Holiday Season schedule changes
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
The City of Ottawa reminds residents of the following schedule changes for Wednesday, December 25 (Christmas Day), Thursday, December 26 (Boxing Day), and Wednesday, January 1 (New Year’s Day).
- Rink of Dreams, located on Marion Dewar Plaza at Ottawa City Hall, is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and the heated changing facility is open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. It will be open throughout the Christmas Holidays and will be staffed on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, weather permitting.
The following holiday schedule will apply:
December 24 – closed at 6 p.m.
- Christmas Day – 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.
- Boxing Day – noon to 11 p.m.
- New Year’s Eve (December 31) – closed at 1 a.m.
- New Year’s Day – noon to 11 p.m.
- Recreation facilities will be operating on modified schedules during the holiday season, including modified swimming, skating and fitness schedules. Most recreation facilities are closed and public swimming, public skating, aquafitnessand fitness classes are cancelled on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Please check with ottawa.ca or the facility of your choice for details, as some exceptions will apply.
Registered programs at swimming pools, community centres and arenas are cancelled during the holiday season, however, clients should check with their facility to confirm, as some exceptions will apply
- Ottawa City Hall and all seven Client Service Centres, including the Government Service Centre located at 110 Laurier Avenue West, will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. All rural Client Service Centres will be open on December 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Tuesday, December 31, the Metcalfe Client Service Centre will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Thursday, January 2, the West Carleton and North Gower Client Service Centres will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Business will resume as usual on Thursday, January 2.
- The City’s Provincial Offences Court, located at 100 Constellation Crescent, will also be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Business will resume as usual on Thursday, January 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 with a hearing-related disability, call (TTY: 613-580-2401).
Garbage and recycling:
- There will be no curbside or multi-residential green bin, recycling or garbage or bulky item collection on Christmas Day. Christmas Day’s pickup will take place on Boxing Day. Collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. New Year’s Day pick-up will take place on Thursday, January 2. Collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. For curbside collection enquiries, refer to the collection calendar tool.
- The Trail Waste Facility will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
- Christmas trees will be collected on your regular scheduled collection day. Please remove all decorations.
- OC Transpo will operate a reduced schedule December 22 to January 4. On Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, service will operate on a Sunday schedule. On Boxing Day a Saturday schedule will operate. On December 23, 24, 27, 30, 31 and January 2, 3, service will operate on a reduced weekday schedule. Special school services will not operate from December 23 to January 3. 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 visitoctranspo.com.
OC Transpo Sales and Information Centres at Lincoln Fields, St. Laurent and Place d’Orléans Stations will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day and will close early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve at 5 p.m. The Rideau Centre Sales Office will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day and will close early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve at 5 p.m., but will be open on Boxing Day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- All City of Ottawa parking regulations and restrictions will apply during this time.
Ottawa Public Health:
- Ottawa Public Health Information Line (OPHIL) and AIDS-Sexual Health Info Line – Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day
- Sexual Health Centre and Satellite Clinics – Closed on Christmas Eve Day (December 24), Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve Day (December 31) and New Year’s Day.
- SITE program – SITE office at 179 Clarence Street is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on December 24 and 31, however, it is closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The Site mobile van will be operating on the following schedule:
- Tuesday, December 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Christmas Day – closed
- Thursday, December 26 – regular schedule
- Tuesday, December 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- New Year’s Day – regular schedule
- Dental Clinics – Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day
- Well Baby Drop-in – Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day
- To report an urgent public health issue, contact 3-1-1. Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 (TTY1-866-797-0007) is also available to obtain health advice or general health information from a Registered Nurse.
- Most programming at arts centres, archives, galleries, museums and theatres will not be offered on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. However, clients should check with ottawa.ca or their facility to confirm holiday hours, as some exceptions may apply.
Municipal child care services:
- All Municipal Child Care Centres will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. However, during the holiday season – December 23 to January 1, Woodroffe will be closed
Ottawa Public Library:
- All branches and services of the Ottawa Public Library will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Branches and services will operate normally from December 27 to 30. On December 24 and 31 all Library locations except for some rural branches will open at their usual time and close at 3 p.m. Check the OPL website for complete details.
City seeks input on zoning study for local shops and services in residential neighbourhoods
Monday, December 9, 2013
The City of Ottawa is undertaking a zoning review to determine appropriate locations for new local commercial zones within urban residential neighbourhoods.
Existing businesses such as mom-and-pop stores, barber shops, convenience stores and laundromats, often located in a zone which may not permit such businesses, will be reviewed as candidates for the proposed zoning.
This study will consider rezoning these sites, where appropriate, to permit current businesses to continue, or new, low-impact businesses to establish.
The goal of the review is to create a Zoning By-law Amendment. Without the By-law Amendment, these businesses and opportunities for other appropriate business could disappear over time without the ability to operate beyond what currently exists.
The City is seeking the input of the general public through an online questionnaire until January 31, 2014. Feedback is being sought on a number of items including existing commercial uses and location, appropriate commercial uses in a residential neighbourhood, proximity to main streets, and accessibility by way of cycling, walking, transit and driving.
For more information or to fill out the questionnaire, visit ottawa.ca
Free OC Transpo service returns on New Year’s Eve
Monday, December 9, 2013
OC Transpo is pleased to announce that free transit service will again be available to residents on New Year’s Eve after 8 p.m. This city-wide campaign is provided through a partnership between OC Transpo, and the City’s Safer Roads Ottawa program, Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) North & East Ontario, and MADD-Ottawa.
“Ottawa residents can start making plans to ring in the New Year safely and securely thanks to OC Transpo,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “There is a long list of ways to enjoy New Year’s Eve in Ottawa, but if you choose to have a drink, the best option is to leave your car at home.”
Free service will be available on OC Transpo and Para Transpo service after 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. OC Transpo routes will operate a reduced weekday service on December 31, so customers should check the holiday schedules before heading out. The free service is being offered three hours earlier for the second year in a row.
“Free transit service on New Year’s Eve is a thank you to OC Transpo’s loyal customers, and to ensure revellers have a safe, reliable and worry-free travel option,” said Councillor Diane Deans. “If you drink, plan ahead, do it responsibly and leave the driving to OC Transpo.”
In addition to the free bus service, the City encourages Ottawa drivers to also consider the use of designated drivers, taxi services or Operation Red Nose to ensure safe passage home throughout the holidays.
For more information and travel planning assistance, contact OC Transpo at 613-741-4390 or visit octranspo.com.
All is merry and bright: OC Transpo delivers City-wide food donations to Ottawa Food Bank
Monday, December 9, 2013
The 2013 OC Transpo/Loblaw Annual Christmas Food Drive delivered more than 103,112 food and non-perishable items, and $21,679.68 in cash and food vouchers to the Ottawa Food Bank today. This year marks an increase of 7,549 food and non-perishable items over last year which will be distributed to help thousands of local families and individuals in need this holiday season.
“The OC Transpo Food Drive has been successful again this year because of the generosity of Ottawa residents,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “I want to express my thanks to OC Transpo employees, City employees, food drive partners and the more than 400 volunteers whose support and hard work help make a better Christmas for some of the most vulnerable members of our community.”
Today’s ceremonial delivery by the Santa bus to the Ottawa Food Bank and the announcement of the results of the food drive mark the end of the 29th OC Transpo/Loblaw Annual Christmas Food Drive. The annual food drive has raised more than 1.3 million kilograms of food and thousands of dollars since it began in 1984. It is the oldest and largest annual food drive for the Ottawa Food Bank.
“OC Transpo employees have once again demonstrated their dedication to making our community a better place to live for everyone through their compassion, generosity and hard work during this annual food drive,” said Councillor Diane Deans, Chair of the Transit Commission.
On Saturday December 7, OC Transpo employees and other volunteers filled buses with food collected at participating Loblaws®, Real Canadian Superstore®, Your Independent Grocer®, and nofrills® locations. The OC Transpo/Loblaw Christmas Food Drive is a joint effort between OC Transpo, the City of Ottawa and local Loblaw banner stores.
"This annual food drive is a great and fun way to help those in need in our community,” said Pam Smith, District Manager, Loblaw Companies Limited.” On behalf of the local Loblaw banner stores I would like to thank Ottawa residents for their support and generosity to make a difference for those in need this holiday season.”
Every working day, 12 tonnes of food leaves the Ottawa Food Bank’s Michael Street warehouse. The Ottawa Food Bank helps 43,000 people a month – 16,000 of whom are children – with emergency food assistance.
“I want to thank everyone who donated or volunteered, OC Transpo, the City of Ottawa, and Loblaw for their ongoing commitment to this annual food drive,” said Michael Maidment, Executive Director of the Ottawa Food Bank. “With their support, we will be able to help Ottawa’s most vulnerable residents and families have a happy holiday, and some of the donations will last well into the winter.”
Minor traffic disruption expected during Santa Toy Parade
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Along with toys and goodies, Santa Claus may be delivering minor traffic disruptions on Saturday, November 23, starting at 11 a.m. during the 2013 Help Santa Toy Parade.
The City of Ottawa is advising motorists to expect delays due to road closures to accommodate the parade starting at 11 a.m. and lasting until about 1:30 p.m.
