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 Annual Report 2015

May 2014 - April 2015

Water rate structure review

The Greenspace Alliance made the following submission to Environment Committee for its consideration on May 19, 2015 of a staff report on a rate structure review of water, waste water and stormwater.  Or download the PDF.


18 May 2015

Dear Councillors,

Re:  Water, Wastewater and Stormwater Rate Structure Review

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LEAR Review

Below and attached are some questions sent to Council in advance of its meeting of May 13, 2015.  Also attached (see below the letter) are a number of background documents.  Erwin


Dear Members of Council,

Re: LEAR Review Update

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Bill 73 - amending the Development Charges Act and the Planning Act

29 March 2015                                                                           PDF version

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Letter to MMAH re the Municipal Elections Act

6 March 2015

The Greenspace Alliance today sent a letter to the Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, offering some comments on the Municipal Elections Act, now under review.


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Brief to Ottawa's Environment Committee

Nine of ten members of the Environment Committee were visited in the first half of February 2015 and presented with a brief outlining the opportunities and challenges before the Committee as we see them.  This brief was the result of a collaborative effort via the GA List involving ten people in all.

A slightly amended version was submitted to Environment Committee for its inaugural meeting on February 17.  Here is the final brief.

E.D. - 15 Feb 2015

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Airport Parkway - Lester Road Widening

In December 2014 the City of Ottawa issued a Notice of Study Commencement for an environmental assessment of widening the Airport Parkway south of Brookfield Road and Lester Road between the Parkway and Bank Street.  The study is expected to take two years.

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Ottawa Wildlife Construction Protocol

From Amy MacPherson, 12 Jan 2015:

Hello everyone,

Attached is the DRAFT Protocol for Wildlife Protection During Construction for your review and comment before February 8, 2015.

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Road Ecology Symposium, Nov 27-28, 2014

The Ontario Road Ecology Group's symposium on "A National Agenda for Canada" gathered close to 120 people from across Canada and from a range of backgrounds at the Canadian Museum of Nature.  Convener Dave Ireland (managing director of the Centre for Biodiversity at the ROM) noted how what eventually led to OREG started ten years ago with conversations at the Toronto Zoo: Road-killed rattlesnakes at Georgian Bay!  The Group officially formed in 2009.  On the spot, Dave launched a 5m53s video on YouTube, "Highway to Help":

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Valuing ecosystem services for urban planning

A 2012 article in Ecological Economics (vol 86 [2013] 235-245) provides an overview of ecological services to urban areas and how they can be valued for better decision making. There is a very long list of References.

Key inspirations for the conceptual framework are the 2005 Millenium Ecosystem Assessment and the 2010 TEEB report on the economics of ecosystems and biodiversity.

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