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2-weeks old news but I just learned that NCC is forcing Vertical Reality climbing gym on Victoria Island to close because of that and it kinda bugs me.

For a $13M remediation project you close off entire island for 7!!! years closing established businesses, including Aboriginal Experiences, and a nice public space in the middle of the city? I'm no expert but I think developers would normally do this kind of decontamination job in a matter of months.

I have a feeling they just haven't budgeted this project beforehand to do it quickly so they are stretching it over many years. This seems like ridiculously bad public land management to me.
Really hoping VR finds a new gym all the rest of the climbing gyms in this city are super inaccessible unless you drive.
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Really hoping VR finds a new gym all the rest of the climbing gyms in this city are super inaccessible unless you drive.
I know some folks with the City of Ottawa Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Dept. that have been looking at space for an indoor climbing facility this week. I didn't put it together until now, but it certainly seems like it could be related to his.
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CTV reporting Tobi Nussbaum to head NCC.
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NCC eyes Tobi Nussbaum for top job as Kristmanson stumbles to finish line

Kelly Egan & Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen
Updated: December 12, 2018


On the same day its chief executive was criticized for a series of ethical lapses, it appeared the National Capital Commission had found a new skipper to steer the Crown corporation across ever-stormier seas.

Mark Kristmanson, the NCC’s chief executive officer since 2014, was due to be replaced by Feb. 2 and now leaves with both a huge planning failure — the impending collapse of the LeBreton Flats development plan — and an embarrassing reprimand for misjudging the entitlements of his office.

Tobi Nussbaum, the freshly re-elected councillor for Rideau-Rockcliffe, is being considered as the NCC’s new CEO, this newspaper has confirmed. His appointment would not be official until it is approved by cabinet.

The timing certainly makes sense, as the NCC embarks on a last-minute attempt to rescue a planning exercise that began four years ago to redevelop 53 acres in the heart of the city. It now hangs by a thread, to be sorted out at a board meeting in January.

For most of 2018, it looked as though a partnership between Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and Trinity Group Development founder John Ruddy had finally set a course to bring an NHL arena downtown as part of a massive city-building exercise between two new light-rail stops.

But the $4-billion project blew up in November when Melnyk sued Ruddy and consultant Graham Bird over a large development on blueprints across Albert Street. The lawsuit exposed a deep rift between the partners that had been secretly growing for months while painting the NCC as an agency that largely stood by and watched.

When the RendezVous LeBreton plan went off the rails — after two years of closed-door talks — it was just one more signal that Kristmanson was not going to be extended beyond his five-year term. Important to remember is that he was appointed by the Conservative government of Stephen Harper.

Nussbaum, meanwhile, is said to have solid Liberal connections and is clearly not part of Mayor Jim Watson’s inner circle, as evidenced by the thin committee work he was handed this week.

A Harvard-educated diplomat, often described as a “progressive” with a keen interest in urban planning, he is set to take on a job that pays between $179,000 and $218,000 and will come with a five-year term and massive expectations.

He will certainly face criticism for abandoning his councillor’s position roughly eight weeks after the October election and only days after the new council was sworn in. If a byelection is called to fill the position, the cost would likely be in excess of $350,000.

And, interestingly, Nussbaum was one of five councillors who voted against the so-called 900 Albert St. plan, the three-tower Ruddy development that Melnyk argues will undermine the marketability of housing in the Flats. In July, Nussbaum told councillors that towers of 65, 56 and 27 storeys on Albert near the Bayview LRT station did not meet the neighbourhood’s expectations.

Nussbaum could not be reached on Wednesday so it was unclear when he expressed interest in the position.

The federal government announced in June that it was looking for candidates to fill the NCC job and the notice said July 30 was the deadline. However, when reached in November, the Privy Council Office, which is handling the appointment, said the July 30 date was flexible and that applications received after that date would still be considered.

Nussbaum, 48, was a member of the foreign service, serving at the United Nations in New York and in Geneva. While in Ottawa, he worked for the Department of Global Affairs and in the Privy Council Office. Trilingual (English, French and German), he is married with two school-aged daughters.

