Councillor Kavanagh’s Message

Motion for Chalk River referred to Standing Committee on Environmental Protection and Waste Water Management One of the most important natural resources we have in Ottawa is our drinking water supply from the Ottawa River so we need to ensure that it is protected for generations to come. The privately-owned Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is proposing…

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Ottawa Public Health: COVID-19 Daily Dashboard

Ottawa Public Health’s COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Ottawa, including indicators for local monitoring and informing re-opening decisions. Data in this dashboard are based on information extracted from The COVID-19 Ottawa Database (The COD). The COD is a dynamic disease reporting system that allows for ongoing updates; data represent a snapshot at the time of…

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Vaccine Update Presentations to City Council

Emergency Operations Committee Vaccine Update English French Ottawa Public Health Vaccine Update English French February 23, 2021 Ottawa has completed first dose offers of COVID-19 vaccines to eligible residents at all retirement homes in the city. This milestone has been reached through the efforts of Mobile Vaccination Teams, comprised of staff from the Ottawa Paramedic…

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Steps to Cost-Effective Home Flood Protection

Information for help reduce your risk of flooding Information on Sewer backups and basement flooding available at Ottawa.ca Residential Protective Plumbing Program The Residential Protective Plumbing Program (RPPP) provides financial assistance to qualified City of Ottawa property owners for the installation of protective plumbing devices, such as sump pumps and storm and sanitary backwater valves…

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Road Closures: Ahearn and Ritchie

R.W. Tomlinson Limited has informed us of the upcoming partial closures at Ritchie St. and Ahearn Ave. To allow the installation of sewer and watermain services to 2930 Ritchie Street.  The temporary closure shall be as follows: Ritchie Street Road Closure (From Ahearn Ave to Riga Private) Ritchie Street: In between 70 and 119 Ritchie…

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Have your say: Prince of Wales Bridge multi-use pathway

Ottawa – The City of Ottawa is holding an online engagement until March 8 to present the Prince of Wales Bridge Environmental Assessment study and proposed options for a new interim multi-use pathway. This link would become an interprovincial active transportation crossing over the Ottawa River, where residents would be able to walk, cycle and…

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Give your feedback on the proposed Vacant Unit Tax

The City is looking for feedback from residents as it considers a residential Vacant Unit Tax, which would help the City fund more affordable housing. Go to engage.ottawa.ca/VUT to fill out the brief survey – it is quick and easy. The deadline is Wednesday, March 31. The Vacant Unit Tax is a secondary tax to…

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COVID-19 Update by Dr Vera Etches

February 23, 2021 Testing in Schools and in the Community As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve in Ottawa, it is more important than ever that everyone who needs to be tested does so. Testing is the only way to confirm if you have COVID-19 or not — do not rely on someone else’s negative…

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Launch of the Service Line Warranties of Canada (SLWC) Program

We have received many enquiries regarding letters sent by Service Line Warranties of Canada which included a City of Ottawa logo. The City’s partnership with SLWC The City of Ottawa has partnered with Service Line Warranties of Canada (SLWC) to offer Ottawa homeowners protection plans to help cover repair costs associated with their portion of…

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City Meetings from March 1 to 5

Ottawa – All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held by remote, electronic participation, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts, visit ottawa.ca/agendas or call 3-1-1. The City of Ottawa continues to take COVID-19 seriously, and in following the advice of provincial and federal governments is…

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RVCA Neighbourhood Flood Maps

RVCA Current watershed conditions Flood Maps Grandview East Grandview West RVCA launches flood of new data tools to help prepare for high water The spring melt is just around the corner, and what better way to prepare for it than a new and improved flood data website for waterfront residents? The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority’s…

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Spring Freshet Planning and Flood Preparedness 2021

Memo from the GM of Emergency and Protective Services on February 24th, 2021 The City’s Spring Freshet Taskforce is actively preparing for the 2021 spring freshet.  Planning began in Fall 2020. The plan includes mobilizing a second Emergency  Operations Centre (EOC) for the spring freshet supported by the Office of Emergency Management and the Public…

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Residential Stormwater Retrofit Pilot Program: Rain Ready Ottawa

Ottawa homeowners will be able to take advantage of a new pilot program to help manage stormwater on their properties. The three-year pilot will train landscapers, offer education and outreach, provide free assessments and cover up to $5,000 per household for stormwater-management projects.  Rainwater and your property Pinecrest Neighbourhood RAIN Pilot Project Rain Ready Ottawa…

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If your vehicle breaks down on a highway…

News update from Ottawa Police Services on February 25, 2021 If your vehicle breaks down on a highway, here’s why you should call police. When your car breaks down on a road, you likely get out, try to figure out what’s wrong and if you can’t fix it yourself, you call for roadside assistance for…

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The Rideau Canal Skateway is closing for the season

The NCC is reporting that the Skateway will not reopen this winter, marking the end of its 51st season.  With the warmer days of weather, in addition to a snowstorm and warmer temperatures in the forecast for early next week, continued maintenance would unfortunately not return the Skateway to safe conditions. The 51st season lasted continuously for 26 excellent skating days,…

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Traffic impacts from Thursday, February 25

Byron Avenue – The section of Byron Avenue between Lockhart Road and Redwood Avenue is closed until the end of March for Stage 2 LRT work. Local access via Byron Avenue is not maintained. The section of Byron Avenue between Richardson and Harcourt avenues is also closed until the end of March for Stage 2…

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View Woodpark TTC Meeting

Councillor Kavanagh invited Woodpark residents to a consultation session about traffic concerns and options for traffic calming.  Now that the speed limit on Woodpark’s local streets is 40 km, additional traffic calming tools may need to be used to help reduce the average speed of drivers.  City staff was on hand to discuss options and…

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Councillor Kavanagh’s Message

Community and Protective Services Committee Update This past Thursday I attended, the first Community and Protective Services Committee (CPSC) meeting of 2021, as a voting member. During this meeting we received  and approved a report on Ottawa’s emergency shelters and transitional housing programs These supportive agencies will soon offer improved standards of operations and service…

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Stage 2 Construction Update Jan 22 to Feb 19

Overall The City of Ottawa’s Rail Construction Program is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and is in contact with the constructors about adhering to guidance provided by Ottawa Public Health and the Province of Ontario. Construction is underway across all three Stage 2 O-Train Extensions: In the south, work is progressing well at the Walkley…

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City Meetings from February 22 to 26

Ottawa – All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held remotely with electronic participation, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts, visit ottawa.ca/agendas or call 3-1-1. The City continues to take COVID-19 seriously, and in following the advice of provincial and federal governments is making significant…

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OC Transpo reducing costs for LRT Line 1

To reduce costs, provide additional capacity and further improve reliability on Line 1, the City is implementing the following: Effective the first week of March, rail service will be adjusted to operate on an 11-train peak period service schedule for two months. Due to the pandemic, ridership continues to be low. An 11-train schedule provides…

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Dementia 613

The Canadian Institute for Health Information reports that unpaid caregivers of people living with dementia are more likely (45%) to experience distress than caregivers of other seniors (26%). The Ottawa and Renfrew County support organization for people living with dementia, and for people caring for people diagnosed with dementia, know that caregiver distress is at…

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OC Transpo: New Touchless Pay Fare

Starting February 16, we’re introducing a new way to pay your fare at Rideau Station. As a trial, you can tap to pay with your credit card and smartphone mobile wallet at one of the fare gates. Only single-ride Adult fares will be charged at the gate during the trial period, and no transfers will…

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LRT Stage 2 Traffic Updates – Pinecrest Ramp

Starting March 1 at 12:01 am, the on-ramp from Pinecrest Road northbound to Highway 417 westbound will be closed for Stage 2 LRT work until November 2021. Signed detours will be in place & cycling and pedestrian routes will remain open. Info: Ottawa.ca/News The Stage 2 LRT team will be completing construction work that will…

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Ongoing high-end vehicle thefts

The Ottawa Police reminds the community that the risk of thefts, and repeat thefts, of high-end Lexus and Toyota vehicles in Ottawa remains present, particularly with Tacoma and Highlander. There have been 5 luxury vehicle thefts in Kanata (Bridlewood area) in a single overnight. There have been multiple vehicles stolen recently in the Crystal beach…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Update

Updated Provincial Direction – Phase 1 Priority Populations On Sunday, February 14th, the Province issued a memo directing the sequencing of additional Phase 1 priority populations for COVID-19 vaccination, among other things. The memo was issued to provide direction prior to the expected gradual increase in Ontario’s vaccine supply in the coming weeks. A positive…

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Committee of Adjustment – March 3 @ 6:30 pm

Please contact the Committee Office at cofa@ottawa.ca with your comments.     2221 Lawn & 428 Ancaster To subdivide the property into two separate parcels of land in order to create separate ownerships for each half of the long semi-detached dwelling, currently under construction. 84 – 90 Doane To subdivide the property into four separate parcels…

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Traffic Impacts from Thursday Feb 18

Byron Avenue – Sections of Byron Avenue between Lockhart Road and Redwood Avenue, and between Richardson Avenue and Ancaster Avenue are closed until the end of March for Stage 2 LRT work. Highway 417 – The Highway 417 westbound on-ramp from northbound Pinecrest Road will close nightly from 11 pm to 5 am, beginning Wednesday,…

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Pilot program with grants for residential stormwater management approved by Committee

Ottawa – Homeowners in the Pinecrest Creek/Westboro and Eastern Subwatershed areas could soon be eligible to get grants for stormwater management projects. On Monday, February 16th, the City’s Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management approved piloting a program to encourage homeowners to manage stormwater on their properties. The three-year pilot includes training…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

This week City Council voted to add 1,281 hectares of land to our city urban boundary and designated where those lands would be located.  This was based on a decision made in May 2020 that Ottawa would expand its urban boundary to absorb 40% of its projected growth while 60% of its growth was to be done through intensification…

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Councillor Kavanagh joins two new committees

Councillor Kavanagh currently serves on the following committees: Audit Committee Transit Commission Ottawa Board of Health Ottawa Community Housing Corporation At last City Council meeting, her application to serve on the following two additional committees was passed. Community and Protective Services The Community and Protective Services Committee is responsible for creating and maintaining a safe…

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LRT Stage 2: Temp Road Closure Byron Update

February 2021 This notice is to advise that, as part of the Stage 2 O-Train Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, sections of Byron Avenue will be temporarily closed for underground utilities relocation work. WHAT:        Road closure for utilities relocation for the future LRT tunnel. There will be sections of Byron Avenue closed during this work.…

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City gradually returning to Orange-Restrict status

City gradually restarting in-person services under Ontario’s Orange-Restrict status Ottawa – The Province of Ontario is lifting the COVID-19 restrictions and moving Ottawa to Orange-Restrict status, effective Tuesday, February 16 at 12:01 am. The Orange-Restrict status allows the City of Ottawa to resume some of the same services offered before the provincial state-of-emergency orders came…

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City of Ottawa Meetings from February 16 to 19

Ottawa – All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held remotely with electronic participation, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts, visit ottawa.ca/agendas or call 3-1-1. The City continues to take COVID-19 seriously, and in following the advice of provincial and federal governments is making significant…

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Federal Funding Announcement – Public Transit

On Wednesday, February 10th, the Prime Minister announced $14.9 billion for public transit projects over the next eight years. This announcement includes permanent funding of $3 billion per year for Canadian communities beginning in 2026-27. No specific details regarding allocations have been provided. This announcement provides predictable transit funding in support of the federal plan…

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Britannia Winter Trail – Spread the Love

From February 10th to 17th, the Britannia Winter Trail team are asking you to ‘Spread the Love‘ by supporting their Gofundme fundraising Campaign. Their goal is to raise an additional $5,000 to support the purchase of a container (and the associated installation costs) to give their equipment a permanent home. In return, they are SPREADING…

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Dog Nuisance- Woodroffe High School

REMINDER: Dogs are not allowed on school grounds. I attended a Woodroffe High School (WHS) Council meeting and they have asked me to remind residents that no dogs are allowed on WHS school property. If you must pass through, please have your dog on leash. They should not be on the tennis court, sports field…

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LRT Stage 2 Update

O-Train – Ward 7 Moodie Station Area and Light Maintenance and Storage Facility (LMSF): LMSF retaining wall and block wall construction is underway. LMSF sanitary and watermain work is underway. Moodie Drive drilled shafts and soldier pile work is underway with abutments to follow. NW temporary ramp construction at Moodie Drive is ongoing. Holly Acres…

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LRT Stage 2 – Notice of Sidewalk Closure – McEwen Ave.

As part of the Stage 2 O-Train Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, crews and equipment will be working to relocate utilities on a narrow section of McEwen Avenue. What: Crews, trucks and equipment will be performing utility work including excavation and relocation of a sanitary line which will result in the temporary closure and realigned sidewalk. When: As early…

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COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Update

Ottawa was expected to complete first dose COVID-19 vaccinations for eligible residents in high-risk retirement homes by end of day Wednesday, February 10, 2021. COVID vaccines offered to eligible residents in high-risk retirement homes There are 84 designated retirement homes in Ottawa. Of these, 37 were identified as being higher risk by Ottawa Public Health…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution FAQs

Last Update: February 11, 2021 Answers are based on the current information available. As the situation remains dynamic, please visit the Government of Ontario’s website for the latest updates. The following questions were those most frequently asked by residents and Members of Council from January 4th to present. These FAQs will be updated as new…

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Road Closure Notice – Riddell Ave North

Type of Work:  Install sanitary, storm and water connections – servicing 835-837 Riddell Avenue North Permit Number:  RC210267 Location: Riddell Avenue North between Lenester Avenue and Carling Avenue Date of Proposed Closure:  Monday, 22 February 2021 until Friday, 5 March 2021 Local traffic is permitted to have access, however no street parking or stopping is…

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Council approves additional land for urban boundary

I’m disappointed that Council voted in favour of including the Tewin lands for future development of a new satellite community. Read my statement explaining my vote against it. City Council Update When Council adopts a new Official Plan before the end of the year, it will extend Ottawa’s urban boundary – the line that divides suburban…

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Traffic Impacts in Ottawa from Thursday, Feb 11

The westbound on-ramp from northbound Pinecrest Road will close nightly for Stage 2 LRT work from 11 pm to 5 am starting Tuesday, February 16 ending the morning of Friday, February 26. The following Highway 174 ramps will close for Stage 2 LRT roadwork: The westbound off-ramp to Montreal Road is closed nightly from 10…

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Family Day schedule changes and cancellations

Ottawa –The City of Ottawa reminds residents of the following schedule changes for Family Day on Monday, February 15. Provincial Orders have temporarily closed City-managed recreation and cultural facilities and suspended some in-person services. The provincial Stay-at-Home order remains in effect on Family Day. Client services Client service centres, including the Government Service Centre at…

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Committee of Adjustment – February 3 – Decisions

Please contact the Committee Office at cofa@ottawa.ca with your comments.     104 Britannia – No Decision The Committee of Adjustment will consider an Application for Minor Variances for a reduced lot area and reduced rear and corner side yards for the construction of a detached dwelling with a secondary dwelling unit over the attached garage.…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

In May 2020, after much debate, Ottawa City Council adopted a framework on how to deal with the City’s future growth to the year 2046.   The decision was that City growth would be managed by a combination of 60% of growth occurring through intensification (i.e. building within our current urban boundary) and 40% through urban land expansion (i.e. using undeveloped land on the City’s outskirts for new development).  Not everyone agreed with this approach…

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Vaccine Distribution Update

COVID Vaccines Offered for a Second Time at all of Ottawa’s LTCHs Second round offerings of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to eligible residents at LTCHs have been ongoing. On Friday afternoon February 5th, the second visit to all of Ottawa’s 28 LTCHs will be completed. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide…

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New Official Plan – City Growth Management Strategy

The city is looking for your input at Ottawa.ca/NewOP by February 17th, 2020. My message this week covers the City’s Growth Management Strategy and the recent committee decision to include two motions taht would be a major shift of land use for the urban-land expansion. Neither were recommended by City staff who had developed the various options and rated them on suitability for…

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New Official Plan – Regeneration (Infill)

The city is looking for your input at Ottawa.ca/NewOP by February 17th, 2020. The City has developed 21 different one-page fact sheets to give people a general sense of the topics the OP will address. During the next couple of months, I will be highlighting these topics in the weekly Bay Ward Bulletin. Click here to view the…

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New Official Plan – Mobility

The city is looking for your input at Ottawa.ca/NewOP by February 17th, 2020. The City has developed 21 different one-page fact sheets to give people a general sense of the topics the OP will address. During the next couple of months, I will be highlighting these topics in the weekly Bay Ward Bulletin. Click here to view the topics covered in…

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Will you #ChoosetoChallenge?

