OC Transpo operates revised schedules for March Break
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
OC Transpo service will operate on a reduced weekday schedule during the March Break (March 10 to 14) when schools are closed.
Bus arrival times may be adjusted slightly compared to the usual weekday schedule, and during rush hour most routes will have one or two fewer trips. All school routes numbered in the 600s and special school trips on regular routes will not operate. The O-Train schedule will be unchanged.
Holiday schedules are available at www.octranspo.com. Automated schedule information is also available 24 hours a day by calling 613-560-1000 or texting 560560 plus your 4‑digit bus stop number.
For more information and travel planning assistance, call OC Transpo at 613-741-4390 or visit www.octranspo.com.
Camp FFIT returns with firefighter training camp for young women
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Ottawa Fire Services, in partnership with Fire Service Women Ontario, is pleased to announce an application call forCamp FFIT (Female Firefighters in Training) 2014. Young women between the ages of 15 and 19, who meet the application criteria, are invited to apply.
Camp FFIT is designed to educate young women about the career of firefighting. Participants will have an opportunity to perform many tasks, including, but not limited to:
- Search and rescue
- Auto extrication
- Forcible entry
- Catching hydrants
- High rise operations and aerial ladder climb
- Wearing full PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus)
- Fighting simulated kitchen and car fires
Applications are available now at ottawa.ca and must be returned to Ottawa Fire Services Training Centre at 898 Industrial Avenue no later than May 23, 2014.
Participants will have an opportunity to speak to men and women who work at Ottawa Fire Services, as well as firefighters from neighbouring communities and students who have graduated from the pre-service firefighter training programs at Algonquin College and La Cité Collegial. Camp instruction will be offered in English.
Camp FFIT, now in its fifth year, will take place:
Date: August 11 to 15
Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Ottawa Fire Services Training Centre
898 Industrial Avenue
For questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 3-1-1.
City of Ottawa is the best city for hosting festivals
Monday, March 3, 2014
Festival and Events Ontario has recognized the City of Ottawa with its inaugural award for “Best Festival City” for cities larger than 200,000 residents.
“Ottawa is blessed with a great number of annual festivals and events, big and small” said Mayor Watson. “Each one enhances the recreation, arts and cultural experience for our residents and visitors, while at the same time contributing to the growth and development of our economy. Our vibrant festival scene and special events contribute to Ottawa being one of the best cities in the world to live, work and invest.”
“This past September, Ottawa was recognized as one of only seven World Festival and Event Cities by the International Festivals and Events Association” said Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of Community and Protective Services. “This new award shows that we are continuing on that path of success and have developed a reputation as an organized, effective and enthusiastic host city.”
The Best Festival City award recognizes Ottawa for its community leadership and ongoing efforts to provide a positive local environment that encourages the success and growth of festivals and cultural and sporting events. These activities are coordinated by Event Central, the City’s one-stop shop for organizers of events in the nation's capital. Event Central includes SEAT, the Special Events Advisory Team, which helps planners ensure their events are successful, safe, and contribute positively to the city and its residents.
David Vesey receives Mayor’s City Builder Award
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Mayor Jim Watson and Ward Councillor Jan Harder presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Mr. David Vesey today for his outstanding volunteer service as a coach, trainer and mentor of children in the Barrhaven community who play league softball or hockey.
David is a retired teacher who taught science to local high-school students for 35 years.
He has been the president of the Barrhaven Children’s Softball League for the past 18 years. Under his leadership, the league has grown to the largest of its kind in Ontario.
He has devoted countless hours of volunteer service to the Nepean Minor Hockey Association. Over the past two years, he has completely revamped the league’s Initiation Program for its youngest players, ages 4 to 6, and is the head instructor for the program. He has brought fun, interactive activities and unique teaching aids to the Initiation Program to help engage and motivate young hockey players.
He has also been the children’s activity coordinator for Barrhaven’s Canada Day celebrations for the past two years.
The Mayor’s City Builder Award is a civic honour created by Mayor Watson to recognize an individual, group or organization that has, through outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making our city a better place today and for the future. This may include lifelong service, outstanding acts of kindness, inspiring charitable work, community building or other exemplary achievements. Individuals, groups or organizations may be nominated by members of City Council or the public. The award is presented at the beginning of each City Council meeting.
