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Before municipal amalgamation in 2001, Barrhaven was a neighbourhood in the City of Nepean with fewer than 35,000 people. With the many new developments being built, Barrhaven's population will surpass 100,000 in just a few years.

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Royal Canadian Legion Scholarships
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Royal Canadian Legion (RCL) recognizes the need for a post-secondary education to prosper and believes that our young people are the leaders of tomorrow. As a result, the RCL offers to help them with partial financing of a post-secondary education through the granting of annual bursaries.

The Bursary Program is designed to assist students entering or continuing their post-secondary education, including courses and programs of a technical and vocational nature, outside of and beyond secondary school. Approved bursary assistance is not based upon scholastic standing but rather on the successful admission status to a post-secondary institution or successful completion of one or more years leading to a recognized degree, diploma or certificate. Students applying for assistance may be granted a Bursary based on documented need, per scholastic year (September to August), as determined by the Branch Bursary Committee.

Eligibility, Selection Criteria and Application Forms, can be found on the RCL Branch 641 webpage, under the "youth" tab.

All applications must be submitted by October 31, 2015 for the academic year ending June 2016 and hand delivered or mailed to “RCL 641 Bursary Committee” at the Royal Canadian Legion at:
3A- 3500 Fallowfield Rd.
Nepean ON
K2J 4A7


OC Transpo seeking feedback on Para Transpo eligibility policies and booking processes
Monday, August 24, 2015

OC Transpo is currently reviewing its policies for both Para Transpo customer eligibility and booking processes.

Public consultations will take place on September 17, 22, 30 and October 6 at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West. There are a total of 16 sessions, four per day, with a registration limit of 20 people per session. Para Transpo customers, caregivers, community agencies, hospital representatives, long-term care facilities and the general public are invited to register.

Session details are as follows:

Thursday, September 17

  • Eligibility – 10:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Booking – 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Eligibility – 3:30 to 5 p.m.
  • Booking – 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Colonel By Room, second floor

Registration deadline: September 11

Tuesday, September 22

  • Booking – 10:30 a.m. to noon
  • Eligibility – 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Booking – 3:30 to 5 p.m.
  • Eligibility – 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Festival Boardroom, first floor

Registration deadline: September 17

Wednesday, September 30

  • Eligibility – 10:30 a.m. to noon
  • Booking – 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Eligibility – 3:30 to 5 p.m.
  • Booking – 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Colonel By Room, second floor

Registration deadline: September 24

Tuesday, October 6

  • Booking – 10:30 a.m. to noon
  • Eligibility – 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Booking – 3:30 to 5 p.m.
  • Eligibility – 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Colonel By Room, second floor

Registration deadline: September 30

To register for one of these sessions, please visit octranspo.com, call 613-842-3636 ext. 2652, emailconsultations@ottawa.ca or fax 613-244-4329.

Customers and stakeholders who are unavailable to attend a session, but still want to contribute, are invited to provide feedback between August 24 and October 9 by filling out a questionnaire available:

  • On Para Transpo mini buses and accessible taxis
  • Online at octranspo.com
  • By email at consultations@ottawa.ca
  • By phone at 613-842-3636 ext. 2652 (TTY: 613-244-4833)
  • By fax at 613-244-4329

The questions posed in the questionnaire will be identical to those posed at the consultation sessions.

OC Transpo is committed to reviewing and updating its policies, processes and services to ensure they are meeting the needs of customers.

For more information on the Para Transpo stakeholder consultations, visit octranspo.com.


Early birds can register now for Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital
Monday, August 17, 2015

The City of Ottawa and Tim Hortons are pleased to announce the annual Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capitalcampaign, which will take place from September 15 to October 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 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 or graffiti removal.

Win prizes

Volunteers who register their cleanup project before September 15 have a chance to win one of many early bird prizes donated by our generous sponsors. Volunteers who submit a final cleanup report by October 31 will be eligible for more prizes.

Tim Hortons 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. Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital is also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.


Section of Greenbank Road to fully close Friday overnight
Thursday, August 6, 2015

Greenbank Road will be closed to vehicular, cycling and pedestrian traffic in both directions between Malvern Drive and Wessex Road, overnight from 8 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 7 a.m. Saturday August 8. The road will be closed to begin construction of a railway track across the Greenbank Detour Road, as part of the Greenbank Road widening project.

Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians should avoid the area during this overnight road closure. Traffic will be detoured to Woodroffe Avenue. Police will be on site directing traffic, and Portable Variable Message signs will also give information.

OC Transpo Route 170 will be detoured during the closure. For more information, please visit octranspo.com.   

When Greenbank Road reopens on Friday morning, traffic will use the same roadway as before and the railway signals will not be changed.
The Greenbank Road widening project is part of Ottawa on the Move, which is about keeping our community and economy moving forward through strategic investments in a number of transportation, water, and sewer projects to build a better city and create jobs. For current traffic and construction information around the city, visit ottawa.ca.


