What Ottawa is Talking About – 28 July 2021

29 July 2021

▪️ Ottawa wants to start searching AirBnb, Vrbo and other sites for violations of the new short-term rental law. The City has put out a request for software that will automatically scan rental sites for Ottawa rentals and identify rule breakers. The new law limits short term rentals to principle residences and cottages only. Rentals are also limited to 10 persons. [CBC] [Request for Proposal]

▪️ Apartment tenants upset with landlord neglects to tell anyone thieves stole bikes from storage locker. Thousands of dollars of bikes were stolen from the locker at Phoenix Apartments on Carling Ave. The landlord did not call the police or inform the tenants but did fix the broken window. [CBC]

▪️The City is looking to rename six parks and wants some feedback. The parks – including one ‘sitting area’ are:

  • Bradley Commons Park, located at 331 Cranesbill Road, to Bradley-Craig Park
  • Atlas Park, located at 875 Atlas Terrace, to Bob Mills Park
  • The new Stittsville Main Street sitting area, located across from Village Square Park at 6000 Abbott Street East, to Bradley Square
  • Uplands Park, located at 3165 Uplands Drive, to Shirley Seward Park
  • The anticipated Orléans Health Hub park to Dr. Émile Major Park
  • The unnamed parkland located at 100 Highgarden Terrace to Bert Dowler Park
  • Rideauview Community Centre Park, located at 4310 Shoreline Drive, to Joan O’Malley Park
  • Shetland Park, located at 24 Shetland Way, to Laura Dubois Park

The City wants comments via email – [email protected] – but no form. We all know the rules: if the City doesn't create an online form, it doesn't really want to know.

 [City of Ottawa

▪️The City is also looking for people to join the Anti-Racism Advisory Table, which will inform the City’s anti-racism strategy. The group will address six priority areas: employment equity, housing, governance, economic development, health outcomes, and youth development. All Ottawa residents from Indigenous and racialized communities that are 18 years of age and older are eligible to apply.

The City has set up an application form here, so make of that what you will.

[City of Ottawa

▪️​​​​​​​A new electric car charger has been installed at the Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Centre in Orléans. There are  10 charging stations at city owned facilities with plans to expand that to 24. [CTV]

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