops

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Shawn Menard wants to see changes to the city's transit fare system that reflect the level of service

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Menard: Yes, public transit is a gender issue – and a climate issue too

A bit of a controversy arose at Ottawa city council recently when I suggested the Transit Commission reconsider a proposed public member based on his public views on abortion and climate change. Despite the vitriol and hyperbole that has ensued, these are important issues.

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