After Earth Hour

Earth Hour is just one hour out of the year - it is a chance to talk about climate change and connect with people who are as committed to seeing solutions happen as you are. Now, after Earth Hour, it's time to turn those connections into political action. Below I've prepared a few emails to all three levels of government and would encourage you to send them as your own, or customize them to match your own priorities. Change begins with you! I've added myself as a CC to the email list - I'd also like to know what you have to say.

City of Ottawa

Flowchart of a development application. Anyone? Anyone?

Having scraped through all 251 development applications on file with the City of Ottawa, one thing that pops to mind is: what's the lifecycle of a development application? The city provides a "status" field, but it's not clear to me how an application weaves its way through the process.

Information Arbitrage and Car Insurance

I wasn't satisfied with my last post about car insurance rates and people's ability to get a lower rate on their own initiative, so I went back for more data. It turns out the insurance regulator, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, has a tool for getting a lot more policy cost data than I could originally.

Kirkwood and Clare Intersection, redux

I just fired off an email to the planner in charge of the Kirkwood/Clare intersection redesign, the Ottawa cycling team staff, and Councillor Hobbs. This is kind of hyper-local for me, but an east/west connection for cycling is missing between Byron and Carling. Making the Kirkwood/Clare intersection rock-solid for biking makes east/west traversals very safe since you can meander through relatively quiet streets.

A Bike Ride Home from School - February Edition

Anytime someone tells me that biking in the winter isn't something that should be encouraged, I'll point them at this, then ask them to re-evaluate. Roads are clear and dry for most winter days - why not bike on them? 

Also, there is this: "The Link Between Kids Who Walk or Bike to School and Concentration".

March is a great month to start biking!

Have you filled out the Liveable Ottawa survey?

Since I just inflicted this email on my Ottawa based contact list, I figured I'd share it here too. You've filled out the survey, right?

Updated: Amy wrote back to comment on how the survey has some deficiencies, see below.


Things are very hectic as we prepare for a snap provincial election, so I've been remiss in emailing you about an important topic. I'll make this quick!