2015–2018 Term of Council Priorities
Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The City has published the 2015-2018 City Strategic Plan. This Plan is based on the 2015-2018 Term of Council Priorities Report, approved by Council on July 8. It integrates planning, performance measurement and financial information that provide the strategic and high-level direction of the City.

The 2015-2018 City Strategic Plan outlines what the Council Plans to accomplish over its four-year term and includes:

  • Strategic Priorities, that represent the highest level expression of what the City hopes to achieve during the Term of Council;
  • Strategic Objectives, which specify what outcomes are expected to be achieved during the Term of Council for all priorities;
  • Strategic Initiatives, the projects or programs undertaken by the City that will contribute to the achievement of the specific objectives for the Term of Council, and their associated resource requirements;
  • Performance Measures, that will help monitor Council’s progress against objectives throughout the Term of Council, as outlined in the City Balanced Scorecard; and
  • Alignment of initiatives with the oversight responsibilities of the Standing Committees, the Information Technology Sub-Committee and the Transit Commission for specific elements of the City Strategic Plan during the Term of Council.

I encourage you to take the time to review the 2015-2018 City Strategic Plan published on ottawa.ca by clicking here.


Sewer replacement on Greenbank Road north of West Hunt Club begins today
Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Starting today, construction work will take place on Greenbank Road just north of West Hunt Club Road. The existing sanitary sewer in this area has reached the end of its service life and must be replaced. The work is planned to continue until September 7.

To minimize traffic impact, from August 5 to 10 and August 24 to 31 the work will only be carried out during off-peak hours, with one lane in each direction kept open. At peak hours, both lanes will be open. From August 10 to 24, work may occur during peak hours but a lane in each direction will always be open.

All turning movements at intersections will be accommodated at all times, and traffic lights will remain in operation.

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

The sewer replacement on Greenbank Road is an Ottawa on the Move project. Ottawa on the Move is about keeping our community and economy moving forward through strategic investments in a number of transportation, water, and sewer projects to build a better city and create jobs.

For more information about the construction activity happening across the city, or for information about traffic and travel planning, visit ottawa.ca


Ottawa Public Health has issued a heat warning
Monday, July 27, 2015

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has issued a heat warning for Ottawa effective July 27 until further notice. A heat warning is issued when the Environment Canada temperature forecast is expected to exceed 31°C during the daytime and the night time temperature is not cooler than 20°C or the humidex is expected to exceed 40°C for two consecutive days.

Extreme heat can cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and even death. OPH is encouraging residents to check on family, friends and neighbours who may be isolated or more vulnerable to the heat. Seniors, infants, young children, people who are homeless and people taking certain prescription medications for conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and depression are at a greater risk of suffering from heat-related illness.

During a heat warning, residents and visitors should:

  • Drink plenty of fluids, preferably water and limit or avoid caffeine and alcohol
  • Avoid strenuous physical activity outdoors 
  • Avoid direct exposure to the sun and look for shade
  • Spend time in an air-conditioned location such as a shopping mall, local library or community centre
  • Never leave children, the elderly or pets unattended in a car, even with the windows open

Residents and visitors can cool down at City of Ottawa pools, splash pads, wading pools, beaches and community centres as well as Ottawa Public Library branches.
In addition, Rainbow Cinemas in the St. Laurent Centre has partnered with OPH to provide reduced ticket rates to help people access air conditioning and to cool down during heat warnings.

High air-pollution and UV index levels often occur during hot weather conditions.

  • People with breathing and heart problems, and parents and caregivers of children, should pay attention to the hourly Air Quality Health Index available at airqualityontario.com .
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  • Check the UV index forecast daily at theweathernetwork.com, weather.gc.ca or in the local media.
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  • Choose a sunscreen and lip balm with an SPF of 30 or higher. 

For additional information, visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca or call Ottawa Public Health Information at 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656). You can also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr.


City warns residents about phoney sales-pitches
Friday, July 9, 2015

The City of Ottawa continues to warn residents to be vigilant of door-to-door salespeople making false claims about working with or on behalf of the City.

The City has recently received complaints from residents who have been contacted by salespeople falsely claiming to be working on behalf of the City and requesting access to resident’s homes to “inspect” furnaces and air conditioners.

The City of Ottawa is committed to protecting public safety, including protecting homeowners and residents from fraud. The City ensures that all of its employees carry City-issued photo identification to be presented upon request. Except for emergency situations, any visits that may require access to homes or businesses by City staff or City contractors are scheduled in advance. Any resident who is directly contacted by a person claiming to work for or on behalf of the City of Ottawa is asked to check their identification and, if concerns remain, to contact the City by calling 3-1-1 (613-580-2400).