New Park and Ride Opens in Barrhaven
Friday, February 21, 2014
On Monday, February 24, a new Park and Ride lot will open in Barrhaven at Nepean Woods Transit Station, near the corner of Woodroffe Avenue and Strandherd Drive. The lot will offer free parking for more than 300 vehicles, which will help meet the demand by transit riders.
- 342 free parking spaces
- Frequent bus service seven days a week
- New passenger shelters
- Bike shelter and new cycling path connections
- Accessible parking, sidewalks and benches
- Drop off / pick up zone
- Emergency call boxes and closed circuit video cameras (CCTV) with live monitoring
Bus service at Nepean Woods Station is provided by Route 94, which operates seven days a week and every 15 minutes in most time periods on weekdays, with service to downtown via the Transitway. Additional service is provided by Route 176, seven days a week, which operates along Merivale Road to Tunney’s Pasture.
Nepean Woods will supplement the 2,000 parking spaces already available at Fallowfield and Strandherd Park and Ride lots. In future, Nepean Woods can be expanded to 765 spaces to keep pace with the community’s growing needs.
Automated schedule information for Nepean Woods Station is available 24 hours a day by calling 613-560-1000 or text 560560 plus 3048. For travel planning assistance, visit octranspo.com or call 613-741-4390.
Paint it Up! mural program reduces graffiti through art
Thursday, February 20, 2014
If there is a wall in your neighbourhood that keeps falling victim to graffiti vandalism, the City of Ottawa and Crime Prevention Ottawa invite you to Paint it Up!
Now in its fifth year, the Paint it Up! program offers funding for community groups and at-risk youth to create murals in areas of the city that are experiencing high rates of graffiti vandalism. The program is one component of the City’s Graffiti Management Strategy.
Since its inception in 2010, the program has led to the creation of 33 murals citywide. Outdoor murals have proven to be effective in managing graffiti vandalism, supporting arts and culture, contributing to economic development and providing youth engagement opportunities.
For more information about the Paint it Up! program and how to apply, applicants are encouraged to register for a public information session by calling 3-1-1 or e-mailing CPO@Ottawa.ca.
Information sessions will be held on the following dates:
Date: Monday, March 3, 2014
Time: 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Place: Colonel By Room, City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue, West
Date: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Time: 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Place: Atrium Room, Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, 102 Greenview Ave
City of Ottawa again among nation's top diversity employers
Monday, February 10, 2014
For the third consecutive year, the City of Ottawa has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in a national competition that recognizes leaders in creating diverse and inclusive workplaces. The winners were announced in a special feature published in today’s Globe and Mail.
“Ottawa is a city composed of diverse backgrounds and cultures and it is only sensible that we continue our efforts to reflect this diversity in the workplace,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “I am proud that the City of Ottawa has been recognized for its commitment to protect and promote equality and diversity, not just once, but consistently, year after year.”
Employers recognized as being one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers were chosen based on a range of diversity and inclusive initiatives. Among the initiatives that earned the City of Ottawa this recognition in 2014 are:
- Since 2004, Hosting AccessAbility Day, an annual celebration of accessibility and inclusion
- Providing an equity and diversity award to recognize the individual and group efforts of its employees to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace
- Managing an Aboriginal Working Committee in partnership with the Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition to address Aboriginal employment issues
- Working with Algonquin College's Aboriginal Student Office to share information about the city's summer student employment program
“We are continuing our efforts to remove barriers and improve the diversity and accessibility of City services,” said City Manager Kent Kirkpatrick. “The City has developed a number of exciting initiatives to increase awareness, create an inclusive workplace and increase the representation of people from diverse groups in our workforce. We will continue to strive to maintain a diverse, high performing client-centric workforce in the years ahead.”
The competition, now in its eighth year, is held by Mediacorp Canada Inc., the nation’s largest publisher of specialty employment periodicals and guides. The company also runs Canada’s Top 100 Employers, alongside 19 other regional and special-interest competitions.
The City of Ottawa has also been named:
- One of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2014
- One of Canada’s Top Family Friendly Employers for 2014
- One of the National Capital Region’s Top Employers for 2014
Family Day schedule changes
Monday, February 10, 2014
The City of Ottawa would like to remind residents of the following schedule changes for Family Day (Monday, February 17).
