Press Release

Sutcliffe Details Priorities for First 100 Days in Office if Elected

Ottawa, Ontario – Mayoral candidate Mark Sutcliffe is releasing a detailed plan of the first items he would address at City Hall should he be elected Mayor.

The 100 Days plan follows the release of Sutcliffe’s complete platform, Change that Works for You, a Plan for All of Ottawa earlier in the week.

“I am ready to hit the ground running on Day One should I be fortunate enough to earn voters’ trust on Monday,” said Sutcliffe. “The priorities I’ve set for the first 100 days come directly from the thousands of conversations I’ve had with residents of Ottawa about what they’d like to see at City Hall. I am confident in my ability to lead a council that will deliver on these priorities, no matter where you live in the city.”

Mark’s 100 Day plan includes:

Leadership for an Affordable Ottawa

  • Launch a line-by-line review of existing city spending, which has not been conducted since the early 2000s to find $35 million in efficiencies.

  • Pass a budget that limits the property tax increase to between 2.0 and 2.5 per cent with no cuts to programs or services.

  • Reduce recreation fees for children and youth by 10%.

  • Freeze all transit fares.

  • Eliminate the Brownfields Assistance program that gives tax breaks to private landowners to clean up their contaminated properties.

  • Eliminate the Community Improvement Plan program on a go-forward basis that gives tax breaks to car dealerships and storage companies.

  • Extend targeted tax relief for small businesses by renewing the special small business commercial property tax rate measures.

Leadership for a Safer Ottawa and Protecting our Most Vulnerable

  • Strike a Task Force within 30 days of taking office with a mandate to provide concrete recommendations on solutions for responding to mental illness and substance use disorder, ahead of the 2023 Budget process.

  • Initiate plans for a storefront Neighbourhood Operations Centre in the ByWard Market where police, public health, and social services can provide support and address community safety issues.

  • Work with the province to ensure their appointments to the Police Services Board have the skills and experience to provide proper oversight to reestablish trust and ensure our police leadership is held accountable and that the service is better for everyone.

  • Provide the Ottawa Police Services with the growth portion of the budget that will enable it to add approximately 25 more positions

  • Engage the provincial government to obtain $5M in funding for 42 paramedics.

  • Begin the work with the province and our hospitals to eliminate zero ambulance days.

  • Initiate a family doctor recruitment and retention strategy with the goal of bringing more physicians to the City of Ottawa.

Leadership for More Reliable Transportation and Roads

  • Negotiate ongoing financial support from the federal and provincial governments (current year deficit is $85 million) due to current public sector employment policies that reduce transit usage and fares.

  • Allocate $25 million in new, annual budget funding to improve the quality of our roads, including repair and maintenance, better ice and snow clearing, and fixing sidewalk and cycling paths that have fallen into disrepair with potholes and cracks.

  • Begin to implement the key recommendations from the judicial inquiry on Phase 1 of light rail to fix the system.

  • Create an OC Transpo Passenger Pledge complete with benchmark performance service standards with monthly reporting to the public.

  • Begin to modernize and optimize OC Transpo bus service to reflect the post-Covid reality and the new travel patterns for work and help people get around their community, especially in suburban areas.

  • Initiate the creation of a web-based “pothole-line” that allows residents to report potholes in their communities, and provide an estimated time to repair.

  • Double the budget for traffic calming for safe streets, sidewalks and bike lanes.

  • Work with the residents of the Village of Manotick to address the issue of transport truck congestion and noise, which poses a safety issue in the community.

  • Undertake a review of the current Road Safety Action Plan to reduce fatalities and major injuries. This could include reducing traffic speeds to 30KM/hour across residential neighbourhoods (where requested by community members) and increasing usage of red light cameras at high-risk intersections.

  • Support the implementation of the Brian Coburn Extension Option 7 in Ottawa’s east end.

  • Accelerate the timing of the Greenbank Road Realignment Project for inclusion in the Transportation Master Plan from 2032 to 2024 in the City’s west end.

Leadership to Make Housing More Affordable

  • Break down the barriers to getting the housing we need with no expansion of the urban boundary. This begins with leading a housing summit that delivers a detailed strategic plan with concrete actions and timelines.

  • Task city staff to streamline and quicken the home-building approval processes to bust through the barriers and red tape that prevents housing from being built while respecting community design plans.

Leadership for a Strong Economy and Revitalized Downtown Ottawa

  • Launch an economic development and talent summit that will bring together leaders from the business community, Invest Ottawa, the Ottawa Board of Trade, Regroupement des gens d’affaires, Ottawa Tourism, colleges and universities, and other partners to enhance Ottawa’s efforts to be a community that attracts the best and the brightest minds.

  • Initiate work with Ottawa Tourism, tourism leaders, and other stakeholders to create one new recurring, annual cultural event in Ottawa, and a major new cultural attraction that will bring people to the city each year and create significant economic activity.

  • Declare Ottawa to be a music city and create a Music Office as a single point of contact for the music community to champion the city’s music strategy development.

  • Review the mandate and operations of the city’s Services Corporation that runs the Byward Market and begin the process of making the ByWard Market a crown jewel of the city that is safe, clean and welcoming.

  • Request that the province give the city the power to apply a higher tax rate on lands approved for development inside the greenbelt that are not being developed within the urban boundary.

Leadership for a Cleaner, Greener Ottawa

  • Cease the purchasing of single-use plastics such as straws and stir sticks

  • Establish Mayor’s roundtable on the environment to include not-for-profit organizations such as Ottawa Riverkeeper, Ecology Ottawa and Community Associations for Environmental Sustainability (CAFES).

  • Initiate a review of areas where there are missing links in pedestrian and cycling pathway systems to promote the use of active transportation and more walkable communities for inclusion in the long-term capital plan.

  • Double the city’s annual tree planting goal to replace and enhance the urban canopy, helping to cool the city and clean the air.

Leadership for a Better City for Everyone

  • Launch the process to build at least three new dog runs/parks in existing city or National Capital Commission (NCC) owned land in underserved neighbourhoods over the next four years including Kanata, Stittsville, and Barrhaven.

  • Overhaul the City’s broken booking system for recreational programming.

  • Affirm and work to reinforce the city’s bilingualism policy that “the City of Ottawa recognizes both official languages as having the same rights, status and privileges.

  • Provide more recreation programming, including in French.

 

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