This year’s International Women’s Day 2021 campaign theme is #ChooseToChallenge We invite Bay Ward residents to strike the pose and send your photo to bayward@ottawa.ca. We will create and share the collage of residents’ photos for International Women’s Day on March 8th, 2021. My team and I #ChoosetoChallenge. Join us. A challenged world is an…

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Committee approves up to 1,500 shared e-scooters this year

I received many emails from residents of Ottawa and Bay Ward about e-scooters. Most were in favour of continuing to allow this mode of transportation in Ottawa. Although, e-scooters are not allowed in Bay Ward, I support the continuation and expansion of the pilot project if enforcement is strengthened and effective. Residents with site and…

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2021 Recycling in Parks Expanded Pilot

The 2021 Recycling in Parks pilot will be expanded from Phase 3, aiming to build on the lessons learned and best practices identified from past pilots. Specifically, it will be expanded to include several different park types from across the City, with a goal of even distribution amongst wards, and include one (1) destination park…

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City Meetings from February 8 to 12

Ottawa – All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held remotely with electronic participation, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts, visit ottawa.ca/agendas or call 3-1-1. The City continues to take COVID-19 seriously, and in following the advice of provincial and federal governments is making significant…

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City of Ottawa’s Roads Team featured on the Nature of Things

Recently, CBC’s Nature of Things ran a feature called Wild Canadian Weather – Cold. The City of Ottawa’s Roads and Parking Team were selected to showcase the challenges and effectiveness of managing a Canadian winter.  Ottawa is featured at approximately 26 minutes in.  The video highlights many aspects of the city’s winter operations – snow…

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Meet Bay Ward resident River!

Bay Ward resident Bente is very proud of her River. Her pet River was a nominee in the FACES Awards in the Pets category.  River won the Pet Social Media Personality category. We’re told that this category was new this year as organizers understood that pet influencers are also important to our Ottawa community. If…

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February is Black History Month

February 1st marked the start of Black History Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present, who have enriched our country and communities. It is also a time to learn and reflect on the past so we can identify what we can do individually and collectively to address…

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Traffic Impacts from Thursday, Feb 4

Byron Avenue – Byron Avenue is closed between Sherbourne Road and Redwood Avenue, and between New Orchard and Ancaster avenues until the end of March for Stage 2 LRT work. Ancaster Avenue – Ancaster Avenue is closed between Byron Avenue and Richmond Road until Monday, February 22 for Stage 2 LRT work. Redwood Avenue –…

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Coyote sighting at Frank Ryan Park

Who should I call when I see a coyote? Aggressive behaviour by a coyote towards a human should be reported immediately to the Ottawa Police Service by calling 9-1-1. If you have been bitten or scratched by a coyote, please call Ottawa Public Health, (or 3-1-1 after hours) to speak with a Public Health Inspector.…

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Sidewalk Standards Information Session

If you use Ottawa sidewalks, we need your feedback! The City of Ottawa invites you to join other members of the public on February 9 for an online engagement session and to review the City’s sidewalk design standards – sidewalk styles, including safety and accessibility. The City of Ottawa is reviewing the two adopted sidewalk…

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Affordable Housing Development Opportunities

The City of Ottawa has identified multiple sites it owns as opportunities for affordable housing development. All these sites are within a short distance of LRT Stage 2 stations so they fit the definition of Transit Oriented Development.  There are no plans yet available for any of these sites. Below are the sites listed in…

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City of Ottawa summer student recruitment is now open

Are you interested in working at the City this summer? Our summer recruitment program is now open at ottawa.ca/careers. The City will focus on hiring summer students for critical roles supporting essential services for summer 2021. We have more than 70 summer jobs for students aged 16 and over. There are a few jobs within Recreation,…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

At City Council’s first meeting of 2021, this past Wednesday, I put forward a motion seconded by Mayor Jim Watson asking Council to request the Mayor to write to the Premier of Ontario and the Ontario Minister of Health to request that the Government of Ontario immediately apply the same rules to small businesses that…

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New Official Plan – Healthy & Inclusive Communities

The city is looking for your input at Ottawa.ca/NewOP by February 17th, 2020. The City has developed 21 different one-page fact sheets to give people a general sense of the topics the OP will address. During the next couple of months, I will be highlighting these topics in the weekly Bay Ward Bulletin. Click here to view all…

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New Official Plan – Food

The city is looking for your input at Ottawa.ca/NewOP by February 17th, 2020. The City has developed 21 different one-page fact sheets to give people a general sense of the topics the OP will address. During the next couple of months, I will be highlighting these topics in the weekly Bay Ward Bulletin. Click here to view all…

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What to Include In your Winter Emergency Kit

We may not be driving much this year because of the lock-down, but if you do drive, it’s important to have an emergency kit. Driving in the winter can be an unpleasant experience. Slippery roads, poor visibility and extreme cold can be difficult to contend with. Though your car may be equipped to handle the…

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City Meetings from February 1 to 5

Ottawa – All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held by remote, electronic participation, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts, visit ottawa.ca/agendas or call 3-1-1. The City of Ottawa continues to take COVID-19 seriously, and in following the advice of provincial and federal governments is…

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Rent Payments and Resources during the COVID-19

Pandemic Information for Tenants Financial assistance and supports for rent arrears Some residents may be struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which may put some households at risk of eviction because of unpaid rent. The ban on residential evictions has now ended, and the Landlord & Tenant Board is processing eviction applications again. To…

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LRT Stage2: Richmond Road Pedestrian Detour

Winter 2021 This notice is to advise that, as part of the Stage 2 O-Train Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, a section of Richmond Road south sidewalk and a section of Lincoln Fields pathway will be temporarily detoured. WHAT: Due to the construction of the LRT tunnel, a section of Richmond Road south sidewalk and…

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If you missed it – View info session of Stage 2 LRT Impact on 417 Interchanges Pinecrest, Holly Acres, & Moodie

The Queensview to Moodie  rail runs parallel to the 417.  The tracks will need to cross over interchanges at Pinecrest, Holly Acres, and Moodie Dr.  The construction will require that some exit and entrance ramps be closed or altered for significant periods of time.  On Tuesday, February 16th, Councillor Kavanagh hosted an information session to…

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LRT Stage 2 – Byron Avenue Works

Please be advised that beginning as early as Monday February 1st, the Byron Storm Sewer Works are progressing and will be shifting east to Ancaster to Woodroffe. The Traffic Control Plan (see above) demonstrates the closure of Byron to facilitate these works.

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Call for Proposals – Federal Anti-Racism Secretariat

The Federal Anti-Racism Secreatariat would like to inform you that their colleagues at the Department of Employment and Social Development Canada launched a Call for Proposals for the Sectoral Initiatives Program. Interested parties are invited to submit proposals for projects that will help key sectors of the economy address labour market challenges and drive economic…

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Vaccine distribution

The federal government is responsible for approving COVID-19 vaccines, buying them and distributing them to the provinces and territories. The Province of Ontario distributes doses to the various cities and regions. It is also responsible for determining the sequence of who gets the vaccine. Priority is given to the people who are at highest risk: residents of long-term…

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Hydro Ottawa: Financial Assistance Programs

Hydro Ottawa offers several programs to help customers experiencing difficulty with paying their electricity bills. For more information, visit: hydroottawa.com The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP), which provides emergency financial relief to eligible low-income customers to avoid having their service disconnected.  The COVID-19 Energy Assistance Programs  The COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) for residential customers provides financial support to residential consumers who…

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Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 Update

Back to School  OPH welcomes the announcement by the Province to reopen in-person learning at schools in Ottawa starting February 1, 2021. This reinforces the importance of school attendance for the well-being of children and communities and aligns with evidence that the public health measures within school settings have been successful in preventing widespread transmission of…

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Anti-Racism Secretariat-community action planning sessions

Please note the upcoming virtual community action planning sessions listed below.   The sessions will offer residents an opportunity to shape the next steps of the Secretariat. These sessions will determine immediate actions within the six key priority areas of employment equity, housing, equity in governance, economic development, health outcomes and youth development – all of which are within the…

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Make Snow Angels to Keep Kids Warm

Making Angels in the Snow is one of the most fun and universal (and safe!) winter play activities for all ages. From February 1- 28, head outside, make your snow angel and share your videos or images on social media using the hashtag #SnowAngelChallenge. There are many prizes to be won, including a category for…

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PQCHC: In Motion & Momentum+ New Program

In Motion & Momentum+ is an evidence-based, engaging and experiential learning program that supports people who are at a pre-employability stage in their careers​. They want to move forward in their lives, but perhaps feel they are not capable or have no idea what moving forward looks like. It addresses the missing pieces they need:…

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By-Law Calls Data for 2020 Q4

If you are interested in the types and number of calls the City of Ottawa (3-1-1) by-law services received last year, the reports below will interest you. Summary of Call Volume In summary By-law & Regulatory Services experienced an overall increase of 11% in total call volume compared to Q4 of 2019. There were 3,091…

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Automated Speed Enforcement data July to Dec 2020

Below is a table that provides the number of charges filed related to the Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) pilot project from July, when the pilot project was launched to December 2020. An ASE camera site can either be fixed or semi-fixed. Two cameras are fixed at Bayshore Drive and Innes Road, and two cameras have…

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Snow Much Fun!

Plenty of free winter activities near your home Don’t let cabin fever and winter blues get you and your family down. Your local parks, rinks and trails are your close-to-home winter escape for “Snow Much Fun.” The City has plenty of free and safe activities to allow you to get out for a change of…

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COVID-19 in Ottawa – Support and Assistance

For more information visit ottawa.ca/socialservices. Suspension of all water service disconnections Corporate Accounts Receivable Invoices Employment and Social Services Human Needs Task Force Housing Services Property Tax Hardship Deferral Program Covid-19 water bill relief Olde Forge Community Resource Centre for Seniors For information on housing loss prevention, contact the following agencies for help: Action Housing…

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Traffic Impact from Thursday, Jan 28

Byron Avenue – Byron Avenue is closed between Sherbourne Road and Redwood Avenue, and between New Orchard and Ancaster avenues until the end of March for Stage 2 LRT work. Ancaster Avenue – Ancaster Avenue is closed between Byron Avenue and Richmond Road until Monday, February 22 for Stage 2 LRT work. Redwood Avenue –…

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Engage Ottawa – COVID-19 Vaccine

As Ottawa and the rest of the world continue to respond to the pandemic, the City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health are looking to learn more about your ideas and understanding of COVID-19 recommendations. This phase of engagement will focus on COVID-19 vaccines in Ottawa. Engage Ottawa – COVID-19 Vaccines We want to know…

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Ottawa’s Vaccine Distribution Plan

Links to view and/or download: English – Plan de vaccination contre la COVID-19 French On Tuesday, January 26th, 2021, the City of Ottawa held a technical briefing on Ottawa’s Vaccine Distribution Plan. The presentation is available below. Click below to view and scroll through the presentation. More information available online at OttawaPublicHealth.ca: COVID-19 Vaccine Vaccines…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

Blue Monday and the mental health and well-being of Ottawa parents This past Monday, or what has come to be known as “Blue Monday”, is the inspiration for my message to you this week.  “Blue Monday”, the third Monday of January, is the saddest day of the year. There is no factual science behind why…

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New Official Plan – Sidewalks and Driveways

The city is looking for your input at Ottawa.ca/NewOP by February 17th, 2020. The City has developed 21 different one-page fact sheets to give people a general sense of the topics the OP will address. During the next couple of months, I will be highlighting these topics in the weekly Bay Ward Bulletin. Click here to view all…

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New Official Plan – Employment

The city is looking for your input at Ottawa.ca/NewOP by February 17th, 2020. The City has developed 21 different one-page fact sheets to give people a general sense of the topics the OP will address. During the next couple of months, I will be highlighting these topics in the weekly Bay Ward Bulletin. Click here to view all…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution FAQs

Information as of January 20, 2021 – The following questions were those most frequently asked by residents and Members of Council from January 4, 2021 to present. These FAQs will be updated regularly as new details emerge from all levels of government. It is important to note that new information on COVID-19 vaccines is emerging…

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City to enforce no sledding rules at Mooney’s Bay hill

Ottawa – Sledding and tobogganing are prohibited at Mooney’s Bay hill. Effective today, the City will increase patrols and enforce the no sledding or tobogganing rules at the Mooney’s Bay hill, as it has been the scene of consistent large crowds, numbering in the hundreds, over the past two weeks. These gatherings are not complying…

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City Meetings from Jan 25 to Jan 29

Ottawa – All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held remotely with electronic participation, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts, visit ottawa.ca/agendas or call 3-1-1. The City continues to take COVID-19 seriously, and in following the advice of provincial and federal governments is making significant…

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Get Support for Learners from Province

ABOUT SUPPORT FOR LEARNERS You can get financial support to help with additional costs during the 2020-2021 school year due to COVID-19. Eligible applicants will receive a one-time payment of: $200 for each child or youth up to Grade 12 $250 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs The deadline to apply is February 8, 2021. Eligibility You…

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Register for the City’s Planning Primer 1

The Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department is offering the Planning Primer Program to help residents become more aware of, and more involved in, the land-use planning process. Online materials are also available for Courses and Electives. The program is a series of half-day courses. The series includes two core courses and two elective courses. Register for one…

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What can I do during the stay-at-home order?

