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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Online questionnaire on the Transportation Master Plan Update

From September 21 until October 23, you will have an opportunity to provide input into the Transportation Master Plan Update and Active Transportation Plan by completing an online questionnaire on active transportation, on what a fair and equitable transportation system looks like, and on the new technologies that are changing the way we move around…

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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 @ 6:30 pm

Please contact the Committee Office at cofa@ottawa.ca with your comments.     The Committee of Adjustment for the City of Ottawa is circulating this email to notify you of its upcoming electronic Public Hearings. Please follow the links below for details of the applications to be heard by each of the Committee Panels. The application materials made…

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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 Wards This Weekly Supplement provides an epidemiologic summary of COVID-19 activity in Ottawa to date. The report includes the most current information available from the COVID-19 Ottawa Database (COD) as of 2:00 p.m. September 15, 2020. Please visit the Ottawa COVID-19 Dashboard for additional information on…

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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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Meals on Wheels is Active during COVID

Meals on Wheels has been operating at full force since mid-March, and they continue to take the utmost care and closely monitor how they operate and deliver their essential service for the safety of all. Since things have gradually opened up, they have been working with their partner kitchens to transition clients back to daily…

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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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NCC Path Detour for Kempster Pumping Station Work

An aerial photo which illustrates the work location is shown above.  The work involves safety upgrades which includes: installation of platforms, grating, and ladders allowing the City to continue the efficient collection of stormwater and flood protection within the Britannia area. Our contractor will be re-mobilizing to the Kempster Pumping Station to complete the remaining…

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Trot or Treat Event in Support of Ausome Ottawa

Calling all goblins, witches, and ghosts! Come Trot or Treat with Ausome!  Trot or Treat is a FREE, fun–filled day in support of Ausome, the only organization in Ottawa solely committed to providing barrier–free sport and recreation programs for children with autism.  Grab your friends and family to walk the track, and trick–or–treat through fun…

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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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Britannia Beach Closure – Update and FAQs

Get updates on the Britannia Beach Dredging project City webpage. Update September 11, 2020 Contractor (Fuller) will be working this Saturday (Sept 12) in an effort to maintain and expedite the construction schedule The north half of the parking lot in front of Ron Kolbus will be closed for a short time on Tuesday (Sept…

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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 colours in Canada’s Capital Region

Enjoy the spectacular fall colours in Canada’s Capital Region with additional public space for outdoor well-being Canada’s Capital Region – While summer is starting to wind down, the need for Capital residents and visitors to enjoy the outdoors while ensuring safe physical distancing remains important for both physical and mental well-being. The National Capital Commission (NCC) is…

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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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COVID-19 screening tool for students

The purpose of this screening tool is to help parents and guardians make decisions about whether or not their child/children can attend school. This tool should be completed daily before attending school. No personal information is requested when completing the tool, which means that you and/or your child/children cannot be personally identified or linked to your responses. Using this tool…

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COVID-19 City Council Response Presentations

At City Council on Wednesday, September 9, 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, August 26, 2020 Council received presentations from…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

The new school year is fast approaching and parents are faced with challenging decisions. Be assured that Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is working with local school boards to implement provincial standards and guidance to support the reopening of schools. Keeping COVID-19 transmission low at the community level will be key to preventing the introduction of the…

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Meetings at City Hall from August 24 to 28

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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August 24 kicks off City’s fall recreation programming

Ottawa – The City is offering COVID-modified recreation programming this fall. It will kick off with the registration on Monday, August 24 at 9 pm. The Recreation eGuides will be available to browse online on Friday, August 21.  You will be able to register for swimming lessons, power swim and advanced aquatic certifications with programs beginning as early as Monday, September 14. For swimming lessons, a…

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Capital Pride is going virtual

Capital Pride 2020 will take place from Sunday, August 23 through Sunday, August 30. But the festival will look a little different this year. It’s going virtual. The City will still be showing its Pride and support for Ottawa’s 2SLGBTQ+ community with several departments participating in the virtual Pride parade on Sunday, August 30. You…

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Committee of Adjustment – Sept 2 Decisions

The Committee of Adjustment for the City of Ottawa is circulating this email to notify you of its upcoming electronic Public Hearings. Please follow the links below for details of the applications to be heard by each of the Committee Panels. 867 Norton – D08-01-20/B-00165 – Adjourned to October 21, 2020 To subdivide the property into…

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Improvements to the Community Pass application process

Great news for transit riders who are eligible for the Community Pass.  OC Transpo is introducing an enhancement to the Community Pass application process, making it easier for customers to apply or renew their pass. Effective August 18, customers are now able to complete their application remotely over the phone, eliminating the need to travel…

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COVID-19 Within our Community

Ottawa Public Health continues to research and publish information regarding the impacts of COVID-19 within our community. The week of August 10th, OPH published a report regarding the impact of COVID-19 on racialized communities. OPH has found that areas with a high proportion of racialized communities and high material deprivation have higher rates of COVID-19…

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Geese at Andrew Haydon Park

In recent years, the Goose Management Program was expanded to include Andrew Haydon Park, specifically – using the tactics of egg management, coyote decoys, and pathway cleaning/maintenance. The current status for each of these tactics is as follows: Egg Management: In the early stages of our response to COVID-19, a decision was made to cancel…

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Sept 15 is the 11th Annual Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa Breakfast

With events cancelled through the remainder of 2020 your support of this year’s BGCO Breakfast is more important than ever. Your support will change the lives of thousands of children and youth by raising funds to support FREE life-changing programs that are purposefully designed to drive personal development, empower youth to reach their full potential…

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Update on the impacts of cannabis legalization on City services

The Committee received an update on the impacts of cannabis legalization on City services. The City received $2.8 million from the Province, fully covering the one-time and incremental costs of cannabis legalization, with $945,000 going to Ottawa Public Health and $1.8 million to the Ottawa Police Service. Last year, the City received 120 requests to…

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Provide your feedback on the six ward boundary options

Ottawa – The City is seeking public feedback on six options for re-aligning Ottawa’s wards through an online survey at ottawa.ca/wardboundary from August 19 to September 25 and through virtual public consultation sessions scheduled from September 10 to September 23. Since the last major review in 2005, Ottawa’s population has grown significantly – especially in…

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Registration starts Aug 24 for Before and After School Program

On August 13th Parks and Recreation advised Council that Before and After School Programs (BASP) would be offered at several recreation facilities across the City.  At the time, their intent was to commence programs on September 3rd to coincide with the start of the school year and registration for these programs opened on August 24th.…

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Are you or were you a Tourism and Hospitality worker?

The Tourism & Hospitality Emergency Response is here to help. Visit TourismHospitalityWorkers.ca to register for information about training, job search resources and relief program updates.  Complete a survey for a chance to win one of three $200 VISA gift cards. Subject to eligibility requirements. Over 188,000 Ontario tourism and hospitality workers have lost their jobs…

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How to Inspect, Prevent and Respond to Rats

Some residents have reported seeing rats in their neighbourhood. When restaurants closed at the beginning of the pandemic, the rats lost a access to a food and people have reported seeing them where they did not before. Ottawa Public Health has information on How to Inspect, Prevent and Respond to rats at OttawaPublicHealth.ca

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Recyclore Bicycle Recycling

Recyclore is an Ottawa based all-volunteer registered not-for-profit. They are dedicated to keeping bicycles out of the landfill and putting them back on the street. They accept donations of old bicycles, recondition them, and then offer the used bicycles for sale. Hours: Wednesdays 5:00- 8:00 PM & Saturdays 12:00 to 5:00 PM Location Now open at their…

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Are you unable to wear a mask?

Although it is not equivalent to a mask, you can wear a face shield as a “better-than-nothing” alternative. Please wash your hands, keep at least 2 metres apart from others, and stay home when you are sick. Be COVID Kind. For more information about masks visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca/masks.

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City Council seeks to improve quality of rental housing

Ottawa – On Wednesday August 26th, the City Council approved new regulations aimed at improving rental-housing quality to ensure safe and adequate housing for Ottawa’s renters. The new Rental Housing Property Management By-law and updates to the Property Standards By-law would go into effect by August 2021. They focus on property standards, pest control measures…

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Seeds & Soil Home Garden Project

The City of Ottawa’s Human Needs Task Force, along with Just Food, partnered to provide vegetable seeds and soil to low income households.The project’s goal was to empower residents in growing their own food, therefore increasing their food supply. I am so happy that City Council passed my motion back in May in support of…

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Back to School and the Road SMARTS Pledge

If your child is returning to school in September, take some time to consider the best transportation options for your family. If you are not putting your student on a school bus, here is a list of tips and resources to help you plan a commute that is safe for everyone. Benefits of walking or…

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Traffic Impacts from Thursday August 20

Ottawa – The following projects will impact Ottawa traffic: Rideau Street – There are ongoing lane reductions at the Rideau Street and Sussex Drive/Colonel By intersection until Friday, August 28 for the Rideau Street and William Street renewal project. Rideau Street from Sussex Drive to Dalhousie Street remains closed until December. Visit OCTranspo.com for transit…

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COVID Archives

Help preserve the City of Ottawa’s story for future generations. City Archives, in partnership with University of Ottawa and Carleton University, are gathering records (digital & scanned copies) of our experiences before during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Do you want to be part of our history? Find out more at Ottawa.ca

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

This past Wednesday evening Ottawa Fire Services received a 911 call advising of an inflatable dingy which had capsized near the Deschênes rapids.  Thankfully, the two people were wearing their highly visible yellow Personal Floating Devices (PFDs) and were floating near their overturned boat.  They were helped back into the boat by other nearby boaters…

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First mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

Ottawa Public Health reminds residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites. Mosquito trapping and testing-components of Ottawa Public Health’s West Nile virus program-have confirmed the presence of the virus in Ottawa. Residents must also help reduce mosquito populations around their homes by getting rid of all outdoor objects that can hold water, where mosquitoes lay…

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New Official Plan: Survey on 15 Minute Neighbourhood

The new Official Plan is a document that describes how the city will grow and has a goal to be the most liveable mid-sized city in North America. To achieve this goal, Five Big Moves were adopted to frame new Official Plan, including the concept of 15-minute neighbourhoods.  What do we mean when we say a 15-minute neighbourhood?…

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AMO Policy Update

New Recreational Facility Guidance Canada Healthy Communities Initiative 2021-22 Connecting Links Program More Spaces Can Open in Sport, Fitness, and Recreational Facilities The Ontario government has released additional guidance to support the safe reopening of many sport, fitness, and recreation facilities by applying a capacity limit on a per room basis.  This was guidance municipalities…

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Good News for City Finances

On August 12th, the City of Ottawa received some good news from the Province of Ontario. The Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, Caroline Mulroney, informed Mayor Watson that the City would be receiving $75 million in Phase 1 of the Transit Safe Restart Funding, which is mostly based on ridership. Also, Steve Clark, Ontario’s Minister of…

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OC Transpo’s health and safety measures

As the Ottawa economy reopens and more riders return to transit, OC Transpo has put in place health and safety measures to keep customers and employees as safe as possible. Masks are mandatory in all enclosed public spaces. The new temporary by-law also covers OC Transpo property, including in buses, trains, stations and platforms, shelters,…

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Meetings at City Hall from August 17 to 21

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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Glad Cleaning the Capital is Back

GLAD Cleaning the Capital registration for the Fall Campaign will start August 15, 2020. The annual GLAD Cleaning the Capital Program Fall Campaign will be implemented as part of Phase 2 of the City’s Recovery Plan. The Early Bird Registration will begin on August 15, 2020. On July 17, the Province of Ontario permitted gatherings…

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CHÂTEAU LAURIER new Design

Ottawa, ON, August 13, 2020 —  HERITAGE OTTAWA is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Capital Hotel Limited Partnership, an affiliate of Larco Investments Ltd. and the owner of the Château Laurier Hotel, concerning the proposed addition to the Château Laurier. The agreement is based on a dramatically altered design of the…

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City’s Engagement Opportunities

The City of Ottawa wants your input on the projects, policies, programs, and services that affect your daily life. From open houses to workshops and online engagement opportunities, your feedback helps to shape City decisions. Online engagement COVID-19: Share your thoughts Tell us what changes you have made to protect yourself and your loved ones…

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A call to landlords – Seeking help to house 100 before October

Together, we can prevent, reduce and end homelessness in our community.  The Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa, the City and community organizations are working in partnership. They are seeking help from private landlords to provide 100 affordable-housing units. What is a Housing Blitz? By the end of September, the goal is to find a home for 100 households experiencing…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

Over the past five months we have had to come to terms with adapting to significant changes in our in our lives; overcoming social challenges, sorting out logistics and acclimatizing to new routines.  Many have had to make personal sacrifices and difficult decisions.  I want to take this time to thank you and celebrate everyone…

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Letter regarding the use of masks in multi-unit dwellings.

