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THIS Magazine: Inside Canada’s Airbnb crisis

THIS Magazine: Inside Canada’s Airbnb crisis

By Nicole Beier; Illustration by Marcia Diaz

Just this past year, Canadian news was constantly covering stories of vacation rentals, made possible by platforms such as Airbnb, taking the housing supply hostage. When Airbnb first launched its platform in 2008, allowing anyone to rent out their home to tourists, they unleashed a swarm of people who were desperate to “live like a local” while travelling. Many

CBC: New respite centre for Ottawa's homeless to 'make a big difference'

CBC: New respite centre for Ottawa's homeless to 'make a big difference'

The COVID-19 pandemic is making a bad situation worse for many of Ottawa's homeless residents, since most of the public facilities with bathrooms and showers have closed their doors.    

Randy lives in a tent with his three dogs and hasn't had access to services for several weeks.

"My appearance … I'm sorry for not being on camera, but I look like shit," he

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

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