What has (councillor) Jan Harder done for Barrhaven?
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Did you know?
That Barrhaven
is the fastest growing area of the city, just 20 km southwest of Ottawa's downtown core.

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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OC Transpo implements fall service improvements
Friday, August 22, 2014

Effective Sunday, August 31, new fall schedules go into effect on most routes, and some routing changes will be implemented.

Fall service highlights include:
Route 6 service increased and rerouted to operate between Tunney’s Pasture and Hurdman Station
Route number 76 is retired from service on August 29
Route number 72 providing service between Barrhaven and downtown will commence service on September 2
Route 96A will be extended later this fall, when road construction permits, to serve the new Tanger Outlet and reduce walking distances and improve connections for residents in Arcadia
Route 101 extended to Place d’Orléans in rush hour to replace Route 102, which will be cancelled
Route 174 expanded to operate several trips on Saturdays and in both directions on weekdays for improved community connections
Route 182 rerouted to reduce walking distances and improve service to west-end employment centres in Kanata North and Abbot Point of Care
Improved schedule reliability on Routes 37, 85, 101, 105, 123 and 261
Service improved and crowding reduced on Routes 4, 5, 7, 8, 30, 94, 95, 96, 99, 105, 111, 130 and 144 by increasing the number of trips or by using higher-capacity buses during the busiest times

Seasonal schedule adjustments will be made on many bus routes. Customers should check their route schedule at octranspo.com or octranspo.mobi. The special summer-weekends-only service to the Aviation and Space Museum on Route 129, to the Agriculture Museum on Route 185, and to Petrie Island on Route 198 will be suspended after Labour Day.

O-Train service adjustments continue
Late-evening service adjustments will continue into the fall in preparation for expanded service later this year.  As well, service on some weekends/weekdays may be adjusted for critical testing, commissioning and training, which must be performed during daylight hours. Further information regarding dates will be posted on our website and at stations, or you can sign up for email alerts at octranspo.com. Temporary bus Route 107 will replace the O-Train during service adjustments.

Students
Full-time university students can get their new 2014-15 U-Pass on campus. Eligible elementary and secondary students will receive their student pass at school. All other full-time students ages 13 to19 can get a student discount set on their PRESTO card at an OC Transpo Sales and Information Centre with proof of eligibility. Check octranspo.com for details about eligibility.

Labour Day
On Monday, September 1, OC Transpo will operate a Sunday schedule, so only routes that normally run on Sundays will be in service. DayPasses will be valid as a family pass on August 30 and 31, and September 1. A family of up to six people, with a maximum of two children ages 13 or older, can ride all day on one $8.10 DayPass. Holiday schedules are available at octranspo.com. OC Transpo Sales and Information Centres and the Transit Information Call Centre will be open.

Para Transpo will operate a holiday service on Labour Day. Regular scheduled trips are automatically cancelled. Customers may book trips for Labour Day by calling 613-244-7272 on or after August 25.

Transit riders are reminded to give up their seat to those who need it. The seats at the front of the bus and in the middle of the O-Train are designated as cooperative seating and are intended for customers who use a mobility device, or for those who may have difficulty standing in a moving vehicle.

Schedule information is available 24 hours a day, up to six days in advance, by calling 613-560-1000 or texting 560560 plus the four-digit bus stop number. For more details, travel planning assistance and new timetables, customers should call OC Transpo at 613-741-4390 or visit octranspo.com.


Labour Day schedule changes
Thursday, August 21, 2014

 The City of Ottawa reminds residents of the following schedule changes on Labour Day, Monday, September 1. 

For more information, please click here.


City to retire OC Transpo Route 76 and introduce Route 72
Thursday, August 21, 2014

The City of Ottawa will retire OC Transpo Route 76 out of respect for those who passed away on September 18, 2013.

Following consultation with family members of those involved in last year’s accident, Route 76, which travels between Barrhaven and downtown, will complete its last trip on August 29.

The new Route 72 will commence service on September 2, as it is an Express Route and does not travel on weekends or holidays.
For schedules and travel planning assistance, please visit octranspo.com or call 613-741-4390.


Lansdowne Park forging ahead
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To facilitate overall construction of the Lansdowne site and to protect the safety of those visiting the site, the Bank Street entrance to Lansdowne is temporarily reservedfor construction crews and related construction traffic only. The public continues to access Lansdowne Park via Queen Elizabeth Drive. The park is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. 