Please find below a letter from Associate Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Brent Moloughney, regarding the use of masks in multi-unit dwellings to all: Multi-Unit Dwelling Managers/Owners Landlords Condominium Corporations Residential Building Management Re: Recommendation for Mask Policies for Multi-Unit Dwellings Thank you for your continued commitment over the past several months to mitigate the…

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City Meetings from August 10 to 14

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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Drowning Prevention: Practice Water Safety This Summer

The Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Fire Department, Ottawa Paramedic Service and their Ottawa Drowning Prevention Coalition partners are urging all residents to practice water safety when they are on, in or near water this summer.  Tragically, there have been five drownings on local waterways this summer. The combination of warm weather and people being near…

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Have your Say on new Bike Parking Strategy

Ottawa is increasingly becoming a biking city. As more and more residents are cycling, it has become clear that we need to ensure we have the supports in place to make the experience a positive one. This includes a Bike Parking Strategy that allows for convenient and accessible bike parking in our urban core. Why…

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Traffic Impacts from Thursday, August 6

Ottawa – The following projects will impact Ottawa traffic: Bronson Avenue – Beginning on Monday, August 10, Bronson Avenue from Brookfield Road to Colonel By Drive will be reduced to one lane in each direction from 7 pm to 7 am nightly until October for road resurfacing work. A signed detour will be in place…

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COVID By-law update for food establishments

By Provincial Order, all food establishments offering dine-in services MUST record the name and contact information of every patron who dines at the establishment, be it inside or on the patio. Please note, this practice must be in place at all food establishments by August 7th.

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Update on Anti-Racism Listening Forum

Residents from across Ottawa representing diverse groups came together to participate in the United for All Coalition in collaboration with City of Ottawa, Anti-Racism in Ottawa Public Listening Forum that was held virtually on July 28. More than 270 participants joined the forum to hear from speakers, participate in open discussions about racism in our…

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Stage 2 Station Naming Public Consultation

OC Transpo has launched a public consultation for the names of its 24 Stage 2 stations along the west, east and south O-Train extensions, and wants YOUR input! The consultation runs from August 5-26 and includes names like Moodie, Algonquin, Jeanne d’Arc and Leitrim. Find out more here: octranspo.com/stage2_station_names

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Error in payment processing to be rectified

This week Council received a memo providing an update on recreation members’ scheduled payments. As you may be aware, charges to monthly membership clients have been suspended since March 17, 2020 while facilities were closed due to COVID-19. An error in payment processing occurred on August 4, which resulted in those monthly payments being charged…

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City resumes more in-person counter services

The City has resumed more in-person counter services at the City Hall and Ben Franklin Place Client Service Centres and the Business Licensing Centre at 735 Industrial Avenue. As part of the City’s COVID-related safety protocols to support physical distancing, all counter services at City Hall and Ben Franklin Place are by appointment only. The…

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Fall 2020 Transit Service Changes

Fall 2020 transit service changes will start on Sunday, August 30, 2020. As part of the OC Transpo Recovery Plan approved by the Transit Commission on June 1, school services will resume. School services and service levels on routes serving post-secondary institutions may be adjusted further depending on the needs of customers travelling to and…

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Letter to Premier regarding Carlingview Manor

I sent the following letter to Premier Doug Ford on August 6. Dear Premier Ford, As the City Councillor for Bay Ward in Ottawa I have been approached by many residents regarding their concerns about one of our local Long-Term Care facilities: Carlingview Manor. This private facility, located in Bay Ward, was significantly impacted by…

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Ottawa Public Library in-person services starting Monday, August 17

Select OPL branches will begin offering additional in-person services starting Monday, August 17. New in-person services include browsing, use of public computers by appointment, and card registration. As of Monday, August 17, Carlingwood will be offering enhanced in-person services. Other branches will be offering enhanced in-person services. Hours for these branches can be found on…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

Over the past few weeks Bay Ward has experienced shooting incidents that have shaken the Britannia Woods community and beyond.  The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) believe that these incidents could be gang and drug related, following street level conflicts. They are not only linked geographically but also by those involved as persons of interest. This…

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Ottawa Police: New NRT begins in mid-August in the Bayshore area

The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) is pleased to announce that it will be launching its fifth Neighbourhood Resource Team (NRT), this one in the Bayshore area starting August 17th.  “The Bayshore NRT was originally scheduled to launch in the Fall, but considering recent shooting incidents in the area, and the fact that more officers are…

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LRT Stage 2 Update – July 13 to 26

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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LRT Stage 2 – Some information on Timelines on Richmond Rd

The timeline for the overall project construction extends to 2025, however the Byron Park/Richmond Road section of the project will only have increased traffic disruptions between mid-2020 through mid-2023. The extent of the disruptions will become less as time goes on depending upon which area of Richmond Road is being considered.  Most of the disruptive…

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McEwen: Together but Apart

Around the World with Chairman George Chairman George sang in 12 different languages, treated residents to a magic show and the afternoon was very much enjoyed by all. Thank you to Sam from AIP for provided snacks for the event with prepacked snack bags (drink, chip and mandarin) so residents could enjoy during the concert. …

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Questions for the Q – Virtual Trivia Fundraiser Aug 25

In the face of significant loss of revenues due to the cancellation of in person events for the foreseeable future, Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation is pivoting to a virtual events strategy. In partnership with Ottawa Trivia League, Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation invites you to join them for a fun online evening of questions and answers…

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Electronic Waste

Where to divert your electronic waste and other items Some residents have contacted my office inquiring about what to do with their electronic waste items. The City of Ottawa does not collect electronic waste (e-waste) as part of its curbside garbage collection. E-waste accounts for 3000 tonnes or about 300 garbage trucks full of refuse…

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Woodpark – New Route for Construction Vehicles

Please be advised that, following the Woodpark neighbourhood’s concerns about construction trucks on residential streets south of Byron Avenue, Councillor Kavanagh, the Rail Construction Program and KEV undertook an exercise to design a truck-only access and an improved egress into and out of Woodpark. The result is that KEV’s construction trucks will no longer be…

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Road Closure – Hartleigh Avenue Aug 10 to 17

Hartleigh Avenue from Carling Avenue to Lawn Avenue will be closed from Monday, 10 August 2020 to Monday, 17 August 2020. The contractor, 1823021 Ontario Inc. o/a Capital Excavating will be connecting new services at 485, 487 Hartleigh Ave. Notification signs will be posted. Local and emergency vehicle access will be maintained. The impact to…

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Committee of Adjustment – August 19 Decisions

Please contact the Committee Office at cofa@ottawa.ca with your comments.     864 Woodroffe A-00142 B-00148 To subdivide the property into two separate parcels of land. It is proposed to construct two, 2-storey long semi-detached dwellings, with one new dwelling unit on each of the newly created parcels. The existing dwelling and detached garage are to…

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Colonel By Day activities and schedule changes

The following schedule changes will be in effect for Colonel By Day, Monday, August 3. You can also find a list of City services and facilities affected by COVID-19 on ottawa.ca and octranspo.com(link is external). 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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Update on the Connaught Berm Design Proposal

To view a high resolution of the draft berm design: Connaught Berm Draft Design Proposal KEV has indicated they are no longer going to pursue enhanced berming through Connaught Park directly with the NCC. The City’s Rail Construction Program (RCP) is therefore adopting this initiative using the mechanisms within the Stage 2 Contract. The original…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

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. W – Wear a mask or face covering when you are in indoor public spaces and when you cannot maintain…

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COVID-19 in Ottawa: Weekly roundup

What’s new The City resumed swimming services on July 6, and we’re extending current swimming membership expiry dates. COVID-19 safety measures for public swimming, wading pools and splash pads in Ottawa. As the province moves into stage three of its reopening plan, the City offers greater access to parks, recreation and cultural programming, and facilities.…

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Byron Linear Park Closure

This notice is to advise that, as part of the Stage 2 O-Train Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, Byron Linear Park between Redwood Avenue and Richardson Avenue will be closed to the public as construction work begins. Byron Linear Park, situated between Richmond Road and Byron Avenue, is the site of a future LRT tunnel…

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Meetings at City Hall for the week of July 27

The City of Ottawa continues to take COVID-19 seriously, and in following the advice of provincial and federal governments is making significant changes to services and programming to help protect the health and wellbeing of the community. City Hall is temporarily closed to help stop the spread of COVID-19. In-person meetings have been cancelled. Such…

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Committee of Adjustment August 5 – Decisions

The application materials made available online include the Public Notice and Circulation Map, as well as Surveys, Site Plans and Elevation Drawings, where applicable. Please also note that it would be appreciated if comments on applications to be heard August 5, 2020 could be submitted by July 29, 2020. IF YOU WISH TO BE NOTIFIED…

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Be COVID Kind

Masks, civility, and respect in indoor public spaces. Keep you eye open for these posters, they should be posted at all businesses. It is now required to wear a mask when in an indoor public space. There are exceptions, not everyone can wear a mask so be kind.

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Buy Local – Check out the MyOttawa Pass

There has never been a better time to be a tourist in your own backyard, help our local economy by getting out in support of our local businesses as they reopen, all while finding deals and exploring the city.  A FREE MyOttawa Pass is available to all Ottawa locals. All you need to do is…

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City extends expiry dates on swimming memberships

The City will be extending current swimming membership expiry dates by 4.5 months. The 4.5-month extension on the current swimming memberships covers the four months when operations were suspended due to the pandemic on March 16. Plus, it adds an extra two complimentary weeks to help members transition to the reopening. Customers who pay for…

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Call for Nominations – 2020 Crime Prevention Ottawa Awards

Do you know an individual, group or program that’s making Ottawa safer? Help us celebrate them by nominating them for the 12th annual Crime Prevention Ottawa Awards. Our previous winners and finalists represent all ages and walks of life, including volunteers and staff at various organizations. They include groups of dedicated individuals working to build community…

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Ottawa Police Service: Beware of signal amplification devices

The Ottawa Police Service recently noticed a 42 Division of Toronto Police Service public advisory about a number of overnight vehicle thefts from driveways occurring in Toronto, where vehicles with a keyless entry system or FOB system are being targeted.  In these most recent thefts, the thieves are using a signal amplification device.   How this…

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Stage 2 LRT Project Update – Jun 29 to Jul 12

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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Accessible water wheelchairs available at City beaches

The City of Ottawa’s Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services Department has once again made accessible water wheelchairs available at Westboro Beach, Mooney’s Bay and Petrie Island for Summer 2020! The initiative began as a pilot project in 2017 at Mooney’s Bay and has since expanded. The chair at Westboro Beach is on loan from Britannia…

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Traffic impacts from Thursday, July 23

Ottawa – The following projects will impact Ottawa traffic: Elgin Street – On Friday, July 24, Elgin Street will reopen to two-way traffic between Catherine and Nepean streets. Remaining work this year includes installing public art and furniture, planting trees and landscaping. Visit ottawa.ca/elginstreet for more information. Vanier Parkway – Vanier Parkway at Presland Road…

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Parking Space Restrictions along Byron Avenue

July 2020 This notice is to advise that, crews and equipment will be relocating utilities, and doing roadwork along Richmond Road and Byron Avenue in preparation for cut and cover tunnel construction. This work will require a reduction of on-street parking spaces. When the station is completed in 2025, it will be accompanied by ‘kiss…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

Heading into stage 3 of re-opening and economic recovery As we gradually head into Stage 3 today, with public health and workplace safety restrictions in place, some high-risk venues and activities will remain closed until they can safely resume operations. Based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts,…

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Anti-Racism in Ottawa: Public Listening Forum

In addition, the Mayor also announced the City’s partnership with the United For All Coalition to co-host a virtual public listening forum on July 28, 2020 from 1 to 3 pm. The event will engage the community on systemic racism and steps that all stakeholders can take to address it. The forum will share a quick…

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What the mask by-law means for residents

Although masks are now mandatory, the City’s top priority is promoting awareness of the by-law, and encouraging voluntary compliance to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This by-law is one of the many measures in place to prevent the spread of the virus in our community. Individuals should continue to: Stay home when sick Exercise…

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Britannia Floodgates Renewal starting in August