The following roads will be closed:
Eastbound lanes on Wellington Street from Old Wellington Street and Bank Street
Bank Street from Wellington Street to Laurier Avenue
Laurier Avenue from Bank Street to Ottawa City Hall
Roads will reopen as the parade passes.
The parade will start at the National Archives on Wellington Street, travel east on Wellington Street, turn right on Bank Street, then left on Laurier Avenue ending at Ottawa City Hall.
For more information about the parade and a map of the route, contact the Ottawa Professional Firefighters Association.
Para Transpo Accepts PRESTO monthly passes starting December 1
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Beginning December 1, 2013, OC Transpo customers will be able to benefit from the features and convenience of PRESTO while travelling on Para Transpo. Para Transpo will begin accepting PRESTO cards loaded with a monthly pass and accompanied by proof of purchase. Para Transpo cannot accept the PRESTO e-Purse.
The PRESTO monthly pass is ideal for Para Transpo customers who purchase a monthly pass and regularly travel on both Para Transpo and OC Transpo. This includes companions who accompany registered Para Transpo customers.
For Para Transpo customers wishing to make the switch from paper passes, OC Transpo will distribute no-fee PRESTO cards between November 20, 2013 and February 28, 2014. Visit any of these OC Transpo Sales and Information Centres with your Para Transpo registration number to get a card:
Rideau Centre (new location on the third floor near Rideau Street);
Lincoln Fields Station; and,
Place d’Orléans Station.
For more information about obtaining a no-fee PRESTO card or about Para Transpo’s acceptance of PRESTO, visit octranspo.com or call 613-741-4390 (TTY 613-741-5280).
News Report from Crime Prevention Ottawa
Monday, November 18, 2013
Following a very successful event at Ottawa City Hall on November 14, we are pleased to announce that the “Women and Girls’ Eyes on the Neighbourhood: Feeling Safe in Public Space” report is now available on the CPO website at www.crimepreventionottawa.ca.
Women and girls often have different concerns than men and boys about safety in public spaces. By starting from women and girls’ experience of what contributes to feeling safe or unsafe, United Neighbours of Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre (PQCHC) and City for All Women Initiative (CAWI) worked with residents to unearth their insights, concerns and recommended solutions for improving neighbourhood safety. Through focus groups, safety audits, photography, safety awareness workshops, community conversations, and Body Mapping, these women and girls have identified safety concerns and mapped out recommendations and community-driven solutions to approaching safety as a gendered issue in Ottawa’s West end.
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City unveils new real-time commuting app for residents
Monday, November 18, 2013
The City of Ottawa and Ryerson University spinoff company Flybits officially released a mobile application called Ottawa Nav today, a commuting tool that delivers up-to-the-minute, customized road information to commuters. The free app is available today for iOS and Android devices.
“Our city is going through significant transformation over the next few years to keep our economy moving,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “This new app offers another means to connect with residents and provide additional on-demand information to give residents better navigation through Ottawa and to help reduce traffic congestion.”
Flybits has mapped the city into a multitude of zones, associating contextual data with every location. As commuters move throughout the city, they will receive useful and relevant information in real time based on their location and travel preferences. Managed through a secure web console, City staff can easily provide up-to-the minute updates and notifications within a zone—making critical information instantly available to everyone.
With no infrastructure dependencies and the ability to scale quickly, powering Ottawa Nav with Flybits technology is helping Ottawa to further its reputation in being one of Canada’s connected cities.
“The solution is like a mini-traveller information centre right on their mobile device,” said Councillor Keith Egli, Chair of the Transportation Committee. “The system is flexible to enable City staff to communicate the relevant traveller information based on the motorist’s location and the situation, in a safe, reliable and convenient fashion.”
The app’s functionality differs depending on whether the user is a driver or a passenger. While driving, the mobile app delivers relevant audible information to users informing them of events occurring in their area of travel, including construction projects, collisions and other unplanned incidents.
For increased safety, Ottawa Nav will also provide, where applicable, notifications of a reduced speed limit in construction and school zones. While in passenger mode, users can tap into the City and Ministry of Transportation of Ontario’s traffic cameras to access real time images to view traffic conditions near their immediate location.
This system was designed and developed by Flybits Inc., a Ryerson University spinoff company and Canadian leader in context-aware intelligent mobility solutions. The Flybits platform features scalable software that enables City staff to share pertinent applications, web pages and other information instantly without any infrastructure investment or demands. Powered by Flybits, Ottawa Nav is a one-stop-shop platform for residents seeking traveller and mobility information in the City.
“Ottawa is the first city to deploy a context-aware computing strategy,” explained Dr. Hossein Rahnama, Founder of Flybits - Director of Research and Innovation - Ryerson Digital Media Zone. “The system senses and interprets contextual parameters—such as location, day, time, mobile and personal preferences—surrounding each individual user, delivering relevant and customized services to make the most out of their mobile experience.
Ottawa Nav is launching with a focus on intelligent traffic solutions, but the same framework can be used to disseminate all useful information pertaining to Ottawa. By utilizing this powerful tool to connect city services and make them available to residents in real time, the City of Ottawa has become a pioneer in the discovery and actualization of a smarter, more connected city.”
In addition, the system’s scalability also gives the network the capability to remain current with new transportation technologies and upgrades in the future.
In May 2012, City Council approved the Transportation System Management Plan to promote safe and efficient movement of goods and people, to reduce traffic congestion and fuel consumption, and to optimize existing infrastructure. Today’s release of Ottawa Nav supports two of three key objectives of the plan: TSM Innovation, Collaboration, and Technology Solutions, and Traveller Information Systems (TIS).
The Ottawa Nav application is now available for free on the Apple AppStore and Google Play for Android devices. Other platforms will become available in the future. For further information or view a video about Ottawa Nav, please visit ottawa.ca.
Homeowners are encouraged to test their homes for radon gas
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
This winter Ottawa Public Health (OPH), as a member of the Ontario Radon Working Group, is encouraging residents to test their homes for the presence of radon gas. Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that is colourless and odourless - you can’t see, smell, or taste it. Radon is produced by the decay of uranium found in soil, rock or water, and can enter buildings through cracks in foundation floors and walls, gaps in service pipes, open floor drains, or any other area of exposed soil.
Long-term exposure to elevated levels of radon in the home increases your chances of developing lung cancer. According to the World Health Organization, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.
It is important to note that most homes will contain a background level of radon which is not considered dangerous; however, when average concentrations exceed Canada’s guidelines, it is recommended that action be taken to correct the problem. To ensure your home is safe, it is recommended that homeowners:
- Test their home in the lowest lived-in area of the dwelling. Generally, the highest concentrations of radon are found in basements and in the lower levels of homes. Testing should be done over a period of three months using a do-it-yourself test kit purchased from your local hardware store or OPH. You can also hire a professional to test the level of radon gas in your home.
- Take corrective actions if radon levels are found to be above Canada’s recommended level of 200 Becquerels per cubic metre (200 Bq/m3).
Recommendations to correct high levels of radon gas in the home include:
- Installing ventilation and sealing entry points in the building foundation.
- Contacting a radon professional to assist. The Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program certifies radon professionals.
OPH is a member of the Ontario Radon Working Group along with Public Health Ontario and 19 Ontario health units with the support of Health Canada.
For more information on radon gas and the impacts on human health, and where to obtain a radon testing kit, visitottawa.ca/health or call the Ottawa Public Health Information Line at 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656). You can also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter (@OttawaHealth), our Blog and now on Pinterest.
City Council approves Arts Court redevelopment and Ottawa Art Gallery expansion
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
City Council today approved the Arts Court redevelopment and the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) expansion, marking the culmination of a longstanding vision for a municipal arts centre for the visual, performing, literary and media arts and for the revitalization of Ottawa’s downtown.
The $34-million capital project will include:
- a new and larger Ottawa Art Gallery;
- a new 250-seat multi-purpose and film screening room within the new OAG space
- a new 120-seat black box theatre and four classrooms for the University of Ottawa
- repurposing of space vacated by the OAG and reallocation to the major media arts partners
- development of a connection between new construction and existing buildings on four floors to establish a truly integrated and functional facility.
The project will be financed with no new borrowing and without incurring any new debt.
The City will now initiate the procurement process for the design and build phase of the facility and for the sale of private sector tower development rights.
Traffic impacts on Airport Parkway to begin
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Beginning today, work will occur in the vicinity of the Airport Parkway Pedestrian and Cycling Bridge that will have impacts to traffic. If flagging is necessary, it will occur off-peak.
Construction crews will be removing formwork and temporary concrete barriers to improve mobility for commuters given that construction is paused on this project. Regular speed limits will also be reinstated.
Updates will be provided once work resumes.
Falls of older adults can be prevented – Ottawa Public Health launches awareness campaign
Friday, November 08, 2013
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has launched the Taking Care of My Health campaign to raise awareness and help prevent falls of older adults.
Every year in Ottawa, one in four seniors fall, leading to an average of more than 6,300 visits to emergency rooms and 70 deaths. An injury related to a fall can have a lasting impact on an older adult’s independence and quality of life.
