News

Ontario communities sound alarm over proposed changes to Ambulance Act

Screen_Shot_2017-08-22_at_9.50.25_AM.pngThe province is looking for two municipalities to participate in pilot projects funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, which are expected to begin in March 2018.

At least one Ottawa city councillor doesn't want the city to take part. "Ottawa is not the right community to try this in.... I haven't seen any evidence that it leads us in a direction that we want to go," said Coun. Mark Taylor, who is also chair of AMO's health task force.

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City councillor asks police chief to close west-end pot shop

Screen_Shot_2017-08-21_at_3.34.23_PM.pngBay Ward Coun. Mark Taylor has written a letter to police Chief Charles Bordeleau asking Bordeleau to close a marijuana pot dispensary on McEwen Avenue.

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Stage 2 LRT - Moodie Light Rail Transit Station Workshop

Please see below for an upcoming connectivity workshop for the Moodie Light Rail Transit Station. Workshop takes place on Monday, August 21, 2017 from 6pm to 8pm at the Nepean Sailing Club. 

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See & Hear

Caring and Sharing Backpack Exchange

BAckpack_2.JPGI was happy to help out at the Caring and sharing  backpack exchange this morning! The program provides grade appropriate stuffed backpacks to children from families in need 

Shriners International Awareness Day

image1.JPGToday is Shriners International awareness day! Happy to present the proclamation on behalf of Mayor Watson. 

AMO 2017 Ottawa Conference

Over the past five days, I've been excited to be a part of Association of Municipalities Ontario's (AMO) Ottawa 2017 conference. I've had a great opportunity to connect with colleagues from all over Ontario and lead ministerial delegations across a number of files. Please click on the image below for more photos from the AMO conference. 

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Opinion

Canada 150 Celebrations - July Column

Over the past month, I have been honoured to attend a number of great community events and celebrations for Canada 150. It was heartwarming to see neighbours bonding through events such as the Horner Drive Block party, the Glabar Water Fight, the Britannia celebrations, and the Belltown potluck – just to name a few. Our Bay Ward residents were out in full force strengthening the ties that bring our community together. 

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Continuing Consultations - June Column

May was a month of community consultations and I believe we made some significant progress with our Stage 2 LRT plans. The public feedback we are receiving is helping us to improve how we move around our city. I encourage anyone who continues to have questions relating to what the new LRT will mean for their community to please reach out to my office or the stage 2 LRT team stage2@ottawa.ca . 

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Development in our community

Ontario Announces New Proposed Changes to the Land Use Planning and Appeal System

May 18, 2017

This week the Government of Ontario announced new proposed changes to the Land use Planning and Appeal System. My colleagues and I were pleased to see the Province take this important step in returning the ultimate decision making authority in planning matters to the community and local government.