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Thursday 16 April 2015
Well if the weather report I am looking at while writing this holds true, we should have finally been experiencing some warmer temperatures this week. If you’re like me, you’re not sad to see the cold weather go and are ready to head outside and enjoy the warmth.
Barrhaven always has plenty to do in spring time, here’s what you need to know:
Barrhaven Senior's Centre
If you’re looking to get out of the house and connect with other older adults in your community, the Barrhaven Senior's Centre holds activities every weekday. Everyone is welcome to join any or all events.
For more information on the Barrhaven Seniors Centre, please email Don Winchester at email@example.com or you can also visit them on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/barrhavenseniorscouncil.
Care for Caregivers:
Also for Seniors, Good Shepherd Church in Barrhaven is hosting a talk for Seniors who care for Seniors on Thursday, May 14th at 1pm. the event will take place at the Good Shepherd Church at 3500 Fallowfield Road, Unit 5 (at the Barrhaven Crossing Mall).
Here is some information about the event: Caring for an ailing spouse, friend or relative is an act of love, but can also be bewildering and challenging. Join [the Good Shepherd Church] for this talk presented by the Ottawa Public Health Department, to help you navigate the health care system and access the resources and community services you need. This is a non-profit event. Admission is free. The talk is geared to seniors, but all are welcome to attend. Call 613-823-8118 or visit the Good Shepherd website for more info: http://goodshepherdbarrhaven.ca/
Barrhaven United Church April Recycling Event
Everyone has old electronics they no longer need or use, so why not recycle them for a good cause? Drop off your out-of-use electronics for free recycling and your gently-used summer clothing (women's and children's) for the Clothing Cupboard of the Ottawa West-End Community Chaplaincy - Saturday April 25, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, and Sunday April 26, 1:00 to 3:30 pm, Barrhaven United Church (3013 Jockvale Road) front parking lot.
For more information please visit www.barrhavenunited.org or call 613 825-1707.
Extra incentive to register for Cleaning the Capital project
Volunteers who register their Tim Horton’s Cleaning the Capital cleanup project before April 14 have a chance to win one of many early bird prizes donated by generous sponsors. Volunteers who submit a final cleanup report by May 31 will be eligible for more prizes. This year’s campaign will run from April 15 to May 15.
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.
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, graffiti removal or cleanup.
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. Cleaning the Capital is also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.
Spring street sweeping begins April 14
City-wide sweeping operations, including concentrated street sweeping, begin April 14.
Residents are asked to avoid parking on the street during the spring cleanup. If vehicles are parked on the street, crews must return later to sweep that portion.
The City sweeps more than 6,000 kilometres of roadway annually and more than 2,000 kilometres of sidewalks to keep Ottawa clean and green.
City-wide street sweeping includes daytime and nighttime work that will cause some noise and dust. The City of Ottawa Noise By-law allows for this service to be performed during nighttime hours.
Visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) for more information about street cleaning schedules and operations.
To allow efficient sweeping of the roadways, daytime and nighttime on-street parking restrictions will be in effect from Tuesday, April 14 to Friday, April 17 for the downtown core, Vanier, New Edinburgh, Sandy Hill, and the Glebe.
Parking restrictions apply to all vehicles, including those with on-street parking permits. Temporary “no parking” signs will be posted prominently in these areas.
Vehicles parked where temporary “no-parking” signs are posted could be ticketed and towed to nearby streets.
Spring service changes coming for OC Transpo
New OC Transpo spring service schedules will go into effect on Sunday, April 19. The new spring service will reflect lower seasonal ridership and respond to changing customer needs.
For information on affected routes, visit octranspo.com
Call to artists to paint murals on underpasses
The City is seeking artists to paint murals on the underside of Queensway underpasses located on Carling Avenue and Bank Street.
This is the second year that the City has chosen to paint murals on underpasses. In 2014, murals were painted on Metcalfe Street where it passes under the Queensway, and Riverside Drive where it passes under Bronson Avenue.
This year’s locations were selected to enhance these underpasses as key gateways to the City, with the cooperation of Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation.
Each location will feature a mural celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation to occur in 2017 on one wall of the underpass. Following neighbourhood-specific public consultations, local artists will install a community-inspired mural on the opposing wall of each underpass.