To meet the needs of Ottawa’s aging adult population, OPH is now offering group education sessions on topics related to healthy aging, and offering fall prevention screening clinics. At the clinics, seniors 65 and older can meet with a public health nurse to review their risk of falling, have their balance tested and their blood pressure checked.
To help prevent falls, OPH encourages residents to:
Make your home safe:
Keep your home well lit and free of trip hazards
- Remove scatter rugs and loose carpets
- Install grab bars in bathrooms and elsewhere as needed
- Install sturdy handrails that extend to the bottom on both sides of your stairs
- Take part in at least 150 minutes of aerobic physical activity every week
- Minutes count, so be active in blocks of 10 minutes at a time
- Do strength and balance activities at least twice a week
- Find out more about physical activity for seniors in Ottawa
- Eat at least three servings of foods high in calcium every day
- Take a daily Vitamin D supplement of 400 IU if you are over 50
Have regular health exams with your health care provider and report any falls
- Review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist at least every six months
- Have your vision checked every year
For more information on healthy aging programs, visit ottawa.ca. To book a group education session or to register for a fall screening clinic, call the Ottawa Public Health Information Line at 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656). You can also connect with OPH on Facebook, Twitter (@OttawaHealth), Tumblr, Pinterest or YouTube.
Mary Pitt Centre named for community leader and former Nepean Mayor
Friday, November 08, 2013
The City facility located at 100 Constellation Crescent was officially named Mary Pitt Centre today at a commemorative naming ceremony hosted by Mayor Jim Watson.
Mary Pitt is a lifelong community leader who served as the last Mayor, from 1997 to 2000, and the only female Mayor of the former City of Nepean. Since the end of her term as Mayor she has worked with several local organizations such as the Queensway-Carleton Hospital’s Foundation, the Ottawa Convention Centre, Villa Marconi Long-Term Care Centre, the Nepean Museum and the Nepean Chamber of Commerce.
“Many times, politicians will finish their terms in political office and fade away from public service. But, that’s not the case with Mary Pitt,” said Mayor Watson. “She continues to stay deeply involved in our community and I want to thank Mary for her incredible dedication to our city throughout her lifetime.”
Mary Pitt Centre is home to several City departments and the municipal Provincial Offences Court. It is next door to the former Nepean City Hall, now known as Ben Franklin Place, named after the late Nepean Mayor for whom Mrs. Pitt worked for several years as a senior aide.
College Ward Councillor Rick Chiarelli served on Nepean City Council while Mrs. Pitt was in office.
“She worked tirelessly to strengthen Nepean as both a place of business and a wonderful place to live and raise a family,” said Councillor Chiarelli. “Her dedication to our community here in Nepean – and the entire City of Ottawa – is to be commended.”
As a result of the naming, the plaza and the fountain in Centrepointe Park, which were already named after Mary Pitt, will now be called Nepean Heritage Walk.
Confederation Line receives Gold Award for Transportation Innovation
Thursday, November 07, 2013
The Confederation Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) project has been awarded the 2013 Gold Award for Transportation Innovation from the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships.
The award recognizes the innovative procurement model that was employed by the City of Ottawa and Infrastructure Ontario and the resulting contract to design, build, finance and maintain the Confederation Line. The award will be presented tonight at the 16th annual Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships’ (CCPPP) Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships gala in Toronto.
Nancy Schepers, the Deputy City Manager of Planning and Infrastructure and Antonio Estrada, CEO of Rideau Transit Group will accept the award on behalf of the City and Rideau Transit Group.
“Infrastructure Ontario has worked very closely with the City of Ottawa and Rideau Transit Group to ensure the Confederation Line is both a testament to innovation and the best value for our citizens,” said Glen Murray, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Transportation. “This award is a reflection of the Province of Ontario’s commitment to building world-class infrastructure that is accessible, affordable and sustainable."
“I am very proud of what we have achieved with the Confederation Line to date,” said Mayor Watson. “As the cornerstone of our future transportation network, it will benefit the City for generations to come. I thank the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships for recognizing this accomplishment and congratulate all of the members of the project team at the City, Province, Federal Government and Rideau Transit Group.”
Antonio Estrada, CEO of Rideau Transit Group, is proud to receive this joint award with the city, noting that “the companies of Rideau Transit Group are world leaders in transportation infrastructure. We are very proud of our partnership with the City of Ottawa and look forward to delivering one of most exciting and innovative transit systems in North America.”
Mark Romoff, President and CEO, of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships called the project “an inspiration to the P3 community across Canada,” adding “This project will make a huge contribution to the Greater Ottawa Area. Once finished, it will increase transit ridership, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion, while improving accessibility, creating jobs and stimulating economic development.”
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 and STO honour Veterans with free service
Friday, November 01, 2013
War veterans who wear their medals and/or uniforms ride free on OC Transpo, Para Transpo and STO (Société de transport de l’Outaouais) services during National Veterans’ Week – November 5 to 11. Companions accompanying veterans during National Veterans’ Week also ride free of charge.
On Monday, November 11, OC Transpo and STO have changes and activities planned to commemorate Remembrance Day.
- OC Transpo and Para Transpo buses will pull over to the side of the road (where it is safe to do so) to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. The Last Post and Reveille will be played over the radios of OC Transpo buses. Bus operators may also wear red on November 11 in support of Canadian Forces troops.
- OC Transpo will operate a regular schedule on Monday, November 11. Minor detours or delays may occur due to Remembrance Day parades and ceremonies downtown and in communities across the city. For OC Transpo information or travel planning, customers may call 613-741-4390 or visit octranspo.com. Automated schedule information is available 24 hours a day by calling 613‑560‑1000 or texting 560560, plus the four-digit bus stop number.
- OC Transpo Sales and Information Centres will be closed November 11, with the exception of the Rideau Centre, which will be open from 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Transit Information Centre (613-741-4390) will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on November 11, but the Customer Service Centre (613-842-3600) will be closed.
- STO will operate a regular service on Monday, November 11. Riders are invited to consult the User's Guide, visit Plani-Bus on the STO Web site at sto.ca or call 819-770-3242 for more details. The INFOBUS system also provides the exact time that the next two buses are scheduled to arrive at a particular stop. Customers can dial 819‑778 plus the bus stop number.
Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards: Winners' success inspires future entrepreneurs
Thursday, October 31, 2013
The City of Ottawa presented their 2013 Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards to three local business people – Manu Sharma, Julia Chen, and Ysabel Li-Lopez – whose business success and spirit have contributed to the local economy and serve as an inspiration to new Canadians to start their own businesses.
“Today’s winners exemplify how important immigration is to Ottawa’s cultural vitality and economic prosperity,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “These three business people serve as role models to inspire both newcomers and all residents to harness their entrepreneurial and community spirit to make a difference to our community.”
The three winners of this annual event were selected for their contribution to the local economy, the entrepreneur community, and the broader Ottawa community.
“The three entrepreneurs who were recognized today are not only successful leaders in business, but they take those same leadership skills to give back to the community,” said Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of the City’s Community and Protective Services Committee. “It clearly shows our ability to attract and retain new Canadians will ensure a bright and prosperous future for our city.”
Manu Sharma came to Canada in 2002 as an international student and co-founded OAK Computing in 2007 – a software and development firm. Over the years, he has grown his business in terms of both the number of employees and annual revenues. In addition to his business contribution, Manu has volunteered more than 3,000 hours in the community, and mentors new Canadians to become entrepreneurs.
Julia Chen is the CEO of Advanced Machine Materials Incorporated – a leading powder manufacturer in the Solar and Semiconductor industry. After five years of operation, the company has grown to $1 million in annual sales worldwide. Julia volunteers with the Hunan Fellow Association of the National Capital Regions of Canada, and helps to mentor other local immigrant entrepreneurs, especially women originally from China.
Ysabel Li-Lopez moved to Canada in 2006. Following the birth of her son in 2010, Ysabel started her e-commerce business. Nurture-Elle is a leading supplier of designer nursing apparel in Canada and the U.S. Ysabel also works full-time at the YMCA as a counsellor to help new entrepreneurs and existing small businesses.
This year’s awards were presented at the TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Conference luncheon. TiE is an international association that has chapters in cities around the world, including Ottawa, which provide a network to help entrepreneurs connect, share leading practices and mentor new entrepreneurs.
Cost of healthy food continues to climb for many Ottawa families
Monday, October 28, 2013
The monthly cost of eating healthy for a family of four in Ottawa is estimated to be $789, leaving many families struggling to put nutritious food on the table. Ottawa Public Health’s (OPH) Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) strategy has identified food access as an important issue to be addressed as part of its three-year strategy.
Each year, OPH conducts the Nutritious Food Basket Survey. The survey tool is used to monitor the cost of basic healthy eating in Ottawa. This year, the monthly cost of eating healthy has increased by $44 from the 2012 monthly cost of $745. As a result, low-income households may struggle to buy sufficient nutritious food for their families.
"This year’s results show that it is getting more difficult for many families to buy nutritious food," said Councillor Diane Holmes, Chair of the Board of Health. "With the cost of buying healthy food continuing to climb, it’s more important than ever to help individuals and families with programs and supports that make eating healthy more affordable and accessible."
