City of Ottawa and Government of Canada break ground for multi-use pathway on Chief William Commanda Bridge

Today, Mayor Jim Watson hosted a ground-breaking event to mark the official start of construction on the Chief William Commanda Bridge, to create an interprovincial multi-use pathway between the Ottawa and Gatineau shores of the Kichi Sipi Ottawa River. The scope of construction includes structural repairs to the bridge and deck modifications to create the pathway.

Built in 1880 as a railway link, the bridge was last in service in 2001. The City of Ottawa purchased the bridge from Canadian Pacific Railway in 2005 for a future light rail corridor. As a multi-use pathway, it will improve active transportation between Ottawa and Gatineau and serve as a year-round outdoor link for commuting and recreation, including walking, running, rollerblading, cycling, and cross-country skiing.

The project includes rehabilitating the bridge’s major structural components to ensure safety and accessibility for all users. It also involves building a new timber deck on top of the existing track, to maintain the steel rails for future rail transit use. A steel cable railing system and high efficiency LED lighting will be installed, plus 12 new benches for rest areas. In addition, the work includes construction of path segments linking the south end of the bridge to Ottawa’s Trillium Pathway (which connects to the O-Train’s Bayview Station) and the north end to the National Capital Commission’s Voyageurs’ Pathway in Gatineau.

The multi-use pathway is scheduled to open next fall, although additional rehabilitation work to the piers and the pathway connecting to Lemieux Island will continue until the summer of 2024.

The City is in partnership with the federal government for the $22.6 million budget of the project, with the City investing $14 million and the federal government contributing $8.6 million. 

The City is allocating two per cent (approximately $188,000) of the pathway construction budget to commission Algonquin art for the site.

In July, City Council approved the name Chief William Commanda Bridge to honour William Commanda who served as Chief of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation from 1951 to 1970. Chief Commanda was an Algonquin Elder, spiritual leader, promoter of environmental stewardship and a great bridge builder between nations.


OC Transpo unveils Ottawa’s first battery-electric buses

Residents will soon see a new type of bus rolling down Ottawa’s streets. Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Allan Hubley, Chair of the Transit Commission, and Bryce Conrad, President and CEO of Hydro Ottawa, were on-hand earlier today at OC Transpo’s St-Laurent Garage to showcase OC Transpo’s first battery-electric buses. 

The four new 40-foot battery-electric buses will be ready to enter service in early 2022 and will be housed at OC Transpo’s St-Laurent Garage. The garage has undergone significant retrofits to welcome the new electric buses, with four plug-in style charging stations installed by Envari Energy Solutions, a subsidiary of Hydro Ottawa.

OC Transpo is in the early stages of a fleet conversion plan that will seek to add an additional 74 battery-electric buses to its fleet in 2023, with 450 zero-emission buses phased into operation by 2027. With the gradual phase-out of diesel buses as they reach their end of life, OC Transpo could achieve a fully zero-emission bus fleet by 2036. OC Transpo will seek to leverage government loans, funding and grants, so that no additional municipal tax funding will be required to convert OC Transpo’s transit fleet to zero-emission buses.

In addition to offering a quieter ride, battery-electric buses are expected to offer savings through reduced operating costs. Converting from diesel-powered vehicles to electric is also a key component of the Climate Change Master Plan, the City’s overarching framework to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and respond to the current and future effects of climate change.

Quick Facts

  • Chargers installed at the St-Laurent Garage can charge a bus from empty to full in five hours.
  • The City’s battery-electric buses will be of similar capacity and design as OC Transpo’s existing 40-foot diesel buses to provide a standardized customer experience, with route planning based on a range of 250 kilometres in typical urban operation without recharging.
  • Battery-electric buses are currently the most widely used zero-emission technology in the transit industry and are on the roads of several Canadian municipalities, including Montréal, Toronto, Edmonton, and Winnipeg.
  • A diesel-powered bus consumes on average 35,000 litres of fuel per year.
  • The Climate Change Master Plan includes the goal of reducing emissions from City operations by 100 per cent by 2040.

 

"With the launch of these four battery-electric buses early next year, OC Transpo will take a critical first step in its conversion to a zero-emission bus fleet. This milestone also brings us closer to achieving our goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition Ottawa into a clean, renewable and resilient city." 

Jim Watson, Ottawa Mayor


City’s in-house waste collection delivers budget surplus

Council heard today that the City’s in-house waste collection delivered a budget surplus of $2.6 million between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021. The audited financial statements noted that the purchase of 19 new collection vehicles helped keep costs down for vehicle repairs and maintenance, while fuel prices were lower than anticipated. 

Council received an update on Ontario’s plan to transfer responsibility for the collection of household hazardous waste materials to individual producers instead of municipalities. By January 1, 2023, producers will be required to take back certain hazardous materials, those that are eligible under the Province’s program. In the interim, the City plans to hold nine single-day, citywide depots for household hazardous waste in 2022.

Council also received an update on the Province’s plan to transfer responsibility for collecting and processing recyclable materials to individual producers. The transition period for the City of Ottawa begins on July 1, 2023 and ends January 1, 2026. While details are being determined by producers, staff will continue to work with stakeholders on implications for the producer-led Blue Box program and how changes could impact City waste collection. Staff will report back in 2022 with a strategy for how the City will adjust and move forward.


2021 Order of Ottawa Recipients Recognized

“The 2021 Order of Ottawa inductees are a group of remarkable individuals who have gone above and beyond to improve the lives of those in our community through their professional accomplishments. Their leadership, hard work and compassion for others is an inspiration to all, especially during these challenging times.”

Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

2021 Recipients

Michael Allen

Michael Allen has led United Way East Ontario for more than 20 years, growing the organization’s influence and impact as a champion of social justice, with the City of Ottawa as a key benefactor of this work.

Under Mr. Allen’s guidance, United Way has organized and advocated for local seniors’ wellbeing, early childhood development, employment equity, ending youth homelessness, and supporting youth struggling with addiction – for which he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal by the late Mauril Bélanger, MP for Ottawa-Vanier.

Mr. Allen has also personally committed to countless community endeavours such as taking a lead on the Council of Partners for Success By 6; being a community champion for the provincial government’s investment in Early Years Centres; as a member of the Board of Directors for Crime Prevention Ottawa; a member of the Council of the Mayor’s Integrated Drug and Addiction Strategy; and Chair of Ontario’s AffordAbility Fund Trust addressing energy affordability.

Mr. Allen has also been a community leader as the city faced some of our toughest challenges: the Syrian refugee crisis, the opioid crisis, the tornadoes in 2018, and the floods of 2019.

Most recently, as the President and CEO of United Way East Ontario, Mr. Allen led the Community Response Table (CRT), a coalition of 100+ participants and 80 subject matter experts who worked together to deliver more than 60 rapid response solutions to support people in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CRT has met more than 20 times since 2020, and its impact was recognized throughout our city, including being publicly acknowledged by the Prime Minister of Canada.

Sadaf Ebrahim

Sadaf Ebrahim is a proud Pakistani-Canadian and currently serving the community as President of the Canada-Pakistan Association (National Capital Region).

Ms. Ebrahim has been working hard in organizing social events, managing various awareness programs and volunteering her time to engage with people of all backgrounds to improve the socio-economic dimension of the community.

Sadaf Ebrahim started a movement called GREEN HELP to address climate change and empower newly immigrant women by providing them part-time jobs making cloth shopping bags.

Sadaf Ebrahim has also been appointed as a Pakistan Girls Education Ambassador. Pakistan Alliance for Girls Education (PAGE) acts as a platform for stakeholders, donors, policymakers, and practitioners to come together and address the gender gap in education in Pakistan and devise solutions to overcome the broader socio-economic challenges faced by the girls.

Sadaf Ebrahim uses every available platform to raise awareness about various community issues and to organize fundraising campaigns. She has successfully raised funds for organizations like the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, Multi Faith Housing Initiative Ottawa, Cure Women & Children in Bangladesh who are in dire need of medical treatment, and CHEO Foundation.

Ms. Ebrahim also serves as an active member of the community and has been recognized for her efforts, receiving the Appreciation Award for raising funds for Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, Immigrant Entrepreneur Award by City of Ottawa in 2017 and Canada 150 Award in 2017.

Ian Faris

Serving as the President and CEO of the Ottawa Board of Trade for over six years, Ian Faris has worked to strengthen the City’s business community, in particular its role as a stakeholder in City, Provincial and Federal decision-making.

Mr. Faris oversaw the amalgamation of three Chambers of Commerce into one cohesive organization. Throughout the pandemic, the benefits of having a unified Ottawa Board of Trade involved in the City’s economic recovery, working for the benefit of its members and the broader business community, has been experienced firsthand.

As President and CEO, the Ottawa Board of Trade launched the Capital Build Task Force aimed at building momentum for City-building infrastructure projects, including the LeBreton Flats redevelopment, a new Civic Hospital campus, equitable distribution of jobs across all areas of the City, and the revitalization of the ByWard Market.

Ian Faris has taken on a national advocacy role as the Senior Vice President, Chamber Network Relations and Advocacy at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. His expertise continues to serve the needs of the national and local business community.

Ian Faris continually demonstrated a commitment to serve his community through youth athletics. He has held several senior executive volunteer roles on basketball, soccer and community-based youth organizations, leading, organizing and fundraising to ensure that their seasons are successful and the youth are supported in their athletic goals. Ian is one of the founding members of The Hill Charity Golf Classic, whose mission is to fundraise for resources, and to provide financial support for youth athletics.

Barclay Frost

A fine sportsman, a first-class athlete, official, builder and volunteer, Barclay Frost has been recognized by the Ottawa Sports Awards, winning its Technical Official Award. In 2021, the National Officials’ Committee of Athletics honoured him for his 50 plus years of dedication to athletics, inducting him onto the Athletics Canada Wall of Honour.

A former teacher, Mr. Frost sparked enthusiasm and encouraged many of his students to pursue their interest in sport. He made it fun, coaching in a positive, kind manner that motivated many to strive to do their very best. His love of sport is contagious.

Barclay grew up on the playgrounds of Ottawa playing sports and learning life skills. He worked as a young adult for Parks and Recreation as a playground supervisor where he developed leadership and organizational skills that have continued all his life.

Now, at 80 years old, Mr. Frost continues to work tirelessly as an official in Athletics events that range from the Olympics, to international, national, provincial and local levels. As a member of the Ottawa Sports Awards (OSA) Committee for the last 18 years, Barclay Frosts’ leadership as Chair is inspirational to the team that organizes the Ottawa’s Sports Award Banquet which hosts over 600 athletes, officials, coaches, and their family members. He is very hands-on, charting the path to ensure that this event is successful and remains the most comprehensive and inclusive amateur sports recognition awards event in Canada.

He has been an active basketball official for over 30 years, officiating all levels. As a resident of Munster Hamlet, Barclay Frost regularly puts on his goaltender equipment to play old-timers' hockey, participates in curling and golf and loves to go camping with his wife Janet.

Jeff Hunt

Jeff Hunt left his family home in Newfoundland for Ottawa in 1983 to pursue his entrepreneurial vision. In his first year in Ottawa, Mr. Hunt started a carpet cleaning firm, Canway, and over the next 15 years, franchised it, expanded into the US and sold the thriving business to Sears. That sale, in 1998, enabled Mr. Hunt to pursue his dream of owning and managing a hockey team, the Ottawa 67’s.

Mr. Hunt’s success with the 67’s was sighted by the Canadian Football League as an important factor in its decision to award an expansion franchise to Ottawa. Mr. Hunt, along with other community partners, set out in 2006 to bid for the expansion of the CFL franchise as well as the redevelopment of Ottawa's Lansdowne Park. The partners banded together to form the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, to which Jeff Hunt was President. That franchise, the Ottawa Redblacks, and Jeff Hunt’s vision brought the CFL back to Ottawa and saw the team rise to win a championship in only three years, winning the Grey Cup in 2016.

In recent months, Jeff Hunt has partnered with European soccer franchise Atletico Madrid on the ownership of an Ottawa franchise, Atletico Ottawa, in the Canadian Premier League.

During his career, Jeff Hunt’s accomplishments have been recognized with multiple awards, including five Profit Magazine Fast-100 and two Fast-50 awards. He has also been named OHL and Canadian Hockey League Executive of the Year and in 2015 he was named to the Yahoo Canada Sports list of the top 25 “Movers and Shakers” who have the most influence over sport in Canada. In January 2017, Jeff was named Ottawa’s Favorite Entrepreneur by Faces Magazine.

Amanda Jetté Knox

Amanda Jetté Knox is an award-winning author, journalist, public speaker, and human rights advocate for the LGBTQ2S+ community.

Amanda is a nonbinary person, the mother of a nonbinary child, and the spouse of a transgender woman. Amanda has shared her experiences with the world, advocating on behalf of loving, inclusive families everywhere. Amanda’s work, both in activism and in writing, teaches the perspective “lead with love”. Amanda dedicates her time to improving healthcare access, school environments, and overall acceptance not only for her child, but for all of the trans and nonbinary children who follow.

Mx. Jetté Knox’s 2019 book, "Love Lives Here: A Story of Thriving in a Transgender Family", was a national bestseller, an Indigo Staff Pick of the Month, and finalist for the 2020 Ottawa Book Awards. Her writing and her family's journey have been profiled on CBC, The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, Upworthy, Buzzfeed, O Magazine, The Today Show, and various other national and international publications, podcasts and media outlets.

