With eight new faces, two thirds of City Council now made up of members in their first or second term

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Sarah Anderson, CFRA

It was clear from the outset of Ottawa's municipal election Monday there would be six new faces around the council table after the vote but upsets in two other wards mean there will be eight new councillors headed to city hall.

That means more than two thirds of the city's councillors will be in their first or second term.

Councillors Stephen Blais, David Chernushenko, Keith Egli, Mathieu Fleury, Allan Hubley, Scott Moffatt, Mark Taylor and Tim Tierney were all re-elected for a second term, as is Mayor Jim Watson.

Two councillors did not keep their seats. In both Kitchissippi and Rideau-Rockliffe wards the incumbents lost to challengers.

In Kitchessippi Katherine Hobbs fell to newcomer Jeff Lieper who said he'll improve upon consultation in the ward.

Chernushenko didn't 'mess up'

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Emma Hyde, Ottawa Sun

The man whose ward includes the Lansdowne redevelopment was sent back to council Monday night in a resounding victory.

David Chernushenko represents the area around Lansdowne and Carleton University, on top of the Glebe, Old Ottawa South, Dows Lake and Billings Bridge.

The main concerns facing the Capital ward, which has a population of 37,250, are connected to Lansdowne, with many residents questioning how the city reviews and approves new development plans.

The city is expecting to complete the Lansdowne development by next summer.

"I'm relieved as the incumbent who didn't think he messed up in any way," he said. "I worked very hard for four years and I'm glad that counts for something. Thank goodness that the vote reflected that."

A pedestrian bridge, expected to be completed by 2020 over the Rideau Canal at Fifth Ave. and Clegg St. is meant to provide people with a more easily accessible route to Lansdowne from the east side of the canal.

Another issue that concerns residents is the high cost of housing, which is forcing people to move out of the area.

"I feel a responsibility to not just say 'not my problem' and see it as a city problem," he said.

A LRT station will be installed in the ward at Lees Ave. in 2018.


Candidates: (unofficial)

Scott Blurton: 1,788
David Chernushenko: 7,206
Espoir Manirambona: 332

Ghost bike on Bank and Riverside prompts complaints

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Councillor working with families to come up with more permanent memorial

CBC News

Ottawa city councillor David Chernushenko says he has received complaints from residents who say an impromptu memorial to a cyclist who died 15 months ago should be taken down.

A white painted bicycle along with a few potted flowers and some seasonal pumpkins, marks the intersection at Bank Street and Riverside Drive where cyclist Meg Dussault, 56, was killed on July 30, 2013, after her bicycle was hit by a cement truck.

Meg Dussault's widower, Paddy Dussault, says though he didn't put up the ghost bike, he still finds himself drawn to the improvised memorial and the peace it provides.

But Chernushenko says he's heard from about two dozen residents who say the ghost bike makes it hard to navigate the sidewalk, and that when flags fly at the memorial, it potentially becomes a distraction for motorists and cyclists.

He said it might be time for the memorial to come down, but said the city has no plans to do so.

"It's not a burning issue for people but it’s a concern," said Chernushenko. "Do memorials to someone belong on a public space and if so, for how long?"

"You can't make hard and fast rules here — ideally I'd like to see the family and friends who put the memorial up recognize that after a year now, there may be other ways to remember their friend and loved one," he said.

To that end Chernushenko has been working with other families, including Danielle Naçu's brother Brent, for a permanent memorial to all of Ottawa's cyclists killed in traffic.

The city is working with the families on a memorial at a green space at Bronson Avenue and Colonel By Drive, but said it would not be focused solely on the deaths.

"It would be a celebration of cycling as well as memorial site," he said, as families he has spoken to say they want to remind people about why their loved ones cycled in the city.

"Their message would be keep cycling, it’s liberty, it’s pleasurable," he said.

Steel company suing City for TD Place work

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TD Place
TD Place, home of the Ottawa RedBlacks. Tony Caldwell/Ottawa Sun

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Sun

A Quebec steel company that helped renovate TD Place says it's owed more than $5.3 million for the work.

Lainco has filed two lawsuits in Ottawa Superior Court naming the City of Ottawa, Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group and Pomerleau as defendants.

Pomerleau is the general contractor on the Lansdowne Park redevelopment.

Lainco says it installed structural steel.

According to the suits, Lainco has moved to put a construction lien on part of Lansdowne and has identified the city and OSEG as "registered owners."

The two suits relate to work done on both the north and south sides of the stadium.

The claims haven't been proven in court.

It's unclear why the three defendants allegedly haven't paid Lainco for the steelwork.

There are no defence statements filed on the cases, which only recently made their ways into court.

The suits say Pomerleau contacted Lainco about providing steelwork on Dec. 12, 2012. Lainco says it provided labour and supplies on the north side between April 1, 2013 and Aug. 28, 2014. Work on the south side happened between Jan. 1, 2013 and July 31, 2014.

According to lien applications filed with the suits, the contract for the north side was worth more than $5.6 million, while contracted work for the south side was $6.3 million.

The city budgeted about $130 million for the complete renovation and rebuild of the stadium.

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