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Ottawa Citizen Op-Ed: McKenney: Keep Ottawa library's doors open to the homeless

Ottawa Citizen Op-Ed: McKenney: Keep Ottawa library's doors open to the homeless

Two weeks ago, Ottawa Council declared an Affordable Housing and Homelessness Emergency in this city. That same week, we learned that the main branch of the public library now keeps its lobby doors locked in the early mornings, no longer allowing people who are homeless to access that space in the early hours for rest, warmth and respite.

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Ottawa Sun: 'WATSON CLUB': Council's urban-suburban split on chair for transportation board

Ottawa Sun: 'WATSON CLUB': Council's urban-suburban split on chair for transportation board

By Tom Spears

There’s a split on Ottawa council over who will take over the job as chair of the transportation committee as it prepares to draw up the long-term master plan for all transportation in this city.

The chair’s job is about to become vacant as Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais moves over to run as a provincial Liberal.

On Tuesday, a committee voted to replace him with Beacon Hill-Cyrville Coun.

CBC: Library's new door policy leaving homeless out in the cold, councillor says

CBC: Library's new door policy leaving homeless out in the cold, councillor says

By Hillary Johnstone, CBC

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An Ottawa city councillor is calling on library officials to reverse a decision to keep the doors of the main branch locked in the early morning, preventing homeless people from coming in out of the cold.

The exterior doors of the Ottawa Public Library's (OPL) Metcalfe Street branch used to open as early as 6 a.m., four hours earlier than the

Radio-Canada : Ottawa déclare qu'il y a un état d'urgence en matière de logements et d'itinérance

Radio-Canada : Ottawa déclare qu'il y a un état d'urgence en matière de logements et d'itinérance

Per Audrey Roy

Le conseil municipal a appuyé à l'unanimité la motion de Catherine McKenney, voulant qu'il y ait un état d'urgence en matière de logements abordables et d'itinérance, mercredi.

Catherine McKenney, qui représente le quartier Somerset, réclame ainsi des cibles exigeantes et un échéancier, un meilleur accès au logement abordable ainsi que des mesures pour prévenir l’itinérance et venir en aide aux

Ottawa Matters: Fatal shooting at Airbnb validates stricter rules on rental platform: McKenney

Ottawa Matters: Fatal shooting at Airbnb validates stricter rules on rental platform: McKenney

By Chris Kurys

Once Airbnb regulations are in place, residents should feel safer, according to Somerset ward City Councillor Catherine McKenney. 

Their ward covers the Centretown neighbourhood -- the site of a fatal shooting at an Airbnb unit on Gilmour Street. 

On Wednesday, January 8, a suspect fired at four men, including a 15-year-old boy. One of the victims, Manyok Akol, 18, died from his injuries. 

Ottawa Citizen: The pronoun "they" becomes word of the year - and it's about time

Ottawa Citizen: The pronoun "they" becomes word of the year - and it's about time

By Brigitte Pellerin
Photo by Wayne Cuddington

We’re finally getting used to the idea that some people identify as gender-neutral or gender non-binary and, more importantly, that it’s totally fine.

What do democracy, blog, integrity, bailout, austerity, socialism, science, culture, feminism and justice have in common? Take your time. I’ll go fetch

CTV: Councillor McKenney files motion to declare homelessness a state of emergency

CTV: Councillor McKenney files motion to declare homelessness a state of emergency

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By Leah Larocque

OTTAWA -- Councillor Catherine McKenney filed a notice of motion to declare homelessness a state of emergency in Ottawa.

“We have gone beyond a crisis, this is an emergency and we have to treat it as one,” says McKenney.

McKenney says, “If overnight, we had 11-hundred people forced into shelters, 100 people forced outside, 20,000 families spending most of their income on

Radio-Canada: Les conseillers municipaux d'Ottawa adoptent le budget 2020 à l'unanimité

Radio-Canada: Les conseillers municipaux d'Ottawa adoptent le budget 2020 à l'unanimité

Les conseillers municipaux de la Ville d'Ottawa ont adopté à l'unanimité le budget 2020 lors d'une réunion marquée par le retour controversé de Rick Chiarelli. Le plan financier vient notamment bonifier les investissements en transport en commun et en logements sociaux, en plus d'augmenter l'enveloppe budgétaire réservée au déneigement hivernal.

Le budget total se chiffre à 3,76 milliards de dollars. Il s'agit d'une

CBC: 7 Councillors vote against Ottawa transit budget

CBC: 7 Councillors vote against Ottawa transit budget

By Joanne Chianello

Mayor Jim Watson oversaw the tabling of the 2020 draft budget last month. It was passed Wednesday relatively unchanged, but seven councillors voted against the transit portion. (Giacomo Panico/CBC)

Ottawa city council voted unanimously for a 2020 budget that will boost property taxes by three per cent. But seven councillors voted against the

CBC: Councillor calling for state of emergency over homelessness

CBC: Councillor calling for state of emergency over homelessness

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By Julie Ireton, CBC

Wendy Mitchell and her crew of volunteers help families escape mental, physical and financial abuse. But all too often, Mitchell says all they're really doing is delivering them from one precarious housing situation to another.

"They're dilapidated buildings that are just so old and falling apart and have so many issues and just dirty and smelly and all that kinds of stuff," said

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