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

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Four new reasons to love hockey
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Are you a rec hockey player living in Barrhaven and looking for a fun, regular group to join? You'll want to check this out!

CapitalHockey.ca organizes and runs non contact adult rec programs in the Ottawa area. They have just secured four new ice times in the new Minto Recreational Complex and they're inviting you to check them out. Full-time players and occasional spares are welcome!

Their programs are designed for players of all skill levels. They are quite social and well paced...you'll have a great time!

Please visit www.myrechockey.com  or contact them by email at capitalhockey@rogers.com  for more details.

Have fun out on the ice!



Council adopts key dates for 2015 budget process
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The City of Ottawa has finalized key dates for the 2015 budget timetable and multi-ward public consultations.

2015 tax-supported budget timetable

The City’s 2015 draft operating and capital budgets will be tabled with City Council at a special meeting on Wednesday, February 4. Council will also receive draft budgets for each Standing Committee as well as Police, Transit, Public Health, Library, Crime Prevention and Committee of Adjustment.

City Council has directed that the 2015 draft budget for all City tax-supported programs be prepared on the basis of a maximum 2 per cent tax increase.

Before Council considers final budget recommendations on Wednesday, March 11, there will be several opportunities for public consultation:

• Mayor Jim Watson will launch an online pre-budget public consultation starting in mid-December, asking residents to provide input via email at budget2015@ottawa.ca and through Twitter by using hash tag #ottbudget.

• Residents will be invited to attend one of four regional public consultations hosted by the City, to learn more about and comment on the proposed budget, dates and locations to be announced.

• All Standing Committees of Council, along with the Transit Commission, Police Services Board, Library Board and Board of Public Health, will hold meetings to consider the 2015 draft budget for their respective areas and listen to public delegations on the budget:

o Environment Committee – Tax-supported – Tuesday, February 17
o Transit Commission – Wednesday, February 18
o Community and Protective Services Committee – Thursday, February 19
o Police Services Board – Monday, February 23
o Planning Committee – Tuesday, February 24
o Finance and Economic Development Committee – Tuesday, March 3
o Transportation Committee – Wednesday, March 4
o Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee – Thursday, March 5
o Audit Committee – Date to be announced
o IT Sub-committee – Date to be announced
o Public Health Board – Date to be announced
o Ottawa Public Library – Date to be announced

2015 rate-supported (water and sewer) budget timetable

The Environment Committee will consider the draft budget for the services supported by water and sewer rates during the same time period as the tax-supported budget. The Committee will listen to public delegations and deliberate on both the tax- and rate-supported budgets on Tuesday, February 17. The Environment Committee recommendations on the draft 2015 rate-supported budget would then rise to Council for its consideration on Wednesday, March 11.


Council adopts key dates for 2015 budget process
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The City of Ottawa has finalized key dates for the 2015 budget timetable and multi-ward public consultations.

2015 tax-supported budget timetable

The City’s 2015 draft operating and capital budgets will be tabled with City Council at a special meeting on Wednesday, February 4. Council will also receive draft budgets for each Standing Committee as well as Police, Transit, Public Health, Library, Crime Prevention and Committee of Adjustment.

City Council has directed that the 2015 draft budget for all City tax-supported programs be prepared on the basis of a maximum 2 per cent tax increase.

Before Council considers final budget recommendations on Wednesday, March 11, there will be several opportunities for public consultation:

• Mayor Jim Watson will launch an online pre-budget public consultation starting in mid-December, asking residents to provide input via email at budget2015@ottawa.ca and through Twitter by using hash tag #ottbudget.

• Residents will be invited to attend one of four regional public consultations hosted by the City, to learn more about and comment on the proposed budget, dates and locations to be announced.

