What Ottawa is Talking About – 21 April 2022

21 April 2022

▪️A sixth woman has come forward with harassment allegations against College ward councillor Rick Chiarelli. Her allegations are even creepier than some of the stuff that got Chiarelli disciplined by the City's integrity commissioner. We won't go into it because it'll put this newsletter into your spam folder. Chiarelli denies all the allegations – both the ones that got him disciplined and the new ones. [CBC]

▪️The National Capital Commission has prepared a report on replacing 24 Sussex Drive with a new, modern Prime Minister's residence. The report doesn't have architectural designs but does include a wish list: dining for 125 guests, meeting rooms and office space, and private living space for a family with four children and three guest rooms. The currently abandoned 24 Sussex Drive was only used for living space, guest lodging and meetings were done elsewhere. The NCC report also acknowledges that a new Prime Minister's residence could be located somewhere else other than 24 Sussex. [Toronto Star (but linked to News of Canada because of paywall]

▪️The City will endorse sewer insurance company for another five years. There was controversy last year after Service Line Warranties of Canada sent out mailings with the City of Ottawa logo that confused many, wondering if it was a scam or an official invoice. The reality turned out to the company is a legitimate insurer and the City had previously agreed to allow its logo to be used. The City encourages homeowners to get insurance for their sewer and water lines as the City is only responsible up to the property line. The new five year agreement allows City Councillors to view any mail outs by Service Line Warranties before they are sent. [CBC]

▪️The Stittsville Goulbourn Horticultural Society is looking for donations of 100 Ontario native plants for Lee Boltwood Park. There are ambitious plans to transform the park, but there are limits: there is no water for plants except rain and the neighbours want the park to attract bees. The society is looking for donations of Monarda (Bee Balm and Wild Bergamot), Black-eyed Susan, Creeping Phlox,  Evening Primrose, Coreopsis, Coneflower, Helianthus, Heliopsis, Yarrow, Gaillardia, Goldenrod, Liatris, Bloodroot, and Canadian Anemone. [Stittsville Central]

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