It’s almost that time of year again. My annual Mother’s Day Tea at Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre is just around the corner, May 10 1-3pm. The event is free but spaces are limited. RSVP now!
Over the past year I have met, collaborated with, and interviewed key stakeholders in the affordable housing and homelessness sector to find ways to accelerate the City of Ottawa’s progress on its 10-year housing and homelessness efforts.
This report, Everyone Together – Ottawa, A Caring and Compassionate City is dedicated to all of the people in the Ottawa Community who are living in poverty or homelessness. I would like to thank all of the partners who collaborated with me on this report. Most importantly, I would like to thank individuals who shared their lived experiences of homelessness with me.
This report and its recommendations are the culmination of many formal and informal conversations, research, feedback from the housing sector, and leading practices from other cities.
The City’s own plan was reviewed and meetings with City staff from a variety of departments were also held.
My hope for our community is that together we work to address inadequate affordability in housing, homelessness and all of its financial, mental health, physical health, addictions and other causes.
Please read Everyone Together – Ottawa, A Caring and Compassionate City – here
Veuillez trouver la version française de mon rapport: Tous ensemble - Ottawa, ville de coeur et de compassion
Appendices are available here:
Appendix I , II , III , IV , V , VI , VII
For several years I have had discussions with residents around the safety concerns people have with the Maitland avenue Queensway bridge.
Much of that concern revolves around pedestrian crossing safety (especially children) at the ramps, and the safe ability for cyclists to use the bridge.
Today the federal government released its highly anticipated National Housing Strategy. I'm happy to see a renewed commitment to affordable housing for all from my federal colleagues and I'm looking forward to seeing the full details of the strategy. I'm particularly interested to see how this will affect the City of Ottawa. Please see below for my quick thoughts on what was announced:
I was pleased to join my colleagues from all levels of government today as we announced two new projects that will benefit the residents of Ottawa. Please see below for the full news release:
Our community here in Ottawa, in municipalities across Ontario and across Canada are in the grip of an opioid crisis.
We have seen this evolving and complex issue play out on our streets, in our parks and in community health facilities.
Sadly, far too many of our residents have fallen victim to this crisis. Many more have been affected as family, friends, support and care personnel.
Recently as you may have heard the Ontario Minister of Health and Long Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins called for the creation of an Emergency Task Force to assist in informing his Ministry on this unfolding crisis.
As Chair of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario Health Task Force I have accepted on behalf of AMO President Dollin to represent Municipalities on this issue with the Ministry. I will be serving doubly to represent the Ottawa perspective as well.
I believe in a community where everyone matters.
I also believe we are not moving forward unless everyone in our community is moving forward together.
The 2018 Draft City budget was released today and I am sharing with you key elements of the budget as our community and Council begin this annual debate.
Over the last few years we have invested heavily in our physical infrastructure, but I believe for a community to prosper we also need to keep pace investing in our people. The draft 2018 budget makes these investments, continuing to show a caring and compassionate city.