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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Shared e-scooters have arrived on City of Ottawa Paths

The City is pleased to announce that three operators – Bird Canada, Lime, and Roll – are bringing up to 600 shared e-scooters to the City’s multi-use pathways, bike lanes and streets. E-scooters are a form of mobility that supports physical distancing and reduces car trips on our streets and crowding on transit. The electric…

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Traffic impacts from Thursday, July 16

Bank Street – Bank Street is closed to traffic between Catherine and Queen streets every Saturday from 9 am to midnight until Saturday, August 8. This is a pilot project to provide more space for pedestrians. ByWard Market – Several streets in the ByWard Market are closed to traffic until the end of September to…

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Stage 3 Reopening starts July 17th

The City of Ottawa is among the regions that the Ontario Government announced who will move forward to Stage 3 of the province’s reopening framework. Nearly all businesses and public spaces will reopen with public health and workplace safety measures and restrictions in place. Please see a summary below. Public gathering limits apply to indoor and outdoor…

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Update on the Human Needs Task Force

July 14, 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 our community. The Task Force and Department are also working with agencies on service resumption and with Ottawa Public Health…

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Stage 2 Sewer Relocation Rock Excavation in QTN

We received notice from the City’s construction team that KEV unexpectedly found some rock in the area that they are digging for the sewer relocation, and as a result are hoe-ramming to excavate it out. This work may be very loud for the nearest residents. Despite extensive ground investigations prior to beginning work in this…

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Pilot projects to support Ottawa’s economic recovery selected

Ottawa – The City of Ottawa has selected five innovative pilot projects to provide technology solutions in support of Ottawa’s COVID-19 economic recovery. In May, the City challenged the business community to submit proposals to our Innovation Pilot Program – Recovery Stream for strategies to accelerate Ottawa’s ability to get the workforce back to work…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

It’s been a hot week and it’s important to stay cool. The City’s pools, both outdoor and many indoor, are now open. Splashpads and wading pools will all be open by the 13th of July. Check out the schedules and safety measures at Ottawa.ca Ottawa Public Health offers tips on how to beat the heat…

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Stage 2: Hydro Ottawa Richmond Road Duct Bank works

Beginning Monday, July 13th Hydro Ottawa will begin construction of their duct banks on the north side of Richmond Road by McEwen Avenue. The works are expected to take approximately 3 weeks to completed. During these works there will be a signed detour of the north sidewalk (please see approved Traffic Control Plan attached). Access…

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Committee of Adjustment – July 22 – Decisions

498 (500) Wentworth 498 (500) Wentworth The Committee of Adjustment will consider Applications for Consent to subdivide the property into two separate parcels of land. It is proposed to demolish the existing dwelling and construct a new semi-detached dwelling with one dwelling unit on each of the newly created parcels. The Committee of Adjustment will…

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Stage 2: Carling Detour works

Please note, KEV is advising of the remaining elements of their Carling Detour works (map shown below) that they propose to undertake at night between July 17th to July 31st. These works occur in the W4 zone from their noise by law exemption presentation. As with the last construction update, this work would fall under…

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Committee receives update on ward boundary review

On July 7, 2020, the City’s Finance and Economic Development Committee received an update on the review of Ottawa’s ward boundaries. To ensure effective representation of Ottawa’s growing population, the City hired an independent consultant to conduct the review. Based on consultations with Councillors, residents and stakeholders, the consultant developed five options: Add two wards,…

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Ontario Health System COVID-19 Pandemic Response

From: Matthew Anderson, President and CEO, Ontario Health As we enjoy the summer, there are encouraging indications that the pandemic curve across the province is steadily flattening. Despite this welcome news, we will continue our efforts unabated working with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Long-Term Care and other partners to address outbreaks and…

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City meetings during the week of July 13

Ottawa – All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held electronically unless otherwise noted. For agendas 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 changes to services and programming…

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Traffic impacts beginning Friday, July 10

Airport Parkway – The Airport Parkway will be reduced to a single northbound lane between the eastbound and the westbound ramps at Heron Road from Wednesday, July 15 until the end of July to rehabilitate the Confederation Heights Bridge. Southbound lanes will not be impacted.  Falaise Road – Falaise Road will close between Claymor Avenue…

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Lincoln Fields Area Resident Survey

The City is in the process of putting together a Secondary Plan for the area roughly 800m around the future Lincoln Fields LRT station.  Among other things, it will guide what kind of development will happen in the area in the future and at what densities.  There will be multiple opportunities for public input before…

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Britannia Woods Support Line: A Black, Racialized Individuals Support Channel

Individuals can directly call 613-596-3299, Mondays & Thursdays from 10am-3:00pm. They have the ability to support people in English, French, Arabic, Somali and Lingala. More information can be found at BritanniaWoods.com.   All inquiries can be sent to supportline@britanniawoods.com or to the Mental Health Coordinator, Cecile Kasongo at c.kasongo@britanniawoods.com. What is the support line? With…

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Le début des camps d’été…en format virtuel !

Message de la Maison de la Francophonie Vu que nous ne pouvons pas vous offrir un camp d’été en présentiel, nous avons adapté notre approche et vous offrons des sessions de camps d’été en format virtuel.   Venez vous amusez avec Jennifer, notre monitrice de camps d’été 2020, qui fera pour vous une panoplie d’activités en ligne,…

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365 Forest – Application for Zoning Amendment

Information session on August 12 from 6:30 to 7:30 – click to get Zoom meeting link Site Location 1420 Richmond Road, 365 Forest Street, and 2583 to 2589 Bond Street. Submit comments and view documents at Ottawa.ca Comments due date: August 8, 2020 Applicant’s Proposal The City of Ottawa has received a concurrent Official Plan…

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OPS: Bike Theft Prevention Tips

The Ottawa Police Break and Enter Unit has seen a recent increase in bicycle thefts from sheds, garages, and residential building storage areas, and would like to remind bicycle owners of some ways to help keep your bike secure.  If you reside in a residential apartment or condominium building, utilize locked storage areas or cages…

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United Way Selling Masks at Transit Stations

The United Way will be selling individual reusable cloth masks at 10 transit stations from Monday, July 13, until Friday, July 17, from 6 am to 9 am each day. Volunteers from Ottawa Public Health will also be on-site to provide information on mask best practices. All United Way staff and OPH volunteers were provided…

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On July 13 Photo Radar is activated on Bayshore Dr.

At the Council meeting of June 24, 2020, Council approved a motion directing Transportation Services Department staff to initiate the speed camera pilot project as of July 13, 2020, to address an increase in speeding observed at previously identified locations. As part of this project, speed camera technology will be piloted along roadways adjacent to…

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Ottawa City Rafting Returns at Britannia Park

Ottawa City Rafting is back offering trips. Details for booking are at www.ottawacityrafting.com. Come support your local business and enjoy a day on the river. We are excited to announce that with appropriate mitigation policies and procedures in place, we can once again share the magic of the Ottawa River. Our goal is to provide guests…

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Masks Mandatory in enclosed public spaces. There are exceptions

My mask protects you, and your mask protects me. On Monday, July 6th, Medical Officers of Health from Eastern Ontario Health Unit; Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit; Renfrew County and District Health and Ottawa Public Health announced a regional approach to the use of masks in their respective jurisdictions. On Wednesday, July 15,…

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

The feedback received to date demonstrates the complexity and connection between issues and confirms that community safety and well-being are shared responsibilities among all members of the community and require an integrated approach among partners to tackle root causes and to address collective goals. During this consultation period, we have heard themes about racism and…

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Masks will soon be mandatory in indoor public spaces

On July 3, the City of Ottawa will join other municipalities across the Province of Ontario to push forward mandating the use of cloth masks in indoor public spaces. A motion will be brought forward at Council on July 15th.  The Motion will be moved by Mayor Watson and seconded by Chair Keith Egli. Until…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

Phewf it’s been a hot one! Over the past couple of weeks, we have been experiencing both high temperatures and humidity also known as, “extreme heat events”. Ottawa Public Health (OPH) continues to monitor the daily forecast and based on the information received from Environment and Climate Change Canada, will issue heat warnings to residents…

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Woodpark Painting Together Event

Calling on Woodpark residents – Please help us bring even more colour to the beautiful Woodpark Common Ground Community Garden by sharing your creative side! Kits will be provided with everything you need to create some beautiful fence panels for the garden space! Request your free kit by contacting eventsWCGCG@gmail.com. Make sure to let them…

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City Meetings for the week of July 6th

Ottawa – All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held electronically unless otherwise noted. For agendas 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 changes to services and programming…

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THE DRIVE-IN EXPERIENCE OTTAWA

Enjoy Drive-In experience at Westley Clover Parks. Check online for additional events and dates. Movies are just the start of a summer-long entertainment package at Wesley Clover Parks. Live stand-up comedy shows hosted by Yuk-Yuk’s Comedy will be staged every Friday starting July 3. Fitness and yoga classes are planned through partnerships with Pure Yoga…

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COVID-19: Seeking Feedback

The City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health are continuing to explore how best to support residents and businesses as COVID-19 restrictions are gradually eased, while keeping with the Province of Ontario’s framework for reopening the province.  Phase 2 of Ottawa Public Health’s Public Engagement Strategy launched June 25th and includes a new survey and forum questions available on Engage…

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Pools and Swimming Lessons

Ottawa – The City is now planning for a phased-approach to opening wading pools and a gradual opening of indoor and outdoor swimming pool facilities – with COVID-19 prevention measures. Wading pools Wading pools across the city will open in a phased approach, with the first group of pools opening on July 6 and a…

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Happy 98th Elsa!

Bay Ward resident Elsa Lessard turned 98 on Thursday, July 2nd and celebrated with a dance (pictured above the Dancing Queen). Since a party was not possible during this time, her friends got together and had 98 birthday cards sent to her . Happy Birthday Elsa and Keep on dancing! Get to know Elsa a…

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Update on reopening of some city services and facilities

Ottawa – The City will have COVID-related safety protocols and features in place as it prepares for the reopening of some of its facilities and services on Monday, July 6. The City’s plan is based on guidance from Ottawa Public Health and aligns with the Province of Ontario’s plan to gradually relax emergency orders. As…

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Overview of Enforcement of COVID Public Health Measures

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) and Emergency and Protective Services (EPS) have prepared the following overview of roles and responsibilities related to enforcement with the primary focus always being education and awareness. Isolation of positive cases Self-isolation for 14 days is required when a COVID-19 infection is confirmed. The purpose of self-isolation is to prevent the…

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Traffic Impacts from Thursday, July 2

Bank Street canal bridge – The curb lanes in both the northbound and southbound directions on the Bank Street canal bridge, between Wilton Crescent and Echo Drive, have been converted to accommodate pedestrians and other active transportation users. The bridge now has one lane for traffic and one lane for active transportation in each direction.…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

Happy Canada Day! This year Canada Day will be celebrated very differently from years gone by.   Although we will not be out in large crowds we can still celebrate and be proud of what we have accomplished together these past months to control COVID-19 and protect our family, friends, and neighbours. I want to personally…

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Support your local Restaurants – Patios are open

If you’re going to a patio to eat, limit group size to 6 people per table (preferably from your own household). Be sure to stay 2m apart from individuals at other tables. Be COVIDwise when you go out. Restaurants in Bay Ward with patios – Please send names of restaurants that are missing from this…

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Stage 2 Connectivity Review – Looking for feedback

The Stage 2 Light Rail Transit project will extend the O-Train farther south, east, and west, bringing 77% of residents within five kilometres of rail. Construction is underway with design efforts advancing across all three extensions. In 2020, design work for connectivity to stations will be completed. The City of Ottawa is looking for your…

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Stage 2 – Connaught Park area Scope of Work

Rail Flyover Bridge Construction of the future guideway from Lincoln Fields Station under Carling Avenue into Connaught Park will be built in phases. Crews are currently working on relocating utilities in several areas, out of the way of future LRT infrastructure. They have also started building piers for the rail flyover bridge, which will ultimately…

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Public Health Corner: More Mental Health Resources

COVID-19 and Mental Health Since the onset of the COVID-19 response, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has continued to work with hospital, mental health and substance use partners, school boards, multicultural community partners, and the general community in the areas of mental health promotion, system navigation and coordination, suicide prevention and post-vention, and reducing harms from…

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Update on Bay Ward wading Pools

