Email about Catholic School Funding

Mass emails to the GPO contact list sometimes go out under my name as Deputy Leader. It's always interesting because I'll get replies from people I've never met before. A recent mailing touched on the topic of Catholic schools and I got a reply from someone who wasn't happy we support a fully secular system. For the record, my reply:

Chilling out on a chilly walk

I am blessed with a kid who's super easy to parent. Really, super easy. For instance, mornings are generally a breeze. Since less than a year old wake-up has been at 6:30 and out-the-door has been at 7:40 - first for daycare and now for school. Everyday is much the same: wake up and two minute cuddle, then I make breakfeast while she slumbers on the couch for extra winks. Then easy peasy: eat, brush, dress, play, coat & shoes and out the door.

Minute differences in the Minutes

Today at Council an attempt was made to correct a staff error in relation to the minutes from April 24th. On that meeting's agenda was a motion to approve the Carling/Preston design plan, with a few exceptions. Notably, part 3(a) deferred the "mews" (aka: road) that is proposed for the eastern edge of the O-Train corridor. Here's the motion - I've bolded the important part:

Who is Richardson Kennings?

Who is Richardson Kennings? Why "he" is the alias I use when signing random petitions I am curious about. It's good to see what the other side is doing.

I don't remember ever sending him to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. So I'm not sure how they were able to send me this letter, which arrived today.

Perhaps I've forgotten - Kennings and variations like him get around. 

Treasurer's Report on Development Charges - Planning Committee

I can't physically get to Planning Committee today to present a delegation, so an emailed one will have to do.

Mayor Watson, Councillors:

With regard to the Treasurer's Statement on Development Charges Reserve Funds for 2012 (Planning Committee on April 23)

I encourage you to pressure the province to amend the Development Charges Act so the City of Ottawa can capture more development charges for public transit purposes.

Intensification along Western LRT & Proactive Rezonings

With the announcement the city is looking at two new Western LRT route options I thought I would take a look at the New Orchard catchments. It is plainly in the city's interest to see intensification around LRT stations: less car commuting, more development charges, etc, etc. But you can't have intensification in established neighbourhoods without rezonings.