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Let's Get Active Barrhaven Photo Submissions
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Let's Get Active Barrhaven!

We need your help! The Minto Recreation Complex – Barrhaven needs photos for the very first facility guide.

You can submit pictures of you and your family/friends being active in Barrhaven to MRCB@ottawa.ca along with a signed, scanned copy of this permission form by August 7, 2015.

Staff will be selecting photos from the submissions for publishing in the facility guide and displaying in our facility.


Ottawa to host 2017 and 2018 Canadian Track and Field Championships
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ottawa will be hosting Athletics Canada’s Senior/Junior Canadian Track and Field Championships in both 2017 and 2018, at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility at Mooney’s Bay.

This national event will generate approximately $3 million in economic benefits in each of the two years.

“The City of Ottawa is pleased to welcome Athletics Canada and looks forward to hosting the athletes, coaches, families and spectators that will come here to compete, cheer and enjoy our city,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “The Canadian Track and Field Championships is an exciting addition to our Ottawa 2017 celebration.”
“Event Central and the Parks, Recreation and Culture department will be working with the Ottawa Lion’s Track and Field Club, one of the largest track and field clubs in Canada,” said Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of the City’s Community and Protective Services Committee. “Together, they will create an event that celebrates our nation’s best athletes and our country’s 150th anniversary.” 

‎"I am pleased that this national sporting event will be hosted in Ottawa and right in River Ward at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility,” said River Ward City Councillor Maria McRae. “The City is investing more than $300,000 in upgrades to the facility in advance of the championships. These upgrades will benefit residents of my Ward, and across Ottawa for years to come.”

Athletics Canada CEO Rob Guy praised the City for the quality of its bid, noting that, “Ottawa is one of the best organized and most enthusiastic host cities. We had a great Championship when we hosted it here in 2006, and I am confident that the 2017 and 2018 Championships will be among the best ever. I hope everyone in Ottawa comes out to see and cheer the best Olympic and Paralympic athletes from across Canada.”
Athletics Canada’s Canadian Track and Field Championships is a four-day competition for the nation’s best Olympic and Paralympic athletes. The event serves as the selection trials for national teams, such as the World Championships, Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, and Pan/Parapan American Games.

The “Bid More, Win More, Host More” strategy – a priority of the Economic Development and Innovation Department – was developed to attract national and world-class events. These events create growth and prosperity in the local economy.  Over the last few years, the combination of bids won and events hosted resulted in more than $40 million for Ottawa’s economy.   

For more information on Event Central, visit ottawa.ca.

Use free transportation to TD Place for opening weekend events
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ottawa sports fans have an exciting weekend coming up, with both the Ottawa REDBLACKS and the Ottawa Fury FC playing their first games in their new home: TD Place at Lansdowne. The REDBLACKS play their home opener on Friday, July 18 at 7 p.m. Event-goers are urged to take advantage of a variety of transportation options for getting to and from TD Place.

REDBLACKS tickets include free options to get to the game:

  • Free OC Transpo and STO service including enhanced service on Bank Street
  • Free parking and direct transit service from eight OC Transpo and five STO Park & Ride lots in Ottawa and Gatineau
  • Free parking and shuttle service from four locations near TD Place, including Carleton University, Canada Post, Vincent Massey Park and the R.A. Centre
  • Free, secure bike parking at TD Place, just east of Aberdeen Pavilion

Plan your trip ahead of time and get information on routes and scheduling at octranspo.com.

OC Transpo customer service representatives will be present at Park & Ride locations to assist customers. Para Transpo customers can also travel for free with their game ticket. 

For REDBLACKS games, Ottawa Sports and Entertaiment Group (OSEG) is providing free, secure bike parking at the skating court, east of Aberdeen Pavilion beginning at 4p.m. A new multi-use pathway now connects this area directly to the National Capital Commission (NCC) path along the Queen Elizabeth Driveway. Visit ottawa.ca for a map of comfortable cycling routes.

While event-goers are encouraged to use these convenient transportation options, anyone choosing to drive to the event should be aware that only Club Seat ticket holders will have access to on-site parking. Motorists are also encouraged to use a designated driver following events.

This weekend also marks the home opener of the Ottawa Fury FC, with a game on July 20 at 3 p.m. This event is expected to be well attended and additional free transportation options will be available to help ticketholders get to TD Place. OC Transpo and STO are providing enhanced service on Bank Street on routes 1 and 7 as well as direct special-event service to the stadium on all 450-series routes. OSEG will provide Park & Shuttle service from Carleton University. For information on transit and shuttle services to the Fury game, visit octranspo.com. For cyclists, secure on-site bike parking will also be available, east of the Aberdeen Pavilion.


Airport Parkway closed Sunday night from Hunt Club to Brookfield
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Airport Parkway will be closed on Sunday, July 20 from 8 p.m. to Monday July 21 at 4 a.m. between Brookfield Road and Hunt Club Road. This closure is required to install temporary barriers for the temporary deck support as part of the Airport Parkway pedestrian/cycling bridge. 

Digital message signs will be in place to remind motorists of the closure and detour signs will be set up directing people to use Brookfield Road, Riverside Drive and Hunt Club Road. 

To get updated traffic and construction information around the city, visit ottawa.ca.


Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge opens, significantly improving connectivity for Riverside South and Barrhaven residents
Saturday, July 12, 2014

Today, the Harper Government, the Province of Ontario and the City of Ottawa celebrated the opening ofthe new Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge. This new bridge, which spans the Rideau River between River Road and Prince of Wales Drive, provides new transit, traffic, cycling and pedestrian connections between the Riverside South and Barrhaven communities.

This 143 metre long bridge carries four general purpose lanes, two auxiliary turning lanes, two dedicated transit lanes, two on-road cycling lanes and sidewalks in each direction. The dedicated transit lanes will provide efficient OC Transpo services as an alternative to the private automobile while on-road cycling lanes and sidewalks will promote active transportation measures.

The bridge will also contribute to public safety by enhancing emergency response capabilities to both Riverside South and Barrhaven communities.

“The Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge has been my top priority for constituents in Barrhaven, Manotick, and Riverside South,” said the Honourable Pierre Poilievre, P.C., M.P. Nepean-Carleton. “That is why I helped obtain one-third of the funding needed from the federal government. I am very pleased to celebrate the completion of this long awaited and much needed infrastructure project for the tens of thousands of residents who will benefit from it. Through this project, and others like it, the Harper Government is creating new jobs and stimulating the local economy.”

John Fraser, MPP for Ottawa South, noted that, “Infrastructure is not about bricks and mortar. It’s about people. We remain committed to improving quality of life and creating new opportunities for prosperity through sustainable long-term investments in infrastructure.”

“This new bridge will help reduce commute times, facilitate new transit connections and provide a beautiful new piece of architecture for the nation’s capital,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “This is another great example of what can be accomplished when the federal, provincial and municipal governments work together to deliver transportation infrastructure.”

The total cost of the Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge Project was $50 million. The Federal and Provincial governments are each funding a third of the project’s eligible costs, to a maximum of $16 million each, under the Building Canada Fund. The City of Ottawa is contributing the remaining funding.

For more information about the Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge, please visit ottawa.ca.


Lansdowne ready to welcome visitors this summer
Thursday, July 3, 2014

Today the Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDCO) received a presentation and update on the opening and operation plans for the revitalized Lansdowne from City staff and the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG). 

“The vision that has guided the design and construction at Lansdowne is solidly based on the values we put at the core of developing our city – sustainable, connected, accessible and healthy communities that protect and foster our local heritage and culture,” said Mayor Watson. “I am excited to welcome residents to Lansdowne, and together discover all that the new site has to offer, beginning this summer and for many years to come.” 

The stadium, TD Place, is the first phase of the redevelopment to officially open on July 9, and it will host its first major event on July 18 when the Ottawa REDBLACKS play their first home game. 

Lansdowne Park – an 18-acre public green space – will open with a community event to celebrate the heritage of Lansdowne on August 16, from 11a.m. to 3p.m.

The shops at Lansdowne will open later this fall, and residents of the new condominiums will start to move in early in 2015. 

“For neighbouring communities, the reopening of Lansdowne Park comes with a series of new amenities and opportunities,” said Ward Councillor Chernushenko. “New green space, plazas, spaces for community programs as well as pathways that will better link the Rideau Canal to Bank Street. Lansdowne Park’s location next to the historic Canal and with so many pathway connections means biking or walking is an attractive option for visitors who want to spend a day at the park or take in its attractions.” 

Programming and events at the new Lansdowne Park will begin later this fall when Ottawa’s third refrigerated outdoor skating rink opens. Lansdowne Park will also be an integral feature of Winterlude 2015. In addition, over 20 event organizers have already expressed interest in hosting events at the park, and several are confirmed for 2014 and 2015. 

The City is pleased to welcome the Ottawa Farmers’ Market back to Lansdowne beginning in 2015 in the new, purpose built, Aberdeen Square. The committee also received a report today for an outdoor farmers’ market for up to seven days per week and a potential indoor farmers’ market in Aberdeen Pavilion on weekends from November to April. City Council will consider the licence for final approval at its meeting on July 9. 

“The rejuvenation of Lansdowne has been many years in the making,” said Kent Kirkpatrick, City Manager. “City staff have worked tirelessly to bring this project to fruition. We have also worked collaboratively with many stakeholders and partners, and I would like to thank each of them for their contributions to completing the redevelopment at Lansdowne. As we turn our attention to operating these new facilities, those relationships will help us ensure a positive experience for every site visitor.” 

“My partners and I are very excited to welcome Ottawa to the new TD Place this summer,” said Roger Greenberg, OSEG chairman. “We are very proud to be a part of restoring this historic site to a destination at the heart of our city.” 

More information about Lansdowne’s new amenities and activities are available at ottawa.ca or by following the City of Ottawa onFacebook or Twitter @ottawacity.


Introducing Ottawa’s new child care registry and waitlist
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Finding child care within the city of Ottawa just got easier with the introduction of a new online service where parents can access a centralized registry that makes it easy to find and register for child care. 

As part of the modernization of the City’s child care services, the City will be switching to new software, which will replace the existing waitlist. The software is already being used successfully in 10 other Ontario municipalities. 

The childcare registry and waitlist is a secure, fast and simple to use online application that provides real-time information. Parents are able to select licensed child care providers near their home, work or other convenient location, and they can register online to any number of child care programs, and for any number of children. Parents can also update their information at any time. 