City of Ottawa and partners launch Stage 2 LRT funding request
Friday, July 9, 2015

Mayor Jim Watson, Council members, and representatives from Ottawa’s business, tourism and academic communities have united together to officially launch the City’s LRT Stage 2 funding request to the federal and provincial governments.

The Stage 2 project will further reduce commute times by adding 19 new stations and 30 kilometres of rail to Ottawa’s O-Train system between 2018 and 2023. From an economic standpoint, the project is expected to generate 24,000 person-years of employment, increase tax revenue to approximately $170 million, and provide an economic output of $3.8 billion to the local economy.

“We are asking our provincial and federal counterparts to continue the great partnership we have established with the Confederation Line,” said Mayor Watson. “It is our hope that our partners will maximize their contributions to the project so we can continue the momentum, and proceed swiftly and confidently with Stage 2 of LRT.”

The City of Ottawa’s funding request is supported by several Stage 2 LRT Project Champions, including the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, the Orléans Chamber of Commerce, Ottawa Tourism, Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport, the Ottawa-Gatineau Hotel Association, Ottawa Festivals, Algonquin College, Invest Ottawa and several Business Improvement Areas.

In addition, a recent business growth survey by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce indicated that 74 per cent of business owners feel that Ottawa’s LRT expansion will have a positive impact on their business.

“Stage 2 of LRT will make Ottawa an even more attractive city to create and grow a business,” said Ian Faris, of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. “Ottawa is the only G7 capital without a rapid rail system. We need to keep our economy moving by making this smart investment in our future prosperity.”

“Reliable transportation is always a key success factor for attracting visitors and major events,” said Geoff Publow, Chair of Ottawa Tourism. “Stage 2 of LRT will make it easier for visitors to explore our beautiful city.”

“Stage 2 of LRT will keep Algonquin College students moving for years to come – both from their homes to their classes, and from our campus to their work and co-op placements,” said Laura Stanbra, Vice President of Student Services at Algonquin College. “This expanded transit service will additionally provide residents with easier access to our student-run learning companies, programs, and services. We are delighted to serve as a Stage 2 Rail Champion and add our full support to the City’s proposal.”

It has been recently confirmed through Environmental Assessment work that Stage 2 can be constructed within the $3-billion budget that was established in the City’s 2013 Transportation Master Plan. The project would extend Ottawa’s O-Train system:

  • East: Extend the Confederation Line east from Blair to Orléans, with stations at St.Joseph, Jeanne D’Arc, Orléans Drive, and Place d’Orléans.
  • West and southwest: Extend the Confederation Line west to Algonquin College and Bayshore, with stations at Westboro, Dominion, Cleary, New Orchard, Lincoln Fields, Queensview, Pinecrest, Iris, Baseline and Bayshore.
  • South: Extend the O-Train to Riverside South and Bowesville, with a new station at Gladstone, and stations at Walkley, South Keys, Leitrim and Bowesville.

When completed in 2023, Stage 2 would bring LRT to within five kilometres of almost 70 per cent of residents.

For more information on Stage 2 of LRT, please visit stage2lrt.ca.


OC Transpo boosts service to the RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest
Monday, July 6, 2015

OC Transpo is the best option for residents and visitors travelling to Bluesfest this year, with frequent, direct service to LeBreton Flats from July 8 to 19.
Twelve routes provide direct service to and from LeBreton Station (8, 16, 85, 86, 87, 91, 92, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98 and the nearby O-Train Trillium Line). Free parking is available at Park & Ride lots across the city.

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 and 11:45 p.m., rapid transit routes 91, 92, 94, 95, 96, 97 and 98 will be increased in frequency to accommodate the crowds leaving at the end of the night. The O-Train Trillium Line will also operate more frequently in the late evening Monday through Saturday, and will have extended service until midnight on Sundays during Bluesfest.
Route 8 may experience minor detours and delays in the LeBreton Flats area during Bluesfest.

Para Transpo will be providing direct service to and from Bluesfest.
Customers who may be first time users or occasional riders are reminded that cash fares are $3.55. Customers should have the exact fare ready, board at the front door of the bus, and ask for a transfer as proof of payment in the event of fare inspection. 

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


Health and safety tips for Canada Day celebrations
Friday, June 26, 2015

The City of Ottawa wants to provide health and safety tips to help make your Canada Day celebrations memorable – for all the right reasons.

The following tips are courtesy of Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Public Health, Ottawa Fire Services, By-law and Regulatory Services and Security and Emergency Management:

Fireworks

  • Purchase fireworks from a reputable retailer and follow the label directions
  • Fireworks must be discharged on private property, and by someone 18 years or older
  • Fireworks must not cause danger to or nuisance any person and other property
  • If you are heading downtown to see the fireworks, keep within designated areas only—fences protect you from danger, do not climb over them to get a better vantage point of the fireworks
  • Fireworks often frighten pets. Leave them in the safety and comfort of home
  • Fireworks safety tips

More regulations and requirements are listed on the Fireworks By-law on ottawa.ca.