Last week the Government of Ontario issued at stay-at-home order for the entire province, which requires everyone to stay home unless leaving for an essential purpose, such as going to work, attending a medical appointment, buying groceries or exercising. My office and the City of Ottawa have received many questions on what you can and…

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Help shape the City’s anti-racism work

On Wednesday, January 20th, the City of Ottawa’s Anti-Racism Secretariat has released a survey to give residents the opportunity to help shape its work. The survey is open to all residents and will help determine the immediate needs within the six priority areas identified in past consultation – employment equity, housing, governance, economic development, health…

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New Gatineau Park Master Plan

On Thursday, January 21, the Board of Directors of the National Capital Commission (NCC) approved the new Gatineau Park Master Plan, an update of the previous Master Plan approved in 2005.  The master plan, which will be implemented over the next 10 to 15 years, is structured around four key objectives:  conserving nature  providing recreational and cultural experiences in nature  promoting equitable and sustainable access  fostering engagement and collaboration…

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Committee of Adjustment – January 18 Decisions

Please contact the Committee Office at cofa@ottawa.ca with your comments.     846 Norton Ave The Committee of Adjustment will consider Applications for Consent to subdivide the property into two separate parcels of land in order to establish separate ownerships for the two-storey semi-detached dwelling currently under construction. Le Comité de dérogation étudiera des demandes d’autorisation…

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Traffic impacts from Thursday, January 21

Byron Avenue – Sections of Byron Avenue between Sherbourne Road and Redwood Avenue, and between New Orchard and Ancaster avenues remain closed until the end of March for Stage 2 LRT work. Redwood Avenue – Redwood Avenue will close between Richmond Road and Byron Avenue from Monday, January 25 until the end of April for…

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COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Update

Monday, January 18, 2021 MEMO FROM: Anthony Di Monte, General Manager of Emergency and Protective Services and Dr. Vera Etches, Medical Officer of Health The City’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), in collaboration with Ottawa Public Health (OPH), the Ottawa Hospital (TOH) and other health care partners are working together to vaccinate eligible residents against COVID-19,…

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Community Safety and Well-Being Plan – Phase 2

We want to hear from you! – Phase 2 engagement Everyone has a role to play in safety and well-being, and we want your feedback to continue to develop Ottawa’s Community Safety and Well-Being (CSWB) Plan. When we work effectively together as a community, we can address common priorities to ensure Ottawa is a safe,…

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LRT Stage 2: Notice of Night Work Pinecrest Station Area

As part of the Stage 2 O-Train Light Rail Transit (LRT) crews and equipment will be working overnight on Pinecrest Road, Highway 417, and at the future Pinecrest and Queensview Stations. WHEN: Overnight work Monday through Saturday will occur periodically from January through April, between the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. WHAT: New…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

I have received many questions from residents who are confused about the new measures imposed to control COVID-19 in our communities. I will be hosting a meeting on Wednesday, January 20, on COVID-19. I invited Brent Moloughney, the Deputy Medical Officer of Health from Ottawa Public Health. He will be available to answer your questions…

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Getting the Vaccine Who and When – A Phased Approach

To get the current information for Ottawa, refer to Ottawa Public Health website on the Vaccine. The Province of Ontario’s Plan for the Vaccine Read the Plan PHASE 1 Limited doses of the vaccine available for health care workers in hospitals, long-term care homes and retirement homes, other congregate care settings and remote Indigenous communities…

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Frozen water service pipes

Severe and uninterrupted cold can result in a frozen water service pipe, preventing water from reaching your internal plumbing. The City will issue a seasonal run water advisory to vulnerable properties when frost reaches the appropriate depth. If a water service pipe freezes, City crews work to restore water service to the affected property as soon as possible.…

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Hydrant Heroes

Keep fire hydrants clear of snow We encourage you to be a hydrant hero this winter and keep your local hydrant clear of snow. Clearing 1.5 metres around a hydrant maintains access for our firefighters and helps them keep you, your family and your community safe. Contractors are reminded to not pile snow over or…

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It’s been mild, be careful on the ice

Bay Ward is blessed to have such close access to the water. In summer we enjoy walks along the NCC path, the beach, swimming, windsurfing etc. During winter the water freezes over and many many residents ski, ice surf, and even skate on the water. However, when the weather is mild over an extended period,…

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United Way Energy Assistance Pilot Project

There is a new energy assistance program for residents of Ontario called the “Energy Affordability Program”, which offers free home upgrades to residents in 2 income tiers. Read more The Save on Energy  Energy Affordability Program are designed to help more Ontario residents save energy, reduce costs and stay comfortable at home. People who live in…

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City of Ottawa Meetings from January 18 to 22

Ottawa – All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held by remote, electronic participation, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts, visit ottawa.ca/agendas or call 3-1-1. The City of Ottawa continues to take COVID-19 seriously, and in following the advice of provincial and federal governments is…

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Blood Donation Event in Britannia

Location:  Blood Donation Event in Britannia @ Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre Friday, March 12 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Book now at blood.ca Blood Services have opened a new site for blood collection at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, 102 Greenview Ave.  Their first event will be held on Friday, March 12 from 3 to 7…

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Update on Canadian Tire at Carlingwood Mall

Construction of the Canadian Tire store at Carlingwood Mall is progressing on schedule, with a planned opening for fall 2022. They are approximately 15 weeks into the project, adhering to strict safety and COVID-19 protocols. I will share more updates as they become available.

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Ottawa West Winter Trail

Bay Ward is lucky to have two volunteer run winter activity trails. The Britannia Winter Trail and the Ottawa West Winter Trail. About the Ottawa West Winter Trail (Facebook) This free multi-use trail, in the west end of the Ottawa region, is available for x-country skiing, snowshoeing, walking, and fat-biking. Its main co-funders are the…

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Reused Christmas Trees at Frank Ryan Park

The Queensway Terrace North Community Association implemented a Christmas tree re-use project this season. See photo above of the “Christmas tree” forest currently in place at Frank Ryan Park.  Their optimal goal with this project is to make it fully circular (zero-waste) by finding one more use for the trees come March, once the skating…

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Olde Forge: Cyber Seniors

The Olde Forge RISE Program (Reaching Isolated Seniors with Electronics) is a complete suite of virtual programs dedicated to supporting the needs and interests of seniors in our community. Their programs help participants stay connected and can improve their physical, emotional and mental health by providing access to a variety of interactive virtual activities offered…

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View the 963 Hare Public Information Session

Zoning By-Law Amendment Application No new development is proposed. A minor zoning By-law amendment is required to facilitate the conversion of the existing detached dwelling into a group home. For more details click here. Councillor Kavanagh hosted an information session on February 2nd 2021. The recording of the meeting is available below. If you want…

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New Official Plan – Committee of Adjustment

The city is looking for your input at Ottawa.ca/NewOP by February 17th, 2020. The City has developed 21 different one-page fact sheets to give people a general sense of the topics the OP will address. During the next couple of months, I will be highlighting these topics in the weekly Bay Ward Bulletin. Click here to view all…

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What happens to my recycling

For information on how the City handles garbage and recycling visit Ottawa.ca. What do you do with leftover oil, grease or cooking fats? Instead of pouring them down the drain – which you should never do – put them into a milk carton, paper or wax cup or wrap in paper products and dispose of…

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Traffic Impacts from Thursday, January 14

Byron Avenue – Sections of Byron Avenue between Sherbourne Road and Redwood Avenue, and between New Orchard Avenue and Ancaster Avenue remain closed until the end of March for Stage 2 LRT work. Highway 417 – The westbound on-ramp from northbound Pinecrest Road will close daily between 10 am and 10:30 am beginning Monday, January…

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Notice of Temporary Road Closure – Redwood Avenue

This notice is to advise that, as part of the Stage 2 O-Train Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, a section of Redwood Avenue will be temporarily closed for underground utilities relocation work. WhatRoad closure for utilities relocation for the future LRT tunnel. There will be a section of Redwood Avenue closed during this work. WhenMonday,…

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Ontario’s new COVID-19 restrictions Jan 2021

The Province of Ontario declared a second provincial emergency Tuesday, January 12th and announced new restrictions in an effort to bring the virus under control.  Here are the new restrictions in place effective 12:01 a.m. Thursday and are anticipated to be in place until at least Thursday, February 11, 2021. Ontario will be placed under a…

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Bay Ward Resident starts The Sock Project

I loved reading the article titled “Saving soles: How an Ottawa woman spreads joy through socks” about Jessica Baird’s “Sock Project” in the Ottawa Citizen on January 12th. She has delivered thousands of socks to people, like herself, who are battling chronic illness and autoimmune diseases. The Sock Project

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

Come outside! There has been a lot of discouraging news with the latest pandemic lock-down here in Ottawa and it is not easy to swallow after many of us have done our part for many months being COVID-Wise. Vaccines are getting done but we still need to be careful until everyone is inoculated.  The good…

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New Official Plan – Urban Design

The city is looking for your input at Ottawa.ca/NewOP by February 17th, 2020. The City has developed 21 different one-page fact sheets to give people a general sense of the topics the OP will address. During the next couple of months, I will be highlighting these topics in the weekly Bay Ward Bulletin. Click here to view all…

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NCC’s Winter Capital Interactive Map & more

The NCC’s Winter Capital interactive map allows you to plan your perfect winter outing. Start by selecting an activity, then choose your experience, the duration and the level of difficulty. The sharable map will then suggest a variety of routes for you to enjoy — within the downtown core, in the Greenbelt or in Gatineau Park!  Canada’s Capital Region— To help everyone keep active during the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Capital Commission (NCC) is providing an unprecedented winter offering to create more public space…

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City Meetings from Jan 11 to Jan 15

Ottawa – All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held by remote, electronic participation, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts, visit ottawa.ca/agendas or call 3-1-1. The City of Ottawa continues to take COVID-19 seriously, and in following the advice of provincial and federal governments is…

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Upcoming Planning Committee Meeting on January 14 @ 9:30 am

On the agenda for the first meeting will be a discussion on Section 37 of the Planning Act. Residents can listen in or participate. Replacing Section 37 The Province is discontinuing the ability for municipalities to collect Section 37 benefits. Under Section 37 of the Planning Act, the City can sometimes negotiate a financial contribution…

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Traffic impacts from Thursday, January 7

Byron Avenue – Sections of Byron Avenue between Sherbourne Road and Redwood Avenue, and between New Orchard Avenue and Ancaster Avenue remain closed until the end of March for Stage 2 LRT work. Highway 417 – The following Highway 417 lane reductions and closures will take place: Between Merivale Road and Parkdale Avenue, lanes will…

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Vaccinations at Long Term Care Homes are now being administered

January 7, 2021 marked a public health breakthrough at one of our Long-Term Care homes when the first resident received vaccination against COVID-19 (see list below). At present, the City only has access to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is now being administered at long-term care and retirement homes. There is a supply shortage, the City…

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25-person limit at rinks and sledding hills

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Vera Etches issued a 25-person limit on City of Ottawa outdoor refrigerated rinks, community skating rinks and sledding hills. Starting January 9 an online booking system will be in place to reserve your spot for a free 45-minute skating time at one…

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Business Support & Recovery Information

Economic support and recovery COVID-19 requirements and best practices Business Reopening Toolkit Resources for businesses and workers Updates from the @OntarioGovernment Check out Ottawa.ca regularly for the latest updates. Get COVID-19 relief funding for your business Main Street Relief Grant for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) providing up to $1,000 for PPE costs to eligible small businesses…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Update

January 4, 2021 – Memo from Anthony Di Monte, GM of Emergency and Protective Services and Dr. Vera Etches, Medical Officer of Health The purpose of this memo is to provide Members of Council with an update on the current planning assumptions respecting the distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccines in our community, as directed…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

Hindsight 2020 If I was to describe 2020 it would be the year that we would most like to forget but should not. I don’t believe any of us will forget the work of Ottawa Public Health in this precarious situation under the leadership of Dr. Vera Etches.  We were all in uncharted territory as we learned what we could and could not…

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Mental Health through the Holidays

As the holidays approach, it’s so important to check in with ourselves and our loved ones to see how things are going and to make sure we are using good coping skills to support our mental health.    For some, this can mean getting back to good habits like getting enough sleep, being more active and…

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Ottawa to purchase new electric buses

Ottawa, Ontario, December 10, 2020—The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of investing in affordable and sustainable public transit that helps Canadians and their families travel to and from their destinations safely and efficiently. Investing in cleaner transit options not only helps us meet our climate targets, it ensures cleaner air and a brighter future…

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Stage 2: Road Closure Authorization – Byron Avenue

Location: Byron Ave from Richardson Ave to Compton Ave Duration: Monday, 4 January 2021 to Friday, 26 February 2021 Reason: Kiewit Eurovia Vinci General Partnership will be relocating underground utilities as part of LRT Phase 2 works Notification signs will be posted. Local and emergency vehicle access will be maintained. The impact to traffic should…

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New Official Plan – Parks

The city is looking for your input at Ottawa.ca/NewOP by February 17th, 2020. The City has developed 21 different one-page fact sheets to give people a general sense of the topics the OP will address. During the next couple of months, I will be highlighting these topics in the weekly Bay Ward Bulletin. Click here to view all…

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New Official Plan – Housing

The city is looking for your input at Ottawa.ca/NewOP by February 17th, 2020. The City has developed 21 different one-page fact sheets to give people a general sense of the topics the OP will address. During the next couple of months, I will be highlighting these topics in the weekly Bay Ward Bulletin. Click here to view all…

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COVID-19: Vaccine Update & a Safe Voluntary Isolation Site

COVID-19 Vaccine On December 9, 2020 Health Canada authorized the first COVID-19 vaccine in Canada, made by Pfiezer-BioNTech. Several other vaccines are currently at various stages of regulatory approval by Health Canada. As part of Phase One of Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program, the Ottawa Hospital (TOH) will be participating in the COVID-19 vaccine readiness program…

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Council approves Budget 2021

Ottawa – On Wednesday, December 9, City Council approved Budget 2021, which invests in the essential municipal services residents depend on, while supporting community needs as they evolve during the COVID-19 pandemic. The budget limits the municipal tax increase to three per cent, amounting to an extra $115 for the average urban homeowner and $88…

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Update on Climate Change Master Plan

Ottawa – The City’s Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management today received an update on the Climate Change Master Plan. This is the City’s plan to transition to clean, renewable energy and making Ottawa more resilient to the effects of climate change. Council declared a climate emergency last year and the City…

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TSB preliminary findings into wheel crack investigation

On Tuesday, December 15th, the Transportation Safety Board released a letter outlining the preliminary findings of their independent investigation into the cracks observed on some of wheels on our light rail fleet. As previously communicated to the Transit Commission, since the wheel cracks were discovered in early July, the city has followed all safety protocols,…

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New Year’s Eve No-charge Transit

OC Transpo, in partnership with MADD Ottawa and Safer Roads Ottawa, will once again be offering no-charge service on New Year’s Eve after 8 pm. This annual partnership is to help prevent residents from drinking and driving, and it’s been a proven success for many years.  This decision to offer no-charge service on New Year’s Eve was…

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Holiday season schedule changes

Ottawa – The City of Ottawa reminds residents of the following schedule changes for the holiday season, between Thursday, December 24 and Saturday, January 2. Client services Client service centres, including the Government Service Centre at 110 Laurier Avenue West and the service centre at Ben Franklin Place, will be closed on Friday, December 25…

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Traffic Impacts from Thursday, Dec. 17

Ottawa – The following projects will impact Ottawa traffic: Richmond Road – Due to construction on a couple of apartment buildings and the LRT Stage 2, drivers along the stretch on Richmond Road between Ambleside Drive and Sherbourne may experience significant traffic and delays. This construction will continue to be an issue for the next few…

