The Transportation Safety Board has written an update to the City. It says that the causes of the O Train derailment in 2021 and the wheel failure last year are design flaws in the trains made at the City’s request.

Worse, the Board says the problems will ‘continue to pose a risk to safety until the issues are resolved’.

As pointed out by Ottawa Bulldog, in the 2021 derailment, the O Train travelled the length of four and a half football fields before it stopped.

Renée Amilcar, the city’s transit general manager, says that she can ‘can confirm that all enhanced system safety measures in place align with TSB suggestions’ and that the O Train is safe to ride. (Memo from Renée Amilcar)

Ottawa Bulldog, again, points out that is not what the Board said. Rather, the report reads: ‘To date, other than ongoing cartridge assembly free play monitoring, no concrete steps have been taken to resolve the safety deficiency identified in the (Rail Safety Advisory)’  and ‘no concrete steps have been taken to resolve the safety deficiency’.

You can read the Transportation Safety Board update here.

– Martha and Darren



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    • $126 per day
    • – The high-end of estimates what it will cost civil servants to travel back to the office. It’s cheaper if you don't have kids, walk to work, and don’t eat out. (Catherine Morrison in the Ottawa Citizen

    Ottawan of the Day


    • Being dual-hatted does not mean Mr. Fergus can circumvent the rules of the Act by simply wearing his MP hat to sign a letter of support to an administrative tribunal’
    • – The Federal conflict of interest and ethics commissioner Mario Dion as he ruled against Hull-Aylmer MP Greg Fergus. Fegus, who is also New Edinburgh resident Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's parliamentary secretary, wrote a letter to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission supporting a television stations request for mandatory carriage on cable systems. MPs can write letters of support but parliamentary secretaries and cabinet ministers cannot. (Peter Zimonjic at the CBC) (Fergus Report)


    • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 3 – New York Islanders 2 last night


    🏞️ Parks Canada

    • The 5,000 employees of Parks Canada, represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada, says that they are at an impasse over their contract. The Alliance says that it believes that Parks Canada does not have the authority from the Treasury Board to meaningfully negotiate. The Alliance is looking for more money, job security for contract workers, mental health support, and a paid allowance for workers who need to use an Indigenous language. The Alliance said that contract terms must be gender neutral have already been agreed with Parks Canada. (Catherine Morrison in the Ottawa Citizen)

    💰 Grants

    • The City has opened applications for the 2023 Community Environmental Projects Grant Programme. Eligible grantees are non-profits ‘undertaking small-scale, community-based initiatives that support an environmentally sustainable Ottawa’. The pot is $52,000 with most grants averaging $3,200. (Apply)

    🐦 For the Birds

    🏒 The Sens

    • Ryan Reynolds has found a moneyed partner in Toronto-based real estate developments the Remington Group. Should the group win, Reynolds plans to make a show like he did with his Welsh soccer team, Welcome to Wrexham and the Remington Group would move the team to a LeBreton Flats development. (Bruce Garrioch in the Ottawa Sun)

    🪅 Heritage Buildings

    • We mentioned yesterday that changes in Ontario’s heritage lawsencourged the City’s Built Heritage Committee to protect the 1906 former École St-Pierre, 353 Friel Street in Sandy Hill (PDF).

      The rule change is part of the Province’s ideas of building new homes. Municipalities must make their lists of heritage properties by 2024 or wait until their next chance in 2029. 

      Ottawa has 4,600 building on its wish list which must be vetted before being put on the heritage list. 

       (Joanne Chianello at CBC)


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    • The snowshoeing season begins at Mādahòkì Farm today. The Legacy Trail and acres of other new trails will be open. You can rent snowshoes at the site or bring your own. Watch for signs identifying animal tracks, and learn their Algonquin names. The trails are open Thursdays to Sundays from 11:00am to 4:00pm. 4420 West Hunt Club Road. 


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    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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