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July 24, 2015

Get ready to register for fall and winter recreation programs

The Recreation eGuide and Mon Cyberguide francophone des loisirs for fall and winter programsare now online at ottawa.ca. Choose from a wide variety of activities for all ages including swimming lessons, fitness classes, general interest courses, sports and instruction in the arts. 

  • Registration for swimming and aquafitness classes begins online and by phone (613-580-2588) on Monday, August 10 at 9 p.m. and in person at City recreation facilities on Tuesday, August 11 during regular business hours. 
  • Registration for all other classes begins online and by phone (613-580-2588) on Wednesday, August 12 at 9 p.m. and in person at City recreation facilities on Thursday, August 13 during regular business hours. 

To register online or by phone residents will need a client barcode and family PIN numbers. The City expects high volumes of online registrants throughout the first week of registration, particularly the first evening, which could result in a longer registration experience than usual. 

Residents who do not have access to the Internet are encouraged to visit City recreation centres or libraries with public Internet access. They can also visit any Client Service Centre where customer service staff can help with registration. Some community centres may provide printed brochures for their local activities.

July 24, 2015

City cautions public to be aware of wild parsnip

Wild parsnip is a noxious weed commonly found within the city in areas of uncultivated land, roadside ditches, nature trails, as well as surrounding rural and residential properties.

It is rarely found in regularly maintained urban environments; however, it is prominent in rural areas and suburban areas where grass cutting is not completed as frequently, and can then be spread to adjacent maintained areas such as parks, pathways, and, in some cases, private property.

The city recommends that people stay on official trails, do not touch plants, and keep animals on a leash. It is also recommended that you learn how to identify wild parsnip in order to avoid it. Wild parsnip poses some health and environmental threats including:

  • Toxic sap found in wild parsnip leaves, stems and flowers can cause severe skin rashes and blisters when it comes in contact with the skin in the presence of sunlight. Sap can present both direct and indirect health risks as clothing, and equipment can remain sources of exposure.
  • Wild parsnip’s ability to rapidly regenerate reduces native plants’ abilities to compete for space, which reduces biodiversity.
  • Incidences of wild parsnip pose potential negative impacts to residents and outdoor workers alike as it continues to spread year over year.

The Public Works Department has completed its 2015 pilot Wild Parsnip Strategy to test the effectiveness of various methods to control and reduce wild parsnip on City property and its spread onto private property. The results of this project will help in developing a long-term management strategy. The strategy included the following:

  • Testing the effectiveness of herbicide applications to control the plant.
  • Completing increased mowing in highly infested areas.
  • Tracking infestation levels. An updated map will be posted to Ottawa.ca within the next two weeks.
  • Developing an education and public health awareness campaign. Watch for signs in city parks to identify areas with high infestation levels that should be avoided.

Report wild parsnip on City property by calling 3-1-1 if the issue is related to an immediate hazard to people, or let us know with this on-line reporting form. Residents can also call 613-580-6744 to speak to an Ottawa Public Health inspector. For more information about wild parsnip, please visit ottawa.ca.

July 13, 2015

City warns residents about phoney sales-pitches

The City of Ottawa continues to warn residents to be vigilant of door-to-door salespeople making false claims about working with or on behalf of the City.

The City has recently received complaints from residents who have been contacted by salespeople falsely claiming to be working on behalf of the City and requesting access to resident’s homes to “inspect” furnaces and air conditioners.

The City of Ottawa is committed to protecting public safety, including protecting homeowners and residents from fraud. The City ensures that all of its employees carry City-issued photo identification to be presented upon request. Except for emergency situations, any visits that may require access to homes or businesses by City staff or City contractors are scheduled in advance. Any resident who is directly contacted by a person claiming to work for or on behalf of the City of Ottawa is asked to check their identification and, if concerns remain, to contact the City by calling 3-1-1 (613-580-2400).

June 23, 2015

City to host one-hour Budget 101

Residents are invited to a one-hour budget primer session on June 24, offering a look at how the City of Ottawa spends and how the annual municipal budget is put together.

