July 7th - Council approves vision for a zero waste Ottawa
City Council today approved a vision, guiding principles and goals for its plan to manage Ottawa’s solid waste over the next 30 years.
The second phase of the Solid Waste Master Plan envisions a zero waste Ottawa and outlines actions to achieve that vision, including through collective changes to lifestyles and practices. The plan aims to extend the life of the City’s landfill at the Trail Waste Facility by reducing the waste we generate, increasing how much we reuse and recycle, and reducing our waste-related greenhouse gas emissions by 100 per cent.
Staff will evaluate and narrow a high-level list of options that support the plan’s goals and develop two potential waste management systems. The City will consult on these with residents and stakeholders starting this fall. Council will then consider the draft master plan and five-year implementation plan in the first half of 2022.
Council approved renaming the Prince of Wales Bridge the Chief William Commanda Bridge in honour of the Algonquin elder and spiritual leader. Commanda was Chief of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation from 1951 to 1970 and dedicated his life to promoting environmental stewardship. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 2008 for his dedication and outstanding service to his people.
The City has applied for funding from the Government of Canada to rehabilitate the currently inactive railway bridge, which crosses the Ottawa River and Lemieux Island to connect Ottawa to Gatineau. The project will bring the bridge back into service as a multi-use pathway, providing an interprovincial link for commuters and recreational users. Council approved more than $8.9 million in municipal funding today – the balance of the City’s commitment to this $22.6-million rehabilitation project – and dedicated one per cent of the estimated construction cost to Indigenous art.
Council approved a Shepherds of Good Hope proposal to build a 48-unit mixed-use building on Murray Street that will offer permanent housing solutions to Ottawa’s homeless population, relocating residents from the nearby shelter at the corner of King Edward Avenue. The eight-storey building will also house a drop-in centre and community kitchen. The development will be funded through the City of Ottawa and the federal government’s Rapid Housing Initiative.
Farmers in rural areas are now able to diversify their businesses after Council approved changes to several City regulations to permit a range of small-scale commercial and industrial activities on agricultural properties. While the changes will continue to protect Ottawa’s farms for agricultural use, they will encourage rural economic development by permitting farms to open small businesses such as retail shops, yoga studios, bakeries and repair businesses. Residents can find more information at ottawa.ca/farmdiversified.
Homeowners will soon have access to new financing to pay for home energy improvements and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Council approved the launch of the Better Homes Loan Program, which uses funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to offer residents low-interest loans tied to their properties through local improvement charges. Residents could qualify for funding up to $125,000 or 10 per cent of their home’s value for eligible improvements, which include upgrades for space and water heating and for renewable energy systems. The program will launch later this year for an initial term of three years.
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