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Payday loan businesses

The Ontario government has introduced legislation it says will increase protection for people using payday loan outlets and other “alternative financial services.”

Canada’s multi-million-dollar payday loan industry, regulated provincially, has been accused of preying on the most financially vulnerable and sucking them into a cycle of high-interest loans that many are... More  |  Plus

Presto card reader

Bus fares will likely be the hot topic at transit commission this Thursday as OC Transpo stares down an $11.5-million deficit.

The city’s 2011 transit affordability plan calls for regular, incremental fare increases of 2.5 per cent each year in order to pay for Ottawa’s massive light rail project, which is currently under construction.

But commission chair Coun... More  |  Plus

Mayor Jim Watson

Mayor Jim Watson’s pledge to keep the tax rate increase to two per cent will be put to the test when the city’s 2016 draft budget is tabled later this week.

How the city will achieve this goal, a commitment Watson made before winning re-election last fall, will likely involve a mix of targeted cuts and one-time borrowing from city reserves.

Sculpted by Watson... More  |  Plus

Bike on snowy path

Ottawa Coun. Tobi Nussbaum wants the city to commit in its plans to clear more paths for pedestrians and cyclists this winter.

Councillors on the City of Ottawa's transportation committee have already pledged $200,000 a year to remove more snow — on top of the 20 kilometres of paths already cleared — but the plan still needs to be approved at budget time.

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CFB Rockcliffe redevelopment

City council has approved the mammoth redevelopment of the CFB Rockcliffe lands, which will create a new neighbourhood that will eventually bring 10,000 new residents to the area.

“It will be an exciting day for many people who have been eagerly anticipating the approval of this very ambitious project,” Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum said at a council meeting... More  |  Plus

L'ex base militaire

«Enfin!» L'ancien conseiller municipal d'Ottawa, Jacques Legendre, a exprimé mardi tout haut ce que beaucoup pensent tout bas: la municipalité va finalement de l'avant avec sa transformation de l'ex-base militaire de Rockcliffe en un nouveau quartier résidentiel et commercial d'importance.

Le comité d'urbanisme a donné son aval au méga projet de 131 hectares situé à l... More  |  Plus

Reunion des conseilleurs

La Société immobilière du Canada (SIC), une société d'État fédérale, veut transformer l'ex-complexe militaire en un quartier résidentiel et commercial. La SIC est propriétaire du site de quelque 125 hectares, situé à l'est du centre-ville, depuis 2011.

Le projet immobilier prévoit notamment la construction de 5200 appartements au cours des 15 à 20 prochaines années.... More  |  Plus

CFB Rockcliffe redevelopment aerial view

The City of Ottawa's planning committee has approved the redevelopment of the former CFB Rockcliffe air force base just east of downtown Ottawa.

The plans by Canada Lands Company Limited (CLCL) would bring around 5,500 housing units to the property. 

Most of the buildings would be six storeys or fewer, but some mixed-use buildings would be as tall as 20... More  |  Plus

CFB Rockcliffe redevelopment aerial view

The city’s planning and development committee has approved the community development plan for the former CFB Rockcliffe.

Now the real work begins, says Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum. The new development, which encompasses 131 hectares, will eventually be home to 10,000 people. It won’t be finished for another 20 years.

“This is a visionary document and a... More  |  Plus

CFB Rockcliffe redevelopment aerial view

 

The City of Ottawa’s planning committee is set to consider a detailed and ambitious blueprint for redeveloping the former Rockcliffe military base to accommodate thousands of new homes over the next 20 years, making it the largest residential development inside the Greenbelt in a generation. Matthew Pearson explains.

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Map of St. Laurent blvd.

Bike lanes could be coming to St. Laurent Boulevard as early as this summer.

City staff unveiled its preferred roadway configuration for the project at a community open house on June 18. The plan promises to make the boulevard safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

It will provide a bike lane along the roadway from Hemlock Street to Montreal Road, providing a link... More  |  Plus

Draft of proposed changes to communism memorial

The Victims of Communism memorial has been drastically reduced in size, but the NCC has moved closer to finalizing its controversial location.

The National Capital Commission presented a significantly smaller design for the proposed monument at its board of directors meeting on June 25, but it also approved starting a decontamination project on the site in preparation... More  |  Plus

Cyclists on Beechwood Ave.

Although Beechwood Avenue is not scheduled to be rebuilt any time soon, two city councillors are appealing to residents to envision ways transportation can improve along the corridor.

Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury and Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum have scheduled a meeting on June 24 to discuss how the street can be altered to better accommodate... More  |  Plus

Plan for former CFB Rockcliffe site

The Canada Lands Company has submitted an application to the city to build a 6,000-home subdivision on the former CFB Rockcliffe lands.

The crown corporation needs the city to rezone the property in order to make way for the mixed-use development that will eventually bring 10,000 new residents to the area.

The mammoth parcel is bounded by the Ottawa River to the... More  |  Plus

Library main branch

STAFF SAY 557 WELLINGTON ‘JUST A PLACEHOLDER,’ NO SITE CHOSEN FOR NEW CENTRAL LIBRARY

Location, location, location: that was the theme of the Ottawa Public Library board’s meeting on June 9, which gave staff a mandate to officially start planning a new central branch.

The library board has approved the staff recommendation to build a new central... More  |  Plus

Map of proposed Sandy Hill Heritage sites

Hundreds of buildings in Sandy Hill could soon join the city’s heritage family tree.