For all information about wading pools including rules and hours Ottawa.ca Opening July 6th Marlene Catterall (Michele Heights) 2955 Michele Dr. Frank Ryan Park 950 Alpine Ave. Ruth Wildgen Park 1099 Grenon Ave. Opening July 9th Woodroffe Park – 180 Lockhart Ave. This pool is managed by Dovercourt Recreation Opening July 13th Britannia Park 2805…

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Byron Ave Road Closure July 17 & 25 – Hydro Ottawa

Starting the week of July 17, 2020, Hydro Ottawa will be installing 2 new poles and replacing overhead electrical infrastructure on Byron Avenue.Overall, this work will include: The installation of two new poles; and The replacement of overhead electrical infrastructure. To safely complete this work, temporary road closures will be required. As a result, we…

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Lifeguards on duty at City beaches starting Saturday

Ottawa – The City’s beaches at Mooney’s Bay, Westboro and Petrie Island will have lifeguards on duty starting Saturday, June 27. Britannia Beach will remain closed for the season for planned riverbed restoration work. Lifeguards will be on duty every day from noon to 7 pm until August 30. Ottawa Public Health will conduct regular…

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Herzberg Road Closure & Noise Exemption – July 3 – 6

Herzberg Road is scheduled to be closed between Legget Drive and Carling Avenue, starting July 3th, 2020 at 6:00PM to Monday July 6th 2020 at 7AM. This closure is being set up in order to facilitate the installation of a new Trunk Sewer and road excavation, as part of the North Kanata Trunk Sewer project.…

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Guidance for Places of Worship

Ontario has announced that effective Friday, June 12, 2020, places of worship are permitted to open with physical distancing in place and attendance limited to no more than 30 percent of the building’s regular capacity. Faith community leaders should carefully consider how and when to re-open places of worship. Places of worship should ensure that…

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What you need to know about E-Bikes and E-Scooters

(Ottawa) – With the warm weather here, you may feel like investing in an E-scooter or E-bike as an alternate method of commuting. The Ottawa Police would like to share some information on the regulations around these methods of transportation.  “We remind the operators of these alternative low cost, energy efficient and emissions-free vehicles to…

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Tree Protection By-law

A new Tree Protection By-law with permit fees, fines and processes will come into effect on Friday, January 1. Council approved a motion to accelerate work on this by-law, which had been delayed due to the City’s response to COVID-19. The new by-law reduces the size of distinctive trees in the inner urban area, which…

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Council receives plan to eliminate 2020 deficit due to COVID-19

The City remains in a state of emergency due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. City services are fully engaged in responding to the emergency, resuming services safely and preparing for a potential second wave of the virus. City Council today received an update about the impact on the City’s finances, including a plan to eliminate this year’s…

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Ottawa Police Front Desk Services begin reopening

(Ottawa) — The Ottawa Police Service is happy to announce that they will begin to reopen their buildings to the public in a staggered approach. They are still encouraging people to visit their site for services available online at ottawapolice.ca, such as filing a report or applying for a records check (only available at 2670…

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Canada Day Schedule Changes

Ottawa – The City of Ottawa would like to remind residents of the following schedule changes for Canada Day, Wednesday, July 1. You can also find a list of City services and facilities affected by COVID-19 on ottawa.ca and octranspo.com. Client services The City’s 3-1-1 Contact Centre will be open for urgent matters that require…

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OC Transpo returning to full summer service on Sunday, June 28

Ottawa – OC Transpo will resume full summer service starting Sunday, June 28, to give more travel options as more customers begin using transit once again. OC Transpo will reinstate all bus routes except for special school services, and return service frequencies to normal summer service levels. Ensuring more space for customers on buses and…

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Traffic impacts in Ottawa beginning Thursday, June 25

Airport Parkway – Two lanes will be closed on Airport Parkway northbound between the Heron Road eastbound and westbound ramps, from Friday, July 3 until Friday, July 17 to rehabilitate the Confederation Heights Bridge. Bank Street canal bridge – The curb lanes in both the northbound and southbound directions on the Bank Street canal bridge…

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Update on Truck Route in QTN

The Stage 2 Team has sent an update regarding the truck route via Queensview Drive through the OC Transpo facility. As the City is opening up, OC Transpo intends to return to regular service levels the week of June 29th. As a result, the hours KEV is able to use the facility for access are…

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Temp Sidewalk on Byron will replace Byron Path

During construction for the next few years Byron will generally be an open excavation. As such the sidewalk on the south side of Byron is currently under construction so that when the Byron Linear Park closes pedestrians and kids on bikes have somewhere to safely be. Once construction is completed, the Byron Linear Park will…

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Stage 2 – How will new trees be chosen?

The planting of trees will occur once landscaping begins. The Contractor is not at the stage of beginning landscaping design work, that will come once infrastructure design work is completed and under construction. Currently they are updating and maintaining the inventory of trees that have been removed. When the landscaping stage of LRT project starts,…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

Covid-19 has shone a bright light on our greatest strengths and our worst vulnerabilities as a city. Our leadership, our City staff, our front line workers and our community as a whole have all risen to this unprecedented challenge with outstanding skill, creativity, generosity and hard work. I am especially pleased that the most critical…

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What’s new

June 19 – What’s new Get the latest updates on recreation and cultural programs and facility and park rentals. Enforcement of on-street parking limits resumes on June 29. All other parking restrictions remain in effect. The Seeds and Soil Home Garden Project will provide seeds and soil to households living on lower incomes in Ottawa,…

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City to create up to 8,500 new affordable-housing options by 2030

The updated plan outlines how the City would address the housing crisis, in partnership with other levels of government and community partners. The City cannot achieve the plan’s targets without a significant and sustained increase in funding from federal and provincial governments. Achieving those targets would require an additional $415 million in federal funding and…

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Join the #maskupCanada Movement

#maskupCanada  is a movement to reach the Canadians who will voluntarily wear masks and who will wear their masks responsibly. We’re calling on these Canadians to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by starting to wear their masks. Join #maskupCanada by changing your profile picture to a photo of you wearing a mask starting on…

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Noise Exemption for Connaught Park until July 31

KEV has been granted a noise bylaw exemption permit from June 23 to July 31 for flyover bridge drilled shaft concrete pouring work in Connaught Park. The equipment required for these works are a drilling rig, crane, generator, and misc trucks. The closest residents to these works are approximately 130 metres away on Connaught Ave.…

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Stage 2 Project Update – June 1 to 14, 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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Volunteers Needed at the Just Food Farm

June 20 – 27 | Volunteers needed for Seeds and Soil Project! There are 3000 seed and soil packages available to distribute throughout the community by end of day Saturday, June 27th, with the Just Food Farm being ONE of the sites for people to pick up. We need volunteers at the Just Food Farm…

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Walking Together – Indigenous Peoples Day is on June 21

The City of Ottawa is located on the unceded traditional territory of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation, and is a gathering place for the culturally rich and diverse urban communities of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The City honours the land and peoples of the Algonquin Anishinabe Host Nation, as well as all First Nations,…

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Update on recreation and cultural programs and facility and park rentals

Ottawa – Due to the current Provincial COVID-19 restrictions, the City will be cancelling its regular summer recreation and cultural programming and many of its rental agreements. Starting July 6, summer day camps will take place in a redesigned format to follow health guidelines. All registrations for the regular summer programming, including swimming lessons, art…

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City meetings during the week of June 22

Ottawa – All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held electronically unless otherwise noted. For agendas 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 changes to services and programming…

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Moodie Drive Culvert Replacement

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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Committee of Adjustment – July 8, 2020 Decisions

891 (889) Ivanhoe – Adjourned to September 2nd The Committee of Adjustment will consider an Application for Consent to subdivide the property into two separate parcels of land in order to obtain separate ownerships for a semi-detached dwelling currently under construction. 2180 Elder Decision The Committee of Adjustment considered an Application for Minor Variances to…

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Ottawa will get warmer and wetter year-round

Ottawa – Ottawa will continue to get warmer and wetter year-round, with a greater chance of extreme weather. On June 16th, the City’s Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management received projections for climate conditions in the National Capital Region until 2100. Advanced climate modelling was used to project changes in temperature, precipitation…

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Self isolating? Meals on Wheels Ottawa delivers

Self isolating? Meals on Wheels Ottawa delivers nutritious and affordable bulk frozen meals to seniors and adults with disabilities across Ottawa. They offer flexible short term or ongoing meal service (no contracts); accommodation to many dietary needs; a caring contact by friendly volunteers trained to deliver meals following health & safety protocols; and peace of mind…

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Neighbourhood Toolkit

Crime Prevention Ottawa’s Neighbourhood Toolkit is your one-stop resource for ideas on building better neighbourhoods and staying safe at home, at work and in your community. Find information, tips and resources to help make your neighbourhood a better, safer place to live. Home Security Audit Guide The Government of Ontario has a valuable Home Security Audit…

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June is Senior’s Month – Stay safe, stay in touch

June is Seniors’ Month in Ontario, a chance to recognize the people who fought for our freedom, raised us and contributed to our community. This year’s theme is Stay safe, stay in touch.   “Covid19 restrictions have been especially challenging for seniors because they often depend on others for care. They also tend to be…

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Traffic Impact from Thursday, June 18

Bank Street canal bridge – The curb lanes in both the northbound and southbound directions on the Bank Street canal bridge have been converted to accommodate pedestrians and all active transportation users. The bridge now has one traffic lane and one lane for pedestrians and active transportation users in each direction, between Wilton Crescent and…

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Update on Canadian Tire at Carlingwood Mall

Update August 9, 2020 Work was completed this week on the Carlingwood Mall future site of the Canadian Tire store. CT plans to mobilize and commence construction in September, 2020. From previous meetings with Canadian Tire, they said that it normally takes 18 months to build a store. Update June 17, 2020 The original remediation…

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Riverside South coyote update

Residents from all over Ottawa, including Bay Ward, are concerned about the the recent aggressive behaviour being observed in coyotes around Riverside South. Since Friday, June 5, City By-law and Regulatory Services (BLRS) and the Ottawa Police Service received numerous calls in regards to coyote sightings and aggressive coyote interactions in the Riverside South area.…

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Enforcement of on-street parking limits resumes on June 29

Ottawa – Starting Monday, June 29, the City will resume the enforcement of parking in excess of posted time limits, including 15-minute, one-hour, two-hour, three-hour and six-hour zones. Initially, parking control officers will issue warning notices to vehicles that are parked longer than the posted time limit. Officers will begin to issue tickets on Monday,…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

Have Your Say on Ottawa Community Safety and Well-Being (CSWB) Plan  What Does Community Safety and Well-Being Mean to You? The City of Ottawa is developing its first Community Safety and Well-Being (CSWB) Plan. This plan will help us all work together toward a safe, healthy and vibrant community.  In response to this I am…

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Lifting of Holding By-law for 411 Corkstown Rd

Applicant’s Proposal The City of Ottawa has received a Lifting of a Holding Symbol application due to the provision which requires that a holding symbol remain in place until such time that a Site Plan Control application is submitted that includes an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that is deemed satisfactory by City staff. An EIS…

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How municipalities are helping gardens grow

Free seeds. Free soil. Helpful tips. Across the province, cities are providing residents with what they need to take up gardening during COVID-19 Published June 10th on TVO.org How municipalities are helping gardens grow By Audrey Carleton  Every day last week, a team of Ottawa volunteers gathered at the Pat Clark Community Centre, where they sat…

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Update on reopening of recreational services in Ottawa

Ottawa – The forecast looks brighter as the City of Ottawa implements the required public health and safety measures to reopen sports fields, ball diamonds and all City splash pads. Stage 2 of the Provincial government’s reopening framework now permits the reopening of water recreational facilities, sports fields and ball diamonds where physical distancing measures…

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Statement on Michèle Heights Incident

The Police investigation regarding the bylaw incident in the Michèle Heights community needs to be released to the public. We need to have all relevant information regarding this case. I share the concerns of the community that a conflict at a city playground led to an assault. It is deeply troubling and we, as a…

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What does Community Safety and Well-Being mean to you

Presentation from June 23 Meeting The City is consulting with communities to develop a plan that will help us all work together toward a safe, healthy and vibrant community.  To hear your views and ideas, the City and I are holding an online conversation to hear your views. To give you some background on this…

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Summer 2020 Transit Service Changes

The summer 2020 transit service changes that will start on Sunday, June 28, 2020. OC Transpo will return to normal summer service levels to accommodate an expected increase in ridership with the reopening of the economy. Additionally, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the temporary introduction of adjusted service levels, some of the planned service…

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The City’s Reopening Plan

As announced at Council on June 10th, the City is now cautiously reopening and resuming some programs and services with safety being the top priority. The phased reopening plan prioritizes programs and services that promote a safe and strategic expansion of Ottawa’s economy, with ongoing support for Ottawa’s vulnerable communities. It also focuses on the ability to be flexible based on…

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Share the Path Campaign by NCC – Safety for everyone!