City Treasurer Marian Simulik and Deputy City Treasurer Isabelle Jasmin will lead the session, which will consist of an overview of the budget process followed by a question-and-answer period.

When: Wednesday, June 24, 7:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
English: Champlain Room, 2nd floor
French: Honeywell Room, 2nd floor

If you are planning to attend, please email Grace.Okeefe@ottawa.ca to help the City gauge expected attendance.

This event is part of ongoing efforts to increase public understanding and engagement around the municipal budget. More information is available at ottawa.ca/BudgetPrimer.

June 23, 2015

OC Transpo makes major service adjustments June 28

On Sunday, June 28, new OC Transpo summer schedules begin, along with route improvements and adjustments to routes travelling along a section of the Transitway, which will close between Blair and Hurdman Stations for construction of the O-Train Confederation Line.

Light rail construction is shifting east this summer

When the Transitway road section closes June 28, bus routes will be adjusted between Blair and Campus Stations. Cyrville Station will be closed, and some routes will no longer stop at Lees, Hurdman, Train or St‑Laurent Stations. These adjustments will evolve as more sections of the Transitway are closed over the next three years, until the O-Train Confederation Line opens in 2018.

Most bus routes that use this section of the Transitway will travel on Highway 417 and Road 174 to benefit from new bus-only lanes and other improvements, and to provide the quickest trip to and from downtown. Travel time will, however, increase on certain trips, and some riders will need to make an additional transfer.

The following mitigation efforts have been set in place:

  • New bus-only lanes, built on portions of Road 174 and Highway 417, will be used by east-end routes to help speed up service.
  • Some routes will bypass stations to avoid delays.
  • Two new bus routes will be added to improve transportation options for east-end transit customers – Route 91 will supplement Route 95 between Trim and Baseline Stations from Monday to Friday, providing a faster trip downtown, and Route 92 will replace Route 96A.
  • Bus routes and transfer options have been carefully planned to minimize inconvenience to customers.
  • Service will be monitored closely and adjusted if possible.

Routing adjustments will affect the following: peak period routes 20-77 and 192-283, and Routes 6, 18, 94, 95, 96, 101, 114, 124, 126, 127, 128, 129, 176, 202, 401 and 451. Customers should use the Travel Planner at octranspo.com to find their best travel option.

Construction of new light-rail stations at Blair, Cyrville, St-Laurent and Train will affect customers as follows:  

  • Blair Station will move to a temporary location near Blair Road. The retail store will close, but the pedestrian access to Telesat and Pineview will be maintained.
  • Cyrville Station will close for three years, but service will operate nearby on Cyrville Road.
  • Service at St-Laurent Station will move to the upper level platform and a new ramp will connect with Highway 417 westbound. Some routes will bypass St-Laurent Station eastbound.
  • Train Station will be relocated onto the VIA Rail Ottawa Station ring road. The stop will be served by Routes 92 and 96 only.

Further details, schedules and maps are available at ontrack2018.ca.

Summer service improvements

  • Two new routes – 162 and 165 – will provide local service in Stittsville and Kanata North respectively for improved connections. Kanata will also see increased frequency on Route 93 to Kanata North, improved hours on Route 161, and extensions to Routes 161 and 168 to serve new commercial and residential areas and reduce walking distances. Route 164 will become a peak period route and Route 96A will be renumbered Route 92, which will operate along Campeau Drive to replace Route 164.
  • Routes 35, 120, 135 and 136 will be revised slightly in Orléans South to better serve growing residential areas, reduce walking distances and improve connections.
  • Route 116 will be modified to have some trips serve the commercial district on Hunt Club Road.
  • Frequency will be improved on Routes 1 and 7 on weekends to better serve Lansdowne Park, and on Route 177 serving Barrhaven South and the Minto Recreation Complex.

Special summer weekend service

  • Service to local museums and beaches will operate on weekends and holidays throughout the summer until September 7.
  • Route 129 will serve the Canada Aviation and Space Museum and Route 185 will operate to the Agriculture Museum and Experimental Farm. Route 198, which started June 20, will serve Petrie Island.

