Message from Councillor Kavanagh

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

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OC Transpo – Keeping you Safer

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

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Centrepointe’s Skating Rink is expected to open next week

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

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Transit ridership in 35 cities across the world

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

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COVID-19: One Million Reasons

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

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NCC continuing the Britannia Wall Project

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

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

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

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City Meetings from Nov 30 to Dec 4

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

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Committee of Adjustment – December 9 @ 6:30

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 December 9, 2020 could be submitted by December 2, 2020. IF YOU WISH TO BE NOTIFIED…

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Browse the winter recreation and arts eGuides

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

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Ottawa Police: The Festive RIDE season is upon us

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

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Traffic impacts from Thursday, November 26

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

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Community of Adjustment – November 18 Decisions

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

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Some seniors can get help clearing snow

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

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COVID-19 City Council Response Presentations

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

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

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

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Release of City’s draft New Official Plan

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

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Recording of the New Sidewalk on Ahearn Info Session

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

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O-Train LRT Stage 1 and Stage 2 Quarterly Update

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

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City Meetings from November 23 to 27

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

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Winter Weather Parking Bans

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

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

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

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Crime Prevention Ottawa is Recruiting

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

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OC Transpo Operation Mask Up Update

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

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Transit Commission approves OC Transpo’s 2021 Draft Budget

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

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Province of Ontario – Inclusive Community Grants

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

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COVID-19: Seeking community feedback

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

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Energy Assistance for Residents of Ottawa

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

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

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

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Are you a City business owner looking for information?

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

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National Housing Day

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

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Safety Tips for Making Private Sales

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

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

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

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Committee receives update on Lansdowne Park operations (OSEG)

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

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Recording of the Discussion on the Future Development of QTN

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

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COVID-19 Update as of Friday, November 13

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

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Traffic impacts in Ottawa from Friday, Nov 13

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

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City Meetings from November 16 to 20

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

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COVID-19: Assessment centres open downtown

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

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Stage 2 – Summary Work for this week

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

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Children’s Virtual Storytelling Festival

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

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It’s time to write your letter to Santa!

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

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Committee Approves Zoning Amendment for 100 Bayshore

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

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Pilot Project Residential Murals Approved

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

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New design guidelines aim to reduce bird strikes

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

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Mentorship Program for Young Women

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

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Winter Activities from the City

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

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Review Bay Ward Community Update Meeting on Nov. 12th

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

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Top three ways you can act on climate change

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

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Committee of Adjustment – November 4 Decisions

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

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Information Package on 75 Aylen Ave Development

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

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Traffic impacts in Ottawa from Friday, November 6

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

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City Meetings from November 9 to 13

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

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2021 Draft Budget Numbers for Bay Ward

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

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COVID-19: Provincial and City Rules effective Nov 7

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

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Keep leaves off Catch Basin

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

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

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

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Remembrance Day activities and schedule changes

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

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Planning Primer II – Registration Open

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

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

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

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Survey on Donation Bins

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

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SHINE: Youth Arts Microgrants – Apply Now!

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

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LRT Stage 2 Bi-Weekly Construction Update

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

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Draft Budget 2021 to be tabled November 4

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

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24h Tremblant 2020 for CHEO

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

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Mental Health Response and the Police

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

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City Meetings from November 2 to 6

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

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Ottawa Public Health COVID Update to City Council

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

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Ottawa Public Health – Remembrance Day

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

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Kingsmere Ave will be closed due to construction

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

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Traffic impacts from Friday, October 30

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

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The City will move ahead on Energy Evolution

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

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Masks to remain mandatory until at least January

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

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Police Reporting Unit – Operating hours

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

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Shining the Light on Violence against Women

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

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Audit Committee receives hotline report and three new audits

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

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City to launch Veterans Task Force

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

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Dogs in Parks

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

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Sewer-lining Project at James Cummings

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

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Public Information Sessions on New Official Plan

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

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Residential Protective Plumbing Program

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

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

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

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Montsion Trial Verdict

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

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Hydro Ottawa work in QTN for LRT Stage 2 Expansion

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

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Public Health Corner: Have fun at home this Halloween

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

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This week’s roundup about COVID-19 pandemic

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

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NCC Consultation: Long-Term Interprovincial Crossings Plan

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

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Committee approves $2.6 million for Energy Evolution

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

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CPO – Home takeovers during COVID-19

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

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QTN Storm Sewer Rehabilitation Project Display Boards

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

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City Meetings from October 26 to 30

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

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Traffic Impacts in Ottawa from Thursday, Oct. 22

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

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Lincoln Fields Construction Update

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

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Britannia Beach Closure – Update and FAQs

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

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Connaught Park – Berm Consultations Update

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

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

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

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2021 Draft Budget Public Consultation Presentation

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

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Bell Fiber Optic Work

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

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Ward 7 Active Developments

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

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Update for Carleton U. Student Transit Users

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

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Temporary Road Closure Permit – Byron Avenue

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

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City Meetings from October 19 to 23

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

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Traffic impacts from Thursday, October 15

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

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Clarification on provincial restrictions on recreation activities

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

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Lincoln Fields Flyover Update

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

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

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

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Urgent Message New Public Health Measures

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

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Energy Evolution Technical Briefing: Moving to zero emissions

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

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Gateway Speed Limit signs being installed in Woodpark

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

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LRT Stage 2: Mobile Speed Boards Deployed to Connaught

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

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Byron Linear Park – Pile Drilling & Cut Cover Excavations

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

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Riding transit? Mask up!