OPH supports programs such as the Good Food Markets and innovative projects from Ottawa Food Policy Council, and Hidden Harvest. These initiatives will be showcased this evening at the Community Development Framework’s annual learning forum for residents and service providers at the Confederation Education Centre at 6:30 p.m. The Come and Get It! Connecting Neighbourhoods with Food forum will share successes about projects taking place in neighbourhoods and explore ways to improve access to nutritious food in communities.
“It’s important for all Ottawa residents to have access to healthy and affordable food,” said Catherine Dubois, executive director of the Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre. "Tonight’s forum will give the opportunity for residents and service providers to share how they are working to make nutritious food more available in all neighbourhoods, whether it be through community gardens, collective kitchens or Good Food Markets."
For more information on the Healthy Eating, Active Living Strategy or the Nutritious Food Basket, visit ottawa.ca/health or call the Ottawa Public Health Information Line at 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656). You can also connect with OPH on Facebook, Twitter (@ottawahealth), Tumblr or Pinterest.
Draft Budget 2014 proposes lowest percentage change in 7 years
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Today City Council tabled Draft Budget 2014, which delivers a stable financial plan that respects taxpayers’ expectations of its municipal government to live within its means, improve service delivery and invest strategically in initiatives which will shape the community in future years.
Draft Budget 2014 proposes a 1.9 per cent tax rate, which is the lowest in seven years, and below the 2 per cent cap City Council directed on May 8, 2013.
“This Draft Budget 2014 builds on the hard work of the last three years”, said Mayor Jim Watson. “It demonstrates to the residents of Ottawa that we are making real progress on issues that matter to people in neighbourhoods all across the City.”
The budget proposes that the City continue its freeze on recreation fees, the Mayor and Councillors’ office budgets, the Mayor’s salary and garbage fees. The City will reduce its workforce again this year, this time by 55 Full Time Equivalent positions. In addition, no new debt will be added to the capital budget in 2014.
“Meeting the 2 per cent cap directed by City Council has challenged staff to make the hard decisions that are required to ensure we continue to improve service delivery to residents as well as meet Council’s strategic priorities. I commend City staff for meeting that challenge head on with a responsible financial plan for 2014,” said City Manager, Kent Kirkpatrick.
Highlights of Draft Budget 2014 include the following:
- Roll-out of “MyServiceOttawa”, an online account that allows residents and businesses to securely access multiple City services and information in one place 24/7;
- Pay and view billing information for tax and water bills and ability to apply for a number of licenses and permits online;
- Complete the third year of the $340 million Ottawa on the Move 3-year infrastructure program;
- Open the new Lansdowne for the return of CFL football and provide $2 million in funding for the implementation of programming, part-year operations and one-time funding for new capital items;
- Continue widening of Highway 417 in coordination with the construction of the Confederation Line;
- Invest $45 million in citywide road resurfacing to improve transportation networks;
- Invest $4 million to improve peak operation in highly congested intersections;
- Invest $750,000 to implement improve pedestrian infrastructure to better connect residents to transit, schools, parks and other key destinations;
- Increase investment in cycling safety and facilities by $2 million;
- Limit the average transit fare increase to 1.9 per cent which falls within Council’s cap of 2 per cent or less;
- Support the arts and culture through an additional $500,000 in the Arts, Heritage and Culture Plan and a $1.6 million investment in the Arts Court Redevelopment Project;
- Build, open and upgrade new parks, recreation and cultural facilities in neighbourhoods across the city, including the opening of the Richcraft Recreation Complex in Kanata and the Minto Recreation Complex in Barrhaven;
- Continue Council’s annual investment of $14 million in the Housing and Homelessness Investment Plan;
- Invest an additional $1.2 million to fight the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer and to increase forest cover across the city;
- Invest $3.9 million in the Smart Energy Program to reduce the City’s energy costs;
- Invest $2.5M for new Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus equipment for fire fighters;
- Replace defibrillators used by front-line Paramedics and used as part of the Public Access Defibrillator Program at a cost of $2.2 million;
- Invest $2 million in accessibility improvements to City buildings and parks; and
- Increase investment in Economic Development by $350,000 to attract more events and visitors.
- The 2014 Rate budget was adopted by Council on February 27, 2013 as part of the multi-year budget policy. Staff will be submitting a report to the Environment Committee at its November 19 meeting.
To comment and provide feedback on Draft Budget 2014:
- Attend one of the four regional public consultations
- Register as a public delegation at a Standing Committee budget review meeting
- E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- Use the Twitter hashtag #ottbudget
- Contact your City Councillor
- Call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) or fax 613-560-2126
- Visit ottawa.ca/budget2014 for further information
City Council appoints new Auditor General
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Today, City Council has appointed Mr. Ken Hughes as the City of Ottawa's second Auditor General, for a term ending December 2020, confirming the recommendation of the Auditor General Hiring Panel.
The term for the City's founding and current Auditor General, Mr. Alain Lalonde, ends on December 31, 2013. The process to hire his successor began on May 8, 2013, when City Council established a Hiring Panel consisting of Mayor Jim Watson (Chair), Deputy Mayors Councillor Steve Desroches and Councillor Eli El-Chantiry, the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Audit Sub-Committee, Councillor Rick Chiarelli and Councillor Allan Hubley.
"The Hiring Panel was pleased to interview a number of highly qualified candidates, and Mr. Hughes was the unanimous choice," said Mayor Watson. "As the City's Deputy Treasurer of Revenue, Mr. Hughes has demonstrated his leadership skills, professionalism and expertise in the areas of finance and taxation. Through the interview process, we were all impressed with his experience in auditing, and his vision for the office. We believe he will provide Council the support we need to hold the City and its administrators accountable – on behalf of the citizens of Ottawa -- for the quality of stewardship over public funds and for the achievement of value for money in municipal operations."
Ken Hughes, who is a bilingual Certified Management Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner, has been engaged in the fields of finance, financial management, audit, fraud investigation and internal control review for more than 30 years. He has served the City of Ottawa as its Deputy City Treasurer since 2008. He began his municipal career in 1992, as a senior auditor with the former City of Ottawa. He became the Manager of Treasury Services at the former Ottawa, and was hired to be the Manager of Revenue for the amalgamated City of Ottawa in 2000. Prior to his municipal career, Mr. Hughes was a senior auditor with the federal government and was a financial and management consultant in the private sector.
In addition to his work with the City of Ottawa, Mr. Hughes is a member of the Board of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) and a member of MPAC's Audit and Finance Committee. He has also been the President of the Ontario Municipal Tax and Revenue Association (OMTRA), and is currently serving the Association as Past President. He is a member of the Ontario Ministry of Finance's Municipal Liaison Group and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' (FCM) Payments In Lieu of Taxes Advisory Group. He has taught in the areas of audit, internal control and finance in private industry and federal and municipal government.
Mr. Hughes will begin his term on December 15, 2013 to allow for a two-week transition with the current Auditor General.
"City Council is very grateful for the significant work Alain Lalonde has done establishing the Office of the Auditor General," notes Councillor Rick Chiarelli, Chair of the Audit Sub-Committee. "The Audit Sub-Committee is looking forward to working with Mr. Hughes to continue to enhance the work the Office is undertaking on behalf of residents."
The appointment of the Auditor General is for a seven-year, non-renewable term, in accordance with Council direction. The current salary range for the position of Auditor General is $179,983.44 to $200,245.50, with the other terms and conditions of employment being consistent with Senior Managers in the Management and Professional Exempt Group
Local authors receive prestigious Ottawa Book Award and Prix du livre d'Ottawa
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Three local writers were presented with the prestigious Ottawa Book Award and Prix du livre d’Ottawa tonight at the Shenkman Arts Centre.
The winning authors were awarded a prize of $7,500. This year, awards were given to books in the categories of English fiction and non-fiction (Ottawa Book Award), and French fiction (Prix du livre). Due to an insufficient number of entries, there was no award in the category of French non-fiction.
“Tonight we recognize the immense literary talent that exists in Ottawa,” said Deputy Mayor, Steve Desroches. “We have a very rich history in arts and culture in Ottawa and we are lucky to have many talented authors contribute to the cultural history in our community.”
Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of Community and Protective Services also praised the well-deserved award recipients. “Each of these writers demonstrates a unique ability to captivate our hearts and minds. Their gift for writing is a gift to us as readers.”
The following authors are recipients of the 2013 Ottawa Book Award and Prix du livre d’Ottawa:
Ottawa Book Award (Fiction)
The Love Monster
Ottawa Book Award (Non-fiction)
Is This Your First War? Travels Through the Post – 9/11 Islamic World
Prix du livre d’Ottawa (Fiction)
Un jour, ils entendront mes silences
Les Éditions David
Winning books were selected by a jury of peers:
- English fiction: Catherine Austen, Michael Blouin and Scott Randall
- English non-fiction: Declan Hill, Duncan McDowall and Heather Menzies
- French fiction: Estelle Beauchamp, Michel Côté and Andrée Lacelle
Of the English fiction winner, the jury praised Missy Marston’s first novel: “...a literary romp and a riveting tale that fights tough in the corners. Marston's characters stick with the reader and her audacious turn of phrase wizardry lingers on the page. […] A modern fairy tale and a zoned-out fantasy in one satisfying confection.”