Summer schedules

  • 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.

The next service change will occur on September 6.

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.

June 17, 2015

OC Transpo and Safety Working Group launch customer safety campaign and new online incident reporting system

In partnership with the Transit Safety Stakeholder Working Group, OC Transpo today launched its 2015 customer safety campaign and new online incident reporting tool, further enhancing its commitment to the safety and security of its customers, staff and the Ottawa community.

“OC Transpo and the Transit Commission are committed to continuing to enhance an already strong safety culture at OC Transpo,” said Councillor Stephen Blais, Chair of the City’s Transit Commission. “The 2014 Customer Survey showed that 90 per cent of transit customers felt safe and secure on the transit system, but any incident is one too many. The 2015 customer safety information campaign will remind customers that no incident is too small to report – and the online incident reporting tool will make it easy and hassle-free to file a report.”

Transit safety and security is a joint responsibility of OC Transpo front-line workers and staff and other City services, including the Ottawa Police Service, transit customers and the larger community. The 2015 customer safety campaign and online reporting tool emphasizes the importance of letting OC Transpo know when you or someone else is being threatened, bothered, or encounters any type of violence while using public transit.

“OC Transpo cares about the safety and security of our customers and staff,” said John Manconi, General Manager of Transit Services. “The collaborative effort put forth by the Safety Stakeholder Working Group produced what you see here today – a robust 2015 customer safety campaign and a new online incident reporting system that will greatly benefit our customers, staff and the Ottawa community as whole. The Safety Stakeholder Working Group’s knowledge, feedback and passion were paramount to the success of today, and on behalf of OC Transpo, I wish to thank them for their contributions.”

A Safety Stakeholder Working Group was established in 2013 and brought forward excellent ideas, strategies and feedback into the development of the promotional campaign, website and online reporting system. The Working Group is comprised of OC Transpo staff and the following key stakeholders: Women’s Initiatives for Safer Environments (WISE), Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW), City for All Women Initiative (CAWI), the Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC), the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre and Hollaback!Ottawa.

“We are delighted that we have been able to build a partnership with OC Transpo that allows us to bring the voice of our members to the table,” said Julie Lalonde from Hollaback!Ottawa.

“WISE is encouraged by the results from the Safety Stakeholder Working Group, which led to key improvements to the online reporting system,” said Valerie Collicott from WISE Ottawa. “The new online reporting system will allow first-hand, anonymous and third party reporting. The public education campaign will allow us all to respond and learn how to support each other, and the improved website will give us more effective information on customer safety and security.”

In June 2014, a panel from the American Public Transit Association (APTA) presented the results of its March 2014 peer review of current system safety and security strategies and practices to support the Ten Point Safety Plan. The work that is being launched aligns with the recommendations made through the APTA peer review.

Transit customers are encouraged to tell OC Transpo about any experience that makes them feel unsafe or uncomfortable by going to octranspo.com and filing an incident report. If a customer is not comfortable reporting online, they can call Transit Law at 613-741-2478 (TTY: 613-842-3699) and file a verbal report.

For more information, visit octranspo.com

June 15, 2015

Open House on widening of Airport Parkway and Lester Road

The City of Ottawa invites residents to an Open House to learn more about and discuss the Airport Parkway and Lester Road Widening Environmental Assessment Study.

The study will help determine the most appropriate means to accommodate and manage increasing transportation requirements related to growth in the surrounding communities and airport lands.

This open house will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17 in Ellwood Hall at the Jim Durrell Recreation Centre (1265 Walkley Road) and will include a presentation at 7 p.m. Study team members will be on hand to answer questions.

The presentation and displays will provide an overview of the study progress to date, including alternative designs considered as well as evaluation criteria and methodology used to determine the preliminary preferred design.

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please call or e-mail the project lead before the event. Contact information can be found at ottawa.ca/airportparkway, along with additional information about the study. Materials presented at the open house will also be posted on the website for those unable to attend.

June 10, 2015

Vimy Memorial Bridge earns International Award of Distinction

The Vimy Memorial Bridge has received the prestigious Gustav Lindenthal Medal from the International Bridge Conference. The bridge was designed by Parsons for the City of Ottawa.

