cbc.ca: Mayor’s committee picks challenged

12 12 2018

Mayor’s committee picks challenged

9 councillors vote against list that’s usually rubber stamped

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/mayor-jim-watson-picks-challenged-1.4942702

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cbc.ca: Secretive process leaves urban councillors on sidelines

12 12 2018

Secretive process leaves urban councillors on sidelines

Mayor Watson’s picks for committees and chairs excludes downtown

You might think the nominating committee of Ottawa city council would be responsible for nominating people to various standing committees and boards, and helping to choose the chairs for these important bodies.

That’s what Coun. Theresa Kavanagh thought. But like the new Bay ward councillor, you’d be wrong.

“I found it a little strange … that as a member of the nominating committee that I’m not part of the selection, I’m not part of the decision-making,” Kavanagh said after being presented with a list of Mayor Jim Watson’s choices.

“It’s done in a different room, then it comes here at the very last minute I’m asked to approve something.”

Welcome to Watsonville, Coun. Kavanagh.

Mayor picks the chairs

The process for selecting committee members is straightforward but secretive.

Councillors are asked what committees and boards they are interested in.

The clerk’s office organizes the entries by taking into account what people want, as well as geographic and gender diversity.

But it’s Mayor Jim Watson who makes the final recommendation on the make-up — and chairs — of the committees and boards.

Before 2010, committee members used to choose their own chair at their first meetings, but Watson changed that when he was elected.

Ostensibly, the current process requires the nominations to be approved by all of council, so councillors who aren’t happy with the mayor’s choices could vote against them.

That has never happened.

Deans and Tierney winners

The big news from the nominating committee is Coun. Diane Deans being tapped as the new chair of the Ottawa Police Services board.

Amazingly, she will be the first woman ever to hold this role.

The mayor is automatically on the Ottawa Police Services board, but he’s always assigned his seat to another councillor. This term, he’s giving his spot to Deans.

In theory, he could always choose to take that spot back from Deans, with whom he does not always get along.

Another winner? Coun. Tim Tierney.

The Beacon Hill-Cyrville councillor has been re-appointed as chair of the Ottawa Public Library board.

Watson hand-picked Tierney as the “councillor-at-large” member of the finance and economic development committee (FEDCO), a powerful body that deals with the city’s biggest money issues and acts as Watson’s de facto cabinet.

Tierney’s also pegged to be the vice-chair of planning and to be Ottawa’s representative on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

He is also the same councillor who’s appearing in provincial court later this week to answer to OPP charges of bribery in the most recent municipal election.

Everyone has the right to be presumed innocent until proven otherwise, but you might have expected Tierney to have a bit of a lower profile until his legal troubles were resolved.

The mayor has apparently made a different choice.

Watson shuts out urban councillors

If there are losers among Watson’s choices, it’s the urban councillors who represent the five inner-city wards.

Not a single urban councillor is on the 12-member FEDCO — remember, it’s council’s most important committee — but all of the rural councillors are on it somehow.

There are also only three women on it, two of whom are new councillors.

In what way does this fairly represent the city’s vast geography and diverse needs?

No urban councillors are on either the library or police boards. Only a single urban councillor — Somerset ward’s Catherine McKenney — is on the transit commission.

The membership of the planning committee is truly eyebrow-raising.

Watson has tapped Coun. Jan Harder to be the chair for a second term, even though the same developers who come to her committee for rezoning approvals threw a campaign fundraiser for her this fall and every year raise tens of thousands of dollars for Harder’s favourite charity at a golf tournament in Barrhaven.

And while there are massive planning issues in the suburbs, some of the most contentious files — the ones that bring out members of the public — are in the centre of the city.

And yet, Kitchissippi Coun. Jeff Leiper is the lone urban councillor named to the planning committee.

First-time Capital Coun. Shawn Menard, who made development one of his key election issues, ranked planning committee as his first priority.

He was shut out of the committee.

Yet Coun. Laura Dudas, the new representative for Innes, was named to planning, even though she ranked the committee eighth on her priority list.

What was behind this and many other committee decisions? How did a councillor facing corruption charges get more opportunities than any of the councillors representing the downtown?

You’d have to ask the mayor.

 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ottawa-council-committee-assignments-rules-1.4941296





City of Ottawa: New helpful booklet on youth criminal justice

12 11 2018

From the City of Ottawa

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New helpful booklet on youth criminal justice!

Are you concerned about your son or daughter? Need more information? Check out this handy booklet, “Youth Criminal Justice: What Parents Should Know.”