During major events, all entrances will be open to the public. 

Recent inclement weather has delayed construction on the final touches of the Children’s Play Area at Lansdowne Park. As a result, the play area, which includes the play structure and skateboard ramps are temporarily closed. Crews are working to complete the project as soon as possible.

The City would like to remind pedestrians and cyclists travelling through the Lansdowne site to exercise cautionaround construction vehicles and equipment. Public safety is our priority.

For ongoing information, please visit ottawa.ca.


City to demonstrate Accessible Vote Tabulators at select libraries
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The City of Ottawa is providing an opportunity to learn about and test the Accessible Vote Terminals (AVT) at various Ottawa Public Library branches across the city – between Monday, August 25 and Wednesday, August 27. 

This technology counts and stores votes and allows all electors, including electors with disabilities, to make their mark – privately and independently.  

The accessible features include: 

  • A touch screen that allows the user to adjust contrast and type size
  • Tactile buttons with Braille labelling
  • A sip/puff device
  • A rocker paddle
  • An audio function to enable electors to hear candidate choices through headphones 

Here are the dates, OPL branches and times of the AVT demonstrations 

  • Monday, August 25
    • Carlingwood branch (281 Woodroffe Avenue), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Cumberland branch (1599 Tenth Line Road), 4 to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 26
    • Vanier branch (310 Des Pères Blancs), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Greenboro branch (363 Lorry Greenberg Drive), 4 to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 27   
    • Hazeldean branch (50 Castlefrank Road), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Ruth E. Dickinson branch (100 Malvern Drive), 4 to 8 p.m.  

The AVT will be used at the Special Advance Vote Days locations (October 1 to 3), all area-wide Advance Vote places (October 9 and October 18) and seniors’ residences and long-term care facilities on October 27 – Voting Day. 

For more information on the accessibility initiatives for the 2014 municipal elections, visitottawa.ca/vote or contact the Elections Office at 613-580-2660 or elections@ottawa.ca.


Early birds can register now for Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The City of Ottawa and Tim Hortons are pleased to announce the annual Tim HortonsCleaning the Capital campaign, which will take place from September 15 to October 15. Early-bird registration is now available. 

Registration is quick and easy:

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

Win prizes

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

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

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


New Eagle's Nest multi-purpose building opens
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Representatives of the Province of Ontario, the City of Ottawa and the East Nepean Little League opened a seasonal multi-purpose sports building today in South Nepean Park. 

The Government of Ontario and the City of Ottawa each contributed $195,000 to the total project cost.

The Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Energy and MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean, Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee, Barrhaven Ward Councillor Jan Harder, and Bruce Campbell, President of the East Nepean Little League were on hand to cut the ribbon, and Councillor Harder lit the new electronic scoreboards for the first time. 

“We can all be very excited that the excellent work of our community partners, the East Nepean Little League is bringing a world-class sporting event for our kids in Ottawa,” said Minister Chiarelli. 

Among its features, the Eagle’s Nest Building offers media facilities that will be used as a broadcast hub for national media during the August 2015 Canadian Little League Championship, which will be hosted by the East Nepean Little League. 

“Ottawa is delighted to host the Canadian Little League Championship in our city next year. These new facilities will help showcase Ottawa’s strengths as a world-class sport and athletic venue, attract visitors and stimulate the local economy,” said Mayor Watson.   

The features of the Eagle’s Nest Building include: 

  • Areas for media and scorekeepers to observe baseball games on two diamonds
  • Two scoreboards to serve each diamond
  • Storage space for field and maintenance equipment, sports equipment and uniforms 

 “This building is essential to our successful hosting of next year’s championship, and the East Nepean Little League greatly appreciates the support of the Ontario government and the City of Ottawa in providing funding for this project,” said Mr. Campbell.


Operating savings for first year of new in-house solid waste collection contract
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The City announced today that the in-house contracts for the collection of solid waste in two of the five residential curbside collection zones have resulted in total savings of $677,530 in the first year of the new contracts. 

“Ottawa’s taxpayers can be proud of the impressive operational savings achieved through the hard work of the City and its labour union partners,” said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. “This partnership has provided quality waste removal services for our residents while achieving significant saving since 2006.” 

