This week, the City’s Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDCO) approved a three-year strategy to strengthen Ottawa’s music industry and establish Ottawa as a global music city.
Developed in partnership with the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition, the Ottawa Music Strategy would make more City-owned spaces available for music, promote safer spaces for music and integrate music in strategies for economic development and tourism.
The Committee also received its monthly update on the construction of the O-Train Confederation Line light rail transit system. Significant progress has been made, including completing the concrete lining in the tunnel, and 32 of the 34 train vehicles are now in assembly. The installation of one-of-a-kind public art has begun at some of the 13 stations, and streetscape work will soon start on Queen and Lyon streets. Train testing continues between Blair and uOttawa stations. Testing of the train in the western section of the system, from Tunney’s Pasture to the West Portal, is anticipated to begin this spring.
The Committee received a number of annual reports, including the 2018 Municipal Accessibility Plan, which outlines how the City removes barriers and advances accessibility. The City works to ensure accessible parking is available to those who have accessible parking permits. In 2017, 1,148 tickets were issued for illegally parking in a space reserved for people with disabilities. The City also purchased several tools to make public events more accessible, including a portable sound system and a temporary ramp.
According to the 2017 report on the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the City completed 766 requests for general records and personal information.
The 2017 report on French Language Services highlights the City’s work to improve services and programs offered in French. The City resolved all 47 of the French-language complaints received in 2017. Thanks to improved planning to meet the needs of Francophones, the City saw increases in registration for French art programs and summer camps. The City now offers approximately 26 per cent more sports and recreational programs than it did in 2010.
The Committee approved plans to establish the 2018-2022 Election Compliance Audit Committee, which would review requests for audits of municipal candidates’ campaign finances. Following recent changes to provincial legislation, this committee would also review requests for audits of campaign contributions and registered third parties for compliance with campaign fundraising rules.
Items approved at this week’s Finance and Economic Development Committee meeting will be considered by City Council on Wednesday, April 11.