Des voix s'élèvent pour demander plus d'autobus sur la rue Bank le dimanche

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 Le conseiller municipal d'Ottawa David Chernushenko demande à OC Transpo d'étudier la possibilité d'augmenter le nombre d'autobus sur la rue Bank le dimanche.
Le conseiller municipal d'Ottawa David Chernushenko demande à OC Transpo d'étudier la possibilité d'augmenter le nombre d'autobus sur la rue Bank le dimanche.

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Le conseiller municipal d'Ottawa, David Chernushenko, demande à OC Transpo d'examiner l'option d'accroître la fréquence de passage des autobus sur la rue Bank le dimanche afin d'enrayer les problèmes de congestion sur cette rue.

La revitalisation du site du parc Lansdowne, qui incluait la construction d'un stationnement et l'ouverture de nombreux commerces près du parc, a mené à une augmentation du trafic sur la rue Bank la fin de semaine et plus particulièrement le dimanche.

« Contrairement à beaucoup d'autres quartiers de la ville, la rue Bank est connue pour ses embouteillages les dimanches » — David Chernushenko, conseiller municipal de Capital Ward

Selon M. Chernushenko, qui est aussi président du comité environnemental de la ville, la seule solution à ce problème de circulation est d'offrir un meilleur service de transports en commun qui permettra aux gens de se déplacer convenablement sans avoir recours à leur voiture.

« Il faut offrir un service d'autobus qui soit si attirant, si régulier et si fiable que les gens vont être convaincus de ne pas venir en voiture », explique M. Chernushenko.

Le vice-président de la zone d'amélioration commerciale (ZAC) du Glebe, Gilbert Russel, soutient l'initiative du conseiller municipal.

En plus d'être en faveur d'augmenter le nombre d'autobus, M. Russel suggère même l'idée d'offrir un service de navettes qui ferait des allers-retours entre le centre-ville d'Ottawa et le parc Lansdowne.

Présentement, les autobus passent environ toutes les 30 minutes sur la rue Bank le dimanche.

Plasco mulls smaller plant as financing deadline approaches

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CBC News

The new chair of Ottawa's environment committee says the city will need to move quickly if Plasco fails to meet its latest financing deadline because the city doesn't have a plan B.

The waste-to-energy company has until Dec. 31 to raise enough money to build a full-scale plant.

Plasco has missed financing deadlines twice before and each time the city granted an extension.

Now, with less than three weeks before the latest deadline is set to expire, Plasco has informed the city it's looking at building a smaller plant than originally planned.

Duncan Bury, a waste management consultant who helped set up Ottawa's blue box program, said the city should cut its losses and that the technology was never a good idea.

"If the city had looked at some of the evidence, if they'd done the proper due diligence ... they would have found that out. Nobody has done plasma gasification for mixed municipal solid waste," Bury said.

Taxes capped, transit fares face hike

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Jon Willing, Ottawa Sun

Council on Wednesday unanimously accepted Mayor JimWatson's direction to cap the property tax hike at 2% in 2015.

But council could have some work to do making sure transit fares don't increase beyond that asOC Transpo tries to improve its ridership and depend less on tax money for operations.

If transit requires more money thanwhat a 2% tax increase can offer, there's only one other source of revenue to provide the difference: Riders.

"Well, I'm glad I'm not that transit chair," Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans quipped after asking the treasurer questions about transit implications during a council meeting.

And that was shortly after Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais was confirmed as the new chairman of the transit commission, succeedingDeans.

Staff are still working on the draft 2015 budget, whichwill be tabled Feb. 4.

The treasury isn't worriedmuch about fuel prices since the city hedges about 75% of its consumption for the year. For 2015, that volume is hedged at about $1.04.

Staff are more concerned about salary increases awarded through arbitration. Thecity is currently in arbitration with its largest union, CUPE Local 503.

Citymanager Kent Kirkpatrick told council he doesn't intend to add more full-time equivalent positions to themunicipal public service next year.

Some councillors continued to voice concern about being locked into a draft budget without move tomanoeuvre.

River Coun. Riley Brockington warned against "handcuffing" council's ability to address critical needs. Capital Coun. David Chernushenko suggested he won't be afraid to recommend a higher tax increase if there are pressing social demands.

"Our job is to find that balance," Watson said. "Keep the taxes affordable but provide good basic public services at the same time."

Council likes 2% tax cap but faces transit fare challenge

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By Jon Willing, Ottawa Sun

Council on Wednesday unanimously accepted Mayor Jim Watson's direction to cap the property tax hike at 2% in 2015.

But council could have some work to do making sure transit fares don't increase beyond that as OC Transpo tries to improve its ridership and depend less on tax money for operations.

If transit requires more money than what a 2% tax increase can offer, there's only one other source of revenue to provide the difference: Riders.

"Well, I'm glad I'm not that transit chair," Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans quipped after asking the treasurer questions about transit implications during a council meeting.

And that was shortly after Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais was confirmed as the new chairman of the transit commission, succeeding Deans.

Staff are still working on the draft 2015 budget, which will be tabled Feb. 4.

The treasury isn't worried much about fuel prices since the city hedges about 75% of its consumption for the year. For 2015, that volume is hedged at about $1.04.

Staff are more concerned about salary increases awarded through arbitration. The city is currently in arbitration with its largest union, CUPE Local 503.

City manager Kent Kirkpatrick told council he doesn't intend to add more full-time equivalent positions to the municipal public service next year.

Some councillors continued to voice concern about being locked into a draft budget without move to manoeuvre.

River Coun. Riley Brockington warned against "handcuffing" council's ability to address critical needs. Capital Coun. David Chernushenko suggested he won't be afraid to recommend a higher tax increase if there are pressing social demands.

"Our job is to find that balance," Watson said. "Keep the taxes affordable but provide good basic public services at the same time."