The Share the Path Campaign consists of paid advertising campaigns on digital platforms such as Facebook, Google AdWords and Twitter. The campaigns will run in 2 week flights, alternating platforms until September 30. NCC’s promoted content consists of 5 and 15 second educational videos of the different codes of conduct as well as display ads…

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City meetings during the week of June 15

Ottawa – All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held electronically unless otherwise noted. For agendas 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 changes to services and programming…

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Love Canada

Merci Zahra de nous avoir envoyé les photos de la création de tes enfants Mohammed, Adam et Salma. La Fête du Canada approche!

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New climate projections for the National Capital Region

Ottawa – As part of our collective efforts to adapt to the impacts of climate change in the National Capital Region, the National Capital Commission (NCC) and the City of Ottawa commissioned a new climate projections report to assist in planning resilience initiatives. The report shows that the National Capital Region will become warmer and…

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Give your input: Capital Pathway Strategic Plan

The NCC is currently reviewing its Capital Pathway Strategic Plan. The updated plan will present an aspirational vision for the multi-use pathway system in Canada’s Capital Region. Final draft plan The NCC is now in the last phase of consultation for the strategic plan review. Over the previous phases, there have been several opportunities to contribute to…

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COVID-19 Ottawa Parent Reopening Survey

I am distributing this survey on behalf of Child Care Now: Dear Ottawa parents, We at Child Care Now (Ottawa) are concerned that Ottawa child care programs closed by COVID-19 will be reopening without parent consultation. We have developed the following survey to better understand parent concerns about child care reopening (and their broader experience…

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Update on reopening City-run Child Care Centres

June 12 2020 – Memo from the General Manager, Community and Social Services The purpose of this memo is to share an update on the reopening of all child care centres, with specific information on the City-operated Municipal Child Care Centres given the provincial announcement on June 9. This is a rapidly evolving situation with…

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Traffic Impacts from Thursday, June 11

Airport Parkway Stage 2 South Extension project – Airport Parkway between Hunt Club Road and the intersection of Uplands and Lester roads willclose on Wednesday, June 17 at 10 pm until Thursday, June 18 at 5 am for construction of the Stage 2 O-Train South Extension. A signed detour will be in place. Airport Parkway…

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Electric kick scooters are coming to the City’s roads

Electric kick scooters are coming to the City’s roads, bike lanes, pathways and footbridges. Council approved piloting their use and rental in Ottawa until the end of October. The pilot will begin after contracts are in place with e-scooter sharing companies. Sharing companies will follow Ottawa Public Health guidelines to sanitize e-scooters and provide in-app…

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Recovery Phase 1 starting in July – Phase 2 in August

The City is taking a cautious, phased approach to reopening, with safety as the top priority. City Council today received an update on the City’s plans for the first phase, which will resume programs – like public transit, recreation and child care – that offer strategic support to help reinvigorate and grow Ottawa’s economy.

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Council ratifies collective agreement with transit union

Council ratified the tentative agreement reached with the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 279. The terms of this agreement recognize the valuable work of union members in ensuring that Ottawa remains vibrant and sustainable. The agreement provides labour stability within the City’s critical public transit operations for the next five years, while respecting Ottawa taxpayers.

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New summer camp program – modified around COVID-19

The City’s new Camp Summer Fun Recreation eGuide can now be viewed online at ottawa.ca/SummerCamps. Camp Summer Fun will begin on July 6 on the condition that Provincial restrictions are relaxed to allow day camps for children and in accordance to the stage two guidelines announced by the Province. The City has designed the camps…

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Notice of Sewer Cleaning Activity

Water Services is projected to complete routine sanitary sewer cleaning on the following streets from June 05th and 8th , 2020 to June 26th, 2020. Scheduled streets by ward Why does the City clean the sewer system? What is a sewer blow-back? What can I do to prepare for sewer cleaning activity? What if I experience a blow-back? Where can I get…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

The ugly face of racism has dominated our media this week. And although the murder of George Floyd happened in the United States, we are all aware that we have our issues as well. There is lots of work to do here in Canada on equity. Racism expresses itself in unequal job opportunities, racial profiling,…

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Update on the Anti-racism Secretariat

Being elected Ottawa’s first-ever Black city councillor, I believe it is necessary to work on issues of significance to racialized communities, including the establishment of an Anti-Racism Secretariat at the City of Ottawa.  That’s why I am jubilant that the proposal to establish the Secretariat was accepted and adopted in the City’s 2020 budget. Once…

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Updates LRT Stage 2

Investigation of Unknown Utilities in Byron Linear Park Please be advised that yesterday, KEV notified the Rail Office Construction team that they are planning to begin an investigation on unknown underground utilities in Byron Linear Park in advance of tunnel excavations later this summer. At this point I have no details beyond the fact that…

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Parks update

With the warmer weather you will want to enjoy the outdoors. The City has implemented the Province’s stage one reopenings that relate to park amenities. Outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields are open, including: Baseball diamonds Soccer fields Frisbee golf locations Tennis Platform tennis Table tennis and pickleball courts Basketball courts BMX parks Skate parks…

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Ottawa Public Library – Seniors Month Programming

Update from the Ottawa Public Library June is Seniors Month and the Province of Ontario has declared this year’s theme ‘Aging Strong: Respect and Protect Seniors’ “Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.”  —Satchel Paige, baseball player June is Seniors Month and the Province of Ontario has declared…

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City Meetings during the Week of June 8

Ottawa – All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held electronically unless otherwise noted. For agendas 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 changes to services and programming…

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Solid Waste Master Plan – Still time to have your say

Survey: What is important to YOU? A big thank you to everyone who filled out the first Solid Waste Master Plan survey on Engage Ottawa. Don’t worry if you haven’t had a chance to share your thoughts and ideas yet. The survey will be live for another week, until Friday July 3, 2020. Please let…

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City Opening Washrooms

City opening seasonal washrooms at five popular park and beach destinations Ottawa – The City will open the washrooms at five popular park and beach destinations: Andrew Haydon Park, Britannia Park, Westboro Beach, Mooney’s Bay Beach and Petrie Island Beaches. The washroom facilities at these locations will undergo extensive weekly cleaning. Ottawa Public Health advises…

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Fairfield House Garage is being Demolished

This notice is to advise that construction in your neighbourhood will be starting in early June 2020. This work is being conducted to demolish a detached garage that is part of the Fairfield home museum owned by the City. What: The City will proceed with demolishing a detached garage at the Fairfield home and its…

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Support for Small Businesses

The Ottawa Board of Trade is thrilled to announce their partnership with Facebook Canada, the Canadian Chamber and Chambers across Canada to launch a $3.5 million program to support SMEs with grants, virtual training, enhanced resources and new product features. Businesses can apply for a grant of more than $5,000 in cash and ad credits between May…

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Traffic Impacts from Thursday, June 4 2020

Bank Street canal bridge – The curb lanes in both the northbound and southbound directions on the Bank Street canal bridge have been converted to accommodate pedestrians and all active transportation users. The bridge now has one traffic lane and one lane for pedestrians and active transportation users in each direction, between Wilton Crescent and…

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Ottawa River Outfalls Project

This project was initiated with the objective of rehabilitating several storm sewer outfalls where they discharge into the Ottawa River.  These outfalls, which were originally constructed in the 1930’s to 1960’s, provide important wet weather drainage for the adjacent neighbourhoods. They are now nearing end of life and require rehabilitation.  Four of the outfalls are…

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Being Active during COVID

Physical activity and getting fresh air are important for our overall physical and mental wellness. When staying home and keeping physical distance, there are still some ways to be active and get outside. Our neighbourhood sidewalks, streets, multiuse paths, and dog parks are all available to get outside and get moving. When doing these activities, some…

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OC Transpo’s COVID-19 Transit Service Update

Update July 224th, 2020 July 31 will be the last day that free disposable masks will be available at O-Train and Transitway stations. TOC Transpo’s supply allowed them to continue the distribution of these masks into the month of July – much longer than the originally planned one-week timeframe. Most customers now have their own…

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Minor Zoning Amendment Application for 847 Woodroffe Ave

Planning staff have received a Minor Zoning Bylaw Amendment application for 847 Woodroffe Avenue, located on the east side of Woodroffe Avenue between Fox Crescent and Lenester Avenue.  The applicant is requesting minor modifications to some provisions of the R2G Zone to develop two long semi-detached dwellings with secondary dwelling units (8 units total).  Site…

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Summer camp programs are being reformatted

The City is replacing its originally-planned summer camp programs, scheduled to run from June 29 to August 28, with a new summer camp program that is reformatted around COVID-19 public health measures. Details on registration, dates, location and the camps’ operations will be announced in the future and will be conditional on the Provincial government…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

Problems at Carlingview Manor This week’s report by members of the Canadian military about their experience working in 5 Toronto long term care (LTC) homes with high levels of Covid-19 was horrifying. For years our health care and seniors’ advocates have been trying to tell us about the state of our broken long-term care system.…

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The Ottawa Food Garden Project

On World Hunger Day, City of Ottawa announced support for more people to start food gardens at their homes    On May 27th, Ottawa City Council voted to support household food gardens.  Councillor Theresa Kavanagh’s motion, The Ottawa Food Garden Project, an initiative that supports household food production, unanimously passed at City Council yesterday. This…

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Council vote split 15-6 over expanding urban boundary

On Wednesday, May 27th, Council voted 15-6 to expand the urban boundary. I was one of the 6 who voted against adding up to 1,650 hectares of development land inside the urban boundary. I believe the city of Ottawa is better off holding the line on urban sprawl and concentrating on intensification.  Building new neighbourhoods…

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Traffic Impacts from Friday May 29, 2020

Ottawa – The following projects will impact Ottawa traffic: Bank Street canal bridge – The curb lanes in both the northbound and southbound directions on the Bank Street canal bridge have been converted to pedestrian walkways. The bridge now has one traffic lane and one pedestrian lane in each direction, between Wilton Crescent and Echo…

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City meetings during the week of June 1

Ottawa – All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held electronically unless otherwise noted. For agendas 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 changes to services and programming…

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Miller Waste starts collection in our area June 1st.

Ottawa – A new waste collection contractor has started servicing some neighbourhoods this week.  With the new contract your collection day will remain the same, your garbage/recycling pickup times may change. Check out the collection updates to see if you are in the area being serviced by a new contractor. Just pick your collection day.…

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Stage 2 LRT Project Update – May 4 to 17, 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. Should there be any changes to the work, it will be communicated to the public.Construction is underway across all three…

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Reopening Ottawa

As the City continues the gradual re-opening of businesses, services and public spaces, Ottawa Public Health would like to remind the public that the vast majority of the population remains susceptible to the COVID-19 virus. Ottawa Public Health has developed an infographic to provide additional guidance to the public. The level of risk associated with…

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Noise Exemption: Holly Acres and Highway 417 interchange

A noise exemption has been granted to Aecon on behalf of MTO for construction noise associated with the installation of a structure mounted noise wall on the HWY 417 Richmond Road Westbound on-ramp. Source of Noise:  Construction noise associated with construction equipment (i.e. excavators, boom truck and hammer drills). When:  Monday, May 18th to Saturday,…

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Support for Women Entrepreneurs

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted women entrepreneurs. It has severely affected sectors such as retail, hospitality and food services—sectors where women entrepreneurs are most present.To address these realities, the Government of Canada will provide $15 million in additional funding to support women entrepreneurs through the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) to help women entrepreneurs through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Canada Summer Jobs Online Job Bank

The Government of Canada has provided funding to businesses and non-profits to hire over 70,000 students this summer with flexibility to adapt jobs to the Covid-19 pandemic. If you are between 15 and 30 years old, check the online job bank to find available jobs in your area. Keep checking as jobs are added every day.