Of the English non-fiction winner, the jury wrote of Michael Petrou’s compelling series of narratives “...aharrowing journey into the heart of darkness of post-9/11 Afghanistan. [...] Head, heart and spirit blend powerfully in a chronicle of a stranger in an alien land seething with ancient and modern loyalties and hatreds.”
Of the French fiction winner, the jury wrote: “Deeply moving and invigorating, this novel by Marie-Josée Martin touches the heart. Her clean and clear writing style, full of life, offers the story of happiness that is both harsh and full.”
Complete jury statements and author biographies are available online at ottawa.ca.
City launches LRT tunnel "Roadheader" naming competition for Grade 4 classes
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
The City of Ottawa is pleased to join with local school boards to launch a competition to name the three “Roadheader” excavation machines that will dig the Confederation Line LRT project’s downtown tunnel. The City officially launched construction on the tunnel on October 11.
“Students in Grade 4 today will be entering high school by the time the Confederation Line opens and will be among the first new wave of riders that will use the system,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “I think this is a wonderful opportunity to engage our young people in this city-transforming project.”
Grade 4 classes from the Ottawa-Carleton District School board, the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’est de l’Ontario, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, and the Ottawa Catholic School Board are invited to submit their suggested names for the three roadheaders to their teachers. The City is requesting two English names and one French name; each Grade 4 class may submit one name for consideration.
School boards have until 12 p.m. (noon) on Thursday, November 7, to submit the proposed names, including the name of the school and class that submitted them. The submissions will be reviewed by the Mayor, Councillor Deans (Chair of the Transit Commission) and Councillor Egli (Chair of the Transportation Committee) and the selected names will be announced later in November at an event that will feature the students from the winning classes as well as representatives from the City’s federal and provincial funding partners.
The Confederation Line Transit Project is a $2.13 billion 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 the City’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, visit ottawa.ca/confederationline.
Streetproofing for Women
Monday, October 21, 2013
In light of the recent Sexual Assault investigations in Ottawa, Barrhaven's Community Police Officer, Constable Tim Murray, sent along the following information about Streetproofing for Women courses currently available.
What is it?
This course develops self defense tactics and the knowledge of personal safety. Topics may include but are not limited to hand and leg strikes, various escapes and releases, safety in the car and home, date rape, self defense and the law, and the sexual abuse of children.
This course adheres to the concept of educating the total individual in both the mental and physical domains. The basic instruction program, of which self defense is a component, offers students opportunities to gain knowledge and skill in a variety of practical situations.
The self-defense techniques of this course are based on a general knowledge of martial arts. Situational awareness aspects, assault statistics, legal aspects and some tactics are derived from local and national rape crisis centres, and local police agencies.
1. Become aware of personal safety issues including preventive measures and tactics to avoid or prevent personal attacks.
2. Learn up-to-date sexual assault statistics along with psychological profiles of rapists and criminals. Related topics such as self defense and the law, sexual abuse of children, acquaintance rape, domestic violence and will also be covered.
3. Learn about the various types of weapons that are being sold as self-defense tools and the advantages and disadvantages of each of these.
4. Be trained in the unconventional weapons of opportunity along with practical common sense techniques.
5. Develop responses to actual situations.
Interested communities members can learn more about the program by calling 613-236-1222 extension 6777, and leaving a message. A volunteer will return your call with information and upcoming dates for the program.
SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE - Transit Commission
Monday, October 21, 2013
Please be advised that in accordance with Subsection 82 (1) of the Procedure By-law, the Chair of the Transit Commission has called a Special Meeting for Wednesday, 23 October 2013 at 3:00 p.m. for the purpose of tabling the relevant portions of the 2014 Operating and Capital Budgets to be considered by the Transit Commission. The meeting will be held in Andrew S. Haydon Hall.
The Transit Commission will consider and hear delegations on its associated portions of the 2014 draft operating and capital estimates at its November 20, 2013 meeting and will forward its recommendations to Council, sitting as Committee of the Whole, for consideration at the City Council meeting of November 27, 2013.
City seeking public input on a commemorative naming proposal
Monday, October 21, 2013
The City of Ottawa’s Commemorative Naming Committee is conducting public consultation on a proposal to name a room at the Orléans branch of the Ottawa Public Library the “Patricia Leduc Room”. The Orléans branch of the Ottawa Public Library is located at 1705 Orléans Boulevard.
This commemorative naming proposal is made in recognition of Patricia Leduc’s extensive community service and devotion to preserving her community’s history.
Patricia Leduc played an active part in preparing the book that commemorated the 125th anniversary of the St-Joseph d’Orléans Parish. Over a period of 20 years, she compiled five thick, well-indexed binders of press clippings related to the history of Orléans and surrounding areas.
View the online proposal for the Patricia Leduc Room.
Getting your flu shot in Ottawa has never been easier
Monday, October 21, 2013
Today, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) launched the 2013 Influenza Immunization Campaign at the OPH Immunization Clinic at 100 Constellation Drive. Deputy Mayor Steve Desroches, Board of Health Chair Councillor Diane Holmes, Dr. Isra Levy, Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health and Amira Abdalla, President of the Ottawa-Carleton Pharmacists Association, announced residents have better access to the flu vaccine through more convenient options throughout the City of Ottawa.
“Anyone can get the flu and getting the flu shot is the safest and most effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting sick,” said Deputy Mayor Desroches. “With more than 340 physicians’ offices and walk-in clinics and close to 140 pharmacies in Ottawa offering the vaccine this year, Ottawa residents now have increased opportunity to protect themselves and their loved ones from the flu.”
“Thanks to OPH’s extensive distribution network and partnerships, I am pleased that we are offering increased access for all residents to get the flu vaccine throughout our community,” said Councillor Holmes. “With the vaccine available in more locations, getting the flu shot is now more convenient and accessible for all residents, including those who are at greater risk for complications from the flu including young children, the elderly and people with chronic conditions.”
This year, OPH is offering 22 community clinics throughout the city starting October 26 through to November 28, and residents can also visit public clinics taking place at six Ottawa hospitals. As pharmacists can only administer the flu vaccine to residents over the age of five, OPH will also be holding flu vaccine clinics by appointment only for children under five years of age and for their parents and siblings at the OPH Immunization Clinic located on the main floor at 100 Constellation Drive.
“Getting sick with the flu can last several days and for people with other health issues, it can lead to serious illness,” said Dr. Levy. “In the last year alone, the flu and complications from the illness resulted in more than 3,600 hospitalizations in Ontario, including 120 in Ottawa. Alongside good hand hygiene and cough etiquette, getting the flu shot is the best protection against becoming ill.”
“Ottawa pharmacists welcome the opportunity to join forces again this year with OPH to make the flu vaccine more accessible and convenient for residents,” said Amira Abdalla, President of the Ottawa-Carleton Pharmacists Association. “Last season, Ottawa pharmacists gave more than 42,000 flu shots to local residents and we anticipate that with a two-fold increase of pharmacies offering the vaccine this year, visiting your local pharmacy for your flu shot will continue to be a popular option for residents ages five and older.”
Residents can visit ottawa.ca/flu for a complete list of OPH clinics and participating pharmacies offering the flu vaccine or visit the Ontario flu locator to find the nearest location offering the flu vaccine.
Along with getting the flu shot and to keep you and your family healthy, it's important to remember these three things:
• Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your arm, not your hand
• Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
• Stay at home if you are sick
For more information, please visit ottawa.ca/flu or call the Ottawa Public Health Information Line at 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656). You can also connect with OPH on Facebook, Twitter (@ottawahealth), Tumblr or Pinterest.
New exhibit celebrates Ottawa's Rock and Roll history
Friday, October 18, 2013
Ottawa’s music fans can now experience the untold story of Ottawa’s rock music history by visiting the new Ottawa Rocks! exhibit, which was officially opened this evening at the James Bartleman Centre (City Archives), located at 100 Tallwood Drive.
Visitors to Ottawa Rocks! will journey through the constantly evolving rock and roll history of Ottawa from 1954 to 2012, including the many rock musicians who have played in this city, the bands, the local haunts and the memorable moments and people that made it happen.
“Ottawa has a rich Rock and Roll history,” said Deputy Mayor Steve Desroches. “This exhibit takes you through the people, places and sounds that have made Ottawa one of Canada’s premier music scenes over the past six decades.”
In the early 1950s, fans of this new music trend in Ottawa were hard pressed to find any Rock and Roll playing locally, having to rely on late night shows on the AM dial out of the United States. In 1954 Ottawa’s music scene changed forever when radio station CFRA began broadcasting a new two-hour Saturday afternoon show directed to Ottawa’s youth called Campus Corner that featured Rock and Roll.
Since then, Rock and Roll has become a mainstay of the music industry, and Ottawa has welcomed some of the most recognized musicians and bands including the legendary Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Simon and Garfunkel, and The Rolling Stones. Ottawa has also produced many rock musicians such as Five Man Electrical Band, Eight Seconds, Furnace Face, and Alanis Morissette.
“Ottawa Rocks! is full of nostalgia and great memories that we can all relate to,” said Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee. “Visitors will learn about, engage with, and reminisce about the many rock musicians who have played in this city since 1954.”