“The new waitlist registry will allow City staff to know exactly how many families are waiting for a licensed child care space, and how many are eligible for a fee subsidy, allowing for future planning of residents’ early learning and child care needs,” stated Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of the City’s Community and Protective Services Committee.

Child care providers are also able to view and manage their waitlist and contact parents directly when a spot becomes available, as the system automatically enters each application into a priority sequence. 

The City is currently contacting parents on the existing list by email and directing them to enter their information on the new software. Parents will be advised how to register in the new system and what information they will need to submit. This will ensure that their original date of application is preserved. Parents have until December 31, 2014 to complete this step. 

Whether you require child care right now, or are planning for your future needs, all you need to get started is to create your online profile to access licensed childcare availability in Ottawa. 

For more information and to join the registry, visit ottawa.ca/daycare.


OC Transpo boosts service to the RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

OC Transpo is the best option for residents and visitors travelling to Bluesfest this year, with frequent, direct service to LeBreton Flats from July 3 to 13. 

Ten routes provide direct service to and from LeBreton Station (8, 16, 85, 86, 87, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98 and the nearby O‑Train). Free parking is available at Park & Ride lots across the city, with rapid transit service directly to LeBreton Flats.

Additional trips are scheduled at the beginning of the evening so that festival goers can get to the venue as quickly as possible. Between 11:00 and 11:45 p.m., rapid transit routes 94, 95, 96, 97 and 98 will be increased in frequency to accommodate the crowds leaving at the end of the night. Route 107, which is replacing the O‑Train after 10 p.m. this summer, will also operate more frequently during Bluesfest.

Route 8 may experience minor detours and delays in the Booth Street area during Bluesfest.

Para Transpo will be providing direct service to and from Bluesfest.

Further information and travel planning assistance is available by calling OC Transpo at 613-741-4390 or by visitingoctranspo.com.


Activities in July and August make City Hall a hot place to be this summer
Monday, June 30, 2014

Again this summer, City Hall's Marion Dewar Plaza will be home to regular weekly programs and special events for every taste and interest. Some sizzling favourites return from last year, with hot new additions for 2014. 

“I’m pleased the City continues to enhance the downtown Ottawa experience with free activities at City Hall,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Summer activities and unique galleries truly make City Hall a destination for tourists and Ottawa residents alike all year round.” 

Marion Dewar Plaza is the place to be for the following activities at lunch hour, every Thursday in July. 

  • Free Thursday noon concerts, sponsored by RBC Bluesfest and the Musicians’ Association of Ottawa-Gatineau
  • Free sports (volleyball, floor hockey, futsal and ultimate), sponsored by the Ottawa Sport & Social Club. Visit ottawa.cafor specific times and to sign up
  • A cash barbecue, organized by Café 111
  • Pickleball 

Popular activities returning from last year include: 

  • Tuesday morning YMCA-YWCA boot camps
  • Tuesday noon Rama Lotus Yoga
  • Wednesday lunchtime Taoist Tai-chi
  • Wednesday evening salsa dancing
  • Roller derby demonstrations in July and August 

“City Hall is a great place to visit morning noon and night this summer,” said Mark Taylor, Chair of Community and Protective Services Committee. “Whether you want to sit back and enjoy, or jump in and take part, this summer’s schedule is designed to nurture the mind, body and soul.” 

Visit ottawa.ca for a full list of summer programming at City Hall’s Marion Dewar Plaza.


Mayor Watson announces $360-million worth of Confederation Line contracts now committed to local firms
Thursday, June 26, 2014

This morning, Mayor Jim Watson provided a Confederation Line economic update, announcing that the value of contracts committed to local firms is now over $360 million. The Mayor also announced, as the downtown tunnel approaches the 50% completion mark later this summer, the majority of all contractors working on the project are from within the Ottawa region.

“There are few things more important to Ottawa’s economy than our transportation system, that’s why we’re building the Confederation Line and planning for Stage 2 of light rail,” said Mayor Watson. “Working together, we are building confidence in our local economy and ensuring Ottawa remains competitive in the years and decades ahead.”

Over the life of the construction project, 20 000 person years of employment will be created, both as a direct result of the construction as well as general economic uplift in the community. Specifically, more than 1,000 person-years of engineering and technical jobs will be created as well as 3,200 person-years of trade employment. 100 jobs will also be created for the assembly of the light rail transit (LRT) vehicles in Ottawa at the Maintenance and Storage Facility on Belfast Road, which is now under construction.

A recent study by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and Abacus Data indicates that almost 60 per cent of Ottawa businesses indicated that the construction and development of the light rail transit will have a positive impact on their business.

Mayor Watson also highlighted that the Confederation Line (LRT) project was awarded the “Best Rail Project” at the Partnerships Awards 2014, in London, UK.  Last year, the Confederation Line also won the Gold Award for Best Procurement for the Canadian Council of P3’s.

The Confederation Line is a $2.1 billion light rail transit (LRT) project that is jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Ottawa. This project is the first stage in Ottawa’s future rail network. The 12.5-kilometre electric light rail system replaces existing diesel powered buses, providing rapid transit between Blair Station in the east and Tunney’s Pasture in the west. The route includes 13 stations and a 2.5-kilometre tunnel that will alleviate congestion through the downtown core. For more information about the project, visit ottawa.ca.


Payment cards now accepted online for accounts receivable invoices
Thursday, June 26, 2014

As part of continuing service improvements to residents, the City of Ottawa today launched a new online feature allowing payment cards (credit cards and Interac Online) for online payment of accounts receivable (blue) invoices. Resulting from resident requests for more flexible online payment options, MasterCard, VISA and American Express, as well as Interac Online will now be accepted to make secure online payments for accounts receivable invoices as a new payment service.

Residents and businesses have asked for more flexible online payment options, and this service enhancement will make it easier and more convenient for residents and businesses to process their invoices with the City. Rather than having to mail a cheque or visit a client service centre, residents and businesses will be able to make their payments through ottawa.ca.

The invoices known as blue invoices due to the colour of paper on which they are printed, are usually issued for services such as facility rentals, property standards by-law infractions, returned cheques and motor vehicle damage to City assets. Clients who wish to pay their accounts receivable invoices online will be charged a 1.99 per cent service fee for transactions equal to or over $750. The City of Ottawa does not receive any part of the service fee which is charged by the third party payment processor, Paymentus Corporation.

“By asking anyone paying an invoice over $750 to pay all associated service charges, we are protecting the taxpayer,” explained Marian Simulik, City Treasurer. “While we are striving to offer better, more convenient and more accessible services, we also need to ensure we don’t shift any extra expenditures resulting from these conveniences across the entire tax base. Individuals or businesses who wish to pay online will need to assume these service costs.”

To pay your accounts receivable (blue) invoice online and to see other payment options, visit ottawa.ca.


Ottawa ramps up for 2017 celebrations
Thursday, June 26, 2014

To help promote Ottawa’s big plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations, the City will be adding Ottawa 2017 decals to City vehicles and will be partnering with local artists to paint murals across the city.

“Ottawa is getting in the spirit of 2017,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “With only thirty months to go, now is the time to start showing the world that there will be no better place to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. These new initiatives will remind residents and visitors of the big celebration yet to come, and will encourage everyone to get involved in planning Canada’s big year.”

There will be 800 vehicles in the City’s fleet that will receive special decals promoting Ottawa 2017 and the project’s website, ottawa2017.ca. The vehicles selected will be among the most visible ones in the fleet, providing services in every community.
The first two murals, to be located on Metcalfe Street at the 417 underpass and on Riverside Drive at the Bronson Street Bridge, will include two installations each. Both will include a 2017 themed mural painted by renowned local artist Nicole Belanger. Each will also include a unique mural that will be specific to the community and depict local culture, history or visions of artistic expression.

“Outdoor murals are effective in reducing graffiti, supporting local arts and culture and economic development,” said Councillor Katherine Hobbs, who co-chairs the Ottawa 2017 Task Force with Councillor Rainer Bloess. “I look forward to seeing these first murals in place, and to introducing more murals around the city in the years leading up to 2017.”

“I am excited by the momentum we are building for 2017,” said Councillor Bloess. “We have already seen excellent participation from residents through initiatives like the Ottawa 2017 Ideas Forum and our suggestion box and online ballot. Hopefully residents will see these new signs of the coming celebration and take the time to contribute their suggestions or begin planning to host friends and family during this historic occasion.”
Residents may continue to submit their ideas for 2017 on the Ottawa 2017 website or by sharing their ideas on Twitter using the hashtag #Ottawa2017, commenting on the City’s Facebook page, or at the 2017 Ideas Box located next to the Information Desk in City Hall.

For more information, visit: ottawa2017.ca


City to make planning information and consultations clearer, more transparent
Monday, June 23, 2014

Better development signage, the use of plain language, easier-to-use development reports, and a pilot project to improve community engagement were the four new initiatives unveiled today by Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Peter Hume, Chair of the City’s Planning Committee.

The goal of the initiatives is to make City planning information and consultations clearer, easier to understand, and more transparent.

“At our Planning Summit in 2012, we made a commitment to improve the flow of information,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Councillor Hume and City Planning and Growth Management staff are following through by making planning information and processes simpler and easier to understand, while also moving to improve public engagement.”
       
The changes to the information and communication tools include:

  • Development street signs will be revamped to provide residents with greater clarity on what exactly to expect from the development application proposal. The sign will feature plainer language and a street-level image of the proposal (where applicable).
  • Plain language will be used to make information easier to understand on matters of planning policy and proposed development applications.
  • A report template has been designed to make it easier to find and contact the planner on the file for public feedback. It will also link to relevant documentation and will feature a one-page data sheet that gives a thumbnail overview of the application.

The fourth initiative that is being introduced is a one-year pilot project in Capital Ward that allows registered Community Associations to participate in pre-application consultations meetings between developers and City planners.

“The pilot project employs community engagement earlier in the process, before the development application is even officially made,” said Councillor Hume. “This promising initiative makes the process more transparent, allowing earlier communication with the community and builds awareness of the planning process.”

Pre-application meetings are required before a formal application is filed. The meeting covers the necessary studies and plans that are required to be in the final submission, along with the relevant planning policies that application must adhere to. 

The one-year pilot will start in August of this year. A report to Planning Committee on its results will be tabled next summer. Further information will be communicated to affected Capital Ward community organizations later this summer. 


