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What I Love About My Neighbourhood

I found this poster while walking to work one day. I took some love. And over the course of a week, I watched as all of the love was taken.

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Music through the ducts

Jesse Winchester, Stan Rogers, Colleen Peterson, Ron Hynes, Roy Forbes, Ferron, Stephen Fearing. The names are a who’s who of legendary Canadian singer/songwriters from just a decade or two ago.

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Flower power

Twenty-two years ago CCOC started a pretty cool thing: giving away flowers to tenants. Our original motivations were pretty pragmatic: it was cheaper for us to buy all our tenants some pretty annuals than it was to hire professional landscapers.

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CCOC’s No-Smoking Policy: how a tenant and member-directed organization makes big decisions

We’re proud that tenants at CCOC have a say in how their housing is run. As a tenant and member directed organization, tenants are always part of how we make big decisions.

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Wheels of Justice? Not on the Albert Street Transitway Detour

Ottawa has started the biggest infrastructure project in its history, and it’s happening in our backyard! CCOC has about 110 homes in the Lebreton Flats area – bordered by Booth, Albert, Rochester and Primrose Streets.

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Provincial Housing Minister tells Federal Government to reinvest in Housing

“We need a national housing plan — one that includes the creation of new affordable housing opportunities and maintains our existing social housing units.”

CMHC

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258 Lisgar: the best decision CCOC ever made

We lit a fire at one of our properties earlier in the Fall. Don’t worry – it was on purpose.

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CCOC receives local and international accolades

Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation (CCOC) is very proud to announce that it has received recognition at both the local and international levels in the past week for its innovative new housing development at Beaver Barracks in downtown Ottawa.

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The third verb: promoting affordable housing

Endless meetings, phoney consultations with “the community”, interpreting the meaning of “tall” or “compatible” – that is the life of an affordable housing promoter!

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Being a landlord of choice

A few years ago I was meeting with a candidate for Mayor of Ottawa; I was making the case for affordable housing and why we need to create more subsidized units.

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