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Noise Exemption: Carling Ave Dewatering – June 8 to Sept 8

Noise Exemption granted for dewatering in support of their utility and roadworks on Carling Avenue just south of the current Lincoln Field Station. This exemption request is from June 8th to September 8th and KEV anticipates requiring a further 3 months. This is requires because the maximum allowable noise exemption in Ottawa is 3 months.…

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Ottawa Opens Emergency Cooling Centres during Heat Warning

Ottawa – A heat warning has been issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada for the City of Ottawa for May 26 to May 28.  Heat warnings mean extra precautions need to be taken by everyone. Some of the usual ways we cool off may not be available this summer because of measures put in place to reduce the spread…

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Time-of-use Electricity Pricing Expires May 31st 2020

COVID-19: Updates Time-of-use (TOU) electricity pricing On May 6, 2020, the Ontario government announced that it is extending the emergency electricity rate relief to families, farms and small businesses until May 31, 2020 during the COVID-19 outbreak. This electricity rate relief, initially provided for a 45-day period starting on March 24, 2020, had been extended…

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Stage 2: Connaught Avenue Utility Relocation

May 2020 This notice is to advise that, as part of the Stage 2 O-Train Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, trucks, crews and equipment will be completing underground utility work along Connaught Avenue from the OC Transpo facility near Roman Avenue to Severn Avenue, in advance of excavation of the Connaught cut-and-cover Tunnel in the…

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Noise Exemption for Connaught Tunnel

Kiewit Eurovia Vinci has been granted a Noise By-law Exemption for the area of the Connaught Tunnel from the future Queensview Station at Leons (across Connaught and into Connaught Park) to the Pinecrest Creek Pathway. The permit is only for construction equipment related to dewatering activities at excavation sites and utility relocation work (i.e. Restricted…

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O-Train Line 1 will close temporarily

O-Train Line 1 will close temporarily and be replaced by R1 bus service from Sunday, May 31 to Wednesday, June 3. Line 1 will reopen on Thursday, June 4. This closure will allow Rideau Transit Group to test updated software and do infrastructure and maintenance work as they continue to address issues that have impacted…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

This past long weekend we had lovely weather and it was a great opportunity to be outside while still maintaining physical distance from others.  The National Capital Commission announced last Thursday that the SJAM Parkway up to Dominion Transit Station would be closed to vehicles. This announcement was a good start in responding to requests…

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Committee of Adjustment – June 3 On-line.

For the first time in its history, Ottawa’s Committee of Adjustment will hold online Hearings, on June 3rd.  This message includes Hearing Agenda information for all three of our Hearing Panels, and details on how to participate using this new electronic format.  Hearings will also be live streamed on our new YouTube Channel. 1944 Lenester…

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City meetings during the week of May 25

Ottawa – All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held electronically unless otherwise noted. For agendas 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 changes to services and programming…

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Traffic Impacts from Friday, May 22

Ottawa – The following projects will impact Ottawa traffic: Airport Parkway – There will be intermittent lane closures in both directions on the Airport Parkway between Brookfield and Walkley roads from Wednesday, May 27 to Friday, May 29, daily from 7 am to 5 pm, to remove graffiti on the bridge, weather permitting. Access for…

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Counselling Clinic available by Phone or by Video

The Walk-in Counselling Clinic now has one single telephone number which can connect residents to all of the 10 sites in Ottawa and Champlain Region.   Phone Number: 613-755-2277 and your call will be directed to the site of your choice available at that specific time. The single telephone number is an additional option to…

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COVID-19 OPH Comparison with other Public Health Units

May 20, 2020 – Memo from Dr. Vera Etches, MOH Public Health See bottom of post to view map of COVID-19 in Ottawa A report was released by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) on laboratory COVID-19 testing, patterns of testing, and the proportion of tests that come back positive across the province. ICES…

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Major events cancelled until August 31

Ottawa – As restrictions on some closures gradually ease, gatherings of more than five people continue to be legally prohibited and the City and the Province both remain in states of emergency. The City is extending its suspension of City-permitted special events, festivals and other cultural programs until Monday, August 31. Events that attract large…

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Towing and Pawnbrokers

The Public Policy Development Branch in Emergency and Protective Services has launched public-facing project pages for the Towing Services Regulatory Review project page and Pawnbroker and Second-Hand Goods Licensing Review .  The Towing Services Regulatory Review project examines the feasibility of creating municipal regulations for tow truck services in Ottawa in order to enhance public health and safety and consumer protection.…

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Noise Exemption – 2121 Carling Ave – June 15-August 24, 2020

A noise exemption (extension) has been granted to Forgis Construction Group for noise associated with a generator and a pump to decontaminate the previous site of the Sears store at 2121 Carling Avenue. Source of Noise:  Generator and pump (generator needs to run 24 hours/7 days) When:  Monday, June 15th to Monday, August 24th, 2020…

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Are your Liberation75 Tulips blooming?

Last year, the Canadian Tulip Festival together with their partners, the National Capital Commission (NCC), the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, wanted to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands this spring (2020) by introducing the Liberation75 Tulip, a limited-edition bright orange, mid-early blooming tulip…

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Economic Support and Recovery

Business Reopening Toolkit Buy local Innovation Pilot Program Statement from Mayor Watson following a call with leaders of Ottawa’s business community Resources for businesses and workers Calendar of business webinars Updates from the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada Planning applications and building permits during COVID-19 Café permits, Patio permits, and Vending on…

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City implements stage-one access to some outdoor park facilities

Ottawa – In response to last week’s provincial announcement, outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields, including baseball diamonds, soccer fields, frisbee golf locations, tennis, platform tennis, table tennis and pickleball courts, basketball courts, BMX parks and skate parks, are now open. In addition, off-leash dog areas, benches, picnic areas and shelters are also open. In…

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City seeking donations of non-medical masks

Ottawa – The City’s Human Needs Task Force is seeking donations of non-medical masks to give vulnerable residents. The City is seeking: Made with two or three layers of tightly woven but breathable cloth such as cotton, flannel or quilting cotton Without any seams over the mouth and nose through which air may leak Ideally with…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

Last weekend we received the welcome news from the City that residents could have restricted access to the open green space at our City parks to escape from the confines of the indoors and our properties to enjoy some much-needed fresh air and activity. Expanding on this, the Province has announced additional seasonal services and…

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NCC Path Detours for Kempster & Ritchie Pumping Station Work

An aerial photo which illustrates the work locations is shown above.  The work involves safety upgrades which includes: installation of platforms, grating, and ladders allowing the City to continue the efficient collection of stormwater and flood protection within the Britannia area. The anticipated construction impacts include: Pedestrian and cyclist impacts on the Trans Canada Trail…

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City meetings during the week of May 18

Ottawa – All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held electronically unless otherwise noted. For agendas 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 changes to services and programming…

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2020 Wild Parsnip Strategy Update

The 2020 Wild Parsnip Program will start on May 19, 2020, weather permitting. Similar to years past, the goal is to reduce the growth of wild parsnip in areas that are highly infested while ensuring that environmentally sensitive areas and public safety are not adversely impacted. In total, Council has approved $198,000 for this year’s…

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Traffic impacts from Friday, May 15

Ottawa – The following projects will impact Ottawa traffic: Bank Street canal bridge – The curb lanes in both the northbound and southbound directions on the Bank Street canal bridge have been converted to pedestrian walkways. The bridge now has one traffic lane and one pedestrian lane in each direction, between Wilton Crescent and Echo…

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OPH Recommendations for Community Gardens

The change in the Provincial order relating to Community Gardens moved them from the list of recreation amenities in parks that were closed under Provincial order. Instead, they designated community gardens that grow food as an essential service that was removed from the Provincial order removing access to most equipment and features in a park.…

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Road Closure – Woodland Ave Aug 17 to 21

Company Name: Les Entreprises HDJS Gascon Ltd Contact: Shawn Gascon  (613) 551-1626 Type of Work: For water and sewer works at 484 Woodland Ave. Location: Woodland Avenue from Lawn Avenue to Halidon Place. Access will be maintained open for local residents. Date of Closure:   Monday, 17 August 2020 to Friday, 21 August 2020

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Noise Exemption: Carling Works – June 1 to 14

Carling Avenue at Lincoln Fields station Detour to happen at Carling Avenue to facilitate the relocation of the watermain which will facilitate the construction of BR43 which is part of for the LRT Phase 2 confederation line extension. Some of this work needs to be completed overnight due to the nature of this detour and…

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Stage 2 Construction Updates Richmond Rd

Bell and Rogers Utilities being relocated Construction Dates: July 27 2020 to November 13 2020 KEV is relocating underground Bell duct banks and structures along Richmond Road from Cleary Ave to Woodroffe Ave. Relocating ducts to cross perpendicular to tunnel. Existing overhead hydro lines to be relocated to underground. Some existing ducts to be broken…

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SJAM Westbound Lanes will be closed weekends

UPDATE May 16, 2020: The closure has been extended to Carling Ave. The Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway westbound lanes are closed to motor vehicle traffic between Dominion Avenue Carling Ave. and Booth Street, on weekends from 8 am to 4 pm, from Saturday, May 16, 2020 to Sunday, May 31, 2020. The Victoria Day holiday on Monday,…

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Update on the Human Needs Task Force

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 ultimately support the most at-risk people in our community. The purpose of this memo is to share how the HNTF and the Community and Social Services Department have been…

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Council receives updates on Stage 1 & 2 of LRT

Council received an update on Stage 1 and Stage 2 of light-rail transit. The City continues to work with Rideau Transit Group to improve the reliability of service on the Confederation Line. Staff provided Council with a summary of Rideau Transit Group’s improvement plan, which outlines the group’s priorities to ensure that Line 1 operates…

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Victoria Day schedule changes

Ottawa – There are changes to City services on Victoria Day, Monday, May 18. You can also find a list of City services and facilities affected by COVID-19 on ottawa.ca and octranspo.com. Green bin, recycling and garbage collection There will be no curbside collection of green bins, recycling or garbage. Collection scheduled for Monday will…

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Closure Notice Highway 417 On-Ramp Richmond Rd

Highway 417 Richmond Road westbound on ramp will be closed daily starting Tuesday, May 26, 2020 until Friday, June 12, 2020 to all traffic due to construction. Daily lane reductions will take place on Holly Acres Road starting Tuesday, May 19, 2020 until Friday, June 12, 2020. A signed detour route will be in place.…

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Noise Exemption for Work on Woodridge Crescent

A noise exemption has been granted to Coco Paving for construction noise associated with line painting equipment. Location: Woodridge Crescent from Bayshore Drive (S) to Bayshore Drive When: Tuesday, May 19th to Friday, May 22nd, 2020 from 22:00 to 07:00 Rationale: The Applicant stated that the work needs to be performed overnight as to minimize…

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Hate Incidents – Awareness, Reporting, Ottawa Police are Here

Published by the Ottawa Police Tuesday, May 12, 2020  (Ottawa) – Since the Global Pandemic has emerged, we have been very concerned and aware of rising racism, xenophobia, discrimination, hate incidents and crimes, in particular targeting our Asian communities globally and here in Canada.  We are aware of how unsettling and how much fear this…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

As we look ahead to Mother’s Day this Sunday, it’s a perfect time to stop and remember the women in our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic has disproportionally impacted women. They are more highly represented in caregiver roles, both in the family and in the workforce. These days, they are often carrying heavier loads with children…

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Take up the challenge! Help Ottawa get back to work.