The current in-house contracts cover waste collection in the downtown core and east end of Ottawa, two of the five residential waste collection zones in the city. These two contracts were awarded in 2011 to City staff through a managed competition process that was overseen by a fairness commissioner. The six year contracts started in October 2012 and extend until May 31, 2019. 

“Efficient and cost-effective waste removal is vital to our residents,” said City Councillor Maria McRae, Chair of the City’s Environment Committee. “Council is committed to ensuring excellent value for taxpayers’ money while providing top-notch service.”


Donation of school supplies helps children achieve their potential
Monday, August 18, 2014

Mayor Jim Watson joined Councillor Mark Taylor at the Family Shelters Barbeque to distribute school supplies to more than 200 children living in Ottawa’s family shelters.

Each child received a backpack laden with school supplies and goodies, generously donated by Henry Schein Canada, a national supplier of dental, medical and veterinarian equipment.  They also sponsored a fun filled day of activities for the children and their families.

“Education is the great equalizer in our society. It is our best hope for eliminating poverty and homelessness,” said Mayor Watson. “This is why this gift from Henry Schein Canada is so valuable. It will provide these children with the tools they need to fully participate in our school system and help them achieve their full potential.”

“Ottawa has made considerable progress in reducing chronic homelessness through our Ten Year Housing and Homelessness Plan,” noted Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of Community and Protective Services. “However the sad reality is that there are approximately 32,000 children living in poverty in our city. We have approximately 200 youth living in emergency shelters and thousands more in community housing. Many other families are just a couple of paychecks away from being homeless.”

“The Back To School program focuses on giving vulnerable children the best possible start to the school year by providing the tools they need to succeed,” said Scott Kennedy, Branch Manager –Ottawa for Henry Schein Canada. “We consider these young people to be the future of our communities and our country.  Our employees, Team Henry Schein, have helped raise money and prepare the backpacks for the children and we are extremely proud of what we have been able to achieve together.”

Residents and businesses can follow the lead of Henry Schein Canada and make donations of school supplies through the Caring and Sharing Exchange at the following Ottawa Public Library branches: Alta Vista, Carlingwood, Greenboro, Nepean Centrepointe, North Gloucester, Ruth E. Dickinson (at Walter Baker Centre in Barrhaven) and St. Laurent.

For more information, visit biblioottawalibrary.ca.


Nominations are open for the 2014 Ottawa Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards
Monday, August 18, 2014

The City of Ottawa is now accepting online nominations for the third annual Ottawa Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards. The deadline to submit the online form is September 30. 

The nominee should be a local businessperson who has immigrated to Canada, achieved success in his or her entrepreneurial endeavour, and has made a positive contribution to Ottawa’s local economy and community in one or more of the following ways. 

  • Hiring, sourcing and purchasing locally
  • Exporting goods or services from Ottawa
  • Attracting tourists or investment to the city
  • Mentoring other entrepreneurs
  • Helping other businesses succeed by providing time, expertise or knowledge
  • Getting involved in, or giving back to, their community. 

Submissions will be reviewed and evaluated by a panel of business and community leaders. The winners will be announced at a special event later this year. 

The awards are presented annually to celebrate and recognize the success and contributions of our local immigrant entrepreneurs, while inspiring other new Canadians to start their own businesses. 

The online submission form as well as more information on the 2014 Ottawa Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards can be found on ottawa.ca.  


Celebrating its heritage and a new, green future, Lansdowne Park officially opens
Friday, August 15, 2014

After an intensive construction period, Lansdowne has its park. Mayor Jim Watson and Capital Ward Councillor David Chernushenko today officially opened the new Lansdowne Park, and were joined for the opening event by City Councillors, partners from the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG), and many of the professionals, stakeholders and organizations who helped design and build the newest attraction in Ottawa’s parks system.

“Exactly 13 months ago today we were breaking up the last of the pavement at the old Lansdowne,” said Mayor Watson. “What has emerged is extraordinary. This new park is rooted in the heritage of Lansdowne and our community. At the same time it has been transformed into a modern, urban destination that will resonate in the hearts and minds of visitors as much as the former fair grounds did for past generations.”

The 18-acre, intricately designed urban park includes expanses of lawn, courtyards, a heritage orchard, a farmers’ market square, an outdoor skating rink, a water feature and a children’s play area. Overall, the new Lansdowne will feature about three times more green space and four times more trees than the old site, as well as 20 event spaces available for community use.

