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City Council's governance debate on Dec. 5 was "like Christmas day for city hall admin wonks," writes the Ottawa Citizen's Jon Willing:
"One of the longest debates focused on the annual budget process, which drew concern from some councillors last term.
In Mayor Jim Watson’s city hall, the annual budget has been created by him and city management and any... More | Plus
By Matthew Kupfer, CBC Ottawa
Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum said police have increased their presence after the "brazen" daytime shooting.
He said money has also gone to youth programs and employment since the last shooting and that more funding from the city is on the way.
"We now have a concrete plan, we have money. We have the ability to... More | Plus
Tobi spoke to the CBC's Lucy van Oldenbarneveld on Nov. 9, 2018 about community safety following a shooting incident in Overbrook.
Watch the segment here, starting at 21:30>>
By: Randall Denley
The city has a transit commission comprised of eight councillors and four appointed members from the public. Despite all the turmoil and change on the transit file, the commission has only met five times this year and its agendas have been less taxing than that of the average Kiwanis Club.
The transit commission did accomplish one thing, but... More | Plus
Publié le mardi 10 juillet 2018
Tour de 65 étages à Ottawa : une nouvelle étape franchie
Un dessin des trois imposantes tours d'habitation
Un aperçu du projet qui pourrait voir le jour au 900, rue Albert à Ottawa. Photo : Ville d'Ottawa
Le projet de construction d'une tour de 65 étages au centre-ville d'Ottawa vient de franchir une étape... More | Plus
Publié le 16 juillet 2018
Par: Denis Gratton, Le Droit
CHRONIQUE / Après l’Armée du Salut qui compte construire un méga-refuge de 350 lits au 333 du chemin de Montréal, à Vanier, voici que les Bergers de l’Espoir comptent construire à leur tour un édifice de 42 logements au 765 du chemin de Montréal, à moins de deux kilomètres de là.
Ce futur... More | Plus
By Matthew Kupfer, CBC Ottawa
Ottawa is playing host this week to a major international urban planning conference — and its goal is figuring out how to build neighbourhoods where everything's within a 10-minute walk.... More | Plus
By Jon Willing
OC Transpo’s top manager says the service is “at the peak of the peak of detours” because of downtown construction, creating a “fragile” network that relies heavily on buses redirected to routes in response to demand changes.
“I’m sensitive to how important this is for our customers because any cancelled trip or any impact to our customer is... More | Plus
Ottawa's relatively generous tax policy for space-hogging downtown parking lots should be updated to encourage smarter development, an Ottawa city councillor believes.
"We want to invigorate, we want to revitalize downtown, and I think to do that we have to make sure we're sending the right tax signals to do that," Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum said... More | Plus
By Jon Willing
Customers of OC Transpo Routes 6, 7 and 12 are right to think their buses don’t show up on time more often than other routes.
Statistics published Wednesday by the transit agency show the three routes have a higher-than-average cancellation rate than the rest of the bus system.
The figures are in a response to questions from Coun. Tobi... More | Plus
By Laura Osman
Coun. Tobi Nussbaum said he doesn't think the city will be able to deal with the problem without more funding from the provincial and federal governments.
He asked staff to be honest about what's equired to solve Ottawa's homelessness problem.
... More | Plus
By Tobi Nussbaum
The decision made last week at Ottawa council to allow plastic bags in the composting stream is a short-sighted one on which I and two of my colleagues (councillors Jeff Leiper and Catherine McKenney) dissented.... More | Plus
Published by the Ottawa Citizen Feb. 9, 2018
By Tobi Nussbaum
This week’s developments on the light-rail transit file have left me pondering questions about core roles and responsibilities in our democratic system.
Much ink has been spilled about the $1 million penalty that many residents and councillors, including me, had understood to be in... More | Plus
Coun. Tobi Nussbaum said he was also taken aback to learn that RTG would not be on the hook financially for the delay.
"I think I was as surprised as everybody else was in light of the fact that the briefing material, which the public had received over the last couple months — and a lot of the public statements — had suggested that if... More | Plus
By Ted Raymond
The Built Heritage Sub-committee meets January 11. One of the main issues, Nussbaum expects, will not be the removal of the garage, so much as the care that must be taken during its demolition.