General safety

  • Check the weather forecast and prepare accordingly – including planning ahead where you will seek shelter in adverse weather
  • Know the signs and symptoms of heat illness and take action immediatelyDrink plenty of water and keep hydrated when active or outdoors
  • Be Sun Smart - wear sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and light and loose clothing
  • Do not bring glass containers downtown [or to Mattamy Homes Canada Day in Barrhaven] as they may accidently break and cause serious injuries to you or someone else
  • Wear proper and comfortable shoes and footwear
  • If you take medication, bring it with you and include a current list of prescribed medications
  • If you do not feel well, please stay home
  • Keep a close eye on children and teach them to stay where they are if they get separated from you and know where the nearest lost child tent is located
  • If celebrating Canada Day at home, avoid any disturbance to your neighbours by keeping the music down after 11 p.m.
  • BBQ tips
  • Campfires/Outdoor Fireplaces

Alcohol
If consuming alcohol, drink responsibly, stay in control and never drink and drive. You can reduce your risk of injury by following Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines

For more information, or for more tips, visit ottawa/ca or call 3-1-1.


Reminder: New dedicated bus lanes on 417 will open this Sunday
Friday, June 26, 2015

The work to expand Highway 417 from Nicholas to the Split is winding down. Starting this Sunday, June 28, a dedicated bus lane on Highway 417 in both directions will be used so the O-Train Confederation Line project can start converting the Transitway from Hurdman to Blair to a Light Rail Transit system.

Motorists should still expect periodic lane closures until this fall to allow for the remainder of the construction and clean-up operations to occur. Until this time, the speed limit will remain 80 km/h.

As of June 28, three lanes of general traffic and a dedicated bus lane will be open in both directions. The outside lanes in both the eastbound and westbound direction will serve as the dedicated lanes for OC Transpo and emergency vehicles only until 2018, when the O-Train Confederation Line Light Rail Transit Project will start operating. This will require all vehicles to follow the rules specific to roads with both general-traffic and transit lanes, notably:

  • All other vehicles must not travel on marked bus-only lanes. These are reserved for OC Transpo and emergency vehicles only.
  • Motorists in the general-traffic lanes must move over to allow emergency vehicles with lights flashing to overtake them, whenever the emergency vehicles need to travel faster than they could in the bus lane.

Also as of June 28, the ramp from the westbound Highway 417 east of the Split, to Highway 174 eastbound, will be closed until 2018. Motorists are encouraged to use Innes Road as a detour. An additional eastbound lane on Innes Road is being constructed and will open in the fall to compensate for increased traffic during peak periods.  

OC Transpo has made adjustments to east-end routes to keep travel times as fast as possible and has added trips to provide more capacity between Hurdman and Blair Stations. Approximately 84 per cent of customers will not be affected by these adjustments; however, some customers will have changes to their current routes and connection points. For more information on the new locations of stops and stations, please visit octranspo.com

With all of the construction-related activities underway, residents are encouraged to be flexible with commuting times, stagger work hours or use alternative means for travel. The public is asked to consider options such as transit, walking, cycling or carpooling.

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

For current information about traffic and construction around the city, visit ottawa.ca.

This work is part of the Confederation Line Light-Rail Transit project, and Ottawa on the Move. Ottawa on the Move is about keeping our community and economy moving forward through strategic investments in a number of transportation, water, and sewer projects to build a better city and create jobs.


New dedicated bus lanes on 417 will open June 28
Thursday, June 18, 2015

The work to expand Highway 417 from Nicholas to the Split is winding down. Starting Sunday June 28, a dedicated bus lane on Highway 417 in both directions will be used so the O-Train Confederation Line project can start converting the Transitway from Hurdman to Blair to a Light Rail Transit system.
Motorists should still expect periodic lane closures until this fall to allow for the remainder of the construction and clean-up operations to occur. Until this time, the speed limit will remain 80 km/h.
As of June 28, three lanes of general traffic and a dedicated bus lane will be open in both directions. The outside lanes in both the eastbound and westbound direction will serve as the dedicated lanes for OC Transpo and emergency vehicles only until 2018, when the O-Train Confederation Line Light Rail Transit Project will start operating. This will require all vehicles to follow the rules specific to roads with both general-traffic and transit lanes, notably:

  • All other vehicles must not travel on marked bus-only lanes. These are reserved for OC Transpo and emergency vehicles only.
  • Motorists in the general-traffic lanes must move over to allow emergency vehicles with lights flashing to overtake them, whenever the emergency vehicles need to travel faster than they could in the bus lane.