• All Standing Committees of Council, along with the Transit Commission, Police Services Board, Library Board and Board of Public Health, will hold meetings to consider the 2015 draft budget for their respective areas and listen to public delegations on the budget:

o Environment Committee – Tax-supported – Tuesday, February 17
o Transit Commission – Wednesday, February 18
o Community and Protective Services Committee – Thursday, February 19
o Police Services Board – Monday, February 23
o Planning Committee – Tuesday, February 24
o Finance and Economic Development Committee – Tuesday, March 3
o Transportation Committee – Wednesday, March 4
o Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee – Thursday, March 5
o Audit Committee – Date to be announced
o IT Sub-committee – Date to be announced
o Public Health Board – Date to be announced
o Ottawa Public Library – Date to be announced

2015 rate-supported (water and sewer) budget timetable

The Environment Committee will consider the draft budget for the services supported by water and sewer rates during the same time period as the tax-supported budget. The Committee will listen to public delegations and deliberate on both the tax- and rate-supported budgets on Tuesday, February 17. The Environment Committee recommendations on the draft 2015 rate-supported budget would then rise to Council for its consideration on Wednesday, March 11.



A Winterlude tradition returns with City Snowscapes
Monday, December 8, 2014

Snow sculptures are returning to Winterlude in 2015. 

Ottawa residents are invited to compete for cash prizes in the City Snowscapes Community Snow Sculpture Competition at Lansdowne Park, part of the City’s Winter Design Festival taking place during Winterlude, January 30 to February 16. The festival marks the first celebration of Winterlude at the new Lansdowne Park. 

Sculpting teams have until Friday, January 16 to register their teams and submit designs. Everyone is welcome to apply and up to nine teams will be invited to compete. Visit ottawa.ca to register. 

Teams will be able to build their sculptures between Wednesday, February 4 at 6 a.m. and Thursday, February 5 at 2 p.m. 

Sculptures will be judged on:

  • Creativity/Originality,
  • Technique/Effort,
  • Visual Appeal
  • Communication (the power of the sculpture to capture and hold the interest of the viewer) 

Be sure to visit the snow sculptures at Lansdowne, and receive updates on the competition through FacebookTwitter andInstagram.



Ottawa musicians invited to submit tunes for #ottmusik
Thursday, December 4, 2014

Soon, anyone who is put on hold after dialing the City of Ottawa will hear local music while they wait. This is the goal of #ottmusik, a new City initiative launched by Mayor Jim Watson today with a call to local musicians.

“#ottmusik offers a new platform for local musicians to introduce and share their music with a wider audience,” said Mayor Watson. “I hope all Ottawa residents and music fans share my enthusiasm for this project and my excitement about hearing the music samples that will be submitted to #ottmusik.”

Musicians who meet the submission guidelines have until January 12 to submit music samples through the City’s website,ottawa.ca. After, residents will be encouraged to support their favourites through Facebook and on Twitter. Public feedback will help decide which songs are selected.

“With #ottmusik the City of Ottawa is furthering its commitment to provide new opportunities to Ottawa’s cultural community, while offering citizens an enhanced and unique experience when they call,” said Bay Ward Councillor Mark Taylor, who was master of ceremonies during today’s launch. “The City wants to show its appreciation for local musicians by helping them to reach a broader audience.”

An overview of the submission/selection process:

  • Interested artists can submit music, instrumental or with lyrics, in the language and style of their choice.
  • All submissions will be reviewed by a committee of select professional musicians from the Ottawa area who will recommend up to 20 songs for use on the phone systems.
  • Once the selected songs have been compiled, five to seven new songs will be showcased every three months through the phone systems.

For more information visit ottawa.ca/ottmusiken.


Gift certificates make holiday shopping easy
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

This holiday season, give your family and friends the gift of recreation and culture and let them choose from hundreds of programs and classes offered by the City of Ottawa.

Christmas gift certificates are now available in denominations of $5, $10, $20 and $50, and can be purchased at any City-operated recreation and culture facility.

Gift certificates can be used at any City recreation centre or larger multi-use complex for memberships, classes or activities including fitness, pottery, ballroom dance, swimming, skating, basketball, martial arts, aerobics, playgroups and more. The options are limitless and fun is guaranteed.

Gift certificates can be used at any time of the year and have no expiry date, but hurry, they won’t last long.

For more information, visit ottawa.ca.



New City Council sets governance structure for 2014-2018 term
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

City Council today considered and approved recommendations related to the Council and Committee structure, policies, procedures and other governance matters associated with the 2014-2018 Term of Council.