Kristmanson now leaves with a patchy record. Not only does the LeBreton effort look doomed, but he was also at the helm of the NCC when the federal planning agency chose Tunney’s Pasture as the preferred site for the new Ottawa Hospital.

While the public grappled with how a huge new hospital would fit into an existing campus of 10,000 public servants full of federal buildings, the hospital board swiftly rejected the plan.

A report from the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner released Wednesday is hardly flattering to Kristmanson, sometimes called “Dr. K” because he holds a PhD in humanities.

It found he accepted 12 invitations to mostly social events that he should have known were “gifts” under ethics policies, meaning he was open to influence from NCC stakeholders who were doing business with his Crown corporation.

For a man who, in public meetings, is careful about “process” and procedure, it is a regrettable set of mistakes, compounded by a lengthy investigation that required an eye-popping 20,000 pages submitted in his defence.

A new NCC vision, perhaps, starts with a fresh pair of eyes.

To contact Kelly Egan, please call 613-726-5896 or email kegan@postmedia.com.
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Confirmed. Tobi Nussbaum is the new NCC CEO.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottaw...tawa-1.4945632
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I’ve only met him once, at an open house for a small project most Councillors would have skipped. I hope he can bring some seriousness to the job after the kristmanson dumpster fire. Although I wish he had not sought re-election if he was job hunting, a new election is a significant expense.
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According to some reports, he was approached by the Feds after the election, if that helps. In any case, he will likely have more influence over the development of the city as the NCC's CEO than he would have with another 4 years as City Councillor under Watson.
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Confirmed. Tobi Nussbaum is the new NCC CEO.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottaw...tawa-1.4945632
Tobi Nussbaum named new CEO of National Capital Commission
Ottawa city councillor to step down from seat, which will likely trigger costly byelection

Ryan Tumilty, Joanne Chianello · CBC News
Posted: Dec 13, 2018 6:46 PM ET | Last Updated: 2 hours ago


Less that two months after being re-elected to city council, Rideau-Rockliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum has been named the new CEO of the National Capital Commission.

Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez, who is responsible for the NCC, announced late Thursday that Nussbaum would take on the position, effective Feb. 4, 2019. Rumours have circulated this week that the councillor would be appointed to the post.

The new position comes with a pay raise. Whereas a city councillor makes about $103,000, the NCC CEO's job comes with a salary ranging between $179,200 and $210,800.

It's also a more powerful position than that of city councillor, especially for Nussbaum, who had been sidelined by Mayor Jim Watson in the current council committee make-up.

The NCC oversees federal lands in both Ottawa and Gatineau, Que., official residences — including 24 Sussex — Gatineau Park and the Rideau Canal skateway.

Of course, the most prominent and challenging file for Nussbaum and the NCC will be LeBreton Flats, which is on the rocks since Senators owner Eugene Melnyk sued his partners in the redevelopment project.

Nussbaum is a bilingual, Harvard-educated, former diplomat who left the federal public service to first run for council in 2014. He was re-elected by a landslide last October.

In a statement, Nussbaum said he is "honoured to be asked to serve as the NCC's next CEO," adding that his top priority in the coming weeks will be to "develop a smooth transition plan to ensure both uninterrupted service to residents, as well as their effective representation at City Hall."

Nussbaum will have to officially resign his seat early in the new year. Council will either have to appoint someone to represent Rideau-Rockcliffe — an unlikely scenario so early in the term — or call a byelection.

Ottawa's election staff estimate that a byelection could cost as much as $500,000, a consequence for which Nussbaum will likely be criticized. The byelection would happen in 2019.

The current CEO of the NCC, Mark Kristmanson, was first appointed in 2014 and his term will be up this spring. On Wednesday, the federal ethics commissioner announced Kristmanson has violated conflict of interest rules by accepting invitations from organizations the NCC does business with.

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Old Posted Dec 14, 2018, 3:42 AM
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Nussbaum confirms NCC appointment; defeated rival candidate says he'll run in Rideau-Rockcliffe byelection

Andrew Duffy, Ottawa Citizen
Updated: December 13, 2018


Tobi Nussbaum confirmed Thursday evening he is leaving Ottawa City Hall to become the new chief executive officer of the National Capital Commission.

