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Month: May 2017

Motion to introduce an equitable single fare transit option

On October 4, 2016, Councillor Stephen Blais, Chair of the Transit Commission, and I announced the creation of a new EquiPass, to help create a more affordable city for all residents of Ottawa. On March 10, 2017, OC Transpo launched the EquiPass – priced at $57 per month – a 50 per cent discount from the regular adult monthly pass.  Since the EquiPass was launched in March, over 2,300 eligible residents have applied and been…
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Protecting a Woman’s Right to Choose

Province to Introduce Bill to Help Ensure Safe Access to Women’s Health Clinics Ontario is taking steps to help protect women who are seeking reproductive health care. In fall 2017, the province plans to introduce a bill that would, if passed, create “safe access zones” at specified health care facilities that offer women’s reproductive services. The zones would help ensure the safety and privacy of women, visitors and health care workers travelling to and from…
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The Very Reverend Father Ghattas Hajal receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson, River Ward Councillor Riley Brockington, and Gloucester-South Nepean Ward Councillor Michael Qaqish presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award at City Council today to the Very Reverend Father Ghattas Hajal, the Dean and Pastor of St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral. Father Ghattas has served at the Holy Altar for 40 years and is recognized as a City Builder for enriching the life of the Cathedral and its faithful with his pastoral…
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Mayor’s Rural Expo and Food Aid BBQ

June is fast approaching, and the annual Food Aid BBQ and Mayor’s Rural Expo is right around the corner, taking place on Friday June 2 at City Hall. This year’s event will be special, as it is included as one of the FCM conference tour stops. We anticipate up to 100 municipal leaders from across the country to attend. I look forward to this unique day, which provides an opportunity to showcase all that rural Ottawa has to…
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Giving Communities a Stronger Voice In Development

Ontario to Overhaul Land Use Planning Appeals System Ontario is taking action to overhaul the province’s land use planning appeals system to give communities a stronger voice and ensure people have access to faster, fairer and more affordable hearings. In the coming weeks, legislation will be introduced to create the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, which would, if passed, replace the Ontario Municipal Board. The new tribunal would be mandated to give greater weight to the…
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