Taking a Moment to Pause and Reflect

It’s been a busy nine or ten months at City Hall. As we roll into the fall, I thought I’d take a look at what our office and our community has been able to achieve, and contribute to, so far at City Hall. This list includes only some of the bigger ticket and legislative items we've had a hand in. Every day our office works with constituents to connect them to services, to improve their local infrastructure, to help them find a home or shelter, to ensure by-law and municipal policies are enforced, to ensure developer malfeasance is checked.

  • Change to the representation at Property Standards Licensing and Appeals Committee (PSLAC) to strengthen provisions for tenant standing on appeals. 
  • The introduction of two new crossing guards in our ward, one at Bank and Fifth which had been advocated for years with nothing being done 
  • Removing some beg buttons in Old Ottawa South 
  • More bike racks on Bank Street 
  • Climate Change Emergency Motion with concrete actions 
  • Holding a snow clearing forum and having the city commit to re-doing the maintenance quality standards
  • Fare freeze for the equipass and transit fares until LRT launch 
  • Vacant and derelict buildings added to the bylaw review with a permit system to be considered
  • Ensuring city staff held a consultation on the rehabilitation of Bronson Ave as the status quo is not acceptable  
  • Investment in Affordable Housing in Budget 2019  
  • Implementation of a new crosswalk on Lycée Place, connecting Lycée Claudel d’Ottawa to the Lycée Claudel Transitway Station. The community has been asking for this for years, and they brought it to our attention earlier this year. At my office’s request, a new pedestrian crossing was designed and implemented in time for the new school year.  
  • Approval of 30km/hr Gateway Speed Zones in the Glebe and Old Ottawa South
  • Organized urban wards session on the Official Plan  
  • Passing a motion at the Board of Health to push for ambitious improvements to the new Official Plan 
  • Changes coming to Lansdowne: released a new vision, assembled a consulting group 
  • Revived our dormant Ward Council 
  • Direction to City staff to negotiate higher accessibility surcharges on Private Transportation Companies
  • Direction to City staff to find ways to better support our City's accessible taxi services
  • Minor amendments to Vehicle For Hire by-law to make life easier for Taxi drivers
  • New regulations that will see the number of Predatory Pay Day lenders in Ottawa shrink dramatically over time

Let's keep growing this list together. None of these achievements are possible without an engaged constituency pushing us, and the City, to make the transformative changes we need make Ottawa a more healthy, beautiful, and compassionate place.

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