Last week Ward 12 resident Thierry Harris stood up at the All Candidates debate and through his questions revealed a watershed moment in terms of the imbalance between the rights of the individual versus those granted to corporate builders while the City of Ottawa stands by .
Our house shook for a few months when Stewart St was torn up. The noise was incredibly irritating and slightly concerning yet absolutely nothing in comparison to what these neighbours to the St Partick / Bruyere Claridge Homes WaterStreet build have been subjected too over the last 11 months.
The homes of Thierry Harris and at least 4 of his neighbours literally move and shake. The sound of industrial machinery is relentless and deafening. The ceiling of his neighbour’s well-appointed office has collapsed covering work and computers. Entry handles are dismantled and re-assembled when doors no longer open and close properly. Floors tilt as heavy machinery drills down underneath to accommodate underground parking. Walls with many deep cracks and crumbling portions are duct-taped to prevent further erosion and keep cold air at bay. Recently the waterproof membrane was torn from Harris’ foundations by the considerate builders of the 5-storey condo that has penned in his small yard and completely eradicate his view as the build is literally up to his property line.
Citizens for Responsible Development (CRDOttawa.org) are doing an excellent job providing an online showcase for the damage, the frustration and the helplessness of these home-owners. Please visit the CRDOttawa website and browse the portfolio images and video – the few words here do not do justice to this situation.
The current councillor, Mathieu Fleury, cannot advocate for these resident as he has declared a Conflict of Interest where this particular builder is concerned. However I would say this goes beyond the issues of one Councillor and one Ward. This is a City wide problem that requires action.
It really doesn’t matter which ward you live in – City-wide regulation is clearly desperately needed to protect home-owners and provide clear enforceable guidelines for new-builds particularly those that dwarf and compromise the existing architecture in a neighbourhood. No one builds a two-storey town home to the specifications to withstand this sheet metal piling and drilling required for a condo tower.
Harris is a Rideau Vanier resident but this could happen any where in a city where many municipal candidates and even our Mayor have campaigns bankrolled and/or endorsed by Developers. All Ottawa residents should have up-front protection against such invasive developments and stop-work regulations should be issued long before this level of damage is ever incurred.
It’s time for change in regulations and it’s time for change in how elected officials fund their campaigns if residents are to expect political will in their favour. The electorate deserve representation that speaks up to protect individuals over corporations and in this instance Ottawa’s current municipal politicians must take decisive action to protect these peoples’ homes.
Please visit Citizens for Responsible Development Ottawa for comprehensive coverage.
Posted in Local Politics
Tagged Catherine Fortin-LeFaivre, Citizens for Responsible Development, Claridge Homes WaterStreet, CRDOttawa, Lowertown, Rideau, Sandy Hill, Sandy Hill Seen, Thierry Harris, Vanier, Ward 12
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
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.
Today from 3-8PM at the Rideau St Library (377 Rideau) is the Open House for the Rideau St re-design. Cllr Fleury’s office explains this is a pop-in Open House to inform the public of aspects of the 2005 Community Design Plan (CDP) that are to be reviewed and revised in the next edition “to provide clear direction for future development.” Read more on the reasons for reopening the CDP and the items affected (e.g., Building height, traffic management, etc) here.
Today is the first opportunity for the community to get their vision across for this stretch of Rideau St that runs from King Edward to the Cummings Bridge. The whole Ward is affected by this section of Rideau. A “destination” visionary design rather than one that simply supports short-term developer gains could bolster the desirability of the whole area from Montreal Road by creating a shopping corridor to the Market generating a diversity of clients allowing businesses to flourish.
The 2005 CDP limited height to 6 stories so an important aspect to review will be if this height limitation is preserved as sunlight is an important aspect to any shopping district- witness the demise of Spark Street’s dark corridor or the lack of patios and foot fall on Queen & Slater at the weekend.
Equally it would be nice to see if there is any room for mini-parks to encourage residents to gather or street furniture to take a break.
Rideau st affects the entire Ward – if it becomes a dark speedy wind tunnel of high-rises it will forever cut off Vanier from Lowertown/SandyHill and the Byward Market bringing down the tone of each and every neighbourhood in Ward 12. If however Rideau is designed with a strong vision in mind- and I for one see it as a strolling, shopping, low-rise patio-friendly destination that draws visitors and residents alike – it has the location and bordering neighbourhoods to become a true destination with shopping, a cinema, great history and restaurants all a joined up in a walkable distance. Upper Rideau is without a doubt the vital link between Ward 12 neighbours from Vanier through the shops on Cumberland, Dalhousie and the Market.
Hopefully today’s open house is a step in ensuring a traditional low-rise strolling- and-shopping,district that reinforces our Ward as a desirable, liveable destination that all of Ottawa deserves.
Posted in Local Politics, Uncategorized
Tagged Auntie Loo, Bytowne Cinema, Byward Market, Byward Market BIA, CDP, Lowertown, OPL, Sandy Hill, Sandy Hill Seen, Uptown Rideau, Vanier, Vanier Now
The 1st Open House for the Rideau St re-design will be March 26th, 3-8PM at the Rideau Library. Pop-in to see the plans.
In December 2013 the City of Ottawa deemed it important to re-open the Community Design Plan (CDP) created in 2005 “to provide clear direction for future development.” Read more on the reasons for reopening the CDP and the items affected (e.g., Building height, traffic management, etc) here.
This open house will be the first opportunity for the community to see and comment on proposed changes. The Uptown Rideau area covers Rideau street from King Edward to the Cummings Bridge which leads to our neighbours in Vanier and the Montreal Road.
We are hopeful this is the first step in ensuring a traditional low-rise strolling- and-shopping, patio-friendly commercial street that locals and visitors can enjoy. Rideau is a key corridor linking the Byward Market to Sandy Hill, Lowertown & Vanier. Rather than belonging to no-one it belongs to every neighbourhood in our Ward. At the very heart of Ward 12 Rideau must be fully transformed from a conduit to other places to a desirable liveable destination.
Wednesday March 26, 2014
Rideau Library – 377 Rideau Street
Drop in anytime between 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.