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.
We held our annual Budget Consultation meeting last week and I was impressed with the breadth of ideas that residents shared with us. Ottawa Community News was in attendance and reported on the session. Please click here to see their full article.
After our recent Coyote information session, the Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre asked that we share their flyer on living with coyotes. Please see below for their informative package: You can also find out more about their organization at www.wildlifeinfo.ca