Councillors call for city infrastructure to be better suited to extreme weather

By Andrew Duffy and Catherine Morrison, Ottawa Citizen, August 11, 2023

Knoxdale-Merivale Coun. Sean Devine wants Ottawa city council to commit to a more robust defence strategy to guard against the effects of the region’s increasingly severe weather.

...Devine said the city had faced an ice storm, river flooding, several tornadoes and extreme rainfall in the past five months alone and needed to accept that this region faced a new climate reality.

“We, as a responsible government, have to act accordingly,” he said. “The city just has to adapt our planning, our budget, the way we use our personnel, to reflect the fact this has to be one of our top, ongoing priorities. We have a number of priorities — transit, housing — but this has to be one of them.”

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