Amanda expanded her advocacy to become a visible spokesperson for families. Over the years, Amanda has strived towards reaching as many parents as possible, with the goal of ensuring every single child in our local community (and beyond) has the opportunity to thrive.

Amanda is a 2019 Chatelaine Woman of the Year, one of 2020’s Top 25 Women of Influence, was on Today’s Parents’ Most Influential Parents list, and was recognized for her community service at the 2021 Redblacks season opener game.

Mark Kaluski

Mark Kaluski is the President of the local consulting firm Hashmark Strategies. With an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry Mr. Kaluski worked in public service before founding Hashmark in 2008, which operates four local businesses.

Mark Kaluski has made significant contributions to Ottawa’s business community through his volunteer work with many municipal panels in areas of economic development, public health, planning, and francophone issues. He serves as the chair of the Vanier Business Improvement Area (BIA) since 2010, and co-founder and chair of the Ottawa Coalition of BIAs (OCOBIA) since 2016. He has spent countless hours bringing businesses together city-wide to help amplify their voices and advocate on their behalf to all levels of government.

Mr. Kaluski’s steadfast leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has helped the city’s 19 BIAs navigate the ever-changing challenges businesses have faced. He spearheaded lobbying efforts that led to local support initiatives, rent and wage subsidies, and other provincial and federal programs. After seeing the pandemic’s impact on small business owners, he organized the Small Business Mental Health Forum to connect people in need with health professionals. He has selflessly supported many small business owners, all while endeavouring to save his own businesses.

Mark Kaluski is a proud Ottawan and a staunch defender of the Vanier community through its ongoing challenges, while remaining a keen champion for its potential. Be it navigating development files, community issues, or a philanthropy project for one of Vanier’s community organizations, Mr. Kaluski is a gracious and generous leader.

Pat Kelly

Pat Kelly began his long career in hospitality and tourism with the Westin Hotels and Resorts chain. After 14 years with Westin, including 5 years as General Manager of the Westin Ottawa, Mr. Kelly was recruited by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts to be the General Manager of the legendary Chateau Laurier. He later became Vice-President of Fairmont for the Pacific Northwest Region, and was responsible for many hotels in BC and Seattle Washington before returning to Ottawa in 2005 to become the Dean, School of Hospitality and Tourism for Algonquin College.

In 2007, Mr. Kelly became President of the Ottawa Congress Centre and was instrumental in his leadership in the design, development, and opening of the Ottawa Convention Centre (now The Shaw Centre), recently recognized by Canadian and international convention planners as the finest convention centre in the world. As President and CEO of the Shaw Centre, Mr. Kelly was instrumental in attracting the international One Young World Summit to Ottawa in 2016.

Pat Kelly has served the local tourism industry with distinction on Ottawa Tourism’s Board of Directors and as a former Chair. He was also a Board member and Vice Chair of the Ottawa International Airport, and a past Board member of the Ottawa Hospital Foundation, Operation Come Home and the Ottawa Board of Trade.

Pat Kelly is currently a successful tourism consultant, leading his own firm, Pat Kelly Consulting, which provides consulting services and expertise to hospitality and tourism organizations. He is also a partner in FLOOR 13, a boutique tourism consulting firm providing diverse insight and fresh approaches to traditional problem-solving.

In all of these activities, Mr. Kelly has been a remarkable champion of tourism for the City of Ottawa, not only promoting Ottawa across Canada, but around the world.

Dr. Isra Levy

After graduating as a physician in South Africa, Isra Levy immigrated to Canada and completed postgraduate studies at the University of Ottawa, specializing in epidemiology and Public Health.

Dr. Levy was the founding director of the Office for Public Health at the Canadian Medical Association, where he helped launch a Mental Health Support Network and advocated for enhancement of mental health services, before joining the City of Ottawa’s Public Health Department and becoming the City’s Medical Officer of Health. During his 11 years with Ottawa Public Health he expanded programming in mental health and addictions, and guided innovative public health initiatives including the response to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic and expansion of the City of Ottawa’s smoke-free spaces legislation. He worked in partnership with Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) on many initiatives for vulnerable tenants including declaring OCH homes and communities smoke free.

Dr. Levy is currently a member of the executive management team at Canadian Blood Services, where he oversees research and medical programs. He is the recent past vice-chair of the Board for the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, has participated in the governance of local health and social service agencies, and is a current member of the Board of Public Health Ontario.

Isra is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa, and was named the Physician of the Year by the Ottawa Academy of Medicine in 2010. In 2018 he was bestowed an honorary life membership by the Canadian Public Health Association in recognition of his work as an educator, researcher and practitioner in the field of public health.

Dr. Danielle Lussier

Dr. Lussier is Red River Métis and mother of three, born and raised in the homeland of the Métis Nation on Treaty 1 Territory. She relocated to Ottawa to pursue her post-secondary education at the University of Ottawa in 2002.

Dr. Lussier is a legal scholar, the Director of Community and Indigenous Relations, and Professor of Indigenous Legal Orders at the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa. She has previously served as advocate for legislation and law reform on behalf of the Canadian Bar Association, as a legal analyst for the Parliamentary Research and Information Service at the Library of Parliament, and as legal counsel to a federal administrative tribunal.

Her work to centre Indigenous Legal Pedagogies and ways of knowing in legal education is revolutionizing the teaching of law in Ottawa and across Ontario. Dr. Lussier’s approaches to teaching and learning support Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners in engaging both heart knowledge and mind knowledge; as she often says, if you are only learning with your head, you are only understanding half the story.

Dr. Lussier is co-chair of the Indigenous Advisory Group of the Law Society of Ontario, Trustee of the Ontario Bar Association Foundation, and a Director of the Ottawa Community Foundation, and as member of the Indigenous Education Committee of the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario, supporting reconciliation efforts in elementary and secondary schools in Eastern Ontario. In these roles, she amplifies Indigenous community members’ voices within the legal profession and the community at large.

Dr. Lussier’s efforts advance the critical work of reconciliation through community building, while also supporting Métis intellectual self-determination and decolonization of education systems.

HCol Daniel Mackay

For more than four decades, Honorary Colonel Daniel Mackay has served in the Canadian Army Reserve with The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh’s Own), the City of Ottawa’s Official Regiment. HCol Mackay served as Commanding Officer of the Regiment on two occasions. Following his retirement from the Regiment he was subsequently recognized for his service by being appointed first Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel and then Honorary Colonel. In addition, he has served for over twenty-five years as a voluntary Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

HCol Mackay founded the Regimental Museum of The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh’s Own) in 1977. He was successful in obtaining Canadian Forces accreditation for the museum which showcases a large collection of uniforms, photographs, medals and other memorabilia dating back to the regiment’s inception in Ottawa in 1862.

HCol Mackay has served over twenty-five years with Federal District Council of St. John Ambulance. During this time, he served as President, and continues to serve as a member on their Board of Directors. His efforts have allowed St. John Ambulance to continue serving the public and businesses in Ottawa during very difficult times such as the Ice Storm of 1998, and more recently with local floods and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The commitment of HCol Mackay is also outstanding when dealing with the veteran community in the City of Ottawa. He has been involved in a major fundraising effort with the Perley Health Community of Care, aiming to raise $10 million of capital funds in order to achieve their goals and objectives.

From advancing the social and economic development interests of Canada’s capital while serving in the Canadian Army Reserve and with various volunteer organizations, HCol Mackay exemplifies dedication and commitment to the City of Ottawa.

Daljit S. Nirman

Since immigrating to Canada in 2000, Daljit S. Nirman has dedicated his life to repaying his adopted homeland by serving and supporting those in need. Mr. Nirman has contributed tens of thousands of hours for nearly two decades in support of dozens of local causes.

Mr. Nirman is alumnus of the University of Ottawa and in 2004, he established a law practice that focused on human rights and immigration matters, but often chose to offer his services pro-bono to members of marginalized communities of South-Asian diaspora. He recognized that many of these individuals did not have access to professional legal representation, through a combination of limited means, a poor understanding of the legal system as well as language, cultural barriers, and prejudice.

Beyond his profession, Mr. Nirman has been a devoted and passionate community builder and advocate. He has taken on a variety of causes ranging from mental health, addictions treatment, community safety and youth poverty.

Daljit S. Nirman has served on the boards of numerous non-profit and community-based organizations to lead various philanthropic endeavors including The Snowsuit Fund of Ottawa, The United Way East Ontario, Montfort Hospital, Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization and University of Ottawa Heart Institute. He saw the opportunity to further inspire and engage members of the Indo-Canadian community to become more directly involved in solving our community’s toughest challenges, alongside United Way.

Mr. Nirman was appointed as Member of the Ottawa Police Services Board, where his legal mind, courage, humanity, and profound sense of social justice have helped to guide an organization that is central to the well-being of Ottawa’s citizenry and measure for justice in our community.

Barry Padolsky

Barry Padolsky is an Ottawa-based architect, urban designer and heritage consultant with over 50 years of experience. As the principal of his firm, Barry Padolsky & Associates Inc. Architects, he has led close to two hundred significant architectural, urban design and heritage conservation projects and numerous smaller projects in the National Capital Region.

Perhaps best known for his long and extensive involvement with heritage conservation, starting with co-chairing of the Citizens’ Committee to save the Rideau Convent in 1972, his energetic involvements, often pro bono, have led to numerous and significant achievements in heritage conservation in our City.

Mr. Padolsky has been instrumental in the design, restoration, renovation and adaption of buildings throughout Ottawa including the Ottawa Art Gallery/Arts Court, Global Centre for Pluralism, Government Conference Centre, Museum of Nature, Fleet Street Pumping Station, Ottawa Teacher’s College, and the By Ward Market Building.

Barry Padolsky’s service to his community is further reflected in the public boards and committees on which he has served including, the City of Ottawa Design Committee, the Rideau Centre Public Advisory Committee, Heritage Ottawa, Action Sandy Hill, the City of Ottawa Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee and the City of Ottawa Built Heritage Sub Committee.

Through his commitment to enhancing Ottawa’s built environment, Barry Padolsky has helped to make our nation’s capital a more visually and culturally engaging city that is enjoyed by its residents and the thousands of Canadians and international visitors who come here to experience its pleasures.

Ian Sherman

Ian Sherman is a recently retired Partner in the EY Ottawa Office with over 35 years of public accounting experience. He managed the Ottawa Tax Practice of approximately 90 professionals.

Mr. Sherman is continuing as a Contractor at EY in addition to assuming corporate director and family business advisory roles through his new company, Relationship Capital Inc.Ian Sherman was an Instructor for the CPA Canada In-Depth Income Tax Course for over 10 years. From 2007 to 2011, Ian was Chair of the Tax Courses Committee and subsequently became Chair of CPA Canada’s Income Tax Education Committee.

He was elected as a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 2006 in recognition of his professional achievements and contributions. In 2013, Ian received the CPA Canada Award for Excellence in Income Tax in recognition of outstanding service to the profession and the Canadian tax community.

Ian Sherman is currently Chair of the Ottawa Board of Trade and the Ottawa-Gatineau Youth Foundation. He also has deep roots in the Ottawa Jewish community as the current Chair of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa and a Past Chair of the Soloway Jewish Community Centre and Congregation Beth Shalom.

Mr. Sherman has been recognized many times for his community service, most recently receiving the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Ottawa Philanthropy Award as 2021 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser and the 2021 Rabbi Dr. Reuven Bulka Award from the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. In 2009, Ian was recognized as the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year.

Grace Xue Xin

Grace Xin came to Ottawa in 1999 as an international student attending the University of Ottawa. Since then, she has found home in the capital region of Canada and her adopted country and hometown have given her a lot of opportunities to contribute to society and the neighbourhoods where she works and lives. During Grace’s 13-year tenure as the Executive Director of the Somerset Street Chinatown Business Improvement Area (BIA), she worked tirelessly to promote and support the main street businesses in the area through organizing artistic and cultural events and implementing key initiatives.

In 2010, she was selected by the Ottawa Life Magazine as one of the Top Fifty People in the capital city of Canada for her role in leading an international project team to fundraise for and build the stunning Ottawa-Beijing twin-city project – the Chinatown Gateway. This project has won a prestigious “Project of the Year” award given by the American Public Works Association in 2011.

Locally and nationally, Grace was an active contributor to the Canada-China Tourism development through her professional and volunteer work with Ottawa Tourism and the Tourism Industry of Canada. In 2015, Grace was given the Volunteer of the Year Award by Ottawa Tourism. She frequently organized familiarization tours, delivered speeches, workshops and training sessions on destination development and how to serve the Chinese inbound market—one of the major inbound markets for Canada. This work has taken Grace to every province and every territory in Canada.

Currently, Grace is the Vice President, Philanthropic Services & Community Building at the Ottawa Community Foundation. She continues her journey in helping Ottawa fulfill its potential as a healthy, inclusive, environmentally balanced, and culturally and economically vibrant city.

Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching Recipients

Manock Lual

Manock Lual is a former pro-basketball player who came to Canada as a refugee from South Sudan and grew up in Overbrook.

Coach Manock is Founder and Head Coach of Prezdential, a non-profit that is dedicated to bridging the gap faced by disadvantaged youth in Ottawa, and particularly racialized youth living in low-income communities. Mr. Lual offers free basketball and life skills programming strengthened by partnerships with the Boys and Girls Club, Ottawa Community Foundation and local community associations and resource centres.

Coach Manock’s ability to coach young athletes goes beyond the game of basketball.  His individualistic style of coaching and charisma throughout training sessions applies to all ages, and practice sessions are more than about building better players but becoming better people through sport.