“There’s no question that the Château Laurier is one of the city’s most iconic buildings,” he says. “I think people feel a great attachment to it. It’s a... More | Plus
By Jennifer Liu
Residents of Beechwood are on a crusade to brighten their neighbourhood, and now they have chosen the artwork that will best represent their vision.
Created from plastic fragments of colourful laundry soap containers, “The Lilypond” was unveiled Friday as the winning proposal for the Better Beechwood 2017 campaign. Approximately 30 people... More | Plus
By Joanne Chianello
Like some other cities, Ottawa has seen a decline in the number of people using public transit.
Whether it's construction, unsatisfactory service or the introduction of Uber, fewer people rode OC Transpo this year. In fact, the transit operation is forecasting $8.5 million less in revenue for 2017 than expected.
And yet, for... More | Plus
By Kelly Egan
Weeks ago, a city councillor coolly made a prediction to me on a hot topic.
The Salvation Army proposal for a social service complex on Montreal Road would easily be approved by Ottawa’s planning committee, then sail through city council.
So far, he’s money. How could he know? Well, the mayor was on board, he said, a couple of leading... More | Plus
Ottawa Citizen >> Councillors 'disappointed' after Sally Ann shelter vote, opponents vow to keep fightingNovember 20, 2017
Opponents of the Salvation Army’s proposed “mega-shelter” on Montreal Road say they’re prepared to take their fight to the Ontario Municipal Board, if the project gets the green light in a council vote Wednesday.
Drew Dobson, head of the group SOS Vanier, whose members came out in numbers through three days of impassioned public hearings on the proposal, said he... More | Plus
City councillors and residents from Ottawa's five central wards spent Tuesday evening exploring the ways in which the city could spend extra tax dollars if the mayor and rest of council ever loosen their grip on the annual tax increase, currently capped at two per cent.
About 100 people attended the meeting at city hall to hear five pitches... More | Plus
Published by the Ottawa Citizen October 12, 2017
You could not be faulted for approaching the new Minto building at the western gateway of Beechwood Avenue with excited anticipation. After a fire devastated the previous structure in 2011, reducing apartments and beloved shops to ash, the sad and... More | Plus
Ottawa Citizen >> 'Exceeded expectations': Latest figures show Corktown, Adàwe bridges popular with pedestrians, cyclistsAugust 9, 2017
More than 185,000 people used the Corktown Footbridge to walk, jog or pedal over the Rideau Canal in a five-week span this spring, making it Ottawa’s most heavily-used pedestrian and cycling bridge.
Between May 10 and June 13, 186,333 people — an average of 5,324 per day — used the decade-old bridge to travel between Somerset Street West in Centretown and the street’s... More | Plus
Making it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to navigate St. Laurent Shopping Centre and reach the adjacent transit station once the Confederation LRT Line opens next year is crucial to light-rail’s ultimate success, says Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum.
The two-level St. Laurent transit station — with a surface-level bus loop and underground train platforms... More | Plus
Getting around safely is really important in Overbrook.
So looking ahead to when the city’s new light rail transit opens in 2018, Overbrook Community Association wanted to discuss the best way for its residents to get to the station safely.
On July 17 the association met with Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum, management at the St. Laurent Shopping Centre... More | Plus
Published by the Ottawa Citizen June 11 2017
As Ottawa played host to the 2017 Ontario Heritage Conference last weekend, I have been reflecting on the key questions of heritage conservation.
How is the public interest served by promoting and protecting heritage buildings? How do we balance the... More | Plus
Frustrated transit users in east Ottawa will have a chance to vent their concerns Tuesday evening, as two councillors hold a forum on transit.
Coun. Mathieu Fleury and Coun. Tobi Nussbaum will host the meeting Tuesday beginning at 6:30 at the Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre.
Nussbaum said with the Confederation Line set to open next year, transit routes will... More | Plus
The opening of the Confederation LRT Line is an exciting moment in Ottawa’s public transit history, but OC Transpo must use it as an opportunity to improve service for all users, including those who won’t ride the... More | Plus
In some ways, Ottawa council follows the immortal words of Yoda: "Do or do not, There is no try." In political terms: Vote yes, or vote no. There is no abstention. It's an imperfect metaphor, admittedly, but the shades of grey that domiante much of politics aren't readily reflect in the way representatives must, with finality, say what they think. ... More | Plus
Last year, east Ottawa councillors and residents grappled with issues around traffic, rising costs around the city, intensification, violence and community safety.