“Our community is happy to see this additional green space at Lansdowne,” said Councillor Chernushenko. “It will be a great space for both recreation and relaxation. And with connections between Bank Street, the Rideau Canal and many cycling and walking pathways, the park will help unite residents of nearby neighbourhoods.”

City Council gave initial approval to the Lansdowne Partnership Plan in 2009. The overarching vision was to develop the 40-acre site into an urban destination that increases recreation and green space in the urban core, is accessible by many modes of transportation, preserves and enhances visitors’ understanding of local heritage and culture and exemplifies the City’s commitment to environmental sustainability. The final partnership agreements with OSEG were approved in 2012 initiating two years of construction activities across the site.

“The development and planning for the new Lansdowne showed us that good design matters,” said Peter Hume, Chair of the Planning Committee. “The beautiful park that we have today is the result of a commitment by City Council to seek the assistance of Canada’s best urban designers and architects and to entice the world’s best designers with an open competition that produced a first-class design worthy of this historic site.”

In recognition of the importance of heritage to the new Lansdowne, a representative of Ontario Heritage Trust presented Mayor Watson with a special heritage plaque during the event. Another plaque, commemorating the official opening of Lansdowne Park, was also unveiled during the event. Both will be prominently displayed in the park.

“Lansdowne Park completes the vision of transforming this historic site into a destination for all,” said City Manager Kent Kirkpatrick. “Lansdowne Park is an example of how Ottawa is applying smart growth by incorporating active recreation, new green space and innovative design to create places that  benefit residents from across the City.”

The City’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services department will be responsible for the ongoing programming and management of the urban park area. A range of programs with local community partners will be offered at Lansdowne Park beginning this fall and will include a Christmas farmers’ market, 2015 Winterlude events and programming at the outdoor refrigerated skating rink. Lansdowne Park and TD Place will also be among the six venues across Canada hosting the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Ottawa residents are invited to help celebrate the opening of Lansdowne Park with an old-fashioned carnival and picnic in the park on Saturday, August 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit ottawa.ca for details, or follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for updates.

The Family DayPass from OC Transpo is the perfect way for families to travel to Lansdowne on Saturday. DayPasses can be purchased from the driver for $8.10 and can be used for up to six people, with a maximum of two aged 13 or older. Event-goers should also consider riding bikes to the celebration and locking up at the free bike corral. More information on how to get to Lansdowne Park is available at ottawa.ca.


City commemorates National Peacekeepers' Day on August 9
Friday, August 8, 2014

National Peacekeepers’ Day is Saturday, August 9, and it honours all Canadian peacekeepers who have served or who are currently serving in peacekeeping operations around the world.

The flags at all City of Ottawa sites will be flown at half-mast on August 9 from sunrise until sunset to commemorate these courageous and committed men and women on this day.


New signs announce Ottawa's cycling and pedestrian-friendly status
Friday, August 8, 2014

Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Peter Hume, Chair of the City’s Planning Committee, today unveiled new signs to promote Ottawa’s award-winning status as a cycling and pedestrian-friendly city.

“We are proud of the work we have done to achieve award-winning status as a cycling and pedestrian-friendly city,” said Mayor Watson. “These new signs, posted underneath existing ‘Welcome to Ottawa’ (population) signs, will help inform visitors of our accomplishments as we welcome them to our city.”

In 2013 the City of Ottawa received a silver-level designation as a walk-friendly city by WALK Friendly Ontario, the highest level ever awarded by this organization. Also in 2013, Ottawa became the first city in the province to receive the gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community Award by Share the Road Cycling Coalition.

“The City continues to improve our infrastructure by incorporating comprehensive complete streets principles into the way we design and upgrade roadways and pathways,” said Chair Hume.”We are committed to continually improving mobility and safety for all travelers through best practices in design and engineering.”  

More than $28 million has been invested in cycling facilities in this term of Council, which has enabled several significant new cycling facilities and enhancements in all parts of the City, including the O-Train Pathway, rural Pathways, and the Laurier Segregated Bicycle Lanes. Additional projects are being implemented, including completion of the 12-kilometre East-West Bikeway, and cycle tracks on both Churchill Avenue and Main Street.

The total investment into expansion of the cycling network included in the City’s Cycling Plan, approved by Council in November 2013, is estimated at $70 million over 18 years, with another $40 million provided for major cycling pedestrian structures. 

