It’s time for change at City Hall – people deserve to have a say in the way our city is run and access to as much information as possible about how decisions are made.
Housing and homelessness
Stop the loss of affordable housing by preserving existing affordable rentals with the creation of a Housing Acquisition Fund. This will enable the city to purchase rental properties and rooming houses when they go on the market and sell them to housing non-profits, immediately adding to our stock of affordable properties.
Create a Housing Office tasked with identifying opportunities to create more non-profit and affordable housing, as well as working with partners to identify gaps in the network and provide solutions.
Advocate for the province to invest more deeply in the wraparound supports needed in Ottawa Community Housing buildings – this is critical to ensuring tenants are safe and well cared for.
Protect tenants from losing their housing by creating proactive renoviction and demoviction by-laws.
Reduce the costs of new housing and promote walkable, 15 minute neighbourhoods by eliminating parking minimums for new builds.
Parks and greenspace
Provide heat relief and expanded recreation options by building an adult-depth outdoor pool within Somerset Ward and extend the hours at the existing wading pools and public swim areas. Install misting machines or convert fire hydrants to provide further heat relief on hot days.
Identify projects that can improve community engagement within existing parks. Examples include renewing the basketball court in St. Luke’s Park, and adding recreation and fitness equipment at Dundonald Park, along with more seating areas and better lighting.
Look for opportunities to expand our tree canopy, including working with the National Capital Commission to ensure that the new development at Lebreton Flats significantly increases access to shade in the neighbourhood. Explore options to increase fruit and nut tree plantings in our communities.
Ensure the city lives up to the Climate Emergency declared in 2019 and takes strong action to combat climate change. We must fully fund and implement all Energy Evolution action items.
Increase resiliency and creativity in our infrastructure projects like road renewals by prioritizing the addition of greenspace. Allow for more biodiversity and native plant species in City Right-of-Way projects, preventing the issues caused by monocultures or invasive species.
Make transit work for more people’s needs by increasing dedicated bus lanes and adjusting routes to focus on getting around within the city, deprioritizing the 9-5 commuter model.
Make transit more accessible by implementing same-day booking for Para Transpo, expanding service hours and introducing the option for people to travel together to the same place.
End secretive P3s for the LRT, either bringing maintenance contracts in-house or hiring a new maintenance company that offers more reliability and transparency.
Make transit more affordable – stop annual transit fare increases and institute free transit for recipients of Ontario Works and ODSP.
Work with the rest of City Council to expand Ottawa’s cycling network into a four-season, all ages and all abilities urban grid, that is focused on commuting and biking for utility, not just recreation.
Build out our local bike network with another east-west protected bike lane, preferably on Gladstone. Transform Kent Street into a complete street; push for a redesign that adds a cycling lane in addition to other traffic-calming measures.
Explore seasonal street closures to create more pedestrianized community spaces.
Make sure kids can safely walk, roll, and bike to schools in their neighbourhoods by lowering speed limits on all residential streets in the ward to 30 km/hour and supporting the development of School Streets.
Work with other levels of government to expand and develop incentives for trade-ins of cars for e-bikes or cargo bikes.
Work with the rest of city council to get a functional and widespread bikeshare system, designed as a last-mile part of Ottawa’s public transit system, modeled on BikeTO’s success.
Work with community health centres and other partners to develop a pilot project for a non-police crisis intervention team to help resolve conflicts related to addiction, homelessness or mental health challenges.
Revive our parks and community spaces by partnering with local community groups and businesses to increase programming opportunities and events. Rethink location of seating in Dundonald Park and assign full-time outreach staff to monitor any conflicts in the park and direct people to community resources.
Lobby for another safe consumption site in Centretown, closer to Bank or Elgin Street. Ensure that safe consumption sites have the resources to run 24/7 and enough spots to meet community needs.
Keep neighbours safe by advocating for more access to Safe Supply across the entire city, and expanding locations of sharps disposal units in public spaces
Combat hate by supporting local community solidarity and mutual aid networks, including educational initiatives aimed at bystander intervention and de-radicalization. Fully implement all of the recommendations from the City’s Anti-Racism Task Force.
Equity, accessibility and inclusion
Make it accessible for people of all ages and abilities to move around in the winter by prioritizing snow-clearing on sidewalks and ensuring access to curb cuts.
Work with StopGap Ottawa to promote low-cost ramps for businesses with only one step to allow access into business for people with mobility devices.
Increase funding to organizations that provide culturally-specific services to BIPOC and 2SLGBTQI+ communities and support the creation of a 2SLGBTQI+ Advisory Council.
Work with the rest of City Council to create an affordable municipal public internet option, to ensure all neighbours can access the same services and supports
Make childcare more accessible and flexible by supporting the creation of more city-run and non-profit childcare centres.
Democracy and transparency
Ban developers from donating to municipal election campaigns or holding fundraisers for candidates.
Lower the registration fee required to run for municipal office and raise the number of signatures required to remove barriers of entry for everyday residents.
Continue to allow virtual presentations to city council meetings and all other consultations.
Ensure that city committees have a mix of members from across all areas of the city, including representation from urban, suburban and rural wards.
Study the options for municipal electoral reform in Ottawa.