Editorial: Ottawa's new city council must translate big ideas into action

By the Editor, Ottawa Citizen, October 23, 2018

Jim Watson ran a hyper-cautious, incremental re-election campaign. His chief rival, Clive Doucet, countered with a grab-bag of big, sprawling ideas. It turns out Ottawans may favour a bit of both: They’ve re-elected Watson, but done so just as some big city projects are about to take off – or fall flat.

(...)There’s the attempt to figure out a better future for the ByWard Market, and for Sparks Street. There’s a continuing controversy over building a large shelter for homeless men on Vanier’s main street. There’s a redo of the city’s Official Plan, setting out the broad parameters for how the capital will look and feel in the coming decades. More tall towers? More inclusionary zoning? More evolution toward being both an innovation centre and a truly “green” city?


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