Public information session on Stage 2 LRT

I wanted to share the details on an upcoming public information session on Stage 2 LRT. The session will offer an interactive online component and the ability to attend in person. Please see below for more details: 

Readout of comments to Finance & Economic Development Committee on Western LRT

Please see below the readout of the comments and testimony I offered today to our City of Ottawa Finance and Economic Development Committee on the advancing of the Stage 2 Light Rail Plan program adjustments. These changes include an extension of our original plan which would have ended Stage 2 at Bayshore station instead to Moodie Drive.  

Addressing Anti-Black Racism in Ottawa - Report

Today, City for All Women Initiative and Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership released their Forum Summary Report "Addressing Anti-Black Racism in Ottawa." Please click here to see the full report

I was honored to be a part of their forum in August and to see the progress they have made with this report. Ottawa is a diverse and inclusive city, but we still have a number of steps to take to remove inequities, such as those identified in their report. Our community is one in which everyone matters. 

Andrew Haydon Park East - Playground Redevelopment Consultation

Andrew Haydon Park is scheduled for renewal of its upper play structure playground (the one closest to Carling avenue) this summer, and the city is proposing the following two options. We would appreciate your input, comments, and suggestions. These upgrades are being conducted through the City's lifecycle process.

The deadline to submit feedback is March 13, 2017.

Please click here for more information and to submit your feedback 


Green Light to Moodie for Western LRT

Stage 2 LRT is now going to extend to Moodie Drive, beyond Bayshore Station as part of the original construction of Western LRT. Please read today's exciting update about the LRT extension. 

After much work over the past several years with our City's LRT team, Chair of the Transit Commission Stephen Blais, Chair of the Transportation Committee Keith Egli, and Mayor Jim Watson, we are pleased to report that we are proposing, as part of the stage 2 LRT plan, a further extension west to Moodie Drive opening with the second stage of light rail in 2023, just 6 years from now.  

News about plans to move forward with Stage 2 LRT

The City will share significant news about plans to move forward with Stage 2 Light Rail Transit. 


Alert: Potential Risk of Overdose from Counterfeit Prescription Pills

See below for an important news release from Ottawa Public Health on Counterfeit Prescription Pills: 

Marketing Food to Kids - Board of Health Motion

In light of the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s report titled “Report on Health of Canadians – The Kids Are Not Alright”, I will be asking Ottawa Public Health staff to bring forward a report at the next meeting of the Ottawa Board of Health outlining what steps we can take at the municipal level to limit marketing of sugar based products to our kids, as well as a plan for engaging our community. 

Councillors Feed the Hungry Event

I'm once again looking forward to the "2017 Councillors Feed the Hungry Event," in support of The Ottawa Mission. This is the 7th annual event in which Councillors come together to help sponsor and serve a lunch meal at the Ottawa Mission.

Please see below for more details:  

Supporting Ottawa as a Location for Ontario's Basic Income Pilot

Today I sent out letters to Minister Helena Jaczek and Minister Chris Ballard on the Ontario-wide Basic Income Pilot consultations. I was happy to participate in the Ottawa consultation at the end of January. The Basic Income Pilot idea is based on a June 2016 report by the Honourable Hugh Segal on how Ontario could design, deliver, and evaluate a basic income pilot. Please click here for more information. 

The pilot is an opportunity for us to explore an innovative way to help our communities most in need. My proposal is that Ontario uses Ottawa a pilot city and I shared my thoughts with the Ministers.