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Solid Waste Master Plan

Since its launch in February, the Solid Waste Master Plan page on Engage Ottawa has been a steadily growing source of information. If you haven’t stopped by recently, it’s worth taking another look. You’ll find anything you may want to know about project timelines, reports and technical data, as well as FAQs and backgrounders on…

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OC Transpo / Loblaws Annual Food Drive

‘Twas a week before ChristmasAnd our hearts they had sankWith tales of empty tablesThey were busy at the food bank At this time of yearWith so many in needWe ask you to helpUs the people to feed It’s time once againFor the Christmas Food DriveFor thirty-six yearsWe’ve kept it alive The pandemic has made itMore…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

2021 City Budget Vote After many months of meetings with community groups and individual taxpayers, City Council met on Wednesday, December 9th, to approve the 2021 budget. As expected, the pandemic added more challenge to the already hard choices that come with budget deliberations every year. City council passed a budget of $3.94 billion and…

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New Official Plan and Pandemic Resiliency

The city is looking for your input at Ottawa.ca/NewOP by February 17th, 2020. The City has developed 21 different one-page fact sheets to give people a general sense of the topics the OP will address. During the next couple of months, I will be highlighting these topics in the my weekly bulletin. Click here to view all…

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Budget Vote – Ottawa Police Services

Councillor Theresa  Kavanagh’s Statement on Budget Vote-Ottawa Police Services After much reflection, I decided to support the proposed Ottawa Police Services budget. I want to take a few minutes to explain my decision. Let’s be clear. We need drastic change to our police service. There are women, youth, racialized communities, people with mental illness, and…

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Ottawa Ward Boundary Review

Project website Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020 – Recommended Ward Boundaries – Final Report (December 2020) New – Final Report The report recommends a new ward boundary structure composed of 24 wards, with 12 urban wards, nine suburban wards and three rural wards. City-wide map of recommended ward boundaries New – Recommended Ward Boundaries –…

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Free Webinars for Local Businesses

Free webinars are offered to businesses through Invest Ottawa Education Centre. Invest Ottawa is dedicated to helping Ottawa entrepreneurs make informed decisions about starting and growing their businesses. They promote Ottawa’s economy, through the development of products and services that encourage entrepreneurship and support business growth.  Invest Ottawa has a staff of dedicated business professionals,…

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Participate in Envari’s Cold Climate Heat Pump Pilot

Sourced from the City of Ottawa’s Climate Change Newsletter Envari is offering a unique opportunity to homeowners looking for an energy efficient alternative to their electric, oil, natural gas, or propane heating systems. As part of a pilot program, they’re looking for homeowners who would like to take part in a two-year pilot study of…

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Winter 2021 Transit Service Changes

Ottawa – Bus service improvements, bus stop changes and the return to Rideau Street start Sunday, December 20, as OC Transpo winter service takes effect. Holiday service starts December 21. New winter schedules and holiday schedules are available at octranspo.com or by calling 613-741-4390. Service Improvements Route Changes: Scott and Parkdale Trips on Routes 14…

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Share your Children’s Winter Fun Drawings

I’ve already received several beautiful pictures from residents’ children and grandchildren. I’m looking forward to receiving many more to share with everyone and add a smile to your day. Please send your children’s drawings to BayWard@Ottawa.ca to be published in the December 18th Holiday edition of the Bay Ward Bulletin.

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Lincoln Fields Bus Loop

Please find photos of the newly opened temporary bus loop that will allow for the construction of Lincoln Fields Station and Guideway. In the coming weeks the shelters will be dismantled and the next stage of Station excavation will begin.

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Ash Tree Research

A resident asked the City of Ottawa why healthy young Ash trees were being cut down when they may carry a genetic variant that makes them more resistant to the emerald ash borer (EAB). With respect to the future of ash trees with the presence of emerald ash borer, in Canada there is some very…

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Update from the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force

MEMO FROM: Anthony Di Monte, General Manager, Emergency and Protective Services DATE: Thursday, December 10, 2020 Earlier today, the Premier of Ontario announced that The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) will receive and administer a very limited amount of the Pfizer vaccine next week. This marks the beginning of a truly epic vaccination effort in our community.…

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City Meetings from Dec 14 to 18

Ottawa –  All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held remotely with electronic participation, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts, visit ottawa.ca/agendas or call 3-1-1.  The City continues to take COVID-19 seriously, and in following the advice of provincial and federal governments is making significant…

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Traffic Impacts from Thursday December 10

Richmond Road – Due to construction on a couple of apartment buildings and the LRT Stage 2, drivers along the stretch on Richmond Road between Ambleside Drive and Sherbourne may experience significant traffic and delays. This construction will continue to be an issue for the next few years. Byron Avenue –Byron Avenue is closed between Richardson…

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Meals on Wheels is Active during COVID

Meals on Wheels Ottawa are working diligently to ensure the continuity of their service to provide nutritious meals and a caring contact to seniors and adults with disabilities to help them remain healthy and independent in their own homes.  With the ongoing pandemic, their support service has become even more essential for their clients, many who live alone and have become more isolated…

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More on 613 Flats

Details available at Ottawa.ca/NewOP Interested in more information about the 613 Flats – please review some different ideas of how they could be built. Each of the below is a different form or typology for the 613 Flats concept. If you have feedback on these, please use the 613 Flats Feedback Form. Typology One

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Ten ways to celebrate safely during the holidays

The holidays are right around the corner, but in these COVID times, our traditional festivities will look and feel a lot different. Many of us have friends and family who would be at risk of serious complications if they were to contract the virus. This year we’ll need to come up with creative ways to…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

This past week City Council’s Finance and Economic Development Committee voted to accept a consultant-recommended ward boundary change and voted against a motion that I put forward along with my colleague Councillor Jeff Leiper to keep McKellar Park in Kitchissippi ward starting with the 2022 election. The committee’s vote was unanimous, and it’s clear that…

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Wendy’s at Lincoln Fields is rebuilding!

I’ve been informed that by RIOCAN that Wendy’s is applying for their building permit early in the new year and plan to start construction in the Spring (April) of 2021.  They did not confirm an exact reopening date (that is up to Wendy’s), but it typically takes about 6 months to construct a building of…

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Stage 3 LRT to Barrhaven

My views and concerns At council on Wednesday, November 25th, there was a decision on moving forward on Stage 3 LRT to Barrhaven.  I will admit it was an extremely difficult vote and I wrestled with it.  Having LRT going to all parts of our city is very important for our goals for climate change…

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Santa Parades and other Holiday Activities

So you weren’t able to take the kids out to see Santa and his reindeer this year because you thought everything was cancelled because of COVID-19. But wait! Some parade organizers have gotten creative and are still moving ahead – although with a somewhat different format to keep everyone safe. Orléans Drive Thru Parade of…

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Ottawa Police collecting personal hygiene products for women

(Ottawa) – Once again, the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) is inviting Ottawa residents to help them collect personal hygiene products for women.   The collection of personal hygiene products was introduced in 2016 as the ‘Purse Project’ and resulted in 8000+ purses filled with necessities that were donated to women living at local areas shelters.…

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December 5th is International Volunteer Day

As International Volunteer Day 2020 takes place tomorrow, let’s recognize the valuable contributions of the thousands of volunteers in Bay Ward and the City of Ottawa. Throughout the world, despite facing their own difficulties during the pandemic, individuals have come forward to assist their neighbours and others in need. The theme of International Volunteer Day…

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Lincoln Fields Station adjustments start December 6

Ottawa – OC Transpo will move local bus service at Lincoln Fields Station to a temporary platform starting Sunday, December 6 to allow construction of the new Stage 2 O-Train station. The work will not impact the existing Transitway platform. The temporary bus platform is located east of the existing Transitway platform. All routes currently…

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Update from Ottawa Public Health

Update from Dr. Brent Moloughney of Ottawa Public Health As of December 4th, Ottawa maintains our “Orange-Restrict” status under the Provincial Framework. With your help, Ottawa residents have heard Ottawa Public Health’s (OPH) messaging and have evidently made efforts to limit the transmission of COVID-19 in our community. The number of people testing positive for COVID-19 remains…

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City Meetings from December 7 to 11

Ottawa – All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held remotely with electronic participation, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts, visit ottawa.ca/agendas or call 3-1-1. The City continues to take COVID-19 seriously, and in following the advice of provincial and federal governments is making significant…

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Introduction to the Draft New Official Plan & 613 Flats

The city is looking for your input at Ottawa.ca/NewOP by February 17th, 2020. The City has developed 21 different one-page fact sheets to give people a general sense of the topics the OP will address. During the next couple of months, I will be highlighting these topics in the my weekly bulletin starting with the…

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O-Train Line 1 partial closure on Dec 5 and 6

Ottawa – On Saturday, December 5, and Sunday, December 6, O-Train Line 1 will temporarily close between Hurdman and Blair stations and be replaced by frequent R1 bus service. Train service will continue to run between Tunney’s Pasture and Hurdman stations on both days. The entrance grilles and doors will be closed at Tremblay, St-Laurent,…

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City launches virtual sign language service

Ottawa – Residents who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired can now connect with a sign language interpreter to access real-time interpretation for telephone calls to the City. The City launched this new video relay service as part of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Using Canada Video Relay Service, people with hearing or…

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Traffic Impacts beginning Friday, Dec 4

Richmond Road – Due to construction on a couple of apartment buildings and the LRT Stage 2, drivers along the stretch on Richmond Road between Ambleside Drive and Sherbourne may experience significant traffic and delays. This construction will continue to be an issue for the next few years. Byron Avenue –Byron Avenue is closed between Richardson…

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Olde Forge Helping Seniors during Pandemic

The Olde Forge Community Resource Centre is a non-profit charitable organization in the west-end of Ottawa. They offer quality programs and services to seniors and adults with disabilities living in their own homes. They support and encourage independence and community involvement. If you can please DONATE. Medical Transportation                                                                                                                                     Seniors can call the Olde Forge and…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

Beginning November 25th , the City of Ottawa’s Heritage Building will be illuminated in orange until Dec. 10 to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. Help bring awareness and encourage people to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. I would like to share with you a…

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OC Transpo – Keeping you Safer

OC Transpo Health and Safety measures Keeping it fresh: The air on OC Transpo’s trains is filtered and exchanged about every minute. Learn more about airflow and OC Transpo’s commitment to keeping you safer OC Transpo’s health and safety measures have been developed in close consultation with Ottawa Public Health and are in line with…

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Centrepointe’s Skating Rink is expected to open next week

Ottawa – Sharpen your blades and lace up your skates: The Jim Tubman Chevrolet Rink opens tomorrow and Lansdowne Park Skating Court is scheduled to open on Friday to kick-off the new skating season. City Hall’s Rink of Dreams and Centrepointe’s Ben Franklin Skating Rink are expected to open next week – weather permitting. Access…

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Transit ridership in 35 cities across the world

The following information on transit ridership in 35 cities was discussed at the Transit Commission meeting of November 18. Below is a link to a copy of the latest data on transit ridership in 35 cities across the world, compiled by UITP, the Union Internationale des Transports Publics. LINK: COVID-19 Ridership Evolution Some comparator cities…

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COVID-19: One Million Reasons

Message from Dr. Vera Etches We all have reasons to limit the spread of COVID-19 We really need your help. Participate in Phase 4 of OPH’s public engagement strategy on Engage Ottawa. VIDEO: Process if a student is sick or tests positive for COVID-19. The City established a COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force. Learn more about the five levels…

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NCC continuing the Britannia Wall Project

Britannia Pathway Wall: The stone retaining wall that supports a raised portion of the Capital Pathway network suffered further deterioration in the 2019 flooding and requires rehabilitation. Phase one of the project was completed in March 2020, and the second phase to advance the rehabilitation of the wall is planned for 2021. Read full news release.…

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Indoor public skating will be available at eleven City arenas starting December 1

Ottawa – Indoor public skating will be available by reservation at eleven City arenas, starting Tuesday, December 1: Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex – Orléans CARDELREC Recreation Complex – Goulbourn Fred Barrett Arena Jim Durrell Recreation Centre Manotick Community Centre and Mike O’Neil Arena Navan Memorial Centre Nepean Sportsplex Sandy Hill Arena St-Laurent Complex  W. Erskine…

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City Meetings from Nov 30 to Dec 4

Ottawa – All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held remotely with electronic participation, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts, visit ottawa.ca/agendas or call 3-1-1. The City continues to take COVID-19 seriously, and in following the advice of provincial and federal governments is making significant…

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Committee of Adjustment – December 9 Decisions

2167 Rice To permit reduced lot areas and widths and increased height for the construction of a semi-detached dwelling. The existing detached dwelling will be demolished. 830 Alpine – Adjourned to a later date To subdivide the property into five separate parcels of land for the construction of two semi-detached dwellings and one detached dwelling.…

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Browse the winter recreation and arts eGuides

Ottawa – Stay active this winter and register for one or more City of Ottawa COVID-modified winter recreation and arts activities, starting on Monday, December 7 at 9 pm. In advance, browse our winter eGuides, which go online Monday, November 30, and discover our selection of recreation and arts activities. Winter programming will include: Cross-country…

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Ottawa Police: The Festive RIDE season is upon us

To date in November, more than 40 persons have been arrested and charged for impaired driving. This included one man who was stopped, in a construction zone while workers were present, with a blood alcohol content over twice the legal limit of 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood.  With the holiday season…

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Traffic impacts from Thursday, November 26

Richmond Road – Due to construction on a couple of apartment buildings and the LRT Stage 2, drivers along the stretch on Richmond Road between Ambleside Drive and Sherbourne may experience significant traffic and delays. This construction will continue to be an issue for the next few years. Byron Avenue – Byron Avenue will close between…

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Community of Adjustment – November 18 Decisions

Please contact the Committee Office at cofa@ottawa.ca with your comments.     2191 Deschenes Adjourned to December 9th, 2020 The Committee of Adjustment will consider Applications for Consent to subdivide the property into two separate parcels of land in order to establish separate ownerships for the existing semi-detached dwelling. 2079 Lenester D08-01-20/B-00255 & D08-01-20/B-00256 D08-02-20/A-00257 &…

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Some seniors can get help clearing snow

Need help clearing your driveway and/or walkway during the winter? The Snow Go Program can help you! This program is divided into two parts to match your individual needs to the appropriate service.  The two programs are as follows:  The Snow Go Program provides a matching service for seniors and people with disabilities looking to hire an individual or…

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COVID-19 City Council Response Presentations

At City Council on Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 Council received a presentation from Ottawa Public Health. It can be viewed by selecting one of the links below. Ottawa Public Health Dr. Vera Etches     COVID-19 Pandemic Response EN         COVID-19 Pandemic Response FR At City Council on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 Council received a presentation…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

Public transit is essential in Ottawa and it needs permanent federal funding Published in the Ottawa Citizen on November 17th, 2020 If we have learned anything as a city during this pandemic, we now understand that running a transit system is an absolute necessity, even when it hurts our budget. Transit must be there for…

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Release of City’s draft New Official Plan

