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February 27, 2015

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.
Location: Ottawa City Hall, Jean Pigott Place
110 Laurier Avenue West

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:

  • Improved accessibility of buildings and outdoor spaces, including the installation of benches
  • Improved access to supports for vulnerable older adults who have low incomes or are socially isolated
  • Additional tailored programming for older adults in the areas of fitness, computer literary and CPR training 
  • Enhanced communication means, including an older adult portal on ottawa.ca and printed guides of City programs and services for older adults

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.

January 22, 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 diane.deans@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2480.

January 5, 2015

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.

 

December 19, 2014

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. 

Recreation Services:

  • Sens Rink of Dreams, located on Marion Dewar Plaza at Ottawa City Hall, is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., and the heated changing facility is open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. It will be open throughout the Christmas holidays and will be staffed on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, weather permitting. 

The following holiday schedule will apply:

  • December 24 – closed at 6 p.m.
  • Christmas Day – 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Boxing Day – noon to 11 p.m.
  • New Year’s Eve – closed at 11 p.m.
  • New Year’s Day – noon to 11 p.m. 
  • Skating Court, located at Lansdowne Park, is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., and the heated changing facility is open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. It will be open throughout the Christmas holidays and will be staffed on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, weather permitting.

The following holiday schedule will apply: 

  • December 24 – closed at 6 p.m.
  • Christmas Day – 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Boxing Day – noon to 11 p.m.
  • New Year’s Eve – closed at 1 a.m.
  • New Year’s Day – noon to 11 p.m. 
  • Recreation facilities will be operating on modified schedules during the holiday season, including modified swimming, skating and fitness schedules. Most recreation facilities are closed, and public swimming, public skating, aquafitness and fitness classes are cancelled on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Please check with ottawa.ca or the facility of your choice for details, as some exceptions will apply.
  • Registered programs at swimming pools, community centres and arenas are cancelled during the holiday season; however, clients should check with their facility to confirm, as some exceptions will apply. 

Client services:

  • All rural client service centres will be open on a reduced schedule from December 22 to December 26, and will be closed from December 29 to January 2. On Monday, December 22, the North Gower Client Service Centre will be open from 8:30 a.m. to noon. On Tuesday, December 23, the Metcalfe Client Service Centre will be open from 8:30 a.m. to noon. On Wednesday, December 24, the West Carleton Client Service Centre will be open from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Business will resume as usual on Monday, January 5, 2015.
  • The City’sProvincial Offences Court, located at 100 Constellation Crescent, will also be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Business will resume as usual on Friday, January 2.
  • 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 with a hearing-related disability, call TTY: 613-580-2401. 

Garbage, green bin and recycling:

  • There will be no curbside or multi-residential green bin, recycling, garbage or bulky item collection on Christmas Day. Christmas Day’s pickup will take place on Boxing Day. Collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. New Year’s Day pick-up will take place on Friday, January 2. Collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. For curbside collection inquiries, refer to the collection calendar tool.
  • The Trail Waste Facility will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
  • Christmas trees will be collected on your regular scheduled collection day. Please remove all decorations. Christmas trees in plastic bags will not be collected.

Transit service:

  • OC Transpo will operate a reduced schedule December 21 to January 3. On Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, service will operate on a Sunday schedule. On Boxing Day, a Saturday schedule will be in effect. On December 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 and January 2, service will operate on a reduced weekday schedule. Special school services will not operate from December 22 to January 2. 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. 
  • Again this year, free service will be available on OC Transpo and Para Transpo service after 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Customers should check the holiday schedules before heading out, as OC Transpo routes will operate a reduced weekday service on December 31.
  • OC Transpo Sales and Information Centres at Lincoln Fields, St. Laurent and Place d’Orléans stations will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, and will close early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve at 5 p.m.; however, will be open January 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Rideau Centre sales office will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, and will close early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve at 5 p.m., but will be open on Boxing Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The OC Transpo Information Centre (613-741-4390) will operate on a reduced hours schedule on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Boxing Day from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m.
  • The OC Transpo Customer Relations Unit (613-842-3600) will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, and will operate on a reduced hours schedule from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 24 and 31. 
  • Para Transpo operations:
  • Customer Service (613-842-3681) will be closed December 25, 26 and January 1 – open regular hours outside of these times.
  • Administration (613-244-1289) will be closed December 25, 26 and January 1 – open regular hours outside of these times.
  • Taxi Coupons (613-842-3670) will be closed December 25, 26 and January 1 – open regular hours outside of these times.
  • Reservations (613-244-7272) – will be open during regular hours. 

Parking:

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

Ottawa Public Health:

  • The latest Food Premises and Personal Service Settings (tattoo and body piercing studios, hairdressing and barbershops, nail salons, electrolysis and various other services) public health inspection reports are available online 24/7.
  • The Sexual Health Centre and Satellite Clinics will be closed on Christmas Eve Day (December 24), Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve Day (December 31) and New Year’s Day. In addition, there are two other satellite clinic closures over the holidays: the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre will be closed on December 29 and the West End Family Care Clinic will be closed on December 30.
  • The SITE office will be operating on the following schedule:  
  • Wednesday, December 24 – 8:30 a.m. to noon
  • Christmas Day – closed
  • Boxing Day – closed
  • Wednesday, December 31 –  8:30 a.m. to noon
  • New Year’s Day – closed 
  • Wednesday, December 24 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Christmas Day – closed
  • Boxing Day – regular schedule
  • Wednesday, December 31 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • New Year’s Day – regular schedule

Cultural services:

  • Karsh-Masson Gallery, Barbara Ann Scott Gallery and OAG (Ottawa Art Gallery) Annex will be open daily as usual throughout the holidays.
  • City of Ottawa Archives, arts centres, galleries, theatres and museums will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day; however, clients should check ottawa.ca or their facility to confirm, as some exceptions may apply. 

Archives Services:

  • The City of Ottawa Archives Reference Services and Gallery 112 will be closed on December 25 through December 27 and on New Year’s Day. The Rideau branch of the Archives will also be closed on December 30. 

Municipal child care services:

  • City-operated Child Care Centres will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. 

Library services:

  • All branches and services of the Ottawa Public Library will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Branches and services will operate normally from December 27 to 30. On December 24 and 31, all library locations, except for some rural branches, which will be closed, will open at their usual time and close at 3 p.m. Visit the OPL website for complete details.

November 25, 2014

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
Time:  2 to 6 p.m.
Location: Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
Admission: a non-perishable food donation to the Ottawa Food Bank

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.

November 25, 2014

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.

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Sign up to receive e-mail or Twitter notifications of overnight parking restrictions at ottawa.ca. After you sign up, you will receive an e-mail or Twitter alert via @ottawacity, every time a winter overnight parking restriction goes into effect or is lifted. The service is free and you can unsubscribe at anytime.

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).

 

 

 

 

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