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June 25, 2018 at 12:28 PM #754216
Am I reading the news properly this morning?
Bluesfest is in jeopardy because of a bird and its nest with four eggs can’t be moved? And 105 households in Heron Gate are being thrown out by the property owners. Can someone please explain this to me?
Hello Alta Vista Councillor Jean Clouthier. Are you there?June 25, 2018 at 4:03 PM #754239
ChazJune 26, 2018 at 7:28 AM #754269
Not sure that I know what Cloutier is supposed to do.
The landlord is legally evicting people from a group of houses that it plans to tear down so it can redevelop the land. The Landlord Tenant Act, which allows this, is provincial legislation so not under municipal jurisdiction. This is the second group of 50+ year old townhouses in Heron Gate to be torn down in a couple of years. The landlord is also providing the families with a moving allowance and several months of free rent – neither of which it is required to do.
I’m not suggesting it isn’t a terrible thing for the tenants, many of whom have larger families and live on low incomes which means they will have trouble finding other suitable accommodation. It just isn’t a municipal issue.
The real issue here is the lack of affordable housing in our community which is the result of years of virtual inaction on the part of all three levels of government.June 26, 2018 at 10:10 AM #754299
What Cloutier is suppose to do is nothing, the same as he did with his low income constituents. Passing the buck and blame seems to be the new normal on Ottawa City Council.
I find it very interesting and sad, a bird and four eggs get more press and city support than over 100 humans do.
This is when I really love the city we live in.June 26, 2018 at 11:30 AM #754310
Kosmo, (sarcasm alert) what you fail to comprehend is that birds are people too, and not just people people, but really important people, because they can’t defend themselves from bullies. On the other hand, those in society who need our support the most, the low income, recent arrivals, well, they aren’t birds. Now do you understand?June 26, 2018 at 1:09 PM #754328
KosmoJune 27, 2018 at 8:03 AM #754391
Could you explain exactly what Councillor Cloutier could have done about the evictions?
Let me be clear that I think it’s reprehensible that people are being turned out of their homes, some with little hope of finding suitable accommodation that they can reasonably afford. The fact is, however, that this is a provincial area of responsibility and the City has no jurisdiction.
Have you asked what John Fraser is doing/has done about a) the evictions and b) the provincial law that makes them possible?June 27, 2018 at 10:33 AM #754417
You’re starting to sound like a politician. It’s not my issue it’s someone else’s problem.
Councillor Jean Clouthier was informed by Timercreek about the eviction and held the information from the Heron Gate residents for three weeks. Like most or all city councillors he was afraid to be the barer of bad news, three weeks is precious time when you are out looking for a new home. Some of these people have lived in their home for 30 years or more. He’s either working for the people or he’s not.
MPP John Fraser is busy being the leader of a non-party.June 29, 2018 at 10:33 AM #754591
Over 100 households in a low-rental area are being removed from their homes and Jim Watson is hiring 10 additional police officers to deal with the guns and gangs issue in the city. I see a problem here, does anyone else? Sometimes the solution to a problem doesn’t lie under a rock in the vicinity, sometimes the rock is on the other side of the puddle.