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Heritage plan offers more teeth to keep 'monster homes' out of Rockcliffe (Joanne Laucius, Ottawa Citizen)

A new heritage conservation district plan for Rockcliffe Park may help prevent “monster homes” in Ottawa’s most prestigious neighbourhood. 

The draft plan, which will be before the city’s built heritage subcommittee next Thursday, is an update to previous guidelines set out in 1997 under the Ontario Heritage Act, when the entire village was designated a heritage district. Rockcliffe, previously an independent municipality, amalgamated with the City of Ottawa in 2001.

Province proposes safeguards for payday loan borrowers (Chris Cobb, Ottawa Citizen)

The Ontario government has introduced legislation it says will increase protection for people using payday loan outlets and other “alternative financial services.”

Canada’s multi-million-dollar payday loan industry, regulated provincially, has been accused of preying on the most financially vulnerable and sucking them into a cycle of high-interest loans that many are unable to repay.

Under the new legislation, consumers hounded by collection agencies — often agencies that have bought the debt from the original lender — will be protected against “unfair collection practices.”

Video: Pedestrians and cyclists celebrate the opening of Adàwe crossing over the Rideau River (Ottawa Citizen)

Link to Ottawa Citizen Video: http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/video-pedestrians-and-cyclists-celebrate-the-opening-of-adawe-crossing-over-the-rideau-river

Ottawa councillor Tobi Nussbaum officially opened Adàwe crossing, the new pedestrian bridge that links Donald Street and Somerset Street East, on Friday, November 4, 2015.

Under pressure: City to unveil 2016 draft budget on Thursday (Matthew Pearson and Joanne Laucius, Ottawa Citizen)

Mayor Jim Watson’s pledge to keep the tax rate increase to two per cent will be put to the test when the city’s 2016 draft budget is tabled later this week.

How the city will achieve this goal, a commitment Watson made before winning re-election last fall, will likely involve a mix of targeted cuts and one-time borrowing from city reserves.

Fare hikes planned as OC Transpo faces shortfall (Emma Jackson, Metro News)

Bus fares will likely be the hot topic at transit commission this Thursday as OC Transpo stares down an $11.5-million deficit.

The city’s 2011 transit affordability plan calls for regular, incremental fare increases of 2.5 per cent each year in order to pay for Ottawa’s massive light rail project, which is currently under construction.

But commission chair Coun. Stephen Blais refused to say whether the increase would be even higher than usual to help fight this year’s unexpected shortfall.

Ottawa councillor Tobi Nussbaum wants snow cleared from more paths (CBC News)

Ottawa Coun. Tobi Nussbaum wants the city to commit in its plans to clear more paths for pedestrians and cyclists this winter.

Councillors on the City of Ottawa's transportation committee have already pledged $200,000 a year to remove more snow — on top of the 20 kilometres of paths already cleared — but the plan still needs to be approved at budget time.

City council approves CFB Rockcliffe redevelopment (Alex Robinson, Ottawa East News)

City council has approved the mammoth redevelopment of the CFB Rockcliffe lands, which will create a new neighbourhood that will eventually bring 10,000 new residents to the area.

“It will be an exciting day for many people who have been eagerly anticipating the approval of this very ambitious project,” Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum said at a council meeting on Oct. 14.

“It could really give us an exciting and visionary opportunity to build new residential areas.”

Former CFB Rockcliffe base redevelopment approved by City of Ottawa committee (Andrew Foote, CBC News)

The City of Ottawa's planning committee has approved the redevelopment of the former CFB Rockcliffe air force base just east of downtown Ottawa.

The plans by Canada Lands Company Limited (CLCL) would bring around 5,500 housing units to the property. 

Most of the buildings would be six storeys or fewer, but some mixed-use buildings would be as tall as 20 storeys near Montreal Road and the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway.

Committee approves ‘visionary’ plan for former Rockcliffe airbase (Joanne Laucius, Ottawa Citizen)

The city’s planning and development committee has approved the community development plan for the former CFB Rockcliffe.

Now the real work begins, says Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum. The new development, which encompasses 131 hectares, will eventually be home to 10,000 people. It won’t be finished for another 20 years.

Le Comité de l’urbanisme appuie le projet de développement de l’ex-base Rockcliffe (Jean-Sébastien Marier, Radio-Canada)

La Société immobilière du Canada (SIC), une société d'État fédérale, veut transformer l'ex-complexe militaire en un quartier résidentiel et commercial. La SIC est propriétaire du site de quelque 125 hectares, situé à l'est du centre-ville, depuis 2011.

Le projet immobilier prévoit notamment la construction de 5200 appartements au cours des 15 à 20 prochaines années. Les premiers résidents pourraient y emménager en 2017.

Par ailleurs, la SIC dit que le passé militaire des terrains sera reconnu dans les noms des rues et l'art public.

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