Council Watch Updates

Let’s Not Forget About Our Wetlands

Do you remember when Bill 23, the More Homes Built Faster Act, was passed in Ontario in 2022? City Council recently examined the bill’s implications in regard to wetlands.

Ottawa’s Climate Plan Audit: How are we Doing?

Ottawa’s Auditor General just released her audit of the City’s Climate Change Master Plan. While we’re glad to have this accountability, the news is as you might expect: we’re in some trouble. We strongly encourage you to read the audit itself—it’s only 23 pages—but here’s a summary. 

What's the Zoning By-law, and how will it affect you?

Do you care about your home and the community that you live in? Do you consider yourself an active and engaged citizen? Have you ever wanted to make your community a better, greener, and healthier place to live? If you’ve answered yes to any of the above, then you should pay attention to the City of Ottawa’s first draft of the New Zoning By-law.

ECCC Approves Expansion and Permanence of Rain Ready Ottawa

Rain, rain, go away. Come again some other day. And when it does, Ecology Ottawa hopes the runoff is properly managed, for the sake of Ottawans and the environment.

What About Textiles in Ottawa’s Waste Management?

With the City’s Solid Waste Master Plan (SWMP) going through its final steps of consultation, EcoEquitable, a local charity dedicated to textile waste reduction and women’s empowerment, has a couple of suggestions for the textile waste portion of the plan.

Council Weakens Ottawa’s Approach to Climate Change

We’re very concerned by a recent effort by a City Councillor to weaken Ottawa’s efforts to combat climate change. Read on to learn what happened, understand why it's problematic, and take actions to help strengthen the climate approach in Ottawa.

 Climate action in Ottawa’s 2024 budget

City Council voted on December 6 to approve their draft budget for 2024. The budget contains some positive action towards addressing some of the crises Ottawa is facing: there is increased investment into housing, for example, and the City is reaching into its reserves to boost spending on affordable housing thanks to a motion from Councillor Kavanagh. The spending on climate, however, is somewhat underwhelming and contradictory.

Ottawa’s Budget 2024: New Year, Same Outdated Perspective on Climate Change

Even though the City’s own Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (CRVA) projects that “Ottawa will continue to become warmer, wetter and have more unpredictable extreme weather events over the coming decades,” the City of Ottawa’s 2024 Budget reveals a continued lack of ambition for environmental protection and climate action, threatening our ecosystems and communities.

Budget 2024: What We’d Like to See

Ottawa City Council will be determining the budget for 2024 this fall, as they do every fall. A city’s budget is crucial to its operations and the lives of its constituents: the budget represents in very real terms a city’s priorities. In a time of concurrent crises, it is important that real investments are made to protect our environment and our community.

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