Coach Manock fosters an environment of acceptance and positivity that follows participants into their communities.  During a year plagued by limitations for physical closeness, Coach Manock showed how his leadership translates into community development.   Coach Manock and his team at Prezdential Basketball supported the youth of Ottawa through initiatives that aided their general mental health and wellbeing. Prezdential Basketball now includes financial literacy programming, cooking classes, a youth media program, an annual backpack drive, after school programming, and the Overbrook Show.

While his basketball prowess is renowned, it is his work to mentor youth, using basketball as a tool, which makes Coach Manock remarkable.

Julie Richards

Coach Julie Richards of the West Ottawa Basketball Association (WOBA) and Holy Trinity Catholic High School, coaches players with unwavering leadership, commitment and dedication. Coach Julie has been Head Coach of a WOBA competitive basketball team for 5 years, but her basketball coaching experience includes house league, club competitive basketball, high school basketball and spans many age groups (from ages 10 to 18).

A few weeks into the first COVID-19 lockdown, Coach Julie enthusiastically embraced technology and organized hour-long weekly Zoom meetings/workouts to keep the boys focused, physically active, and engaged. Through these weekly Zoom calls, the boys would practice drills in front of the camera, engaged in conversations on health – mental and physical – as well as nutrition, drill challenges and many other topics the boys wanted to discuss. These workouts provided these youth with stability, stimulation and motivation during an unprecedented time. Her leadership and support kept the boys engaged and involved during a time where most kids slipped into isolation.

Beyond the court, Coach Julie has also had a monumental impact in developing the character of these teenage boys. An example of her creating a culture of giving back occurred during the month of December 2020, when Coach Julie introduced a Calendar of Gratitude that challenged the boys to come up with and demonstrate an act of kindness every day of the month, including anything from simple gestures such as helping a family member wash dishes or help a sibling with homework, to leading food and toy drives for less fortunate families.

Coach Julie has always led by example by demonstrating the very best that a coach can offer, a passion for excellence, hard work, respect for your teammates and your opposition, and an unbelievable sense of sportsmanship.


2020 Order of Ottawa Recipients Recognized

The Order of Ottawa recognizes exceptional residents who have made a significant contribution in a professional capacity in many areas of city life, including arts and culture, business, community service, education, entrepreneurship, public service, labour, communications and media, science, sports and entertainment or other fields that benefit the residents of Ottawa.

Mayor Watson and City Council established this prestigious civic award in 2012. Recipients are chosen by a selection committee comprised of the Mayor, City Clerk, Chief of Police, Chief of Protocol, City Archivist and Chief Executive Officer of the Ottawa Public Library.

2020 Recipients

Reverend Dr. Anthony Bailey

Rev. Dr. Anthony Bailey is the Coordinating Minister of Parkdale United Church in Ottawa’s central-west end, serving his congregation and the wider community in that capacity for the past 21 years. Rev. Dr. Bailey has academic degrees in social work, theology, philosophy of religion and ethics and culture, as well as experience studying and working in countries such as Barbados, the United States, Kenya and Jamaica. He has also taught at the university level.

Rev. Dr. Bailey is a person of deep faith. He is a gifted communicator and a dynamic advocate for social justice, racial reconciliation, interfaith collaboration, affordable housing, food security and the importance of a vibrant spiritual life. Eighteen years ago, Rev. Dr. Bailey spearheaded a new ministry initiative in his congregation called In from the Coldwhere members of the wider community, experiencing poverty and other challenges, are welcomed in a safe, dignified environment that provides nutritional, spiritual and artistic sustenance. He has also provided leadership in his congregation’s ongoing work of sponsoring refugees.

As a diversity and racial justice trainer, Rev. Dr. Bailey is a sought-after voice who provides multicultural, diversity and anti-racism workshops and training for schools, community agencies, federal and municipal government departments, police departments, service clubs and religious communities. He is also frequently invited by the media to offer timely and meaningful commentary on and contributions to significant social and religious issues.

As an active community supporter, Rev. Dr. Bailey serves the community as a current board member of the Ottawa Mission and Crime Prevention Ottawa. He is a former board member of the Parkdale Food Centre. He is a Leadership Circle member of the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization and a supporter of the anti-racism initiative, Justice for Abdirahman Coalition, speaking annually at the Coalition’s Standing Together event.

Donald Ross Bradley

Donald Ross Bradley worked as a public servant at Statistics Canada from 1954 until his retirement in 1989. His remarkable support for Navan and the surrounding communities has spanned his lifetime, leaving an immeasurable positive impact on many individuals, families and local organizations.

Mr. Bradley has supported a great range of community organizations and activities. He was an active member of the Navan Lions Club for 60 years and served in various capacities, including as President and Chairman with the Lions Club Zone 13. Through the 1960s, he served as Chairperson and board member of the Cumberland Township Public School Board and was an active member of the Ottawa, Eastview and Carleton County Local Government Review, which led to the formation of the Regional Municipality of Ottawa Carleton. He was a member of the Cumberland Township Recreation Committee, and the Cumberland Township Historical Society, where he co-authored The Domes of Navan. He was the founding president and a long-time contributor of the Navan Tennis Club and the Navan Curling Club, and chaired both the Navan Cenotaph Renovation/Relocation Committee and the Navan Remembrance Day Ceremonies. He continues to be an active member of the Navan Community Association, the Historical Society and the St. Mary’s Anglican Church Cemetery Committee.

In 2001, he represented the Bradley Family of Navan, receiving the Key to the City of Ottawa. Mr. Bradley’s impressive list of contributions to his community over the past 75 years portrays his extraordinary devotion and commitment to his community. He is a role model and inspiration to all ages and continues to encourage youth to be good and caring citizens.

Dale Craig

Mr. Dale Craig began his 43-year career with J.L. Richards & Associates in Ottawa in 1971, serving as president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board for 24 years until his retirement in 2014. He continues to offer strategic advice in the areas of building science, dispute resolution, design and management of major construction projects as President of Dale Craig & Associates Limited.

Mr. Craig has contributed to building a better, more liveable city that will benefit the residents of Ottawa for generations to come. He has a respected reputation in the engineering profession for getting complex projects built on time and within budget under the highest standard of quality and excellence. He was the project manager for the construction of the new Ottawa International Airport in 2004, and oversaw construction of the state-of-the-art, $190-million Shaw Centre as Chair of the Ottawa Convention Centre Redevelopment Committee. He has played key roles in many complex projects across Ottawa, up the Ottawa Valley and beyond.

Mr. Craig joined the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies board of directors in 1991, serving two terms as Vice Chair and chairing several committees where he sought to improve the image of the consulting engineering industry and advocate for fairer procurement methods. He co-founded the Federal/Industry Real Property Advisory Council and was a founding member of the National Steering Committee on Innovation in Construction. He is a past chair of the Consulting Engineers of Ontario and, in 2000, he spearheaded the formation of the Consulting Engineers of Ontario’s Ottawa chapter and served as its inaugural chair.

He has given back generously to the Ottawa community, serving on numerous organization committees and boards, including for Carleton University, Algonquin College, the Ottawa Convention Centre and Hydro Ottawa.

Dr. Rouba Fattal

Dr. Rouba Fattal is a full-time public servant, currently serving as a senior policy analyst on innovation, science and economic development for the Government of Canada. She is also a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. She is a community builder, author of several children’s books, a dedicated volunteer and a mother of three.

Dr. Fattal founded the Kanata-Carleton Small Business Network in 2015 to help connect and empower local, small businesses. She has served as board director and Committee Chair for the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre and the Kanata Food Cupboard. As a board director of the Trailwest Community Association, she has organized numerous community events and activities. She has also served her community as coordinator of Neighborhood Watch, has helped raise funds for Chrysalis House, an Ottawa woman’s shelter, and is a Rotary Club board member, where she has influenced the #Canada4Refugees Campaign, raising $70,000 to sponsor Syrian refugee families in Kanata.

Dr. Fattal’s efforts are focused on ending violence against women, poverty and homelessness, and promoting diversity and inclusions around board tables. She actively promotes inclusiveness and integration through her work with newcomers of various backgrounds. In recognition of her community efforts, Dr. Fattal was recognized with the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award and the Welcoming Ottawa Ambassador Award in 2019.

Sylvio A. Gravel

Mr. Sylvio Gravel is a 31-year veteran and former staff sergeant with the Ottawa Police Service. He has devoted his life to the well-being of others, particularly those struggling with mental health issues.

He is one of the founding fathers of Robin’s Blue Circle, a peer-supported, post-trauma body, established in 1988, that has paved the way for other critical-incident and peer-support initiatives within the Ottawa Police Service. He co-founded Badge of Life Canada, a resource hub for police and corrections officers who become psychologically injured on duty. He continues to serve as a senior police advisor.

Following his retirement in 2009, Mr. Gravel wrote several books on post-traumatic stress, building peer-support networks, workplace wellness and managing organizational change. Transferring the application of his police-related mental-health-improvement experience and expertise, he began consulting with policing and non-policing agencies around the world to help them develop peer-support programs. The Mental Health Commission of Canada, the Mood Disorders Society of Canada, Badge of Life USA, Soldiers Helping Soldiers, the Global Mental Health Peer Network, the National Police Well-being Service of the United Kingdom and the Police Service of Northern Ireland are some of the organizations that have benefited from his help to develop strategies, policies, procedures and processes for addressing trauma and to develop peer support within the workplace.

A man of caring, wisdom, respect, and impactful commitment to community, Mr. Gravel was nominated by his peers and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and inducted by the Governor General of Canada for the Order of Merit in Policing, Canada in 2007. In 2016, he was nominated by the Mental Health Commission of Canada as a Canadian Champion of Mental Health.

Paul Hindo

A serial entrepreneur, angel investor and technology start-up mentor in Ottawa for 25 years, Mr. Paul Hindo has contributed immensely to the development of various business and non-profit organizations in Ottawa, across Canada and internationally. He has spent close to 40 years in senior positions in the commercial real estate sector.

With a keen interest in safety and security, Mr. Hindo is co-founder, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Cyber Defence Corporation, offering front-line cybersecurity analysis for national and international business infrastructures. He was the inaugural chair of DNA Genotek, a world leading corporation in DNA and RNA collection, stabilization and preparation products.

Mr. Hindo has sat on or led more than 20 charitable, economic-development and business boards and committees in Ottawa, including the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation, Cancer Care Regional Council Ontario East, Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, Cancer Care Ontario, St. John’s Ambulance - Federal District and the Ottawa Community Foundation. Mr. Hindo was recently appointed to the University of Ottawa board of governors.

Mr. Hindo was the Honorary Colonel for the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa, promoting the engagement of the regiment to the functions of the city of Ottawa for eight years. He is a director of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute. He has been the Ontario Chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council and is now acting as Director Emeritus. In 2017, he was appointed as the Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Army, the second person to ever hold this prestigious appointment.

Barry J. Hobin

Mr. Barry Hobin is the founding partner of Hobin Architecture, one of Ottawa’s leading architecture firms and well known for their many contributions to Ottawa’s architectural landscape over the past 40 years.

Mr. Hobin’s impactful and enduring influence on the quality of Ottawa’s buildings has resulted in a convergence of functionality and aesthetic appeal. His notable and award-winning projects include Westboro Station, The Ottawa Humane Society, The Rideau at Lansdowne, The Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards and the Lansdowne Park redevelopment. His generous attitude and strong sense of community support have resulted in many philanthropic endeavours, as manifested in a sampling of the Hobin Architects client base, which includes The Ottawa Mission, The Salvation Army, The Boys and Girls Club and Multifaith Housing.

A strong advocate for the architecture profession, his pursuit of perfection in the craft of form, space and material is applied to every project that the firm undertakes. Mr. Hobin developed the TV series Homes By Design to showcase residential projects in Canada and internationally. A strong mentor to both colleagues and architecture students, Mr. Hobin is also on the advisory committee to the Carleton University School of Architecture.

An outstanding community supporter, Mr. Hobin has served as the president of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Chairman of the Committee of Adjustments for the City of Ottawa, Design Committee Chair for the City of Kanata Town Centre, Site-selection director for Habitat for Humanity and building program chair for Carleton University’s board of governors.

Barbara MacKinnon

Ms. Barbara MacKinnon has worked in Ottawa for more than thirty years, sharing her passion for helping others, most recently as Executive Director of the Children's Aid Society of Ottawa from 2003 to 2018. During her tenure, she cultivated a highly functioning, well-respected and innovative organization that consistently stood out as a leader in Ontario.

Prior to that, Ms. MacKinnon served as Executive Director of the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health and Resource Centre for nine years and ran two Ottawa mental-health agencies. In all the organizations she has led, she ensured that the voices of children, youth and families were at the forefront. Forging strong connections with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, and with other diverse cultural organizations, was important in this work.

A visionary leader for advocacy, community support and community issues, Ms. MacKinnon consistently leads with a focus on clients, service partnerships and the community. She established partnerships with numerous organizations to advance needs in the Ottawa area. Ms. MacKinnon believes that children, youth and families are better served by strong community service networks.

Recognition of her good work in Ottawa resulted in Ms. MacKinnon being asked to take on leadership roles provincially, including as leader of the Executive Directors’ Group for Children’s Aid Societies across Ontario.

In Ottawa she has also volunteered on numerous committees and boards, including those of the United Way, Crime Prevention Ottawa and the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership Council.