Council’s Standing Committees and Sub-Committees will be as follows:

  • Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee
  • Audit Committee (new)
  • Community and Protective Services Committee
  • Environment Committee
  • Finance and Economic Development Committee and two associated Sub-Committees: the Information Technology Sub-Committee and the Member Services Sub-Committee. The former Audit Sub-Committee is now a Standing Committee while the former Debenture Committee and the Governance Renewal Sub-Committee are eliminated.
  • Planning Committee and its associated Built Heritage Sub-Committee
  • Transit Commission
  • Transportation Committee

Council also approved the establishment of the following Advisory Committees:

  • Accessibility Advisory Committee
  • Arts, Culture, Heritage and Recreation Advisory Committee
  • Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee
  • French Language Services Advisory Committee

The former Community Services Advisory Committee is eliminated as its mandate is being accomplished through other means consistent with the City’s Public Engagement Strategy.

A Nominating Committee comprised of Mayor Jim Watson as Chair and 11 Councillors, will meet on December 9 to consider the composition of the various committees and boards and make recommendations to be considered by City Council on December 10.

Council also directed the City Treasurer to present a Budget Directions Report on December 10 with a plan for how the 2015 budget will be carried out, including a timetable.



Skating Court at Lansdowne Park opens for its first season
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Skating Court at Lansdowne Park is now open for its first season. This is Ottawa’s third and newest refrigerated outdoor skating rink, joining the SENS RINK of Dreams and the rink at Ben Franklin Place. 

“While it’s only the first season for the Skating Court, it already promises to be a huge draw for residents and tourists alike,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “It’s another new feature destined to further boost the park’s quickly growing reputation as a community destination and a people place for all seasons.”

The Skating Court will remain open until March 2015, weather permitting, and will be a hub throughout the winter, uniting residents from nearby communities as well as visitors. Skaters can take advantage of all Lansdowne has to offer, including Winterlude activities when the annual festival takes place in early 2015. 

With the recently opened signalized crossing at Queen Elizabeth Drive and Fifth Avenue, skaters will also be able to move easily and safely from the Rideau Canal to Lansdowne Park, once the popular Skateway opens. 

“While Lansdowne Park has undergone considerable change over the years, it continues to be an exciting gathering place, more so now than ever,” said Capital Ward Councillor David Chernushenko. “There is a long history of public skating at Lansdowne, and Aberdeen Pavilion was home of one of Ottawa's earliest community rinks. The opening of the Skating Court really is carrying on a long tradition of skating at Lansdowne.”

The Skating Court at Lansdowne is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., and a heated changing facility is available on site. Skaters need to bring their own skates as skate rental services are not available on site. Please note that certified multi-impact helmets are strongly recommended. Residents should check ottawa.ca to make sure the Skating Court is open. 

Skating lessons will be offered on the outdoor rink from January 4 to February 8 for children 4 and up. Registration is available atottawa.ca/recreation.



City officially opens the Minto Recreation Complex – Barrhaven
Monday, December 1, 2014

Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee, Councillor Jan Harder, and Michael Waters, CEO, The Minto Group, officially opened the new Minto Recreation Complex – Barrhaven this morning with a ribbon cutting and plaque unveiling during the grand opening ceremony. 

This much-anticipated 160,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility, located at 3500 Cambrian Road is a welcome addition for the residents of Barrhaven. The complex will also be a convenient recreation destination for those living in Ottawa South and the neighbouring rural areas. 

“Community and recreation centres like the Minto Recreation Complex – Barrhaven are the foundation for building healthy and vibrant communities and neighbourhoods,” said Mayor Watson. “This new complex will help immensely in meeting the needs of residents and families in this fast growing community.” 

This spectacular $54-million complex is built to LEED Silver standards and features a 25-metre pool with 1 and 3 metre diving boards and a “Tarzan” rope for extra fun, a leisure pool with a lazy river and hydrotherapy section, two NHL-sized arenas with seating, a gymnasium with a second storey walking track, a fitness centre, seven multi-purpose rooms, and a premium CFL/FIFA dimension artificial turf outdoor sports field 

In keeping with the City’s Percent for Art Policy, nationally recognized contemporary artists Christian Giroux and Daniel Young were commissioned to create the $300,000 artworks displayed in the main lobby. 

