Happy Holidays!

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Dear Friends,

Here we are nearing the end of 2020.  I want to take this time to wish you and everyone you love and care about a healthy and safe holiday season.  It will be a different and difficult time for many of us and I want to also remind you that it is ok to reach out for help. 

It has been a busy couple of months at City Hall, with the 2021 budget (more about that below); the release of the draft Official Plan; ward boundary changes (Somerset Ward won’t change); and more.

Let’s all continue to remember the importance of maintaining COVID-safe procedures like handwashing, wearing a mask, and physically distancing. 

We saw last week the beginning of the roll-out of vaccines and we will soon see the public health roll-out of vaccinations for everyone. 

Stay tuned as we get closer to the end of this pandemic.  I will keep you posted.

I have never felt more humbled and grateful to represent you at City Hall.  And I cannot wait to see you in person again in 2021!



Catherine McKenney
City Councillor, Somerset Ward

Budget 2021

I was disappointed with the 2021 budget that Ottawa City Council adopted this year. We had an opportunity to make improvements to public transit, to affordable housing, to how we respond to mental health emergencies but instead adopted a status quo budget.

Here are some highlights of our City’s $3 billion operating budget:

  • On Jan 1st, the cost of an adult monthly bus pass will increase $3 to $122.50 a month. A youth pass will increase $2.25 a month to $94.50. The cost of an adult single ride fare will increase a nickel to $3.65 if you pay by cash.
  • $13.2 million more to the Ottawa Police Service, funds I would rather have seen go into neighbourhood crisis teams and affordable housing for people who are unhoused or at risk of falling into homelessness.
  • Higher fees for recreation memberships, ice and sports field rentals, and theatre bookings

I voted against the budget because I believe it goes in the wrong direction. We need to keep our commitments to build more housing, support public transit, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and this budget will not realize these important goals.


293-307 Lisgar/176 Nepean

The City of Ottawa has received a Zoning By-law Amendment and Site Plan Control applications to permit the construction of two high-rise residential buildings at 25 and 27 storeys. The 27-storey north building fronts on Nepean and the 25-storey south building fronts on Lisgar. The proposal features 503 residential units and 6 levels of underground parking with 282 vehicle parking spaces and 470 bicycle parking spaces.

The amendments required for this proposal include relief from several minimum setbacks, an increase in height, reducing the minimum required separation distance between towers located on the same lot, and adding “parking garage” as a permitted use. 

Questions or comments? Visit the Planning Applications and Studies page on my website www.catherinemckenney.ca


Free Cihan Erdal

Cihan Erdal is a doctoral researcher in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University, and a resident of Capital Ward. He had recently returned to Turkey to visit family and conduct fieldwork with Turkish and European youth for his doctorate. 

Cihan was arrested and detained by the Turkish government on September 25 along with dozens of other academics and activists and has been imprisoned since. He has been cut off from the outside world and held in solitary confinement.  

His arrest relates to a letter written in 2014, asking the Turkish government to help Kurds in Syria. Cihan denies any wrongdoing. 
Carleton University has contacted Canadian and Turkish officials, trying to get Cihan released. You can send a letter of support to your MP, the minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Canadian and Turkish embassies, asking them to help bring Cihan home by clicking here.   

Are you getting excited for the holidays? Please remember about these changes to City services::

- City Client Service Centres will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

- OC Transpo will run on a reduced schedule.

- No curbside collection on December 25 and January 1.

Find out everything you need to know about all our holiday schedule changes.

The Buzz online

The Centretown Buzz December edition is online. You’ll find stories about the Ottawa Tool Library’s search for a new home; a successful mission to save some orphaned pets; a review of this past summer’s Queen Elizabeth Driveway closure; and much more.

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