The City of Ottawa is hosting the 12th annual AccessAbility Day
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Date: Friday, May 29, 2015 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Ottawa residents of all abilities, older adults, service providers and business owners who share an interest in accessibility are invited to celebrate the City’s 12th annual AccessAbility Day. Residents are invited to provide input into the City’s new multi-year (2016 - 2020) accessibility plan. Participants can also choose between a variety of activities such as consultations on the accessibility of City parks, cycling and pedestrian facilities and presentations on the City’s Accessibility Design Standards or participate in Accessibility for Ontarian’s with Disabilities Act training.
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Stay tuned to Ottawa.ca for more information about the event and how to register.
Transit Service adjustments during Confederation Line construction – Transitway closure Hurdman to Blair
Councillor Stephen Blais, Chair of the Transit Commission, and John Manconi, OC Transpo General Manager, delivered a technical briefing today on the transit service adjustments required for the construction of the Confederation Line in the east end of the city. While many transit customers will not be affected by the construction, the City has invested $74 million in mitigation measures to minimize the impacts to those who will see a change to their commute in the east end of the city.
The technical briefing provided details on the transit service adjustments during the construction of the Confederation Line and how these adjustments will affect transit customers’ commutes. Starting this June, the Transitway will be closed between Blair Station and Hurdman Station to allow the construction of the Confederation Line. This section of the Transitway will remain closed until May 2018 when the Confederation Line officially opens for service.
“We thank customers for their patience as we work to deliver this significant city-transforming project,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “These adjustments are necessary so we can continue to build a world-class light rail transit system that will greatly benefit our families, our economy, and our environment for generations to come.”
The mitigation measures include the construction of bus-only lanes on portions of Regional Road 174 and Highway 417, the acquisition of additional buses, the implementation of a new route in the east, and an integrated traffic management response team involving Public Works, Ottawa Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police.
“These measures will ensure that the level of service matches the expected ridership demand and that there continues to be sufficient capacity on the system for all customers,” said Councillor Stephen Blais, Chair of the Transit Commission. “The aim is to maintain key connection points as well as keep transit routes as close as possible to current routes.”
A comprehensive communication program will be utilized to ensure that all customers are aware of the upcoming changes in a timely manner. Customers are encouraged to look for “Our Transit Future Is On Track” messages starting soon.
Open House: Complete Streets (May 5)
The City of Ottawa invites you to an Open House to learn more about Complete Streets and the plan for implementation within our city.
Wednesday, May 5
Complete Streets integrate physical elements creating an environment of safety, comfort and mobility for all users of the street regardless of age, ability or mode of transportation. In the November 2013 Transportation Master Plan (TMP) update, recommendations were included to support the development of Complete Streets.
The Implementation Framework will recommend a process for transportation projects: •That ensures a Complete Streets approach
Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please call 3-1-1 or e-mail the project lead below before the event.
For further information about this project and/or to submit comments, please contact:
Colin Simpson, MCIP RPP Senior Project Manager Transportation Planning Branch
City of Ottawa again among nation’s top diversity employers
For the fourth consecutive year, the City of Ottawa has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in a national competition that recognizes organizations that do the most to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The winners were announced in a special feature published in today’s Globe and Mail.
“I am proud to see the City recognized for actively supporting and advancing diversity and inclusion and for embracing different views and new perspectives,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “It is important that people feel safe, valued and respected in their workplace and in our City. That commitment is helping us to extend and improve the services we provide to all our residents.”
Now entering its ninth year, the Canada’s Best Diversity Employers competition recognizes the leading organizations when it comes to creating inclusive workplaces for employees from diverse groups.
Employers are selected by the editors at Mediacorp Canada Inc., the nation’s largest publisher of specialty employment periodicals and guides, based on submissions to the annual Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition, now in its 16th year.
In particular, the City of Ottawa was recognized for:
“Diversity makes organizations more robust, innovative and adaptive,” said City Manager Kent Kirkpatrick. “We are continually looking for ways to improve services, accessibility, and our business practices to better respond to, and reflect, our community’s diversity.”
In the last year, the City of Ottawa has also been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and one of the National Capital Region’s Top Employers.
City invites feedback on Confederation Line West Extension
The City of Ottawa invites residents to take part in a public consultation on Monday, March 30 about plans for the Confederation Line West Light Rail Transit (LRT) Extension.