Teen Summer Reading at the Library starts today
Friday, June 20, 2014

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is holding a summer-long program for avid teen readers. Teens between the ages of 13 and 18 are invited to post reviews or comments of any of OPL’s materials online, including digital content such as eBooks. In doing so, they are eligible to win a Chapters gift card by weekly draw.

Teens must log in to www.ottawa-summer-2014.bibliocommons.com using their OPL card to participate.

The winners will be announced every week on the Teen Blog until the program ends on Friday, August 29.

For more information about OPL, please go to www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca.


Sequoia Church: Movies in the Park
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Here is the summer schedule for Sequoia Church's Movies in the Park:

  • July 5: Monster University at Cresthaven Park (28 Cresthaven Drive)
  • July 12: Frozen at Berry Glen Park (36 Berry Glen Street)
  • July 19: Muppets Most Wanted at Grovehurst Park (100 Grovehurst Drive)
  • Aug. 9: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 at Clarke Fields Park (93 Houlahan Street)
  • Aug. 16: Despicable Me 2 at Moloughney Park (100 Wessex Drive)

Family friendly movies will start at dusk so bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the fun.


Public Open House concerning the Western Light Rail Transit Corridor (Lincoln Fields to Bayshore) – Planning and Environment Study
Monday, June 16, 2014

The City of Ottawa will be hosting a Public Open House to consult with the public on the development of a Light Rail Transit facility from Lincoln Fields to Bayshore Station.

Thursday, June 19
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Foster Farm Community Centre Gymnasium
1065 Ramsey Crescent, Ottawa

The City's Transportation Master Plan identifies the Western Light Rail Transit Corridor Extension as an integral component of the future expanded rapid-transit network for our city. This open house session will provide residents an opportunity to learn more about the project.

City staff will be available to provide information on the study process, objectives and preliminary design issues.

For more information, visit ottawa.ca


OC Transpo summer schedules start June 22
Monday, June 16, 2014

On Sunday, June 22, new summer schedules go into effect and several new routes will be introduced that offer weekend service to local museums and beaches, and service to the Queensway Terrace North community.

New schedules will reflect the lower demand for service during the summer vacation period. School routes will be suspended until the fall, and there will be minor schedule reductions on mainline and peak period routes. New schedules are available at OC Transpo Sales Centres, by calling 613-741-4390, and at octranspo.com.

Summer service improvements include:

  • New service to local museums and beaches operating on weekends and holidays throughout the summer until September 1. Route 129 will serve the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Route 185 will operate to the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum and Experimental Farm, and Route 198 will serve Petrie Island. Note that Route 198 will start June 21. Connections can be made to these routes at major Transitway stations. Service will operate every half hour between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and until 6:30 p.m. on Route 198.
  • Two new routes will provide transit service to the community of Queensway Terrace North during selected time periods, which will reduce walking distances for residents and provide connections to rapid transit service, shopping and more. Route 154 will operate between the community and Lincoln Fields Station, while Route 155 will operate to Pinecrest and Bayshore Stations.

The next scheduled service change will occur on August 31.

For automated bus arrival information, customers can call 613-560-1000, or text 560560 plus their four-digit bus stop number. For more information and travel planning, visit octranspo.com or call 613-741-4390.


City hosting Household Hazardous Waste Depot
Friday, May 30, 2014

The City will host a one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depot on Sunday, May 31, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the OC Transpo Park and Ride at 3355 Fallowfield Road.

The City is committed to helping residents dispose of their waste in the safest and most environmentally friendly way and reminds residents that some waste in garages, basements and sheds is hazardous and cannot be safely left at the curb for pickup.

Household hazardous waste includes items such as:

  • aerosol containers
  • batteries (automotive/household)
  • propane cylinders
  • fluorescent bulbs/tubes
  • fire extinguishers
  • fertilizers and pesticides
  • needles and syringes
  • pharmaceuticals
  • paints and coatings
  • pool chemicals

Residents can safely dispose of many kinds of household hazardous waste, including fluorescent bulbs, batteries, paint and oil, by returning them to participating local retailers during their regular business hours. For a list of retailers who accept returns of household hazardous waste, visit ottawa.ca.

For more information on waste management and recycling, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).


Firefighter recruitment application deadline extended
Friday, May 30, 2014

The application deadline for the firefighter recruitment campaign has been extended to Monday, June 2. Applicants are encouraged to apply online. Applications will not be accepted at fire stations.

Before applying, please carefully read the qualifications. For more information on this and other career opportunities with the City of Ottawa, visit ottawa.ca/careers.


Residents reminded to be watchful for wild parsnip
Friday, May 30, 2014

Wild parsnip is a hazardous weed commonly found within the City in areas of uncultivated land, roadside ditches, nature trails, as well as surrounding rural and residential properties. It can reproduce at a rapid rate and then be spread to adjacent areas by the wind. It sometimes goes by the name poisonous parsnip and it is part of the carrot/parsley family.

Wild parsnip may pose a health risk to people. The plant sap contains chemicals that will cause skin irritation and make the skin prone to severe burning and blistering when exposed to the sun. The best way to avoid contact with wild parsnip is to become familiar with what the plant looks like. When working outside in the garden, field or lawn, always wear protective clothing, including gloves, long-sleeved shirts, pants and eye protection. Do not allow children to play in areas infected with wild parsnip.

Wild parsnip is a highly branched plant, with hollow green stems. The compound leaves are green and dense growing. The yellow flowers are in clusters of up to 20 cm across. The plant can grow to a height of .5 to 1.5 metres. It is a biennial plant, reproducing only by seed. Images of the leaves and flowers and more information about the plant may be seen here ottawa.ca.

Recorded incidents of wild parsnip have increased in Ottawa over the past three years. It is possible to control wild parsnip through early identification and mechanically cutting the plant below the surface of the soil. Do not burn or compost wild parsnip plants that have been dug up.

On farmland, wild parsnip may reduce the quality of forage crops such as hay, oats and alfalfa, and it may affect the quality of health of livestock animals that ingest it.

The City of Ottawa will continue to monitor the incidence of wild parsnip and work within approved funding and resources to align grass-cutting cycles with the maturation cycle of the plant.


Open House at City Hall to highlight City services
Friday, May 30, 2014

Find out about what your City does for you and the services City employees provide daily at a public showcase called Meet your City Services, as part of Doors Open on Saturday, June 7, 2014.

The interactive showcase will feature animated displays and information booths from all city departments. Several City-owned vehicles will also be on display, including a fire truck, paramedic unit, historical bus, bookmobile, and a split-body collection truck for both recycling and organics, among others. You’ll be surprised at how many City services you use each day!

While strolling among the display booths, enjoy a day of local entertainment, and be sure to stop at the food trucks for a bite to eat.

The showcase will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Jean Pigott Place and Marion Dewar Plaza at City Hall (110 Laurier Ave W), a People Place for All Seasons. For more information, visit ottawa.ca.

For disability-related accommodation required to participate fully in this event, please call 311 or email accessibilityoffice@ottawa.ca before June 3.


Baseball field at the Ottawa Stadium available for community rental
Friday, May 30, 2014

The Ottawa Stadium field is available for rent until September, 2014, providing community teams and organizations with a unique opportunity to play at this big-league facility.

The field is available during daylight hours at rates of $37.55 per hour for minor leagues, $110.50 per hour for adult leagues, and $116 per hour for commercial leagues.

The field and parking lot are centrally located and available for rent by sports clubs, community organizations, and private or commercial groups by contacting City Wide Allocations, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at 613-580-2595, by email at sports@ottawa.ca, or in person on the first floor of Ben Franklin Place (101 Centrepointe Drive).

More information, including specific field information and available amenities, can be found at ottawa.ca. Casual bookings will be done on a first-come, first-served basis.


Doors Open Ottawa 2014 to unlock the city’s built heritage
Monday, May 12, 2014

The City of Ottawa invites residents to discover, explore and celebrate approximately 130 significant public and private buildings as part of Doors Open Ottawa 2014.

Mayor Jim Watson was joined today by Bay Ward Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee, and representatives from some of this year’s participating buildings at the Cartier Square Drill Hall to officially launch this year’s edition of Doors Open Ottawa, which is celebrating its 13th year. The much-anticipated annual event will take place on June 7 and 8, and will be free of charge for visitors. 

“Doors Open is Ottawa’s largest architectural event celebrating distinctive buildings throughout the city that are culturally, historically, and functionally significant,” said Mayor Watson. “Many of these buildings are hidden treasures that are not normally open to the public, so this is a wonderful opportunity to experience modern and historical architecture in a unique and personal way.” 

This year’s list of buildings is an eclectic mix of modern and heritage architecture, featuring embassies, government buildings, private businesses, artists’ studios and many places of worship. With the return of many buildings featured in past years, along with a number of new buildings, Ottawa hosts the second-largest Door Open event in Ontario. Some of this year’s exciting new additions include the Embassy of Japan, OC Transpo’s Integrated Operations Centre, the Ottawa Jewish Archives, and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. 

Approximately 75,000 visitors took part in Doors Open Ottawa in 2013. Since the event’s inception in 2002, more than 700,000 people have discovered some of the city’s most prestigious buildings. 

Visitors can enjoy Doors Open Ottawa by taking advantage of the OC Transpo shuttle bus, sponsored by the Ottawa Citizen. There is also a new two-wheel option with the Doors Open Ottawa Embassy Tour 2014, which is provided by Ottawa Cycling Tours. 

Also new this year is a special City services event at City Hall on Saturday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring a variety of informative and interactive displays throughout Jean Pigott Hall and Marion Dewar Plaza. The displays facilitate access to City services and showcase a variety of City services and innovations. 

“The success of this annual event is made possible by many dedicated participants, volunteers and organizers who are passionate about our great city and the many architectural wonders that form and define its character,” said Councillor Taylor. “I want to thank the building owners, sponsors, volunteers and City staff who work together to make this event so popular.” 

For a full listing of 2014 participating buildings visit ottawa.ca, or pick up a Doors Open Ottawa event guide at any Bridgehead and most Subway locations. Guides will also be distributed through The Ottawa Citizen and LeDroit on Saturday, May 31.


City of Ottawa answers the call to assist evacuation from Kashechewan
Monday, May 12, 2014

The Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management has requested the City of Ottawa’s assistance with the emergency evacuation of approximately 2,000 residents from the James Bay First Nations community of Kashechewan, due to flooding.