Fiona McKean

A social enterprise entrepreneur, philanthropist and community-builder, Ms. Fiona McKean came from a diplomat family and grew up travelling the world, but always returning to Ottawa as a beloved home base. After earning a master’s degree in Human Security and Global Governance from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, Ms. McKean was employed by the Government of Canada in security programming, where she led initiatives to strengthen international security.

Ms. McKean purchased The Opinicon in 2015 and led the shuttered Elgin, Ontario resort through extensive renovation and restoration. The resort reopened in 2016 and now employs many locals and welcomes thousands of visitors every year. Ms. McKean’s ownership and renovation of The Opinicon ignited renewal in the surrounding Rideau Lakes system and has been an engine for social growth, protecting community heritage and sourcing local produce for its kitchen. As a key social and business leader and innovator, she is helping the community deliver a vision of world-class tourism and a cultural heritage destination.

Ms. McKean’s leadership and community commitment are also demonstrated through her work as founder and chair of the Thistledown Foundation. Launched in January 2019, the Foundation is seeded with a $150-million endowment to accelerate frontier carbon removal technology and curtail the worst impacts of climate change.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Thistledown pivoted its team and resources, donating $5 million to Canadian COVID-19 research in partnership with Fast Grants and an additional $1 million to Conquer COVID-19, a national volunteer-driven organization that helps improve the domestic supply chain for personal protective equipment.

Bob Monette

Mr. Bob Monette contributed to public life in Orléans for more than 30 years. Elected to Cumberland Town Council in 1985, he served for six years. In 2006, he returned to politics and served as City Councillor for Orléans Ward until 2018, including as Deputy Mayor from 2014 to 2018.

While serving on City Council, Mr. Monette participated in and led many committees, including Recreation and Conservation Lands, Industrial and Economic Development, Planning, Health and Related Services, Transportation Committee, the Hydro Ottawa Holdings Board, Ottawa Police Board, the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and Association française des municipalités de l’OntarioMr. Monette was elected by Council to sit on the Central Canada Exhibition Association and the Heart of Orléans Business Improvement Association. He served as Vice President of the Canada Capital Cities Organization.

Mr. Monette assisted with the Ottawa River cleanup project, helping to secure more than $230 million in funding from all levels of government. An ardent supporter of sports, Mr. Monette has also focused on the development of Lansdowne Park, the Lansdowne Live proposal and was involved in the return of professional baseball to Ottawa.

Local Orléans Ward accomplishments and contributions include opening a community garden, establishing the first ever Seniors Park in Eastern Ontario, facilitating the development of Quality Inn, Orléans’s first hotel in 30 years, launching the Cumberland Bandits Hockey Club and working to develop the Orléans Town Centre.

Mr. Monette has been involved in many non-profit groups, including the Cumberland Community Resource Centre, the Ottawa Arthritis Society, Queenswood Heights Neighbourhood Watch Association, Queenswood Heights Community Association and the Fallingbrook Community Association. He has also coached minor hockey and minor softball.

David H. O’Malley

While studying at the Carleton University School of Architecture and Urbanism, Mr. David O’Malley founded Aerographics Creative Services, a creative agency and design studio that is now one of Ottawa’s most pre-eminent graphic-design firms. As their creative director and president, he continues to be inspired by his passion for music and aviation, and by working with people who understand emotion and design.

With close to 50 years of experience as an illustrator, and more than 40 as a graphic designer, Mr. O’Malley has led Aerographics Creative Services in producing highly creative marketing materials for numerous local, national and international companies and organizations, including Hobin Architects, Carleton University, CityFolk, Bluesfest, Lansdowne Live, the Tulip Festival, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, Beavertails, OSEG, CATSA, the CFL and Chis Hadfield. Mr. O’Malley has donated or discounted his artistic talent and designs to countless initiatives in the community, including OrKidstra, TELUS Ride for Dad, Vintage Wings of Canada, CityFolk, Bluesfest and the Festival of Small Halls.

In addition to sponsoring events and charities in Ottawa, Mr. O’Malley has sat on many boards, including RBC Bluesfest, the Canadian Tulip Festival, the National Capital Air Show and the Ottawa Ballet. Presently, he sits on the boards of CityFolk Music Festival, the Prostate Cancer Fight Foundation, the TELUS Ride for Dad and the Canadian Research and Mapping Association.

A keen amateur historian, Mr. O'Malley spent two years researching and compiling a history of the nearly 500 families from his Ottawa neighbourhood who lost family members during the Second World War. He has also researched and written more than 400 aviation history stories, which he has shared with the 13,000 subscribers to his blog. Mr. O'Malley designed and co-wrote a book on the history of our city called Ottawa Then and Now.

Bruce G. Roney

Mr. Bruce Roney has served as the president and chief executive officer of the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) since 2000 and is a progressive and inspirational leader and champion for animal welfare in Ottawa, provincially and across Canada. Mr. Roney previously worked at the Youth Services Bureau and was the executive director of Bruce House.

Mr. Roney’s most impressive contribution to the OHS has been the construction of their state-of-the-art animal shelter on West Hunt Club Road. He led a multi-year, $16-million fundraising and friend-raising campaign for this construction project. The OHS operates a more than $9-million annual budget, an almost five-fold increase since he took on the role. Under his leadership, the OHS increased its capacity and now helps more than 8,000 animals each year. He led the implementation of numerous programs that support animal welfare and adoption, educate pet owners to ensure humane treatment of animals and encourage youth to lead the charge. The OHS stands as a role model for other animal shelters across the country, helping animal welfare leaders from across Canada to learn about best practices in raising funds, constructing and operating an animal shelter.

Mr. Roney consistently ensures the highest standards of management, governance, veterinary medicine and animal care. He continually leads with innovative ideas to encourage animal adoption. The OHS is one of only two animal shelters in Canada accredited by Imagine Canada, requiring the OHS to meet rigorous standards of governance and management annually. Mr. Roney was instrumental in founding the Ontario Animal Welfare Network, bringing together the province’s leading humane societies and SPCAs.

Bharat Rudra

Mr. Bharat Rudra is a serial entrepreneur, business leader and computer engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the development, management and growth of business. Mr. Rudra’s work and volunteer efforts have had a significant positive impact on Ottawa’s field of entrepreneurship, the high-tech industry, the charitable sector and community building.

Mr. Rudra is the Vice President at 123worx, an Ottawa-based software company, and he has worked at some of the region’s most prestigious high-tech companies. He managed a $20-million fund to help Canadian SMEs collaborate with Indian and Brazilian companies at International Science and Technology Partnership Canada. Mr. Rudra successfully launched three start-ups in Ottawa over the past 25 years, creating dozens of employment opportunities.

As co-founder, former president, and current chair of TiE Ottawa, an organization that fosters entrepreneurship in Ottawa, Mr. Rudra has greatly benefited hundreds of Ottawa entrepreneurs, enabling dozens of successful ventures. He launched many successful TiE Ottawa programs, including TiECon Canada, an internationally known entrepreneurship conference that attracts world-class business leaders to connect with Ottawa entrepreneurs.

Mr. Rudra co-founded and was a former Chair of Dhadkan, a not-for-profit Indo-Canadian organization that has raised more than $10 million for the Ottawa Heart Institute. Deeply committed to supporting and removing barriers for Indo-Canadian youth, he co-created Surtaal, Ottawa’s first Punjabi radio program, hosting it for 12 years. The program has enjoyed more than 30 years on air. Mr. Rudra was nationally recognized for being influential in bringing the Indian Bhangra music revolution to Ottawa in the 1990s, organizing Bhangra events and attracting close to 500 people at each one. he amplified that spread through a Bhangra radio show. He also launched, choreographed and led Nach Pae Yar, the first Punjabi dance team in Ottawa, training hundreds of Indo-Canadian youth and children in Ottawa.

Vineet Srivastava

Mr. Vineet Srivastava accepted the role of president of Cistel Technology in July 2020, having previously served as their chief operating officer for close to 20 years. Prior to that, he had a successful career at Nortel Networks working on scientific teams and in senior management roles.

As a business leader with Cistel, Mr. Srivastava helped develop infrastructure and strategies to develop a wider base of services to offer their federal government clients. His leadership efforts yielded tremendous results leading to Cistel being one of the major suppliers of information technology services to the federal government.

Under Mr. Srivastava’s leadership, Cistel created a healthy, six-figure endowment fund at the CHEO Foundation in support of their research efforts. Mr. Srivastava personally supported Project Stitch at CHEO and was recognized with a surgery room being named after him and his wife. A long-standing community supporter, he participated in several major campaigns for both the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation and the Ottawa Hospital Foundation. He has served on the board of Chamberfest Ottawa for the past six years, including the last two years as co-chair.

Mr. Srivastava has been a charter member of TiE Ottawa since 2003, mentoring budding entrepreneurs and providing career guidance to dozens of young graduates, immigrants, and refugees over the past 18 years. He provided leadership in bringing TiECon Canada to Ottawa and served as the conference co-chair for its first two years. TiECon Canada is an annual conference that brings successful entrepreneurs and speakers to Ottawa, advancing the city’s reputation in entrepreneurship and high-tech industries.

Joe M. Thottungal

An award-winning chef and owner of the Coconut Lagoon and Thali restaurants, Mr. Joe Thottungal is also a community builder, inspiring and leading others to make a difference in their communities. He earned bronze, gold (locally) and silver (nationally) medals three years in a row from Canada’s Gold Medal Plates contest.

He is the director and chef of Food for Thought, where Mr. Thottungal donates food, staff and time for the annual A Taste for Hope and the Grinch Dinner fundraisers. He regularly donates food to the Shepherds of Good Hope soup kitchen, often cooking and serving it personally. Chef Joe’s contributions have enabled the Shepherds of Good Hope to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to assist vulnerable people in the community.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, when his restaurant was closed, Chef Joe turned his efforts to feeding people experiencing homelessness and those precariously housed. He rallied local chefs whose restaurants were closed due to the pandemic and helped gather the funds and labour to provide free hot meals to those in Ottawa most impacted by COVID-19. He manages the kitchen space in his restaurant, and cooks to make sure no one goes hungry. By the end of August 2020, Mr. Thottungal and partner chefs had produced more than 65,000 free hot meals for the city’s most vulnerable.

Mr. Thottungal has always prioritized community service, supporting charities or local fundraisers that address poverty and hunger in our community. For many years, he has supported local community organizations including Carefor, the Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital, the Ottawa Snowsuit Fund and the Bahamas Relief efforts.

Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching Recipient

Jean-Sorphia Guillaume

With a passion to work with and support less affluent citizens in our community and at-risk youth, Mr. Jean-Sorphia Guillaume worked for several years as a community and school social worker while teaching social work in college in Ottawa. Coupling his dream of a youth-focused career with his passion for sports, specifically football, he is now a teacher and head football coach at St. Matthew High School.

In 2016, Mr. Guillaume led the St. Matthew High School Tigers varsity boys football team to a city championship and a Metro Bowl (OFSSA) AAA provincial championship, their first event provincial bowl, in only his second year as coach. In 2016, he was runner up Coach of the Year, voted by Canadian universities. Coach Jean measures success by the number of his students who go on to college or university, particularly those from less affluent backgrounds. He believes that the mind of a student athlete should be nurtured just as much as the body, and he has created a mandatory study hall for all his players.

Given the outstanding recognition of the St. Matthew High School Tigers, in 2018, Coach Jean’s team was invited to play in the Freedom Bowl in Georgia, the only team from outside of the United States to be invited to this most prestigious American high school football tournament. The Tigers played against the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School from Florida, who had suffered the terrible loss of 17 victims, including their football coach, at a school shooting earlier that year. Leading a successful travel fundraising campaign, Coach Jean ensured full team participation in this special experience. For Coach Jean, it was about the value of student reflection and learning, bringing people together, humanitarianism, and sharing a common goal and love of a special game.


Over two million trees planted in Green Acres program

The City’s Green Acres Reforestation Program reached a major milestone this year, with the planting of the two millionth tree.

The program is a partnership between the City and its three local conservation authorities: Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority in the west, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority in central and South Nation Conservation Authority in the east. Through this program, residents with unused land can apply to reforest it and receive support to maintain the newly planted trees.

Green Acres generates significant benefits for the entire region. Along with producing oxygen, trees also capture carbon, clean the air, create habitat and help reduce the impacts of floods, droughts and erosion.

Quick facts:

  • The Green Acres Rural Reforestation Program was established in the year 2000 to help grow and maintain forest cover by replacing trees lost during the 1998 ice storm and well as to development and construction.
  • Green Acres has planted an average of 92,500 trees each year
  • Landowners commit to reforesting at least 1.25 acres with a minimum of 1,000 trees
  • Conservation authority staff help maintain the new trees for five years to maximize survival rates
  • The City provides annual base funding so the conservation authorities can work with willing landowners to create custom planting plans, order the seedlings and complete the planting each spring

The top Ottawa wards for tree planting include:

  • West Carleton-March (922,062 trees to date)
  • Rideau-Goulbourn (569,536 trees to date)
  • Cumberland (249,014 trees to date)
  • Osgoode (220,110 trees to date)
  • Plus 73,950 across the remaining Ottawa wards

While the 2022 program is already full, residents interested in reforesting their land are encouraged to visit ottawa.ca for more information.

For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). You can also connect with us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

QUOTES

“Forest growth and conservation has never been more vital. The work done through the Green Acres program by the City and its partners will play a huge role in combatting climate change and maintaining the beauty of our rural areas for generations to come.”