Ottawa – The City of Ottawa is extending a challenge to our business community: send us your proposals for technology innovations that will accelerate Ottawa’s ability to get the workforce back to work and safely resume business operations. In the months ahead, the gradual easing of pandemic restrictions will bring new challenges for our community…

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LRT Stage 2 Construction Progress Quarterly Update

Confederation Line West Extension EWC is nearing the completion of geotechnical investigation and surveying work along the Confederation Line East and West extensions. In some areas, temporary and intermittent night work may be required to minimize impacts to pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. Applications for noise exemptions will be submitted to Ward Councillors. In Q4 2019,…

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City allocates $3 million to 73 social services organizations

Ottawa – The City has allocated $3 million to help 73 non-profit and charitable organizations that provide social services address immediate and ongoing needs due to COVID-19. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, the Social Services Relief Fund will help 40 homelessness service providers and residential services homes, along with 33 community agencies that…

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New Park Use Guidelines, Parking Opened and “DOGS ALLOWED” Zones

The limited use of some spaces in City parks and beaches is now permitted. This does not include the use of sports fields and courts. Individuals and families can now enjoy fresh air and some outdoor activities in City parks. Everyone must also comply with current prohibitions under the Provincial Emergency Orders, including the prohibition on…

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Meetings at City Hall for the week of May 11, 2020

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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Ottawa Police celebrates Police Week from May 10 – 16th

Since 1970, Police Week has been observed in May to coincide with Peace Officers Memorial Day, recognized internationally on May 15. The Ministry of the Solicitor General has designated May 10 to 16, 2020 as Police Week in Ontario and this year’s theme is “Leading the way for safer communities”. “Police Week is a time…

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Traffic impacts in Ottawa from Thursday, May 7

The following projects will impact Ottawa traffic: Alexandra Bridge – Alexandra Bridge is closed to motorist until Sunday, May 24 to allow Public Services and Procurement Canada to complete work on the bridge. Access for pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained. Bank Street canal bridge – The curb lanes in both the northbound and southbound…

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Non-Medical Masks – Everything you need to know

Ottawa Public Health is encouraging the use of non-medical masks and face coverings in our community. The following provides Members of Council an overview with respect to non-medical mask and face covering use that can be shared with residents. All of Ottawa Public Health’s information on masks can be found at ottawapublichealth.ca. Overview Medical masks…

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City permits limited use of spaces in City parks

Use of playground equipment and park amenities remains prohibited Ottawa – The City, in consultation with Ottawa Public Health (OPH), is advising that the limited use of some spaces in City parks and beaches is now permitted. This does not include the use of sports fields and courts. Effective immediately, individuals and families can enjoy…

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LRT Stage 2 Construction: Richmond Rd & Cleary Ave

Date: Estimated civil works from July 27, 2020 to November 13, 2020 Location: Along Richmond Road from Cleary Avenue to Woodroffe Avenue Description: On behalf of Bell and Rogers, KEV is relocating existing underground Bell duct banks and structures along Richmond Road from Cleary Ave to Woodroffe Ave.

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Construction Notice: Carling Ave. / Harbour Landing Private

COVID-19 is an unprecedented situation and the City of Ottawa is committed to protecting our people and the community. The City of Ottawa has reviewed the essential workplaces information provided by the Province; construction on critical infrastructure projects – including roads, bridges, sewer, water, transit and transportation – falls within the exemption. As such, at this time,…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

No to Expanding Urban Boundaries On Monday, May 11th, there will be a special joint meeting of the Planning Committee and the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee on our City’s growth management strategy.  Up for discussion is whether the City should allow growth by expanding its current urban boundaries, only concentrate growth by intensification within…

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COVID-19: SHARE your thoughts / PARTAGEZ vos pensées

As Ottawa and the rest of the world continue to respond to this unprecedented time in history, the City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health are looking to learn more about your thoughts, perceptions and understanding of current restrictions in place related to COVID-19. The City and Ottawa Public Health are currently exploring how we…

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Great News ! Community Gardens is an essential service

The Province of Ontario have amended the Emergency Orders to permit the use of allotment gardens and community gardens across the province. As indicated in the News Release from April 25th, local public health units will provide advice, recommendations and instructions that the gardens must meet in order to operate. Ottawa Public Health has already…

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Certain Businesses Allowed to Reopen

The Ontario government is allowing certain businesses and workplaces to reopen as long as they comply with strict public health measures and operate safely during the COVID-19 outbreak. Those permitted to start up include seasonal businesses and some essential construction projects. Read the full News Release dated May 1 2020 By following the proper health…

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PUTTING A SPOTLIGHT ON OTTAWA’S SENIORS DURING THE PANDEMIC

The Council on Aging wants to hear about your experiences during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. With questions about how you are coping, managing anxiety and staying connected, the information collected can be used to support Ottawa’s seniors during this and other public health crises. Click on the link to complete the survey…

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Solid Waste Master Plan News

Completing Phase 1 The City has completed the first phase of a 30-year plan that will guide how it manages solid waste. The Phase 1 Report provides an overview of waste management in Ottawa and explains what the project team has been doing during Phase 1. It also highlights trends in the industry and explains…

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Helmet Discount Weekend

Helmet Discount Weekend has gone on-line  – May 2 and 3, 2020 No in-store sales due to COVID-19 The listed retailers have participated in the Helmet Discount Weekend in past years offering discounts on helmets.  Some stores listed are closed due to the COVID-19 situation, but many retailers are providing on-line, contact-free services.   Please check with your local retailer directly for more details for…

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Update from Ottawa Police on Operation Overwatch

Ottawa June 10th – Since launching Operation Overwatch on April 25th the combined efforts of Ottawa Police Frontline and Traffic Services officers resulted in over 1500 Speeding tickets being issued across the city. This past week (June 1st-8th) we issued a total of 138 Speeding charges, 27 Warnings and four Vehicles were towed for Stunt…

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Protect your bike from thefts with 529 Garage

The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) is warning residents to take extra precautions to secure their bikes from thefts and register with 529 Garage.  In 2020, we have received 83 bike theft reports to-date, compared to 42 at this time last year. This is due, in part, to: an increase in a series of reported break-ins…

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Traffic Impact in Ottawa from Thursday April 30

Ottawa – The following projects will impact Ottawa traffic: Bank Street canal bridge – The curb lanes in both the northbound and southbound directions on the Bank Street canal bridge have been converted to pedestrian walkways. The bridge now has one traffic lane and one pedestrian lane in each direction, between Wilton Crescent and Echo…

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O-Train Line 1 Temporary Closures

Please note that Rideau Transit Group (RTG) has requested access to O-Train Line 1 to allow them the opportunity to complete maintenance activities and work relating to issues that have impacted service. City Staff have advised that an update on RTG’s rectification plan will be provided at the upcoming Council meeting in May. As part…

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Noise Exemption LRT Stage 2 West End

Inspecting mainline sewers with CCTV and collecting pipe information at various locations as shown on the reference document (link is provided below). The proposed work is expected to be competed in 15 nights. Due to potential inclement weather and uncertain state of the workforce due to COVID-19, we are requesting 1 month to ensure completion…

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Hydro Ottawa CEO warns customers about increase in suspicious calls

In light of continued reports of phone scams in the Ottawa area, Hydro Ottawa reminds customers to protect themselves from callers posing as utility representatives and threatening to disconnect power. The utility has received hundreds of reports recently Given the state of emergency in the province, Hydro Ottawa has been working closely with the Ontario…

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Zoning Amendment Application: 1995 Carling Avenue

A Zoning By-law Amendment and Site Plan Control applications (D02-02-20-0030 & D07-12-20-0044) have been filed with the City for 1995 Carling Avenue.  The purpose of the applications is to develop a 27-storey apartment dwelling with six levels of underground parking. Application Summary View documents submitted to the City. Read the Applicant’s Rationale On May 7th,…

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Ottawa Public Health – Aging Well in Ottawa

I’d like to highlight Ottawa Public Health’s new Facebook page for residents 55 plus and their caregivers: Ottawa Public Health has launched a new Facebook page for residents 55+ and their caregivers! Aging Well in Ottawa is monitored by OPH staff Mon-Fri from 9am-3pm and provides credible information and resources on various healthy aging topics…

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Ottawa Community Housing COVID-19 Tenant Resources

Ottawa Community Housing is working with Ottawa Public Health regarding the ongoing concern of COVID-19/Coronavirus. OCH feels it is important to share information with its tenants to help prevent the spread of this virus within the community. OCH Tenant Resources For emergency repairs and safety and security services, always call the OCH Call Centre at 613-731-1182. Call Centre…

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Essential Service: Environmental Rehabilitation, Mgmt & Monitoring Work in Bay Ward

Notice: Environmental remediation and sampling work is considered an essential service in Ontario (ref: Category 34 v. environmental rehabilitation, management and monitoring, spill clean up and response). Recognizing all City parks and park amenities remain closed to our residents, the Environmental Remediation Unit is proceeding with monitoring and sampling programs where there is a reporting requirement…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

I have just learned about an exciting community initiative happening in Brampton and are thinking about trying it out here in Ottawa.  This is a great way to get your own fresh produce this summer and help your neighbours at the same time. The Brampton Backyard Program is the brainchild of Brampton City Councillor Doug…

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National Day of Mourning Tuesday, April 28

Marked annually in Canada on April 28, the National Day of Mourning is dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives or suffered injury or illness on the job or due to a work-related tragedy. In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we are encouraged to pause at 11:00 am on April 28 for…

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Stage 2 Project Update April 6 to April 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. Should there be any changes to the work, it will be communicated to the public. Construction is underway across all…

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Gardening Community Resources

Ask a Master Gardener: email mgoc_helpline@yahoo.ca Garden Activities Calendar Vegetable Growing Calendar Follow Just Food on Facebook Two (identical) herbal sessions on May 6th and May 9th Listen to FREE Webinars Just Food Resources Front Yard Edible Gardens Soil Testing Ottawa Home Gardener Garden Guide for the Ottawa Region About Tomatoes To be kept in the…

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Update: Britannia Pathway Wall Rehabilitation Project

The following update was received from NCC on April 24 2020 The National Capital Commission (NCC) would like to provide an update on the Britannia Pathway Wall Rehabilitation Project.   Following health and safety recommendations, as well as provincial government directives, the construction site for the Britannia Wall Rehabilitation Project has been shut down for the…

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Tips for parents to monitor children’s online activities

 (Ottawa) – The Ottawa Police Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit would like to remind parents and guardians of the importance of monitoring children’s online activities.  With the pandemic, we know that kids are at home with more time on their hands, some of which is spent online. Within the last week, our partners in the…

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Meetings at Ottawa City Hall for the week of April 27

Ottawa – All Council, Committee and Board meetings will be held electronically unless otherwise noted. For complete agendas 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. In following the advice of provincial and federal governments, we are making significant changes to services and…

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Spring Freshet April 24, 2020

We have all seen the water levels drop considerably over the past week or so, which is a very positive sign. Currently, the long-term forecast remains favourable with cooler temperatures. Additionally, the reservoirs are relatively low and should be able to manage the remaining northern snowmelt. Despite this, some minor flooding is possible if the…

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Committees to consider strategy to guide how Ottawa grows

Ottawa – The City’s Planning Committee and Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee will meet on Monday, May 11 to consider a growth management strategy that will guide how Ottawa grows. Residents interested in providing feedback to the two committees are encouraged to review the report, which recommends a balanced growth strategy that would add between…

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Traffic impacts from Thursday, April 23

O-Train Line 2 – Starting on Sunday, May 3, O-Train Line 2, will close between Bayview and Greenboro stations, for construction of the Stage 2 O-Train expansion. During the closure, bus service will replace the train service and will stop at all O-Train Line 2 stations Bayview, Carling, Carleton, Mooney’s Bay, and Greenboro, as well…

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Lessons for the citizens of Ottawa from the pandemic

The Ottawa Citizen April 20, 2020 by Councillor Theresa Kavanagh It’s been a little over a month since everything about life in Ottawa changed overnight. COVID-19 has had far-reaching impacts on every aspect of our lives. Every day our city identifies and works on new solutions to the latest issue arising from the pandemic. Already…

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Questions & Answers about COVID-19 including Community Shelters

Foods, Cures and Supplements There is currently no evidence to suggest that supplements or natural health products can help treat/protect against COVID19. If you are currently infected, it’s important to stay hydrated & provide your body with a healthy & balanced diet. Learn more on Ottawa Public Health’s website. Masks Along with physical distancing and…

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COVID-19 Park Signage Universal Pictogram

As there is a growing need for parks closure signage that is all-inclusive and interpretive in all languages, city staff have created the universal pictogram shown below. This pictogram will be used in conjunction with the existing parks closure signage, also shown below as a reminder. Rather than printing and posting the new signage in…

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Property maintenance services permitted to operate as of May 1

Ottawa – Property maintenance and landscaping activities which address potential health, safety and sanitation issues will be deemed essential and therefore permitted, effective May 1. This is to ensure properties remain safe and that property standards are met during the growing season. Businesses providing these services for the operation of institutional, commercial, industrial and residential…

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COVID-19 Statistics in Ottawa

COVID-19 Epidemiology Update Ottawa Public Health offers a daily report that provides an epidemiologic summary of COVID-19 activity in Ottawa to date. The report includes the most current information available from the integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS) and a chart review of COVID-19. OPH’s database is a dynamic disease reporting system that allows for…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

The need for emergency housing As many of us are staying home during this pandemic, we can only imagine what it is like for those who have no home.   Even before our present COVID-19 situation, Ottawa City Council declared homelessness and the lack of affordable housing an emergency.  The pandemic crisis has exasperated the…

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Traffic Impacts from Friday, April 17

Ottawa – The following projects will impact Ottawa traffic: Bay Street – From Monday, April 20 to Friday April 24, the intersection at Bay and Albert streets will be closed for the Bay Street Cycling Facility project. There will be vehicular, pedestrian and cycling detours. A signed detour will be in place. Two-way access on…

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OC Transpo Spring Service Update

For the present, OC Transpo will continue to operate the current modified weekday service on O-Train Lines 1 and 2, as well as on all bus routes. Staff will continue to make adjustments as required so that connections are provided to essential services and so that space is available onboard for physical distancing. OC Transpo…

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Charity Bins are Closed

Donation bins are overflowing, and some are becoming garbage dumps. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and crucial physical distancing orders by governments that non-essential services be stopped, the pick-up of all textile donations by from homes and donation bins across Canada stopped on March 23. Sadly, some residents continue to drop off donations at bins…

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Meetings at City Hall for the week of April 20

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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Stores offering Exclusive Shopping Hours for Seniors

Below is a list of stores that have been advertising exclusive shopping hours for seniors (7:00am – 8:00am) Some stores are varying their hours each day. Call ahead to confirm what time seniors’ hour will take place at your neighbourhood store. Shoppers Drug Mart Loblaws Farm Boy Sobeys Independent groceries, including: Ross’, 3777 Strandherd Dr.…

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Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre and COVID-19

At Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre, the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees and clients is our top priority.  Here is how we are responding to Coronavirus (COVID-19). What are were doing here at PQ and our sites? As a result of the evolving situation regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic, our sites at 1365 Richmond Road…

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COVID-19 legal information from Steps to Justice

COVID-19: Updates on the law and legal services CLEO is working to give practical answers to the important questions that people are asking about the law relating to the COVID-19 situation, for example Housing Law. We are also sharing updates about changes to government programs and court services.