Ottawa will be acting as a transportation hub for the evacuation. Three flights carrying approximately 90 residents per flight will arrive in Ottawa later this afternoon. The evacuees will then be transported to the City of Cornwall.  

The City of Ottawa is positioned to assist and support this evacuation.


City salutes exemplary OC Transpo employees
Monday, May 12, 2014

Today, the City of Ottawa recognized at the 24th annual Transecure Awards ceremony the selfless actions of 12 OC Transpo employees who went above and beyond the call of duty to provide aid and comfort to residents in need 

“Our transit employees provide the public with safe, reliable and courteous service to help them get to where they need to go, when they need to get there,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Despite the demands of the job, the people being recognized here today noticed something out of the ordinary and took the time to respond in a thoughtful, professional and inspiring way.” 

OC Transpo bus operator Maryanne Ryan was named the 2013 Transecure Employee of the Year. Ms. Ryan was recognized for her role when she helped a family in need one evening in September 2013. While in service on Route 168, Ms. Ryan noticed a house that had the roof engulfed in flames. She immediately contacted Supervisor Jason Moreau in the Transit Operations Control Centre to tier emergency personnel. With no passengers on board, Ms. Ryan immediately ran to the house to wake the family and get them out of harm’s way. Ms. Ryan kept them safe by using our bus as a shelter for the family while they waited for the Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) to arrive. Fire investigation determined that a ceiling fan had caused the roof fire that had spread into the walls.  

“As Chair of the Transit Commission, I am incredibly proud of the work that is done on a daily basis to serve the needs of our customers,” said Councillor Diane Deans, Chair of the Transit Commission. “Every employee who makes a Transecure call contributes to the safety and well-being of residents and visitors to the City of Ottawa.” 

The Transecure program is a community watch program on wheels. OC Transpo employees look out for the safety of all community members and, as a result, become the eyes and ears of the community. They notify emergency services when required and assist individuals who are in distress, offering a safe haven in any OC Transpo vehicle. 

For more information on the programs OC Transpo has in place to make transit safe and secure, please visit octranspo.com


Victoria Day schedule changes
Wednesday, May 07, 2014

The City of Ottawa would like to remind residents of the following schedule changes for Victoria Day (Monday, May 19).

Client services:

  • The City’s Provincial Offences Court, located at 100 Constellation Crescent, will also be closed on Victoria Day. Business will resume as usual on Tuesday, May 20.
  • The City’s 3-1-1 Contact Centre will be open for urgent matters requiring the City’s immediate attention.  Call 3-1-1 or 613-580-2400 to speak to a customer service representative. For persons living with a hearing-related disability, call (TTY: 613-580-2401).

Garbage, green bin and recycling collection:

  • There will be no curbside green binrecyclingor garbage collectionon Victoria Day. Victoria Day’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, May 20. In addition, the collection of green bin, recycling materials and garbage will be delayed by one day for the week of May 19. For curbside collection enquiries, refer to the collection calendar tool.
  • There will be nomulti-residential collection of bulky items, green bin and recycling container collectionon Victoria Day. Victoria Day’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, May 20. Recycling container and green bin collection will also be delayed by one day for the week of May 19. However, multi-residential garbage container collectionis not delayed and collection will take place on its regularly scheduled day during the week of May 19.
  • The Trail Waste Facility is closed on Victoria Day.

Parking:

  • All City of Ottawa parking regulations and restrictions will apply during this time.

 

Transit service:

  • OC Transpo service will operate on a Sunday schedule on Victoria Day. Call 613‑560‑1000 or text 560560 plus your four-digit bus stop number for automated schedule information. For more information, holiday schedules and travel planning, phone 613-741-4390, or visit octranspo.com.   
  • The OC Transpo Information Centre (613-741-4390) will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Victoria Day.
  • OC Transpo Customer Relations Department (613-842-3600) will be closed on Victoria Day.

Recreation services:

  • Many pools, fitness centres and some arenas will be open on Victoria Day for public swimmingskating and fitness classes with modified schedules. Please check with ottawa.ca or the facility of your choice for details.
  • Many registered programs at swimming pools, community centres and arenas are cancelled on Victoria Day; however, clients should check with their facility to confirm, as some exceptions will apply.

Ottawa Public Health:

  • SITE program – SITE office at 179 Clarence Street will be closed on Victoria Day; however, the SITE mobile van will be operating on a regular schedule from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Cultural Services:

  • City of Ottawa Archives, arts centres, galleries, theatres and museums will be closed on Victoria Day. However, clients should check with ottawa.ca or their facility to confirm holiday hours, as some exceptions may apply.
  • On May 19, Billings Estate National Historic Site, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum and Pinhey’s Point Historic Site will be closed. However, the Nepean Museum and the park at Pinhey’s Point Historic Site will remain open. Fairfields Heritage House will be open by appointment only.

Archives Services:

  • The City of Ottawa Archives Reference Services and Gallery 112 will be closed from Saturday, May 17 to Monday, May 19 for the Victoria Day weekend.

Municipal child care services:

Ottawa Public Library:

  • All branches, departments and services of the Ottawa Public Library will be closed on Victoria Day, Monday, May 19. They will operate as usual on Tuesday, May 20.

Customers can now register online for an Ottawa Public Library card
Monday, May 05, 2014

Ottawa residents can now register online for free to get a Library card.

With the temporary card number customers receive once they complete the online registration, they can browse the OPL catalogue, put items on hold, and register for programs. Customers who complete an online registration have 42 days to visit a branch with a valid photo ID, proof of address and their temporary Library card number to upgrade to a permanent full-access card. A permanent card gives customers access to unlimited borrowing of books, eBooks, CDs, DVDs and more.

For more information details, visit www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca  or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca


Win a week of summer camp for free
Monday, May 05, 2014

Register for a City of Ottawa summer day camp by June 2, 2014 and you could be one of 50 lucky campers to win your week back, up to a value of $250. All registrations received by this date will automatically be entered into the draw. The more camps you sign-up for, the more chances to win.

The City offers a great selection of camps for all ages and interests. Check out the half-day preschool camps, neighbourhood theme camps, aquatics, sports, speciality camps, creative arts, and camps at the three City arts centres (Shenkman, Nepean Creative Arts and Nepean Visual Arts). Leadership camps for youth are also offered including some with placements providing a hands-on work experience.
                                                   
Camps are available throughout the city, with enthusiastic and well-trained leaders. Give your child a summer of fun. Come play with us!

For a complete list of camps available and contest details, visit ottawa.ca/summer camps.


Everyone encouraged to prepare for emergencies and disasters
Friday, May 02, 2014

During Emergency Preparedness Week, held May 4 to 10, the City of Ottawa, through its Are You Ready program, is encouraging residents to build a more resilient Ottawa by taking the time to prepare themselves, their family and their neighbours for emergencies and disasters. 

The City’s website, ottawa.ca, has all the information needed to get started. Residents can also visit any of the following emergency preparedness information displays and speak with emergency management staff and Are You Ready volunteers. 

Sunday, May 4
Hazeldean Mall, 300 Eagleson Road
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday, May 5
Mary Pitt Centre (cafeteria), 100 Constellation Crescent
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 6
St. Laurent Recreation Complex, 525 Coté Street
4:30 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, May 7
Walter Baker Sports Centre, 100 Malvern Drive
4:30 to 8 p.m

Thursday, May 8
Algonquin College - Student Commons Building, 1385 Woodroffe Avenue
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursday, May 8
Ray Friel Recreation Complex, 1585 Tenth Line Road
4:30 to 8 p.m.

Friday, May 9
Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Emergencies can happen anytime, anyplace and often when we least expect them. Most of us keep a flashlight and first aid kit handy but are we really ready? For information and ideas about what you can do to be more prepared, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1.


New provincial legislation bans the use of tanning beds by youth
Thursday, May 01, 2014

Starting today, the newOntario Skin Cancer Prevention Act (Tanning Beds) bans the use of tanning beds by youth under 18 years of age. This new legislation protects youth from the proven dangers associated with exposure to artificial ultraviolet (UV) radiation. As of May 1, 2014, all tanning bed operators must comply with this new law and will be subject to an inspection in locations where ultraviolet tanning treatments are offered, including but not limited to, tanning salons, spas and fitness centers.

In October of 2012, the Ottawa Board of Health advocated to the Ontario government to prohibit the marketing and selling of tanning services and ultraviolet lights to persons under the age of 18. Ottawa Public Health (OPH) strongly supports this legislation as it will reduce the likelihood of youth being exposed to UV radiation.

Under the legislation:

  • Tanning bed operators are required to request identification from anyone who appears to be under 25 years of age
  • Tanning bed operators are required to post signs stating the ban on persons under the age of 18 and the health risks of tanning bed use
  • Marketing and advertising targeted at anyone under the age of 18 is restricted
  • Customers are required to wear protective eyewear when using tanning beds
  • Tanning bed operators are required to provide written notice of their location and business contact information to their local public health unit

The enforcement of the new regulations will be primarily complaint-based and will include fines for tanning bed operators who fail to comply. Public Health Inspectors will be authorized to inspect and enforce these new regulations.

All tanning bed operators are required by law to register their business with OPH. If you operate a tanning bed, you must contact OPH to register your business by contacting the Ottawa Public Health Information Line at 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-69656) or by email at healthsante@ottawa.ca.

The World Health Organization classifies tanning beds in its highest cancer risk category along with asbestos and tobacco. The International Agency for Research on Cancer states that tanning bed use increases the risk of malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

For more information on Ontario’s Tanning Beds legislation, visit: health.gov.on.ca  

For more information on sun safety and how to protect yourself against UV radiation, visit our website at OttawaPublicHealth.ca, call the OPH Information Line at 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656) or connect with us on FacebookTwitter (@OttawaHealth),Tumblr or Pinterest.


City sets the path for Bike to Work Month Challenge
Thursday, May 01, 2014

Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Keith Egli, Transportation Committee Chair, marked Bike to Work Month with a preview of the proposed temporary multi-use pathway that will better connect the Albert Street pathway to the Laurier Avenue Bike Lane.

