OC Transpo seeking feedback on Para Transpo eligibility policies and booking processes

For immediate release:
August 24, 2015



Ottawa – OC Transpo is currently reviewing its policies for both Para Transpo customer eligibility and booking processes.


Public consultations will take place on September 17, 22, 30 and October 6 at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West. There are a total of 16 sessions, four per day, with a registration limit of 20 people per session. Para Transpo customers, caregivers, community agencies, hospital representatives, long-term care facilities and the general public are invited to register.

 Session details are as follows:

Traffic restrictions on Rideau Street to start this Friday

For immediate release:

August 27, 2015



Ottawa – As part of the O-Train Confederation Line project, traffic will be restricted on Rideau Street between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street from Friday, August 28 until Confederation Line opens in 2018, to allow construction of the Rideau Station entrances and vent shafts.

 Businesses will remain open as usual. Construction hoarding and signage will mark off the construction area.


Household Hazardous Waste Depot this weekend

For immediate release:
August 21, 2015



Ottawa - The City of Ottawa is committed to helping residents dispose of their waste in the safest and most environmentally friendly way and reminds residents that some of the waste in garages, basements and sheds is hazardous and cannot be left at the curb for pickup or poured down the drain.


Household hazardous waste includes items such as:

  • Aerosol containers
  • Batteries (automotive/household)
  • Propane cylinders
  • Fluorescent bulbs/tubes
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fertilizers and pesticides
  • Needles and syringes
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Paints and coatings
  • Pool chemicals 

See & Hear

Polo in the Park

DSC_0161.JPGIt is not something you see everyday in Ottawa, Polo!  Wesley Clover Parks hosted Polo in the Park with proceeds going to the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation and the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health. I was happy to throw the first ball. Congratulations to the organizers for a successful first time event!

See more photos via Flickr 

Throwing the First Pitch

FB_Photo.jpgIt's been a few years since I played little league baseball. Today I threw the 1st pitch at the afternoon game of the Canadian Little League Championships. There is still lots of ball to play but I want to say congratulations to all the organizers for putting together an amazing event so far!

You can see more photos on our Flickr  page


The August Column

Dear neighbours,

I hope you are enjoying the best that summer in Ottawa has to offer from its beaches, splash pads and wading pools to its festivals, events and movie in the park nights.

Summer in the City

Photo_for_new_website.jpgIf you haven’t had a chance yet I encourage you to check out the Summer in the City page at There, you’ll find a great list of free events taking place at Ottawa City Hall as well as links to festivals and events across our great city.

The site also offers information about fresh food markets across the city, local museums and art galleries, neighbourhoods across Ottawa, the Ottawa Fury, Ottawa RedBlacks, Ottawa Champions and more. It’s a great starting point to plan activities for your family and for out-of-town guests.

Unanimous Council support for Stage 2 of Light Rail Transit

IMG_5419.jpgDear Neighbours, 

I am pleased to announce that yesterday my council colleagues and I unanimously voted to approve the next step in our plans for Stage 2 of Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit system. 

The completion of that system will see more residents connected to Light Rail in the East, South and West of our city. 

Every Community Deserves a Chance

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. 

Click MORE to read the text of my remarks or listen to them here.