The City and the National Capital Commission (NCC) Working Group recently announced an agreement in principle that would allow a portion of the LRT extension between Dominion and Cleary stations to be fully buried under the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. The public consultation about the recommended corridor will take place in Jean Pigott Place at City Hall (110 Laurier Avenue West) and will offer residents the opportunity to learn more about the proposal and to provide feedback. The event will run from 5 to 8 p.m., including a presentation at 6:30 p.m.
The preferred integrated transit solution meets the NCC’s criteria while protecting the Byron Linear Park and Rochester Field and meeting the City of Ottawa’s affordability requirements. The solution also:
The Western LRT extension is one of three environmental assessment studies currently underway as part of Stage 2: the City’s plan to add 19 new stations and 30 kilometres to our LRT network, extending it farther east, west and south by 2023.
A further public consultation to review the overall recommended plan for the Stage 2 Confederation Line West Extension is scheduled for Wednesday, April 29. Additional information about upcoming and future public consultation opportunities, project updates and contact information can be found on ottawa.ca/stage2. Materials presented at all public consultations will also be posted on the website for those unable to attend.
Seasonal load restrictions start for heavy vehicles serving Ottawa
Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 23, seasonal load restrictions are in effect. Commercial vehicles or trailers with a gross vehicle weight in excess of five tonnes or 11,000 lbs. per axle are prohibited on roads where restriction signage is posted, and on all truck routes identified as restricted on the Truck Route Maps (Urban Truck Routes and Rural Truck Routes).
These restrictions also apply to all non-truck routes. Heavy vehicles that exceed weight limits on restricted load roadways during the spring thaw period will be subject to fines.
During the spring thaw period, some roads cannot withstand heavy vehicle loads. Every year, the City monitors thaw progression by utilizing the forecast temperature data to calculate the Thaw Index. When the Thaw Index reaches its threshold value, the load restrictions are imposed. Once the pavement strength has been restored, the load restrictions are removed.
For further information, please visit ottawa.ca
Where parents go to get in the know – Ottawa Public Health launches new online parenting initiative
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) launched a new interactive web portal today to help parents access relevant, reliable and local parenting information online.
The Parenting in Ottawa portal was developed in response to the increasing use of the web to find information, support and community resources. Research shows that a large majority of parents are using online channels to find information and to stay connected with other parents. Parenting in Ottawa is designed to cover everything from planning for a family to getting through the teenage years.
“This newly launched Parenting in Ottawa portal will complement many of the services already offered to Ottawa parents,” said Councillor Shad Qadri, Chair of the Ottawa Board of Health. “Ottawa Public Health is a national leader in providing timely and relevant online health information to residents, and this new tool is a great addition to their toolbox.”
Parenting in Ottawa provides access to credible, evidence-based information in easy-to-navigate formats. Parents and families will learn about local community resources and events and be able to connect virtually with experts from various organizations. Furthermore, parents will also have access to the recently launched and very popular Parenting in Ottawa Facebook page; where parents can interact live with other parents and with a Public Health Nurse weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“For parents, each stage in a child’s development has new rewards, but also new challenges. We wanted to create an online space that supports all parents, is highly interactive and is easy to use,” said Sherry Nigro, Manager of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at Ottawa Public Health. “Another of our objectives is to connect people with local community resources.”
“As a first-time mom, I'm always looking for great parenting and health-related advice. The Parenting in Ottawa Facebook page provides a reliable resource to parents in Ottawa,” said Sara Zahiri, active user of the Parenting in Ottawa Facebook page. “It’s nice to have a local resource that parents can depend on to get accurate, current information on parenting issues.”
This web portal will provide access to parenting information on subjects such as:
City seeks nominations for 2015 Bruce Timmermans Cycling Awards
The City of Ottawa is inviting residents to submit nominations for the 2015 Bruce Timmermans Awards. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that proactively and publicly promote the benefits and virtues of cycling as a principal mode of transportation.
Nominations are sought in both the individual and organizational categories and must be received by end of day on Friday, March 27.
A long-time cycling educator and advocate, Bruce Timmermans was an active member of the Ottawa Bicycle Club and a founding member of Citizens for Safe Cycling. He worked tirelessly to promote cycling and the City has presented these awards in his honour every year since 1999.
Printable and online forms can be found at ottawa.ca/bta along with details on how to submit nominations.
