Extra 0.5% to address critical municipal needs

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The 2% residential tax increase proposed in the City of Ottawa's 2018 draft budget is simply not enough to address critical municipal needs identified by residents during budget consultations as necessary for a balanced, affordable and progressive budget approach consistent with sound financial management.

That's why I, along with Councillors Jeff Leiper, Catherine McKenney, Diane Deans, Mathieu Fleury, Marianne Wilkinson, Tobi Nussbaum and Rick Chiarelli, are supporting a motion to introduce a one-time, 0.5% infrastructure levy.

Public infrastructure is the foundation on which our communities are built, and maintaining assets such as roads, sidewalks, recreation facilities and parks in a state of good repair is essential to preserving a good quality of life and to the overall health and well-being of our city. Failing to keep these assets in a good state of repair costs taxpayers more in the long-term.

Adding a dedicated levy of 0.5% to the citywide property tax bill, with all revenues directed towards tax-supported capital asset renewal, would cost the average urban homeowner $1 per month and allow us to make important strategic investments in our infrastructure, advance needed repairs, and save money on future repair costs.

Click HERE to download a PDF of the motion, which will be brought before council on Dec. 13.

David Chernushenko
Councillor for Capital Ward

Aidez-nous à trouver un nom pour le pont

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Comment avez-vous appelé jusqu’à maintenant la nouvelle passerelle reliant le Glebe d’un côté et le Vieil Ottawa-Est et le Vieil Ottawa-Sud de l’autre? Passerelle du canal, pont de l’avenue Fifth, passerelle Clegg ou traverse du canal Rideau? Il est temps que nous choisissions un nom une fois pour toutes. Avez-vous des idées?

Nous recueillons des suggestions de noms qui font référence à des évènements, à des personnages ou à des lieux historiques de la région ou qui rendent hommage à des personnes exceptionnelles d’Ottawa, conformément aux lignes directrices établies par la Ville.

Si oui, faites nous parvenir vos suggestions d'ici le 1er mars 2018.

Advocates call for more spending on energy

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Jennifer McIntosh, Ottawa Community News

The city is treading "too gingerly” when it comes to dealing with climate change, said Bill Eggertson, who sits on the environmental stewardship advisory committee.

Eggertson joined the chorus of voices calling for more funding for the city’s energy evolution initiatives.

Ottawa is clean, Eggertson told the city’s environment committee on Nov. 21, but it’s mostly a result of a lack of smoke stacks — not any notable difference in Ottawans' behaviour.

The energy evolution aims to reduce the city’s reliance on fossil fuel and replace the fleet of vehicles and other equipment with those that run on renewable energy.

It’s a laudable goal, but the city has fallen short of its commitments and won’t meet the city’s emissions targets, critics say.

Robb Barnes, from Ecology Ottawa, an environmental watchdog of sorts, said only $500,000 from for energy evolution is new money, even though $2 million is set aside in the 2018 draft budget.

“I worry the city won’t be able to meet aggressive emissions targets without more money,” he said.

River Coun. Riley Brockington said Barnes is being diplomatic in his description of council’s inability to get some key strategic initiatives off the ground.

One of the key criticisms was lumping $500,000 used to buy green vehicles under the budget for the initiative.

Barnes said it’s “strange” to see the allocation for the green fleet. He, along with Janice Ashworth, from the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce’s sustainability committee, suggested the money should have come from the city’s transportation budget.

“The city should apply a climate lens to everything,” Barnes said.

A motion from Somerset Coun. Catherine McKenney to allocate $200,000 of the energy evolution money to staff to the city’s smart energy office fell flat. Committee chair David Chernushenko said he wasn’t comfortable spending already scarce dollars on staff.

“There’s already not a lot there and I think it’s best spent on community partnerships,” Chernushenko said.

The environment budget — which includes water, stormwater and wastewater rates — was approved on Nov. 21. If passed by council on Dec. 13, the rates would go up by four per cent for drinking and wastewater and five per cent for stormwater.

Sentier du canal Rideau fermé entre Herridge et Clegg

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Déviation du sentier

Une section de 200 m du sentier polyvalent sur le côté est du canal Rideau, entre la rue Herridge et la rue Clegg, sera fermé jusqu'en automne 2018.

La fermeture est nécessaire pour permettre la construction du pont piétonnier et cyclable du canal Rideau entre l'avenue Fifth et la rue Clegg.

Les piétons et les cyclistes peuvent contourner la fermeture en traversant la promenade Colonel-By aux nouveaux passages à niveau signalisés à Herridge, au nord de la zone de construction, et à Clegg, au sud des travaux.