Today at Ottawa City Council there was a debate that took place on a strategic initiative for this term of Council that would see us begin to renew some of our most challenged communities.
The original proposal was that for the balance of 2015 we work to review communities across the city, select a candidate community to begin this renewal in and move forward.
Between the proposal and today, a change was made that pre-selected one community and abandoned a review of others that are also in need.
I spoke in favour of looking at all our neighbourhoods in need and about why this was important.
In the end, Council voted to support the path I am also in favour of – one that still moves quickly, but through a fair process, where residents across Ottawa in many neighbourhoods will get to contribute their voice and thoughts on how we should be rebuilding their neighbourhood.
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