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Ottawa Citizen: City councillor says she'll pursue LRT conflict of interest questions

Ottawa Citizen: City councillor says she'll pursue LRT conflict of interest questions

Joanne Laucius

Somerset Coun. Catherine McKenney said Monday she will press for answers about whether a law firm that has worked for both the city and embattled engineering giant SNC-Lavalin was in a conflict of interest.

McKenney originally raised the question at a March 6 council meeting, then again last week after councillors received a memo on Aug. 2 saying SNC-Lavalin

CBC: Watson raises Pride flag as openly gay man

CBC: Watson raises Pride flag as openly gay man

Mayor Jim Watson raised the rainbow flag over Ottawa City Hall Monday, marking his first Capital Pride event as an openly gay man. 

Watson officially came out in a column in the Ottawa Citizen on Saturday.

"This is my third-day anniversary as an openly gay man in Ottawa," Watson told the crowd at the flag-raising ceremony. "I'm so touched by the support that

Ottawa Citizen:  LRT legal debacle shows Ottawa must overhaul procurement

Ottawa Citizen: LRT legal debacle shows Ottawa must overhaul procurement

We just can’t use this kind of process when the next big project comes along. It needs a total revamp, and that should be a council priority after the summer recess.

Mohammed Adam
Photo by ERROL MCGIHON, Postmedia

From what we know about the Stage 2 LRT procurement process – and there may be a lot we don’t know – it is clear the system is broken. The more we learn

Ottawa Citizen: City not concerned Stage 2 legal adviser also represents SNC-Lavalin

Ottawa Citizen: City not concerned Stage 2 legal adviser also represents SNC-Lavalin

Jon Willing

The law firm that advised the city on its LRT Stage 2 project is the same firm that advises SNC-Lavalin, the company that eventually won the $1.6 billion contract.

That contract has been the subject of much discussion over the past week, when it became clear that the controversial Quebec engineering firm didn’t meet the scoring threshold for its technical plan to expand the Trillium Line.

Ottawa Citizen: Conflict of interest? Questions persist about law firm working for both city and SNC-Lavalin

Ottawa Citizen: Conflict of interest? Questions persist about law firm working for both city and SNC-Lavalin

Joanne Laucius

Questions about the relationship between an outside lawyer hired by the city and SNC-Lavalin has stirred up questions of conflict of interest.

Norton Rose Fulbright, the law firm that advised the city on its LRT Stage 2 project, is the same firm that advises the controversial engineering giant that eventually won the $1.6-billion contract. Geoffrey Gilbert, a procurement

RENX.ca: LRT and residential development: How much parking is needed?

RENX.ca: LRT and residential development: How much parking is needed?

By John Clark, VP, The Regional Group of Companies, Inc.

Too many, too few, or just enough? For the modern urban core that is remaking itself with transit-oriented development in mind, what is that Goldilocks zone when it comes to parking spaces?

Take these two recent examples from the far ends of the spectrum.

In June, the 

CBC: 'Developers control city hall,' city councillor charges

CBC: 'Developers control city hall,' city councillor charges

By Kate Porter

Coun. Shawn Menard frustrated by planning committee decision in Old Ottawa East

A frustrated city councillor is blaming developer influence at Ottawa city hall as the reason behind a controversial decision made at the planning committee this week.

Capital ward Coun. Shawn Menard was visibly frustrated at the committee's Thursday meeting, where his Old Ottawa East residents were

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

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