The medal was presented during the conference awards dinner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This annual award recognizes outstanding achievement in bridge engineering that is also esthetically and environmentally pleasing.

“This bridge is a stunning piece of architecture that spans the Rideau Canal system, a designated Historic Site in Canada, as well as a recognized World Heritage Site by UNESCO,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Whether arriving by land or water, it serves as a welcoming and impressive gateway to our city.”

The bridge, with its unique triple tubular arch formation, was designed and built to meet the stringent guidelines set by the City of Ottawa and the various approval agencies including the National Capital Commission, Parks Canada, the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, First Nations (Algonquin of Ontario), Transport Canada and Transport Canada Marine.

“Parsons’ design is respectful of the environment, heritage and culture of Ottawa, said Todd Wager, Parsons Group President. “We’re proud that this beautiful bridge is contributing to the quality of life in Ottawa and becoming an important city landmark.”

The Vimy Memorial Bridge is made up of four general-purpose lanes, two auxiliary turning lanes, two dedicated transit lanes, two on-road cycling lanes and sidewalks in each direction. The bridge connects the communities of Riverside South and Barrhaven, significantly reducing the commute time between the two communities, as well as reducing traffic backlog on other traffic arteries.

The bridge was renamed from the Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge to the Vimy Memorial Bridge in 2014, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. It honours the historically significant battle of Vimy Ridge and will ensure that the sacrifices made by our Canadian troops during the War are not forgotten.

Gustav Lindenthal (May 21, 1850 to July 31, 1935) was a civil engineer who designed the Hell Gate Bridge across New York City’s East River, which opened in March 1917. At that time, Hell Gate was the longest (977 feet [298 m]) steel arch in the world. Mr. Lindenthal's work was greatly affected by his pursuit of perfection and his love of art. His structures not only serve the purpose they were designed for, but also are esthetically pleasing to the public eye.

May 28, 2015

Zoning By-law Review: Minimum Parking Requirements

The City of Ottawa is currently undertaking a by-law review of the minimum parking requirements for most new development. The review will focus largely on the parking requirements for the inner urban area (generally the former Cities of Ottawa and Vanier), but will also include areas near Transitway, O-Train, and Light Rail Transit stations citywide.

Overall this policy will not have a large impact on Gloucester-Southgate Ward, however this is an important issue facing our growing city and I encourage residents to stay informed and get involved. The discussion paper on the issue can be found by visiting ottawa.ca and includes the history, rationale, and consequences of the current parking minima as well as several arguments for and against changing the current by-law.

Residents can share their comments, questions, and concerns with city staff throughout the summer for review.  The City will also host an open house in the fall for residents to discuss the review in detail. A final report and recommendation on how to amend the current by-law will be presented to Planning Committee in early 2016.

If you have further questions please do not hesitate to contact my office.

May 19, 2015

ByWard and Parkdale outdoor markets open for the season

Ottawa residents can now savour the homegrown flavours on offer in the ByWard and Parkdale markets. These outdoor markets have opened for the season, offering local produce, seasonal plants, flowers, and more.

This year, visitors to the ByWard Market can enjoy food samples and new recipes at the Demo Corner or stop by the Savour Ottawa Farm Stand for an array of locally produced goods like eggs, meat and dairy. Local artisans also sell handmade art and crafts. Established in 1826, this is Ottawa’s oldest public market, conveniently located near major retail shops, local eateries and food retailers. Produce vendors in the ByWard Market will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. until November, rain or shine. Arts and crafts vendors operate from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or later, until Thanksgiving.

The Parkdale Market vendors sell a wide variety of fresh produce and flowers. It’s also home to the Parkdale Fieldhouse, which is the pick-up location for another way to bring home local flavours: Savour Ottawa Online. The market is adjacent to a park where visitors will find community-run events and activities throughout the season, including ArtsPark in May and HarvestFest in September. The market is open every day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. until November.

