A packed panel discussion at a church on McArthur Avenue perhaps speaks volumes to the growing concern around climate change policies in Canada, but the five participating politicians were hardly able to scratch the surface of the contentious topic during a two-hour discussion.
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ROOKIE COUNCILLOR LOOKS TO MAKE GOOD ON CAMPAIGN PROMISE
Tobi Nussbaum has launched an effort to get corporate and union money out of municipal politics.
The Rideau-Rockcliffe councillor is looking to make good on a campaign promise to get rid of corporate and union campaign contributions by introducing a motion at city council that could lead to banning the practice.
“If you’re a member of a union or the owner of a corporation, you have two opportunities to donate and that’s a right that’s not afforded to other citizens,” he said.
When Tobi Nussbaum ran in last fall’s campaign, the Rideau-Rockcliffe councillor promised to introduce a motion to ban corporate and union donations in municipal elections during his first 100 days in office.
A tall order. Moving the motion is easy — but getting 13 of his council colleagues to agree to the election financing changes was going to be a serious challenge. Mayor Jim Watson has said he doesn’t see any issues with companies and unions contributing to campaigns.
First-time Ottawa city councillor Tobi Nussbaum says he'll ask Queen's Park to prohibit corporate and union donations to candidates seeking municipal office in this city.
But first he'll need the support of his council colleagues, many of whom accepted such contributions during the recent election campaign, and say they don't support a ban.
Nussbaum refused to accept corporate and union donations during last year's campaign, and promised voters in Rideau-Rockcliffe he'd raise the issue if elected.
Wednesday is budget day at Ottawa City Hall.
After weeks of discussion and debate, the $3.073-billion spending plan is expected to pass without much fuss.
Here’s what you need to know.
TAXES, TAXES, TAXES
The residential tax-rate increase for both urban and rural homeowners will be two per cent, while the commercial rate increase will be 1.37 per cent.
Planning committee turned the tables on a staff recommendation last week, voting 7-3 to allow the construction of a car repair facility on McArthur Avenue despite its designation as a traditional main street.
The Ontario government is currently considering reducing speed limits in residential areas as part of a plan to protect pedestrians in the case of automobile accidents.
In many ways, that debate is a unique one. In other ways it is well-debated territory that, in most previous cases, has fallen on the side of slower speeds for the sake of safety.
According to CBC News, the potential shift would make the limit in areas where no speed limit is posted 40 km/h. Default speed limits in Ontario are currently 50 km/h.
Protesters gathered on the corner of St. Laurent Boulevard and Karen Way on Monday afternoon chanting “Easy on the Speed” to slow traffic in advance of the 2015 reconstruction to reduce the number of lanes on St. Laurent, which will slow the pace of reckless traffic permanently.
City council approved the members and leaders for its committees and boards during its Dec. 10 meeting. Several committees, commissions and boards saw turnover in their leadership positions based on the advice of Mayor Jim Watson and the nominating committee.
An amazing thing happened Wednesday at this term’s first city council meeting.
Councillors discussed, debated and disagreed on the specifics of a 289-page governance review for more than two-and-a-half hours. And yet the sky didn’t fall, there was no sign of dysfunction, and council seemed actually more productive than ever. There were even a few compromise motions passed, with a welcome absence of grandstanding. Could this be the dawn of a new era around the council horseshoe?