NCC–City Working Group achieves breakthrough agreement for the alignment of the western light rail transit extension
A Working Group comprised of representatives from the National Capital Commission (NCC) and the City of Ottawa has reached an agreement in principle that would allow the City’s western light rail transit (LRT) extension to be fully buried under the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. This integrated solution meets the NCC’s conditions and the City of Ottawa’s affordability requirements, while advancing the creation of a waterfront linear park.
This innovative solution was achieved following an intensive 100-day review process, led by a working group consisting of three city councillors, four NCC Board members, the City Manager and the NCC’s CEO.
This group began meeting in December 2014, with the goal of finding a mutually satisfactory solution for the western extension of Confederation Line between the Dominion and Cleary stations.
Supported by technical and urban planning expertise, the Working Group developed two viable and fully buried tunnel options: one under the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, and one passing through Rochester Field and under the Byron Linear Park.
The recommended alignment would see the western LRT fully buried under a reconstructed and realigned Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. The NCC Board members of the Working Group believe that this buried option meets the two NCC Board of Directors’ conditions: to provide unimpeded continuous access to the corridor lands and shorelines, and to have minimal impact on the landscape quality and experience. It also meets the City’s objectives of protecting the Byron Linear Park, and the existing green corridor through Rochester Field from Richmond Road to the waterfront, while remaining within the project budget envelope.
This solution to run the LRT extension under the realigned westbound and eastbound lanes of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway between the Dominion and Cleary stations would produce the following results:
As part of the agreement, the Working Group will remain in place to resolve land use issues for the City of Ottawa’s Stage 2 LRT project, and will oversee a joint value-engineering exercise to contain costs within the City’s affordability envelope for this extension.
This agreement will be submitted for approval to the NCC Board of Directors at its next public meeting. The City will provide an opportunity for the public to review the preferred option and provide feedback at an open house event on March 30. This feedback will be considered as part of the ongoing environmental assessment process for the western LRT extension.
“I am pleased with the spirit of cooperation demonstrated by the Working Group,” said Russell Mills, chair of the NCC Board of Directors, “The NCC has continuously supported light rail transit as both a city-building and a nation-building project, and this creative solution reinforces our strong ongoing working relationship with the City of Ottawa.”
“This is a historic agreement that comes as a result of a very constructive dialogue over the past 100 days. I want to thank all of the Working Group members for their hard work and creativity, which has led to the identification of this solution,” said Jim Watson, mayor of Ottawa. “This solution is an important part of the City’s Stage 2 LRT project, which will help us deliver reduced commute times, cleaner air and a stronger economy.”
“Allow me to thank the Working Group for its 100 days of hard work and the report with which it all culminated,” said Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Orleans. “I have only just received the report and look forward to studying its two options and the recommendation. Ottawa has strong advocates in the current federal government. I look forward to reading, studying and analyzing the report and working with all concerned toward the best outcome.”
Register now for Older Adult Plan Consultation and Celebration
Mayor Jim Watson will host a consultation event, funded by the Province of Ontario, to help shape the City’s Older Adult Plan 2015-2018 and to celebrate the many accomplishments of the current plan since it was adopted in 2012.
Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Lunch will be provided.
Register for this consultation and celebration at ottawa.ca/olderadults or call 3-1-1.
The Older Adult Plan was adopted in October 2012, reinforcing Ottawa’s commitment to becoming an age-friendly and caring community. Among the accomplishments to be celebrated are:
Feedback acquired at the March 18 event will be used to update the plan and ensure it continues to meet the current and long-term needs of Ottawa’s older adults, including access to essential supports, programs and services.
The updated plan will go to both the Community and Protective Services Committee and Council for approval later in 2015.
Airport Parkway and Lester Road Widening Environmental Assessment Open House
The City of Ottawa has initiated the Airport Parkway and Lester Road Widening Environmental Assessment (EA) Study to determine the most appropriate means to accommodate and manage increasing transportation requirements related to growth in the surrounding communities and airport lands as illustrated in the key map. An Open House will be held on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Jim Durrell Recreation Centre, Ellwood Hall 1265 Walkley Road from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (presentation at 7:00 p.m.) to provide an overview of the study progress to date. This will include an overview of existing conditions, reconfirming the project need and justification for widening as well as an evaluation of alternative solutions. For more information please visit ottawa.ca or contact my office at email@example.com or 613-580-2480.
City seeks community torchbearer for Pan American Games Torch Relay
As the countdown to the TORONTO 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games continues, the City of Ottawa invites residents to nominate a community leader, local celebrity or role model to be a torchbearer for the Ottawa leg of the torch relay that starts in Canada on May 30, 2015.