The exhibit includes local music and videos, images, artifacts and memorabilia from the City’s collection and the community. It also highlights the evolving local music venues and radio stations in relation to Ottawa’s Rock and Roll history.
The Ottawa Rocks! exhibit is presented by the City of Ottawa Archives and runs until December 31, 2013.
For more information, visit ottawa.ca.
Construction begins on improved Chapman Mills and Beatrice Drive Intersection
Friday, October 18, 2013
Starting Friday, October 18, work will commence on the Chapman Mills and Beatrice Drive Intersection Improvement. This work is the first phase of the Chapman Mills Drive Roadway Improvement project.
This construction will involve the widening of Beatrice Drive to accommodate left turning lanes, the installation of new traffic signals and road resurfacing.
Construction is anticipated to last until mid-December. During this time motorists and cyclists can expect intermittent lane reductions at this intersection. Signs will be in place to guide pedestrians and, given the proximity of this site to St. Emily School, the City has placed two crossing guards to guide pedestrian traffic before and after school.
Transit riders utilizing Route 77 or 176 are advised that Transit Stop 1579 - Beatrice/Chapman Mills will be temporarily re-located north of the existing stop on Beatrice Drive. Regular service will be maintained.
The Chapman Mills Drive Roadway Improvement project is a $5.4 million project that will improve road safety along Chapman Mills Drive while also preparing for the introduction of bus rapid transit along this corridor. For more information, visit ottawa.ca.
The Chapman Mills Drive Roadway Improvement 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.
Transportation plan charts Stage 2 for rail to the east, west and south
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Ottawa’s future development will be driven by an affordable, balanced transportation plan that includes a second stage of rail projects extending to the east, west and south. This plan, dubbed Stage 2, would add 35 kilometres of new rail and 19 new stations that would reduce travel times, improve productivity, attract new riders and contain costs.
“This is a realistic, affordable, effective plan that would move up light rail projects an entire generation and create a true rallying point for our Council, our residents and other levels of government,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “By using light rail as a smart growth tool, the City, businesses and communities can better plan for the future together.”
In an address to City Councillors and residents this morning, Mayor Watson outlined his vision of Ottawa’s transportation future. The City’s Draft Transportation Master Plan (TMP) is being tabled at a joint meeting of the Transportation Committee and Transit Commission this afternoon where details of the research, analysis and strategy for the transportation plan, and list of proposed policies and projects, will be provided.
The draft TMP proposes transit, road, cycling and pedestrian projects that are affordable; leverage previous investments, and build better connections between the growing transit system, schools, employment centres, community centres, recreation facilities and existing pathways across Ottawa.
“Our Transportation Master Plan will transform how people get around the city and how people live. This isn’t just about improving transportation, it’s about how we build a more sustainable, liveable city,” said Councillor Keith Egli, Chair of Transportation Committee.
“We’re building a national capital where the transit system not only gets commuters to and from work, it also moves residents and visitors around the city more comfortably and reliably at any time of the day, with faster, more convenient service,” said Councillor Diane Deans, Chair of the Transit Commission.
The plan is designed to support economic growth, balance the needs of all users, including addressing automobile congestion as well as missing links in our cycling and pedestrian networks. In addition to improving overall mobility and accessibility to meet the city's aging demographic growth, the proposed TMP envisions greater transit, cycling and pedestrian shares in trips, but also acknowledges the growth of automobile trips, which remain the biggest transportation mode.
Ottawa is among the first municipalities to link the concept of affordability to long-term transportation planning. Traditionally, there is a long list of projects and only some get done. This year, staff identified how much the City could invest and prioritized projects based on this funding envelope, making sure we leveraged existing assets and overall value to the best of our ability.
The plan is designed to build an affordable transportation network that will decrease commute times, increase reliability, and improve connectivity for urban and rural areas in the east, west and south.
Among the projects:
• In the east: A rail line that extends Confederation Line from Blair to Place d’Orleans, with four new stations at St. Joseph, Jeanne D’Arc, Orleans Drive, and Place d’ Orleans. East-end residents would also benefit from investments in important links in the road network such as the Blackburn Hamlet Bypass Extension and the Brian Coburn Boulevard Extension.
• In the west: A rail line that extends the Confederation Line from Tunney’s Pasture west to Bayshore Shopping Centre and south to Baseline Station. From Bayshore, there would be a new Transitway to Moodie and a new March-to-Terry Fox busway. West-end residents would also see substantial road investments, including a new four-lane road on Campeau Drive, and widening of both Carp and Old Richmond/West Hunt Club Road along Campeau Drive. The City’s road investments come in addition to and complement significant investments in the provincial highway system.
• In the south: An expanded O-Train service with five additional rail stations at Gladstone, Walkley, South Keys, Leitrim and Bowesville, would greatly enhance north-south connectivity in conjunction with road investments including intersection modifications along Prince of Wales, a widening of the Airport Parkway from Brookfield to Hunt Club, the widening of Strandherd Drive to support the creation of the city’s newest business park, and the Greenbank Road extension between Cambrian and Jockvale as a priority.
There is a greater emphasis on bike-transit integration in the suburban area through new priority cycling connections to rapid transit stations, Park and Rides, and the major employment and educational campuses.
Downtown neighbourhoods and inner suburbs would benefit from significant enhancements in transit, pedestrian and cycling connectivity and enhance overall accessibility, including:
• Construction of the Council-approved alignment for the Richmond Underground western light rail corridor, removing 450,000 bus trips annually from the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway
• Transit priority measures along key routes including Montreal Road, Hunt Club, Innes, Carling and Bank.
• A bridge from Donald Street in Vanier to Somerset in Sandy Hill, as well as the opening of the Prince of Wales bridge to Gatineau for cyclists and pedestrians.
• Continued improvements to the East-West Bikeway from Vanier to Westboro, with the addition of other Cross-town Bikeway to build upon.
• Construction of the Nepean Trail and other local cycling routes to connect neighbourhoods from Greenboro to Fisher Heights and Billings Bridge.
• Identification of additional winter maintenance of downtown cycling pathways to encourage more seasonal cycling.
As part of Building a Liveable Ottawa 2031, the City took an integrated approach to review land-use, transportation and infrastructure policies and projects in the Official Plan (OP), the Infrastructure Master Plan (IMP), as well as in the TMP, including the Ottawa Cycling Plan and the Ottawa Pedestrian Plan. All of the City’s major planning documents – including the OP, TMP and IMP – are reviewed every five years; as such, transportation projects and policies will be revised again in 2018.
The TMP (including the Ottawa Cycling Plan and Ottawa Pedestrian Plan) will go out for a final round of public consultation together with the Infrastructure Master Plan, as well as the Official Plan, which was tabled earlier this summer. Building on previous consultation with the public, which was incorporated into the plans, this final phase of outreach for the Building a Liveable Ottawa 2031 initiative will include an online information resource, feedback form, as well as a number of Public Information Sessions (between 4 and 8 p.m.) across the city, including:
- Tuesday, October 15 Ottawa City Hall (110 Laurier Ave. West)
- Thursday, October 17 Kanata Recreation Centre (100 Walter Baker Place)
- Tuesday, October 22 Walter Baker Sports Centre (100 Malvern Drive)
- Thursday, October 24 Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex, 1490 Youville Drive
Discussion and debate on the transit portion of the TMP will take place at a Transit Commission meeting on Wednesday, October 16. Transportation Committee will consider the draft plan on Friday, November 15. The reports are scheduled for City Council consideration on Tuesday, November 26, 2013.
City to light up the Heritage Building purple for World Mental Health Day
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
On Thursday October 10, the City of Ottawa will mark World Mental Health Day by shining purple lights from dusk until dawn on the Heritage Building at City Hall.
The City is joining in the Amanda Todd Legacy Society’s Light Up the World Purple for Amanda event. This new initiative, which is being promoted through social media, asks participants to show their support on World Mental Health Day by wearing the colour purple, lighting a purple candle, or shining a purple light on their house or building.
Amanda Todd was 15 when she died by suicide at her home in British Columbia on October 10, 2012 after having been the victim of cyber-bullying. The society that bears her name was founded by her mother, Carol Todd.
Bullying comes in many forms, and with the increased popularity of electronic media as a communication tool, cyber-bullying has become a very real and common problem for many young people. While the Internet allows youth to make social connections and to communicate with their social groups, it also increases the risk of becoming a victim of cyber-bullying.
In 2012, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) published a report called Mental Health, School Climate and Bullying among Youth in Ottawa. The study found that 27 per cent of girls and 14 per cent of boys in grades 7 to 12 reported being bullied online at least once during the previous year.
OPH offers programs and services for parents, youth and young adults that promote positive mental health and aim to reduce suicide and self-harm, including information on keeping children emotionally healthy and a comprehensive mental health services referral tool for individuals and families in need.
Exciting volunteer opportunities with FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
The National Volunteer Programme for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 was launched today on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. As one of the official host cities for the event, the City of Ottawa is encouraging individuals to consider volunteering their time and effort.
“The City of Ottawa is honoured to be chosen as one of the hosts of this exciting, world-class event,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Ottawa is home to countless soccer fans of all ages and we hope that many of them will see this volunteer opportunity as a chance to experience something extraordinary.”
