Monday July 12, 2021

What Ottawa is Talking About – 12 July 2021

▪️Councillor Shawn Menard wants to see the costs of expanding the surburbs before voting on the Official Plan. Menard (Not Shawn Mendes. Not Shawn Mendes) says that staff have said that servicing new housing areas are more expensive than servicing existing areas, but he wants the actually figures of what it will cost taxpayers. The official plan will be debated by council in September. [CBC].

▪️Carling Avenue will have seasonal bicycle lanes extending from Sherwood Avenue to Cambridge Street South.  The lanes will be softly divided – using traffic cones – and should be open this week. [Shawn Menard]

▪️Some West Enders are skeptical that dead cats in the area are the result of coyotes. Based on a necropsy from a vet school, Ottawa Police said that the area did not have a human cat killer but an animal predator. Residents say that they don't see signs of attacks in the area and want a second opinion. [Capital Current]

▪️The BlackJacks will welcome fans to TD Place on July 17. The Canadian Elite Basketball League will be the first local sports team to have live fans in the stands since the pandemic began. The team is allowed to have 1,000 fans in the stands, which can hold 24,000. [Ottawa Start]

▪️Alistair Steele has an interesting yarn about how Canada spirited Britain's gold reserves out of the UK and into the basement of the Bank Of Canada during the Second World War [CBC]

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