This Saturday, visitors can stop by the Master Gardeners’ tables at either market to get free gardening advice from the pros. In the ByWard Market, the Demo Corner will feature asparagus recipes. Other ByWard Market attractions this weekend include stilt walkers, horse-wagon rides and a hot-air balloon on display.

May 14, 2015

Victoria Day schedule changes

The City of Ottawa would like to remind residents of the following schedule changes for Victoria Day (Monday, May 18).

Client services:

  • The City’s Provincial Offences Court, located at 100 Constellation Crescent, will also be closed. Business will resume as usual on Tuesday, May 19.
  • The City’s 3-1-1 Contact Centre will be open for urgent matters requiring the City’s immediate attention.  Call 3-1-1 or 613-580-2400 to speak to a customer service representative. For persons living with a hearing-related disability, call (TTY: 613-580-2401).

Garbage, green bin and recycling collection:

  • There will be no curbside green bin, recyclingor garbage collectionon Victoria Day. Victoria Day’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, May 19. In addition, the collection of green bin, recycling materials and garbage will be delayed by one day for the week of May 18. 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 19. 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 18.
  • The Trail Waste Facility is closed.

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.
  • OC Transpo Customer Relations Office (613-842-3600) will be closed.
  • Para Transpo operations:
  • Customer service (613-842-3681) – closed
  • Administration (613-244-1289) – closed
  • Taxi coupons (613-842-3670) – closed
  • Reservations line (613-244-7272) – open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Trip cancellation and general inquiries (613-244-4636) – open 6 a.m.to 12:30 a.m.

Recreation services:

  • Many pools, fitness centres and some arenas will be open on Victoria Day for public swimming, skating 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; 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. However, clients should check with ottawa.ca or their facility to confirm holiday hours, as some exceptions may apply.
  • Museums will be closed.

Archives Services:

  • The City of Ottawa Archives Reference Services and Gallery 112 will be open on Saturday, May 16 but will be closed Sunday, May 17 to Monday, May 18 for the Victoria Day weekend.

Municipal child care services:

  • City-operated Child Care Centres will be closed.

Ottawa Public Library:

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

May 12, 2015

Doors Open Ottawa announces this year’s participating buildings

Residents and visitors alike will soon discover the secrets that lay hidden behind many of the city’s finest buildings during Doors Open Ottawa 2015. The 14th annual event offers the public a chance to explore Ottawa’s built heritage from Carp to Cumberland.

“Doors Open has become one of Ottawa’s premiere events, reinforcing our reputation as a warm and welcoming city,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “The hospitable atmosphere of the Doors Open weekend will leave visitors with a memorable and lasting impression of Ottawa’s rich heritage, and inspire residents with a sense of hometown, community pride.”

Mayor Watson was joined today by Councillor Diane Deans, Chair of the City’s Community and Protective Services Committee, River Ward Councillor Riley Brockington, and representatives of this year’s participating buildings to officially launch Doors Open Ottawa and to announce the complete list of participating buildings.

On June 6 and 7, visitors will have free access to a total of 129 buildings, including 22 new additions to this year’s roster. New additions will include the Rideau Club, which will unlock 150 years of history and tradition, the Canadian Blood Services Processing Plant, the newly renovated Festival House, which houses the RBC Bluesfest, and the Advanced Research Complex at the University of Ottawa.

The complete list of buildings is an eclectic mix of modern and heritage architecture that celebrates the city’s culturally, historically, and functionally significant buildings. Doors Open Ottawa offers something for everyone, from municipal facilities and government buildings to private businesses, artists’ studios and places of worship, to embassies and high commissions of countries across the globe.

“It’s clear from the number of attendees we see year after year that Doors Open Ottawa continues to resonate,” said Councillor Deans. “The City owes an immense thank-you to the generous sponsors, the legions of volunteers and the participating buildings that make this event possible.”

Visitors to the region can join the 75,000 people expected to attend this year’s event, and are encouraged to take advantage of the free OC Transpo shuttle bus sponsored by the Ottawa Citizen. More than 50 downtown buildings involved are easily accessible from the shuttle loop, making it an effective way to explore.

