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  • Planning & Transportation Equity workshop

    With Ottawa set to put a greater focus on equity and inclusion when it updates the Official Plan and Transportation Master Plan, it is important to understand what this means and what some initial community priorities are. Social equity is an emerging but challenging planning issue. Policy makers, practitioners and the general public want to ensure that individual policy and planning decisions help support social equity goals.

    This workshop will discuss transportation equity issues and provide guidance for incorporating them into planning analysis. It will describe various social equity impacts, discuss ways to evaluate these impacts, and discuss practical ways that local transportation planning can help achieve equity goals including increased affordability, economic opportunity and community health.

    You are cordially invited to attend the Planning & Transportation Equity Workshop on May 15th from 1pm to 4pm at Ottawa City Hall. The event is being co-organized by Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development, Capital Ward Councillor Shawn Menard, City for All Women Initiative, Healthy Transportation Coalition, and Making Voices Count.

    The event is free, but space is limited, and RSVPs are required; don’t delay, please RSVP below today.

    Donations at the door will be welcomed to help cover event costs.

    The event agenda is as follows:

    Planning & Transportation Equity Workshop

    1pm to 4pm, on Wednesday, May 15, 2019

    Festival Boardroom, Ottawa City Hall

    1 - 1:30pm – welcome guests, registration, mingling

    1:30 - 1:40pm -- Coun. Shawn Menard -- Welcome and Introductory remarks

    1:40 - 1:45pm – Trevor Haché to introduce 3 expert guest speakers

    1:45 - 2:15pm – Planning for Equity, Affordability and Community Health

    Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute

    2:15 - 2:35pm – Urban Planners & Engineers: Our Role in Equity Discussions & Decisions

    Kate Whitfield, Senior Associate Engineer/Planner, Alta Planning + Design

    2:35 - 2:55pm – Equity Measures from a Planning Perspective

    Orly Linovski, Assistant Professor, Department of City Planning, University of Manitoba

    2:55 - 3:20pm – Presentation from community members about their transportation equity priorities

    3:20 – 3:35pm – Experts synthesize their perspectives 

    3:35 - 4pm – Ask the Experts (questions & answers)

    May 15, 2019 at 1pm
    Festival Boardroom, Ottawa City Hall
    110 Laurier Ave W
    Ottawa, ON K1P1J1
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  • Vanier Transit Petition

    GOAL: 86 signatures

    Petition for Restoring OC Transpo Route 12

    To:       Ottawa City Council, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON, K1P 1J1  

    I/We the undersigned, petition Ottawa City Council to require that OC Transpo:

    • Restore the #12 route to its original end location of Bank Street at Slater Street OR extend the route to Lyon Station thereby providing access to Bank Street and the Parliament Hill area, Light Rail Transit at Lyon Station, and new access to Outaouais transit at Lyon Station.
    • Commit to conducting meaningful consultations with any neighbourhood (through community groups, local councillors, business improvement associations, any current or future transit riders’ group, and other interested parties) before making any changes to existing bus service.
    • Enact an immediate freeze on transit fares in Ottawa at existing rates with a commitment to reducing them.


    By signing this petition, I hereby acknowledge that this petition will become a public document at the City of Ottawa and that all information contained in it will be subject to the scrutiny of the City, and will be publicly available. Questions about the collection and disclosure of personal information contained in this petition should be directed to the City Clerk, 110 Laurier Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1J1. The City Clerk will not provide anyone with your phone number, nor e-mail address.

    The Vanier Transit Riders' Group's campaign for Restoring OC Transpo Route 12 has been endorsed by the Healthy Transportation Coalition and the Campaign for Free and Affordable Transit.

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  • Q: Would you consider joining the Healthy Transportation Coalition as a member?
    A: yes

  • Q: 2) In the next 12 months will you take any of the following actions to help solve a problem related to walking, cycling, or public transit in your neighbourhood? (list all that apply) a. Contact a local radio station, television station or newspaper; b. Contact the appropriate organization to deal with the problem, such as the City; c. Contact your local city councillor; d. Share opinions with your neighbours; e. Will not take any actions; f. Other (please explain).
    A: B C D and F (advocate)