OBJ's news agenda for the coming week in Ottawa business

Island Park embassy
A rendering of the proposed new Thai embassy on Island Park Drive, slated for discussion at this week's planning committee.

Best laid plans

The city’s planning committee will meet for the first time in 2019 on Thursday to discuss new zoning bylaws for areas of Westboro, Barrhaven, Navan Road and Kanata.

One proposal sure to generate some discussion between councillors is the application for a new Thai embassy building at 180 Island Park Dr. Though city staff have recommended committee approve the application for a two-storey building zoned for embassy use, Kitchissippi councillor Jeff Leiper has come down against the proposal, which has also attracted more than 50 comments from concerned residents. Coun. Leiper has said in planning documents that the rezoning of the site from residential to office use is “absurd.”

Elsewhere in Kitchissippi, RioCan will hold an open house on Tuesday to solicit public feedback on the first phase of its proposal for the current site of the Westgate Shopping Centre.

OBJ.Social

Kicking off the week with coverage of this past weekend’s Burns Supper in Ottawa. Social correspondent Caroline Phillips will have video and photos from the night of song, drink and dance honouring Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns.

Tomorrow OBJ.Social will attend the opening of a pop-up mineral exhibit from the Museum of Nature opening at Constitution Square.

Later in the week we’ll have coverage of BDO’s cocktail evening for its newly consolidated offices on Kent Street.

Angels on Techopia Live

Tune into Techopia Live on Thursday as we sit down with Capital Angel Network to review the local organization’s investment activity in 2018. It’s a great opportunity to get a look at the early stage companies receiving local cash and the trending sectors Ottawa’s angels are keeping their eyes on.