Today is the launch of the draft for the New Official Plan – the blueprint of what our city is striving to look like as we continue to grow – that will guide the physical development of Ottawa until 2046. I support the main concept of the 15-minute neighbourhood as being a priority. We need…

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Recording of the New Sidewalk on Ahearn Info Session

Ahearn Avenue will have a new sidewalk built in 2022.  On November 26th, I hosted an information to give residents the opportunity to comment and ask questions about the new sidewalk. View the meeting. Comments can be provided by completing the survey or by email to genya.stefanoff@ottawa.ca by December 17, 2020. Project website: Ottawa.ca/ahearnavenue  Copy of presentation

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O-Train LRT Stage 1 and Stage 2 Quarterly Update

M E M O / N O T E D E S E R V I C E From Director, Rail Construction Program, Transportation Services Department Date: November 13, 2020 The following information outlines the milestones achieved on the O-Train Stage 1 Confederation Line and Stage 2 Confederation Line and Trillium Line extension projects in…

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City Meetings from November 23 to 27

Ottawa – All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held remotely with electronic participation, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts, visit ottawa.ca/agendas or call 3-1-1. The City continues to take COVID-19 seriously, and in following the advice of provincial and federal governments is making significant…

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Winter Weather Parking Bans

What is a Winter Weather Parking Ban? Last year, the City moved to a new parking ban system that was timed to match winter weather patterns rather than set times.  Between November 15 and April 1, The Director of Roads and Parking Services may declare a winter weather parking ban for inclement weather including freezing…

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The Tree Protection By-law comes into effect Jan 1, 2021

On Tuesday, November 17th, the City’s Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management approved amendments to the new Tree Protection By-law, which comes into effect on Friday, January 1. To protect more trees, the by-law reduces the minimum size for a tree to be considered distinctive in inner urban areas. It also revises…

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Crime Prevention Ottawa is Recruiting

CPO is Recruiting for BOTH their Board of Directors and our Community Forum What is the Board of Directors?Crime Prevention Ottawa is governed and guided by a Board of Directors which is responsible for setting strategic direction, assuring sound financial management and hiring an Executive Director.  The Board of Directors includes up to 20 members. …

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OC Transpo Operation Mask Up Update

OC Transpo ran Operation Mask Up in October to help change the behaviour of the small number of customers failing to comply with OC Transpo’s mandatory mask policy. Between October 9 and 23: 48 customers were denied access to the system for refusing to wear a mask 10 customers were fined for not wearing a…

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Transit Commission approves OC Transpo’s 2021 Draft Budget

On Thursday November 18th, the Transit Commission approved OC Transpo’s 2021 Draft Budget OC Transpo’s 2021 Draft Budget includes the following: Freezing EquiPass fares and the Community Pass at 2019 levels. A 2.5 per cent fare increase effective January 1, 2021, except for low-income customers and those who are Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) recipients…

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Province of Ontario – Inclusive Community Grants

Please be advised that the Province has announced the new Inclusive Community Grants program, which provides $2 million (up to $60,000 per recipient) to municipalities and organizations for projects that increase accessibility for persons with disabilities. This information can be shared widely with your community organizations who may be interested in applying. Municipalities and local…

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COVID-19: Seeking community feedback

Ottawa Public Health, in collaboration with the City of Ottawa, are continuing to explore how best to support residents and businesses as provincial and local COVID-19 restrictions are modified, while aligning with the Province of Ontario’s Response Framework to Help Keep the Province Safe and Open.  NEW survey for members of our community  Phase 4 of our engagement strategy launches today…

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Energy Assistance for Residents of Ottawa

As the weather gets colder and energy bills increase, the United Way Energy Assistance Pilot is working hard to help residents of Ottawa learn about and apply to energy assistance programs (i.e. OESP, HAP, and LEAP). They’re also helping people connect with other community supports like employment services, food supports, Christmas supports, and activities for…

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The City is gradually restarting recreation services under Ontario’s orange-restrict status

Ottawa – After reviewing the Ontario government’s new orange-restrict regulations and ensuring all safety protocols are in place, the City is gradually restarting its recreation activities and services at its hub locations. The Province of Ontario moved Ottawa from modified stage two restrictions to the new orange-restrict status on Saturday, November 7.  The start dates for the…

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National Housing Day

Sunday, November 22 is National Housing Day In early 2020, Ottawa declared an affordable housing emergency. Approximately 12,500 households are waiting for housing which will give them the capacity to maintain a home and feed their children. Housing affordability continues to be an increasing concern for both renters and owners in Ottawa. The pandemic has…

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Safety Tips for Making Private Sales

Ottawa Police Services – The Robbery Unit has noticed an increase in personal robberies for items such as clothing and phones from prearranged meetings made as a result of social media or other website ads.  It is important to consider that most of the robberies take place when the ‘buyer’ sees the seller enter a…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

Decision on 100 Bayshore From time to time a development application comes to City Council that meets City planning policies but provokes community opposition, placing the City Councillor in an awkward position. The development proposal for 100 Bayshore is one of these. On Tuesday November 10, Ottawa Planning staff recommended to the City Planning committee…

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Committee receives update on Lansdowne Park operations (OSEG)

Recently the issue of the P3 (public-private partnership) at Lansdowne Park has come to the fore. The Ottawa Sports & Entertainment Group (OSEG) has, like other businesses, been suffering from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. A City staff report to the City’s Finance & Economic Development Committee (FEDCO) concentrates heavily on the impacts…

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Recording of the Discussion on the Future Development of QTN

On November 25th , I hosted a discussion for Queensway-Terrace North residents on the future development of the area with much of the discussion related to Queensview Drive. My guests were Jonn Manconi, General Manager of Transportation Services and Stephen Willis, General Manager of Planning Infrastructure and Economic Development. Listen to the meeting Read the questions…

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COVID-19 Update as of Friday, November 13

Update from Dr. Vera Etches to Mayor Watson and Members of Council Over the last several weeks, we have seen a decrease in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19. However, caution is needed in interpreting this trend. While the number of new outbreaks has decreased, the proportion of tests that are positive remains elevated and hospitalizations are continuing to occur. We need to continue to remind…

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Traffic impacts in Ottawa from Friday, Nov 13

Richmond Road – Due to construction on a couple of apartment buildings and the LRT Stage 2, drivers along the stretch on Richmond Road between Ambleside Drive and Sherbourne may experience significant traffic and delays. This construction will continue to be an issue for the next few years. Highway 417 – The following Highway 417 ramps…

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City Meetings from November 16 to 20

Ottawa – All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held remotely with electronic participation, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts, visit ottawa.ca/agendas or call 3-1-1. The City continues to take COVID-19 seriously, and in following the advice of provincial and federal governments is making significant…

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COVID-19: Assessment centres open downtown

COVID-19 assessment centres opening at the National Arts Centre and McNabb Community Centre Ottawa – November 13, 2020 – To better meet the needs of Ottawa’s downtown core, two COVID-19 assessment centres will open at the National Arts Centre (NAC) parking garage and McNabb Community Centre. The current Drive-Thru Assessment Centre on Coventry Road will…

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Stage 2 – Summary Work for this week

LRT Stage 2 Construction Update October 19 to November 4 Mise à jour sur l’étape du projet de TLR – 19 octobre au 4 novembre Night work is required at the following locations: Moodie and LMSF Area – Nightly ramp closures until end of the year, required during off-peak hours. Pinecrest – Nightly ramp closures…

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Children’s Virtual Storytelling Festival

Ottawa Children’s Storytelling Festival presented by Ottawa StoryTellers and Ottawa Public Library for children 3- 12 years. FREE. On-line at the OPL website November 16-21.  Stories told in English and stories told in French by outstanding Canadian Indigenous, Francophone, and Anglophone tellers. Rhymes and rhythms for the very young. Traditional stories shared by Indigenous StoryKeepers.…

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It’s time to write your letter to Santa!

Register for your Letters to Santa Kit This year, we won’t be able to get together in person at the City of Ottawa Archives due to COVID-19, but Santa will still be waiting for your letters! For more information visit Ottawa.ca. To reserve a kit, email archives@ottawa.caRegistration opens November 12-28,2020.The deadline to register is November 28, 2020. Note: One kit…

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Committee Approves Zoning Amendment for 100 Bayshore

Read this week’s message from Councillor Kavanagh about this decision. On Tuesday, November 10th, the Planning Committee approved Official Plan and zoning amendments to permit two residential towers just west of Bayshore Shopping Centre. A 30-storey and a 27-storey tower would add about 500 units to this residential community that abuts the Bayshore transit station…

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Pilot Project Residential Murals Approved

To help beautify residential neighbourhoods and limit graffiti, the Committee also approved a one-year pilot for a residential mural by-law. Residents could apply to paint a mural on an exterior wall for a $150 fee. Proposed artwork would need to be approved by a panel. The fee would cover administrative costs and work to monitor…

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New design guidelines aim to reduce bird strikes

Ottawa – On Tuesday, November 10th, the City’s Planning Committee approved design guidelines to help keep birds from colliding with buildings. Bird-safe design features have been scientifically proven to lessen the risk of collisions, reducing bird injuries and deaths.   The proposed guidelines, which are based on a review of similar policies in other major cities, address…

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Mentorship Program for Young Women

Mentorship Program call for applications – The deadline for applications is November 20, 2020. Famous 5 Ottawa offers a mentorship program aimed at empowering young women to develop the skills needed for career development and advancement. Through mentoring and coaching, Famous 5 believes young women belong at the front of the room, and not just…

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Winter Activities from the City

The City is excited to announce that COVID-modified learn to swim programs are back and being offered at select locations this winter. Lifesaving certification and pre-competitive power swim programs are also being offered. Whether you are looking to get into the water with a pre-schooler or your youth wants to continue their levels, there is…

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Review Bay Ward Community Update Meeting on Nov. 12th

Many residents joined Councillor Theresa Kavanagh and representatives from the City and communities for this Bay Ward meeting. Below you will find links to the recording and presentations. Recording of the Bay Ward Community Update meeting LRT Stage 2 Update Britannia Winter Trail Agenda Welcome from Councillor Kavanagh Updates from: Ottawa Police on the Neighbourhood…

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Top three ways you can act on climate change

Energy Evolution sets ambitious targets to reduce emissions. To reach them, we’ll all have to do our part, and residents, businesses and governments all have different roles to play. Below are the top ways that Ottawa residents can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and take action on climate change. 1. Choose electric for your next…

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Committee of Adjustment – November 4 Decisions

861 (861A, 861B) Connaught The Committee of Adjustment considered Applications for Consent to subdivide the property into two separate parcels of land in order to obtain separate ownerships for the existing semi-detached dwelling. 832, 834 Hare – Adjourned to December 9, 2020 The Committee of Adjustment will consider Applications for Minor Variances for reduced rear…

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Information Package on 75 Aylen Ave Development

On Tuesday, November 17th at 6:30 pm, Councillor Kavanagh hosted an information session on the proposed development of 75 Aylen property. The link to the developer’s full presentation is available below. For your reference: Community Design Package . The presentation includes illustrations showing the suggested design at the back and the sides and the relation…

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Traffic impacts in Ottawa from Friday, November 6

Richmond Road – Due to construction on a couple of apartment buildings and the LRT Stage 2, drivers along the stretch on Richmond Road between Ambleside Drive and Sherbourne may experience significant traffic and delays. This construction will continue to be an issue for the next few years. Highway 417 – The following Highway 417 ramps…

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City Meetings from November 9 to 13

  Ottawa – All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held remotely with electronic participation, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts, visit ottawa.ca/agendas or call 3-1-1.  Ottawa Police Services Board Finance and Audit Committee – Monday, November 9 at 1 pm  2021 Operating and Capital Budgets: Delegations …

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2021 Draft Budget Numbers for Bay Ward

Bay Ward investments in 2021 Infrastructure $6.1 million to renew infrastructure, including: $3 million to design the Queensway Terrace trunk storm sewer $1.9 million for the Acres Road pump station $300,000 to renew the Richmond Road overpass over Bayshore Drive $180,000 to preserve pavement on Herzberg Road between Legget and Terry Fox drives $150,000 to…

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COVID-19: Provincial and City Rules effective Nov 7

To view all the details on Provincial and City Rules, refer to Ottawa.ca Restaurants, bars, meeting and event spaces Effective November 7, indoor food and drink service is permitted under strict conditions including: 50-person indoor capacity limit Limit operating hours, establishments close at 10 p.m. Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9…

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Keep leaves off Catch Basin

Winter is on its way! Keep an eye out for leaves on roads as they can clog up catch basins this winter during heavy snow and freezing rain! Clearing away leaves and debris from catch basins near your home will help keep your basement dry.

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Budget 2021 invests in services and moving forward in the face of a pandemic

Ottawa – Draft Budget 2021 strikes a balance between supporting evolving community needs and delivering essential municipal services, while also advancing City Council’s priorities in the face of COVID-19. These investments are key to our community’s recovery and to Ottawa’s future prosperity.  The pandemic has led to revenue losses and unplanned costs for the City, resulting in…

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Remembrance Day activities and schedule changes

Ottawa – The annual Candlelight Tribute honouring Canada’s Veterans at the Canadian War Museum, to kickoff Veterans’ Week from November 5 to 11, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Royal Canadian Legion is planning to broadcast live the National Remembrance Day Ceremony on November 11. Residents are encouraged to pay their respects from…

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Planning Primer II – Registration Open

What is Planning Primer? The Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department is offering the Planning Primer Program to help residents become more aware of, and more involved in, the land-use planning process. The program is a series of half-day courses. The series includes two core courses and two elective courses. They are also offering virtual courses. The core courses,…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

Halloween has always been one of my favourite holidays. I love seeing the costumes of the children at my door. I have enjoyed chatting with their parents. My husband and I have also enjoyed putting on silly pirate hats to join in the fun. Although we decorated our door this year, it is with a…

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Survey on Donation Bins

The Public Policy Development Branch in Emergency and Protective Services has recently launched a public-facing project page for the Clothing Donation Box By-law Review. The review will address issues raised such as maintenance/appearance of donation boxes, the unauthorized placement of donation boxes on private property, operator eligibility requirements (including “fake” charities), health and safety concerns,…

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SHINE: Youth Arts Microgrants – Apply Now!