-Mayor Jim Watson

“The fact that the program is completely full until 2023 is a huge testament to our residents’ dedication to re-building Ottawa’s rural forests. I encourage all residents with empty land to consider applying for the Green Acres program and help us continue building on this milestone.”

-Councillor Scott Moffatt, Chair of the Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management

“Planting trees is one of the best ways to mitigate climate change and to protect our communities against extreme weather like floods. We are incredibly thankful to the City and its rural landowners for their commitment to this program.”

-Ian Cochrane, Forestry Manager, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority


Algonquin Wayfinding Wheel unveiled at City Hall

Yesterday, an Algonquin Wayfinding Wheel installed in front of the Heritage Building at Ottawa City Hall was unveiled by Mayor Jim Watson and the Algonquin artist who designed it, Simon Brascoupé, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg.

Inspired by the traditional four sacred directions, the Wayfinding Wheel reflects Algonquin culture and the history of the Algonquin territory. They will also be installed at all O-Train stations along with plaques that describe the significance of the depicted animals and symbols to the Algonquin peoples. The first wheel was installed at Pimisi Station in June.

Learn more about The story of the Algonquin Wayfinding Wheel, a symbol thousands of years in the making, on ottawa.ca.

The Wayfinding Wheel was designed through a participatory process involving Algonquin Elders and community members from Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation and Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, as well as representatives from the Algonquins of Ontario (AOO), which is comprised of 10 Algonquin communities in Ontario.

The design includes representations for all four compass directions and an orienting arrow that points north, along with important Algonquin symbols such as the canoe for transportation and animals that are important to the Algonquin peoples, including the moose in the centre of the design symbolizing food and strength.

The development and production of the Algonquin Wayfinding Wheels was funded through the Government of Canada Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) to help accelerate municipal investments to support the rehabilitation of transit systems, new capital projects, and planning and studies for future transit expansion to foster long-term transit plans.

 

Quotes 

“The installation of Wayfinding Wheels is respectful of traditional Algonquin territory, history and culture and provides general direction and orientation for travellers while subtly exposing them to meaningful Algonquin symbols.”

Mayor Jim Watson

“The design of the Wayfinding Wheel is an interpretation of what I heard and learned. The design is to help travellers’ wayfinding in their journey on the land. The wheels are attached to boulders called Grandfathers that honour Algonquin history in the territory since the beginning of time.”

Algonquin artist Simon Brascoupé


MEANINGFUL COLLABORATION WITH OUR FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL PARTNERS IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS IN OTTAWA

I am proud of the relationships we have maintained with our federal and provincial counterparts over the years, which have allowed our City to engage in meaningful dialogue to deliver on priority issues.

In order to make real progress on important city building initiatives, all three levels of government must work together with our residents and community groups.

Most recently, these strong partnerships have kept our residents safe and informed throughout the pandemic. Due in large part to our effective collaboration with the Province of Ontario, Ottawa boasts one of the highest vaccination rates amongst large cities in Canada and across North America.

With the federal election now behind us, we can once again look ahead to all the work the City has started with our partners at the provincial and federal levels.

The new year will be a great opportunity for us to roll up our sleeves and continue to make headway on key city-building projects like the following, just to name a few:

  • the addition of hundreds of new affordable housing units
  • continued dialogue and action to address ongoing public safety concerns
  • the “Adisōke” net-zero central library
  • the Chief William Commanda Bridge for active transportation
  • our electric bus conversion program
  • improving internet connectivity for our underserved residents
  • Stage 3 LRT

I also look forward to working with my former colleague on City Council and the newly-elected MP for Kanata-Carleton, Jenna Sudds, to secure funds for Stage 3 LRT, which will bring train service to Kanata, Stittsville and Barrhaven, three of the fastest growing areas of the city. Congratulations on your election, Jenna!

Finally, I am keen to work with our partners at the federal and provincial levels to ensure that Ottawa makes a strong economic rebound in the coming months with another big push on vaccines and a safe return to workplaces – especially in the downtown core – that will give a boost to our small businesses, which have been so impacted over the last 19 months.


Pedestrian bridge renamed to celebrate Marianne Wilkinson’s public service and leadership

The pedestrian bridge that connects north and south Kanata across Highway 417 has been renamed the Marianne Wilkinson Pedestrian Bridge, in honour of the long-time municipal politician and community leader. The new name was unveiled today by Mayor Jim Watson at a special ceremony attended by Ms. Wilkinson’s family, some Council colleagues and Kanata-Carleton MP-elect Jenna Sudds.

Ms. Wilkinson had a distinguished public service career, serving the residents in her Kanata community for more than 50 years. She was the first woman to run for March Township Council in 1970 and became the first woman Reeve of March Township in 1976.

As March Township Reeve, Ms. Wilkinson was involved with the amalgamation of the western townships that became the City of Kanata, where she was elected as its first mayor in 1978. When the amalgamated City of Ottawa formed in 2001, Marianne Wilkinson would continue to represent the interests of her residents as Councillor for Kanata North, until she left municipal politics in 2016.

Ms. Wilkinson’s commitment to her community went beyond the political service, as she was actively involved with many area charities and associations, including the Kanata Food Cupboard, the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre, and the Kanata Choral Association.

In addition to the wealth of knowledge and experience that she brought to the Council table, Ms. Wilkinson was instrumental in the construction of the Kanata pedestrian bridge, which now carries her name, and expanding the Beaverbrook community tradition of Give Away Week to the entire city.

 

Quotes

“Marianne has witnessed how our city has grown, evolved and changed over her 50-years of public service, and she has played a leadership role in that development. During that same time, she also inspired and witness changes for gender equity. Marianne served as a role model for young women to realize their potential and become strong leaders in politics and public service. The bridge is a fitting tribute to Marianne, as it is a concrete example of how she kept the community connected and served as a leader for others to follow in her footsteps.”

  • Mayor Jim Watson

Responses to Mayor Watson's Questionnaire to local federal election candidates

Mayor Jim Watson’s questionnaire was sent to local candidates and their party leaders on September 2, 2021. Below are the unedited submitted responses:

 

Question 1:

As the construction of Stage 2 LRT continues to Orleans, Riverside South, the Ottawa International Airport, Algonquin College, and Moodie Drive, the City of Ottawa has now approved two Environmental Assessments that set the stage for the extension of LRT to Kanata/Stittsville in the west and Barrhaven in the south. As part of Stage 3 LRT, the City will bring the comfort and environmental benefits of rail to some of Ottawa’s fastest growing communities. Does your party commit to negotiating with the City regarding 50 per cent of Ottawa’s Stage 3 LRT project?

 

Liberal Party of Canada

Yes. The Liberal government has invested historic amounts in public transit across the country, including in Ottawa’s LRT project. Since 2015, the Liberal government has invested over $13 billion in more than 1,300 public transit projects across Canada, building more than 240 km of new public transit subway and light rail line. We also established permanent public transit funding of $3 billion per year for Canadian communities.

The LRT has been a great success since its launch. It is revolutionizing the way the residents of Ottawa are moving around and, when you consider that by 2030 it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city by 100,000 tonnes, it is the equivalent of taking 25,000 cars off the road. We invested $1.15 billion in phase 2 of LRT to continue building on the system's success. We understand the importance of extending the LRT system via the Stage 3 project which will give residents of Stittsville and Barrhaven more convenient and cleaner options when they want to travel around Ottawa to work, shop and play. We believe strongly in local decision making through historic investments in public transit and we will continue to support local priorities. That’s why, working with partners, a re-elected Liberal government will immediately prioritize construction of the next phase of the LRT.

 

Conservative Party of Canada

Canada’s Conservatives are committed to improving public transit in cities across the country, including Ottawa. With Canada’s Recovery Plan, we will make investments in public transit projects that will put Canadians to work, cut commute times, and clean up the environment. A Conservative government will immediately prioritize the construction of the Kanata Light Rail Transit (LRT) project. This project would extend the track and add eight new stations from the Stage 2 LRT terminus at Moodie Drive to a new terminus at Hazeldean Road.

Canada’s Conservatives will also maintain the federal funding commitment to Stage 2 of Ottawa’s LRT project, which will add 24 new stations and carry up to 24,000 passengers per hour each way during peak periods once completed. We are also committed to the proposed VIA Rail high frequency rail project. The new routes will provide faster, more convenient travel to major urban centres on VIA’s Quebec City-Toronto corridor, including service from Ottawa to Toronto, Montreal, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec City, and other destinations in between. A Conservative government will also make repairs and improvements to Highway 174 between Orleans and Rockland to help reduce congestion and enhance road safety. When it comes to infrastructure projects writ large, we will return to the successful model of working in partnership with provinces, municipalities, and First Nations to encourage the use of public-private partnerships. We are committed to maintaining the Canada Community-Building Fund, which helps communities across the country build the infrastructure they need, from public transit to recreation centres to highways.

It was the previous Conservative government that made this program permanent and doubled its annual funding allotment. We believe the current government spent too much time announcing and re-announcing the money it planned to spend but has failed to get money out the door and shovels in the ground quickly enough. A Conservative government will reduce bureaucratic red tape in the application process for municipalities, so money can get out the door faster to where it’s needed. It’s time to put Canadians to work and start delivering important projects for the residents of Ottawa and for communities across the country.

New Democratic Party

New Democrats believe that LRT expansion is an effective way to improve public transit in Ottawa and boost economic development. Municipalities are already investing in improving their transit systems and making them more environmentally friendly - it's time they had a federal partner to help them do it.

New Democrats will put in place a permanent, direct, earmarked funding mechanism for modern public transit which includes permanent operational funding across Canada for the long term. We will permanently double the Canada Community-Building Fund.

A NDP government will also modernize and expand public transit in communities across Canada and ensure that federal transit funding is delivered with a focus on implementing low-carbon projects, such as zero-emission buses and electric trains; all with the goal of electrifying municipal fleets and other methods of public transit by 2030.

 

NDP Candidate- Angella MacEwen, Ottawa Centre

Angella MacEwen and New Democrats know that the LRT expansion is critical to ensuring people in our city can get around. It is an effective way to improve public transit in Ottawa and boost economic development. Our city is heavily investing in improving our transit systems and making them more environmentally friendly - it's time we had a federal partner to help us do it. New Democrats will put in place a permanent, direct, earmarked funding mechanism for modern public transit which includes permanent operational funding across Canada for the long term. We will permanently double the Canada Community-Building Fund. An NDP government will also modernize and expand public transit in communities across Canada and ensure that federal transit funding is delivered with a focus on implementing low-carbon projects, such as zero-emission buses and electric trains; all with the goal of electrifying municipal fleets and other methods of public transit by 2030.

 

NDP Candidate- Huda Mukbil, Ottawa South

Yes. It is essential that we quickly expand transit options and capacity in order to confront climate change. An NDP government would absolutely fund stage 3 of the LRT, and work to continue on an even more ambitious path to transit expansion. The NDP is also committed to working with all levels of government to ensure a more accountable and transparent procurement process. Ottawa residents deserve a transit system that works, and that should be the main priority in planning and devising a modern public transportation system.

 

NDP Candidate- Yavar Hameed, Ottawa West Nepean

Yes. The NDP is committed to expanding affordable rail services and creating a permanent, direct allocation-based mechanism for modern public transit. We are also committed to supporting municipalities that prioritize transit modernization in working towards fare-free transit.

 

NDP Candidate- Melissa Coenraad, Kanata-Carleton

Yes. The NDP will increase federal support for public transit projects across Canada through doubling the Canada Community Building Fund to support municipal transit projects (like LRT in Ottawa) and to electrify all public transit by 2030. This is an important component of our Green New Deal climate change plan. And this means an NDP government would support federal funding for LRT3 to Kanata.

 

Green Party of Canada-

Yes.  Support for the LRT can be assessed and negotiated as part of an assessment of Ottawa’s entire transit plan. LRT is only as good as the web of bus routes connecting to it. We should aim for affordable, convenient, and accessible transit. The core and overriding issue is moving our city away from its current reliance on privately-owned cars to a system of mobility and transportation for residents in which active transport and public transit are primary and predominant for urban dwellers. For that to happen, public transit needs to be competitive with the private car.

To build a sustainable city, long term financial issues need to be managed in an integrated way. This includes operational costs of public transit, the costs of sprawl, stopping investments in fossil fuel infrastructure including road widening and expansions for cars.

Support for the LRT can be assessed and negotiated as part of an assessment of Ottawa’s entire transit plan. LRT is only as good as the web of bus routes connecting to it. We should aim for affordable, convenient and accessible transit. The core and overriding issue is moving our city away from its current reliance on privately-owned cars to a system of mobility and transportation for residents in which active transport and public transit are primary and predominant for urban dwellers. For that to happen, public transit needs to be competitive with the private car.

To build a sustainable city, long term financial issues need to be managed in an integrated way. This includes operational costs of public transit, the costs of sprawl, stopping investments in fossil fuel infrastructure including road widening and expansions for cars

 

Peoples Party of Canada- David Yeo, Ottawa West Nepean

The People's Party of Canada would absolutely commit to negotiating with the city and the province of Ontario regarding funding 50% of Ottawa stage 3 LRT project. Further to this we would also enjoy discussing regional and provincial benefits to these extensions for both industry and local/provincial businesses.

 

 

Question 2

Will your party commit to discuss and negotiate on the required federal funding share of Ottawa’s Housing and Homelessness Plan?

