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Mayor’s trip to London Marathon to be paid by tourism board

The mayor’s trip to the London Marathon in the UK will be paid for as he tags along on a tourism board trip.

Good morning!

Okay, so I knew the croissant we’d ordered for Easter brunch was going to be large, but honestly had no idea what we were getting ourselves in for. It was very big, about the size of the baby boy, and much, much larger than this banana (for scale):

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Very much worth every penny, however. Took us a few days to get through. But I would absolutely recommend you head to Tartelette the next time you’re looking for a pastry larger than most cats.

We’ve got a bunch to get to today, so let’s get to it.

— Robert Hiltz, managing editor.


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Ottawa Tourism paying for Mayor Sutcliffe’s travel to London Marathon

What happened: Mayor Mark Sutcliffe is heading to the UK to run the London Marathon later this month, he’ll be tagging along with a delegation from Ottawa Tourism on the trip. The delegation will also include members of Invest Ottawa and Run Ottawa. 

Who’s paying: The mayor’s office told the Lookout that Sutcliffe’s flights and accommodations will be paid for by Ottawa Tourism, but his office said, “Any costs associated with participating in the London Marathon are being covered by the mayor.”

  • When asked, the mayor’s office couldn’t say what type of entry Sutcliffe had in the marathon, only that “he registered and paid for it himself.” Normal international entries into the marathon would have been notified in July last year if they’d won a spot, according to the London Marathon’s website.

Funding: Ottawa Tourism is a not-for-profit organization. According to its 2022 annual report, the most recent available, they received the bulk of its funding, $11.2 million, from sales and marketing revenue. But it is also heavily subsizied by the three levels of government. The feds gave them $4.4 million, the province $4.1 million, and the city $872,000.

  • Ottawa Tourism’s revenues totalled $24.4 million in 2022, and the organization finished that year with a deficit of $4,131.

Previous marathons: Sutcliffe ran last summer in the Berlin Marathon, where he finished in a time of 3:51:42, with an average pace of 5:30 per kilometre. In 2015 and 2018, he ran the Boston Marathon, finishing in 3:42:37 and 3:49:37, respectively. And in 2016, he ran the Chicago Marathon in 03:38:06.

  • With London under his belt, he will be well along the way to running in all of the big six marathons in New York, Boston, Chicago, Tokyo, London, and Berlin.

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Federal government promises billions in new housing infrastructure fund

What happened: The federal government announced a $6-billion infrastructure fund to spur the construction of more homes across the country, CBC reported. The first $1 billion of that money will go directly to cities with critical, shovel-ready infrastructure projects.

The catch: The remaining $5 billion will be given to the provinces, but only if they meet certain conditions. The money will be earmarked for the installation and upgrading of infrastructure like water mains and sewers. The feds want the provinces to allow four-unit buildings as a right, freeze development charges for three years,

  • Federal Housing Minister Sean Fraser said it comes down to a binary choice, “Do you want support to expand infrastructure and make the decisions that will make it easier to build homes? Or do you want to go it alone and adopt measures that restrict housing supply, knowing that a consequence will be a lack of federal infrastructure funding?” he said according to CBC.

Reaction: Provincial governments aren’t always keen on the federal government entering their areas of jurisdiction. Ontario Premier Doug Ford previously rejected the idea of allowing fourplexes to be built on any lot, one of the federal requirements for the money. In BC, Premier David Eby was more welcoming of the money, saying provinces that build housing should be prioritized for the cash, and those unwilling to play ball should be left out.

Timeline: Provinces will have until Jan. 1 to come to an agreement with the federal government for their share of the money. After that point, the feds said they’d give the money directly to cities. The timeline for handing out the final $5 billion has not been set, and it’s not clear how much each province would get.

What it means: The federal government is trying more and more of late to impose conditions on the money it transfers to other levels of government. It’s a loophole of a sort that allows them to reach into areas that are the responsibility of others to try and force certain outcomes. (Health transfers work along similar lines, though not without tension.) The hope is that big dollar figures will overcome the reluctance of provinces to give into federal demands and get more homes built.

  • A lack of infrastructure isn’t the biggest thing holding housing back, but paying for it while at the same time demanding for looser zoning rules may make progress toward easing the housing crisis.

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