For a full listing of participating buildings and information about the shuttle bus, visit ottawa.ca/doorsopen or pick up a Doors Open Ottawa event guide at any Bridgehead location. Guides will also be distributed through the Ottawa Citizen and LeDroit on May 28, 29 and 30.

 

May 7, 2015

Fire hydrant testing begins

The City of Ottawa will be testing about 10,000 fire hydrants in the south, central and west ends of the City beginning today and ending in October. Hydrants are inspected annually to ensure that they are ready should they be needed by Ottawa Fire Services.

 While hydrants are being tested, neighbouring households may experience temporary inconveniences such as discoloured water and reduced water pressure. The discoloured water, which occurs when the testing process disturbs sediments in the water pipes, does not affect water quality but can stain laundry.

Residents are encouraged to turn off their taps for 10 to 20 minutes and to not do laundry while crews are testing the fire hydrants nearby. When work crews have left the area, turn on a cold water tap for a few minutes until the water runs clear.

The planned work schedule is posted on ottawa.ca. This will be updated regularly as work progresses. Unforeseen circumstances may require changes to the work plan, so residents should check the schedule frequently.

The City thanks residents for their patience and co-operation.

April 30, 2015

Main Street Renewal Project Open house - 11 May 2015

Monday, May 11th, 2015
6 to 9 pm
Room 120
Saint Paul University
Laframboise Hall, Ground Floor
249 Main Street, Ottawa

The City of Ottawa invites you to an Open House for information about a construction project that is scheduled to begin this spring with final completion in 2017.  Design drawings will be on display for your review.  Staff will also be on hand to provide information and receive comments.

Why: The existing street infrastructure has reached the end of its life-cycle, and the City has identified the need for reconstruction.  The recommended design was approved by City Council on July 17, 2013. The City planned this project under Schedule C of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process. The EA process was finalized in September 2013 after the completion of an Environmental Study Report. On this basis, Main Street will be renewed as a “complete street” featuring cycle tracks, wider sidewalks, on-street parking, and space for streetscaping. To accomplish this, vehicle lane reductions will be implemented in some locations. The street design varies along its approximately 2km length. 

What: The construction work will renew infrastructure in your neighbourhood.  Specifically, the works proposed include the introduction, rehabilitation and/or replacement of:

  • Sidewalks, cycling facilities, and transit facilities;
  • Opportunities for street amenities including landscaping and public art;
  • Street lighting and signage;
  • Watermains, sanitary, storm and combined sewers;
  • Lateral services to the property line;
  • Utility reconstruction as required;
  • Traffic control signal system; and
  • Road structure and pavement.

When: This work is planned to begin in Spring 2015 and final completion is anticipated for summer of 2017.

Where: Construction will take place on the following streets:

  • Main Street – Echo Drive to the Rideau River
  • Rideau River Drive – Main Street to 130m south of Main Street

At this time, all interested persons are invited to attend a fourth Public Open House.  The purpose of this Open House is to present the plans for street reconstruction. This includes:

  • The final detailed designs
  • Construction phasing and timing
  • Traffic management plans, including detours
  • Interim transit service
  • Interim pedestrian and cycling routes
  • Stakeholder communications

It is important to note that for sections of Main Street, only southbound traffic will be maintained during construction.  Northbound traffic will be detoured via Riverside Drive, Bank Street and Isabella Street.  Additional information on the traffic management plan and associated detours is available.

City staff and the project consultant will be on hand to discuss the project and respond to questions.

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa.  If you require special accommodation, please contact the undersigned.

For further information or to provide comments, please contact the City’s project manager or the consulting team project manager at the addresses below.