Also as of June 28, the ramp from the westbound Highway 417 east of the Split, to Highway 174 eastbound, will be closed until 2018. Motorists are encouraged to use Innes Road as a detour. An additional eastbound lane on Innes Road is being constructed and will open in the fall to compensate for increased traffic during peak periods.  
OC Transpo has made adjustments to east-end routes to keep travel times as fast as possible and has added trips to provide more capacity between Hurdman and Blair Stations. Approximately 84 per cent of customers will not be affected by these adjustments; however, some customers will have changes to their current routes and connection points. For more information on the new locations of stops and stations, please visit octranspo.com
With all of the construction-related activities underway, residents are encouraged to be flexible with commuting times, stagger work hours or use alternative means for travel. The public is asked to consider options such as transit, walking, cycling or carpooling.
The City of Ottawa has tools on ottawa.ca to help motorists and transit users plan their routes and manage their commute including:

For current information about traffic and construction around the city, visit ottawa.ca.
This work is part of the Confederation Line Light-Rail Transit project, and Ottawa on the Move. Ottawa on the Move is about keeping our community and economy moving forward through strategic investments in a number of transportation, water, and sewer projects to build a better city and create jobs.


City to host one-hour Budget 101
Thursday, June 18, 2015

 Residents are invited to a one-hour budget primer session on June 24, offering a look at how the City of Ottawa spends and how the annual municipal budget is put together.

City Treasurer Marian Simulik and Deputy City Treasurer Isabelle Jasmin will lead the session, which will consist of an overview of the budget process followed by a question-and-answer period.

When: Wednesday, June 24, 7:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
English: Champlain Room, 2nd floor
French: Honeywell Room, 2nd floor

If you are planning to attend, please email Grace.Okeefe@ottawa.ca to help the City gauge expected attendance.

This event is part of ongoing efforts to increase public understanding and engagement around the municipal budget. More information is available at ottawa.ca/BudgetPrimer.


OC Transpo and Safety Working Group launch customer safety campaign and new online incident reporting system
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

In partnership with the Transit Safety Stakeholder Working Group, OC Transpo today launched its 2015 customer safety campaign and new online incident reporting tool, further enhancing its commitment to the safety and security of its customers, staff and the Ottawa community.

“OC Transpo and the Transit Commission are committed to continuing to enhance an already strong safety culture at OC Transpo,” said Councillor Stephen Blais, Chair of the City’s Transit Commission. “The 2014 Customer Survey showed that 90 per cent of transit customers felt safe and secure on the transit system, but any incident is one too many. The 2015 customer safety information campaign will remind customers that no incident is too small to report – and the online incident reporting tool will make it easy and hassle-free to file a report.”

Transit safety and security is a joint responsibility of OC Transpo front-line workers and staff and other City services, including the Ottawa Police Service, transit customers and the larger community. The 2015 customer safety campaign and online reporting tool emphasizes the importance of letting OC Transpo know when you or someone else is being threatened, bothered, or encounters any type of violence while using public transit.

“OC Transpo cares about the safety and security of our customers and staff,” said John Manconi, General Manager of Transit Services. “The collaborative effort put forth by the Safety Stakeholder Working Group produced what you see here today – a robust 2015 customer safety campaign and a new online incident reporting system that will greatly benefit our customers, staff and the Ottawa community as whole. The Safety Stakeholder Working Group’s knowledge, feedback and passion were paramount to the success of today, and on behalf of OC Transpo, I wish to thank them for their contributions.”

A Safety Stakeholder Working Group was established in 2013 and brought forward excellent ideas, strategies and feedback into the development of the promotional campaign, website and online reporting system. The Working Group is comprised of OC Transpo staff and the following key stakeholders: Women’s Initiatives for Safer Environments (WISE), Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW), City for All Women Initiative (CAWI), the Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC), the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre and Hollaback!Ottawa.

“We are delighted that we have been able to build a partnership with OC Transpo that allows us to bring the voice of our members to the table,” said Julie Lalonde from Hollaback!Ottawa.

“WISE is encouraged by the results from the Safety Stakeholder Working Group, which led to key improvements to the online reporting system,” said Valerie Collicott from WISE Ottawa. “The new online reporting system will allow first-hand, anonymous and third party reporting. The public education campaign will allow us all to respond and learn how to support each other, and the improved website will give us more effective information on customer safety and security.”

In June 2014, a panel from the American Public Transit Association (APTA) presented the results of its March 2014 peer review of current system safety and security strategies and practices to support the Ten Point Safety Plan. The work that is being launched aligns with the recommendations made through the APTA peer review.

Transit customers are encouraged to tell OC Transpo about any experience that makes them feel unsafe or uncomfortable by going to octranspo.com and filing an incident report. If a customer is not comfortable reporting online, they can call Transit Law at 613-741-2478 (TTY: 613-842-3699) and file a verbal report.

