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Forecast of Renewable Energy Sources with Some Wind Resistance

Even though it was a brief meeting on November 13th, it was nice to see that City Council had a few renewable-energy related items brought forward in their meeting. Most notably, it included the support for feed-in-tariff program applications for…

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An Update to the Urban Natural Features Strategy

When it comes to the protection of urban natural areas (UNAs), which are lands deemed ecologically valuable found within the city, Ottawa’s City Council made it a part of their Official Plan in 2002 to commit to and acquire these lands…

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Canada’s First Official Downtown EcoDistrict Approved by City Council

Written by Monica Wu The Nation’s Capital came one step closer to fulfilling its green vision on Wednesday October 9th, following City Council approval to develop and implement a Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan for the Ottawa Centre EcoDistrict (OCED) area….

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Waste diversion versus Plasco

Councillors on the Environment Committee discussed the City contract with Plasco Energy Group on August 22 (Item 4). Plasco is a corporation contracted by the City to convert Ottawa’s residential waste into electricity through the use of plasma gasification. The…

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How Did They Do? Councillors Voice Their Opinions on Complete Streets

City Council voted (Item 20) on July 17th to redevelop Main Street into a Complete Street after the City staff’s recommendation was passed by the Transportation Committee on July 5th. Councillors voiced their support and dissent to this motion at Council and…

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The Richmond Underground LRT

On July 10th, the Transportation Committee met at City Hall for a special meeting to discuss staff recommendations to approve that Richmond Underground corridor as the preferred corridor to extend Light Rail Transit (LRT) westerly from Bayview Station to Baseline…

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The elephant in the room

Intensification is a touchy subject. The packed room full of people at the Planning Committee meeting on June 25th can attest to that. Ecology Ottawa understands residents’ concerns with intensification and is happy that Councillors responded to their concerns with…

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Strengthen the future of the Byward Market, but make it a future with fewer cars

The highlight of the June 11th Planning Committee meeting was item 7 entitled ‘Strengthening the Future of the Byward Market’. As a response to concerns from the Byward community, the City of Ottawa hired a New York based firm, Project…

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Bayview Station Community Design Plan

Councillors at the Planning Committee meeting approved the Bayview Station District Community Design Plan on May 14th. The plan promotes transit, cycling, and pedestrian oriented development in the currently underused land just west of downtown Ottawa. The Design Plan includes the development…

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Planning Committee and Employment Lands

By Aya Helal At the Planning Committee meeting held on March 26, 2013, the last agenda item  discussed after a long meeting that lasted until midnight was the Building a Livable Ottawa 2031-Official Plan and Master Plan Review. Building a…

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