The City and Ottawa-Carleton District School Board have jointly proposed this temporary pathway that goes through school board grounds (alongside the pet-friendly field area, community garden, and sports field) that are bounded by Slater Street, Laurier and Bronson Avenue.  The proposal is now part of an online consultation on ottawa.ca/laurierpathway, where residents can complete a survey and provide their comments until May 14. 

This temporary pathway will make way for a permanent raised bike lane on Slater Street when the construction of the Confederation line is completed. 

“Our continued investment in cycling infrastructure helped our city to be the first community in Canada to receive the Gold Bicycle Friendly Community Award, last year,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Our expanding network of pathways, cycling lanes and paved shoulders provide residents greater convenience and confidence to try cycling as a commuting option. With the Laurier Bike Lane ready to reach one-million trips later this month, you can see how popular cycling is in our community.”  

Bike to Work Month is an annual event that challenges residents and workplaces to explore cycling to work during the month of May. Participants can register individually or as a workplace on ottawa.ca/biketowork, and be automatically eligible to win many prizes, including VIA Rail passes and a new bike. 

“The Bike to Work campaign is a fun way to get residents and their workplace colleagues to take the challenge,” said Councillor Keith Egli, Chair of the Transportation Committee. “The network of cycling lanes, pathways,   OC Transpo Rack and Roll buses and supportive businesses and organizations that provide showering, changing and bike parking facilities to their staff make the Bike to Work Month challenge that much easier.”      

The month-long campaign will also feature a wide selection of cycling-related events, including the Ottawa Public Health’s Gear Up, Check Up and Ride on Saturday, May 10, where, at selected locations, people can learn how to get their bikes and themselves fit for a safe and healthy ride. 

As part of the City’s Safer Roads Program, Causeway will be providing free bike safety inspections at City Hall’s Marion Dewar Plaza during the month of May, Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cycling mechanics will alert the user of any necessary repairs and provide any necessary and simple on-the-spot corrections – like adjusting brakes or lube work on chains and gears. 

Causeway is a non-profit agency that provides training and employment programs for individuals who are facing barriers to employment. 

To get more information on Bike to Work Month, its schedule of activities, and resources on cycling routes and infrastructure, visit ottawa.ca/biketowork.


Wet conditions threaten sports fields
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The City of Ottawa is asking everyone to please stay off ball diamonds, sports fields and general turf areas at the City’s recreation centres and parks. Due to the recent weather, the fields are extremely wet and could be damaged if used in their current condition.

This request to stay off sports fields, diamonds and general turf areas applies to:
• Sports teams and leagues
• Rental contract holders
• Community associations
• Individual residents
• Organizers of large public events

The City will officially open ball diamonds and sports fields as soon as weather conditions make it feasible. Follow the City on Twitter @ottawacity for updates.

The City of Ottawa thanks Ottawa residents for their help in preserving the quality of our sports fields.


Proposed development charges to pay the costs of growth
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The City of Ottawa is proposing new rates for development charges to fund growth in the City over the next 10 to 17 years.

“Through the Building a Liveable Ottawa initiative, Council has approved the roadmap for our continued growth and prosperity,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Development charges are an important tool for ensuring that growth pays for growth and the new infrastructure required to move our city forward with effective and exciting new parkland, cycling, pedestrian and transportation options for our residents and businesses, including Stage 2 of our rapid transit transit expansion.”

Development charges pay for the growth-related portion of capital costs for new roads, water, sewers, drainage, emergency services, transit, parks development, major indoor recreation facilities, libraries and growth related studies. The charges are paid by the developer per residential unit and by square footage for commercial and industrial development.

“These charges represent the cost of growth in Ottawa, and are fair in that new homeowners will pay for their share of the new infrastructure and general taxpayers will cover the portion that benefits the existing community,” said Councillor Peter Hume, Chair of the Planning Committee.

Councillor Hume also chaired a Sponsors Group comprised of urban, suburban and rural Members of Council to lead the review of the charges.

“One of the primary goals of the Sponsors was to improve the timelines associated with the construction of new parks. We are doing this by having the developer build local and community parks, similar to how they build other components of public infrastructure such as sewers and sidewalks. The City will ensure that these parks are built to City standards and will continue to build District parks,” said Councillor Hume.

In Ottawa, development charges currently account for between 2.5 to six per cent of the cost of a new house, depending on location. The current rates will remain in effect until September 30, 2014, when they will then rise in the urban area by $5,068 to $5,517 for a single or semi-detached house, depending on the charge area. This is approximately three to seven per cent of the cost of a new house. 

The new proposed rates are in the attached chart.

Ontario municipalities are required to update their Development Charges By-laws every five years. The Planning Committee will consider the proposed charges on May 13 and provide a recommendation to City Council for its consideration on June 11. For more information, visit ottawa.ca.


The new Lansdowne puts down roots
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Mayor Jim Watson and ward Councillor David Chernushenko kicked off the spring construction season at Lansdowne by planting one of the trees in the urban park, and then touring progress at the revitalized stadium with Bernie Ashe, CEO Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG). 

“On behalf of my Council colleagues, I’m very proud that we are restoring this important public space to a green, urban destination for our community.” said Mayor Jim Watson. “The new 18-acre urban park will be a green landmark along the historic Rideau Canal. Now that spring is here and the trees, shrubs and other plants will start to go into the park, the transformation of Lansdowne from an asphalt parking lot to a real park will become apparent.” 

The urban park will feature over 800 trees, including a heritage orchard. A large lawn, about three-quarters the size of the front lawn on Parliament Hill, just south of the Aberdeen Pavilion, will offer many recreation options for residents. The urban park will also feature a farmers’ market square, children’s play area, water plaza, refrigerated skating rink, two new art pieces and several new plazas.

The City expects to open the urban park to the public in August. A few elements will still be under construction, and full completion is planned for October 2014.

“The City’s construction team and urban park contractor, D&G Landscaping, have made remarkable progress despite the unpredictable Ottawa winter we’ve had,” said Mayor Watson. “I’m thrilled we will be able to open the park to the public later this summer. This is a great accomplishment for Ottawa residents, and everyone involved should be very proud of their efforts so far.” 

“Ottawa is our home and we’re very proud to be part of the revitalization of Lansdowne,” said Greg Clunie, President D&G Landscaping. “Every day we come to work here and we know we are making a significant contribution to our community, the local environment and to creating a space for Ottawa’s families to enjoy for years to come.”

The Mayor and guests also visited the stadium field at TD Place to see the progress at the south and north stands and the work now underway to build the new playing field. 

“On behalf of OSEG, we are very proud of the progress that has been made at TD Place and across the site,” said Bernie Ashe. “We continue to watch with excitement the transformation of Lansdowne into an urban destination and look forward to welcoming Ottawa sports fans in July.”

TD Place will host its first event on July 18 when the Canadian Football League’s (CFL) REDBLACKS take to the field against the Toronto Argonauts.

The stadium is the first element that will be completed and opened at Lansdowne. Construction will still be underway in the retail, residential and park areas, but the site will be clean and accessible for anyone attending an event. Currently in the retail area, the buildings are fully enclosed. Inside, the base buildings are being finished, so that the tenants’ contractors will be able to start installing the finishes for the new businesses. It’s anticipated some of the retailers will begin to open later this fall.

Lansdowne construction updates are available at ottawa.ca/newlansdowne or by following the City of Ottawa on Facebook or Twitter @ottawacity.


Keep Household Hazardous Waste off the Curb and out of the Landfill
Monday, April 28, 2014

Spring cleaning is finally here and the City of Ottawa is committed to helping residents dispose of their waste in the safest and most environmentally-friendly way. The City reminds residents that some of the waste in garages, basements and sheds cannot be safely left at the curb for pickup. 

“Household hazardous waste does not belong at the curb or in a landfill. These materials pose a danger both to our solid waste collectors and our environment,” said Councillor Maria McRae, Chair of the City’s Environment Committee. “Proper disposal of household hazardous waste protects our environment and extends the life of our landfill.” 

Household hazardous waste includes items such as:

  • Aerosol containers
  • Batteries (automotive/household)
  • Propane cylinders
  • Fluorescent bulbs/tubes
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fertilizers and pesticides
  • Needles and syringes
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Paints and coatings
  • Pool chemicals 

Residents can safely dispose of many kinds of household hazardous waste, including fluorescent bulbs, batteries, paint and oil, by returning them to participating local retailers during their regular business hours. For a list of retailers who accept returns of household hazardous waste, please visit ottawa.ca

The City will also be hosting the first one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depot of 2014 on Sunday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rideau Carleton Raceway, 4837 Albion Road. Residents can drop off a maximum of 100 litres of household hazardous waste at no charge. No commercial waste will be accepted.

For more information on waste management and recycling, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).


O-Train evening service adjustment begins May 1
Friday, April 25, 2014

Starting Thursday, May 1, and continuing through the summer, evening service on the O-Train will be adjusted to end at 10 p.m. in order to complete construction work necessary for the O-Train expansion project.

To minimize customer impacts, the work is being performed through the night when ridership is lowest.  Additionally, the work has been scheduled to begin after the completion of Carleton University’s spring semester, which means fewer students will be riding the O-Train.

As was the case with service shutdowns in 2013, OC Transpo temporary bus Route 107 will replace the O-Train after 10 p.m. and will operate every 30 minutes. Buses will travel parallel to the O-Train routing between Bayview and South Keys stations, with limited stops along the way.

In addition to Route 107, there may be other bus route options that work better for some customers. For travel planning assistance, visit octranspo.com or call 613-741-4390.


Call for student posters to raise awareness on essential role of water
Thursday, April 24, 2014

The City is launching a call for posters that increase awareness about drinking water and the significance of water in our community.

All Ottawa students in grades three, four and five are invited to create posters on the theme “Water is Life,” to illustrate the importance of water as the lifeblood of our city and a resource that we rely on daily. All submissions will be displayed at City Hall and on Ottawa.ca as part of the City’s Water Roundtable, which will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014.

“The City’s Water Roundtable is part of an important conversation with residents on water in our community,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “I am delighted we are listening to our youth and engaging with them as part of this discussion.”

Every participating school will be entered in a draw to send two student delegates and one teacher to a lunch at City Hall, hosted by Mayor Watson, their ward councillor and Chair McRae. Six schools will be selected.

“This project will provide a great opportunity for our younger residents to reflect on the essential role that water plays in our daily lives,” said Maria McRae, Chair of the City’s Environment Committee. “I am very excited to see the amazing artwork and fresh ideas that the students produce.”

