What Ottawa is Talking About – 21 July 2021

21 July 2021

▪️ Rideau-Goulbourn Ward councillor Scott Moffatt and Kitchissippi Ward councillor Jeff Leiper are the new joint chairs of the City's planning committee. Capital Ward councillor Shawn Menard also joins the committee. The chair position and the vacancy on the committee occured after councillor Jan Harder resigned following a report from the city's integrity commissioner. [CTV]

▪️Chelsea residents are suing developer for shutting down organic farm. Residents say that they bought homes in the area because of Hendrick Farm. The developer promised that one per cent of each home sale would go to the Hendrick Farm Foundation to support the farm. The residents are suing because the farm is being converted into mixed uses, including picnic tables, walkways, and a possible skating rink. [CBC]

▪️Judge says that Gatineau mansion was built too close to the street and orders it demolished. The owner argued that he had been given all the proper permissions and paperwork, the City claimed that an employee made an error. The legal fight has gone on for eight years. The judge pointed out that the City did not ask for the mansion to be demolished but ordered it anyway. [CBC]

▪️The Ottawa Police Service will propose three funding options to the public: no increase, 1.5% increase, and 3% increase. Police Chief Peter Sloly promised a consultation process which will include academics and researchers, plus a website survey. [Ottawa Citizen]

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