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  • Catherine Green
    How about having a section of the Arboretum designated an off-leash dog walking area to resolve the decades old conflicts?
  • Jack Gilmer
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  • Dave Rosberg
    Thanks Shawn….. have been waiting years for a councilor that truly speaks for me. The planning committee is a dysfunctional mess and I support your efforts to rein in builders that pretty much do as they please.
  • Derek Wallace
    Hi Shawn,


    I’m a resident of the Glebe and wanted to ask a question…….. I’m a stay-at-home Dad and often sit at Sylvia Holden Park while watching my kids do their thing and have noticed something the city could do to improve it’s carbon footprint. Once per week a team of city workers cut and trim the grass at Sylvia Holden using gas trimmers and mowers. There is a team of four or five that use a couple of mowers and up to three trimmers. So…. I could be wrong but there must be 20 + crews ??? in the city using 40 mowers and 60 trimmers (leaf blowers) for roughly 8 hours a day for the summer season. That’s a lot of pollution!!!!


    The brand they use is stihl and stihl now have a commercial cordless unit. Also, there are a slew of companies that make electrically powered ride on commercial mowers.


    EPA came out with a report…..running a typical

    gas weedeater for 2 hours produces the same pollution as running

    a car…..for 3000 miles.” Mike Romano Univ. Calif. Berkeley


    “To equal the hydrocarbon emissions of about a half-hour use of a two-stroke leaf blower, you’d have to drive a V8 pickup truck for 3,887 miles, or the distance from Texas to Alaska. [Edmunds]”


    https://theweek.com/articles/739688/government-must-regulate-lawn-equipment-seriously


    Just an idea :)


    Derek
  • Colleen Francis
    I have a question about the 1050-1060 Bank St. Proposed Development. Do you know where I can find any information about it? The proposed building is 5 stories which seems high for the area’s official plan.
  • Suzanne Gumpert
    Shawn

    I have just returned from a short visit to Quebec City and was amazed by the cleanliness and lack of street people sitting on the sidewalk looking for money in a cheap paper cup as we have here in Ottawa’s downtown and tourist area. What is it that they do that we are not doing.? We have a similar climate and population. As I walk towards the Rideau centre on Sussex, there are always 2-3 start people sitting there, with garbage floating around them. I am tempted to tell ask them why don’t you pick this up and make your surroundings more appealing. But being the polite Canadian that I am I walk by, but sad that my city does not present an appealing welcome to visitors.

    Can you research what QC Adid that we can learn from, and then bring it to city hall?
  • Justine Rae
    Please consider creating a Facebook page or Instagram page for Shawn Menard for us to follow. Not just twitter or this website. Thank you!
  • Stephen Winsor
    Hi Shawn,


    Last year you wrote a piece about derelict buildings, and specifically mentioned the burn-out husk of West Coast Video. As a long-time Old Ottawa South resident, I would like to know what you are doing, now that you have been elected, to remedy this issue. Thank you for your time.
  • Huston Eubank
    Thank you deeply for your proposed motion that the City of Ottawa declare a climate emergency. PLEASE be strong and persist, and I hope you will succeed. You are a breath of fresh air who is championing a lot of important causes, but none more important than this. As Thoreau said, “What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?”


    Humanity in general is too preoccupied and uninterested – and sadly, too powerless – to solve this problem for themselves, so in this case especially, it falls to our elected leaders to show leadership and tackle it head-on. You appear to be the kind of leader we’ve been needing – and lacking – for many years.


    The word “existential” is all the rage these days, but in this case it’s accurate and appropriate. Climate change is threatening life as we know it on this planet. People say we need to “save the planet”, but that’s not right. As a rock in orbit around our star, this planet will do just fine – like billions of other planets. It’s life that’s in jeopardy; the beautiful, precious life that has evolved here, enabled by an incredible set of circumstances that are required to even make it possible. They are possibly unique in the universe. [The over-hyped but otherwise incredible current National Geographic series “One Strange Rock” presents this case most convincingly. Highly recommended – combine that with this TED talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/stephen_webb_where_are_all_the_aliens/up-next?fbclid=IwAR1G1wxmkr39U6JmRvDagOpfTx3Zt4Fv_W3I2vszLUjRvz2H4BK4k1APJks]


    And here are we, today, undoing that incredible balance as if humanity is incapable of doing damage on the scale required, and there can’t be any consequences of our actions – or lack of actions. That’s just wrong. Humans are the dominant force on this planet today (therefore the “Anthropocene”) and too many of us are an unthinking cancer that’s upsetting the delicate balance that’s required for life to prevail and survive. In fact, viewed from space, cities look – and mushroom – like cancers on the landscape. Humanity in general is not equipped to understand or even simply believe that this is real. But it unquestionably is.


    Our current minimal, incremental progress is vastly insufficient; it’s not enough to even marginally slow our ultimate demise. Dramatic and forceful action is required. The problem is too large. In spite of courageous and Herculean efforts, NGOs and enlightened corporations cannot do it on their own. (I speak from experience – I’ve been woking that route for 25+ years.) Our politicians must begin to truly represent the people – not “special” interests – and lead the efforts on the scale required by this challenge. The current upwelling demand – especially, but not exclusively, among the young – for our leaders to take BOLD action is an essential and appropriate reaction to this historical inaction. Before it really is too late and the damages become truly irreversible – assuming they aren’t already.


    I’m 72 years old, so hopefully I won’t have to see or live through the worst consequences (although I’m starting to doubt even that!) But that does not mean I can shirk my responsibility to keep trying to do something about it. None of us can. Like most people my age, I feel for my grandkids who will. In spite of how this rant may sound, I’m not weird or a fanatic – just passionate. I care deeply about our exquisite planet! I trust you are the same.


    In that case, how can I help you?