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Laurier Avenue Safety Review Final Report

The city has released a big safety review of the Laurier Avenue bike lane. It's really big - 250MB. It's available in a Dropbox link, but since that might disappear at any time I've socked away my own copy, which you're welcome to read!

You'll probably want to right-click and "Save as" on the link. I can't get it to open in my browser's normal PDF viewer.


Petition Results: Municipal Election Act

Here's an email I just sent to everyone who signed the 2015 petition about changing the Municipal Elections Act in Ontario. We did it!

Just wanted to send a quick update about that petition you signed almost two years ago asking the province to update the rules governing municipal elections.

The short story is ... success! 

All of the recommendations we made were implemented. I suspect it wouldn't have happened without your help (in total 75 people sent in the petition).

Here's what happened for each recommendation.

Join the Conservative Party. Vote for its next leader.

April 2017 UPDATE: the membership deadline has passed, so there's not much point in joining the Conservatives now if your goal is to have a say in choosing the next leader. I'll be updating this page with my ballot selection later on. I'm hoping to rank 3, maybe 4 candidates, but some of them are working really hard to push away all moderate voters, so we'll see.

Dear average Canadian,

I have joined the Conservative Party of Canada.

It's complicated, but it's not a conflict.

In the last few weeks a few people have asked pointed questions about the relationships I have with people at City Hall. The tenor of their questions seems to be that my various activities (as a business person, a resident, an activist, and a volunteer) are somehow inappropriate.

They are not.

Jerboa Consulting Inc.

I am an independent contractor who provides a fixed service for a fixed price.

Sidewalks are for signs that are for drivers, dontchaknow

The constant stream of obstacles and grief sidewalk users have to put up with drives me nuts sometimes. Sometimes being driven nuts drives me to tweet. Other times it drives me to write letters like the one I just sent, below, to Dan Séguin, Manager of Media and Public Affairs at Hydro Ottawa.

Mr. Séguin has already replied that he's received my email and is forwarding it internally for a response. I'll update this post when it comes.

Bicycle Licensing report by the City of Ottawa, 2012

The idea that cities should license bicycles, or the people riding them, will keep coming up until the heat death of the universe. Did you know the City of Ottawa has already looked into it? Below is the response to a councillor's inquiry about it, which I post here so it's always easy to find down the road. Because this "good idea" will keep coming up until the heat death of the universe.

Real enforcement means we need to ticket cars, never mind the drivers

We have a problem in Ontario. We have some very sensible laws that regulate traffic to make it safe. Our sensible laws include things like "obey traffic signs". We can agree that obeying signs is a good idea, right?

The problem we have in Ontario is that these signs are impossible to enforce. For police to issue a ticket they have to see the infraction happen, they have to pull the car over and issue a ticket to the driver of the vehicle.