Letter signed by Councillors McKenney, Leiper, and Nussbaum regarding Bill 73

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Councillors Tobi Nussbaum, Jeff Leiper and I wrote to the Standing Committee on Social Policy at Queen’s Park on October 31, 2015 with our support for several provisions in Bill 73, Smart Growth for Our Communities Act.

We are largely supportive of the changes being proposed, which we consider will strengthen residents’ voices in planning our city, though we are asking the Province to re-visit two issues.

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Reevely: The city is totally tone-deaf on ghost bikes

paddy-dussault-cleans-the-area-by-his-wife-meg-dussaults-gSome politicians realize there’s a problem. Downtown Coun. Catherine McKenney says the 90-day time limit on memorials is too short even for purely commemorative purposes. More broadly, she wants examinations of collisions — at least deadly ones, maybe others — to see whether anything under the city’s control might have prevented them.

“I’m not interested in blame,” she says. “I’m interested in seeing what we can do to keep it from happening again.”

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New memorial for victims of drunk drivers to send ‘powerful message’

011 web versionA new Ottawa city memorial for victims of impaired drivers had Mayor Jim Watson recalling his own close call with a drunk driver.

City councillors passed Coun. Catherine McKenney’s motion to install a new commemorative marker at Ottawa City Hall’s fountain near the Laurier Avenue West entrance.

MADD Ottawa, which turns [20] this year, is paying for the installation of the memorial.

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