Let your artistic talents shine bright this winter. Apply for a Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO) youth arts microgrant to help bring your ideas to life. The call for proposals will be available on October 28, 2020. The art projects should be completed by April 30, 2021. This grant is to support artists aged 12-25. Lead…

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LRT Stage 2 Bi-Weekly Construction Update

Stage 2 LRT Project Update October 5 to October 18, 2020 Overall The City of Ottawa’s Rail Construction Program is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and is in contact with the constructors about adhering to guidance provided by Ottawa Public Health and the Province of Ontario. Construction is underway across all three Stage 2 O-Train…

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Draft Budget 2021 to be tabled November 4

Ottawa – The City’s draft budget for 2021 will be tabled at a special City Council meeting on Wednesday, November 4. Council today approved directions and timelines to develop the draft budget for 2021. The draft budget will include a three-per-cent increase to the municipal tax rate, which would see the average urban homeowner pay…

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24h Tremblant 2020 for CHEO

24h Tremblant is an annual winter charity event that take place over the first weekend in December in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, and consists of teams of 6-12 participants relaying each other for 24 consecutive hours in their activity of choice between skiing, walking or running. In the weeks leading up to the event, participants undertake a fundraising donation drive from which all…

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Mental Health Response and the Police

Photo courtesy of CTV Ottawa I am please with the cooperation City Council showed in passing this motion supporting the direction that Ottawa Police Services is moving to include more mental health resources in their responses to persons in mental health crisis and distress.  Persons with mental illness need to get the help they require…

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City Meetings from November 2 to 6

Ottawa – All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held remotely with electronic participation, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts, visit ottawa.ca/agendas or call 3-1-1. The City continues to take COVID-19 seriously, and in following the advice of provincial and federal governments is making significant…

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Ottawa Public Health COVID Update to City Council

October 27th OPH Update to City Council by Dr. Vera Etches Dear Mayor and Members of Council, When I last presented at City Council, I brought your attention to the alarming COVID-19 situation in our city. As you know, on October 10th, the Province moved Ottawa to modified Stage 2 restrictions for 28 days. It…

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Ottawa Public Health – Remembrance Day

October 27th – Message from Dr. Vera Etches Each year on November 11, memorials are held across the City to commemorate the men and women who have served and continue to serve in Canada’s armed forces. This year, OPH is still encouraging residents to pay their respects to our veterans, but we are asking that…

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Kingsmere Ave will be closed due to construction

Notice: A request for road closure has been received for Kingsmere Ave. from Lenester Ave. to Carling Ave. It will be closed except to local traffic from November 17, 2020 until December 15, 2020 due to construction. Type of Work: Install new service connections to – 808-814 Kingsmere Avenue.

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Traffic impacts from Friday, October 30

Richmond Road – Due to construction on a couple of apartment buildings and the LRT Stage 2, drivers along the stretch on Richmond Road between Ambleside Drive and Sherbourne may experience significant traffic and delays. This construction will continue to be an issue for the next few years.  Highway 417 – The following Highway 417 off-ramps…

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The City will move ahead on Energy Evolution

The City is set to move ahead on its strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions after Council approved, on Wednesday, October 28th, $2.6 million for Energy Evolution . The funding – a surplus from last year’s Hydro Ottawa dividend – would be used to carry out 20 Energy Evolution projects over the next five years,…

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Masks to remain mandatory until at least January

Ottawa – Masks will remain mandatory throughout the rest of 2020 and into early 2021. On Wednesday, October 28th, City Council approved extending the Temporary Mandatory Mask By-law.  The by-law requires masks be worn on transit and in enclosed public spaces to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Enclosed public spaces include the common areas of condominiums…

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Police Reporting Unit – Operating hours

The Police Reporting Unit (PRU) is open and available to take public calls from 10 a.m.to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday at 613-236-1222, extension 7300. A Police Reporting Unit Agent is a civilian member of the Ottawa Police. They take non-emergency phone calls from the public. Online Reporting was introduced in May 2014 and the Police Reporting…

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Shining the Light on Violence against Women

On Wednesday, October 28th at City Council, I presented a motion with Councillor Diane Deans to declare November 25th to December 6th, 2020, as 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence in the City of Ottawa. During the days of activism, Hydro Ottawa is sponsoring the Shining the Light on Violence Against Women display…

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Audit Committee receives hotline report and three new audits

Ottawa – On Tuesday, October 27th, the City’s Audit Committee received the Auditor General’s report on the Fraud and Waste Hotline and three new audit reports. Councillor Kavanagh is a member of this committee. According to the hotline report, there was an 18-per-cent increase in reports of concerns in 2019 compared with the year before. Of the 224…

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City to launch Veterans Task Force

Ottawa – On Tuesday, October 27th, Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Matthew Luloff, Council Liaison for Veteran and Military Issues, launched the new Veterans Task Force – a network of partners working to inspire social responsibility, proactive collaboration and support for veterans and their families.  The Veterans Task Force aims to support veterans living in Ottawa who…

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Dogs in Parks

The “Dogs-in-Parks Designation Policy” has been developed in consideration of all people who use City parkland. The policy establishes fair and consistent criteria which, when applied city-wide, ensures access to parkland by dogs with their owners as well as freedom from dogs where parks, parts of parks, or park activities are not compatible with the…

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Sewer-lining Project at James Cummings

The City is preparing to start the cleaning and inspection associated with the sewer lining project.  The cleaning and inspection on James Cummings Ave is currently scheduled for December 18 (weather permitting).  As that date approaches, notices will be sent to the residents in the area. The Cured-In-Place-Pipe (CIPP) sewer rehabilitation process generally involves installing…

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Public Information Sessions on New Official Plan

Beginning on Tuesday November 3, residents can learn about the City’s new proposed approach to planning Ottawa’s future growth.  The City is hosting a series of public information sessions about one of the key cornerstones of the new Official Plan: the Transect approach, which means the City will plan by context, recognizing the specific needs…

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Residential Protective Plumbing Program

The Residential Protective Plumbing Program (RPPP) provides financial assistance to qualified City of Ottawa property owners for the installation of protective plumbing devices, such as sump pumps and storm and sanitary backwater valves to prevent water and sewage from flooding homes as a result of increased water level (surcharging) in the City’s sewer system. READ…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

Many people start to retreat indoors and subconsciously begin the act of hibernating this time of year as the temperature starts to get cooler and the day light hours get shorter. Winter is not too far off and for some this time of year can be tough. Throw COVID restrictions into the mix and people…

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Montsion Trial Verdict

Photo courtesy of CTV News Ottawa This week’s verdict on the Montsion Trial was deeply emotional and my heart goes out to Abdirahman Abdi’s family and supporters.  The death was tragic and it is clear that Ottawa Police Services needs to take a different direction on handling calls involving mental health episodes  There needs to…

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Hydro Ottawa work in QTN for LRT Stage 2 Expansion

On Pinecrest Road dig and intercept existing Hydro Ottawa road crossing and trench and install a concrete encased duct structure south along Pinecrest Rd. and east along Queensview Dr. Install one pre-cast manhole on Pinecrest Rd. and six pre-cast manholes along Queensview Drive to allow for servicing of LRT Phase 2 Queensview Station and Hydro…

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Public Health Corner: Have fun at home this Halloween

On Monday, October 19th, the Province of Ontario announced its recommendations and public health advice on how to stay safer this Halloween.   The Province advised that: “Given the high transmission of COVID-19 in the modified Stage 2 public health unit regions of Ottawa, Peel, Toronto and York Region, traditional door-to-door trick or treating is not recommended and people should…

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This week’s roundup about COVID-19 pandemic

Ottawa City To help you support Ottawa’s diverse and vibrant small business community, we’ve assembled a page of useful links and resources. Visit our Provincial and City Rules page for the latest updates on the Provincial modified stage-two restrictions. Ottawa Public Health is investigating several situations where transmission of COVID-19 has occurred in relation to organized…

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NCC Consultation: Long-Term Interprovincial Crossings Plan

Connecting people, goods and services, today and in the future You are invited to take part in the NCC’s public consultation about the long-term vision, principles, objectives and evaluation criteria for the long-term strategic plan. About the strategy This plan will provide a long-term framework to sustainably manage the flow of people and goods between Ottawa and Gatineau.  The feedback we receive from this consultation will inform…

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Committee approves $2.6 million for Energy Evolution

On October 20th, the City’s Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management approved investing the $2.6-million surplus from last year’s Hydro Ottawa dividend in Energy Evolution projects and to help the City leverage federal and provincial funding for climate change initiatives. This investment is part of the final report for Energy Evolution, the…

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CPO – Home takeovers during COVID-19

Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO) has released a report and infographic on home takeovers and the groundbreaking work in Ottawa to address and prevent them. A home takeover happens when someone stays over in a home and refuses to leave. It often starts innocently when someone invites a friend or family member into their home. When…

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QTN Storm Sewer Rehabilitation Project Display Boards

City website for the project: Ottawa.ca Display Boards of the following: Map of the sewer line route Map of the trees that will be cut including those on Moncton Avenue It is anticipated that the tree removals will be completed in early spring 2021 but the City cannot confirm timing until they have a contractor…

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City Meetings from October 26 to 30

Ottawa – All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held remotely with electronic participation, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts, visit ottawa.ca/agendas or call 3-1-1. The City continues to take COVID-19 seriously, and in following the advice of provincial and federal governments is making significant…

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Traffic Impacts in Ottawa from Thursday, Oct. 22

Richmond Road – Due to construction on a couple of apartment buildings and the LRT Stage 2, drivers along the stretch on Richmond Road between Ambleside Drive and Sherbourne may experience significant traffic and delays. This construction will continue to be an issue for the next few years. Highway 417 – The following Highway 417 off-ramps…

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Lincoln Fields Construction Update

Heavy demolition (the most “noisy and dusty” work) is currently in its final stages. When it’s over, they will be doing ground improvements (driving “geopiers” in the ground”) until the end of October. Metro: The site will then be handed over to Metro – they will be building their store from October/November until summer 2021.…

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Britannia Beach Closure – Update and FAQs

Get updates on the Britannia Beach Dredging project City webpage. Update October 27, 2020 The Britannia Beach Dredging Project schedule had a substantial completion date of October 15th, 2020.  The contractor has met this date.  An inspection of the completed works by City staff and project consultants is took place on October 22nd.   The City…

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Connaught Park – Berm Consultations Update

The following notice prepared by the Stage 2 team will be mailed to residents who will be most affected by the addition of berms in Connaught Park. In spring 2020, the consortium Kiewit-Eurovia-Vinci (KEV), the contractor building the Stage 2 LRT project for the City of Ottawa, initiated a proposal to build enhanced land berms…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

Announcing the Bay Ward Community Youth Task Force This past Thursday evening, I had the privilege of launching a Community Youth Task Force here in Bay Ward. The Task Force is focused on underprivileged and often visible minority youth in our community.  The meeting included representatives of the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre, Boys and Girls…

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2021 Draft Budget Public Consultation Presentation

Councillors Theresa Kavanagh, Riley Brockington, and Jeff Leiper co-hosted a public consultation on the City’s draft Budget for 2021 on October 19th. City staff was on hand to help explain the budget process and answer questions. Detailed information on the 2021 Budget at Ottawa.ca including the budget process. If you missed the meeting, you can…

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Bell Fiber Optic Work

Bell is in the midst of designing a fiber optic technology project in the Carlingwood neighbourhood, the following addresses may be affected: Iroquois (298, 321) Haymarket (2025, 2029, 2033, 2035, 2043, 2047, 2051, 2055, 2059, 2063, 2067, 2071, 2075) Carling (2045, 2085, 2121) Neepawa (2090) In order to meet future communication requirements, Bell will be…

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Ward 7 Active Developments

For your reference, you can view Ward 7 reports on active Development applications at this time. Also attached is a Terminology Reference sheet attached to assist with the definitions of each header. The submitted documents and reports associated with these developments can be viewed on-line from the City’s website using the Development Search Tool.

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Update for Carleton U. Student Transit Users

This message is to advise that the new bus-only extension of Raven Road at Carleton University will be opening on October 18, 2020. The new bus-only roadway will provide an important new connection for transit from Bronson Avenue to the Carleton University campus, decreasing travel times for buses on campus, and improving service reliability. These…

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Temporary Road Closure Permit – Byron Avenue

Hydro Ottawa has been granted localized temporary closures of Byron Avenue next week as they replace Hydro Poles. Throughout the localized closures Hydro Ottawa will maintain pedestrian and cyclist access along Byron Avenue. In addition, KEV will be instructed to modify their haul route and have someone on site to ensure their trucks do not…

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City Meetings from October 19 to 23

Ottawa – All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held remotely with electronic participation, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts, visit ottawa.ca/agendas or call 3-1-1. The City continues to take COVID-19 seriously, and in following the advice of provincial and federal governments is making significant…

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Traffic impacts from Thursday, October 15

Richmond Road – Due to construction on a couple of apartment buildings and the LRT Stage 2, drivers along the stretch on Richmond Road between Ambleside Drive and Sherbourne may experience significant traffic and delays. This construction will continue to be an issue for the next few years. Highway 417 – The Highway 417 eastbound on-ramp…

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Clarification on provincial restrictions on recreation activities

Ottawa – The City has received additional details on the Provincial modified stage-two restrictions and is providing a further update on impacts to its recreation activities and rentals – especially around the gathering limitations of 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors. Furthermore, masks must be worn in all facilities. As outlined on Friday, the new restrictions…

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Lincoln Fields Flyover Update

KEV is planning to install girders over the next 4 days (late afternoons/evenings) in the Lincoln Fields area. Once the girders are installed across the piers, residents will get a better sense of the size and scale of the structure in relation to the surrounding area.

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

This afternoon the provincial announcement that we are reverting to a modified Stage 2 response to COVID-19 for the next 28 days. This includes prohibiting indoor dining at restaurants and bars, and closing gyms, movie theatres and casinos. The government is also asking people to only leave their homes for essential purposes.   As we head into the Thanksgiving long weekend many of us are having to reconsider how we traditionally celebrate the holiday. This is…

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Urgent Message New Public Health Measures

Ontario Implementing Additional Public Health Measures in Ottawa Effective Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., these targeted measures are being implemented in Ottawa, Peel, and Toronto as a result of their higher than average rates of transmission. Measures under a modified Stage 2 include: Reducing limits for all social gatherings and organized public events…

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Energy Evolution Technical Briefing: Moving to zero emissions

As a member of the Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee, I am pleased to share with you presentation we received at the technical briefing we received on Friday, October 9, 2020. Technical Briefing EN Technical Briefing FR Media Release Ottawa – Helping the environment and protecting Ottawa from climate change are projected to generate a net return of…

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Gateway Speed Limit signs being installed in Woodpark

As of May 1, 2018, Ontario municipalities can now use new gateway speed limit signs to designate roadways within residential areas with a reduced speed limit of less than 50 km/h.   Gateway speed limit signs are posted at each entry and exit point to a community where lower speeds are in effect. The Entry…

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LRT Stage 2: Mobile Speed Boards Deployed to Connaught

The City’s only two mobile speed boards have been deployed to Connaught Ave. The mobile board pictured above is located on the east side of Connaught at Elmhurst catching Northbound traffic. The second had to be taken back to the shop for technical issues but has been deployed across the street. Speed data will be…

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Byron Linear Park – Pile Drilling & Cut Cover Excavations

About the cut and cover work: All access to the construction site should be via Richmond Road and there should be no heavy construction vehicles related to the activities in Byron Linear Park in the Woodpark neighbourhood. The sidewalk on the south side of Byron Avenue will maintain the east/west connectivity for the residents south…

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Riding transit? Mask up!