For more information, visit octranspo.com.


Canada Day schedule changes
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The City of Ottawa would like to remind residents of the following schedule changes for Canada Day, Wednesday, July 1.

Client services:

  • The City’s Provincial Offences Court, located at 100 Constellation Crescent, will also be closed on Canada Day. Business will resume as usual on Thursday, July 2.
  • 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).

 

Green bin, recycling and garbage collection:

  • There will be no curbside green binrecyclingor garbage collectionon Canada Day. Canada Day’s pick-up will take place on Thursday, July 2. In addition, the collection of green bin, recycling materials and garbage will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. For curbside collection inquiries, refer to the collection calendar tool.
  • There will be nomulti-residential collection of bulky items, green bin and recycling container collectionon Canada Day. Canada Day’s pick-up will take place on Thursday, July 2. Recycling container and green bin collection will also be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. However, multi-residential garbage container collectionis not delayed and collection will take place on its regularly scheduled day during the week of June 29.
  • The Trail Waste Facility is closed.

Parking:

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

Transit service:

  • OC Transpo is offering free service on Canada Dayand operating a special holiday schedule with extra service during the day and after the fireworks. The O-Train Trillium Line will run throughout the day and all evening until midnight. Routes 101, 120, 123, 137, 150, 151, 161, 162, 165, 173, 174, 178, 196, 203 and all peak period routes will not operate on July 1. 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 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • OC Transpo Customer Relations Office (613-842-3600) will be closed.
  • Para Transpo is offering free service on Canada Day. A holiday service will operate on July 1. Regular scheduled trips are automatically cancelled. Customers may book trips for Canada Day on or after June 25 by calling 613-244-7272.
  • Para Transpo operations:
  • Customer service (613-842-3681) – closed
  • Administration (613-244-1289) – closed
  • Taxi coupons (613-842-3670) – closed
  • Reservations line (613-244-7272) – open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Trip cancellation and general inquiries (613-244-4636) – open 6 a.m.to 12:30 a.m.

Recreation services:

  • Some outdoor pools, indoor pools and fitness centres will be open for public swimming, and fitness classes, with modified schedules. Please check ottawa.ca or the facility of your choice for details.
  • All beachessplash pads and some wading pools, will be open, weather permitting.
  • Most registered programs at swimming pools, community centres and arenas are cancelled; 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; however, the site mobile van will be operating on a regular schedule from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cultural Services:

  • City Hall Art Gallery and OAG (Ottawa Art Gallery) Annex will remain open.
  • City of Ottawa Archives, arts centres, galleries, theatres and museums will be closed; however, clients should checkottawa.ca or their facility to confirm holiday hours, as some exceptions may apply.

Archives Services:

  • The City of Ottawa Archives Reference Services and Gallery 112 will be closed.

Municipal child care services:

  • City-operated Child Care Centres will be closed.

Ottawa Public Library:

All branches and services of the Ottawa Public Library will be closed. They will operate as usual on Thursday, July 2.


Please Help: Special Event in Support of the Kelly Ross Team for the EPIC WALK
Friday, June 12, 2015

This Saturday (June 13th) a group of ladies are flipping burgers and hotdogs to raise money to support Kelly Ross' team in the 2015 EPIC WALK, the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation's third annual EPIC WALK for Cancer Care.

The barbecue will take place from 11am to 2pm at Ross' Independent Grocer on Strandherd Drive.

The goal is to raise $1,000, so please come for lunch and help with this great cause. For more information, please visit Kelly Ross's personal page for the 2015 EPIC WALK.


O-Train Confederation Line track installation begins with laying of first rail
Friday, June 12, 2015

Today, Royal Galipeau, MP (Ottawa–Orléans), Bob Chiarelli, MPP (Ottawa West–Nepean) and Mayor Jim Watson installed the first official rail track of the O-Train Confederation Line light rail transit project.

This milestone sets the stage for the City’s Transitway to be converted to light rail, beginning this summer. Construction of the track along the entire line will continue well into 2017.

“The government is pleased to see this project progressing well, making public transit faster, safer and more convenient for commuters in Ottawa,” said MP Galipeau. “Investing in a modern and efficient public transportation system will create thousands of new jobs and improve the National Capital Region’s long-term economic growth and prosperity.”

“A modern transit system is essential to a city’s quality of life and economic well-being. Ontario is pleased to invest up to $600 million towards Ottawa’s Confederation Line, the largest single provincial investment in transit infrastructure in the City of Ottawa’s history,” said MPP Chiarelli. “This investment is in addition to the $347.4 million the province has provided to Ottawa since 2003 through the Gas Tax Program. The province looks forward to future partnerships in Ottawa transit systems.”

