SAVED BY THE BELL: Seems the large sign outside of Nepean Sportsplex has reached the end of its life span. And that means, a new sign will be made. That caused concern from some diehard Nepeanites, myself included, that the iconic green Nepean Bell would be lost. But Knoxdale-Merivale Coun. Keith Egli says the green bell will have a role on the new sign. And that’s great news. 

“I’m working with staff to find a way to incorporate the Nepean bell on this sign again, the iconic bell of Nepean which we’re all so proud of , it will remain part of that sign,” Egli said. Good work councillor. As well, the bell on the old sign will find a new home at the Nepean Museum.

SENIORS MONTH: In a longheld tradition, Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans has always moved the motion asking council to approve the declaration, With Deans still on sick leave, the honours were given Bay Coun. Theresa Kavanagh.

Of course, it passed unanimously. Glad to see no city councillor was game to voting against honouring seniors! (Not that I am one!) But what was really noticeable was the high regard Deans has on council, and how many on council has genuine affection for her. Good wishes were sent to Deans by Mayor Jim Watson, Bay Coun. Theresa Kavanagh and even Kanata Coun. Alan Hubley. Good to see.

BUS BUSINESS: Another bit of good news – the city and its bus union have approved a five-year contract – which means continued bus service for at least half a decade!

WORK FROM HOME, SAVE THE CITY: Now that we know how well things function with some of the city and federal government bureaucracy working from home, there are now discussions at both levels of government to see whether some of this practice can continue.

Think about it, less traffic, maybe fewer buses, less need for more office space, less need for parking, it’s an exciting concept. Mayor Jim Watson agreed it’s an “interesting proposition” adding the city has been in touch with the federal government. That being said, it did seem his response was a bit lukewarm. And even a city councillor who agrees with the idea’s potential suggested I was looking through rose-coloured glasses! Agree, but I do love the colour.

REV YOUR SCOOTERS: A pilot program for battery-powered scooters was approved by council, allowing on many roads in Ottawa, for at least a year. It wasn’t a particularly ringing endorsement of the idea, with several, including Mayor Jim Watson, approving the pilot but expressing concerns. Only Rideau-Goulbourn Coun. Moffatt and Gloucester-South Nepean Coun. Carol Ann Meehan voted against it. Under the approved motion, a maximum of 600 e-scooters will be allowed, with rental companies paying a 

MOST TASTELESS TWEET of the DAY: I’m just not a fan of any comment which pokes fun at the way someone looks, whether that’s the colour of their skin, their weight, their outfits, or their height.

So Mayor Jim Watson who should know better, wins the most tasteless tweet of the day when attempting, I presume, to joke why Rideau-Goulbourn Coun. Scott Moffatt voted against the e-scooter pilot program.
“Scott I believe didn’t meet the height requirements so he’s bitter,” tweeted Ottawa Mayor.

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