A People’s Public Transport Policy

The People’s Public Transport Policy is the result of a collaborative effort involving the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) representing 700 affiliated trade unions from 150 countries and a number of non-union organizations and activists.  It sets out 28 policy demands that express the ITF’s vision for a social model of public transport covering six key areas … Continue reading A People’s Public Transport Policy

The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) development plan favours cars over transit access

Once again, development planning in the city of Ottawa proceeds with insufficient regard for climate change and public transit.  Newly announced plans to upgrade The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) include adding a four story parking garage to the site. This parking garage will be built over an existing lot and the Queen Juliana Park. It will … Continue reading The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) development plan favours cars over transit access

What should a green economy look like? A Review of Tom Rand’s “The Case for Climate Capitalism”

Even now, with a ten year timeframe left for action, it’s rare for the climate crisis to be treated as the emergency it is. So, credit where due to Tom Rand: he calls for a rapid transition away from fossil fuels and towards renewables; he blames the political and business elite for the mess and … Continue reading What should a green economy look like? A Review of Tom Rand’s “The Case for Climate Capitalism”

Our Remarks at the March 31st Transit Commission Meeting

We recently joined other members of the public and advocacy groups like Horizon Ottawa, Ottawa Transit Riders, and ACORN Ottawa to speak against proposed cuts to transit service. OC Transpo’s draft plan addresses lower pandemic ridership by suspending, shortening, and reducing frequency on many routes linking suburbs to downtown, to begin in June. It’s bad … Continue reading Our Remarks at the March 31st Transit Commission Meeting

FTO Presentation on Urban Boundary

Urban Boundary Expansion Statement at the Joint Planning Committee/ Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee – May 11, 2020 By Kirstin Pulles on behalf of Free Transit Ottawa May 11, 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGqiyApahuA&feature=youtu.be As a representative of Free Transit Ottawa, I want to focus on how urban expansion impacts not only the functionality of the city, but … Continue reading FTO Presentation on Urban Boundary