Public feedback sought on development of new patio by-law

1297450566641_ORIGINALResidents are invited to provide feedback as the City prepares a new, stand-alone by-law to regulate right-of-way patios – patios that operate on City sidewalks and boulevards.

You can learn more on about how patios are currently regulated through a broader existing by-law, what the objectives of this patio by-law review are and how to submit feedback about the subjects under review.

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Ungreening Centretown: PSAC’s decision to cut down our trees

PSAC tree cuttingLast week, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) cut down six healthy 30-year-old trees. PSAC did this work with permits issued from the City of Ottawa’s Forestry Services Branch. The neighbourhood reacted with shock and disappointment.

Downtown trees are precious. They provide shade, clean air and biodiversity. They provide a level of traffic calming on busy urban streets. Studies show that greener urban areas encourage more healthy social interaction and trees have been proven to deter graffiti and violent crime.

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