 

Liberal Party of Canada

Yes. Housing is a top priority for the Liberal Party and Canadians. That’s why we launched Canada’s first-ever National Housing Strategy, introduced legislation recognizing the right of Canadians to access adequate housing, and tripled the federal government’s investment in homelessness prevention and reduction, and are on track to reduce chronic homelessness by 50% by 2027. In response to the immediate challenges of COVID-19, we launched the Rapid Housing Initiative, investing $2.5 billion to create at least 9,200 new units of affordable housing across Canada.

In this election, the Liberal Plan for Housing includes a $4 billion for a new Housing Accelerator Fund which will grow the annual housing supply in the country’s largest cities every year, creating a target of 100,000 new middle-class homes by 2024-25. This application-based fund will offer support to municipalities that: grow housing supply faster than their historical average; increase densification; speed-up approval times; tackle NIMBYism and establish inclusionary zoning bylaws; and encourage public transit-oriented development. This fund will support a wide range of eligible municipal investments, including red tape reduction efforts, and reward cities and communities that build more homes, faster. At the core of all of these measures is a commitment to building housing systems that provide permanent housing solutions to Canadians. We support the aspirations of Ottawa’s Housing and Homelessness Plan. A re-elected Liberal government will work with the City to make those aspirations a reality.

 

Conservative Party of Canada

Affording a home - to rent, let alone to buy - is slipping out of reach for Canadians across our country, and this is particularly true in Ottawa.

The primary cause is that supply simply isn’t keeping up with demand. Governments have not let Canadians build enough housing to keep up with our growing population. We need action - from all levels of government.

Canada’s Conservatives have a plan to make housing more affordable. We will treat this like the crisis it is. We will get shovels in the ground and build enough housing to get ahead of population growth.

With Canada’s Recovery Plan, we will swiftly address housing supply by building one million homes in the next three years. We will accomplish this by working with provinces and municipalities to build more housing near transit and releasing 15 per cent of the federal government’s real estate portfolio for housing.

We will also ensure that Canadians can afford the housing that we do have by keeping out foreign speculators, corruption, and laundered money that force up prices. We will ban foreign investors from buying home if they do not plan to move to Canada. Instead, we will redirect foreign investment towards purpose-built rental housing to help more Canadians find affordable housing.

To make mortgages more affordable, we will encourage a new market in seven- to ten-year mortgages to provide stability both for first-time home buyers and lenders and fix the mortgage stress test.

Our plan will ensure more Canadians can afford a home.

 

New Democratic Party

Yes. Canada is in the midst of a national housing crisis. Owning a home is out of reach for many Canadians while renters are paying more than 30 per cent of their monthly income on housing. And, in a country as wealthy as Canada, there is no excuse for allowing Canadians to live in poverty without a secure roof over their heads.

New Democrats believe that everyone has a right to housing. Here’s how we will resolve Canada’s housing crisis: we will start with providing up to $5,000 in immediate rental support to Canadians, which will help young people who make up a significant percentage of renters. New Democrats will also make it easier for young people to buy their first home by bringing back 30-year terms to CMHC insured mortgages on entry level homes that allow young people to make smaller monthly payments.

A NDP government will create at least 500,000 units of quality, affordable housing to address our country’s housing crisis over the next decade. We will provide a mix of units available: from co-ops, social, and non-profit housing in partnership with municipalities and provinces. New Democrats will also fight money laundering, which drives up housing costs and makes it impossible for young people to afford to buy a home.

A New Democrat government will also implement our plan to end homelessness in Canada within a decade.

New Democrats commit to working with the City of Ottawa to negotiate federal supports to helping the city implement its Housing and Homeless Plan and meet our national goals for ending the housing crisis.

NDP Candidate- Angella MacEwen, Ottawa Centre

Canada is in the midst of a national housing crisis. Owning a home is out of reach for many Canadians while renters are paying more than 30 per cent of their monthly income on housing. And, in a country as wealthy as Canada, there is no excuse for allowing Canadians to live in poverty without a secure roof over their heads.

Angella knows that everyone has a right to housing. Here’s how we will resolve Canada’s housing crisis: we will start with providing up to $5,000 in immediate rental support to Canadians, which will help young people who make up a significant percentage of renters. New Democrats will also make it easier for young people to buy their first home by bringing back 30-year terms to CMHC insured mortgages on entry-level homes that allow young people to make smaller monthly payments.

A NDP government will create at least 500,000 units of quality, affordable housing to address our country’s housing crisis over the next decade, which will amount to ten thousand units created in Ottawa Centre. We will provide a mix of units available: from co-ops, social, and non-profit housing in partnership with municipalities and provinces. New Democrats will also fight money laundering, which drives up housing costs and makes it impossible for young people to afford to buy a home.

A New Democrat government will also implement our plan to end homelessness in Canada within a decade.

Angella is committed to working with the City of Ottawa to negotiate federal supports to helping the city implement its Housing and Homeless Plan and meet our national goals for ending the housing crisis.

 

NDP Candidate- Huda Mukbil, Ottawa South

Yes. Our party is committed to vastly exceeding this plan, the NDP housing plan would build more than 30,000 units of affordable housing units across Ottawa over 5 years. We would fully fund and work to expand all models of affordable housing, including cooperatives and social housing. The NDP has a plan to eliminate homelessness in Canada over 10 years that would build on the hard work of local non-profits, community groups and municipalities.

NDP Candidate- Yavar Hameed, Ottawa West Nepean

Yes. Like the City of Ottawa, the NDP is committed to building affordable housing and putting an end to homelessness. The City of Ottawa’s proposed plans feeds directly into the NDPs housing strategy to create at least half a million units of quality, affordable housing in the next ten years. Our strategy also seeks to end homelessness by supporting the creation of more social housing and other affordable options while also enhancing other support services.

 

NDP Candidate- Melissa Coenraad, Kanata-Carleton

Yes. The NDP is committed to building 500,000 units of quality, affordable housing in the next ten years, with half of that done within five years. This will be achieved with the right mix of effective measures that work in partnership with provinces and municipalities, build capacity for social, community, and affordable housing providers, to provide rental support for co-ops. In order to kick-start the construction of co-ops, social and nonprofit housing and break the logjam that has prevented these groups from accessing housing funding, we will set up dedicated fast-start funds to streamline the application process and help communities get the expertise and assistance they need to get projects off the ground now, not years from now. We’ll mobilize federal resources and lands for these projects, turning unused and under-used properties into vibrant new communities.

 

Green Party of Canada

Yes. These are minimal goals. We favour first, more ambitious plans and building by the city; and secondly, negotiations with the federal government to finance large-scale building and much more supportive housing to replace shelters, so that shelter staff can transition to other supportive functions. The 500 spaces for the supportive housing do not begin to deal with the estimated 1,200 known homeless in Ottawa.

These are minimal goals. We favour first, more ambitious plans and building by the city; and secondly, negotiations with the federal government to finance large-scale building and much more supportive housing to replace shelters, so that shelter staff can transition to other supportive functions. The 500 spaces for the supportive housing does not begin to deal with the estimated 1,200 known homeless in Ottawa.

 

Peoples Party of Canada- David Yeo, Ottawa West Nepean

A PPC government will absolutely discuss and negotiate the required Federal funding for Ottawa's housing and homeless plan. A PPC government would institute rapid decentralization down to provincial authorities and ensure that when it comes to Federal fiscal responsibility, we would engage with the appropriate offices both provincially and municipally to provide oversight and not overreach.

 

 

Question 3

Will your party commit to providing long-term, stable funding so municipalities can play a meaningful role in tackling climate change at the local level?

 

Liberal Party of Canada

Yes. The Liberal Party is committed to a National Net-Zero Emissions Building Strategy to chart a path to net-zero emissions from buildings by 2050 with ambitious milestones along the way that apply to retrofitting existing buildings and new construction. As a part of this work, we are committed to continuing to support municipal climate change related projects.

This will build on our success through the Investing in Canada Plan. Through this plan we are investing more than $25 billion in green infrastructure between 2016-2028, which includes funding to improve energy efficiency in existing public and private buildings and to construct energy efficient and net-zero new builds. More recently, our government established the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings Program administered by Infrastructure Canada, which is investing $1.5 billion over three years in energy efficient retrofits and net-zero new community buildings. We also established the Building Retrofits Program administered by the Canada Infrastructure Bank, which is investing $2 billion over three years in deep and portfolio retrofits of public and private sector buildings.

In addition to these substantial investments, the Liberal Party has committed in our platform to:

  • Accelerate the development of the national net-zero emissions model building code for 2025 adoption.
  • Create a Low-Carbon Building Materials Innovation Hub to work directly with entrepreneurs,municipalities, provinces and territories, and Indigenous governments to ensure Canadianinnovations are best positioned to succeed.
  • Launch a community-led net-zero homes initiative that supports projects that pursue multiple concurrent retrofits in a community or neighbourhood, to reduce overall costs. This initiative will be modeled on the Dutch “Energiesprong” program.

 

Conservative Party of Canada

Canada’s Conservatives have a detailed plan to tackle climate change.

In addition to supporting significant investments in public transit for Ottawa, Canada’s Conservatives will work with the provinces to implement an innovative, national, Personal Low Carbon Savings Account. Canadians will pay into their account each time they buy hydrocarbon-based fuel. They will be able to apply the money in their account towards things that help them live a greener life, including buying a transit pass or bicycle, or saving up for an electric vehicle. Our plan will ensure that all Canadians can do their part to fight climate change, in the way that works best for them, and at a carbon price that is affordable.

Our comprehensive plan to tackle climate change also includes introducing a zero-emission vehicle mandate based on British Columbia’s, requiring 30 per cent of light duty vehicles sold to be zero emissions by 2030. We will work with provinces, territories, and municipalities to encourage the inclusion of a minimum number of EV charging spaces for new developments. We will also invest in transmission infrastructure to bring clean energy to where it’s needed and ensure the electricity grid can support the necessary growth in electric vehicles (EV).

When it comes to reducing transportation-related emissions, we will finalize and improve the Clean Fuel Regulations. We will reduce carbon emissions from every litre of gasoline (and other liquid fuels) we burn, turning them into a true Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Our Low Carbon Fuel Standard will be based on British Columbia’s policy to achieve a 20 per cent reduction in carbon intensity for transport fuels.

In order to kick-start building emissions reductions by 2030 and achieve significant, broad-scale reductions in building emissions by 2050, a Conservative government will introduce a Clean Buildings Plan.

The plan will provide a regulatory and financial framework that will facilitate Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC). This is a model that involves the private sector in financing and implementing retrofits and then being paid back through savings. Our program will be modelled after the SOFIAC program in Quebec. We will work with provinces and territories to promote ESPC for government and publicly funded institutional buildings. This includes a “2030 Bonus” that will provide an additional benefit for those buildings that complete their retrofits prior to 2030.

As part of our Clean Buildings Plan, we will also work with provinces, territories, and applicable utilities to put in place a Residential Building Retrofit Initiative. The initiative will provide an “efficiency concierge” service for homeowners that acts as a one-stop-shop to

access programs and information. We will also apply lessons learned from technology pilots and from government, institutional and commercial retrofits, to a residential context.

Navius Research independently reviewed the Conservative climate plan and found that it would be expected to achieve substantially the same emissions reductions by 2030 as the current government’s plan to meet Canada’s Paris commitment, while resulting in a boost to jobs and the economy.

The Conservative plan will reduce emissions and create good jobs in our advanced manufacturing sector, without making life harder for Canadians.

 

New Democratic Party

Yes. Canadians have been doing their part to fight an urgent public health emergency, but the need to tackle climate change has not gone away during the pandemic. We need a government that approaches the climate emergency with that same sense of urgency.

New Democrats are committed to fighting the climate crisis. New Democrats will provide $3 billion for disaster-related infrastructure to help municipalities proactively adapt their infrastructure to withstand floods, forest fires and other extreme weather events.

A NDP government will also create a National Crisis Strategy to support communities in responding to climate risks. We will scale up green infrastructure and work with local officials and all levels of government to ensure homes and businesses are prepared by retrofitting all buildings by 2050 and updating the National Building Code so that every new building built in Canada after 2025 is net-zero.

NDP Candidate- Angella MacEwen, Ottawa Centre.

Canadians have been doing their part to fight an urgent public health emergency, but the need to tackle climate change has not gone away during the pandemic. We need a government that approaches the climate emergency with that same sense of urgency. Angella is committed to fighting the climate crisis with the urgency it deserves.

New Democrats will provide $3 billion over 4 years for disaster-related infrastructure to help municipalities proactively adapt their infrastructure to withstand floods, forest fires and other extreme weather events.

A NDP government will also create a National Crisis Strategy to support communities in responding to climate risks. We will scale up green infrastructure and work with local officials and all levels of government to ensure homes and businesses are prepared by retrofitting all buildings by 2050 and updating the National Building Code so that every new building built in Canada after 2025 is net-zero.

Angella will also fight to develop a public alternative to the Canada Infrastructure Bank, to allow municipalities like Ottawa to borrow money to address the climate crisis.

Finally, Angella will fight to protect our local greensapces, trees and urban canopy so that we are not moving backwards on addressing the climate crisis. This will include ensuring we are not bulldozing our trees for parking lots and demanding federal funding when possible to protect our greenspaces.

 

NDP Candidate- Huda Mukbil, Ottawa South

Yes. The NDP wants to see Canada’s emissions drop by a minimum of 50% from our 2005 levels by 2030, that requires cooperation from all levels of governments, starting from the municipal level and up. I also realize however that there can be no climate justice without Indigenous voices, and here on unceded Algonquin land we can not build ourselves a greener future without the guidance of the land's longtime stewards and protectors. On all levels of government, we need consistent cooperation with our Indigenous communities to protect and sustain our planet.