Eligible schools in Ottawa can each submit one poster. Schools should ensure that the school name and contact information appears on the reverse of the poster. Posters can be delivered to any Client Service Centre before May 30, 2014.


Shelby Hayter receives Mayor's City Builder Award
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mayor Jim Watson presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Mrs. Shelby Hayter today for her outstanding contributions to public health as a spokesperson, fundraiser and program founder for the Parkinson’s Society of Ottawa.

A lifelong natural athlete, she was training for the Boston Marathon in early 2005 when she was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease. She was 40 and the mother of three children ages 11, 8 and 6. Determined not to let the disease to slow her down, she decided to continue to train and to run the Marathon with her sister Andrea. She saw a unique opportunity to become a spokesperson for people living with Parkinson’s, and to use her marathon run to raise funds for Parkinson’s research.

After her run in Boston raised $33,000 for the Parkinson’s Research Consortium at the University of Ottawa, she approached the Parkinson’s Society of Ottawa with a plan to create a program for elementary and junior high students, called Pass the Baton. The organization enthusiastically supported her plan.

This unique educational program teaches schoolchildren what it means to live with Parkinson’s and inspires them to create fundraising events for Parkinson’s research. To date, through Pass the Baton, Shelby has made more than 65 school visits; she has become a role model to more than 34,000 students and hundreds of staff; and she has raised over $80,000 for the Parkinson’s Research Consortium.

She says her goal is to help find the cure so her children, now teenagers, and other children of their generation will never have to deal with Parkinson’s

The Mayor’s City Builder Award is a civic honour created by Mayor Watson to recognize an individual, group or organization that has, through outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making our city a better place today and for the future. This may include lifelong service, outstanding acts of kindness, inspiring charitable work, community building or other exemplary achievements. Individuals, groups or organizations may be nominated by members of City Council or the public. The award is presented at the beginning of each City Council meeting.


City-wide spring burn ban in effect
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Ottawa Fire Services is placing a city-wide burn ban into effect immediately to prevent the rapid spread of fire due to grass and brush fires. This ban will remain in place until conditions improve and the green grass starts to show through dead tall grass. This winter left more debris (fallen tree branches, leaves, etc.) on the ground than in previous years, which increases the risk of fire spread.

All open air fires are prohibited during a fire ban even for those properties that have a burn permit. There will be zero tolerance enforcement during the open air burning ban.

Reduce your risk around the home

Residents are encouraged to take advantage of weekly yard waste collection and use the following tips to prevent grass and brush fires:

• Clear all combustible materials such as tree limbs, leaves and other dry materials away from buildings and propane tanks
• Keep BBQ propane tanks at least 3 m from buildings.
• Wood piles should stored a safe distance from the home
• Trees should be pruned to create a good vertical separation from the ground
• Have a working garden hose and water supply to promptly extinguish any grass fires
• Clear out any accumulated dry/dead debris from property

For Tips on disposing yard waste, visit Ottawa.ca

Cigarettes
Carelessly discarded cigarettes continue to be a major cause of grass fires during these dry periods. Smokers are reminded to please use care when butting out. Do not throw lit cigarettes out vehicle windows.

Permits
Residents are reminded that they must first obtain a fire permit before they have a fire in the open air. Permit holders are then required to call 613 580-2880 prior to burning to ensure there is not a burn ban in effect.

Substantial fines may be issued to residents who are not in possession of a valid fire permit or are found to be non-compliant to conditions and regulations within their permit. Fire Permits are available at all Client Service Centres and Ottawa Fire Services Rural Administration Offices. A list of these sites , hours of operation and more information on fire permits can be found on Ottawa.ca/fire or by calling 3-1-1


Ottawa Public Library and U.S. Embassy Ottawa set to officially open new Imagine Space
Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and U.S. Embassy Ottawa will officially launch their new makerspace entitled Imagine Space – An American Corner on April 23 at 4:00 p.m. at the Nepean Centrepointe branch of the Ottawa Public Library. The space will be open to the public at 5:00 p.m., following the launch.

The official launch will include the following speakers:

  • His Excellency Bruce Heyman, United States Ambassador to Canada
  • His Worship Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa
  • Councillor Jan Harder, OPL Board Chair

We invite members of the media to preview the space before the launch, on April 23 at 2:30 p.m.  

Please send an email to Communications@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca to RSVP for the sneak peek of the space.

What: Imagine Space sneak peek and Imagine Space launch event
When: Wednesday, April 23 – Sneak peek: 2:30 p.m., Launch event: 4:00 p.m.
Where: Nepean Centrepointe branch, 101 Centrepointe Drive (Ben Franklin Place)

Imagine Space will provide a hands-on learning experience and collaborative environment for public exchange of ideas in pursuit of innovation. The fully operational space will include opportunities for 3D printing and modeling, laser cutting, photo, video and audio editing, filming with a green screen and video gear, working with hand tools and electronics and using a wall-to-wall whiteboard.

The goal of the space is to provide the public with new tools and technologies to promote innovation and learning, to connect design with social and economic change, to teach digital literacy, digital artifact and digital media creation skills.

For more information about the Imagine Space, visit www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca/ImagineSpace. For more information about OPL, contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca.


Easter schedule changes
Monday, April 7, 2014

The City of Ottawa would like to remind residents of the following schedule changes for Friday, April 18 (Good Friday), and Monday, April 21 (Easter Monday). 

Client services:

  • The City’s Provincial Offences Court, located at 100 Constellation Crescent, will also be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Business will resume as usual on Tuesday, April 22.
  • The City’s 3-1-1 Contact Centre will be open for urgent matters requiring the City’s immediate attention.  Call 3-1-1 or 613-580-2400 to speak to a customer service representative. For persons living with a hearing-related disability, call TTY: 613-580-2401.

Garbage, green bin and recycling collection:

  • There will be no curbsidegreen binrecycling or garbage collectionon Good Friday and Easter Monday. Good Friday’s pick-up will take place on Saturday, April 19 and Easter Monday’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, April 22. In addition, the collection of green bin, recycling materials and garbage will be delayed by one day for the week of April 21. For curbside collection enquiries, refer to the collection calendar tool.
  • There will be no multi-residential collection of bulky items, green bin and recycling container collectionon Good Friday and Easter Monday. Good Friday’s pick-up will take place on Saturday, April 19 and Easter Monday’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, April 22. Recycling container collection and green bin will also be delayed by one day for the week of April 21. However, multi-residential garbage collectionis not delayed and collection will take place on its regular scheduled day during the week of April 21.
  • The Trail Waste Facility is closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. 

Parking:

  • All City of Ottawa parking regulations and restrictions will apply during this time. 

Transit services:

  • OC Transpo will operate a Sunday schedule on Good Friday. On Easter Monday there will be minor weekday schedule reductions and the cancellation of all school routes numbered in the 600s and supplementary school trips. On Good Friday, as well as Saturdays and Sundays, a family may travel all day with a $7.95 DayPass, which can be purchased from the bus operator when you board. A ‘family’ can include up to six people with a maximum of two ages 13 or older. Call 613‑560‑1000 or text 560560 plus your four-digit bus stop number for automated schedule information. For more information, holiday schedules and travel planning, phone 613‑741‑4390 or visit octranspo.com.   
  • OC Transpo Sales and Information Centres will be closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday with the exception of the Rideau Centre office, which will be open Easter Monday from 
    8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • The OC Transpo Information Centre (613‑741‑4390) will operate from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Good Fridayand from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Easter Monday, 
  • The OC Transpo Customer Relations Department (613-842-3600) will be closed Good Friday and Easter Monday. 

Recreation services:

  • Some pools, fitness centres and some arenas will be open on Good Friday and Easter Monday with modified schedules for public swimmingskating and fitness classes. Most pools, fitness centres and arenas will be open on Saturday and Easter Sunday. Please check with ottawa.ca or the facility of your choice for details.
  • Many registered programs at swimming pools, community centres and arenas are cancelled on Good Friday and Easter Monday. However, clients should check with their facility to confirm, as some exceptions will apply. 

Ottawa Public Health:

  • Site program – Site office at 179 Clarence Street will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday, however, the site mobile van will be operating on a regular schedule from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Cultural services:

  • Arts centres, archives, galleries and theatres will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. However, clients should check with ottawa.ca or their facility to confirm, as some exceptions may apply. Karsh-Masson Gallery at City Hall will remain open over the Easter weekend.

Archives Services:

  • The City of Ottawa Archives Reference Services and Gallery 112 will be closed from Friday, April 18 to Monday, April 21 for Easter weekend.

Municipal child care services:

Ottawa Public Library:

  • All branches, departments and services of the Ottawa Public Library will be closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. They will operate as usual on Saturday, April 19.

Johnny Leroux Stittsville Community Arena and Hall closed for maintenance
Friday, April 4, 2014

Starting on April 8, 2014 the Johnny Leroux Stittsville Community Arena and Hall will be closed to undergo unplanned maintenance for mould removal. The facility will reopen on July 2, 2014. 

There is no immediate risk to the public, but the City is undertaking this work proactively to ensure continued public safety measure while meeting residents’ programming needs. The City will remediate the interior spaces to prevent further mould growth and ensure the long term and safe use of this facility. 

All programming and rentals will be relocated to other facilities until the Arena and Community Hall reopen on July 2, 2014. We apologize for any inconvenience this closure may cause. 

Rentals and participants registered in the fitness and community recreation programs will be informed by City of Ottawa staff about alternate locations such as, Pretty Street, Huntley Goulbourn Office or Goulbourn Recreation Complex.

For further information, please contact the Goulbourn Recreation Complex.


Construction activity will increase again this spring and summer
Thursday, April 3, 2014

The spring and summer months will see an increase in construction-related activity across the city – including an unprecedented $51-million investment towards the road surfacing program. 

The planned road resurfacing work will prepare roadways for increased traffic flow stemming from the Confederation Line construction. It is also timely in strategically addressing the large incidents of potholes on Ottawa roadways, which has become a familiar story of this winter’s toll on the roads in many Canadian and northern U.S. cities. 

As part of the Confederation Line construction, the widening of Highway 417 will be ongoing over the spring and summer months. Other construction projects will begin this spring or underway, which include sewer and watermain work, infrastructure improvements, and cycling and pedestrian facilities.  

Ottawa residents will also see some results of the city’s transformation, with the expected fall completion of the Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge project and the Hunt Club extension project.