Rink of Dreams, located on Marion Dewar Plaza at Ottawa City Hall, is open on Family Day for the Mayor’s Annual Family Day Skating Party, weather permitting.
Most recreation facilities will be modifying their hours of operation on Monday, February 17. There may be changes to schedules and program cancellations in order to provide special programming for the Family Day holiday. Additional swimming and skating sessions will be offered at many sites. Please check schedules at ottawa.ca or with the facility of your choice.
Ottawa City Hall and all seven Client Service Centres, including the Government Service Centre located at 110 Laurier Avenue West, will be closed on Family Day, Monday, February 17. Business will resume as usual on Tuesday, February 18.
The City’s Provincial Offences Court, located at 100 Constellation Crescent, will also be closed on Family Day, Monday, February 17. Business will resume as usual on Tuesday, February 18.
The City’s 3-1-1 Contact Centre will be open for urgent matters requiring the City’s immediate attention. Call 3-1-1 or 613-580-2400 to speak to a customer service representative. For persons living with a hearing-related disability, call (TTY): 613-580-2401.
Garbage, green bin and recycling collection:
There will be no curbside green bin , recycling or garbage collection on Family Day, Monday, February 17. Family Day’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, February 18. In addition, the collection of green bin, garbage and recycling materials will be delayed by one day for the week of February 17. For curbside collection enquiries, refer to the collection calendar tool.
There will be no multi-residential bulky items, green bin and recycling container collection on Family Day. Family Day’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, February 18. Collection will also be delayed by one day for the week of February 17. However, multi-residential garbage container collection is not delayed and collection will take place on its regularly scheduled day during the week of February 17.
The Trail Road landfill site is closed on Family Day, Monday, February 17.
OC Transpo will operate a revised weekday schedule with minor reductions on Monday, February 17. Special school trip routes numbered in the 600s and Route 201 will not operate. The O-Train schedule will remain unchanged. A family may travel all day with a $7.95 DayPass, which can be purchased from the bus operator when you board. A family includes up to six people with a maximum of two aged 13 or older. Call 613-560-1000 or text 560560 plus your four-digit bus stop number for automated schedule information. For more information, holiday schedules and travel planning, phone 613-741-4390 or visit octranspo.com.
OC Transpo Sales and Information Centres will be open from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. on February 17, except the Rideau Centre office, which will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
The OC Transpo Telephone Information Centre (613‑741‑4390) will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The OC Transpo Customer Relations Department (613-842-3600) will be open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
All City of Ottawa parking regulations and restrictions will apply during this time.
SITE program – SITE office at 179 Clarence Street is closed, however, the Site mobile van will be operating on a regular schedule from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Dental Clinics – Closed
Well Baby Drop-in – Closed
Pinhey’s Point Historic Site, Nepean Museum and Shenkman’s Arts Centre are open for Family Day events.
City of Ottawa Archives, arts centres, galleries, theatres,Cumberland Heritage Village Museum and Billings Estate National Historic Site will be closed on Family Day. However, clients should check with ottawa.ca or their facility to confirm holiday hours, as some exceptions may apply.
The City of Ottawa Archives Reference Services and Gallery 112 will be closed on Saturday, February 15 and Monday, February 17 for the Family Day weekend.
Municipal child care services:
City-operated Child Care Centres are closed on Family Day, Monday, February 17.
Ottawa Public Library:
All branches, departments and services of the Ottawa Public Library will be closed on Family Day, Monday, February 17. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, February 18.
Upcoming ramp closures and lane reductions on Highways 417 and 174
Friday, February 07, 2014
Starting Sunday, February 9 until Sunday, February 16, there will be off peak lane reductions on Highway 417 in both directions between Nicholas Street and the Highway 417/174 split. The following additional lane reductions will occur:
- Hwy 417 westbound near Parkdale Avenue, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- Hwy 417 eastbound lane reductions will extend from the Highway 417/174 split to Bronson Avenue on Tuesday, February 11, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- Hwy 417 eastbound lane reductions will extend from the Highway 417/174 split to O’Connor Street on Tuesday, February 11, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- Hwy 174 in both directions east of Blair Road, overnight and between 1 a.m. and 2 p.m.
