Platform

We need neighbourhoods that are safe, affordable, livable, and commutable.
Rawlson King will stand up and keep Ward 13 progressing forward.

 

A MORE FAIR AND TRANSPARENT DEVELOPMENT PROCESS

Strong neighbourhoods require fair and transparent urban planning.

  • Promote development that compliments existing neighbourhoods.
  • Protect homes, green space & control development in heritage conservation districts.
  • Making sure that developers respect and follow community design plans
  • Implement inclusionary zoning that requires every major housing development to have at least 20% affordable or social housing
  • Provide incentives to small business in economically challenged areas.
  • Stricter regulations when it comes to dealing with Airbnbs.


PUBLIC SAFETY & SECURITY

Safe communities begin with strong investments in public safety.

  • Implement a city-wide handgun and assault weapons ban
  • Pursue a poverty reduction strategy that includes but is not limited to:
  • More investments in affordable housing

  • Following the recommendation of the Ottawa Food Policy Council and get the City of Ottawa to provide funding for a Food Education and Awareness Coordinator that would be tasked to create and implement a Food Education and Awareness Strategy

  • Increasing access to essential social services like child care spaces, financial supports, mental health services, etc.

  • Increase investments in after-school programs & health and social service agencies.
  • Improve lighting, security and community policing efforts in high-crime areas.
  • More investments to improve diversity & community interactions with police.
  • Mental health training for police and emergency service providers
  • The development of meaningful channels of communication between sex workers and police
  • An end to the imposition of “red-zones” and “street sweeps” on sex workers


BETTER AND MORE AFFORDABLE TRANSPORTATION

Better transport options to improve our streets & sidewalks.

  • Freeze all transit fares, with an eventual plan to reduce fares.
  • Focus on improving bus service & interconnections with future light rail.
  • Improve Para Transpo by adding more accessible vehicles to its fleet and offer longer, more flexible availability.
  • Implement proven traffic calming measures, primarily on side streets & in school zones.
  • Develop a cycling strategy that includes more bike lanes, bike racks & bike-sharing.
  • Seek adequate investment for snow clearing & active transportation (walking, biking).
  • Put a greater focus on pedestrians during the snow clearing process and start prioritizing sidewalks, bike paths and areas and around schools.
  • Push the City to take a greater emphasis and focus on making Ottawa more accessible to seniors when it comes to developing improved methods for transportation.  

TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE

Policies for a greener, more liveable City

  • Implement a city-wide building retrofit program that extends to commercial and residential buildings as well as social housing.
  • Ban single-use plastics.
  • Stronger and more proactive enforcement of the City’s urban forest policies and by-laws to protect our already diminishing urban tree canopy.
  • Pass a motion at City Hall declaring climate change an emergency
  • Address climate change in the City’s Official Plan.
  • Prioritizing climate change and environmental concerns during the planning and development process
  • Introducing composting into all multi-unit housing and investing in the infrastructure to make sure that all businesses can compost, recognizing that their needs vary from residents. 

IMPROVING DEMOCRACY, TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY

Tools to improve our democracy to allow for a more accountable City Hall

  • Implement a ranked-balloting electoral system for the City of Ottawa
  • Reduce the current campaign contribution limit
  • Require that all candidates during an election publicly release their donors over $100
  • Make sure that residents are adequately consulted on large infrastructure spending projects.
  • Implement a real participatory budget process.

WARD-SPECIFIC PRIORITIES

  • Push for more affordable housing, social housing as the Wateridge Village development continues to get built
  • Ensure that there is full-day, reliable and affordable transit that goes through Wateridge Village
  • Renewal of Beechwood Avenue to make it safer and more accessible.
  • Improve the conditions of and beautify Stanley Park after the completion of the CSST
  • With the recent closure of Rideau High School, I will work to improve opportunities for youth to get involved and engaged in the ward including greater investment for afterschool programs
  • Establish a ward council that includes representatives from each community association that meets regularly

Vote Rawlson King on April 15!

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