Ottawa – OC Transpo will carry out “Operation Mask Up” from October 9 to 23 to help change the behavior of the small number of customers failing to comply with OC Transpo’s mandatory mask policy. Wearing a mask has been mandatory on OC Transpo since June 15. Education about mask wearing has been ongoing since…

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Committee of Adjustment – October 21 Decisions

842 Maplewood D08-01-20/B-00203 The Committee of Adjustment considered Consent Applications to subdivide the property into two separate parcels of land in order to create a new lot the semi-detached dwelling currently under construction. 261 Iroquois D08-02-20/A-00197 The Committee of Adjustment considered an Application for Minor Variance to permit a reduced interior side yard setback for…

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Thanksgiving Greetings from OPH

Although current provincial guidance allows for up to 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors, due to the extent of COVID-19 transmission in Ottawa, OPH recommends limiting gatherings as much as possible. In other words, limit gatherings to those who live in your household or those providing support services, such as a caregiver.  If you live alone (single…

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Recording of Development at Carling Ave & Vick Ave. Info session

Holzman Consultants Inc. has been engaged by a local developer as the urban planning consultant with respect to an application for Site Plan Control for a multi-unit residential development on the above-noted properties. Councillor Kavanagh hosted an information session on Tuesday, December 15 which was recorded for future reference. Watch the meeting You can still…

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OC Transpo launches a virtual museum

2020 marks the 150th anniversary of public transit in Ottawa. From streetcars pulled by horses to the modern, air-conditioned, red-and-white transit fleet you see around the nation’s capital, Ottawa’s transit system has come a long way since 1870. Through thick and thin transit has been there to keep us moving. Explore moments that defined our city’s…

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City Meetings from October 13 to 16

Ottawa – All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held remotely with electronic participation, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts, visit ottawa.ca/agendas or call 3-1-1. The City continues to take COVID-19 seriously, and in following the advice of provincial and federal governments is making significant…

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Traffic impacts from Thursday, October 8

Ottawa – The following projects will impact Ottawa traffic: Richmond Road – Due to construction on a couple of apartment buildings and the LRT Stage 2, drivers along the stretch on Richmond Road between Ambleside Drive and Sherbourne may experience significant traffic and delays. This construction will continue to be an issue for the next few…

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Thanksgiving Day schedule changes

Ottawa – The following services will operate on different schedules on Thanksgiving Day, Monday, October 12. You can find a list of City services and facilities affected by COVID-19 on ottawa.ca and octranspo.com, and you can read up on the City’s tips for getting through this COVID-19 Thanksgiving. Client services The 3-1-1 Contact Centre will be open for…

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Community Safety and Well-being: What We’ve Heard so Far.

Ottawa’s Community Safety and Well-Being (CSWB) Plan is a community plan and meaningful engagement with a broad audience is a cornerstone of the plan’s development. The City engaged with residents and stakeholders from March 3 to June 30 to help inform priorities for the plan going forward. We want to thank the hundreds of participants…

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Nighttime Noise Exemption for 929 Richmond Rd

A noise exemption application has been granted to the owner of 929 Richmond Road (new development – The Azure) for construction noise/equipment associated with the installation of City services (water and sewer). The City doesn’t allow this work to be done during the day. Lane reductions are not allowed at this intersection from 6 am…

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COVID-19 Testing Task-force – Transition to appointment-based testing

On October 2, 2020, the Government of Ontario announced new measures for testing across the province, including transitioning to appointment-based testing beginning Tuesday, October 6 and discontinuing walk-in services on Sunday, October 4. All assessment centres are working to have their appointment-based testing online as soon as possible.Information on when centres are able to incorporate…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

As a City Councillor I spend a major part of my time working with residents on local issues as well as planning ahead on upcoming projects in our Ward.  Like all  Councillors I also sit on a number of city wide committees that work on issues that touch all wards. In my case I sit…

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Ottawa Public Health: Update from Dr. Vera Etches

COVID-19 Workplace/Post-Secondary Online Screening Tool OPH has developed a new online screening tool to help employees and college/university students decide whether they should go into work or school that day. The intention is for daily completion prior to leaving the house. No personal information is requested when completing the tool, which means that participants cannot…

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Public Health Corner: Flu Season Preparedness

The fall 2020 influenza season will be markedly different from previous years. OPH anticipates a higher demand for the influenza vaccine as a result of residents’ heightened interest and concerns of COVID. In anticipation, below is an update on influenza preparedness. OPH Preparedness For 2020, a greater number of 7 day a week OPH flu…

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Traffic Calming in Bay Ward

Refer to the Traffic Calming Guidelines at Ottawa.ca. Temporary Traffic Calming Options Traffic calming measures currently considered as part of the Temporary Traffic Calming Measures Program are the following: Speed display devices (permanent or temporary) Pavement markings such as, but not limited to, speed limits, “School/École”, “Slow/Lent” Flexible centreline signage Cycling delineators Warranted Gateway Speed…

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SAVE THE DATE – Eastern Ontario Region Virtual Job Fair

They are expecting 40 employers.  So far employers include: Costco Giant Tiger CLV Group Kardish Caivan Communities Telus / Koodo Retire-at-home Ministry of the Solicitor General’s (SOLGEN) Correction Services High Tech Genesis Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services Loblaws Desjardin Ontario Cash for Trash Sobeys Participants can register here:  French: https://jobcareerfairs.ca/ English: https://jobcareerfairs.ca/en/

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OCH unveils newly renovated community kitchen

Last week I was pleased to participate in the unveiling of Ottawa Community Housing’s Regina Towers newly renovated community kitchen. This project was made possible support from funders PCL Construction through their Hard Hat Heroes Neighbourhood Improvement Grant, administered by United Way East Ontario. The tenants of Regina Towers also helped raise money to contribute to the $50,000 renovation.…

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Stage 2: Connaught Avenue Electrical Infrastructure Relocation

Starting in October 2020, Hydro Ottawa will begin relocating electrical infrastructure to accommodate the LRT Confederation Line West Extension construction along Connaught Avenue. Overall, this project includes: The relocation and installation of a new pole line and adjoining electrical infrastructures; and The reinstatement work of the excavated areas to bring the project to completion. Our…

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Andrew Haydon: Forest rehabilitation program

Following the removal of ash trees impacted by Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) from this woodlot, and subsequent reforestation work, tending and planting operations are now required to ensure successful rehabilitation of the forest. This fall, Forestry Services will have a contractor completing warranty work within the forested areas that were tended and planted in 2019…

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NCC Path Detour: Work staring at the Ritchie Pumping Station

Update October 2, 2020 The contractor, JC Sulpher Ltd, has been confronted with an unforeseen delay in the construction at the Kempster Street Pumping Station which will see construction extend into late November. As a result, the contractor will be commencing work at the Ritchie Street pumping station on October 6. The Ritchie Street pumping…

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POSTPONED: City’s fall recreation and arts

Ottawa – Due to the evolving situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, the City is postponing its fall recreation and arts programming registration, which was originally scheduled to open on Monday, October 5 at 9 pm. Stay tuned for further updates and any program changes.

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Stage 2: Edgeworth utility work is postponed to 2021

Please be advised, KEV has informed the City that the utility work on Edgeworth that was previously communicated as beginning in Fall 2020 has been rescheduled to Spring 2021. They note that the Lawn Avenue parkette utility works may still occur this fall but that work should not affect local traffic and will maintain pedestrian…

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Ottawa’s Water is excellent – Reduce use of Water bottles

Ottawa has an excellent water supply. For more information about our drinking, refer to Ottawa.ca. COVID-19 status Ottawa’s tap water is safe. Our water purification plants effectively handle all viruses, including COVID-19, by chlorine disinfection and other physical and chemical processes. We are continuously analyzing and monitoring the water disinfection process.

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City Meetings from October 5 to 9

Ottawa – All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held remotely with electronic participation, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts, visit ottawa.ca/agendas or call 3-1-1. The City continues to take COVID-19 seriously, and in following the advice of provincial and federal governments is making significant…

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Traffic Impacts in Ottawa from October 1, 2020

Ottawa – The following projects will impact Ottawa traffic:   Richmond Road – Due to construction on a couple of apartment buildings and the LRT Stage 2, drivers along the stretch on Richmond Road between Ambleside Drive and Sherbourne may experience significant traffic and delays. This construction will continue to be an issue for the next few years.…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

This Sunday my office team and I will be joining participants from 18 Cities across the country in the Walk/Run for Women’s Mental Health. Ottawa has achieved a record-breaking number this year with over 5000 people walking or running in support of women’s mental health (WMH) programs at The Royal ranking our City as #1…

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How do the Six Boundary Options affect Bay Ward?

Since the last major ward boundary review 15 years ago, the City of Ottawa has seen considerable population growth. This has created a population imbalance in some wards, precipitating a new City of Ottawa Ward Boundary Review.  Ottawa’s population grew 1.5 per cent in 2019, rising to 1,006,211 by the end of the year. The…

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Protecting the character of streetscapes in older neighbourhoods

Ottawa – On September 24th, the City’s Planning Committee approved a new zoning strategy to better balance front-yard features with soft landscaping and tree planting. This landscape-first approach would help maintain the streetscape character in older communities as the City continues to encourage more higher-density dwellings in established neighbourhoods. The biggest challenge when introducing more…

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Have your say on Proposed Electric Vehicle charging stations

Ottawa – Ottawa’s electric vehicle charging network is growing!   The City is planning to install 24 new on-street charging stations across Ottawa to increase the uptake of electric vehicles in Ottawa and improve street-parking facilities.  Switching from gas and diesel vehicles to electric is one of the most impactful actions we can take to meet Ottawa’s…

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City digs into Stage 2 LRT construction

The Parkway tunnel will be built using a cut and cover construction method. To prepare for tunnel construction, traffic on the parkway has been shifted, and underground utilities are being relocated. Excavation will start at the surface and support walls will be installed as the tunnel gets deeper.   East-West Connectors (EWC), the contractor building…

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LRT Stage 2: What is Cut and Cover?

Cut and cover tunneling is one of the oldest methods of constructing a tunnel. The basic concept involves digging a trench, constructing the tunnel walls and roof, and then backfilling it at the surface. Each cut and cover tunnel section will be constructed using the following steps: Step 1 – Prepare: Relocate utilities, walkways, and…

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City Meetings from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2

Ottawa – All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held remotely with electronic participation unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts, visit ottawa.ca/agendas or call 3-1-1. The City continues to take COVID-19 seriously, and in following the advice of provincial and federal governments, is making significant…

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Traffic impacts from Thursday, September 24

Ottawa – The following projects will impact Ottawa traffic:   Highway 417 – The following Highway 417 off-ramps will be closed for paving:  Eastbound off-ramp at Nicholas Street will be closed from Thursday, September 24 at 2 am until Thursday, September 24 at 5 am.  Eastbound off-ramp at St. Laurent Boulevard will be closed from Thursday, September…

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Final 2020 Household Hazardous Waste Depot from Oct. 21 to Oct. 25

Wednesday, October 21 to Sunday, October 25, 2020Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.Location: Barrhaven Snow Disposal Facility – Strandherd Drive and Dealership Drive For details refer to Ottawa.ca Residents can safely dispose of many kinds of household hazardous waste year round. Items including fluorescent bulbs, batteries, paint and oil, can be returned to…

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COVID Alert Exposure Notification App

Is your teen heading back to class this year? Make sure they download the COVID Alert app to stay notified if they have possibly been exposed to COVID-19. Read a Q & A on the COVID Alert app The Government of Canada, in collaboration with other orders of government and across sectors, has developed a…

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Stage 2 Fencing at Pinecrest Interchange

Fencing in the north-east loop at the Pinecrest Interchange has been installed, as per the aerial view pictured above. KEV will review the site/site plan with their environmental team and then begin top soil removal and general excavation to prepare the lands for future construction. At this time, there is no work happening further north…

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Ontario Expands COVID-19 Testing to Pharmacies

Quick Facts Beginning September 25, up to 60 pharmacy sites, including Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall and independent pharmacies, will provide testing for Ontarians with no COVID-19 symptoms. Testing is available at any of the province’s 150 assessment centres currently open, and at participating pharmacies starting Friday. To find the closest pharmacy or assessment centre, please…

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Update on the Human Needs Task Force

September 22, 2020 The Human Needs Task Force (HNTF) continues to assess local needs during the COVID-19 emergency and enhance the City’s response, in collaboration with community partners, to support the most at-risk people in Ottawa. The Task Force and the Community and Social Services Department are working with community agencies on service resumption and…

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Committee of Adjustment October 7 – Decisions

IF YOU WISH TO BE NOTIFIED of a Decision of the Committee of Adjustment, you must submit your request in writing.  867 Norton A-00219 B-00165 To permit reduced total interior side yard setbacks. It has recently been discovered that the existing semi-detached dwelling is not in conformity with the requirements of the Zoning By-law. To…

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Update from Ottawa Public Health – Sept 23, 2020

40% of people aged 20 to 39 who became ill in recent weeks acquired COVID-19 while in close contact with someone outside their household. We must remain vigilant and stay COVIDwise. Vera Etches  MD, MHSc, CCFP, FRCPC Dear Mayor and Members of Council,  In the absence of a formal Ottawa Public Health (OPH) COVID-19 verbal…

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Update on Lincoln Fields Construction

Update from RIOCAN’s VP of Development Heavy demolition (the most “noisy and dusty” work) is currently in its final stages and should be 100% completed by the end of this month. When it’s over, we will be doing ground improvements (driving “geopiers” in the ground”, not sure how disturbing that is) until the end of…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

Decision made:  Bus Route on Richmond Road Will Remain Status Quo The LRT Stage 2 construction on Richmond Rd between Richardson and Cleary is affecting transit services.  For this reason, OC Transpo stated that they were looking at detour options to ensure riders safety and accessibility for a stretch of Richmond Road. They considered 2…

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COVID Daily Dashboard & Map

Daily COVID-19 Dashboard Mapping of Confirmed COVID-19 across Ottawa Neighbourhoods Please visit the Ottawa COVID-19 Dashboard for additional information on cases and deaths, outbreaks and core indicators for COVID-19 monitoring. Important Links Refer to the Ottawa Public Health site for the most up to date information about the COVID-19. COVID and the City of Ottawa…

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Connaught Berm Timelines

Back in the spring I met with KEV  (Kiewit-Eurovia-VINCI) who are the consortium that has been contracted to build the Stage 2 LRT.  They wanted to move forward on plans to build a berm.  I made it clear that this could not happen without consultation.  For an initial discussion, I asked for a meeting with KEV and the QTN…

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Take the BrainyActive Challenge

Have you heard about the Dementia Society Brainy Active Challenge? From September 19th to Thanksgiving you can do a brain boosting activity every day to fight dementia.  Anyone can participate in the Brainy Active Challenge: read a book, take a walk, make a puzzle, learn something new, dance or knit.  Activities that challenge the brain…

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Crime Stoppers Needs You

CRIME  DOES  NOT  PAY …  CRIME  STOPPERS  DOES As a not-for-profit organization that does not receive any direct taxpayer support, they rely on business/public support to meet their financial obligations. Their biggest fundraising summer event had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. The uncertainty of the COVID aftermath and/or possibility of a ‘second wave’…

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City Meetings from Sept 21 to 25

Ottawa – All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held remotely with electronic participation unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts, visit ottawa.ca/agendas or call 3-1-1. The City continues to take COVID-19 seriously, and in following the advice of provincial and federal governments, is making significant…

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If a Child at School Tests Positive for COVID

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) maintains the responsibility for contacting parents of children who are identified as having been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. If a child tests negative for COVID but still has symptoms, they can’t return to school until 24 hrs after symptoms are resolved w/o fever-reducing…

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O-Train Line 1 & Bus Service Update