“These truly stunning and unique modular sculptures, entitled Mr. Kurokawa, were inspired by the Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa,” said Chair Taylor. “The sculptures provide a vibrant and engaging visual for visitors entering the complex, as well as the opportunity to view professional art in a public place.” 

Recreation programming at the Minto Recreation Complex – Barrhaven will begin in January, and the public are invited to visit the complex during regular hours starting today. Preparations are underway to allow arena bookings in December. 

The opening of the complex also coincided with RBC Sports Day in Canada, which saw the Minto Recreation Complex - Barrhaven designated as a True Sport facility.  

“We are proud to be the first facility in Canada to have included the True Sport principles as part of our overall planning, construction and programming,” said Councillor Harder. “The True Sport experience values fairness, excellence, inclusion and fun for all.”

Councillor Harder also thanked RBC for their generous support by awarding the Minto Recreation Complex-Barrhaven with an RBC Sports Day in Canada grant to offset the costs of today’s celebration of sport. 

Michael Waters, Chief Executive Officer, representing The Minto Group also took part in today’s celebrations

“We feel a corporate responsibility to give back to the communities that have helped make us so successful,” said Michael Waters, CEO of the Minto Group. “This partnership with the City demonstrates our belief that sports and recreation programs are one of the cornerstones of a healthy, vibrant community.” 

Naming rights to the Minto Recreation Complex – Barrhaven, were awarded to The Minto Group through the City’s Community Champions Program.



SENS RINK of Dreams opens for the season
Friday, November 28, 2014

It’s time to dust off your skates for another season of great winter fun. The SENS RINK of Dreams is now open for skating at Ottawa City Hall, Marion Dewar Plaza. 

“I am pleased to officially open the third season of skating on the newly-named SENS RINK of Dreams,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Last year, close to 60,000 residents enjoyed this gift from the Ottawa Senators Foundation. We are all looking forward to another busy, fun and safe skating season.” 

“Skating on outdoor rinks is part of our culture and a great way to encourage physical activity for children and families in our community,” said Danielle Robinson, president and CEO, Ottawa Senators Foundation. “The SENS RINK program is our gift back ensuring that kids always have a place to play.” 

The SENS RINK of Dreams will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. (weather permitting) including holidays, and will remain open until the end of the skating season in March 2015. Residents should check for the green flag at the rink to make sure the rink is open, or check ottawa.ca for updates. 

A heated changing facility is available daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.  Skaters need to bring their own skates as skate rental services are not available on site. Please note that certified multi-impact helmets are strongly recommended. 

After skating on the state-of-the-art refrigerated ice rink, you can warm up inside Ottawa City Hall and visit the Barbara Ann Scott GalleryOttawa Sports Hall of Fame and the Karsh-Masson Gallery.  All are free of charge. 

The SENS RINK of Dreams first opened on January 25, 2012. It was installed at Marion Dewar Plaza in a partnership between the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Senators Foundation as part of the Foundation’s Sens Recreational Investments in Neighbourhoods for Kids (RINK) program. It operates annually from November to March, seven days a week, and serves as a community space during the spring and summer months.



New 18-month collection calendar for 2015/16 out for delivery
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The City of Ottawa has started delivery of its new 18-month waste collection calendar. Most residents should receive the new calendar in the mail by Tuesday, November 25. Residents are encouraged to watch for the calendar, which contains important information regarding waste collection. The new calendar runs until the end of June 2016. 

For more information or to sign up for weekly collection reminders (email, phone or Twitter), please visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY 613-580-2401).



Ottawa to host 2017 Canadian Videogame Awards
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Mayor Jim Watson announced today in an online video that Ottawa will host the Canadian Videogame Awards in 2017.

“As Canada’s most-wired city, Ottawa is an ideal place to host the Canadian Videogame Awards,” said Mayor Watson. “In conjunction with the awards the City will also host a videogame championship. We will even project semi-final and final matches onto the exterior walls of several buildings in the city, making this an exciting addition to the growing list of programming for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations. For the computer industry, and gamers everywhere, Ottawa will be the place to be in 2017.”

Ottawa is currently home to 23 videogame companies and Canada is the third-largest producer of videogames in the world. The worldwide videogame market was worth an estimated $93 billion in 2013.

