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A Success for Complete Streets!

Aging infrastructure has created a need for the redevelopment of Main Street. The City of Ottawa conducted a study on possible development options and recommended the Transportation Committee approve an Option 5 which would implement a Complete Street design on July 5….

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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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The Interprovincial Bridge- Thinking Outside the Bridge

The Transportation Committee saw a contentious debate over the National Capital Commission (NCC)’s Recommended Corridor for the Interprovincial Crossing (Item 1 on the Agenda) on June 5. The NCC responded to the truck traffic problem along the Waller Street, Rideau Street,…

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The Battle for Elgin Street Sidewalks- Patios, Pedestrians, and Motorists

The Transportation Committee discussed creating patios at 216, 292, 296, and 360 Elgin Street (Item 7) on June 5. While these proposed patios on Elgin Street would undoubtedly enliven the city street, they would also limit sidewalk space available for…

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A Petition for Pedestrians

At the June 5 Transportation Committee meeting Councillor Hubley proposed a motion (Additional Item) in light of the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario’s report entitled Pedestrian Death Review- A Review of All Accidental Pedestrian Deaths in Ontario from January…

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A meeting at long last, but very little of substance

By Alison Sidney and Leah Shields The Environment Committee finally met May 21, following the cancellation of two scheduled meetings in March and April. Despite there being a substantial break prior to this meeting, it was notably brief and lacking…

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Transportation Committee April 3rd: Bronson Avenue safer for cyclists and incremental pricing for parking rates

By Aya Helal April’s Transportation Committee meeting saw discussions revolving around making Bronson avenue safer for cyclists and building a Glebe parking garage. Ecology Ottawa was happy to see the Transportation Committee approve changes designed to make Bronson Avenue a…

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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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Council Watch on Downtown Moves and Transportation Committee March 4th

By Aya Helal The Transportation Committee meeting held on March 4th was kicked off by new chair Councillor Keith Egli. The hot topic of the month was the Downtown Moves study. Downtown Moves is an Urban Design and Transportation Study…

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Council Watch Monthly Digest- February 2013

Environment Committee (February 19): Councillors of the Environment Committee approved city staff’s recommendation to impose a 7% increase in 2013 water/sewer rates. Ecology Ottawa congratulates the Environment Committee on approving this motion, especially in light of the fact that office holders are…

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