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Five ways to have your say in Ottawa

Help shape the nation's capital as you take part in these five public consultations.

Cycling is just one topic on the table this month as policy makers and researchers ask for your feedback.

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Cycling is just one topic on the table this month as policy makers and researchers ask for your feedback.

Talk to nearly any politician in this city and they’ll tell you Ottawa is in the midst of a great transformation. Well, if that gets your imagination going, take some time this month to share your ideas and help shape the course of the capital with these five public consultations:
1. City living: A group of Carleton University researchers want to know how your community’s built environment impacts your happiness, safety and ability to participate in civic life. Fill out a 20-minute survey about sidewalks, bike lanes and public spaces in your neighbourhood for a chance to win a $100 gift card.
Click here to complete the survey.

2. Noise limits:  The provincial Ministry of Transportation wants your feedback on its plans to retrofit noise barriers along Highway 417 between the O-Train tracks and the Rideau Canal. The meeting is this Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Hall. Hear about the project’s schedule, traffic disruptions and environmental impacts. If you can’t make it, check out the website at

3. Hookah hoopla: The city is continuing its war on second-hand smoke with proposed bylaw changes that would ban e-cigarettes and hookah water pipes in public places, including private businesses. This comes on the heels of the city’s bylaw banning tobacco products in all public places, including beaches and parks. Have your say at until Jan. 24.

4. Cycling suggestions: With 2017 still a year away, the National Capital Commission is already looking ahead to Canada’s 200th birthday in 2067, and wants to hear your big ideas to make the capital great. On Sunday the NCC was asking local cyclists for ideas on improving the city’s cycling network. Any ideas can be submitted through an online form at - we’ll decide later which are the best ones.

5. Lifting up LeBreton: The veil of mystery around two LeBreton redevelopment proposals will finally be lifted Jan. 26 and 27 at the Canadian War Museum, where the NCC will host two days of public consultations. An open house on Jan. 26 begins at 4 p.m. and runs until 9:30 p.m., with presentations beginning at 6 p.m. The following day, residents can pop in beginning at 8 a.m. with presentations again at 6 p.m. If you can’t make it, fill out the online questionnaire at, available Jan. 26.

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