Josée Vallée, P.Eng.
Infrastructure Services Department
Design and Construction Municipal East Branch
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Crescent, 6th Floor
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
josee.vallee@ottawa.ca
Tel.:613-580-2424 x 21805
Fax: 613-560-6064

Ron Clarke, MCIP, RPP
Manager, Planning and Design
Parsons (formerly Delcan)
1223 Michael Street, Suite 100
Ottawa, ON K1J 7T2
ronald.clarke@parsons.com
Tel.:613-738-4160 x 5226
Fax: 613-739-7105

 

April 20, 2015

City seeking public input on six commemorative naming proposals

The City of Ottawa Commemorative Naming Committee is conducting public consultations on six separate naming proposals to:

  • Name a new park at 701 Meadow Ridge Circle “Doug Rivington Park”
  • Name a woodland area on Abbott Street adjacent to Sacred Heart High School the “Kemp Woodland”
  • Name a new park at 130 Woodbine Place “Percy Taverner Park”
  • Rename the Osgoode Multi-Use Pathway the “Doug Thompson Multi-Use Pathway”
  • Name the gazebo in Davidson Park at 5 Ryerson Avenue the “George Watson Gazebo”
  • Rename Black Tern Park at 53 Black Tern Crescent “Brian Parsons Park”

Doug Rivington Park – (Ward 5 – West Carleton-March)

In recognition of Doug Rivington’s extensive community service, the City of Ottawa has been asked to name a new park at 701 Meadow Ridge Circle “Doug Rivington Park”.

Doug Rivington has contributed to the community in many ways including chairman of the school board, president of the Carp Agricultural Society, and warden at St James Church. He has provided gratuitous labour to the Carp splash pad, making the Parish of Huntley Hall wheelchair accessible, and generous monetary support to the Carp Fair, the Huntley Curling Club, the West Carleton Community Complex, Huntley Centennial Public School, the West Carleton Library and local sports teams.

View the online proposal for the “Doug Rivington Park”.

Kemp Woodland – (Ward 6 – Stittsville)

In recognition of the name’s historical significance, the City of Ottawa has been asked to name a woodland area on Abbott Street East adjacent to Sacred Heart High School the “Kemp Woodland”.

Born in 1838 in what is today called Stittsville, John Kemp was the son of William Kemp, one of Goulbourn’s early Irish settlers. John Kemp was a prominent 19th century Stittsville tavern keeper, railway contractor, and Goulbourn Township reeve from 1887 to 1894. He is best known as the builder and owner of the stone mansion Kemp’s Tavern, which now houses Cabotto’s Restaurant on Hazeldean Road.

View the online proposal for the “Kemp Woodland”.

Percy Taverner Park – (Ward 17 – Capital)

In recognition of Percy Taverner’s demonstrated excellence and exceptional service, the City of Ottawa has been asked to name a new park at 130 Woodbine Place “Percy Taverner Park”.

Percy A. Taverner (1875-1947) was a distinguished and internationally honoured biologist, a pillar of the Ottawa naturalist community, and in 1911 became the first ornithologist for the Natural History branch of the National Museum of Canada (now the Canadian Museum of Nature). He was president of the Ottawa Field Naturalists’ Club in the 1930s and was substantially responsible for the survival of this organization and its journal, The Canadian Field-Naturalist, which he founded.

View the online proposal for the “Percy Taverner Park”.

Doug Thompson Multi-Use Pathway – (Ward 20 – Osgoode and Ward 22 – Gloucester-South Nepean)

In recognition of Doug Thompson’s extensive community service, the City of Ottawa has been asked to rename the Osgoode Multi-Use Pathway the “Doug Thompson Multi-Use Pathway”.

Doug Thompson began his political career as a member of Osgoode Township Council in 1984. Subsequently, he became the Mayor of Osgoode Township until amalgamation of the City of Ottawa. Following amalgamation, he was elected to three consecutive terms as City Councillor for Osgoode Ward until his retirement in 2014. Over his 31 years in office, Doug provided assistance to countless residents, community associations, organizations and charities.

Doug Thompson was instrumental in moving the Osgoode Multi-Use Pathway forward and to fruition.

View the online proposal for the “Doug Thompson Multi-Use Pathway”.

George Watson Gazebo – (Ward 22 – Gloucester-South Nepean)

In recognition of George Watson’s excellence, courage and exceptional service, the City of Ottawa has been asked to name the gazebo in Davidson Park at 5 Ryerson Avenue the “George Watson Gazebo”.