In addition to the above lane reductions, the southbound Vanier Parkway on-ramp to Hwy 417 westbound will be closed nightly from Sunday, February 9 until Saturday, February 15.
Signage will be in place to advise drivers of these traffic and road changes. Motorists are also reminded to respect the reduced speed limits and use caution when travelling through construction zones. Many of these construction elements are weather-dependant and may be implemented later than the dates given.
This work is being done as part of the Highway 417 expansion project, which began in May, and will add an additional lane in each direction between Nicholas Street and the Split. The additional lane will be used for bus rapid transit during the 2015 to 2018 phase of the Confederation Line construction.
With all of the construction-related activities underway, residents are encouraged to be flexible with commuting times, stagger work hours or use other alternative means for travel. The public is asked to consider options such as transit, walking, cycling or carpooling.
The City of Ottawa has tools on ottawa.ca to help motorists and transit users plan their routes and manage their commute including:
• OttawaNav – the City’s mobile application for real time construction and traffic information.
• City of Ottawa Traffic Report – outlining citywide road closures, traffic restrictions and detours
• Travel Planner at octranspo.com – transit users can chart and plan routes
• Interactive traffic map – showing construction areas and live traffic cams throughout the city
• Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) cameras along Highway 417
• Cycling maps and information – detailing bicycle pathways and lanes throughout the city
Further details and other information concerning City road works are available on ottawa.ca.
City to name outdoor rink in honour of Ted Hay
Friday, February 07, 2014
Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Jan Harder will officially name an outdoor rink at 700 Longfields Drive Ted Hay Rink at a ceremony on Saturday, February 8.
Ted Hay was a tireless volunteer and inspirational hockey coach who had a lasting influence and impact on his community and the people who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Ted devoted much of his time to sharing his love for hockey with others, particularly through coaching in the Nepean Girls Hockey Association and the Nepean Minor Hockey League. He was also active in local men’s hockey for over two decades.
Ted was also a Boy Scout leader, a volunteer on local radio stations CFRA and Majic 100, and an active participant in the annual Toy Mountain initiative.
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2014
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: South Nepean Park Field House, 700 Longfields Drive
The naming of the Ted Hay Rink was established through the City of Ottawa’s Commemorative Naming Policy.
Free public Wi-Fi access coming to 25 City facilities
Friday, February 07, 2014
Free Wi-Fi access will soon be available to the public at 25 City facilities, thanks to a five-year sponsorship agreement unveiled today between the City of Ottawa and IceNet Wireless, an Ottawa-based wireless internet company and a division of EION Inc. This is the latest sponsorship under the City’s Community Champions Program.
The City of Ottawa issued a request for proposals last year seeking a company to provide no-cost Wi-Fi service while generating revenue for the City. The winning proposal by IceNet Wireless met these criteria and included a guaranteed $315,000 in revenue over five years for the City and bilingual support for Wi-Fi users.
“Ottawa residents have been calling for Wi-Fi access in City buildings and today we are able to answer that call,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “This Community Champions partnership gives residents a service they need, at no cost to the City, and generates $63,000 in revenue per year. It is truly a win-win deal.”
Services will be installed over the coming months in several recreation complexes and community centres across the city as well as the ByWard Market Building, Ben Franklin Place and City Hall. The 25 locations will all be online by July.
“The new Wi-Fi service will allow parents to work or check their e-mail while waiting for their children to finish up activities at their neighbourhood arena or swimming pool,” said Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of Community and Protective Services Committee. “This makes our recreation facilities more functional for families and provides a higher level of customer service to all users of our facilities.”
“Whether at work or at play, Ottawa residents want to stay connected to each other and to the world, and technology helps us do that” said Councillor Tim Tierney, Chair of the Information Technology Sub-committee. “I’m pleased that upgrades to our City’s infrastructure, like this one, help give Ottawa residents that connectivity they deserve.”
“I’m very pleased that IceNet is able to work with the City of Ottawa to provide public WiFi access,” said Kalai Kalaichelvan, CEO of IceNet Wireless. “We will also launch a Multi Media platform that includes high definition digital displays, online access and web services, allowing businesses to better connect and communicate with Ottawa residents. I am proud that IceNet Wireless is the latest Community Champions Partner and I look forward to seeing this partnership grow.”