  • Recognize the warning signs of a youth getting into trouble
  • Learn how to help
  • Understand more about the Canadian youth justice system
  • Find out about resources available to your family

Raising kids is not an easy task, especially when parents are faced with other difficulties such as being new to the country or living in poverty. This booklet, developed by the Local Agencies Serving Immigrants Coalition, provides important information and offers some helpful strategies to combat these issues.

Click here to read the booklet online.  To order print booklets, email us at cpo@ottawa.ca. Please specify English or French, number of booklets required, and a mailing address.

Please help us spread the word by sharing this email with a friend or colleague. If you no longer wish to receive emails from us, reply to this communiqué with the word “unsubscribe.”

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Nouvelle brochure utile sur la justice pénale pour les adolescents!

Vous êtes inquiet à propos de votre fils ou de votre fille? Vous avez besoin de plus amples renseignements? Consultez la brochure fort pratique intitulée Système de justice pénale pour les adolescents : Ce que les parents devraient savoir.

  • Reconnaissez les signes indiquant qu’un jeune a des ennuis.
  • Apprenez comment l’aider.
  • Comprenez mieux le système canadien de justice pénale pour les adolescents.
  • Découvrez les ressources à la disposition de votre famille.

Ce n’est pas facile d’élever des enfants, en particulier quand les parents sont aux prises avec d’autres difficultés, par exemple du fait qu’ils sont nouvellement arrivés au pays ou vivent dans la pauvreté. Cette brochure, élaborée par la coalition Local Agencies Serving Immigrants, fournit de l’information importante et propose des stratégies utiles pour régler ces problèmes.

Cliquez ici pour lire la brochure en ligne. Pour commander des brochures papier, envoyez-nous un courriel à pco@ottawa.ca. Veuillez indiquer votre adresse postale et le nombre d’exemplaires demandés et préciser si vous souhaitez recevoir la brochure en français ou en anglais.

Veuillez partager ce courriel avec vos collègues. Si vous ne souhaitez plus recevoir nos courriels, veuillez répondre avec le mot désabonnement.





City of Ottawa: Registration for the Planning Primer II – Development Review and Implementation

8 11 2018

From the City of Ottawa:

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https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/planning-and-development/community-involvement/planning-primer

Planning Primer

Register

November 17 or 19, 2018 – offered in English – 8:30 am – 12 pm

November 20, 2018 – offered in French – 9:00 am – 12 pm

Billings Room, second floor, City hall

 

What is Planning Primer?

The program is a series of half-day courses. The series includes two core courses and two elective courses.

The core courses, called Primer I and Primer II, describe the legislative and policy basis under which land-use planning decisions are made, the way policy documents are amended and how to make a development application.

The program aims to:

  • Build and maintain a strong working relationship and understanding between the City of Ottawa and communities
  • Provide resources and teach skills to aid residents participating in the land-use planning process

 

Who is invited to attend?

All members of the public including developers, real estate agents, lawyers, builders and community representatives are invited to attend.

Questions?

Please send your questions to primer@ottawa.ca(link sends e-mail)

Planning Primer Courses and Electives

Online materials now available for Courses and Electives

Primer 1 [ PDF 1.182 MB ]PDF opens in a new tab or window Version 1 posted fall 2015

Primer II [ PDF 1.762 MB ]PDF opens in a new tab or window Version 1 posted fall 2015

Electives

Development Charges Elective [ PDF 640 KB ]PDF opens in a new tab or window

Park Planning Elective [ PDF 5.807 MB ]PDF opens in a new tab or window

Residential Intensification and Infill Elective [ PDF 6.083 KB ]PDF opens in a new tab or window

Heritage Planning Elective [ PDF 3.550 MB ]PDF opens in a new tab or window

Secondary Planning Processes Elective [ PDF 9.959 MB ]PDF opens in a new tab or window

Natural Systems Elective [ 4.923 MB ]PDF opens in a new tab or window

Planning for Healthy Communities Elective [ PDF 3.198 MB ]PDF opens in a new tab or window

While attending the courses in person allows one to benefit from the personal knowledge shared by the presenters and the question and answer periods, these online materials will provide a useful summary for use between courses as well as for those who are unable to attend in person.

Expansion of the online Planning Primer materials is under way.

Please register to receive our e-newsletter notification to receive more information about the courses and upcoming dates.

Planning Primer Calendar
2018 Dates Times and Location
Primer I September 22 and 24 (offered in English) 8:30 am – 12 pm
Richmond Room, 2nd Floor
City Hall
Primer II November 17 and 19 (offered in English) 8:30 am – 12 pm
Billings Boardroom, 2nd Floor
City Hall
Elective

Registration opens two weeks before the course date and is on a first come, first served basis. Pre-registration is not accepted.