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

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Committee of Adjustment – October 21 Decisions

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

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Thanksgiving Greetings from OPH

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

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Development at 2830 Carling Ave & 810 Vick Ave.

Holzman Consultants Inc. has been engaged by a local developer as the urban planning consultant with respect to an application for Site Plan Control for a multi-unit residential development on the above-noted properties. The following is a summary of the development proposal: The Property consists of approximately 1,686 square metres of land on the south…

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OC Transpo launches a virtual museum

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

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City Meetings from October 13 to 16

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

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Traffic impacts from Thursday, October 8

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

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Thanksgiving Day schedule changes

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

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

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

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Nighttime Noise Exemption for 929 Richmond Rd

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

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

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

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

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

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Ottawa Public Health: Update from Dr. Vera Etches

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

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Public Health Corner: Flu Season Preparedness

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

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Traffic Calming in Bay Ward

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

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SAVE THE DATE – Eastern Ontario Region Virtual Job Fair

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

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OCH unveils newly renovated community kitchen

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

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Stage 2: Connaught Avenue Electrical Infrastructure Relocation

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

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Andrew Haydon: Forest rehabilitation program

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

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NCC Path Detour: Work staring at the Ritchie Pumping Station

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

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POSTPONED: City’s fall recreation and arts

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

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Stage 2: Edgeworth utility work is postponed to 2021

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

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

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

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City Meetings from October 5 to 9

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

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Traffic Impacts in Ottawa from October 1, 2020

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

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

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

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How do the Six Boundary Options affect Bay Ward?

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

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Protecting the character of streetscapes in older neighbourhoods

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

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Have your say on Proposed Electric Vehicle charging stations

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

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City digs into Stage 2 LRT construction

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

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LRT Stage 2: What is Cut and Cover?

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

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City Meetings from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2

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

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Traffic impacts from Thursday, September 24

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

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

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

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COVID Alert Exposure Notification App

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

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Stage 2 Fencing at Pinecrest Interchange

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

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Ontario Expands COVID-19 Testing to Pharmacies

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

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Update on the Human Needs Task Force

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

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Committee of Adjustment October 7 – Decisions

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

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Update from Ottawa Public Health – Sept 23, 2020

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

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Update on Lincoln Fields Construction

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

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

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

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COVID Daily Dashboard & Map

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

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Connaught Berm Timelines

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

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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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Traffic impacts from Thursday, September 17

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

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City cultural facilities reopening this week

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

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Be COVID Wise

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

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

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

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

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

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City Meetings from September 14 to 18

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

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Bridge Named after Former Mayor Jackie Holzman

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

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Public Health Corner: Older Adults and COVID-19

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

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ACORN hosts bi-weekly Tenants’ Rights Information Sessions

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

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Cancelled – Fundraiser for the Olde Forge

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

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Discover your City by Bike Workshop

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

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Ottawa Employment Numbers by Industry

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

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

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

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Ash tree removal: Shirleys Bay sector

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

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Environmental Assessment Study LRT Stage 3

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

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Traffic impacts from Thursday, Sept. 10

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

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

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

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LRT Stage 2: Byron Ave Road Closure

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

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Support for Jerome and Caroline after the fire

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

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The COA is Heading Back to Class!

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

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Carling Avenue Bridge Repairs starting Sept 18th

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

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City Meetings from September 7 to 11

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

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Update on economic impact of COVID-19

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

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Fall 2020 Tree Planting Update

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

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Update on STO transit expansion plans

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

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Fall Rhapsody in Canada’s Capital Region

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

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LRT Stage 2: New Orchard Station Park Closure

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

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Traffic impacts from Thursday, September 3

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

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Labour Day Service Impacts

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

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

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

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

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

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

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

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Virtual & Accessible Employment Information Sessions

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

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Road Closure – Jamieson Street

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

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Masks mandatory in indoor public spaces through October

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

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Temporary mandatory mask by-law – FAQs

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

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Stage 2 Work beginning at Holly Acres Interchange

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

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

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

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Lookout for your Mental Health

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

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Public Health Corner: Supporting Schools During COVID-19

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

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Public Health Corner: OPH’s Role in Pest Control

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

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OC Transpo fall service returns August 30

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

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

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

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City Meetings from August 31 to September 4

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

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Join the movement to support our local businesses!

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

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Traffic impacts in Ottawa from Thursday, August 27

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

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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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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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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. The City offers residents a variety of opportunities to engage, share information and collaborate. You can weigh in on different…

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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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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…