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CTV: Staff reject Councillor's request to deactivate beg buttons at Ottawa intersections

CTV: Staff reject Councillor's request to deactivate beg buttons at Ottawa intersections

By Josh Pringle

The City of Ottawa has hit the brakes on a push to deactivate beg buttons at intersections across the city during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Councillor Shawn Menard asked staff to look at the “feasibility of reprogramming automated push buttons where safe to do so, in order to reduce the need for people to physically touch these buttons to safely cross a

Toronto.com: Cities make room for distancing on sidewalks

Toronto.com: Cities make room for distancing on sidewalks

OTTAWA — Battles are brewing in some cities over use of increasingly limited public space, as local governments struggle with whether to give more room for pedestrians to spread out.

The Public Health Agency of Canada says on its website that taking a walk outside is a low-risk activity for healthy people — no more dangerous than online shopping or cooking at home.

CTV: Ottawa urged to re-purpose underused streets for cyclists, pedestrians

CTV: Ottawa urged to re-purpose underused streets for cyclists, pedestrians

By Josh Pringle

OTTAWA -- Ecology Ottawa and two Councillors would like to see pedestrians and cyclists fill empty traffic lanes on Ottawa’s roads during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Ottawa tells CTV News Ottawa that there has been an approximately 50 per cent decrease in traffic across the city over the past two weeks.

Employees working at home, school cancellations and calls for physical

CTV: 'Urban core is shut out' of major committees: McKenney

CTV: 'Urban core is shut out' of major committees: McKenney

By Josh Pringle

OTTAWA -- Councillor Catherine McKenney says “once again the urban core is shut out” of major roles on committees at Ottawa City Hall.

McKenney made the comment after the Finance and Economic Development Committee and Nominating Committee recommended Councillors to fill vacancies on city committees and boards.

Among the changes:

  • Innes Ward Councillor Laura Dudas was nominated for vice-chair of the

Ottawa Citizen: 'We are falling further and further behind': Portable housing benefit isn't enough, councillors say

Ottawa Citizen: 'We are falling further and further behind': Portable housing benefit isn't enough, councillors say

By Taylor Blewett. Photo by Tony Caldwell/Postmedia

While city decision-makers are moving forward with a plan to direct housing money from upper levels of government to Ottawans in dire living situations, some councillors are voicing frustration with the limited scale of those resources in the face of mounting need.

The community and protective services committee voted Thursday to delegate

CBC: Mayor mask a no go at city hall, LRT protester says

CBC: Mayor mask a no go at city hall, LRT protester says

http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1699480643798/

An Ottawa woman who wore a large papier mâché likeness of Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson to city hall to protest the ongoing LRT problems claims she was asked by security guards to take it off.

Velvet LeClair donned the mask and a cardboard train bearing the slogan "Fix the LRT" to Watson's Family Day skating party on Monday.

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