Today Ottawa City Council approved the application of the Salvation Army to proceed with their proposal to both close their existing shelter in the Byward market and open a social hub in Vanier, including an emergency shelter as one of its uses.
I voted in support of this approval and here is why:
I hope the first month back to school has been positive, and people have enjoyed this late surge of warm fall weather. I’d also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all residents who helped one another during the storm that hit our ward. I have heard a number of very positive stories about residents helping one another, both with fallen branches and when the hydro was out.
Hoping you had a wonderful summer with family and friends, full of good times and new memories.
As we prepare for autumn, back to school and the end of vacation season I am writing today to share a few tips.
Over the past month, I have been honoured to attend a number of great community events and celebrations for Canada 150. It was heartwarming to see neighbours bonding through events such as the Horner Drive Block party, the Glabar Water Fight, the Britannia celebrations, and the Belltown potluck – just to name a few. Our Bay Ward residents were out in full force strengthening the ties that bring our community together.
May was a month of community consultations and I believe we made some significant progress with our Stage 2 LRT plans. The public feedback we are receiving is helping us to improve how we move around our city. I encourage anyone who continues to have questions relating to what the new LRT will mean for their community to please reach out to my office or the stage 2 LRT team firstname.lastname@example.org .
Ontario Announces New Proposed Changes to the Land Use Planning and Appeal System
May 18, 2017
This week the Government of Ontario announced new proposed changes to the Land use Planning and Appeal System. My colleagues and I were pleased to see the Province take this important step in returning the ultimate decision making authority in planning matters to the community and local government.
First, I'd like to take a moment to thank the incredible efforts of all our volunteers who helped out with the ongoing flooding efforts. There is still lots to do for affected homeowners with the cleanup efforts, and I know our superb volunteers will keep up the great work.
It was an honour to present the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers with Her Excellency Sharon Johnston and Mayor Watson to our hardworking Bay Ward residents: Ms. Anna Bevilacqua, Mr. Maurice Charlebois, and Ms. Carmela Graziani. Thanks for all the great work you do!
On March 8, 2017, my council colleagues and I approved the Staff recommendation that Stage2 of the LRT west be extended from Bayshore to Moodie Drive. A public consultation was held on March 22 to provide residents with more information as well as the opportunity to ask questions.
I was happy to walk in the Coldest Night of the Year fundraising walk for the Ottawa Mission. Volunteers raised $147,662.00 to help the Ottawa Mission continue to serve people most in need. I kicked off the event with my colleagues MPP Yasir Naqvi and Councillor Mathieu Fleury.
In light of the tragedy in Quebec, I accepted the invitation to speak at the Abraar school and Muslim Association of Canada Youth Centre Masjid during Friday prayers.