After dodging rumour-stoked reporters all day, the councillor for Rideau-Rockcliffe released a statement just after 6 p.m. saying he begins his new duties as CEO of the Crown corporation on Feb. 4.

“Accepting this position means that I will need to step down as councillor for Rideau-Rockliffe before I undertake my new responsibilities,” he wrote. “It has been the greatest privilege of my professional life to represent the many neighbourhoods of our ward and to meet and interact with the thousands of committed, thoughtful and caring citizens who reside there.”

He said his top priority in the coming weeks would be to ensure a smooth transition to a new ward representative.

In appointing Nussbaum to a four-year term, a news release from the Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez spoke of his record of public service.

“I am confident that Mr. Nussbaum shares that passion, and will work diligently to ensure that the National Capital Region remains a livable, vibrant city for residents and continues to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world.”

The move is a somewhat bumpy one. Not only is the councillor being criticized for an ambitious job-swap weeks after re-election, but he takes on an agency dealing with its own drama with the death-bed status of the $4-billion redevelopment of LeBreton Flats and an ethical misstep surrounding departing CEO Mark Kristmanson.

The immediate reaction from council colleagues was positive.

Mayor Jim Watson quickly tweeted out his congratulations. “I wish Tobi the best of luck in his new endeavour, and I look forward to working with him at the @NCC_CCN Board to deliver on city-building initiatives like the LeBreton Flats redevelopment,” wrote Watson, also an NCC board member.

Kitchissippi Coun. Jeff Leiper said he was “thrilled” for Nussbaum.

“Tobi has a progressive vision for a better, sustainable city, and I wish him the best in his new role. He leaves a hole in Council, but his leadership will be even more felt as the steward of some of our Capital’s most important resources.”

In the short term, attention will turn to filling his council seat. Defeated candidate Peter Heyck has already announced he will seek to replace Nussbaum, who leaves city hall after four years for a bigger office just down Elgin Street.

Nussbaum’s decision to leave — less than two months into his four-year term — caught many political observers by surprise, including Heyck.

“Good for him (Nussbaum) for taking this step, but it’s too bad that he appears to have been shopping around for a better job. He was probably aware of this possibility when the election was called,” said Heyck, 44, Nussbaum’s only challenger in the October election.

Nussbaum was re-elected in a landslide, with 82 per cent of the vote.

Heyck, who works in the logistics department at Canadian Blood Services, called the timing of Nussbaum’s move a disappointment: “It’s too bad that if there is a byelection, the residents of Ottawa are going to have to foot the bill. It does seem to be a bit of a waste of time and money.”

That process is set out in Ontario’s Municipal Act, which gives the city two options when a councillor’s seat becomes vacant due to a resignation, disqualification or death.

After formally declaring his seat vacant, city council can either appoint a person through a vote of council to serve out the term, or hold a byelection within three months.

Council will almost certainly opt for the latter, but that will cost taxpayers in excess of $350,000.

Council resignations and municipal by-elections are not unknown in Ottawa.

In January 2006, Bob Monette was elected in an Orléans byelection to replace Herb Kreling, who stepped down to become a justice of the peace. Monette served 10 months before being re-elected in the November 2006 general election.

Longtime Rideau-Rockcliffe councillor Jacques Legendre said Thursday that he won’t criticize Nussbaum for leaving city hall to become head of the NCC.

“He’s undoubtedly going to face some criticism on that, but I wouldn’t blame him a whole lot,” said Legendre, a former National Research Council physicist who served as a municipal politician for 19 years.

Legendre said Nussbaum is a good communicator who takes a serious, professional approach to municipal affairs.

“I think he would be a very suitable candidate for the NCC job: It’s very difficult job, but I think he’s up to the mark.”

City council has almost no choice but to call an byelection, he added, since it’s so early in the new mandate. “I don’t think it’s unseemly at all to call for a byelection: I think that’s the only option that council really has.”

Legendre said he has no interest in a return to politics.


