Today's letters: Another threat to biodiversity

By Frank LeClair and others, Ottawa Citizen Letters to the Editor, May 17, 2019

Population explosion part of the problem

Re: Biodiversity crisis means changing our short-term psychology, May 13.

While biology Prof. James Schaefer makes some interesting points about human psychology, institutions and the question of whether we have all gone mad, his commentary, like so many others about the recent UN report on the biodiversity extinction crisis, leaves out a key factor in the discussion of possible solutions: the human population explosion.

(...)My bike helmet is not a weapon

I recently attended a couple Ottawa 67’s playoff games at TD Place Arena. Both times, I travelled by bicycle, and was stopped at security because I had a regular bicycle helmet with me. I was told it could be used as a weapon.

(...)Think outside the box on climate change

I am listening for the best plan to deal with climate change. The Liberals say: Tax and spend money. The Conservatives say: No tax and spend no money. Polls show, as happened in Ontario, that the Liberals are losing favour while the Conservatives are gaining.

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Auditor slams City of Ottawa officials over handling of Barrhaven housing development

By Randy Boswell, Ottawa Citizen, November 24, 2023

The City of Ottawa’s auditor general has slammed municipal officials for mishandling a major housing development in Barrhaven that involved extensive alterations of the Jock River floodplain to accommodate a sprawling new subdivision with nearly 1,000 new homes.

Auditor General Nathalie Gougeon has released a scathing, 14-page report detailing her team’s investigation into the project after allegations of mismanagement were made through the city’s fraud and waste hotline. The report has been tabled for discussion at the city’s audit committee meeting on Monday.

...The plan involved cutting away more than 100,000 cubic metres of soil along the north shore of the Jock and depositing more than 400,000 cubic metres of soil on adjacent land immediately to the north so houses could be safely built there, beyond any flood risk.

Find the whole article here.

Ottawa city council asks province to reinstate nine-storey building heights on minor corridors

By Blair Crawford, Ottawa Citizen, November 25, 2023

In a head-spinning move that has angered some community groups, Ottawa is asking the province to reverse its decision to override the city’s official plan on building heights.

A motion, approved by council this week in a 19-2 vote, instructs city officials to ask Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Paul Calandra to reinstate rules allowing higher buildings heights along minor road corridors. It’s something the city’s planning committee rejected two years ago, when it approved Ottawa’s new official plan.

At the time, city staff had recommended higher buildings, but council bowed to pressure and limited buildings along minor corridor roads to four storeys.

Pellerin: Speak up for the glorious, badly under-used, Rideau Canal

By Brigitte Pellerin, Ottawa Citizen Op-Ed, November 24, 2023

The City of Ottawa, the National Capital Commission and Parks Canada are launching a consultation on the Rideau Canal, and they want our opinions.

What they hope we do is complete a survey, attend a virtual meeting, visit a pop-up kiosk at Landsowne Christmas Market on Nov. 25 and send our comments. I’m going to skip right to the last step.

...Around here, we only think of roads for commuting. Everything else — even a lovely gem like the Canal — is for recreational purposes. It’s a failure of imagination that deprives everyone, residents and visitors alike, of truly magnificent public spaces in the nation’s capital.

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