“Volunteers will play an important role in establishing a meaningful legacy for sport and women’s soccer in Ottawa,” said Victor Montagliani, Chairman of the National Organising Committee for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015. “It would be impossible to stage this event without the effort and passion of Ottawa’s many residents committed to volunteering.”
Hundreds of volunteers will be required in order to ensure the smooth delivery of the most successful FIFA Women’s World Cup ever, from June 7 to 26, 2015.
For more information, please visit ottawa.ca
Kitchen fires the focus during Fire Prevention Week
Monday, October 7, 2013
Ottawa residents are being asked to include fire prevention as a key ingredient in all their recipes this week and throughout the year. Councillor Mark Taylor, chair of Community and Protective Services Committee, read a proclamation today at Fire Station 47 in Barrhaven, declaring October 6 to 13 Fire Prevention Week in Ottawa.
The theme for Fire Prevention Week 2013 is Prevent Kitchen Fires and Get Cooking with Fire Safety.
“Cooking is the number one cause of household fires in Ontario,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Adding an ounce of prevention in the kitchen makes the perfect recipe for home fire safety.”
Barrhaven Councillor Jan Harder praised Ottawa Fire Services for its promotion of fire safety throughout the year and Councillor Taylor explained the role of fire prevention officers during Fire Prevention Week.
“There are activities taking place citywide to promote fire safety to Ottawa residents of all ages,” said Councillor Taylor, adding that outreach activities are spread throughout the month of October. “There is so much to do, that one week isn’t enough to get it all done.”
Fire prevention officers will set up display tables at Carlingwood and St. Laurent Shopping Centres, and read stories in all branches of the Ottawa Public Library this week. For a complete list of Fire Prevention Week activities, please go to ottawa.ca.
Fire Chief John deHooge listed and demonstrated some fire safety tips for the kitchen, including:
- When you’re cooking, never leave the kitchen and pay attention to what you have in the oven or on the stove.
- Even if you are only cooking on the stovetop, keep an oven mitt and pot lid nearby to smother the flame.
- Never wear loose fitting clothing while cooking. Loose clothing is more likely to catch fire.
- Never move a burning pan. You risk the chance of your clothing catching on fire.
- Never place a burning pan in the sink filled with water. Water can increase the size of the flames and possibly spread the fire.
“Statistics show nearly 40 percent of house fires start in the kitchen, and a large number of those result in serious damage and often injuries and fatalities,” said Chief deHooge.
Beatrice Drive road closure
Monday, October 7, 2013
Beatrice Drive from Longfields Drive to Claridge Drive will be closed for 2 Days - Saturday, 26 October 2013 & Sunday, 27 October 2013.
The contractor will be relocating the existing fire hydrant, completing a water main connection and installing new sanitary and storm sewers. This work is being completed to service Longfields Development – Phase 5.
Notification signs will be posted in advance of the closure. No formal detour is required. Local and emergency vehicle access will be accommodated. The impact to traffic will be low.
Longfields Drive road closure
Monday, October 7, 2013
Longfields Drive from Beatrice Drive to Woodroffe Avenue will be closed for 2 Days - Saturday, 19 October 2013 & Sunday, 20 October 2013.
The contractor will be installing a new 450mm storm sewer and watermain to service Longfields Development – Phase 5.
Notification signs will be posted in advance of the closure. There will be a signed detour. Transit service will be detoured. Local and emergency vehicle access will be accommodated. The impact to traffic will be high.
Strandherd Drive road closure
Monday, September 30, 2013
Strandherd Drive from Fallowfield Road to McKenna Casey Drive will be closed for construction. The road will be closed from 8:00PM Monday, 7 October 2013 until 6:00AM Tuesday, 8 October 2013.
Notification signs will be posted in advance of the closure. There will be a signed detour. Local and emergency vehicle access will be accommodated.
Staff report recommends return of pro baseball to Ottawa Stadium
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
A staff report to be considered by the Finance and Economic Development Committee on October 1 and by City Council on October 9 recommends approval of an offer from the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball to lease the Ottawa Stadium and return professional baseball to the capital.
If the offer is approved, international pro baseball would begin in May 2015 with an Ottawa team joining five others in the Can Am league - two in Quebec and three in the northeastern U.S. – including 50 home games at the Ottawa Stadium.
“I am pleased that this challenging two-year process is coming to fruition,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Our goal was to secure a long-term professional baseball tenant for this important purpose-built facility, and do so while getting the best value for taxpayers.”
Through this process, the City has refined its vision for the long-term use of the Ottawa Stadium in a way that will preserve the facility, see professional baseball return to Ottawa, and open the doors for a variety of other community uses. In addition to being reanimated with 50 baseball home games in a professional international league, the Ottawa Stadium would also be used as a recreation and entertainment venue with 50 to 75 additional days of programming each year.
“The City has worked hard to find a solution that is fair for taxpayers, sports fans, community groups and the public,” said Orleans Councillor Bob Monette. “If this plan is approved, I hope all residents will join us in supporting our new Can-Am team and attending new activities at the facility in order to make the most of this important community asset.”
The City would retain day-to-day management responsibilities of the facility, with the Public Works department operating and maintaining the stadium and the Parks, Recreation and Culture department managing bookings. Staff are recommending this option to the alternatives of mothballing the facility (leaving it vacant while continuing to pay maintenance costs) or demolishing it.
“This is an important facility for the residents of my ward and for residents across the City,” said Rideau-Rockcliffe Councillor Peter Clark. ”I am pleased that we have found a cost-effective way to preserve the Ottawa Stadium for its original purpose and also maximize its use for the community.”
The Ottawa Stadium will be integrated with the future Light Rail Transit line via a multi-use pathway link between the Tremblay Train Station and Coventry Road.
The City also received an affiliated Double A baseball bid. However, staff determined through a cost and risk analysis that the required up-front capital investment by the City of Ottawa in excess of $40 million, in addition to ongoing debt service costs, would not be affordable over the long term given the City’s other infrastructure and capital priorities.
An independent fairness commissioner was used throughout the entire recent Request for Offers process and concluded that the City of Ottawa conducted an open, fair and transparent competitive process in its efforts to lease the Ottawa Stadium.
City of Ottawa Fall 2013 Tree Planting season begins this week
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
The City of Ottawa’s fall planting program is scheduled to begin this week and will run until the end of November. This includes tree planting in parks, at City facilities, and along streets throughout Ottawa.
Where a tree planting is scheduled close to a private residence, notification letters have been provided to the homeowner in advance of planting. Residents should expect to see utility locate flags and paint on the ground prior to planting in the area.
For more information, please visit ottawa.ca/forestry or call 3-1-1.
Plan protects environment, supports affordable development
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
The City of Ottawa’s draft 2013 Infrastructure Master Plan (IMP), designed to support affordable development growth through projects that protect the environment, was tabled today at Planning Committee.
The plan charts a path for efficient building, operation, and renewal of municipal services such as water plants, sewers, stormwater ponds and wastewater-treatment and stresses affordability for taxpayers, making neighbourhoods more compact and complete, and protecting the natural environment.
“The proposed plan includes protecting the health of the Ottawa River through the Ottawa River Action Plan and its centrepiece project, the combined sewer storage tunnel” said Mayor Jim Watson. “This project will virtually eliminate overflows into the river and further improve Ottawa’s reputation when it comes to environmental protection.”
“This plan is critical for ensuring there is enough infrastructure capacity in the right areas of the municipality at the right service levels at the right time to accommodate development ─ and redevelopment ─ until 2031 when Ottawa’s population is expected to reach 1.14 million,” said Councillor Peter Hume, Chair of Planning Committee.
“The proposed Infrastructure Master Plan provides the needed investment to continue delivering the essential services that our residents depend on in their daily lives,” said Councillor Maria McRae, Chair of the City’s Environment Committee. “Through these projects, Ottawa will protect and enhance the quality of our rivers and continue to deliver some of the highest quality drinking water in the world.”
As part of Building a Liveable Ottawa 2031, the City took an integrated approach to reviewing land-use, transportation and infrastructure policies and projects in the Official Plan (OP), the Infrastructure Master Plan (IMP), as well as in the Transportation Master Plan (TMP), including the Ottawa Cycling Plan and the Ottawa Pedestrian Plan. The Official Plan was tabled at Planning Committee in June and the TMP, Cycling and Pedestrian plans will be tabled in October.
The IMP aligns itself with the OP by examining existing population and growth patterns and using the same future development and growth projections. In order to ensure demand for infrastructure is met, the IMP examines trends in demand for water and wastewater capacity, demand and supply management, and weather trends. The IMP sets levels of service expectations for water quality and reliability across the city. The report being tabled at Planning Committee contains a list of projects for each part of the city.
In combination with extensive technical evaluations, public survey mechanisms, and consultation with community and industry leaders, information is being incorporated into all of the draft Building a Liveable Ottawa plans and presented at four upcoming public information sessions.
City's Neighbourhood Connection Office launches new online toolkit to help residents create vibrant neighbourhoods
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
The Neighbourhood Connection Office (NCO) has launched its online toolkit today to help community groups with small-scale, volunteer driven projects that are all about making creative use of public space – supporting the City’s overall goal to making more liveable neighbourhoods.
