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Ottawa Citizen: Planning committee says council should approve latest, and possibly final, Château Laurier design

Ottawa Citizen: Planning committee says council should approve latest, and possibly final, Château Laurier design

By Jon Willing

The majority of councillors on the planning committee have endorsed what one Ottawa heritage architect called a C-grade design for the Château Laurier addition.

The committee on Friday voted 7-2 in recommending that council on Feb. 24 accept the latest design and issue a heritage permit to the hotel owner, potentially putting to bed a years-long controversy over the expansion

Le Droit: Développement: le chef de Kitigan Zibi critique la Ville d'Ottawa

Le Droit: Développement: le chef de Kitigan Zibi critique la Ville d'Ottawa

Par Julien Paquette

Le chef de la communauté anichinabée de Kitigan Zibi, Dylan Whiteduck, a écrit une lettre au maire d’Ottawa, Jim Watson, pour dénoncer le traitement préférentiel reçu par le groupe Algonquins de l’Ontario la semaine dernière durant l’étude du prochain Plan officiel d’urbanisme de la Ville.

«Les Algonquins de l’Ontario est une entité créée pour négocier avec la

CBC: City budget approved amid concerns over policing, transit

CBC: City budget approved amid concerns over policing, transit

By Kate Porter

Ottawa's 2021 budget has passed despite the objections of one-quarter of city council who rejected the spending plan over concerns about police funding and transit fares.

Most residential property tax bills go up three per cent and water bills by 4.5 per cent, part of the nearly $4 billion to be spent on operations and $780 million on capital projects next year.

Ottawa Citizen: When money moves in and neighbourhood's identity moves out?

Ottawa Citizen: When money moves in and neighbourhood's identity moves out?

By Kelly Egan
Photo by Brigitte Bouvier

The little house behind us, where the same family lived for 70-plus years, sold this summer for more than $700,000 and — as is commonplace, if not inevitable now — will be torn down.

When people talk about “housing affordability” in Ottawa, it really means $700,000 in a modest, central neighbourhood buys you a piece of dirt, 50 by

Ottawa Citizen: McKenney: Spend more on affordable housing in Ottawa, not on police

Ottawa Citizen: McKenney: Spend more on affordable housing in Ottawa, not on police

Last week my office mail included a letter from a woman who lives out of province.  The three typed pages told a story of her brother who lived in a rooming house in Ottawa.  More devastated than outraged, she questioned how her brother's shocking circumstances could have happened in a city like Ottawa.   She described her visit one summer during which she

Mayor, Councillor McKenney eye vacancy tax on empty residential units in Ottawa

Mayor, Councillor McKenney eye vacancy tax on empty residential units in Ottawa

A new tax could soon be imposed on vacant residential units in Ottawa, with the money supporting affordable housing.

Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Catherine McKenney will introduce a motion at Wednesday's council meeting asking city staff to study the feasibility of imposing a property tax on the assessment of vacant residential units.

"This would allow the city to invest more dollars into affordable housing,"

City draft budget doesn't do enough for climate, housing emergencies, advocates say

City draft budget doesn't do enough for climate, housing emergencies, advocates say

By Natasha Bulowski

Despite the city declaring both climate and housing and homelessness as emergencies, the 2021 draft budget fell short of providing the kind of investment needed to tackle these big, complicated issues, advocates and some councillors say.

On Wednesday, the city proposed $15 million to create new affordable and supportive housing units, the same amount as in 2019 and 2020, even though 80

CTV: $3 Billion Barrhaven LRT plan gets first approval

CTV: $3 Billion Barrhaven LRT plan gets first approval

By John Crupi

OTTAWA -- Ottawa’s Barrhaven LRT project passed its first test Monday with approval by the City of Ottawa’s Transportation Committee.

As part of the $3 billion project, bridges will be built over the Via Rail lines at Fallowfield Road, Woodroffe Avenue and the South Transitway.

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