George W. Watson (1919-2014) joined the Canadian Army in 1940 at the age of 21, and travelled to Europe for training. Having demonstrated exceptional skill, intelligence and bravery, he was posted to the First Special Services Force. History would eventually refer to this unit as the “Devil’s Brigade”, a joint American-Canadian unit known for getting the tough assignments.

After settling in Ottawa, George became a fixture in the small community of Heart’s Desire. He was also an active member of a local Royal Canadian Legion branch from 1993 to 2006.

View the online proposal for the “George Watson Gazebo”.

Brian Parsons Park – (Ward 23 – Kanata South)

In recognition of Brian Parsons’ excellence, courage and exceptional service, the City of Ottawa has been asked to rename Black Tern Park at 53 Black Tern Crescent the “Brian Parsons Park”.

Brian Parsons has been an active member of the community serving as vice-president of the Bridlewood Community Association from 1997 to 1999. In this capacity, Brian organized the Bridlewood community Canada Day celebrations and the New Year’s Eve community party.

Since being diagnosed with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) in 2013, Brian has been tirelessly campaigning to improve the rights and benefits for family members of ALS patients to allow them to take time off work so they can provide round-the-clock care to their loved one during the final stages of life. In addition, Brian has been raising funds for ALS.

View the online proposal for the “Brian Parsons Park”

April 16, 2015

The City of Ottawa is hosting the 12th annual AccessAbility Day

Save the date.

Date: Friday, May 29, 2015 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
Location: Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West

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.

Please save the date to attend this event.

Stay tuned to Ottawa.ca for more information about the event and how to register.

April 15, 2015

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.

 

April 1, 2015

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
Jean Pigott Place, City Hall
110 Laurier Avenue West
5 to 8 p.m., Presentation at 6:30 p.m.
Transit routes 5, 6, 14 and Transitway Routes

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
• That is sensitive to the unique aspects of specific areas
•That identifies road users and their various modes of transportation

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
110 Laurier Avenue West Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1J1
613.580.2424 ext. 27881
E-mail: colin.simpson@ottawa.ca

March 31, 2015

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:

  • Its partnership with Hire Immigrants Ottawa to bring together employers and immigrant-serving agencies.
  • Developing an immigration strategy, which includes the Annual Immigrant Entrepreneurship Awards and the Professional Internship for Newcomers program.
  • Organizing Diversity Cafés where employees can discuss experiences and issues involving diversity.
  • Hosting an annual AccessAbility Day to celebrate accessibility and inclusion.

“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.

March 25, 2015

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:

  • Maximizes greenspace by re-instating existing Parkway lanes of traffic closer together
  • Develops a park of national significance along the shoreline
  • Protects the trees and landscaped buffer between the Parkway and adjacent urban areas
  • Enhances existing pathways and creates new pathways and two new crossings under the Parkway
  • Reduces annual bus trips on the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway by more than 450,000
  • Increases useable shoreline park space by 38 per cent

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.

March 23, 2015

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

March 16, 2015

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:

  • pregnancy
  • breastfeeding
  • the growth and development of your child
  • mental health
  • when to worry, when not to
  • healthy eating
  • immunization
  • how to talk to your child and teen about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs
  • how to talk to your child and teen about puberty and sexuality
  • community services for your family

For more information on pregnancy and parenting, please visit ParentinginOttawa.com or call the OPH Information Line at 613-580-6744. You can also follow OPH on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.


March 11, 2015

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.

March 9, 2015

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:

  • the existing lanes of traffic would be reinstated closer together and directly above the fully buried rail line in order to create a new “stacked” transportation corridor to maximize the amount of continuous green space through the corridor and along the waterfront;
  • lands and landscaping elements would be restored;
  • a park of national significance would be developed along the shoreline;
  • the mature forest would be retained and enhanced;
  • pathway additions and enhancements would be created, with two new crossings under the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway into the future linear park;
  • an eventual reduction would be achieved of nearly 500,000 bus trips annually on the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway; and
  • a total of 38 percent more usable shoreline parkland would be made available.

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.”

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.

Be in the know about snow
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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