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May 26, 2016: Federal Report; The canal, the climate and the NCC.

May 26, 2016: Federal Report;
The canal, the climate and the NCC.

By Catherine McKenna Ottawa-Centre MP.

My first six months as your Member of Parliament have flown by at an incredible pace! Every day is a learning experience marked with major developments and achievements.

On May 10, I announced the installation of two new paddle access points along the Rideau Canal, in response to feedback from the community, to ensure safe and easy access for paddlers. This will allow even more community members and visitors to enjoy our national treasure.

The new docks are part of a series of federal government infrastructure investments totaling $57 million. This is the largest investment of its kind in the 184-year history of the Rideau Canal and more than doubles previously announced federal funding.
One access point is on the west side at Patterson Creek, the other on the east at Clegg Avenue.

On April 22, I had the honour of joining Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the historic signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change at the UN in New York. Our Government views climate change not only as a challenge, but as an opportunity. It is a chance to build a clean growth economy while creating well-paying jobs for middle class Canadians.

We know that to move towards a real solution we need to work with all partners – including at the community level. That is why I was very pleased to host a climate change consultation in Ottawa Centre on April 28 at the Glebe Community Centre. If you missed the consultation session, you can still join the conversation and contribute to the climate change debate at http://www.canada.ca/climateaction . I want to hear your ideas!

On the same day as the climate change consultation, the NCC board announced that they will begin negotiations for the redevelopment of LeBreton Flats with RendezVous LeBreton Group.

As part of my commitment to you, I called for NCC reform to increase openness and require stakeholder engagement. I am pleased that close to 8,000 Canadians contributed their views on what a redeveloped Flats should look like and another 3,000 people participated in town halls leading up to this announcement.

On April 28, I was thrilled to see Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin attend their first NCC board meeting as ex-officio board members.

At the same meeting, I was also pleased that the NCC board approved a federal land use request that the Memorial for Victims of Communism be built in the Garden of the Provinces and Territories. I support this new location, as a much more appropriate than the originally planned site on Wellington Street.

The Ottawa Public Library board is in the planning stage for the new central library project. I hope that you will give your thoughts on location selection criteria for the new central library. Visit http://ottawacentrallibrary.ca/get-involved for more information.

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