“Today’s milestone is another sign of momentum towards completing this world-class project on time and on budget,” said Mayor Watson. “The Confederation Line O-Train will mean shorter commute times, cleaner air, and a stronger economy.”

Spanning 12.5 kilometres between Tunney’s Pasture Station in the west and Blair Station in the east, the majority of the O-Train Confederation Line track will be built in the Transitway’s existing footprint. It will have a mix of at-grade, elevated and tunnel sections, and will replace existing diesel powered buses.

The system has 13 stations, including three new underground stations, and a maintenance and storage facility at Belfast Yard. The dignitaries toured this facility, where the vehicles for the line will be assembled.

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 transfers to the capital infrastructure. The remaining project budget funds will come from development charge revenues and transit reserves.

The Rideau Transit Group is the private sector partner responsible for this first stage in Ottawa’s future rail network. The 12.5-kilometre electric light rail line will provide 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 reduce congestion through the downtown core. For more information, visit ottawa.ca.


Reminder that your final property tax bill payment is due
Thursday, June 11, 2015

Ottawa property owners are reminded that the payment on the final property tax bill, which was mailed out in late May, is due on Thursday, June 18, 2015.

You can now view, print and pay your property tax bill by visiting ottawa.ca and selecting the “My ServiceOttawa” tab to register your tax account. This service is also available for water and sewer bills.

You can pay your property tax bill:

  • through your financial institution
  • online at ottawa.ca
  • by sending a cheque to the City of Ottawa
  • at any City of Ottawa Client Service Centre during regular hours of operation

Once you have paid your final bill, you can manage and pay future tax bills by signing up for the City’s pre-authorized tax payment plan or registering for epostTM.

If you have not yet received your bill, please call the City’s Revenue Branch at 613-580-2444. Additional information about your final property tax bill is available online at ottawa.ca.


Vimy Memorial Bridge earns International Award of Distinction
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Vimy Memorial Bridge has received the prestigious Gustav Lindenthal Medal from the International Bridge Conference. The bridge was designed by Parsons for the City of Ottawa.

The medal was presented during the conference awards dinner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This annual award recognizes outstanding achievement in bridge engineering that is also esthetically and environmentally pleasing.

“This bridge is a stunning piece of architecture that spans the Rideau Canal system, a designated Historic Site in Canada, as well as a recognized World Heritage Site by UNESCO,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Whether arriving by land or water, it serves as a welcoming and impressive gateway to our city.”

The bridge, with its unique triple tubular arch formation, was designed and built to meet the stringent guidelines set by the City of Ottawa and the various approval agencies including the National Capital Commission, Parks Canada, the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, First Nations (Algonquin of Ontario), Transport Canada and Transport Canada Marine.

“Parsons’ design is respectful of the environment, heritage and culture of Ottawa, said Todd Wager, Parsons Group President. “We’re proud that this beautiful bridge is contributing to the quality of life in Ottawa and becoming an important city landmark.”

The Vimy Memorial Bridge is made up of four general-purpose lanes, two auxiliary turning lanes, two dedicated transit lanes, two on-road cycling lanes and sidewalks in each direction. The bridge connects the communities of Riverside South and Barrhaven, significantly reducing the commute time between the two communities, as well as reducing traffic backlog on other traffic arteries.

The bridge was renamed from the Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge to the Vimy Memorial Bridge in 2014, coinciding with the 100thanniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. It honours the historically significant battle of Vimy Ridge and will ensure that the sacrifices made by our Canadian troops during the War are not forgotten.

Gustav Lindenthal (May 21, 1850 to July 31, 1935) was a civil engineer who designed the Hell Gate Bridge across New York City’s East River, which opened in March 1917. At that time, Hell Gate was the longest (977 feet [298 m]) steel arch in the world. Mr. Lindenthal's work was greatly affected by his pursuit of perfection and his love of art. His structures not only serve the purpose they were designed for, but also are esthetically pleasing to the public eye.


Celebrate National Health and Fitness Day with two-for-one deals at City pools and recreation centres
Friday, June 5, 2015

Residents of Ottawa are encouraged to get active for at least one hour this Saturday as the City participates in National Health and Fitness Day on June 6.

In celebration of National Health and Fitness Day, the City of Ottawa is offering two-for-one swimming at all City pools during regular scheduled swim times. This includes lane, public and family swims, with the exception of wave swims. Two-for-one access will also be available to weight and cardio rooms at City fitness facilities.

Visit ottawa.ca for public swim schedules and recreation facility locations.

As well this weekend, Ottawa Public Health has partnered for a fourth straight year with sports retailers across the city to bring Ottawa residents a discount on helmets on Saturday June 6 and Sunday June 7.

Helmets are recommended for activities like skateboarding, rollerblading, biking, sledding, skating skiing and snowboarding. In Ontario, it is mandatory for anyone under the age of 18 to wear a certified helmet while riding a bicycle (Highway Traffic Act).

