Jean Paul Manirakiza

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  • signed Sign the Petition via 2020-10-15 06:04:42 -0400

    To: Ottawa City Council, the Ottawa Board of Health, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches, and Minister of Infrastructure and Communities of Canada Catherine McKenna,

    On May 26, 2020, over 350 organizations representing more than 40 million health professionals and over 4,500 individual health professionals from 90 different countries wrote to the G20 leaders calling for a healthy recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    They wrote, in part:

    "In a healthy economy and civil society the most vulnerable among us are looked after. Workers have access to well-paying jobs that do not exacerbate pollution or nature degradation; cities prioritise pedestrians, cyclists and public transport, and our rivers and skies are protected and clean."

    We understand that Ottawa has hundreds of infrastructure projects in need of federal funding that may be on a list of potential projects eligible for federal stimulus funding in this time of COVID-19-related economic downturn.

    We write today to ask that you please do everything in your power to ensure that federal funding supports healthy transportation projects such as public transit expansion and bus-only priority lanes, cycle tracks, widened sidewalks, and traffic calming. We do not want or need road projects to increase car capacity. We also ask that you prioritize the building of deeply affordable housing in neighbourhoods with excellent walking, cycling and transit networks, including rapid transit stations.

    Cities worldwide are reallocating street space to enable safe walking, cycling and transit as pandemic restrictions lift. In Canada, Vancouver City Council recently voted to reallocate a minimum of 11% of city street space to “people-focused public space,” and Toronto City Council has approved a 40-km expansion of its cycling network. There are numerous other examples.

    Given the ongoing environmental crisis, as well as health, housing and homelessness emergencies, any stimulus funding that supports run-of-the mill road-widenings to increase car capacity would be irresponsible.

    Indeed, the latter-type projects have been irresponsible for years. “The Building Blocks for a Healthy Ottawa”—one of the pre-COVID discussion papers for Ottawa’s new Official Plan—puts it well:

    "As the dependency on cars as the main source of transportation has grown, daily physical activity has decreased, and chronic diseases, injuries, and exposure to car emissions increased. This has created a burden on our health. Places that are designed for travel mostly by car are associated with higher levels of obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes."

    We need federal stimulus money to fund healthy streets and a healthy recovery.

    Sincerely,

    – {name}, {postal_code}

    37 signatures

    To: Ottawa City Council, the Ottawa Board of Health, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches, and Minister of Infrastructure and Communities of Canada Catherine McKenna,

     

    On May 26, 2020, over 350 organizations representing more than 40 million health professionals and over 4,500 individual health professionals from 90 different countries wrote to the G20 leaders calling for a healthy recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

     

    They wrote, in part:

    "In a healthy economy and civil society the most vulnerable among us are looked after. Workers have access to well-paying jobs that do not exacerbate pollution or nature degradation; cities prioritise pedestrians, cyclists and public transport, and our rivers and skies are protected and clean."

     

    We understand that Ottawa has hundreds of infrastructure projects in need of federal funding that may be on a list of potential projects eligible for federal stimulus funding in this time of COVID-19-related economic downturn.

     

    We write today to ask that you please do everything in your power to ensure that federal funding supports healthy transportation projects such as public transit expansion and bus-only priority lanes, cycle tracks, widened sidewalks, and traffic calming. We do not want or need road projects to increase car capacity. We also ask that you prioritize the building of deeply affordable housing in neighbourhoods with excellent walking, cycling and transit networks, including rapid transit stations.

     

    Cities worldwide are reallocating street space to enable safe walking, cycling and transit as pandemic restrictions lift. In Canada, Vancouver City Council recently voted to reallocate a minimum of 11% of city street space to “people-focused public space,” and Toronto City Council has approved a 40-km expansion of its cycling network. There are numerous other examples.

     

    Given the ongoing environmental crisis, as well as health, housing and homelessness emergencies, any stimulus funding that supports run-of-the mill road-widenings to increase car capacity would be irresponsible.

     

    Indeed, the latter-type projects have been irresponsible for years. “The Building Blocks for a Healthy Ottawa”—one of the pre-COVID discussion papers for Ottawa’s new Official Plan—puts it well:

    "As the dependency on cars as the main source of transportation has grown, daily physical activity has decreased, and chronic diseases, injuries, and exposure to car emissions increased. This has created a burden on our health. Places that are designed for travel mostly by car are associated with higher levels of obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes."

     

    We need federal stimulus money to fund healthy streets and a healthy recovery.

     

    Sincerely,

    – {name}, {postal_code}

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  • signed Affordable Housing Petition 2020-10-15 05:42:13 -0400

    Affordable Housing Near Rapid Transit

    306 signatures

    To: Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson,

     

    Research from Carleton University indicates that Canada lost 322,600 affordable rental units between 2011 and 2016 in the private market. In same period, government investments in affordable housing built only 20,000 units. We are losing 15 affordable units for every one being built.

     

    Despite significant investments of City money to build new affordable housing in both Budgets 2019, and 2020, there are still more than 12,000 households on the Centralized Waiting List for affordable housing.

     

    We are losing ground. The number of family units accessing an emergency overnight shelter increased by 70.1% since 2014. The staff report on the updated 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Plan detailed what is at stake:

    It is well documented that poor housing conditions and high housing costs leads to stress for individuals and families, affecting their physical and mental health and resulting in increased use of health and social services. Children who experience housing insecurity due to frequent moves have been found to under-perform in school with lasting consequences on their capacity to participate in the labour market.”

    Much more needs to be done. Budget 2021 is an important opportunity to make progress on the Housing and Homelessness Emergency, and to build a city for all.

     

    We ask that the City of Ottawa:

    1. Commit at least $20 million in Budget 2021 of City funding, over and above federal and provincial grants, to build new affordable housing near rapid transit stations;

    2. Pass a strong citywide inclusionary zoning by-law that ensures 25% of new development is dedicated to affordable housing and places a special emphasis on deeply affordable housing within 1 km of rapid transit stations; and

    3. Ensure that all available government-owned land within 1 km of current & future rapid transit stations is used for non-profit and co-op housing (and that the City provide land to the newly established Land Trust in Ottawa specifically for affordable housing near rapid transit).

     

    Please ensure City Council follows through on the commitments made through the Interdepartmental Task Force for Affordable Housing Near Transit Stations

     

    I would appreciate it if you can please respond to the specific asks above (items 1, 2, 3).

     

    Sincerely,

    – {name}, {postal_code}

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