“This event is solid evidence of an excellent partnership that exists between the City of Ottawa and the local tourism players,” said Noel Buckley, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism. “We are proud supporter of the Awards and look forward to many more high profile events as we ramp our efforts for the big year in 2017”.

The 2017 Canadian Videogame Awards gala will generate up to one million dollars in local economic benefits. The associated videogame championship ‎is expected to bring many more visitors and consequently additional economic benefit. These events will also increase Ottawa’s international profile as a destination for innovative talent.

The 2017 Canadian Videogame Awards have been brought to the City through the Bid More, Win More, Host More program, which is attracting world-class events to Ottawa as a means of promoting economic prosperity and growth. As a central component of the City’s Economic Development Strategy, the combination of bids won and events hosted has resulted in close to $42 million for Ottawa’s economy. Future events that have been confirmed, including the Brier and FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada, will result in up to an additional $37 million in local economic benefits.


City serving up available street food spaces for 2015
Thursday, November 20, 2014

After the successful rollout of Ottawa’s Street Food Vending Program in 2013, the City is calling for proposals to occupy nine available on-street spaces in 2015. There are four cart spaces and five truck spaces available across the city. The available spaces have been vacated by vendors who have chosen to retire after years of serving on-street, or who have chosen to pursue other opportunities. All of the details, including the list of available locations, can be found on ottawa.ca

The impartial volunteer street food selection panel will evaluate proposals based on criteria to encourage innovation and diversity in menu offerings. The selection criteria are based on the proposed menu, business plan, level of vendor experience and overall contribution to Ottawa’s food scene. Offers of a space will be made based on availability of space and the score the application receives from the street food selection panel. 

The deadline to apply for a space is Monday, December 15, 2014. Successful applicants will be offered spaces in early 2015, with their operations expected to rollout in May 2015.

An information session for prospective applicants will be held on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in room 1C at Ben Franklin Place, located at 101 Centrepointe Drive.


The Brier is coming to Ottawa
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mayor Jim Watson joined Greg Stremlaw, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Curling Association, today to announce that the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier will be held in Ottawa. This event, which will take place March 5 to 13 at TD Place Arena, brings together the best men’s curlers from across Canada to compete for the national championship.

“The Tim Hortons Brier represents another big win for our Bid More, Host More, Win More strategy,” said Mayor Watson. “This event will generate at least $15 million for the local economy while offering fans nine days of the best curling in the world.”

“Ottawa has shown that it has the enthusiasm, the experience and the facilities we are looking for, and it is a great curling town,” said Greg Stremlaw. “The Canadian Curling Association is excited to bring the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier to Ottawa and the new Lansdowne.”

This national event has been brought to the City through the Bid More, Win More, Host More program, which is attracting world-class events to Ottawa as a means of promoting economic prosperity and growth. As a central component of the City’s Economic Development Strategy, the combination of bids won and events hosted has resulted in close to $42 million for Ottawa’s economy. Future events that have been confirmed, including the Brier and FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada, will result in up to an additional $37 million in local economic benefits.


Mayor Watson announces 2014 Order of Ottawa inductees
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Today, Mayor Jim Watson announced the 15 residents who will be inducted into the Order of Ottawa this year, as well as the 2014 recipient of the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching.

This year’s Order of Ottawa ceremony will take place at City Hall on November 20.

“Inductees into the Order of Ottawa are remarkable residents who are being honoured for their service to our city through a variety of professional and civic-oriented endeavours,” said Mayor Watson. “I am pleased to celebrate the contributions of these wonderful people who have made a real difference in the lives of others in our community.”

Those who will be invested by Mayor Watson into the Order of Ottawa for 2014 are: Dr. Angel Arnaout,  Dr. Tim Aubry, Mariette Carrier-Fraser, Barbara Crook, Nicole Fortier, Dr. Qais Ghanem, David Gourlay, Greg Kane, Q.C., Gilles LeVasseur, Glenn McInnes, Peter Morel, Barrhaven resident Tom Schonberg, Gary Sealey, Jesse Stewart, PhD, and Mary Wiggin.

Mr. Greg Patacairk will be presented with the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching, a City award that recognizes the contribution of an amateur coach who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment.