Zoning By-laws

Council approved the new Comprehensive Zoning By-law, which harmonizes the existing 36 zoning by-laws from the former municipalities into one by-law.

For more information about how zoning and planning work in the City, please see Development Review.

How to find current zoning information

Property zoning information is easily accessed through a simple address search leading you to the appropriate section of the by-law. You may also telephone or visit a Development Information Officer (DIO) in any of the City’s Client Service Centres.

  • City Hall Client Service Centre – 613-580-2424, ext. 28333
  • Orléans Client Service Centre – 613-580-2424, ext. 29242
  • Ben Franklin Place Client Service Centre – 613-580-2424, ext. 41250
  • Kanata Client Service Centre – 613-580-2424, ext. 33321
  • Metcalfe (Tuesdays) – 613-580-2424, ext. 20009
  • Kinburn (Wednesdays) – 613-580-2424, ext. 32226
  • North Gower (Thursdays) – 613-580-2424, ext. 31303

If you are selling or refinancing a property, you may need a compliance report, which describes the zoning of a property and comments on whether the current use is permitted. It also indicates any outstanding work orders authorized by the Ontario Building Code, and other information on the property.

How to apply for a change in Zoning or Minor Variance

If you want to develop or build on your property in a way that is not permitted in the current zoning, you can apply for a  Zoning Amendment or a Minor Variance.

If you think there’s a problem

If you think a property is being used in a way that is not permitted in the Zoning By-law, you may file a complaint by calling 3-1-1. The City does zoning inspections and enforces the By-law when it receives complaints. It also undertakes Business Licence inspections to ensure businesses licensed by the City conform to the Zoning By-law.

Got Questions?

Telephone the City of Ottawa at 3-1-1.





City of Ottawa: Commemorative Tree Program

7 11 2018

Program

The Commemorative Tree Program was established in 1989. The City assists families or groups who wish to have a tree planted in a City park in remembrance or to commemorate a loved one who has passed away.

Process

  • The family/group chooses a park for the tree. If you do not have a park preference, Forestry Services will assist with the selection of a park.
  • The coordinator of the program will meet with you at the site to choose the location and the type of tree. The selection is made according to preference, site conditions, and availability.
  • The cost of a Commemorative Tree is $400 (plus HST) which includes planting of a 50mm caliper tree and watering for a three year period.
  • The tree will be planted in either the spring or fall.

Plaques

  • Consult with the Forestry Services if you wish to install a plaque next to the tree.
  • The preferred type is a 10 cm thick flat black polished granite marker with an etched inscription. The plaque will be installed flush with the ground to reduce vandalism and allow access of maintenance equipment.
  • Granite plaques may be purchased from a number of monument manufacturers in the Ottawa area. Forestry Services will install the marker at no additional charge.
  • The City is not responsible for the maintenance or replacement of commemorative plaques.

Should you require additional information or would like to purchase a commemorative tree, please contact:3-1-1 for more information.

Parks and streetscape tree planting

Do you know the perfect spot for a tree?

The City of Ottawa is committed to planting trees for the enhancement of our city parks, facilities, and streets. We are taking a proactive approach to the identification of tree planting opportunities on a citywide basis.

The City of Ottawa’s Forestry Services will work with your community group to determine appropriate locations for trees within your community. Project development will include opportunities for input from the public and other city departments, utility clearance checks, appropriate species selection, and an implementation plan for the planting and maintenance of the trees.

Streetscaping

Whether in the urban core area, along suburban streets, or rural roadsides, Forestry Services will work with your community group to enhance city streetscapes through the planting of new trees. Projects may include restoring urban streetscapes, rehabilitation of traffic islands on cul-de-sacs, tree planter rehabilitation, or tree planting in rural villages.

Parks and Facilities tree planting

Forestry Services will partner with your community group to identify new tree planting opportunities within City of Ottawa parks and at city-owned facilities. Projects may include such initiatives as the placement of trees around play structures or benches, the creation of windbreaks, or the planting of trees for shade.

Should you require more information on how your community group may submit tree planting locations to enhance our city streets, parks and facilities, please contact: 3-1-1.

Trees in Trust

The City’s Trees in Trust program needs your help to find suitable locations for street trees. Street trees are available by request on a first come, first served basis. If your City-owned street frontage lacks a tree and you have the time and commitment to help care for one, please contact us.

  • There will be no charge to the homeowner (supply and planting will be provided by the City).
  • The program applies only to homes with street frontage (the space between your property line and the roadway).
  • The property owner must pledge to assist with the proper tree care (watering) for the first three years of the tree’s life. Instructions will be provided.
  • Trees will be a minimum size of 50 mm diameter, or 2 to 3 meters in height.
  • Limit of one tree per single fronting household or two trees per corner lot.
  • The proposed location must meet the Trees in Trust program criteria.