The City of Ottawa is committed to helping residents of all ages to adopt a healthy lifestyle through the provision of public education and recreation opportunities aimed at increasing physical activity levels and reducing obesity. Browse the City of Ottawa Spring/Summer recreation guide for classes offered at a facility near you.


Get ready for Giveaway Weekend
Friday, June 5, 2015

The Spring Giveaway Weekend will take place on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7. Don't put your unwanted stuff in the garbage — set it out at the curb on Giveaway Weekend. Tour your neighbourhood, community and city to find hidden treasures.

Giveaway items could include:

  • Books, CDs and DVDs
  • Old furniture and small appliances
  • Construction materials including drywall and hardware such as nails, bolts and screws
  • Kitchen gadgets, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans
  • Unwanted gifts

Please consider safety when deciding which items to set out at the curb. At the end of the day, bring any uncollected items back to your home.

The Consumer Product Safety Bureau of Health Canada advises that used children's items such as baby walkers, yo-yo balls, cribs, car seats, strollers, playpens, bath seats, mattresses, blinds, toys and other child-related items should not be placed at the curb for Giveaway Weekend.

Also, used helmets should not be left at the curb for Giveaway Weekend. If you need a new helmet, several retailers are offering discounts on June 6 and 7 only. Visit parentinginottawa.com for a list of retailers

For more information on rules for setting out items and Giveaway Weekend etiquette, please visit ottawa.ca.


Register now for summer recreation fun
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Don’t miss out on the fun this summer, register now for a City of Ottawa recreation program offered at our many locations throughout the city. The online Recreation eGuide and Mon guide francophone des loisirs offer a wide variety of instructional and recreational opportunities to choose from, and for all ages and abilities.

Our great selection of day camps, including specialty camps, themed camps and leadership programs, will keep your children entertained and active this summer.

If aquatics is more your style, you can take swimming lessons at our indoor and outdoor pools, learn to dive or kayak, or get certified in lifesaving and leadership.

Why not try out a new sport like tennis, create an artistic masterpiece, or whip up tasty snacks and beginner meals in the kitchen.

The City of Ottawa also offers year-round fitness programs including aquafitness, cycling, group fitness, workouts and weight rooms. Get pumped and increase your health and fitness.

Please note that a client barcode and family PIN numbers are required to register for recreation programs.

Visit ottawa.ca for more information.


Take transit to FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 games
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

FIFA Women’s World CupTM ticket holders have free access to quick, easy and efficient transit service three hours before and three hours after games, from June 7 to June 27. Transit fare is included in the ticket price – just show your printed event ticket to the operator when you board the bus, and don’t forget to keep your ticket for your ride home.

Transit services include:
Free OC Transpo and STO service including enhanced service on Bank Street
Free parking and direct transit service from OC Transpo and STO Park & Ride lots in Ottawa and Gatineau
Free O-Train and Para Transpo service (Para Transpo customers are asked to book their trips through the normal process)

Further information on routes and scheduling is available by visiting octranspo.com or by calling OC Transpo Information at 613-741-4390.


Everyone can do their part during Environment Week
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The City of Ottawa encourages residents to participate in Canadian Environment Week, which takes place this year from June 1 to 7, by taking steps to make more environmentally-friendly decisions in their daily lives. The City of Ottawa has a number of programs to help make those decisions easier.

Clean Air Day – June 3

May was Bike to Work Month, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ride to work in June. With complete streets, dedicated bike lanes, rack and roll on OC Transpo buses and more bike racks than ever, it’s getting easier all the time to leave the car at home and find cleaner ways to commute.

Giveaway Weekend

This weekend, on June 6 and 7, residents are encouraged to take their unwanted items and leave them at the end of the driveway for interested neighbours to come by and take away. This popular program keeps useful items out of Ottawa’s landfill. And who knows what treasures you may find in your own neighbourhood!

Take it back

Household hazardous waste, like strong cleaners, needles and pool chemicals do not belong on the curb. They pose a risk to the environment and our collection workers.

You can safely dispose of many kinds of household hazardous waste by returning them to participating local retailers during regular business hours. Or, you can take them to one of the City’s one-day Household Hazardous Waste depots. For a list of retailers who accept returns of household hazardous waste, or to see when a Household Hazardous Waste depot will happen near you, please visit ottawa.ca.

Use the Waste Explorer on ottawa.ca anytime to find out how to get rid of items that are not allowed to be placed curbside for garbage collection.

Green Acres

The City, in partnership with local conservation authorities, is looking for rural land owners to participate in the Green Acres reforestation program. Since 2011, the City has planted an average of 110,714 trees annually, which includes replacing trees lost to Emerald Ash Borer in urban and suburban neighbourhoods.

For more information on how to participate in the Green Acres program visit ottawa.ca.

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