Interested artists can visit ottawa.ca/mural for more information on the application process and on selection criteria. The community-inspired murals will be chosen by an independent panel of local artists and community members.
Selected artists will be announced in July and they will be expected to complete the artwork by the end of August 2015.
Outdoor murals can reinvigorate main streets and bring vitality and civic pride to community cores. They have also proven to be successful in managing graffiti.
For more information call 3-1-1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out all the latest information about Ottawa’s plans to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary by visiting Ottawa2017.ca
Lead a Jane’s Walk in your neighbourhood
What do you love about your community? Its people, stories and history? How about its potential to get even better? If you’re still looking for an activity to get you outdoors this spring, come volunteer as a walk leader with Jane’s Walk Ottawa!
Jane’s Walk is a festival of free neighbourhood walking tours given by locals who care passionately about where they live, work and play. It is a pedestrian-focused event that improves urban literacy by offering insights into local history, planning, design, and civic engagement through the simple act of walking and observing.
On Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3, Jane’s Walk Ottawa will bring urban enthusiasts together to create their own Jane Jacobs-esque "sidewalk ballet" in neighbourhoods across Ottawa and Gatineau with more than 50 free walking tours.
Your help is needed to make it happen.
You don't have to be a Jane Jacobs expert to lead a tour. Jane championed the practical and experiential knowledge of local residents and pedestrians over the formal, analytical expertise of architects and planners. As a local resident, you are an expert on your area of the city.
You decide what's important. This is a prime opportunity to learn more about your community, find out its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and vulnerabilities, and use this information as a foundation for building a better community, encouraging people to get involved and take control of their future.
Leading a tour involves choosing a topic or theme, planning a route, and thinking through the stories, places, and people you want to talk about.
Jane's Walk began in May, 2007 in Toronto, and quickly expanded to New York City. Ottawa’s event is one of the most established Jane’s Walk events, with 2,000 participants last year. More than 60 walk leaders helped educate and inspire participants during 58 walks last year - the event’s seventh year in the capital.
In addition to leaders, Jane’s Walk Ottawa relies on a large team of volunteer marshals. Marshals help Jane's Walk run smoothly by assisting the walk leader to manage the group, carry flags so people can see where the group is going, keep the group together, keep an eye on safety, take a headcount, and report back to the organizers after the walk.
You can find out more about Jane's Walk Ottawa at www.janeswalkottawa.ca
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Order of Ottawa and the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching
The Order of Ottawa recognizes the professional achievements and outstanding service of exceptional Ottawa residents. This prestigious civic award honours up to 15 of Ottawa’s most deserving individuals each year. Any resident of Ottawa who has made a significant contribution in a professional capacity that has been of benefit to our community may be nominated.
The Order of Ottawa is intended to recognize those who have made significant contributions through their professional endeavours, to life in the city in any of the following areas: arts and culture, business, philanthropy, health care, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, sports and entertainment and other fields that benefit Ottawa.
The Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching, which will be presented at the Order of Ottawa awards ceremony in the fall of 2015, recognizes the contribution of an amateur coach who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment that have been the hallmarks of Brian Kilrea’s career. Mr. Kilrea is a retired hockey head coach, general manager and player, and is best known for his 35-year association with the Ottawa 67’s. He is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, has played and coached in the NHL and, with more than 1,000 career victories, he is the most successful coach in Canadian junior hockey history.
Nominations for the Order of Ottawa or the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching may be completed online or by filling out a nomination form in pamphlets that are available at the City Hall Information Desk, and at your local community centre, public library, or at any client service centre. The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 11 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Nominations will be considered every year for five consecutive years from the date of submission.
A list of Order of Ottawa inductees is prominently displayed on a wall on the first floor of City Hall. Nominations from the public are reviewed and recipients of the Order of Ottawa are chosen by a Selection Committee comprised of the Mayor, City Clerk and Solicitor, Chief of Police, Chief of Protocol, City Archivist and the Chief Executive Officer, Library Services.
More information on both awards can be found online at ottawa.ca/orderofottawa.
Nominations by immediate family members, self-nominations, and posthumous nominations will not be accepted. Elected municipal, provincial and federal officials are not eligible to be considered for this award while they are in office.