Read the February 2021 Centretown BUZZ

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The February issue of The Centretown BUZZ is out! We hope you’ll enjoy reading it. We’re back in print with this issue, and you’ll see our volunteers dropping the paper off across Centretown (and you can help, too!).

It’s a packed issue this month – so packed, in fact, that we’re offering expanded versions of two stories on our website. We had to chop those stories to fit.

You can find out about a new energy efficiency standard; sidewalk designs; a replacement for Pressed; millions of new dollars for road safety; changes in the e-scooter program for 2021; and more.

And we haven’t forgotten to celebrate locals having fun on the Rideau Canal Skateway.

We are distributing printed copies of this issue to homes and businesses across Centretown. Look for a copy in your mailbox or at your favourite shop.

Read this month’s newspaper online here, or as a flipbook. We also have a high-res version for printing your own copy.

In this issue

Just before we went to press, the city announced a fast consultation on sidewalk design standards (comments due by February 16). We explain how the standards can make a difference to your safety and comfort as you walk in your neighbourhood.

The new building under construction at Gladstone and Rochester, replacing the former townhouses, has a lot of energy efficiency in its design. Learn about Ottawa Community Housing’s ambitious plans. (We’ve posted a separate expanded version of this story.)

Ryan Lythall exposes how people with disabilities can be mistreated, and need respect.

Karen Munro-Caple has a new cartoon about the lighter side of the pandemic.

Robert Smythe details the tortuous path of the new highrises on Lisgar and Nepean Streets.

Victoria Welland brings us the good news that Oat Couture wants to revive the music scene at the former Pressed location.

Councillor McKenney explains the why and how of new 30km/h speed zones in Centretown.

ACORN Ottawa talked to people living around LeBreton Flats to prepare its vision of what needs to be in the NCC’s redevelopment of the Flats.

Speed cameras in the suburbs have had a remarkable success in raising money and slowing vehicles. Do they belong downtown?

We follow the city debate over the first year of the e-scooter pilot. They’ll be this summer, and some people weren’t happy. (We’ve posted a separate expanded version of this story.)

The CCA elected a new president last month, in a contest that attracted large numbers of new members.

Tony Wohlfarth profiles a movie he particularly appreciated at Sundance this year, as well as many local arts and culture offerings.

We also have Pearl Pirie’s recipes, and more…

We need your ideas, feedback, and ads

Please let us know what you think of this issue: which articles did you enjoy most? Is there anything we missed? Email us at

As always, this newspaper is a community effort. Thanks to everyone who contributed articles, photos, ideas, tech support, and proofreading to this issue.

We’re already starting planning for our third issue of 2021, out on March 12: tell us your feedback, ideas, and news tips at or 613-565-6012! Our deadline is March 1.

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