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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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).
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.
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.
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:
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:
Further details, schedules and maps are available at ontrack2018.ca.
Summer service improvements
Special summer weekend service
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Victoria Day schedule changes
The City of Ottawa would like to remind residents of the following schedule changes for Victoria Day (Monday, May 18).
Garbage, green bin and recycling collection:
Ottawa Public Health:
Municipal child care services:
Ottawa Public Library:
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.
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.
Main Street Renewal Project Open house - 11 May 2015
Monday, May 11th, 2015
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:
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:
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:
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.
Ron Clarke, MCIP, RPP
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:
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”
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.
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.
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:
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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).