I believe in the 15 minute Neighbourhood. Imagine walking out your door and having access to all you need within a 15 minute walk – family doctor, groceries, public transit, schools, daycare, pharmacy, parks, community centres – all the necessities. After many months of consulting with residents of the Ward, I’ve heard your priorities and concerns. As I go door to door during this campaign, ideas and suggestions will be added. Have an idea you think is great? Reach out!
Culture and Arts
Work with local community associations....
Create opportunities for more art for crosswalks, electrical boxes and of course, murals, and establish a mural festival and mural tours .
Pilot a program with Ottawa Tool Library....
In collaboration with local historians, BIA and residents .....
Invest in the long term viability of the Byward.....
by ensuring funding commitments of the Byward Market Public Realm Plan
In Rideau-Vanier we care about our neighbours and welcome people from all walks of life. We live in the best ward in the city and here is how we can make our Ward, and the Nation’s Capital a place where nobody is left behind.
Create a plan for more family doctors. If elected,....
I will form Family Doctor Recruitment Committee that will work with experts and the local Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa to recruit, attract and retain family doctors in order to combat the shortage of primary care physicians in Rideau-Vanier and across the City. You can read my Op-Ed in the Ottawa Citizen on this issue here.
Availability of free menstrual products and PPE in all City buildings in order to ensure more equitable access to essential care products for all our Ward’s residents
Work with local school trustees...
Look into increasing programming for children.....
Work with local BIAs to....
Insist that the city provide a ...
rat baiting program in areas of Rideau-Vanier that require it.
Advocate for strategies that get trucks off our downtown streets. Cargo bikes should serve as alternative delivery vehicles.....
A firm timeline, with key benchmarks, from the City as too when all roads in Rideau Vanier can have at least one protected bike lane.
More electric charging stations around the ward and advocate for increased e-vehicle charging infrastructure.
Prioritize pedestrian and school areas for snow clearing.
Work with Local Climate Plan
Our nation’s capital, like the rest of the planet, is suffering from impacts of climate change. The city acknowledged in 2019 we are in a climate crisis. Whether it’s floods or record-hot temperatures, events over the last couple of years have reminded us of the urgency to reduce greenhouse gasses. Let’s make ward 12 the ‘greenest’ in the city! Here are some things I will advocate for:
- Commit to implementing and giving stable funding to the City’s Climate Change Master, including the City’s Energy Evolution Plan, to ensure the city will hit it’s city wide target to be net-zero by 2050. I support the city’s investments in this plan, which staff have shown us will yield net-financial benefits in the long run. This includes continuing to invest in actions including retrofitting of residential and commercial buildings to save energy and money, transitioning the city’s zero emission commercial fleets, and making it easier and accessible to charge your electric vehicles in the city. I will also work to help leverage investments from other levels of government and the private sector, to ensure the city’s climate change master plan is implemented.
- Commit to promoting to residents and continuing to support incentives to save energy for homeowners on a cost-recovery basis, such as through the city’s Better Homes Ottawa Loan Program.
- Prioritize climate adaptation for the city, to protect people and critical infrastructure. This includes supporting efforts to manage our stormwater through the city’s stormwater management systems and expanded operations. I will also ensure residents are aware of our cooling centres, and support these.
- Support efforts to ensure the city hits its target of a 40% tree canopy in every neighbourhood, and through supporting the protection of mature trees through the Tree-Protection By-Law.
Explore the possibility of the City of Ottawa, like many other capitals, to...
become a member of C40 so it is subject to benchmarks and best practices to combat climate change
Work with local charities and
the Free Store to divert fast fashion waste from the Rideau Centre.
Weekly compost and recycling pick up as well as increased garbage, recycling, green and needle bins where required around the Ward.
Consult with First Nations and Inuit residents for projects in our Ward
City of Ottawa proclamation and funding to celebrate November 8 (International Inuit Day) and September 30 (Every Child Matters)
Security and Good Governance
NO NEW SHELTERS....
Mental health supports and options when citizens need first responders.
Passage of anti-hate policies towards health care workers and transit drivers.
Work with Ottawa Police Services so they can better respond to online threats and bullying .
Take part in any multi-jurisdictional, all-hazards emergency management ...
Meet regularly with colleagues at all levels along with neighbouring wards to ensure we are collegial.
Hold regular outdoor meetings (or virtual) to hear directly from citizens
Give weekly updates on social media as to goings-on at City Hall and upcoming meetings and important events.
Ensure community associations are consulted on decision-making and important projects.
Crosswalk at the intersection of Dagmar Ave and Alice in Vanier
Hold town hall meetings between Ottawa Fire Services and residents in areas affected by arson.
Set up citizen participation committees, such as....
a youth council, a condo council, an intercultural council and an elders’ council, in order to value diverse experiences and enable groups affected by certain decisions to address issues specifically affecting their segment of the population.
Work with City of Ottawa officials and residents to look into speed bumps…
We need to increase the supply of social, affordable and family housing and developers need to be part of our housing solutions. I endorse the #StartsWithHome campaign from the Alliance to End Homeslessness which you can read about here. Alongside these much needed recommendations, I will also advocate for the following:
Begin discussions with the federal government and other owners of under-used buildings in Rideau-Vanier to see if they can be retrofitted into housing units.
Streamline the process for construction permits ....
I support the
right of first refusal acquisition strategy so that the city has the right of first purchase on real-estate sales in areas that do not have public housing so we can diversity the Wards that have Ottawa Community Housing.
Prioritize families living in motels for public housing....
and ensure that large rental companies (CLV, District, etc) dedicate a percentage of their units to low-income earners while charging geared-to-income rents.
Pass a by-law that all City buildings that fly flags must ...
include the Franco-Ontario flag, including Ottawa Police Service headquarters on Elgin St, the new Ādisōke library.