In a year-in-review questionnaire, Couns. David Chernushenko, Mathieu Fleury, Tobi Nussbaum, and Tim Tierney weighed in on the year’s challenges, what they are... More | Plus
Published by the Ottawa Citizen December 16, 2016
The prospect of a new central public library in our city is an exciting one. Successful central libraries offer citizens a one-stop shop of diverse civic and cultural life. Across the country, new libraries have breathed additional life into downtown cores, from... More | Plus
So the news — about the giant hole in its heart — has struck hard.
As part of the “Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel,” the City of Ottawa is planning to dig a massive shaft on the edge of venerable Stanley Park — named for a governor general — a hole as wide as a house (13 metres) and as deep as a six-storey building (20 metres).
All on the banks of the Rideau... More | Plus
Published Nov. 28, 2016 >> Plans for a new residential community at CFB Rockcliffe were unveiled Monday afternoon when the development group — including Canada Lands Company, the Algonquins of Ontario and three local builders — presented the official plan for a sustainable 310-acre community that will house 10,000 residents.... More | Plus
Published by the Ottawa Citizen November 20, 2016
One of the most important jobs entrusted to city council is the task of planning our growth. Where should growth happen? Is it appropriate for the context? Can it be supported from the perspectives of social services, transit, parks and other city services? When... More | Plus
Posted: Oct. 23, 2016
Neighbourhoods like Vanier, Rockcliffe and Manor Park won't directly benefit from light rail, yet its construction affects their daily commutes every day. As light rail construction continues, east-end transit users are frustrated their commutes have been hardest hit by the delays – and they don’t even live along the line. Neighbourhoods like... More | Plus
CBC Ottawa >> Focused budget consultation on cycling, transit, social agency funding gets big audienceOctober 14, 2016
More than 130 people poured into City Hall Thursday night for a budget consultation on social issues, boasting a larger attendance than the combined audiences of all the other public meetings held so far this budget season.
Indeed, it was the best-attended budget consultation in recent memory, likely because of a new format that eschewed the usual general discussion... More | Plus
Nussbaum, who represents Rideau-Rockcliffe ward, points to the $8 million extra the city plans to receive next year and sees potential.
“That’s actually a good news story,” Nussbaum... More | Plus
A proposed new low-income pass would offer eligible riders a deep discount on the monthly adult general pass if they live at or below Statistics Canada’s low-income cut-off of approximately $20,000 or less a year for individuals, or an annual... More | Plus
By Tobi Nussbaum and Miranda Spessot for Policy Options
With an estimated 3 million people moving into urban areas each week, mainly in the global... More | Plus
Ottawa Citizen City Hall Blog >> Nussbaum scheduled to speak at transportation conference in SeattleSeptember 16, 2016
Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum is apparently becoming a coveted speaker outside of Ottawa.
He’s off to Seattle later this month to speak at the National Association of City Transportation Officials’ “Designing Cities” conference. He’ll be sharing his insights during a session called Paving the Way for Safe Streets: The Role of Political Leadership.... More | Plus
A councillor’s presentation at a national conference partially highlighting the perceived dark sides of municipal planning has raised eyebrows in some offices at Ottawa City Hall.
Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum delivered a presentation called Fixing the 5 ‘i’s’ of Planning Failure during a Canadian Institute of Planners conference in Quebec City in July.... More | Plus
Who doesn’t want to go to a feast? Even better, how about an East Feast?
Thanks to one Vanier entrepreneur, the backing of his community association and the help of his area city councillors, the first ever Beechwood East Feast will celebrate food and fun on Sept. 10.
Chris Penton is a man of many hats – he manages the weekly summer farmers’ market,... More | Plus
Ottawa's next big dig set to start on $230M sewage tunnels - Storage tunnels centrepiece of massive plan to clean up the Ottawa River
Another big dig is set to start under Ottawa's downtown, this time to carve out tunnels with the capacity to store up to 43 million litres of raw sewage and runoff resulting from big storms.
The combined sewage storage tunnel is... More | Plus