City councillor v. NCC chief executive officer

Annual salary: $99,647 vs. $179,000 — $210,800
Term length: Four years vs. five years
Voting power: One of 23 councillors and mayor vs. one of 15 NCC board members
Annual budget: $3.42 billion vs. $136 million
Overall Staff: 17,131 vs. 440

Capital Assets: The NCC owns land and buildings valued at $1.7 billion, including 535 square kilometres of land, which makes up about 10 per cent of the National Capital Region; its assets include 400 kilometres of pathways, 23 parks, 145 bridges, 1,700 properties, and six official residences

The city owns major infrastructure with a replacement value of more than $26 billion, including 5,300 kilometres of roadway, 569 bridges, and 783 structures, including fire halls, police stations, libraries and recreation centres.

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According to some reports, he was approached by the Feds after the election, if that helps. In any case, he will likely have more influence over the development of the city as the NCC's CEO than he would have with another 4 years as City Councillor under Watson.
Applications were due in July, so that seems a little unlikely.

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local...ceo-of-the-ncc

It is possible he didn’t apply and the feds approached him quite recently, but that would be weird too.
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Applications were due in July, so that seems a little unlikely.

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local...ceo-of-the-ncc

It is possible he didn’t apply and the feds approached him quite recently, but that would be weird too.
There was another article quoted that they would continue to accept applications after the deadline though.
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Even if he applied for the job before July, he had no way of telling he was going to get it. It's not required for people to divulge their job prospects. Jim Watson himself jumped ship to the Feds, leaving the old city of Ottawa with Alan Higdon as acting mayor for six months leading up to amalgamation.
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Applications were due in July, so that seems a little unlikely.

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local...ceo-of-the-ncc

It is possible he didn’t apply and the feds approached him quite recently, but that would be weird too.
On the news yesterday (don't remember which one), they mentioned that the NCC had chosen a candidate, but that person declined the offer as they had just received a promotion from their current employer. At that point, after the election, they approached Nussbaum.

Listening to Rick Gibbons today (Hour One, 39 minute mark), Rick mentions that Nussbaum will be declining the $30,000 severance pay as compensation to tax payers for his early leave. Now that's nowhere near the hundreds of thousands it will cost for a by-election, but it's still much more than most politicians are willing to do.
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Rick mentions that Nussbaum will be declining the $30,000 severance pay as compensation to tax payers for his early leave. Now that's nowhere near the hundreds of thousands it will cost for a by-election, but it's still much more than most politicians are willing to do.
Do councillors get severance for leaving for another job? It's not like Nussbaum was fired à la hydro one CEO.
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Do councillors get severance for leaving for another job? It's not like Nussbaum was fired à la hydro one CEO.
Yep, the rules were changed in the previous term.

https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/outgoing-o...ages-1.2030339
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Yep, the rules were changed in the previous term.

https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/outgoing-o...ages-1.2030339
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She also explains that elected officials must work until the end of their term “making it difficult to pursue future employment while they are a sitting Member.”
From that it seems to me to be a form of retention bonus, which makes some sense. In that case Nussbaum “shouldn’t” be eligible. A condition should be that they work to the end of their term and help with the transition to the new councillor. The only exception I could see would be if they are leaving for medical reasons.
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For those who criticize Nussbaum for accepting the NCC gig, I'd like to point out that often times, when Party Leaders at the Provincial or Federal level quit politics as soon as the election is over because their Party took a hard fall, despite them winning their own seat, no one seems to bat an eye. Philippe Couillard is the latest example, resigning the week of the election. Harper stayed a year, at least. Wynne is still kicking at Queen's Park. Good on her.

As Nussbaum stated, the timing was unfortunate, but he accepted a job where he can continue to serve the people of Ottawa.
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Board meeting today. Not much on the agenda...

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Working visuals for the Nepean Point bridge.



Right... Something's telling me we'll see 2-meter high metal cages behind those elegant railings in the final product...
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I'm a little ticked that the Mayors always seem to join the meeting late or not at all. They fought for years to have a seat at the table and now that they do (without a vote), they take it for granted. Today's meeting more than any, they should both have been there (Pedneaud-Jobin is absent) and on time (Watson was late) considering this is Kristmanson's last meeting.
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