Welcome to the new week, Ottawa! An umbrella or a rain jacket may come in handy today as Environment Canada predicts a 60 per cent chance of rain with a high of 16ºC and a low of 5ºC . Here is your news of the day.
Students across Ontario will be in school today as education workers in Ontario will not strike following successful negotiations with the provincial government, according to Education Minister Stephen Lecce. Laura Walton, president of CUPE’s Ontario School Board Council of Unions, has said that the government has agreed to invest around $20 million in schools. More from CBC News.
Stephen Lecce’s response on what concessions were made on some of the sticking points: pic.twitter.com/GDE1AqrmVd— Angelina King (@angelinaaking) October 7, 2019
The first Monday commute with the largest-ever change in OC Transpo bus routes is now under way. Commuters are boarding trains at the Tunney’s Pasture LRT station and at Blair Road and the system is busy but moving fairly smoothly from early reports. Sunday was Day 1 for the changes to routes. More than 100 have changed with significant changes made to those that run through downtown. The changes are an effort to reduce congestion downtown by diverting riders towards LRT hubs, according to the Ottawa Citizen in this report.
Those who drive will see a few changes in the city streets especially in downtown and in the east end because of the the big OC Transpo transit shift. The conversion of the bus only lane on Nicholas Street to a general traffic lane and the reintroduction of two traffic lanes and one bicycle lane on Laurier Avenue are only some of the many changes. The City of Ottawa has a list of the changes.
Six federal party leaders will face off at the official English-language debate to be held today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau. The two-hour debate will cover five major topics and will include five questions from Canadian citizens. Global News offers some pointers on what to watch for.
The White House issues a surprise change in policy in Syria with an official statement late last night. The U.S. will now not stand in the way of Turkey’s long planned military operation into northern Syria. The New York Times reports U.S. endorsement will allow Turkey to clear American-backed Syrian Kurdish forces away from the Turkish border. The Turks will become responsible for all Islamic State prisoners in the area.
Allowing Turkey to move into Northern Syria is one of the most destabilizing moves we can do in the Middle East. The Kurds will never trust America again. They will look for new alliances or Independence to protect themselves. Pompeo has failed again.— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) October 7, 2019
The City of Ottawa is in the process of chalking out a new Official Plan that will define how the city will grow over time. Alain Miguelez, the manager of Planning Policy and Resiliency with the City of Ottawa’s Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department, will present the “The 5 Big Moves” which are the most significant policy proposals for the official plan. The presentation, to be held at the Ottawa Public Library Tuesday, will be followed by a Q&A session.