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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.

Ottawa Citizen Editorial: Viewing police through a wider public safety lens

Ottawa Citizen Editorial: Viewing police through a wider public safety lens

Ottawa Citizen Editorial Board

Diverting part of the force's annual funding increase toward public health is a discussion worth having.

An attempt was made at Ottawa Council this week to “defund the police.” At least that’s what the mayor called it. It failed. But the conversation isn’t going away, and a controversial trial verdict expected in the coming days will

CBC: Respite centre's closure worries advocate for homeless

CBC: Respite centre's closure worries advocate for homeless

By Natalia Goodwin. Photo by Omar Dabaghi-Pachecho

An advocate for Ottawa's homeless is concerned the imminent closure of a respite facility at the McNabb Recreation Centre will leave its clients without basic human needs like showers and clean toilets.

The Percy Street respite centre was opened in April when other support services for Ottawa's homeless population were forced to close. It was a place

Ottawa Matters: Winter plan for homeless still 'under development'

Ottawa Matters: Winter plan for homeless still 'under development'

As the winter approaches, the City of Ottawa says it is working on a plan to support the homeless population in Ottawa. 

What that plan is, however, is still under development and details are not yet known. 

“The City of Ottawa is currently developing a winter response plan to help people experiencing unsheltered homelessness. The plan will be presented to

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