 

NDP Candidate- Yavar Hameed, Ottawa West Nepean

Yes. My party supports numerous initiatives to tackle climate change at the local level, including smart community planning (e.g. active or zero-emission transportation), green infrastructure and creating green jobs, made-in-Canada resources for infrastructure projects, support for community-owned and operated clean energy projects, improved local waste management, improved standards for recyclable material and green housing.

 

NDP Candidate- Melissa Coenraad, Kanata-Carleton

Yes. The NDP has an ambitious plan to fight the climate crisis by eliminating fossil fuel subsidies, undoing the Liberals’ decision to let big polluters off the hook, cutting emissions by more than half to meet the 1.5 degree target that scientists say is necessary to prevent climate catastrophe, creating hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs by investing in clean energy, energy efficient affordable homes, electric transit, zero-emission vehicles, retrofitting all homes across the country, and creating a climate bank to invest in fighting the climate emergency. We see municipalities as important partners in achieving these ambitious but necessary goals.

 

Green Party of Canada-

Yes. The Green Party is fully committed to backing municipal climate action. It is unclear where the $2bn to reach the “City operations” target in your question comes from. According to Energy Evolution (section 5.2.4.1) $7.4B is required for the corporate target, of which $3.2B is required over the next five years to undertake priority projects.

Many of the investments proposed in the Energy Evolution plan are front-end loaded capital investments that will bear returns over time. However, to date the City of Ottawa has no long-term financial plan for climate finance, and indeed provides no climate funding on its own budget (Hydro surplus is off budget) aside from a handful of staff positions. It would be prudent for the City of Ottawa to establish professional capacity for climate finance in the Finance Department, plan for local contributions to the municipal climate budget and then use the current period of low interest rates to make proposals to other levels of government and the Infrastructure Bank of Canada.

The investments in local renewable energy generation (including partnering with community local investment), building energy retrofits (lowering utility bills), public transit (affordable!), and not least in the urban forest canopy will be well appreciated by the public. With awareness rising, the City must also ensure to do its very best to protect stands of mature trees, such as at the Dows Lake Experimental Farm new Ottawa Hospital site.

Lastly, the City of Ottawa should set up its own carbon budget, in order that citizens can learn what our fair share of emissions are and how we must flatten our local emissions curve.

 

Peoples Party of Canada- David Yeo, Ottawa West Nepean

First and foremost, the People's Party of Canada's position on climate is that, we believe Canada is only 2% of the climate problem. We further believe that China, India, and the United States of America are 98% of the global climate issue. Even if Canada were to go NetZero tomorrow for the entire country, we would still have a 98% issue globally when it comes to climate. Therefore, a PPC government would create a Nationalist approach to working with and being a part of those provincial and municipal discussions on how we can solve some of these issues locally within our own borders.

The PPC would further pull out of all Paris accords, we would provide oversight and add value to the negotiations, but we would no longer fund these international initiatives. This would repatriate billions of dollars back to Canada, so we could fund local and provincial innovation, along with industry inclusion, in finding ways to be more effective locally here in Canada.

 

 

Question 4

Is your party committed to a comprehensive strategy that includes additional funding for front line police officers to combat gun and gang violence, measures to control the influx of illegal weapons, and legislation to strengthen gun control? Will your government invest in programs and supports for youth and families at risk and other measures for building an inclusive city?

 

Liberal Party of Canada

Yes. Our communities should be safe and peaceful places to live and raise children. That is why, in May 2020, we took action to put a ban on the use, sale, or import of assault weapons most used in mass shootings and implement a buyback program for owners. Conservatives vowed to repeal this ban with the support of the gun lobby, which would legalize assault-style firearms in Canada. Liberals believe even stronger action is needed to get weapons designed for mass casualties off our streets and out of our communities.

At the same time, we are investing in prevention efforts and are providing $250 million directly to municipalities and Indigenous communities to give at-risk youth the opportunity to be engaged in activities to stop the spread of gang activity. This included funding to reduce border-related gang activity and prevent smuggled firearms from entering the country, enhance capacity for Royal Canadian Mounted Police investigations and firearms-related enforcement activities, and provided support to the Youth Gang Prevention Fund.

A re-elected Liberal government will:

  • Toughen our laws on banned assault weapons by making it mandatory for owners to either sell the firearm back to the government for destruction and fair compensation or have it rendered fully and permanently inoperable at government expense.
  • Crack down on high-capacity magazines and require that long gun magazines capable of holding more than 5 rounds be permanently altered so that they can never hold more than 5 rounds
  • Ban the sale or transfer of magazines that could hold more than a legal number of bullets, regardless of how they were intended to be used by the manufacturer.
  • Set aside a minimum of $1 billion to support provinces or territories who implement a ban on handguns across their jurisdiction, to keep our cities and communities safe.

We would also continue to combat gender-based violence and fight gun smuggling with measures we have introduced such as:

  • Lifetime background checks to prevent those with a history of abuse against their spouse or partner from obtaining a firearms license.
  • "Red flag" laws that would allow immediate removal of firearms if that person is a threat to themselves or others, particularly to their spouse or partner.
  • Increased maximum penalties for firearms trafficking and smuggling from 10 to 14 years imprisonment.
  • Enhancing the capacity of the RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency to combat the illegal importation of firearms.

We recognize that building strong communities requires supporting all Canadians at the heart of our communities. As a government we made historic investments to support youth and families at risk through funding for affordable housing, women's shelters, and the Reaching Home Initiative. We will continue working with municipal partners to find new opportunities to further support youth and families at risk.

 

Conservative Party of Canada

Canada’s Conservatives will work tirelessly to make our communities safer.

The increase in crime, and specifically in violent crime, in large urban municipalities like Ottawa, is deeply concerning and must be addressed. Canada’s Conservatives will tackle the gang violence we’re seeing in our communities and keep firearms out of the hands of criminals.

A Conservative government will hire an additional 200 Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers to help tackle gang violence and combat gun and drug smuggling in our communities.

We will amend the Criminal Code to make it easier for police and Crown Attorneys to go after gang networks and prevent unauthorized imports of firearms.

We will partner with the private sector to create a Gang Exit Strategy program to provide those trapped in gangs with the opportunity to escape a cycle of violence. The program will allow them to start fresh in a new location with gainful employment and the support needed to leave behind a life of crime. We will also work with partner organizations across the country to develop and expand programs to keep youth out of gangs.

A Conservative government will further provide $100 million over five years to support training for non-provincial police forces in the areas of sexual exploitation, cyber-security and online offences, and investigation of sexual offences.

Finally, the recent rise of hate crimes has justifiably horrified Canadians, and action is needed. Canada’s Conservatives will double funding for the Security Infrastructure Program. We will simplify the application process and remove the need to demonstrate risk, which often means that an institution has to experience a hate-motivated crime before being eligible for the program. We will allow funding to be used for a broader list of expenses, such as paying security guards and training volunteers.

 

New Democratic Party

Residents in Ottawa deserve to feel safe in their communities. Prevention is an essential part of community safety. New Democrats know that building a sense of community safety is not just about the absence of crime – It’s about making sure that everyone matters, that we address the root causes of crime, and that the justice system treats everyone fairly.

New Democrats will know that our investments community programs that increase social inclusion, promote public health, ensure food security, improve access to education and affordable housing, and increasing youth engagement,

helps to reduce the risk of crime while building an inclusive city.

We also support allowing municipalities to ban handguns and crack down on gun smuggling at the border.

NDP Candidate- Angella MacEwen, Ottawa Centre.

Everyone deserves to feel safe in their communities. When it comes to violence, prevention is an essential part of community safety. Angella knows that building a sense of community safety is not just about the absence of crime – It’s about making sure that everyone matters, that we address the root causes of crime, and that the justice system treats everyone fairly.

New Democrats will know that investments in community programs that increase social inclusion, promote public health, ensure food security, improve access to education and affordable housing, and increase youth engagement, helps to reduce the risk of crime while building an inclusive city.

Angella recognizes that the scope of policing has grown far beyond what Ottawa Police are trained to do, particularly in regard to responding to mental health crises. With the tragic death of Abdirahman Abdi right here in Ottawa Centre, it is clear that we need a shift in how we treat folks in crisis in our city, and a hard look at how budgets are being allocated towards policing versus social services.

 

NDP Candidate- Huda Mukbil, Ottawa South

Yes, in part. I will always fight for greater investments in at-risk communities. Housing, education, and social infrastructure are the keys to solving violence related issues in our communities. We need greater access to social and economic support services and should enable municipalities to ban handguns. More police funding is simply not the solution to the issues we face here in Ottawa. Increasing police funding does nothing but perpetuate the very same systemic failures of the force that disproportionately impact marginalized communities.

 

NDP Candidate- Yavar Hameed, Ottawa West Nepean

Yes. Our commitments to increasing police funding are strategic. The NDP will work to keep assault weapons and illegal handguns off our streets, and to tackle gun smuggling and organized crime. We will also ensure that communities have access to finding for anti-gang projects that help deter at-risk youth from joining gangs. Additionally, we will work to ensure that every major city has dedicated hate crime units within local police forces.

 

NDP Candidate- Melissa Coenraad, Kanata-Carleton

Yes. The NDP is committed to keeping assault weapons and illegal handguns off our streets permanently and will commit more resources to stop the smuggling of guns across the border from the US. As well, an NDP government will work with its partners to prevent violence at its roots by ensuring all young people in Canada have options for success and hope for the future.

 

Green Party of Canada-

You have written a jumble of a preamble and 4 questions that are not answerable in a yes/no reply.

We would re-phrase the questions as follows:

Is your party committed to a comprehensive strategy that includes (a) additional funding for front line police officers to combat gun and gang violence, (b) measures to control the influx of illegal weapons, and (c) legislation to strengthen gun control? Will your government (d) invest in programs and supports for youth and families at risk and (e) other measures for building an inclusive city?

Our answers are as follows:

  • We support items (b) through (e) above.
  • We oppose (a) as it is written.
  • We propose instead “funding for interprofessional and collaborative teams [NOT just front-line officers] to deal with violence

 

Peoples Party of Canada- David Yeo, Ottawa West Nepean

The People's Party of Canada is committed to a comprehensive strategy that includes funding for frontline police officers. Our strategy would take a more Federal approach whereby we would concentrate on the source, working with organizations like Canadian border protection services, our national and our intelligence agencies, we would go after the importation of these guns to further limit their availability on the streets.

The PC would then work with provincial and municipal offices to ensure, with oversight, that we reach the common goal of getting these guns off the street, is nullified and working with the provinces and municipalities guns and gangs units at the street level to ensure they have the tools required to conduct effective control of the situation

 

 

Question 5

As we start to rebound from the pandemic, is your party committed to supporting the hardest hit sectors in the coming months and years? If so, how?

 

Liberal Party of Canada

Yes. When we support Canada’s businesses, we support the workers, families, and communities that rely on them. Supporting businesses and their workers is at the heart of our plan to create jobs, strengthen the middle class, and grow the economy. We know that SMEs and not-for-profit community organizations have been hit hard by the pandemic. That is why we introduced the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, which has helped employers across the economy keep their workers on payroll. We also created the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) which has provided interest-free loans to almost 900,000 businesses.

In addition to these emergency programs, we have made sure that Canada has the lowest combined small business tax rate in the G7, and have moved forward on a plan to lower credit card fees for small businesses. We also successfully renegotiated a new NAFTA deal that safeguards tariff-free access for Canadian goods and introduced the Accelerated Investment Incentive to provide accelerated capital cost allowances for businesses of all sizes, in all sectors, and boost investment in Canada.

Throughout the pandemic, we’ve helped hundreds of thousands of businesses keep the lights on and protected over 5 million jobs. But we know that for some areas of the country and for certain sectors, the recovery remains uneven. That is why we have put forward a comprehensive package of support programs for small businesses and not-for-profit organizations to help them recover from the pandemic and build back better and stronger in the long run. This includes extending the Canada Recovery Hiring Program to March 31, 2022 so businesses can hire more workers and Canadians can get back on the job and providing Canada’s hard-hit tourism industry with temporary wage and rent support of up to 75% of their expenses to help them get through the winter. It also means providing microgrants and zero-interest loans to SMEs and improving the Canada Small Business Financing Program to increase annual financing by an estimated $560 million and expand borrower eligibility to include non-profit and charitable social enterprises.

 

Conservative Party of Canada

Through Canada’s Recovery Plan, a Conservative government will secure jobs and help businesses get back on their feet.

Our detailed plan to get Canadians back to work includes four major initiatives to create jobs:

  • The Canada Job Surge Plan: paying up to 50 per cent of the salary of new hires for six months following the end of the federal wage subsidy.
  • The Canada Investment Accelerator: getting companies spending money and creating jobs by providing a five per cent investment tax credit for any capital investment made in 2022 and 2023, with the first $25,000 to be refundable for small businesses.
  • The Rebuild Main Street Tax Credit: providing a 25 per cent tax credit on amounts of up to $100,000 that Canadians personally invest in a small business over the next two years, to get money flowing into main street businesses and create jobs.
  • The Main Street Business Loan: providing loans of up to $200,000 to help small and medium businesses in hospitality, retail, and tourism get back on their feet, with up to 25 per cent forgiven.