On September 16, an operational update (see links below) on O-Train Line 1 and bus service was presented to the Transit Commission. Rideau Transit Group (RTG) has met the requirement to provide 15 trains on O-Train Line 1 during the morning peak periods since September 8. The City will continue to review the progress of…

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Temporary Closure of Path along Moodie Drive

The Greenbelt Pathway West along Moodie Drive will be temporarily closed from August 31 to November 6, 2020 A 550-metre north-south section of the Greenbelt Pathway West along Moodie Drive will be closed  for pathway improvements to reduce seasonal flooding and increase the water storage capacity of the nearby wetland. The pathway will be raised…

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Traffic impacts from Thursday, September 17

Ottawa – The following projects will impact Ottawa traffic: Richmond Road – Due to construction on a couple of apartment buildings and the LRT Stage 2, drivers along the stretch on Richmond Road between Ambleside Drive and Sherbourne may experience significant traffic and delays. This construction will continue to be an issue for the next…

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City cultural facilities reopening this week

Ottawa – The City is gradually reopening its cultural facilities this week, with the initial offering of room rentals at the following locations: Arts Court Nepean Creative Arts Centre Nepean Visual Arts Centre Meridian Theatres@Centrepointe Shenkman Arts Centre City Museums and Historic sites opened in August and most City-run galleries will open through the month…

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Be COVID Wise

As the community continues its gradual staged approach to reopening, (Stage 3), Ottawa Public Health (OPH) encourages you to go about your daily activities while protecting yourself and others. Please follow these recommended precautions and be COVIDWise to help keep COVID-19 under control. Our actions impact our community’s ability to manage a global pandemic. W – Wear a mask or…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

Over six months ago Covid-19 forced us to significantly alter the way we engaged with each other. We had to come up with new and creative ways to stay in touch with the community while respecting the safety protocols put in place as a result of this ongoing pandemic. As your City representative it has…

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Stage 2 LRT Project Update: Aug 24 – Sept 6, 2020

Overall The City of Ottawa’s Rail Construction Program is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and is in contact with the constructors about adhering to guidance provided by Ottawa Public Health and the Province of Ontario. Construction is underway across all three Stage 2 O-Train Extensions: In the south, work is progressing well at the Walkley…

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City Meetings from September 14 to 18

Ottawa – All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held by remote, electronic participation, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts, visit ottawa.ca/agendas or call 3-1-1. The City continues to take COVID-19 seriously, and in following the advice of provincial and federal governments, is making significant…

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Bridge Named after Former Mayor Jackie Holzman

I was honoured to attend the opening of the Jackie Holzman Bridge on Thursday September 10th. This pedestrian and cycling bridge spans Highway 417 between Harmer Avenue South and Harmer Avenue North. The renaming of the Harmer Bridge, to the Jackie Holzman Bridge, recognizes the extensive community service and exceptional impact Ms. Holzman who was the…

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Public Health Corner: Older Adults and COVID-19

Ottawa Public Health states that the risk of serious illness from COVID-19 increases progressively with age, particularly beyond 50 years of age. In Ottawa, 90% of persons who died from COVID-19 were 70 years of age or older; however, an increasing number of people needed hospitalizations and intensive care above the age of 50 years.…

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ACORN hosts bi-weekly Tenants’ Rights Information Sessions

Ottawa ACORN hosts bi-weekly tenants’ rights information sessions to inform tenants about their rights during COVID-19. During the next meeting they will cover details around rights/protections related to rent, evictions, maintenance/repairs and Bill 184. There will be time for questions and discussions after each section.  The next session hosted by Ottawa ACORN is on Monday,…

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Cancelled – Fundraiser for the Olde Forge

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 event is cancelled. With the announcement of the Second Wave of COVID and the increase in active cases in Ottawa, the Olde Forge has decided to cancel the Harvest Supper. As always, the safety of staff, volunteers and clients is our top priority,  and they do not feel they can support…

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Discover your City by Bike Workshop

September is Let’s Bike Month Workshops – Information – Inspiration Councillor Theresa Kavanagh is hosting a workshop “Discover your City by Bike” on Tuesday, September 22 at 7 pm – Register here. Pedal to win prizes!Sign up as an individual or start a team! Join Now View the list of other community events at Let’s…

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Ottawa Employment Numbers by Industry

The following is a breakdown of Ottawa employment numbers by industry since the arrival of COVID-19 in March 2020. This information was requested at the Finance and Economic Development Committee meeting of September 1, 2020, where an Information Report titled COVID-19 Economic Recovery Update was brought forward. After several months of job losses, the month…

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Public Health Corner: Supporting Schools During COVID-19 – Update

As the reopening of schools within our region continues, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) continues to collaborate with local school boards and organizations to implement provincial standards and guidance. Alongside our school board partners, OPH is addressing ongoing questions and concerns of families, school staff and students regarding COVID-19, ensuring we provide the most current information…

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Ash tree removal: Shirleys Bay sector

As part of its emerald ash borer management strategy, the National Capital Commission (NCC) will be removing 294 ash trees affected by the emerald ash borer in the Shirleys Bay sector of the western Greenbelt on Trail 10 near parking lot P2. Dead trees of other species may also be removed to improve access and allow a safe work environment for the crew undertaking the work.  WHEN:…

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Environmental Assessment Study LRT Stage 3

Check out the public consultation videos and let us know what you think by September 23. Second Public Consultation – Online September 9 to 23, 2020 Due to the public health guidelines for COVID-19, this public consultation will occur online for a period of two weeks allowing the stakeholders and the public to review the…

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Traffic impacts from Thursday, Sept. 10

September 10, 2020 – The following projects will impact Ottawa traffic: Highway 417 westbound on-ramp at Nicholas Street will be closed from Thursday, September 10 at 11 pm until Friday, September 11 at 5 am and from Friday, September 11 at 11 pm until Saturday, September 12 at 5 am for paving. Carling Avenue –…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

Labour Day weekend traditionally marks the end of summer holidays and the beginning of the school year, although because of COVID-19 this year feels quite different.  It should be recalled that Labour Day was set aside to honour workers and the work of the union movement that rallied for advances for workers and their families…

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LRT Stage 2: Byron Ave Road Closure

Please note Road Close Authorization for Byron Avenue from Richardson Avenue to Redwood Avenue. The road will be closed from Monday, 28 September 2020 to Wednesday, 23 December 2020.  The contractor, Kiewit Eurovia Vinci General Partnership will be undertaking the relocation of existing underground utilities. Notification signs will be posted. Local and emergency vehicle access…

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Support for Jerome and Caroline after the fire

Jerome and Caroline from Queensway Terrace North lost their home to a fire on September 2nd. Your support will help get them and their young family (3 kids) through this difficult time and back on their feet. CTV News Article on the fire A GOFundMe page has been setup for the family by a neighbour.

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The COA is Heading Back to Class!

As you know, COA’s education events came to an abrupt halt in March.   And, with events not being held over the summer months, the Council on Aging (COA) are announcing that their educational events are back. However, COA events will have a different look this fall. They are unable to hold events at their…

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Carling Avenue Bridge Repairs starting Sept 18th

COVID-19 is an unprecedented situation and the City of Ottawa is committed to protecting people and the community. The Province of Ontario has allowed certain businesses and workplaces to reopen, including all municipal construction projects, as long as they comply with strict measures for public health and safe operations. In addition to the City’s ongoing…

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City Meetings from September 7 to 11

Ottawa – All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held remotely with electronic participation unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts, visit ottawa.ca/agendas or call 3-1-1. The City continues to take COVID-19 seriously, and in following the advice of provincial and federal governments, is making significant…

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Update on economic impact of COVID-19

Ottawa – The City’s Finance and Economic Development Committee today received an update on the economic impact of the pandemic on Ottawa’s economy and the City’s efforts to foster recovery. Despite a loss of 53,600 jobs between February and July, stable government employment, increased government spending during the pandemic and a robust technology sector mean…

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Fall 2020 Tree Planting Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Forestry’s spring 2020 planting season was postponed and new planting requests were put on hold. We are pleased to inform you that Forestry Services’ fall planting program will run this year and planting requests for 2021 are now being accepted. Planting program information can be found at Ottawa.ca/forestry. The fall…

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Update on STO transit expansion plans

Ottawa – On Wednesday, September 2nd, the City’s Transportation Committee received an update on how the Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) might connect an electric tramway system to Ottawa. The new system would reduce STO bus traffic in Ottawa by between 30 and 70 per cent while improving access to destinations on both sides…

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Fall Rhapsody in Canada’s Capital Region

Enjoy the spectacular fall colours in Canada’s Capital Region with additional public space for outdoor well-being. The crisp, cool air, combined with an explosion of colours tells us that fall has arrived, and it’s time for Fall Rhapsody. Spectacular landscapes can be seen and admired, attracting hundreds of thousands of people in Canada’s Capital Region…

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LRT Stage 2: New Orchard Station Park Closure

Construction of the Stage 2 O-Train Light Rail Transit (LRT) project is progressing onto digging a tunnel in Byron Linear Park between two new LRT stations, New Orchard and Cleary. The tunnel will be constructed using cut and cover methodology, one of the oldest methods of tunneling. This involves digging a trench, reinforcing it with…

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Traffic impacts from Thursday, September 3

Ottawa – The following projects will impact Ottawa traffic: Highway 417 – The Highway 417 westbound off-ramp at Nicholas Street will be closed from Thursday, September 3 at 11 pm until Friday, September 3 at 5 am for paving. Robertson Road – Robertson Road from Eagleson Road to Hannel Drive will have lane reductions in…

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Labour Day Service Impacts

Ottawa – The following services will operate on different schedules on Labour Day, Monday, September 7. You can also find a list of City services and facilities affected by COVID-19 on ottawa.ca and octranspo.com. Client services The 3-1-1 Contact Centre will be open for urgent matters that require the City’s immediate attention. Call 3-1-1 or 613-580-2400 (TTY:…

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Let’s Move Forward Discussion on Sept 10th @ 7 pm

Anti-Black Racism in our community Thursday, September 10th from 7 to 8 pm via Zoom. A discussion with black women sharing their experiences with racial inequalities in our communities and how to move forward. Organized by the Leading Ladies Ottawa and Black Lives Matter Moderated by Leading Lady Kerina Johnson Hosted by Councillors RSVP to…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

This week at City Council we considered a number of amendments to the Temporary Mandatory Mask By-law that included: extending the temporary by-law to October 31, 2020 as well as adding common areas of condos and apartment buildings be incorporated into the by-law. I am pleased that this amendment was made as I have been…

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Recordings & Presentations from Panel Discussion on Intensification held on Sept 1st.

Many residents joined Councillor Theresa Kavanagh for a three part discussion on intensification.  Links to the presentations and video recordings of the event are available below: Video and Audio Audio only Presentation from Robb Barnes, Ecology Ottawa Audio and Visual Presentation by Toon Dreessen, President Architects DCA Panel Discussion: Intensification, why it’s important and how…

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Virtual & Accessible Employment Information Sessions

The City of Ottawa Employment Ontario Centre is providing “virtual” employment information sessions in a completely accessible format.  These sessions are provided in both official languages: English and French, are in closed caption for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and are in voice format for the blind, partially sighted or individuals with…

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Road Closure – Jamieson Street

Duration: Wednesday, 2 September 2020 to Wednesday, 30 September 2020. The contractor, Ken White Construction, working on behalf of the RVCA will be placing equipment and staging at the dead end to complete repairs to the existing flood wall. Signage/Conditions: Jamieson Avenue will be closed at the dead end, blocking public access to the water.…

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Masks mandatory in indoor public spaces through October

Ottawa – To help limit the spread of COVID-19 as schools and businesses reopen,City Council today extended, until the end of October, the temporary by-law that makes masks mandatory in indoor public spaces. Masks are also mandatory in the common areas of condos and apartment buildings. Council can extend the temporary by-law again at a…

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Temporary mandatory mask by-law – FAQs

Why is a mandatory mask by-law necessary? Scientific evidence shows that wearing masks helps to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Since some people who are infected with COVID-19 may not know they have the virus, wearing a mask or face covering protects them from spreading the virus to you and to the people around you.…

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Stage 2 Work beginning at Holly Acres Interchange

KEV will soon be starting preparatory works in the area of the Holly Acres interchange, required in advance of future construction of the Holly Acres Rail Bridge (to be built south of the transitway, north of Highway 417). This preparatory work getting underway next week includes storm sewer utility relocations, and relocation of street light…

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COVID-19: Share your thoughts – Phase 3 Survey now Open

The City and Ottawa Public Health are exploring how we can support Ottawa residents as businesses and services have gradually reopened during Stage 3 of the Ontario Government’s Framework for Reopening our Province. Phase 3 of the public engagement strategy will focus on current issues and priorities of Ottawa residents. The survey questions will gather public…

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Lookout for your Mental Health

We’re still in a pandemic emergency and I know things haven’t been easy lately, and it’s not over yet. It’s vital that we look out for our Mental Health and it’s completely OK to ask for help. Distress Centre Ottawa is there 24/7 at 613-238-3311. Their phone lines operate 24 hours a day, 7 days…

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Public Health Corner: Supporting Schools During COVID-19

August 25, 2020 – Message from Ottawa Public Health In advance of the reopening of schools in the next few weeks, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is providing an overview of the roles and responsibilities in response to COVID-19 within the school setting, as well as sharing information about the work done thus far with community…

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Public Health Corner: OPH’s Role in Pest Control

Within the context of the Rental Housing Property Management By-law and Rental Accommodation Study Update which was passed by Council on Wednesday, August 26th, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is providing further information in regards to OPH’s work in response to pest management: OPH’s primary role in the larger City of Ottawa strategy regarding pest control…

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OC Transpo fall service returns August 30

Ottawa – OC Transpo’s fall service returns on August 30. To welcome back students this fall, school service resumes, as well as increased trips to post-secondary schools. Customers should visit octranspo.com and use the Travel Planner to see if their regular trips are affected by the return to fall schedules. Schedules are also available by…

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Stage 2 LRT Project Update: August 10 – 23, 2020

Overall The City of Ottawa’s Rail Construction Program is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and is in contact with the constructors about adhering to guidance provided by Ottawa Public Health and the Province of Ontario. Construction is underway across all three Stage 2 O-Train Extensions: In the south, there is ongoing work at the Walkley…

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City Meetings from August 31 to September 4

Ottawa – All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held remotely with electronic participation unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts, visit ottawa.ca/agendas or call 3-1-1. The City continues to take COVID-19 seriously, and in following the advice of provincial and federal governments, is making significant…

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Join the movement to support our local businesses!

Local businesses have always been there for us. Now, let’s be there for them. Canada United supports local businesses in partnership with over 60 leading business partners, Chambers of Commerce and business associations all across the country. Shop and dine local to help small businesses in our community and share on your social media accounts…

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Traffic impacts in Ottawa from Thursday, August 27

Ottawa – The following projects will impact Ottawa traffic: Vanier Parkway – Vanier Parkway will have lane reductions in both directions overnight and during off-peak hours from Presland Road to Donald Street beginning Monday, August 24 until early September for watermain and sewer work. Pedestrian detours will be in place. Visit OCtranspo.com for transit detour…

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