The Community Champions Program is a partnership initiative that invites businesses, community organizations, foundations and individuals to sponsor City of Ottawa facilities, programs, services and community initiatives.
The 25 facilities due to receive free Wi-Fi in the coming months are:
- Ben Franklin Place/Centrepointe
- Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex
- ByWard Market Building
- François Dupuis Recreation Centre
- Minto Recreation Complex – Barrhaven
- Goulbourn Recreation Complex
- Greenboro Community Centre
- Heron Road Community Centre
- Hunt Club – Riverside Community Centre
- Jack Purcell Community Centre
- Jim Durrell Recreation Centre
- Kanata Leisure Centre
- Kanata Recreation Complex
- Nepean Sportsplex
- Ottawa City Hall
- Overbrook Community Centre
- Plant Recreation Centre
- Pinecrest Recreation Complex
- Ray Friel Recreation Complex
- Richcraft Recreation Complex
- Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre
- Ron Kolbus-Lakeside Gardens
- Splash Wave Pool
- St-Laurent Complex
- Walter Baker Sports Complex
Rideau River ice breaking set to begin February 10
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Ice breaking operations on the Rideau River will begin February 10 between Rideau Falls and Hog’s Back. Blasting will follow starting on March 1.
The City, in partnership with the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, undertakes ice breaking operations each year to alleviate possible spring flooding in flood-prone areas. Once started, these operations will be carried out daily, weather and ice conditions permitting.
Ice breaking operations will create open water. Residents are asked to remain a reasonable distance from the river until operations are completed, and to supervise children around water.
For more information, please call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).
Three City buildings closed today
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Ben Franklin Place, Mary Pitt Centre and the James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre have been closed today as a precaution due to a strong natural gas odour in both buildings. The buildings will open again for normal business hours tomorrow.
Ben Franklin Place is located at 101 Centrepointe Drive. Mary Pitt Centre is located next door on 100 Constellation Crescent. The James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre is located nearby at 100 Tallwood Drive.
The closure affects all other city services at these locations including the following:
• Ottawa Public Library – Centrepointe branch
• Centrepointe Theatre
• Ottawa Public Health immunization clinic
• Central branch of the City Archives.
The closure also affects over-the-counter business of the following City departments, some of which can be conducted at alternate locations:
• Committee of Adjustment
• Building Code Services
• Social Services
• Right of Way Permit
• Client Services
In addition, the following call centres will be closed and will reopen tomorrow:
• Revenue Branch line
• Social services application and benefits line
For those attempting to reach the Ottawa Public Health Information Line (OPHIL), please leave a message and your call will be returned.
The Ontario Provincial offences court, located at Mary Pitt Centre, is also affected by today’s closure.
For any updates to this information follow the City of Ottawa’s twitter account, @ottawacity.
Confederation Line tunnel construction reaches ten percent milestone
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Mining of the 2.5 kilometre tunnel for the Confederation Line Light Rail Transit project is proceeding on time and on budget with 10% of the tunnel excavation now complete.
At the West Portal in LeBreton Flats, the machine named Jawbreaker has carved out 228 metres of tunnel and is currently digging under Queen Street just west of Bay Street. At the East Portal near uOttawa and Laurier Avenue East, Crocodile Rouge has mined 22 metres towards Rideau Street. Mining at the Central Shaft near Queen and Kent streets by the machine called Chewrocka has just begun over the last two weeks with 7 metres of the gallery that will lead from the construction shaft to the tunnel excavated to date.
“It is a pleasure to see that this project is proceeding on track,” said Ottawa—Orléans MP Royal Galipeau. “I am confident that this important federal investment of up to $761.5 million dollars for transit will be well spent and deliver great results for Ottawa residents, the business community and our visitors from across Canada and around the world.”
“The Province of Ontario is a proud supporter of Ottawa’s Confederation Line, and I am pleased to see that construction is moving forward on schedule,” said Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa Centre. “This project will help move people quickly and efficiently across our city, improve air quality, and benefit generations to come.”
“Four years ago, the future and the budget of this project were uncertain. Today, we have reached a major milestone for tunnel construction,” said Mayor Watson, who announced that the City was approaching the 10% mark in his annual State of the City Address. “I’m very pleased with the progress that we’ve made to date, less than one year after the final contract was signed.”
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 receipts 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, visit ottawa.ca.