“The Pan Am torch relay will arrive next summer en route to Toronto, and we want to celebrate a hometown hero with the honour of carrying the Pam Am flame in Ottawa,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “The torch relay is an opportunity to showcase our great city on the international stage, while recognizing a local person who has made a significant contribution to our community.”
“This is an amazing chance for our residents to call attention to the inspiring figures around them,” said Councillor Jody Mitic, Sports Commissioner for the City of Ottawa.
The City has been given the opportunity to pick one community torchbearer and the deadline for submissions is January 18, 2015. The selected torchbearer must be at least 13 years of age and a Canadian citizen or legal resident. Nominations can be submitted on ottawa.ca.
The Pan Am flame will be lit during a traditional ceremony in Teotihuacan, Mexico, before it travels to Canada on May 30, 2015. The torch relay will feature 3,000 torchbearers who will carry the Pan Am flame along its 41-day journey as participants share the Pan Am spirit in more than 130 Canadian communities. The flame will be passed for the last time on July 10, 2015, at the opening ceremony of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games.
The torch relay will incorporate alternative modes of transportation, including plane, train and boat, passing through five major cities outside of Ontario. The remainder of the torch relay legs are all in Ontario communities.
At the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, 7,600 top athletes from the Americas and the Caribbean will compete at more than 30 venues located in 16 municipalities across southern Ontario.
Holiday season schedule changes
The City of Ottawa reminds residents of the following schedule changes for Thursday, December 25, Friday, December 26 and Thursday, January 1.
The following holiday schedule will apply:
The following holiday schedule will apply:
Garbage, green bin and recycling:
Ottawa Public Health:
Municipal child care services:
Mayor to host annual Christmas celebration at City Hall
Mayor Jim Watson will host the Mayor’s 14th Annual Christmas Celebration on Saturday, December 6 at Ottawa City Hall in support of the Ottawa Food Bank.
Date: Saturday, December 6
Families are invited to join the fun at this eagerly anticipated event, celebrating Christmas in a wonderful winter setting. Fun-filled outdoor activities will include ice skating on the Sens Rink of Dreams, horse-drawn wagon rides on Marion Dewar Plaza and a mashmallow roast with plenty of hot chocolate.
Indoors, City Hall will be transformed into a wonderland. Kids will be excited to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and make a craft in Santa’s Workshop. Face painting and live performances will be part of the fun as families enjoy special treats from BeaverTails and Lindt.
The Mayor’s Annual Christmas Celebration is made possible by the generosity of the many corporate sponsors. In the spirit of giving and to help those in need, admission to this sponsored event is a non-perishable food donation to the Ottawa Food Bank.
OC Transpo will offer free bus rides on all routes to and from City Hall from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. to children 11 years and under when accompanied by a fare-paying adult.
For more information, visit ottawa.ca.
Winter overnight parking restrictions will be in effect from November 15 until April 1
The City of Ottawa is reminding residents that winter overnight parking restrictions are in effect beginning Saturday, November 15. These restrictions ensure that the City’s snow-clearing crews are able to keep Ottawa’s roads safe and clear for pedestrians, cyclists, public transit, and motorists.
Between November 15 and April 1, when 7 cm or more of snowfall is forecast by Environment Canada, overnight parking restrictions go into effect. These restrictions are automatically enacted, unless the City of Ottawa’s General Manager of Public Works issues an exemption. The City of Ottawa will announce parking restrictions and inform residents if there is an exemption through ottawa.ca and the City’s Twitter account @ottawacity.
When restrictions are put into place, parking will not be permitted on Ottawa streets between 1 and 7 a.m.
Vehicles parked on the street when a restriction is in effect will be ticketed. Vehicle owners who have a municipal on-street parking permit are exempt from winter overnight parking restrictions.
Be in the know about snow
You can also find out if an overnight parking restriction is in effect by calling 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) or through local media.
When day-time or night-time snow removal operations are planned, temporary "no parking" snow removal signs will be posted before snow removal begins. Vehicle owners are reminded not to park on streets where temporary "no parking" snow removal signs are placed. Vehicles parked during planned snow removal will be ticketed and towed to a nearby street. This restriction applies to all vehicles, including those with on-street parking permits.
Your safety is the City of Ottawa’s top priority. For more information on winter overnight parking regulations, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).