“When it comes to mobility and safety, Ottawa ranks high in engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, evaluation and planning for cycling,” said Councillor Keith Egli, Chair of the City’s Transportation Committee. “The City boasts hundreds of kilometres of bike lanes, paved shoulders and multi-use pathways, with new infrastructure being added all the time.”

Today, Ottawa can boast of a growing network of cycling infrastructure and multi-use pathways that covers 700 kilometres around the city, with over 10,000 bike parking spaces, more than 1,500 ring-and-post racks, making it more convenient and comfortable to take all the events and attractions our great City has to offer by foot or by bike.

In addition, City council in 2013 approved the new Ottawa Pedestrian Plan that provides detailed direction on how the City can become more pedestrian-friendly through affordable expansion of the pedestrian network, planning safety awareness and promotion, maintenance and co-operation with other governments.


Mayor Watson and Councillor Harder unveil date stones at Minto Recreation Complex
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Mayor Jim Watson joined city councillors and other dignitaries for the official unveiling of the date stones at the Minto Recreation Complex as the new $54-million facility nears completion. 

“This is an important complex for residents of Barrhaven and the surrounding area and it is a pleasure to mark this milestone in construction as the facility nears completion,” said Mayor Watson. “These date stones are a wonderful and historic addition to the site because they are from locally sourced Nepean sandstone that was preserved from the West Block of Parliament Hill.” 

The Minto Recreation Complex-Barrhaven is scheduled to open in November 2014 with winter recreation programming set to begin in early 2015. The complex features many new amenities including a six-lane, 25-metre pool, two regulation 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. 

“We are thrilled with the progress on the Minto Recreation Complex and eagerly await the grand opening,” said Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of the City’s Community and Protective Services Committee. “The use of sandstone from the West Block that was quarried in Nepean, is a unique way to pay tribute to the local community.”       

“The complex is a welcome addition for residents and families in one of the city’s fastest growing communities in the city,” said Councillor Harder. “I am very pleased with the progress we are making and, as with many residents in the area, I am anxiously awaiting the grand opening in a few short months.”   

An historic piece of Nepean Sandstone, part of the original construction of Parliament Hill’s West Block in 1878, was used to create a date stone for the recreation complex. This salvaged piece of restored masonry material was graciously provided by the department of Public Works and Government Services Canada. It became available recently when it was removed from Mackenzie Tower and replaced with new stone.


Colonel By Day schedule changes
Friday, August 1, 2014

The City reminds residents of a range of schedule changes for Colonel By Day on Monday, August 4 relating to Client Service Centre hours, the 3-1-1 Contact Centre, Provincial Offences Court, garbage and recycling, transit service and transit information, Ottawa Public Health, recreation and cultural services, municipal child care services, and library services. For complete details, please visit ottawa.ca.


Demand will be high for fall and winter recreation activities
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The City of Ottawa’s 2014 Fall-Winter Recreation eGuide and Mon Cyberguide francophone des loisirs are now online at ottawa.ca

Registration for swimming and aquafitness classes begins online and by touchtone phone on Monday, August 11 at 9 p.m., and in person at City recreation facilities on Tuesday, August 12 during regular business hours. 

Registration for all other classes begins online and by touchtone phone on Wednesday, August 13 at 9 p.m. and in person at City recreation facilities on Thursday, August 14 during regular business hours. 

Due to the expected high volume of online registrations throughout the first week of registration, particularly the first evening, residents may experience longer than usual wait times. To make sure the registration process goes smoothly, residents are encouraged to review the list of classes and registration procedures ahead of time, and ensure they have a client barcode and a family PIN (Personal Identification Number), which is required to register. 

Residents can now update their recreation account information online as the City continues to enhance its services available through ottawa.ca.


City seeking public input on a commemorative naming proposal
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The City of Ottawa’s Commemorative Naming Committee is conducting public consultations on a proposal to name the new Strandherd-Armstrong bridge “Vimy Bridge”. 

Vimy Bridge

In recognition of the historical significance of the battle of Vimy Ridge, the City of Ottawa has been asked to name the new bridge, which spans the Rideau River connecting Strandherd Drive and Earl Armstrong Road, “Vimy Bridge”. 

“Vimy Bridge” would commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and the battle of Vimy Ridge, led by Canadians. It would also ensure the sacrifices made by troops in the First World War are not forgotten.

View the online proposal for “Vimy Bridge”.


