McLeod: Ottawa’s ‘flex space’ stretched by automobile overuse

What’s flex space, you may ask? Basically, it’s a type of shared street space. If the city feels that there’s not enough space to accommodate all uses of a street—or that demand is not consistent enough to devoting space to a specific use 24/7—they’ll deem some of the space “flex space”. It’s like multi-use space, though usually only one use can happen at a time.

First look at Ottawa’s new LRT trains

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has revealed the first images of Ottawa’s new LRT train, which, if all goes according to plan, will begin carrying commuters in 2018. The assembly line pic reveals a red, white and black streetcar look with the city’s “O” logo on the front beneath the windshield. Watson posted the picture to…

Ottawa city council shows innovation ignorance

When are open markets not really open? What politician ever saw an issue he or she felt unworthy to comment on? These two questions were the underlying themes last week when a motion was brought to Ottawa city council to support the CRTC in its bid to force big telecoms to open up their fibre…

Companies vying to bring radio stations serving Indigenous Canadians to Ottawa

Five organizations have submitted 12 applications to operate new radio stations serving Indigenous Canadians, including two for Ottawa. How quickly the process unfold for any potential stations here is yet to be determined, however. In June 2015, the CRTC revoked a company called Aboriginal Voices Radio’s licences for its radio stations across the country due to what…

Ottawa Police unveil 911 texting feature

Ottawa residents in the deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired (DHHSI) community now have the option to text 911 for help. The Ottawa Police Service unveiled the new feature Wednesday “In the past, members of the DHHSI Community have had to rely on a TTY system attached to their land lines at home to…

Ottawa planning bid for 2021 Canada Games

Ottawa will be among the bidders for the summer Canada Games, which will be held in Ontario in 2021. The Canada Games council officially launched the bid process on Wednesday. The city’s sports commissioner, Innes Councillor Jody Mitic, told the Ottawa Report the capital will be among the communities vying for the competition, but couldn’t…

City, transit union reach tentative labour agreement

The city of Ottawa and the union representing transit workers have tentatively agreed to terms for the renewal of their collective agreement, which will now be sent for ratification by both council and union members. “I am writing to advise that, early this morning, the bargaining teams for the City of Ottawa and the Amalgamated…

McLeod: Like Watson, we must confront misogyny head-on

No politician is perfect, and certainly not Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. There are many valid reasons to disagree with him, whether it be transit, budgets or development decisions, but we should all agree with him in his rejection of misogyny and the Pick-Up Artist movement. It all came about when the mayor got wind of…

Callaghan: LeBreton bids offer two distinct visions

The anticipation building up to last week’s unveiling of the two proposals for the redevelopment of LeBreton was so high that some people couldn’t even wait to react. Literally, some pundits, and even politicians (who should know better) were prejudging the bids based solely on cryptic detail-free leaks and a mountain of assumptions. When the…