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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.

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. 

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