What Ottawa is Talking About – 17 November 2021

17 November 2021

▪️The City knew that the Confederation Line had reliability and maintenance problems before they accepted delivery from the builder. John Manconi, the former head of transportation for the City before he retired last month, exchanged emails with the system builder, complaining that reliability was not where it needed to be and that vehicles require maintenance more than they should. [CBC]

+ Related Bus replacement service has ended now that the Confederation Line has run nearly a week without derailing. OC Transpo says there are very few passengers using the service.

▪️Federal employees who lost money because of the Phoenix payroll system can apply for compensation. Those who endured financial costs, mental anguish or other personal impacts of over $1,500 are eligible. The Phoenix system was supposed to streamline civil servants payroll but instead underpaid or didn't pay many people or overpaid people, resulting in tax issues. Some issues went on for years.  [CBC] [Compenstation for employees]

▪️The Ottawa Riverkeeper wants to move into the cool old boathouse in Rockcliffe. The boathouse is owned by the National Capital Commission and has long been the home to the Ottawa New Edinburgh Club but is now in renovations to allow two more tenants. Ottawa Riverkeeper says it will do better work if it is located on the river rather than an office building in Centretown. The Ottawa New Edinburgh Club has been operating out of shipping containers nearby during the renovations. [Capital Current]

▪️Carleton University says that most classes in the winter session will be online. Some students are upset because they had to move to Ottawa for the autumn sessions but now will be studying online in an expensive city. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Ottawa Carleton District School Board is again allowing community access to high school gyms. Fully vaccinated only. [Ottawa Citizen]

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