Again this year, construction will result in traffic delays. However, the City has put mitigation measures into place to help minimize traffic impacts – including enhanced monitoring, strategic timing of construction projects, off-peak work, where possible, increased rush-hour bus trips to and from the city’s east end, improved coordination with other partners, and advanced notifications on the variable messaging signs.     

Ottawa residents are commended for their efforts and adjustments over the past year to help reduce traffic congestion. Again this spring and summer, residents are reminded to plan routes in advance, consider staggered work hours, car pooling, to take advantage of transit, and explore biking or walking (also combined with transit).  

The City of Ottawa has tools on ottawa.ca to help motorists and transit users plan their routes and manage their commute, including:

Additionally:

  • Residents can also seek information by calling 3-1-1 or visiting a City of Ottawa Client Service Centre.
  • Permanent and mobile variable message signs are installed across the city to inform motorists of road closures, lane reductions and other traffic changes.
  • Constant and accurate transit and traffic information will be made available at ottawa.ca, on Twitter and through the media.

City report shows new housing and construction projects rose in 2013
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Ottawa’s new housing and construction project activity rose higher in 2013, according to the City of Ottawa Building Code Services report.

The report, which will be presented to the next Planning Committee on April 8, shows the City received $2.4 billion worth of construction applications in 2013, which is $400 million or 20 per cent more than the $2 billion recorded in the previous year.

“These figures are key indicators that Ottawa’s economy is moving along at a strong pace,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “This was helped by some major construction projects, including the Rideau Centre and Bayshore Shopping Centre expansions, Lansdowne Park and Tanger Outlets development.”

“We are pleased to see both residential and commercial building projects going ahead, which means both business growth and stronger communities,” said Councillor Peter Hume, Chair of Planning Committee.

The number of building permit applications was 8,537, compared with 8,234 in 2012. Builders filed applications for 6,726 new houses in 2013, compared with 6,584 in 2012.

Building Code Services collects fees to cover the costs of all of its services. Total revenues for the year were almost $25 million.


Construction Resumes on Airport Parkway
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Beginning on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 construction will resume on the Airport-Parkway Pedestrian/ Cycling Bridge. Motorists should anticipate traffic impacts in the area along the work site. 

Traffic signs will be in place to remind motorists of the activity. Commuters are reminded to exercise caution around work areas. Regulatory speed limits along the construction zone will be lowered to 60 km/h.

For information about city construction projects please visit ottawa.ca.


Second Wildlife Series session focuses on homes and gardens
Monday, March 31, 2014

 The City of Ottawa will be marking National Wildlife Week with the second session of its Wildlife Speakers Series onFriday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in Andrew S. Haydon Hall (Council Chambers) at City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West. The topic of this session is Backyard Biodiversity: Welcoming nature into your yard, not your home.    

The featured guest speakers are Sarah Kirkpatrick-Wahl, Conservation Coordinator, from Nature Canada, Canada’s oldest nature conservation charity, and Bill Dowd, CEO of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, Canada’s largest wildlife control company that partners with SPCAs/Humane Societies and animal control departments in communities across Canada. 

Ms. Kirkpatrick-Wahl is a conservation biologist, who is currently working on the NatureHood program, which aims to connect people with nature in urban environments – right in their backyards. 

Mr. Dowd has more than 25 years of experience in helping people live with wildlife around residential settings.  He is respected as an expert in the field.    

In addition to the presentations, there will be a nature slideshow and an environmental exposition from 6 to 9 p.m. in Jean Pigott Place for residents to learn more about Ottawa’s wildlife and natural environment and local environmental initiatives. Participants will include the Canadian Wildlife Federation, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club and the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.  Ontario Electronic Stewardship will also have a booth and will be accepting old electronic equipment for recycling.               

The City will hold two more events in the Wildlife Speakers Series this year. The series is intended to increase residents’ knowledge and appreciation of wildlife and promote coexistence through understanding and respect.  All of these events are free of charge. 

The next session is planned for June on the topic of white-tailed deer. 


Ottawa’s drinking water earns a perfect score
Monday, March 31, 2014

The City of Ottawa’s seven drinking water systems have received a perfect score in Drinking Water System inspections performed by the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) for the review period of 2013-2014. The MOE results were included in the 2013 Municipal Drinking Water Systems Summary Report which was delivered to Mayor and Council today.

The MOE inspections involved up to 14 different aspects of operations including drinking water quality, water quality monitoring programs and operator certification.

"Ask residents what they want from their City government, and safe, reliable drinking water is near the top of the list every time. I’m pleased and proud of the results we’ve received today,” said Mayor Jim Watson. "We have this great water supply thanks to the dedication and expertise of City staff.”

Under the Safe Water Drinking Act, an annual summary report must be circulated to all members of City Council by March 31 of the following year. The report provides an in-depth review of the performance of the City’s drinking water systems in 2013, with particular focus on regulatory compliance and allows Councillors to achieve their oversight responsibilities.

"Turning on the tap in Ottawa not only provides drinking water, but also peace of mind that our water is tested 100,000’s of times per year to ensure its safety,” said Councillor Maria McRae, Chair of the City’s Environment Committee. "City Council and staff are committed to providing a reliable supply of safe drinking water to Ottawa residents and to delivering excellent water services through responsiveness, accountability and innovation."

This information supplements the 2013 Annual Report information for each drinking water system already available on the City’s website, ottawa.ca.


Council approves dates for advanced voting for 2014 Municipal Election
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

With the 2014 Municipal Elections in Ottawa taking place on Monday, October 27, City Council has approved dates for advanced voting to allow eligible voters more opportunities to make their mark.

Special advanced voting will occur on October 1, 2, and 3, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m,, and regular advanced voting will occur on Thursday, October 9, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, October 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Exact advanced vote locations will be determined later this year.

In the 2010 Municipal Elections, a total of 42,181 voters cast a ballot over the two advance voting days.

Follow @ottawavote on Twitter for updates and news on the 2014 municipal elections.


City staff recognized for commitment to ensuring inclusion for all
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mayor Jim Watson and City Manager Kent Kirkpatrick presented the City of Ottawa 2013 Diversity and Inclusion Awards at today’s City Council meeting. The seventh edition of these annual awards recognized individual City employees and teams who demonstrate a strong commitment to fostering a positive and respectful work environment and who provide services that respect the diversity of Ottawa residents.

“Together we are building strong, diverse and inclusive communities,” said Mayor Watson. “Our commitment to equity and inclusion programs is the reason that the City of Ottawa has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for the third consecutive year.”

This year’s Individual Equity and Diversity Award went to the head of Ottawa Fire Services, Chief John deHooge, for his significant contributions to making Ottawa Fire Services an inclusive and diverse workplace. His leadership and support of various initiatives and activities have played a key role in building a respectful and safe work environment where individuals are empowered to take action.

Honourable Mention certificates were awarded to two individuals. Lisa Petch was recognized for her dedication to improving client services for the residents of our city by developing and promoting the Equity and Inclusion Lens training program for staff. Norma Strachan was recognized for the key role that she played in the development of the Kanata Chinese Seniors Community Garden and for fostering cross-cultural community relationships.

The Team Diversity and Inclusion Award went to members of the Para Transpo Stakeholder Consultations Team: AJ Ryland, Ann Marie Foley, Tom Crowley, Nichole Hoover-Bienasz, Kathy Riley and Genevieve Sharkey. This team was recognized for their inclusive approach to the Para Transpo stakeholder consultations. They incorporated the City’s Equity and Inclusion Lens as part of the planning process, which ensured the successful representation of a number of diverse interests.

Honourable Mention certificates were also awarded in the team category to the AccessAbility Day Organizing Team and the Emergency and Protective Services Diversity and Inclusion Team.

The AccessAbility Day Organizing Team was recognized for their contributions to the 10th Annual AccessAbility Day event, which increased awareness of diversity and inclusion issues for both employees and the community at large. The Emergency and Protective Services Diversity and Inclusion Team was recognized for their leadership role in marking the Transgender Day of Remembrance and for providing an important opportunity for Emergency and Protective Services and the City to build and foster their relationships with the transgender community.

“I want to thank all of the 2013 winners and nominees for their passion and dedication to making inclusion and diversity a priority in the workplace,” said City Manager Kent Kirkpatrick. “Through your innovative solutions, we are continuing to create a city that is representative of all.”

The City of Ottawa is committed to providing quality services to the diverse population it serves. Nominees for the Diversity and Inclusion Awards reflect this commitment in their daily work by applying the Equity and Inclusion Lens, a tool for staff to use in policy and program development, and client service. The award winners and nominees contribute to making the City of Ottawa’s workforce one that is inclusive of the following groups: Aboriginal, GLBT, Immigrants, People with Disabilities, Visible Minorities and Women.


Explore summer recreation options at Special Needs Camp Fair
Thursday, March 20, 2014

The City of Ottawa and Special Finds invite residents with disabilities and their families to attend this year’s Special Needs Camp Fair. Summer programs offered in Ottawa and the surrounding area will be showcased and over 30 vendors, agencies and summer camps will be available to answer questions.

Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Jim Durrell Arena, 1265 Walkley Road

Admission is free. Camp registration will be available onsite.


Seasonal load restrictions start for heavy vehicles serving Ottawa
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday March 24, seasonal load restrictions are in effect. Commercial vehicles or trailers with a gross vehicle weight in excess of five tonnes or 11,000 lbs. per axle are prohibited on roads where restriction signage is posted, and on all truck routes identified as restricted on the Truck Route Maps (Urban Truck Routes and Rural Truck Routes). 

These restrictions also apply to all non-truck routes. Heavy vehicles that exceed weight limits on restricted load roadways during the spring thaw period will be subject to fines. 

During the spring thaw period, some roads cannot withstand heavy vehicle loads. Every year, the City monitors thaw progression by utilizing the forecast temperature data to calculate the Thaw Index. When the Thaw Index reaches its threshold value, the load restrictions are imposed. Once the pavement strength has been restored, the load restrictions are removed.

For further information, please visit ottawa.ca


Teaching Your Kids About Money
Thursday, March 20, 2014

On Tuesday March 25, 2013, Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School wil be holding a seminar to help parents prepare their children for life's financial challenges.

For more information, please click here.