Derby Day with the Capital City Derby Dolls to cap a week of festive activities at City Hall
Thursday, July 24, 2014

City Hall will host another week of free activities and special events that provide something for every taste and interest – from physical fitness to music and culture. 

Here is what’s new on this week’s schedule: 

  • Capital City Derby Dolls: Second Annual Derby Day takes place on Saturday, August 2, from noon to sundown at Marion Dewar Plaza (rain date is Sunday, August 3). The Capital City Derby Dolls (CCDD) are hosting Ottawa's second annual Derby Day. Please join us (again!) for games, delicious food, and the chance to put on some roller skates. 
  • Ottawa Brass Quintet performs from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 31 as part of the month-long barbecue and free concert, held every Thursday in July at Marion Dewar Plaza.  It’s sponsored by RBC Bluesfest, the Musicians’ Association of Ottawa-Gatineau, and Café 111. 

Here are the regularly scheduled activities for this week: 

Tuesday, July 29 

Outdoor Boot Camp

Location: Marion Dewar Plaza (In case of rain, event may be held at Jean Pigott Place)

Time: 7:15 to 8 a.m.

Get energized for the day with an outdoor fitness boot camp class courtesy of the YMCA-YWCA every Tuesday morning until August 19. Open for all fitness levels. 

Pickleball

Location: Marion Dewar Plaza

Time: 9:30 to 11:30 am

Discover the fun sport that is Pickleball, the fastest-growing sport in North America with over 100,000 active players. Pickleball is a hybrid of tennis, badminton and tennis played on a court similar to a doubles badminton court. 

Hatha Yoga

Location: Marion Dewar Plaza (In case of rain, event may be held at Jean Pigott Place)

Time: noon to 1 p.m.

Bring your yoga mat with you to work every Tuesday until August 19 and join instructors from Rama Lotus Yoga Centre for an hour of yoga, meditation and relaxation. Open to all levels. 

Circus Jam

Location: Marion Dewar Plaza

Time: 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Held every Tuesday until August 26, Circus Jam is an opportunity for people interested in flow arts such as juggling, hula hooping and fire dancing to practice with professionals from the Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group and the Ottawa Circus School. Come find your talent. All ages welcome.

Wednesday, July 30 

Prediction Run Ottawa

Location: Marion Dewar Plaza/Rideau Canal

Time: noon to 1 p.m. (rain or shine)

Join Run Ottawa for a fun and friendly 5K Prediction Run along the Rideau Canal every Wednesday until August 27. The focus of the event is not finishing first or running the fastest. The object of prediction run is finishing as close to your predicted time as possible. 

Tai Chi

Location: Marion Dewar Plaza (In case of rain, event may be held at Jean Pigott Place)

Time: noon

Improve circulation, balance, posture and strength every Wednesday until August 27. This form of exercise and personal development both promotes health and relieves stress. 

Salsa @ City Hall

Location: Marion Dewar Plaza

Time: 6 p.m.

Slip on your dancing shoes and enjoy a free night of Latin music, dancing and fun. Held every Wednesday until August 27, this event is for people of all ages to learn about the irresistible charm of Latin dancing. 

Thursday, July 31 

Ottawa Sport and Social Club (OSSC) Get Active at City Hall – featuring Futsal

Location: Marion Dewar Plaza

Time: noon

OSSC will be providing a drop-in skills clinic for the sport of Futsal – soccer played on a hard surface. 

Check ottawa.ca for the full listing of free summer activities and special events. City Hall is a people place for all seasons.


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

Let's Get Active Barrhaven!

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

REDBLACKS tickets include free options to get to the game:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Popular activities returning from last year include: 

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit: ottawa2017.ca


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit ottawa.ca


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

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

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

Summer service improvements include:

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

The next scheduled service change will occur on August 31.

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


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

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

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

Household hazardous waste includes items such as:

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

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

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


Firefighter recruitment application deadline extended
Friday, May 30, 2014

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Victoria Day schedule changes
Wednesday, May 07, 2014

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

Client services:

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

Garbage, green bin and recycling collection:

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

Parking:

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

 

Transit service:

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

Recreation services:

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

Ottawa Public Health:

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

Cultural Services:

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

Archives Services:

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

Municipal child care services:

Ottawa Public Library:

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Under the legislation:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Wet conditions threaten sports fields
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The new proposed rates are in the attached chart.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Household hazardous waste includes items such as:

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

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

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

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

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