This prestigious civic award was established in 2012 by the Mayor and members of City Council. Recipients of the Order of Ottawa are chosen by a Selection Committee comprised of the Mayor, City Clerk and Solicitor, Chief of Police, Chief of Protocol, City Archivist, and the Chief Executive Officer of Library Services.

The Order of Ottawa recognizes exceptional residents who have made a significant contribution in a professional capacity in many areas of city life, including arts and culture, business, community service, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, medicine, sports and entertainment, or other fields of endeavour that benefit the residents of Ottawa.

As mentioned above, Barrhaven has one recipient this year; my congratulations to Mr. Tom Schonberg!

Tom Schonberg is the President and CEO of the Queensway Carleton Hospital. Since moving to Ottawa in 1998 to accept this challenging position, Mr. Schonberg has led the hospital through many phases of expansion and redevelopment that have more than tripled the size of the hospital footprint. Development projects have included two MRI units, two CT scanners, state-of-the-art surgical suites with 10 operating rooms, a 12-bed ICU, a 15 bed dialysis unit, acute rehabilitation unit, and a new Emergency Department and Ambulatory Care complex. In addition, the Irving Greenberg Family Cancer Centre was opened, as well as the James Beach Health Care Centre.Growth and development efforts continue, with the current construction of an Acute Care for the Elderly Unit, the second of its kind in Ontario.

Under Mr. Schonberg’s strong leadership, the Queensway Carleton Hospital now has a long track record of balanced budgets, and is recognized province-wide as a leading health care facility.

For more information regarding the Order of Ottawa and the full biographies of the recipients, visit ottawa.ca.


Let's show everyone how strong Nepean/Barrhaven is! Donate Today!
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

On October 30th, Councillor Rick Chiarelli and I initiated a grassroots campaign to raise funds for Queensway Carleton Hospital’s Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Unit.

Most of the funds needed for the ACE unit will be provided by the provincial government. In January 2014, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care approved $8.9 million in funding for the ACE Unit, which will help meet an urgent need for specialized acute geriatric care and enhance a philosophy focused on patient and family-centered care. A specialized inter-professional, multi-disciplinary team will focus on treating the patient’s medical illnesses while striving to maintain their independence by preventing the loss of physical or cognitive abilities.

However, in order to meet an overall funding requirement of almost $12 million, the QCH foundation needs $3 million from our community to cover the 10% share of construction costs and 100% of equipment costs to outfit the unit.

The Nepean Strong campaign hopes to raise half of those funds, or $1.5 million, from the community--or $30 per (former) Nepean household-- and will run for a year, with the aim of completing the new unit in two years (2016).

Please click here to make a donation to the Nepean Strong Campaign today and show everyone that Nepean/Barrhaven is still strong!

For more information, please click here to read the  ACE-Information Brochure.


New transit station and bus-only lanes to provide improved service for Barrhaven and Riverside South reside
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Barrhaven and Riverside South residents can now take advantage of more convenient transit options and rapid transit connections, with the newly-opened Beatrice Station and Chapman Mills bus-only lanes.

“The completion of this project represents a significant milestone for both the Barrhaven and Riverside South communities,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “We’ve seen a lot of growth in these areas, and being able to provide high-quality rapid transit service will ensure current and future residents have efficient transit options for years to come.”

Located in the heart of Barrhaven Town Centre, the new Beatrice Station and Chapman Mills bus-only lanes will provide improved speed and service reliability, and will offer rapid transit connections between Barrhaven and Riverside South, as well as to the O-Train, Carleton University, Billings Bridge and Hurdman Station.

“This is another great example of the City of Ottawa working hard to make positive transit improvements in our city,” said Councillor Steve Desroches. “The new connections will make it much easier for residents to travel to and from destinations, and I’m so pleased that we were able to make this happen.”

The new Beatrice Station is located along Chapman Mills Drive at the intersection of Beatrice Drive, with one eastbound and one westbound stop. The station includes two platforms and two shelters that will be served by Route 99. In addition to the bus-only diamond pavement markings, the new bus-only lanes have a unique feature, as they are designated with highly visible red concrete roadways at intersections, and have prioritized signal lights for improved bus flow.

For schedule information and to plan your transit trips, please visit octranspo.com or call 613-741-4390.

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