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Ottawa Citizen: Airbnb, other home-sharing remove 1,000 homes from rental market, study says

Ottawa Citizen: Airbnb, other home-sharing remove 1,000 homes from rental market, study says

By Luke Carroll

More than 1,019 Ottawa-area homes have been taken off the rental market as a result of Airbnb and other home-sharing services, according to a study published by McGill University.

The study titled, Short-term rentals in Canada, found that Airbnb and other home-sharing services were responsible for keeping 31,000 homes off Canada’s long-term rental market.

Ottawa Citizen: Transpo wants to buy electric buses without having a trial run

Ottawa Citizen: Transpo wants to buy electric buses without having a trial run

Jon Willing

OC Transpo is charged up over the prospect of buying electric buses, even proposing to skip a pilot project and just start acquiring them without going through a procurement competition.

“You don’t need to pilot this. You should do it,” transportation general manager John Manconi told the transit commission on Wednesday.

Transpo senses that city council is eager to acquire electric buses, so

Ottawa Citizen: Coca-Cola products and other single-use plastic bottles could be banned at city buildings

Ottawa Citizen: Coca-Cola products and other single-use plastic bottles could be banned at city buildings

By John Willing

Beverages sold in single-use plastic bottles could be banned from City of Ottawa programs and facilities under a recommendation from council’s environment committee.

Coun. Catherine McKenney’s motion to get staff working on a plan to eliminate single-use plastics and foamed plastics “where there is an environmentally responsible alternative” received unanimous support from the committee on

1310 News: Single-use plastic bottle ban to be considered at City of Ottawa

1310 News: Single-use plastic bottle ban to be considered at City of Ottawa

By Mike Vlasveld

A motion for banning single use plastic bottles in Ottawa's municipal buildings will be put forward Tuesday, June 18, at city council's environmental committee meeting.

Councillor Catherine McKenney, along with the founder of Zero Waste Ottawa, WaterCare Allies of First United Church and the Ottawa Water Study/Action Group, is leading the initiative.

CTV: Mayor and councillors feud online after heated council meeting

CTV: Mayor and councillors feud online after heated council meeting

Dylan Dyson, NewsTalk 580 CFRA
Photo: Ottawa Citizen

High tensions at the city council table have spilled over into an online feud on Twitter.

At city hall yesterday, councillors were debating over lowering or freezing OC Transpo fares. During the debate, questions were raised to city staff about ridership numbers declining since 2011. While Councillor Catherine McKenney was questioning staff, Mayor Jim Watson turned

1310 News: More delays for Somerset House restoration

1310 News: More delays for Somerset House restoration

By Jenn Pritchard

Councillor Catherine McKenney is disappointed the Somerset House restoration conditions were not met, yet again.

The building at the corner of Somerset Street and Bank Street is an eyesore and it's not going to change any time too soon. 

The city's Built Heritage Sub-committee has given the owner of Somerset House until the end of June to get a work contract signed for the heritage

CBC: Councillor hopes new road policy will eliminate fatalities

CBC: Councillor hopes new road policy will eliminate fatalities

Catherine McKenney urges council to adopt 'Vision Zero' after cyclist dies near City Hall

Less than a week after a man was killed while riding his bike in front of Ottawa City Hall, a downtown councillor wants the city to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries among cyclists and pedestrians by dramatically changing the way it approaches traffic safety.

Ottawa Citizen Op-Ed: Ontario's Bill 108 undercuts sensible, community-based planning

Ottawa Citizen Op-Ed: Ontario's Bill 108 undercuts sensible, community-based planning

By Councillors McKenney, Leiper, Menard, King, and Fleury

Ottawa’s core neighbourhoods are changing fast under the city’s intensification policies. Infill is transforming many of our streets, and new apartment towers are changing the skyline. Amidst all this growth, residents are legitimately concerned that the liveability of our neighbourhoods is being

CBC: Ghost bike marks scene of city's latest fatal crash

CBC: Ghost bike marks scene of city's latest fatal crash

Photos and story: Amanda Pfeffer

Two Ottawa city councillors have chained a white-painted "ghost bike" to a railing outside City Hall to mark the scene of last week's fatal hit and run, the latest in a list they say is growing far too long.

"We wanted to make sure that this bike was put in a place where we would always remember," said Coun. Catherine McKenney, who placed the bike there

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