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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

CTV: McKenney to put forward motion declaring state of emergency on homelessness in Ottawa

CTV: McKenney to put forward motion declaring state of emergency on homelessness in Ottawa

Coun. Catherine McKenney is planning on putting forward a motion to declare homelessness a state of emergency in Ottawa.

“I would like to see the city declare it a state of emergency- call it an emergency. It’s gone beyond crisis," McKenney said.

McKenney says soaring rent and an increase in the number of short-term rentals have put pressure on affordable housing.

OttawaMatters: Ottawa welcomes Toronto short-term rental ruling

OttawaMatters: Ottawa welcomes Toronto short-term rental ruling

By: Jason White

A provincial ruling on Toronto's regulations around short-term rentals is seen as a positive sign for similar rules currently proposed for Ottawa.

The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal ruled in favour of Toronto's plan to put stricter regulations on that city's short-term rental market, allowing the

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