Program criteria:

The following criteria will be used to assess potential planting sites:

  • Is there enough space? (other trees or obstacles must be a minimum of 7m away)
  • Are there overhead or underground utilities?
  • Does the soil quality appear to be acceptable for tree growth?
  • Are there any conflicting uses on the planting site?
  • Has the request been made by the homeowner? (i.e. the person who pays taxes on the property)
  • Is there an obvious conflict with traffic safety requirements or City maintenance (i.e. sightlines or snow removal operations)

Request a tree(link is external)

Requests will be received on an ongoing basis and placed in the next available planting season (spring or fall). Should you require additional information, please contact 3-1-1.

Green Acres – Ottawa’s rural reforestation program

Landowners must be rural property owners within City of Ottawa boundaries, have a minimum of 0.4 hectares (1 acre) of suitable land and must agree to cover the subsidized cost of the tree seedlings, site preparation, planting and tending as well as agreeing to reasonably protect the plantation. The program will provide landowners with:

  • Subsided tree seedlings
  • Advice and assistance in setting up a proper planting plan
  • Assistance caring for the trees after they are planted

The funding is provided to a maximum of 50% on a cost shared basis. Applicants must contact the LandOwner Resource Centre to verify that the proposed project is located in the eligible area and meets the funding guidelines.

Watch this information video on the program and its benefits. http://youtu.be/TR6YOqud5Es(link is external)

For more information contact:
LandOwner Resource Centre
www.Irconline.com(link is external)
info@Irconline.com(link sends e-mail)
613-692-3571
1-800-387-5304

Schoolyard Tree Planting Grant Program

Applications must be received by the City by June 1. Applications that are approved will be planted or funding awarded for spring season the following year. A minimum of one site visit with a City representative is required as part of the grant review process and must be completed between June 1 and December 1 of the application year.

Tornado related tree replacements

The Schoolyard Tree Planting Grant Program is available to schools for replanting of trees lost in the tornadoes and windstorm. Schools within the activation and expansion areas(link is external) can apply until March 1, 2019 for projects to be completed in fall 2019.

Application formPDF opens in a 

 

More information can be found here.





Survey will provide input on the future of retail cannabis stores in Ottawa

6 11 2018

From the City of Ottawa

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Survey will provide input on the future of retail cannabis stores in Ottawa

October 25, 2018
Announcements and Events

Ottawa residents are invited to complete a survey, available on ottawa.ca beginning today, to express their views on whether cannabis retail stores should be allowed in Ottawa.

Residents have from October 25 until November 7 to complete the survey. Paper copies are also available at the City’s Client Service Centres.

The Province of Ontario has created a framework to permit retail cannabis stores to operate in Ontario beginning April 1, 2019. This is in addition to online sales of cannabis through the Ontario Cannabis Store.

Municipalities in Ontario have until January 22, 2019 to decide whether to allow cannabis retail stores to operate within their boundaries.

The results of these online and paper surveys will help inform City Council in its consideration of whether to allow cannabis retail stores to operate in Ottawa.

For more information on the impacts of cannabis legalization in Ottawa, please visit ottawa.ca and OttawaPublicHealth.ca(link is external).

For information on the legal framework for recreational cannabis, please visit the Government of Canada(link is external) and the Province of Ontario(link is external).

More information can be found here: https://ottawa.ca/en/news/survey-will-provide-input-future-retail-cannabis-stores-ottawa

 

 





Richmond Rd at Churchill Ave: Intersection Improvements

31 05 2018

From the city. Please see the attached poster for additional information.

Richmond at Churchill Location

WHO:           The Contractor, TBD., will perform the construction work for the City of Ottawa.

WHY:            The purpose of this project is to enhance pedestrian safety and accessibility and to minimize conflicts within the intersection. Transit priority measures are also being implemented as part of the work.

WHAT:         The construction work will consist of all new sidewalks and traffic signals in conformance with Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) standards in each quadrant of the intersection. The sidewalk in the north-west and south-west quadrants will be widened to enhance pedestrian facilities and to provide traffic calming within the intersection. The existing bus bay on the north side of Richmond Road will be removed and the impacted parking spaces near the existing bus stop location will be relocated just west of the existing bus stop. The Contractor will be expected to stage work to maintain access to buildings as work is completed.

WHEN:         The construction is planned to commence at the end of May, early June 2018 and will be completed by end of August 2018.

WHERE:        Construction is expected to be limited to within 100m of the Richmond Road/Churchill Avenue Intersection.

May 2018 – ISD17-5106 Intersection Improvements Richmond at Churchill – EN

 








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