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Ottawa Citizen >> Development group unveils future of former CFB Rockcliffe air base

Published Nov. 28, 2016 >> Plans for a new residential community at CFB Rockcliffe were unveiled Monday afternoon when the development group — including Canada Lands Company, the Algonquins of Ontario and three local builders — presented the official plan for a sustainable 310-acre community that will house 10,000 residents. Read more >>

Source: Ottawa Citizen, Paula McCooey, Nov. 28, 2016

 

Metro Ottawa >> Stop derailing east-end transit

Posted: Oct. 23, 2016

Neighbourhoods like Vanier, Rockcliffe and Manor Park won't directly benefit from light rail, yet its construction affects their daily commutes every day. As light rail construction continues, east-end transit users are frustrated their commutes have been hardest hit by the delays – and they don’t even live along the line. Neighbourhoods like Vanier, Rockcliffe and Manor Park won’t be directly served by the new O-train running from Blair Station to Tunney’s Pasture.

Source: Metro Ottawa, Ocr. 23, 2016, Emma Jackson

CBC Ottawa >> Focused budget consultation on cycling, transit, social agency funding gets big audience

More than 130 people poured into City Hall Thursday night for a budget consultation on social issues, boasting a larger attendance than the combined audiences of all the other public meetings held so far this budget season.

Indeed, it was the best-attended budget consultation in recent memory, likely because of a new format that eschewed the usual general discussion about the budget for a more curated conversation on three specific topics: affordable transit, increased funding for social agencies and improving safety for cyclists and pedestrians.

Ottawa Citizen >> Budget process still irks Ottawa councillors looking for flexibility

Coun. Tobi Nussbaum is optimistic there could be wiggle room in the 2017 budget to help social agencies and improve sustainable transportation infrastructure.
 

Nussbaum, who represents Rideau-Rockcliffe ward, points to the $8 million extra the city plans to receive next year and sees potential.

“That’s actually a good news story,” Nussbaum said after a council meeting Wednesday.

Council approved the 2017 budget directions to staff, reflecting the updated savings from last week’s layoffs and changes to the revenue projections.

Ottawa Citizen >> 'This makes a big difference': Proposed low-income OC Transpo pass coming in 2017

Ottawa residents who live at or below the poverty line may soon qualify for cheaper rides on OC Transpo.
 

A proposed new low-income pass would offer eligible riders a deep discount on the monthly adult general pass if they live at or below Statistics Canada’s low-income cut-off of approximately $20,000 or less a year for individuals, or an annual income of $38,000 for a family of four.

Ottawa Citizen City Hall Blog >> Nussbaum scheduled to speak at transportation conference in Seattle

Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum is apparently becoming a coveted speaker outside of Ottawa.

He’s off to Seattle later this month to speak at the National Association of City Transportation Officials’ “Designing Cities” conference. He’ll be sharing his insights during a session called Paving the Way for Safe Streets: The Role of Political Leadership. Read more >

Ottawa Citizen >> Nussbaum's planning presentation during conference irks some at city hall

A councillor’s presentation at a national conference partially highlighting the perceived dark sides of municipal planning has raised eyebrows in some offices at Ottawa City Hall.

Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum delivered a presentation called Fixing the 5 ‘i’s’ of Planning Failure during a Canadian Institute of Planners conference in Quebec City in July. 

Parklet opens on Beechwood (Michelle Nash Baker, Ottawa East News)

A new attraction has popped up on Beechwood Avenue.
  
The official grand opening of the Quartier Vanier’s Water Garden a parklet in front of Auturo’s restaurant at 49 Beechwood Ave. took place on June 10.
  
The water garden is designed by Carleton University students and has a canopy that will collect water and disperse it into a self-watered planting system.

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