Tomorrow evening Ottawa’s top coffee-shop Planet Coffee hosts a “Pearls for Girls” evening from 6-8PM in the Byward Market. Planet Coffee teaming up with a charitable opportunity means your on to a buzzing time and the opportunity to pair holiday shopping with fundraising aimed specifically at building the confidence and leadership skills of young women in Lesotho. The Pearls 4 Girls program has both fundraising and education components. Funds are raised through the sale of beautiful pearl jewellery in support of transformative leadership programs for girls in Lesotho. Each purchase is an important contribution towards something bigger than a piece of jewellery – it is a commitment to gender equity and the belief that girls can make a difference. All proceeds raised through the sale of Pearls 4 Girls jewellery goes directly to Help Lesotho. Pearls for Girls Thursday Nov 20 6-8PM Planet Coffee – 24a York St in the Byward Market
Visionary thinking could uplift not only the Byward Market but all of Ward 12. I love libraries, including our 60’s- style current Central library at Laurier & Metcalfe. A library at the heart of the Market in sites that are only car parks and with underground parking could truly transform local perception of why we go to the market. This type of infrastructure would brand the market as a local as well as a tourist destination. Further, libraries world wide are of course visited by tourists so this idea doesn’t negate but only uplifts the current profile. Currently Bayview is under consideration for the location of the ‘Central’ library which may be handy for Hintonburg but what about those in Centretown, Lowertown, the Glebe etc who chose to live downtown so they can walk and bike to use service rather than drive. Ward 12 and the market needs an advocate that stands up for preserving not only the physical heritage but also the historical importance of the Byward market as a core part of our city and not simply a tourist destination. A candidate who proposes workable positive and truly transformative ideas is one definitely worth very serious consideration.
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Tagged Byward BIA, Byward Market, Catherine Fortin-LeFaivre, Central Library, Downtown Rideau, Marc Aubin, Mathieu Fleury, Ottawa, Rideau, Sandy Hill, SandyHillSeen, Vanier, Ward12
The race for the Ward 12 Rideau-Vanier is nothing if not exciting. With many issues from homelessness, the urgent need for revitalisation, committed representation, smart place-making and increasing modal-share just to name a very few.
Monday night will be the first All Candidates debate – strictly on transportation issues – in our ward and it is taking place 7PM at 159 Murray. Transportation touches on so much and is an integral part of making Ward12 a full success ensuring room for pedestrians, patios, and all modes of transit. Prep some tough questions and come here how your candidates respond.
Another week, another Campaign launch for the Rideau-Vanier Councillor seat in Ward12!
Tomorrow, Thursday July 3rd, Marc Aubin launches his campaign at local favourite Das Lokal at 190 Dalhousie St. 5-8PM
Wonderful to see so much advocacy and involvement in local politics – with the level of interest being shown there is no way but up for Ward12.
We’re mad for politics and have no doubts about the fantastic potential of Rideau-Vanier. This Ward should be a crown jewel amongst Ottawa neighbourhoods given it’s historic significance, it’s creative, diverse edge and it’s proximity to absolutely everything.
Council elections are this fall and we urge all Ward 12 residents and businesses to get out and meet the Candidates. An informed decision is the best decision. Let’s meet and greet the Challengers & Incumbent to find out who is going to activate & best champion the potential in our Ward. Let’s looks for committed vision and pragmatism to make improvements now.
Tonight, in the Byward Market, Catherine Fortin-LeFaivre is launching her campaign. Fortin-LeFaivre has worked extensively in the back rooms of Federal politics and tells us she is committed to taking her experience and acting locally in the community’s best interest.
Come out to meet Catherine and tell her what’s important to you.
Peter Devine’s 73 Clarence St in the Byward Market
As per our tweet yesterday afternoon:
It is with great excitement that we learned about the extension of the segregated Laurier Bike Lane in to Sandy Hill.
The extended lane will be segregated from Elgin St to the Queen Elizabeth Drive turn-off and from there it will be a painted lane across the bridge up to Cumberland St.
Mayor & us at Ride of Silence – advocating for safe cycling
As a strong advocate of safe infrastructure supporting the use of urban “destination” cycling for all from 8-80 years we applaud advancement. Thank you City & Mayor Jim Watson for making this extension happen.
We urge the Mayor to consider extending this work, at least with painted line, – though segregated would be much better esp for those unsure or with young children – across King-Edward to Chapel St. This further extension would lead nicely – via a right-hand turn – to the soon-to-be build Donald St -Strathcona Park bridge connecting us to Vanier & Overbrook. While a left hand turn off Laurier at Chapel would take cyclists smoothly through Lowertown to Beausoleil (Ottawa’s 1st Bike-only interesection) and up York across King Edward in to the Byward Market. This network would truly unite all of Rideau-Vanier Ward 12.
It would be Ottawa’s first fully connected, full Ward cycle network – Let’s do it!
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Tagged Bike Lane, Byward BIA, Byward Market, Laurier Avenue, Laurier Bike Lane, Mayor Jim Watson, Overbrook CA, Sandy Hill, Sandy Hill Seen, Segregated Bike Lane, Vanier, vanier cycles, Ward 12
The race is heating up in Ward 12 for the municipal elections this fall and some strong, visionary voices are speaking out for positive action in Rideau-Vanier.
This week Catherine Fortin-LeFaivre challenged incumbent Councillor Mathieu Fleury’s view that the market “is safe” and more tellingly spoke of measures to increase pedestrian & cycling safety to transform the area making it safe and welcoming to all comers.
We look forward to hearing more pragmatic solutions from each of the Candidates to create and build the most vibrant Rideau-Vanier possible.
Read the metro’s interview with Catherine here: Rideau-Vanier Candidate Fortin LeFaivre Speaks out on Ward Safety.