Mural for murdered transgender women of colour gets new home at McNabb Community Centre

kalkidan-assefa-black-lives-matter-mural-mcnabb-new-ottawa-2015‘At the end of the day, though there was some negativity, the positivity heavily outweighed it,’ artist says

Nearly three months after it was defaced with threatening graffiti, a mural to honour murdered transgender women of colour has been painted again and installed at a community centre in Ottawa’s Centretown neighbourhood.

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OC Transpo adjusts service for O-Train Confederation Line construction and makes winter schedule changes

OtrainStarting Sunday, December 20, the next phase of OC Transpo service adjustments to accommodate O-Train Confederation Line construction will take effect. These service adjustments require the closure of the Transitway roadway between Lees and Hurdman stations. Additional adjustments will start Sunday, January 17, and will require the closure of the Transitway roadway between Empress Avenue and Merton Street. Changes have been designed to minimize impacts to customers, maintain transfers and serve major destinations, but some customers may have a slightly longer travel time and may see changes at stations and with connections.

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Youth Futures 2016 Applications Online Now


Youth Futures is a 7 month program that provides skills, information, support and practical experience to succeed in college, university and the work force.

They provide (in both official languages) advanced leadership training, a variety of employment positions and a post-secondary experience.

The Youth Futures program is funded, in part by the City of Ottawa’s Housing and Poverty Reduction Investment Plan, and is intended for high school students, aged 16-21, from low-income families and communities.

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Going rogue: Five councillors who voted against the 2016 budget

03-16-ott-deans-steve.jpg.size.xxlarge.promoThis marks Mayor Jim Watson’s first non-unanimous budget vote since 2010.

Five councillors – Deans, Tobi Nussbaum, Catherine McKenney, Jeff Leiper and Rick Chiarelli – all voted against the budget, the first non-unanimous budget since Mayor Jim Watson took office in 2010.

McKenney said she wasn’t elected to be silent; if she feels strongly on an issue, she’s going to vote her conscience.

“I don’t think there’s a councillor I’ve shared every vote with,” she said.

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Gladstone pedestrian and cycling safety surveys available online

Gladstone and Booth_IMG_2940 (2)Staff from my office and Safer Roads Ottawa conducted pedestrian and cycling safety surveys at the intersections of Gladstone/Booth and Gladstone/Rochester the morning of Tuesday, December 8. It was great meeting with residents to hear their concerns and I would like to thank everyone who participated.

Residents will also have the opportunity to complete the surveys online until Monday, January 11.

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