Canada’s Recovery Plan will provide additional targeted supports for the hard-hit tourism and hospitality sectors by introducing a Dine and Discover Program. The program will:

  • Provide a 50 per cent rebate for food and non-alcoholic drinks purchased for dine-in from Monday to Wednesday for one month, once it is safe to do so. Thi initiative will pump nearly $1 billion into this sector.
  • Launch the Explore and Support Canada initiative with a 15 per cent tax credit for vacation expenses of up to $1,000 per person for Canadians to vacation in Canada in 2022, helping our tourism sector get back on its feet.
  • Eliminate the Liberal escalator tax on alcohol.

Ottawa is also home to a growing number of innovative software and technology companies and start-ups. To help unleash Ottawa’s innovation, we will:

  • Introduce a “patent box” regime to cut the tax rate in half on income earned from patents on innovative products developed here in Canada. This will effectively make Canada a low tax jurisdiction for innovation and new product development.
  • Cover up to $10,000 of the administrative and legal costs of each of the first five patents filed by any Canadian small or medium-sized businesses to protect Canadian innovation.
  • Introduce the use of flow-through shares, based on the model that has made Canada a world leader in mining financing, to make it more attractive to invest in small tech start-ups.
  • Fix the broken Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) program by moving it from the CRA to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, simplifying the application process, and making it easier for software development to qualify.
  • Review all of the Government of Canada’s research and development programs to ensure that Canadian tax dollars benefit Canada and Canadian innovators.

Canada’s Conservatives have a comprehensive plan to get the economy firing on all cylinders, in every sector, and every region of the country, including in Ottawa.

 

New Democratic Party

Yes. The pandemic has changed the way we work and, as a result, impacted the workers and small businesses at the heart of our local economies. New Democrats have a comprehensive plan to kick start economic recovery by create over a million jobs while helping Canadians rebound.

We also recognize that tourism, hospitality, small businesses have been hard hit by the pandemic. We will support these sectors by making sure that small business wage and rent subsidies continue to flow until the economy is fully re-opened. New Democrats will also implement a long-term hiring bonus plan to pay the employer portion of EI and CPP for new or re-hired staff. We will cap high credit card merchant fees at a maximum of 1% to deal with longstanding issues that have hurt these sectors. We will foster entrepreneurship by providing dedicated support for the tourism sector.

New Democrats also want to ensure that workers, who are the backbone of these sectors and local economies, have supports regardless of where they work. We will provide paid sick leave, prescription drug coverage, and access to mental health supports to help workers. These efforts will stabilize the workforce and help accelerate economic recovery.

NDP Candidate- Angella MacEwen, Ottawa Centre.

The pandemic has changed the way we work and, as a result, impacted the workers and small businesses at the heart of our city and riding of Ottawa Centre. Angella and the NDP have a comprehensive plan to kick start economic recovery by creating over a million jobs while helping Canadians rebound.

She also recognizes that tourism, hospitality, small businesses have been hard hit by the pandemic, including some of our beloved festivals that make Ottawa the festival capital of the world. We will support these sectors by making sure that small business wage and rent subsidies continue to flow until the economy is fully re-opened. New Democrats will also implement a long-term hiring bonus plan to pay the employer portion of EI and CPP for new or re-hired staff. We will cap high credit card merchant fees at a maximum of 1% to deal with longstanding issues that have hurt these sectors. We will foster entrepreneurship by providing dedicated support for the tourism sector.

Angella also wants to ensure that workers, who are the backbone of these sectors and local economies, have supports regardless of where they work. We will provide paid sick leave, prescription drug coverage, and access to mental health supports to help workers. These efforts will stabilize the workforce and help accelerate economic recovery.

Finally, Angella will be a voice for the hundreds of downtown businesses that are struggling, and will demand that the Federal government come up with a plan for our downtown businesses that rely on federal employees. She will ensure BIAs like the Sparks Street BIA and the Bank Street BIA have a voice through her as the MP for Ottawa Centre in fighting for these small businesses.

 

NDP Candidate- Huda Mukbil, Ottawa South

Yes. We will continue supporting small businesses by expanding the current emergency financial support measures until the crisis is over, and to build back from COVID-19, we have to invest where it matters most  – in communities and families. Our plan will make historic investments to jump-start economic growth, get people back to work, and make life better for everyone. By making bold investments in priorities like community infrastructure and transit, affordable housing and energy efficient retrofits, pharmacare, long term care and training, we will create more than a million new jobs in a first mandate alone.

 

NDP Candidate- Yavar Hameed, Ottawa West Nepean

Yes. My party is committed to various initiatives that will support the sectors indicated in the question. The NDP will set up as a partner to foster entrepreneurship with dedicated support for Canada’s tourism sector. We plan to support many local businesses by means of Community Benefit Agreements. We will also put in place long-term hiring bonus to pay employers a portion of EI and CPP for new or rehired staff. Additionally, we are committed to protecting our heritage by funding Canada’s arts and culture industry.

 

NDP Candidate- Melissa Coenraad, Kanata-Carleton

Yes. Jagmeet Singh and the NDP has won more help for millions of Canadians in this pandemic, by increasing the wage subsidy to 75%, doubling and extending CERB, fought for and won support for youth, renters, small business, seniors, and sick workers. As PM, Jagmeet do what Justin Trudeau won’t do: make the ultrarich pay their fair share for the recovery and deliver on the things that people need: affordable pharmacare, dentalcare, housing, cellphones price caps, expanded sick pay, clean water, and climate action.

It’s about a future we can look forward to – more affordable, equal, hopeful and secure.

 

Green Party of Canada-

Yes. We will work with the City and regional partners to rebuild a tourism and hospitality sector grounded in the first instance in low-carbon tourism. We do not support a return to “business as usual” -- a return to tourism fed by high-emission transportation will not contribute to reducing Canada’s GHG emissions.

More generally, small businesses in particular should be nurtured and supported. Such programs need to target those most in need and whose contributions also serve the community socially and economically, as well as promoting a net-zero carbon footprint by 2040.

 

Peoples Party of Canada- David Yeo, Ottawa West Nepean

The People’s Party of Canada are absolutely committed to supporting the hardest hit sectors of this pandemic. We are committed to the fact that our recovery is dependent largely on our Fiscal Policy. After the repatriation of billions of dollars in international spending, we would aggressively work with provincial and municipal offices to ensure oversight in these areas that were hardest hit, allowing the provinces and municipalities to put a plan in place for their ability to rebound and be sustained.

Ottawa being largely a government town, we would work with the large departments like the CRA, the defense department and Shared Services Canada to ensure they have capacity plans in place that are receptive to ensuring that sectors that were most affected are also able to grow and prosper.

 

 

Question 6

Do you commit to doubling the gas tax transfers on a permanent basis and index it to the cost of living, so that municipalities can maintain their infrastructure in a state of good repair?

 

Liberal Party of Canada

Yes. We know that essential infrastructure Canadians rely on such as bridges, roads, water-systems, and community centres are the backbone of our communities. We also know that many municipal projects faced delays or cancellations due to the negative impact on municipal revenues from COVID-19. The Liberal government stepped up, and brought forward legislation to invest $2.2 billion to address infrastructure priorities in municipalities and First Nations communities. A re-elected Liberal government will continue supporting municipalities.

 

Conservative Party of Canada

NR.

 

New Democratic Party

Yes, when it comes to getting around, the people in Ottawa should be able to count on convenient and affordable public transit. New Democrats will permanently double the Canada Community Building Fund to support municipalities in meeting their transit priorities. New Democrats also commit to putting in place a permanent, direct, allocation-based funding mechanism for modern public transit across Canada for the

long run.

New Democrats believe that public transit is vital to boosting local economies, tackles climate change by taking cars off the road and cutting congestion and reducing systemic inequities that disproportionately hurt people who live in marginalized communities and rely on public transit as their primary commuting option.

NDP Candidate- Angella MacEwen, Ottawa Centre

The pandemic has reaffirmed for us all how close municipalities are to the daily lives of Canadians, and how significant the risks are of not ensuring they have the tools and resources they need to support Canadians.

Investing in municipalities and public infrastructure creates good jobs, makes our communities more livable, and helps fight climate change.

Angella’s vision as the MP for Ottawa Centre is one where our city can afford to build the infrastructure we need to thrive, from roads and bridges to community centres, long-term care, child care centres and everything in between. These investments will create good jobs for our community, and to get there, the federal government must partner with municipalities to deliver reliable public infrastructure funding that puts people – not profit – first.

The gas tax transfer is one of the few ways the federal government can directly support municipalities, and we want to ensure this is a reliable source of support from the Federal government. During the last Parliament, Jagmeet Singh called on the Liberal government to double the gas tax transfer for the next four years, because we are on the side of municipalities.

 

NDP Candidate- Huda Mukbil, Ottawa South

Yes. Municipalities shoulder a massive burden of cost without an adequate tax base, New Democrats will act immediately to increase transfers to municipalities to greatly expand their ability to act on the needs of their communities. Many of our plans, like moving toward free public transit, can only be implemented with the help of local governments. We are prepared to fund it, but need to work together to get it done. Large projects like expanding and maintaining wastewater treatment plans and storm drains require a consistent federal partner.

 

NDP Candidate- Yavar Hameed, Ottawa West Nepean

No. My party has not committed to doing this, but it is worth discussing at the federal level. If elected, I will bring this as a possible policy regardless of the government in power.

 

NDP Candidate- Melissa Coenraad, Kanata-Carleton

Yes. The NDP’s Jack Layton understood the importance of maintaining municipal infrastructure and was responsible for proposing and winning acceptance of transferring a share of federal gas tax revenues to municipalities. Today’s NDP will continue and expand this important program.

 

Green Party of Canada-

Yes. Once again, the “YES” above has to be qualified. The “gas tax” proposal can surely be no more than a temporary measure, given the federal commitment to phasing out vehicles powered by fossil fuels. A better example of federal funding would be an escalating and reliable Municipal Fund, a mechanism which is necessary but which does not now exist. We would work with municipalities and provinces to explore and implement more permanent forms of financing, such as municipal green bonds or the proposed Municipal Fund.

 

Peoples Party of Canada- David Yeo, Ottawa West Nepean

There are a number of initiatives that are going on within the People's Party of Canada's fiscal policy. One of those areas is the rapid decentralization down to the provinces so they have more autonomy to work both with the municipalities and jurisdictions that are underneath them and also with us at a federal level. To answer your question on investment specific to gas transfer taxes, we cannot at this time, commit on a permanent basis to a gas transfer tax that is indexed to the cost of living. A a number of initiatives like abolishing the GST and pushing that aspect of collection down to the provinces to help handle Healthcare transfers is one example of how the PPC would handle and help funding many of these initiatives. In the context of gas tax transfers, the PPC would need to look into alternate aspects at a federal level that could then delineate down to compensate for a commitment in infrastructure spending at the municipal which would involve also that commitment from the province.

 

 

Question 7

Governments can get more done for their residents when they work together. A number of projects underway in Ottawa depend on the collaboration of the federal government and the City, such as the revitalization of the Chief William Commanda Bridge, the new Ottawa Public Library/Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility, and the conversion of our OC Transpo bus fleet to electric buses. Does your party commit to proceeding with these projects that will greatly benefit our community and its residents?

 

Liberal Party of Canada

Yes. The Liberal Party agrees, important projects for building our communities and supporting Canadians require close collaboration between the federal and municipal governments. We have supported key projects of the City of Ottawa including a substantial investment to support the Ottawa Public Library/Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility of $34.5 million. We also invested over $8 million in the Chief William Commanda Bridge through the Investing in Canada Plan. And, thanks to leadership from the City of Ottawa and the federal government including local Members of Parliament, we reached an agreement with the Canada Infrastructure Bank to invest up to $400 million to support the conversion of the existing bus fleet to electric buses. A re-elected Liberal government will continue supporting the City of Ottawa’s priorities through the many municipality focused infrastructure programs the Liberal government will continue.

 

Conservative Party of Canada

NR.

 

New Democratic Party

NR.

 

NDP Candidate- Angella MacEwen, Ottawa Centre.

NR.

 

NDP Candidate- Huda Mukbil, Ottawa South

Yes. Our plan to electrify all buses across Canada by 2030 are ambitious, and we support any new projects that are sustainable and meet the needs of the local community. There is no doubt more work to be done to properly honour the vision and life of the late William Commanda.

 

NDP Candidate- Yavar Hameed, Ottawa West Nepean

Yes. This project aligns with the NDP’s platform and we support them all.

 

NDP Candidate- Melissa Coenraad, Kanata-Carleton

The NDP’s commitment to increase federal support for public transit projects through doubling the Canada Community Building Fund includes electrifying all public transit by 2030. This is an important component of our Green New Deal climate change plan. Federal commitments to the Chief William Commanda Bridge and to the new joint Ottawa Public Library/National Library-Archives Canada project will be honoured.

 

Green Party of Canada

A number of these projects are under way and should be continued but should also be part of overall plans with the other levels of government, and not be treated as one-off projects. They should contribute to both systemic change and to the other priorities noted elsewhere in this response and be part of long-range plans reflecting local engagement and feedback.

 

Peoples Party of Canada- David Yeo, Ottawa West Nepean

The People's Party of Canada understands that there are a number of ongoing projects for both revitalization and conversions at the municipal levels and we would be more than committed to discussions on how to best approach the funding of these very important projects that are beneficial to the local Ottawa community. The PPC would work tirelessly with both the province and the municipalities to provide required oversight but not overreach in these community-based projects.