The NCO Toolkit acts a one-stop shop for helpful tips on starting and completing projects, along with practical tools such as meeting and project checklists. It also includes inspiring examples of projects that were previously done in other neighbourhoods.
While similar resources exist on other municipal websites, the Neighbourhood Connection Office Toolkit is bilingual, and has a greater local focus on fulfilling an expressed need in the community.
The NCO also reminds interested groups that they have until Monday, October 21 to apply to the 2014 Better Neighbourhoods Program, for the chance to work with their Councillor’s office and City staff on projects which will receive up to $30,000 in financial support.
Application criteria can be found on ottawa.ca. The program is looking for project ideas that will provide creative solutions for making neighbourhoods more liveable, vibrant, healthy and beautiful.
Transitway safety - Memorial at Fallowfield Station
Monday, September 23, 2013
OC Transpo and the Ottawa Police Service are asking that residents who wish to drop off flowers in memoriam of the victims of the September 18 collision do so at Fallowfield Station.
While we recognise and respect the desire of residents to express their condolences and grief, the Transitway is a bus corridor, reserved for buses and emergency vehicles.
To ensure your safety please remember that pedestrian access to the Transitway is prohibited.
OC Transpo and the Ottawa Police Service thank residents for their cooperation.
OC Transpo/VIA Collision
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
I extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to the families who have lost loved ones and who were affected by this horrible tragedy. Everyone who has been affected in this accident are in my thoughts and prayers.
Our focus today as a City is to provide the best possible care for the families who were affected by this tragedy.
A Family Reunification Centre has been opened by the Ottawa Police Service at the Nepean Sportsplex. Families can also call 3-1-1 for information.
To honour the victims, the flags at City facilities have been lowered to half mast. In addition, there is a book of condolences at Jean Pigott Place in Ottawa City Hall where residents may offer their condolences to the families. There will also be a book of condolences available to sign at the Walter Baker Sports Centre as of 4pm today.
Thank you to the emergency responders and personnel who responded to this terrible accident.
For more information please see the City of Ottawa’s website, follow me on Twitter (@BarrhavenJan), and follow the City of Ottawa’s twitter account (@OttawaCity).
Fall Open House
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Councillor Desroches and I are pleased to invite you to our annual Fall Open House on Tuesday, September 24th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the second level of the Walter Baker Sports Centre.
At the Fall Open House you can not only meet with us, your City Councillors, but also with representatives from the City of Ottawa and related organizations to learn more about what’s happening here in Barrhaven.
This is going to be the first public meeting for the new Official Plan, which many of you have had an influence on through the Building a Liveable Ottawa survey. Come out and see how the Official Plan will shape our neighbourhood in the next 20 years.
In addition, you will leave our Fall Open House with knowledge of upcoming planning projects, safety and health, community projects and events, sports and recreation and infrastructure and development. You will also have the opportunity to meet with representatives from community associations as well as with staff from bylaw, police and fire services.
I hope to see many of you there!
Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital launches today
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Keith Egli, Chair of the City’s Transportation Committee launched Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital today at the Good Companions Seniors’ Centre.
Each year, thousands of volunteers register for the fall cleanup as their way of keeping the community clean, green and graffiti-free. The fall campaign runs from September 15 to October 15.
“This campaign is a chance for residents of all ages to come together to make their neighbourhood a better place,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Whether it is your first time out or you’re one of the thousands of returning volunteers, I want to thank you for taking the time to do your part.”
Ottawa residents have been working together to help keep Ottawa clean and green since the Cleaning the Capital campaign began in 1994. In 2012 alone, there were over 88,000 volunteers who participated in 1,440 cleanup projects across the city. Since 1994, over 1.4 million kilograms of garbage has been collected from public spaces through Cleaning the Capital.
Councillor Egli encouraged a team effort amongst all ages. “Everyone can take part in Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital,” said Councillor Egli. “It’s a community activity that bridges generations and cultures. I encourage you to rally the support of your friends, children, grandchildren and neighbours.”
Cleaning the Capital is made possible by Tim Hortons, the campaign’s title sponsor.
“Tim Hortons is committed to making a positive difference in the community,” said Bill Houldsworth, local Tim Hortons restaurant owner. “Through Cleaning the Capital, we can support Ottawa residents in cleaning up the areas where we live, work and play.”
To learn more about Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital or to register, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). Litter and graffiti cleanup starter kits are available upon request.
A Lung Run
Thursday, September 5, 2013
The first annual A Lung Run is taking place Saturday, October 5th. A Lung Run is in support of Hélène Campbell's The Give 2 Live Campaign in their effort to help 30 families raise the funds they need while waiting for an organ transplant.
Hélène Campbell has been an inspiration for our community and it’s time to show her our support! Register for the run, fundraise, donate or volunteer. See www.alungrun.com for more information!
Kayla Maduk Fundraiser
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Barrhaven's own Kayla Maduk, the reigning ITF Taekwon-do World Champion from a competition in New Zealand in 2011, will be looking to again win gold for Canada by defending her title at this year’s World Championships being held in Spain, October 23rd to 27th, 2013.
Recently Kayla competed in Quebec City at the Canadian Nationals and qualified to represent Canada in 4 separate events.
Kayla is 17 years old and is competing in the U18 division.
You can show your support by attending the fundraiser and getting the word out to the community:
Date: Saturday, September 14 - 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Royal Canadian Legion - 3500 Fallowfield Rd.
Events: silent auction, door raffle, 50/50 draw, live entertainment, slide shows, bake sale and special guest appearances
Lunch: 12p.m. to 1p.m.
Price: adult is $8., youth (8 -16) is $5 and children under 8 are free
Donations of either services or products that can be raffled off or put in the silent auction to help make this fundraiser a successful event are now being accepted. Cash donations are also appreciated.
There will also be a Lunch BBQ at Ross' Independent on Saturday September 7th from 11a.m. to 2p.m.
Follow Kayla’s weekly blog at www.ikicklikeagirl.com to follow her training routine and see her progress leading up to the World Championships. Kayla’s website also contains more information about Taekwon-do, other accomplishments at school, in the community and upcoming events.
Tickets available by Paypal at www.ikicklikeagirl.comor at the Legion.
For more information or to learn about sponsorship packages please call:
Darrell Bartraw at 613-298-9119or Heather & Jay Maduk at 613-302-4020
Mayor Watson to conduct budget consultation outreach sessions at local shopping centres
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Mayor Jim Watson, today announced that he will hold six “Mayor’s Budget Outreach” consultation sessions at shopping centres in all areas of the city in advance of the creation of Budget 2014. During every budget process, Mayor Watson welcomes suggestions from residents on how the City can make the best use of tax dollars.
Residents will also be able to submit their ideas through an online chat, email and Twitter.
“I hope that all residents will take the time to share their ideas for the upcoming City budget,” said Mayor Watson. “I am specifically interested in hearing ideas about how to save money, as well as where residents feel we should be focusing our efforts.”
Wednesday, September 4
10:15 am to 12:15 pm.
Thursday, September 5
noon to 1:30 p.m.
St. Laurent Shopping Centre
Friday, September 6
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Billings Bridge Shopping Centre
Saturday, September 7
3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Carlingwood Shopping Centre
Sunday, September 8
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Bayshore Shopping Centre
Tuesday, September 10
10:45 to 12:45 p.m.
Place d’Orléans Shopping Centre
If you are not able to visit with the Mayor in person, he will also be holding a budget-focused online chat on his website www.jimwatsonottawa.ca on September 17 from noon to 1 p.m. Residents are also encouraged to submit budget ideas by email at email@example.com or on Twitter using the hashtag #ottbudget, channels which have been open since mid-June.
Ongoing public input is important to the City of Ottawa budget process. For example, feedback received during a past budget consultation led to a $340-million infrastructure program to upgrade the City’s roads, sewers, sidewalks and other critical infrastructure.
As per Council direction, Budget 2014 is being drafted with the goal of a tax increase of no more than 2 per cent, which would be the lowest in seven years.
Residents will also be able to provide feedback during in-person consultations sessions and committee meetings after the budget is tabled on Wednesday, October 23.
Final paving of Jockvale and Cambrian Roads Underway
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
The final paving of Jockvale Road will begin on September 3, 2013. The work will occur on Jockvale Road from Riverstone Drive to Cambrian Road, and Cambrian Road from Jockvale Road to Greenbank Road, including the newly constructed two-lane roundabout.
No paving work will begin prior to 9 a.m. to avoid disruption to commuters during peak periods. No paving work will occur on Cambrian Road, between Greenbank Road and Kilbernie/Tucana Road until after 4 p.m. to mitigate any disruptions to the local school.
- During the paving of the Jockvale roundabout, traffic will be controlled with the use of flag persons and police, and paving of the roundabout will not start until 9 a.m.
All paving work is expected to be completed by September 6, 2013, weather permitting.
- One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained on Jockvale Road and on Cambrian Road at all times.
Motorists can expect delays as there will be lane closures implemented to complete this work.
The Jockvale Road Widening is a $23.975 million project that will see Jockvale Road go from two to four lanes and will see new storm sewers, catch basins, roundabouts and two new bridges over the Jock River built. For more information, visit ottawa.ca.
This construction 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.