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CBC: Proposed towers have too much parking, not enough affordable housing, councillor says

CBC: Proposed towers have too much parking, not enough affordable housing, councillor says

An Ottawa city councillor says two 27-storey towers proposed for a downtown lot have too much parking and not enough affordable housing.

The proposal by Claridge Homes will go before the city's planning committee on May 23. In it, Claridge is seeking a series of small zoning changes to allow the project, which would have a total of 566 units.

This amount of parking is unacceptable.

Ottawa Citizen: Transpo zaps bid for electric bus trial in Ottawa

Ottawa Citizen: Transpo zaps bid for electric bus trial in Ottawa

By Jon Willing. Photo by Graham Hughes, The Canadian Press.

An electric bus pilot project won’t happen anytime soon at Ottawa’s public transit agency, even though Mayor Jim Watson called for a trial during his re-election campaign.

OC Transpo has its hands full with the LRT project, and while there are electric bus options in the market, the agency says there’s no point in

OttawaMatters: City set to declare a climate emergency

OttawaMatters: City set to declare a climate emergency

Jenn Pritchard

The city's Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management were mostly in favour of declaring a climate emergency. The committee voted six to two on the motion on Tuesday afternoon.

The meeting was a long one, with more than 10 members of the public signed up to speak about the motion to declare a climate emergency in Ottawa.

CTV: Tenant fights eviction and wins

CTV: Tenant fights eviction and wins

Megan Shaw, CTV Ottawa 

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A Centretown resident says her landlord attempted to evict her from her rental unit on Cooper St. alleging he wanted to turn it into an Airbnb.

Beverly Blanchard says she has been renting a one bedroom on Cooper St. for the last 33 years. 

CBC: Coca-Cola contract preventing city from ditching plastics

CBC: Coca-Cola contract preventing city from ditching plastics

Plastic beverage bottles will remain for sale at city facilities for at least another 3 years, staff estimate

The City of Ottawa is unlikely to rid its arenas and other facilities of single-use plastic drink bottles until its contract with Coca-Cola finally runs dry, likely in 2021 or 2022.

The city's contract with the beverage company, signed in 2011, will

GlobalNews: Ottawa’s long-term housing market pinched by short-term rentals, coalition says

GlobalNews: Ottawa’s long-term housing market pinched by short-term rentals, coalition says

By Rick Woodard

A coalition of hotel and tenants’ associations is calling on the City of Ottawa to regulate short-term rentals by commercial hosts like Airbnb, arguing they’re negatively impacting Ottawa’s long-term housing market.

Fairbnb said it’s not against short-term rentals altogether, but rather their commercialization. According to a report handed out at the press conference,

CBC: Airbnb 'ghost hotels' keep 1,000+ homes from rental market, report suggests

CBC: Airbnb 'ghost hotels' keep 1,000+ homes from rental market, report suggests

Airbnb says flawed report shouldn't be used to craft city's new rules

Kate Porter

More than 1,000 homes and apartments are being kept off Ottawa's red-hot rental market by landlords listing them on short-term home rental website Airbnb, according to an advocacy group highlighting the issue in Canadian cities.

"The saturation of commercial Airbnbs in Ottawa is higher than we've seen

Ottawa Business Journal: Ottawa hospitality industry seeks crackdown on ‘pseudo hotels’

Ottawa Business Journal: Ottawa hospitality industry seeks crackdown on ‘pseudo hotels’

By David Sali

As the head of the region’s main hotel industry association, Steve Ball sees plenty of room for growth in a local hospitality industry that enjoyed its best year ever in 2017 and followed that up with another solid season in 2018.

After a string of hotel closures a few years ago, the industry has bounced back in a big way.

New properties from major brands have sprung up across the region such as the

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