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COVID-19 & Long Term Care Homes

April 23, 2020 – See below for messaging from Dr Vera Etches to provide additional information on how Ottawa Public Health (OPH), and regional healthcare partners, are supporting long term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.     April 15, 2020 – OPH continues to work closely with the healthcare sector including Long-Term Care Homes.…

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Q&A Regarding garbage and leaf and yard set out

Message included in COVID-19 Feature Story dated April 9: Q: Why are we asking residents to hold on to large items of garbage? A: Since physical distancing has been recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada and Ottawa Public Health, residents are staying home and undertaking spring cleaning that result in extra waste being…

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Message from By-law in Response to new Restrictions

Please be assured that the By-law and Regulatory Services Department is taking the responsibility of protecting our community during a global pandemic very seriously. Our number one focus right now is protecting everyone’s health and safety. We’re also working hard to educate residents about how the rules we’re enforcing are designed to help people to…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

Despite already weathering a few weeks of staying at home, it is clear that the COVID-19 pandemic will not be over soon.  This week the Mayor announced an extension of the closures to city facilities until June 30. We have also seen the implementation of strict enforcement measures which includes giving fines to those who…

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NCC – Cycling season precautions with COVID-19

Message from the NCC As the nice weather approaches, a friendly reminder that the Capital Pathway is a multi-use pathway network for everyone, and we ask that all users Share the Path. Preventing the spread of COVID-19 by practicing public health recommendations on our multi-use pathways helps keep them safe and enjoyable for everyone. We…

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COVID-19 Related Fraud and Property Crime

Unfortunately, there are criminals who use the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity for their activities.  The following is an excellent resource that has been adapted from Victim Support Europe detailing types of crimes to be aware of and how to protect yourself.  This information is available in 4 languages (EN, FR, ع, 中文) on the…

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Support for Mothers – “Baby Help Line”

Ottawa Public Health’s “Baby Help Line” has been established for parents of babies 0 to 3 months.  The service is available 7 days a week, from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Call 613-580-2424 ext. 23774.  A Public Health Nurse assesses client’s needs over the phone and based on need, they will be referred to the Royal Ottawa…

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COVID-19 Financial Impact to the City

On April 8th, Council received an update on the impact of COVID-19 on the City’s staff and finances, as well as the community. The City has taken significant action in the last few weeks to help flatten the curve and protect staff and residents. All departments are working together on a business continuity plan to…

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Hydro Ottawa donates 12,000 surgical masks

In response to the urgent need for medical protective equipment during the COVID-19 crisis, Hydro Ottawa stepped up to do their part for our front line health care professionals and donated 12,000 surgical masks to the Ottawa Hospital on Tuesday, March 31.  At Hydro Ottawa, safety is a top priority – not just for our staff, but also…

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Gatherings are limited to Five

The Ontario government has prohibited organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people, effective immediately, with some exceptions. This order does not apply to: Private households with five people or more. Child care centres supporting frontline health care workers and first responders provided the number of persons at each centre does not…

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Ottawa’s Noise By-Law

In support of the community and local economy, all retail establishments are exempt from the regulations of the City of Ottawa’s Noise By-law pertaining to deliveries until further notice. This means that deliveries can take place at any time of day to ensure store shelves are stocked with essential goods. Construction noise regulations have not…

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Summer recreation programs

At this time, summer programs, including camps, are still running as planned. We encourage you to register your children as you normally would. Rest assured that should there be any cancellations due to COVID-19, that you will be refunded without penalty. Summer Programs

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LRT Update and Winter Condition Testing

View Confederation Line Update presented to Council on April 8, 2020 The City received a corrective action plan from Rideau Transit Group on Tuesday, March 31, outlining the steps the consortium is taking to correct performance issues with the Confederation Line. City Council today received an overview of the plan. Staff asked Rideau Transit Group…

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Bayshore Station LRT Stage 2

Currently there is a sidewalk on the north side of transitway between Bayshore Station and Holly Acres Drive. The project contract calls for a multi-use pathway from Woodridge Crescent (near the at-grade entrance to the future Bayshore LRT Station, outside of the fare-paid zone) to Holly Acres Drive, along the existing route. The map, shown…

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Britannia Park Parking Lot Closed effective April 10

Summary description: Effective Friday, April 10, the City will close vehicular access and parking lots to three closed parks that continue to be popular destinations for residents – Britannia Park, Mooney’s Bay and Petrie Island.  City will close vehicular access and parking lots to three closed popular park destinations Effective Friday, April 10, the City…

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Noise Exemption at Lincoln Fields Station

KEV requires the use of a pump and generator for dewatering activities in the open excavation. The only activity that will occur over night with this request is the dewatering activities and on the image above you will see at the identified white dots where the pump and generator could be located during these works.…

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Changes to Public Works

M E M O In response to the COVID-19 situation in our community and the spring freshet, changes to the City’s Public Works and Environmental Services (PWES) are being implemented to keep residents and employees safe. The purpose of this memo is to share details of those service changes. Background As the City of Ottawa…

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Easter schedule changes

Ottawa – The City of Ottawa would like to remind residents of the following schedule changes for the Easter holiday, from Friday, April 10 to Monday, April 13. You can also find a list of impacted services and City facilities from COVID-19 on ottawa.ca and octranspo.com. To continue our efforts to flatten the curve, the…

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Traffic impacts in Ottawa from Thursday, April 9

Ottawa – The following projects will impact Ottawa traffic: Elgin Street – Elgin Street northbound between Catherine and Nepean streets is closed until the end of July to renew Elgin Street. One southbound lane is open to traffic, transit and cyclists. Visit our web page on current traffic impacts for more information. Innes Road –…

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NCC and COVID-19 News

Read the latest news from the National Capital Commission and their policies on COVID-19 and its parks. The NCC is doing its part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The situation evolves daily and we are working to comply with public health directives from all levels of government, particularly the recommendation that people should avoid…

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Medical Masks, N95 Respirators & Non-medical Masks

There’s been a lot of discussion about having the public wear non-medical masks when they leave their home. The most recent recommendation can be found on the Government of Canada’s Public Health site at: Government of Canada. Ottawa Public Health has gathered all information pertaining to masks.

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Council Updates on COVID-19

April 8 2020 Council Meeting Presentations COVID-19 Update City Manager Ottawa Public Health – Dr. Vera Etches Adhering to the Province’s direction of limiting any gatherings to five people or less, in-person Committee and Council meetings have been cancelled. Such meetings, as warranted, will be held electronically until further notice. You can watch the live…

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City extends current COVID-19-related closures until June 30

Ottawa – To continue our efforts to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 virus, the City of Ottawa is extending the closure of all City-managed facilities and the suspension of in-person services until June 30, 2020. The closures of the City-managed facilities include: All recreation and cultural facilities – including recreation complexes, community centres, arenas,…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

This week the rules for physical distancing have been tightened up so that people are not allowed to hang out in parks or use any of the structures, play areas or facilities. This is a rule brought in by the Provincial Government that the City must follow. It is very difficult, especially when the weather…

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Emergency child-care services for essential workers

As shared with Council on Wednesday, March 25, the Province announced its plan to support essential workers during the COVID-19 outbreak by providing emergency licensed child-care services for health care and other frontline workers. Emergency child-care services are reserved exclusively for children of essential and critical service workers identified in the Province’s list of workers…

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LRT Stage 2 – Test Pits in the Byron Linear Park

Please be advised that beginning as early as April 6, KEV will be excavating 2 test pits (approximately 10 days), in the Byron Linear Park to gain a better understanding of the soils and the brittleness of the rock which will assist in the planning of their cut and cover excavations. By gaining a better…

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LRT Stage 2 Presentation – Lincoln Fields and Connaught Park

Presentation Lincoln Fields – Queensview COVID-19 As recently as this week, KEV has stated that construction will continue with precautions: Physical distancing will be practiced at all sites If physical distancing is not possible due to small work spaces, they will not open that site KEV is navigating supply chain issues i.e. asphalt plants KEV…

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Olde Forge Helping Seniors during Pandemic

Medical Transportation                                                                                                                                     Seniors can call the Olde Forge and have  someone to take them to  medical appointments. Seniors are picked up at their home in a car with plexi-glass barrier between themselves and the driver. Only one passenger goes in the car at a time. Costs per trip is $12.00 round trip. The client is…

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COVID-19 in Ottawa – Financial Assistance

Support for individuals and families Increasing the Canada Child Benefit Special Goods and Services Tax credit payment Extra time to file income tax returns Mortgage support Support for people facing unemployment The new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) Apply for Employment Insurance Support for people who are sick, quarantined, or in directed self-isolation The new…

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COVID-19 in Ottawa – Support and Assistance

Suspension of all water service disconnections Corporate Accounts Receivable Invoices Employment and Social Services Human Needs Task Force Housing Services Corporate real estate Property Tax Hardship Deferral Program Covid-19 water bill relief Olde Forge Community Resource Centre for Seniors

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Meetings at Ottawa City Hall for the week of April 6

Ottawa – Further to provisions passed by Council on March 25, 2020, all Council and Committee 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…

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Food Security, Housing and Outreach

A Human Needs Task Force has been struck as part of the City’s Emergency Management Plan and emergency response to COVID-19, ensuring we are responsive to the emerging needs of the community. Information is also located online and resources will continue to be updated. The task force is currently focused on service coordination for immediate,…

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COVID-19 Care Clinic now open in Ottawa West

As the next step in the regional response to COVID-19, a new Care Clinic is now open in Ottawa’s west end. It’s operated by Queensway Carleton Hospital, in partnership with Ottawa Public Health and the region’s Clinical Care Coordination Centre (C4). The clinic’s primary function is to provide treatment for people with symptoms of respiratory…

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Interprovincial bridge spot checks now in place

The Quebec Police are doing spot checks on residents driving into Quebec. They are discouraging non essential travel to Quebec. According the Mayor Watson, there will not be any spot checks for residents driving into Ontario from Quebec. As a result, please be advised of possible traffic disruptions and delays due to COVID-19 checkpoints at…

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What you can and can’t do in the Park

The City has prepared an English and French infographic which indicates what you can and can’t do in the park. It is available here for download. The City is in the process of having park closure signs manufactured, distributed and installed. Due to the fact that many sign manufacturing shops are closed, the City was…

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2020 Spring Freshet – The City is Preparing

As the Spring season is upon us the City of Ottawa has officially stood up a dedicated Emergency Operations Center for the 2020 Spring Freshet. Understanding the importance of supporting our residents during this time, this team will be focused on planning and response to the 2020 Spring Freshet. Flood preparation and response plans for…

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It’s Mental Health Week!

Check in on your mental health. Feeling well means different things to different people, some things might actually apply to all of us. Here is a checklist for your mental health. It’s normal for situations like Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) to affect your mental health. Everyone will experience these events in their own way. It is…

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