On Thursday, the built heritage sub-committee approved 332 buildings for the heritage registry, plus a new historical boundary around Sandy Hill that would set building guidelines for new developments and renovation projects.

Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum, the committee... More  |  Plus

Conceptualization of Victims of Communism Memorial

THE CITY APPEARS TO BE TAKING STEPS TO FORMALIZE ITS OPPOSITION TO THE PROPOSED LOCATION OF THE MEMORIAL TO THE VICTIMS OF COMMUNISM.

A day after Defence Minister Jason Kenney told an audience at a city hall breakfast event that the completed site on Wellington Street will be “more like a park” once the monument is built, Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi... More  |  Plus

Conceptualization of Victims of Communism Memorial

Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum is wading into the debate over a planned memorial to victims of communism, asking the federal government to put it somewhere else.

The rookie councillor will introduce a motion at the end of the month that would formally request the Harper government relocate its memorial somewhere other than between the Supreme Court and Library... More  |  Plus

Citizens voicing opinions

A packed panel discussion at a church on McArthur Avenue perhaps speaks volumes to the growing concern around climate change policies in Canada, but the five participating politicians were hardly able to scratch the surface of the contentious topic during a two-hour discussion.

Ecology Ottawa hosted the event at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship church in... More  |  Plus

Councillor Tobi Nussbaum

ROOKIE COUNCILLOR LOOKS TO MAKE GOOD ON CAMPAIGN PROMISE

Tobi Nussbaum has launched an effort to get corporate and union money out of municipal politics.

The Rideau-Rockcliffe councillor is looking to make good on a campaign promise to get rid of corporate and union campaign contributions by introducing a motion at city council that could lead... More  |  Plus

Councillor Tobi Nussbaum

When Tobi Nussbaum ran in last fall’s campaign, the Rideau-Rockcliffe councillor promised to introduce a motion to ban corporate and union donations in municipal elections during his first 100 days in office.

A tall order. Moving the motion is easy — but getting 13 of his council colleagues to agree to the election financing changes was going to be a serious challenge... More  |  Plus

Councillor Tobi Nussbaum

First-time Ottawa city councillor Tobi Nussbaum says he'll ask Queen's Park to prohibit corporate and union donations to candidates seeking municipal office in this city.

But first he'll need the support of his council colleagues, many of whom accepted such contributions during the recent election campaign, and say they don't support a ban.

Nussbaum refused to... More  |  Plus

Public giving input

Wednesday is budget day at Ottawa City Hall.

After weeks of discussion and debate, the $3.073-billion spending plan is expected to pass without much fuss.

Here’s what you need to know.

TAXES, TAXES, TAXES

The residential tax-rate increase for both urban and rural homeowners will be two per cent, while the commercial rate increase... More  |  Plus

McArthur repair shop

Planning committee turned the tables on a staff recommendation last week, voting 7-3 to allow the construction of a car repair facility on McArthur Avenue despite its designation as a traditional main street.

Bel-Air Lexus-Toyota general ma­nager Michel Parent applied to the city to rezone three properties near his Lexus dealership at 450 McArthur Ave. to allow a... More  |  Plus

Pedestrians

The Ontario government is currently considering reducing speed limits in residential areas as part of a plan to protect pedestrians in the case of automobile accidents. 

In many ways, that debate is a unique one. In other ways it is well-debated territory that, in most previous cases, has fallen on the side of slower speeds for the sake of safety.

According... More  |  Plus

Concerned citizens

Protesters gathered on the corner of St. Laurent Boulevard and Karen Way on Monday afternoon chanting “Easy on the Speed” to slow traffic in advance of the 2015 reconstruction to reduce the number of lanes on St. Laurent, which will slow the pace of reckless traffic permanently.

“I think that they should at the very least have a pedestrian crossing sign here and, I... More  |  Plus

Ottawa City Hall

City council approved the members and leaders for its committees and boards during its Dec. 10 meeting. Several committees, commissions and boards saw turnover in their leadership positions based on the advice of Mayor Jim Watson and the nominating committee.

Transit commission

Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais said he’s looking forward to tackling... More  |  Plus

Ottawa City Hall

An amazing thing happened Wednesday at this term’s first city council meeting.

Councillors discussed, debated and disagreed on the specifics of a 289-page governance review for more than two-and-a-half hours. And yet the sky didn’t fall, there was no sign of dysfunction, and council seemed actually more productive than ever. There were even a few compromise motions... More  |  Plus

Les conseillers d'Ottawa

Les conseillers d'Ottawa, élus aux élections du 27 novembre, ont lancé les débats, mercredi, lors de leur toute première réunion du conseil municipal.

Ils ont d'abord pris connaissance du rapport sur la gouvernance, de presque 300 pages, qui trace les règles de fonctionnement des quatre prochaines années.

Une recommandation propose notamment de réduire le nombre... More  |  Plus

Tobi Nussbaum meets a constituent

MUNICIPAL. Place au vif du sujet pour les huit conseillers élus à la Ville d'Ottawa le 27 octobre dernier.

La formation dans le cadre du Programme d'orientation mis en place par l'administration de la Ville est dorénavant terminée depuis ce vendredi. Trois semaines en tout qui ont vu les nouveaux échevins plancher sur des sujets tels les... More  |  Plus

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