City's sledding hills closed for the season
Thursday, March 20, 2014

The City of Ottawa has closed its 56 approved sledding hills for the season due to milder temperatures, which have resulted in unsafe conditions for sledding. The public is urged to keep personal safety in mind and remain off the sledding hills. 

Notification of the re-opening of the hills in the winter of 2014-15 will be available on the City’s website at ottawa.ca


2013 Customer Survey: Confidence in OC Transpo at highest levels in years
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

OC Transpo today released the results of its 2013 Customer Survey. Overall satisfaction for transit customers is at 80%, the highest level in five years. Here’s more detail of what the public thinks: 

  • Overall satisfaction has increased significantly up from 73% in 2012 to 80% in 2013
  • Perceptions of OC Transpo’s responsiveness to customer needs continue to climb from 79% in 2012 to 82% in 2013 and is at its highest level ever
  • 68% of respondents tell us that our employees are caring toward our customers, up from 57% in 2012 and the highest rating yet for customer caring
  • Respondents gave OC Transpo’s safety and security measures a rating of 89% and identified areas where we can take additional measures to further improve the customer experience
  • 83% of respondents are confident that transit operators know what to do if an incident occurs and that they are able to get help quickly. This is the highest rating ever up from 71% in 2012
  • 78% of customers said they are confident that they can get help quickly during an incident, also the highest number ever and up from 62% in 2012
  • The higher levels of confidence in OC Transpo are evident in responses from both customers and the wider community surveyed 

“We are very pleased with the results of this comprehensive survey,” said Councillor Diane Deans, Chair of the Transit Commission. “The results allow staff and the Commission to understand the needs and impressions of customers and to plan the best ways to continue to improve customer service and customer satisfaction. These results will be used to further enhance transit services in Ottawa.” 

OC Transpo is committed to working on the areas that survey respondents identified as important to them: reliable service that runs on-time, bus routes that are well planned, ensuring operators are respectful toward passengers and vice versa, and that OC Transpo delivers good service value. 

The dedication and collaborative efforts of the Transit Commission, transit staff, management and union leadership have been instrumental in strengthening Ottawa’s position as a very strong and respected transit leader. 

The City of Ottawa Transit Services Department has been carrying out a survey of its customers every year since 2008. The survey is an opportunity to hear and collect the thoughts of our customers through a structured, scientifically sound process. Responses were collected via a telephone survey between November 22 and December 10, 2013.

Please visit our website to review the survey results: www.octranspo1.com/2013customersurvey


Early birds can register now for Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The City of Ottawa and Tim Hortons are pleased to announce the annual Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capitalcampaign, which will take place from April 15 to May 15. Early-bird registration is now available. 

Registration is quick and easy:

  • Go to ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) to register for the cleanup. The new interactive map on our website will show you which locations have already been claimed, allow you to register your own project site and choose the cleanup supplies that you need.
  • Select a location such as a park, ravine, shoreline, bus stop, pathway or any public area that requires litter pickup, graffiti removal or cleanup.

Win prizes

Volunteers who register their cleanup project before April 14 have a chance to win one of many early bird prizes donated by our generous sponsors. Volunteers who submit a final cleanup report by May 31 will be eligible for more prizes.

Cleaning the Capital is a city-wide event that brings together neighbours, communities and friends to help keep Ottawa clean and green! Last year alone, 80,000 volunteers collected almost 140,000 kg of litter from 1,400 locations. 

This is a great opportunity for families and friends to work together on community cleanup projects that help make Ottawa clean, green, graffiti-free and litter-free. Cleaning the Capital is also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.


Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Order of Ottawa and the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching
Monday, March 17, 2014

The Order of Ottawa recognizes the professional achievements and outstanding service of exceptional Ottawa residents. This prestigious civic award honours up to 15 of Ottawa’s most deserving individuals each year. Any resident of Ottawa who has made a significant contribution in a professional capacity that has been of benefit to our community may be nominated. 

The Order of Ottawa is intended to recognize those who have made significant contributions, through their professional endeavours, to life in the city in any of the following areas: arts and culture, business, philanthropy, health care, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, sports and entertainment and other fields that benefit Ottawa. 

The Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching, which will be presented at the Order of Ottawa awards ceremony on Thursday, November 20, 2014, recognizes the contribution of an amateur coach who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment that have been the hallmarks of Brian Kilrea’s career. Mr. Kilrea is a retired hockey head coach, general manager and player, and is best known for his 35-year association with the Ottawa 67’s. He is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, has played and coached in the NHL and, with more than 1,000 career victories, he is the most successful coach in Canadian junior hockey history. 

Nominations for the Order of Ottawa or the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching may be completed online or by filling out a nomination form in pamphlets that are available at your local community centre, public library, or at any client service centre. The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 12, before midnight. Nominations submitted for previous years are no longer valid but resubmissions will be accepted and given full consideration. 

Investiture ceremonies were held in November 2012 and 2013 and each year 15 celebrated individuals were awarded the honour. A list of Order of Ottawa inductees is prominently displayed on a wall on the first floor of City Hall. Nominations from the public are reviewed and recipients of the Order of Ottawa are chosen by a Selection Committee comprised of the Mayor, City Clerk and Solicitor, Chief of Police, Chief of Protocol, City Archivist and the Chief Executive Officer, Library Services. 

More information on both awards can be found online at ottawa.ca/orderofottawa

Nominations by immediate family members, self-nominations, and posthumous nominations will not be accepted. Elected municipal, provincial and federal officials are not eligible to be considered for this award while they are in office.


Confederation Line named Deal of the Year in Public-Private-Partnerships
Friday, March 14, 2014

The Confederation Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) project has been named the North American Public-Private-Partnership (P3) Deal of the Year by Project Finance Magazine.

The award recognizes the innovative project financing structure developed by Rideau Transit Group in their successful bid to design, build, finance and maintain the 12.5 kilometre light rail system, including the fleet of 34 Alstom CITADIS Spirit trains.

“Last November, the Confederation Line was recognized with the 2013 Gold Award for Transportation Innovation from the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “This new award provides even more proof that our partnership with RTG has made us P3 leaders, not just in Canada, but across the continent. Together we are transforming Ottawa’s transportation network and we have established new standards of excellence for large-scale infrastructure procurement.”

Antonio Estrada, CEO of Rideau Transit Group, accepted the award at the 15th Annual Project Finance Americas Deals of the Year Awards Dinner held last night in New York City. “Rideau Transit Group is very proud of our partnership with the City of Ottawa” said Estrada. “The partners of Rideau Transit Group are world leaders in transportation and infrastructure, having completed more than 80 P3 projects globally, and we look forward to delivering the Confederation Line, one of most exciting and innovative transit systems in North America.”

The Confederation Line is a $2.1 billion project that is jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Ottawa. The Government of Canada is contributing $600 million through the Building Canada Fund. The City of Ottawa will also allocate up to $161.5 million of its federal Gas Tax Fund transfers to this project. The Government of Ontario is contributing up to $600 million. In addition, the City of Ottawa will allocate $287 million of Provincial Gas Tax revenues to the capital infrastructure. The remaining project budget funds will come from development charge revenues and transit reserves.

This project is the first stage in Ottawa’s future rail network. The 12.5-kilometre electric light rail system replaces existing diesel powered buses, providing rapid transit between Blair Station in the east and Tunney’s Pasture in the west. The route includes 13 stations and a 2.5-kilometre tunnel that will alleviate congestion through the downtown core. For more information, visithttp://ottawa.ca/confederationline.


OC Transpo operates revised schedules for March Break
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

OC Transpo service will operate on a reduced weekday schedule during the March Break (March 10 to 14) when schools are closed.

Bus arrival times may be adjusted slightly compared to the usual weekday schedule, and during rush hour most routes will have one or two fewer trips. All school routes numbered in the 600s and special school trips on regular routes will not operate. The O-Train schedule will be unchanged.

Holiday schedules are available at www.octranspo.com. Automated schedule information is also available 24 hours a day by calling 613-560-1000 or texting 560560 plus your 4‑digit bus stop number.

For more information and travel planning assistance, call OC Transpo at 613-741-4390 or visit www.octranspo.com.


Camp FFIT returns with firefighter training camp for young women
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Ottawa Fire Services, in partnership with Fire Service Women Ontario, is pleased to announce an application call forCamp FFIT (Female Firefighters in Training) 2014. Young women between the ages of 15 and 19, who meet the application criteria, are invited to apply.

Camp FFIT is designed to educate young women about the career of firefighting. Participants will have an opportunity to perform many tasks, including, but not limited to:

  • Search and rescue
  • Auto extrication
  • Forcible entry
  • Catching hydrants
  • High rise operations and aerial ladder climb
  • Wearing full PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus)
  • Fighting simulated kitchen and car fires

Applications are available now at ottawa.ca and must be returned to Ottawa Fire Services Training Centre at 898 Industrial Avenue no later than May 23, 2014.

Participants will have an opportunity to speak to men and women who work at Ottawa Fire Services, as well as firefighters from neighbouring communities and students who have graduated from the pre-service firefighter training programs at Algonquin College and La Cité Collegial. Camp instruction will be offered in English.

Camp FFIT, now in its fifth year, will take place:

Date: August 11 to 15
Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Ottawa Fire Services Training Centre
898 Industrial Avenue

For questions please email campffit@ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1.


City of Ottawa is the best city for hosting festivals
Monday, March 3, 2014

Festival and Events Ontario has recognized the City of Ottawa with its inaugural award for “Best Festival City” for cities larger than 200,000 residents.

“Ottawa is blessed with a great number of annual festivals and events, big and small” said Mayor Watson. “Each one enhances the recreation, arts and cultural experience for our residents and visitors, while at the same time contributing to the growth and development of our economy. Our vibrant festival scene and special events contribute to Ottawa being one of the best cities in the world to live, work and invest.”

“This past September, Ottawa was recognized as one of only seven World Festival and Event Cities by the International Festivals and Events Association” said Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of Community and Protective Services. “This new award shows that we are continuing on that path of success and have developed a reputation as an organized, effective and enthusiastic host city.”

The Best Festival City award recognizes Ottawa for its community leadership and ongoing efforts to provide a positive local environment that encourages the success and growth of festivals and cultural and sporting events. These activities are coordinated by Event Central, the City’s one-stop shop for organizers of events in the nation's capital. Event Central includes SEAT, the Special Events Advisory Team, which helps planners ensure their events are successful, safe, and contribute positively to the city and its residents.

 

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