Message from Councillor Kavanagh

Looking for young women, gender-diverse and gender non-binary youth to take part in a simulated Council Meeting Inviting all young women, girls, gender-diverse and gender non-binary youth in Ottawa to become City Councillors for the day – They Govern – a virtual event being held on Saturday, May 15th, 2021 in conjunction with Equal Voice…

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Ottawa Public Health: COVID-19 Daily Dashboard

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

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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Update – April 29

Ottawa – New information Age limit lowered to 55 for individuals on the provincial registration system. More appointments available on the province’s online registration system. Age limit lowered to 45 for individuals in “hot spot” communities. Vaccinations in high-priority neighbourhoods continue to be the City’s focus. Licenced child care workers eligible starting Thursday. Pregnant individuals can now pre-register online. Lower…

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COVID-19: Current Restrictions in Response to 3rd Wave

April 22, 2021 Enhanced Stay-at-Home Order closes some outdoor recreation amenities Masks near playground equipment Park Ambassadors are back Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures Police Powers Provincial government is limiting capacity Provincial Restrictions at Interprovincial Crossing OPH Order for Fitness Centres City of Ottawa update Enhanced Stay-at-Home Order closes some outdoor recreation amenities For…

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Provincial Schedule for Vaccines

Curious where you fit into Provincial Government’s vaccine booking schedule? See below to determine when you can book your COVID-19 vaccine through covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine. To check eligibility, visit Ottawa Public Health.

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Have your say on the City’s Active Transportation Plan on May 18th

The City is currently in the process of updating the Transportation Master Plan, which will include an Active Transportation Plan for pedestrian and cycling facilities. This new plan will set the priorities and timelines for infrastructure improvements over the next ten years. Councillors Theresa Kavanagh, Jeff Leiper, Riley Brockington and Rick Chiarelli Invite you to “Have your say”.  …

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Summer eGuides now online to help plan ahead

Ottawa – With sights set on better days ahead, the City’s Summer eGuides are now online. Offered in English and French, peruse our COVID-modified summer camps, outdoor activities and virtual offerings. Registration takes place online starting Wednesday, May 5 at 9 pm. The start of in-person camps and activities will be subject to the prevailing…

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Can your water pressure be affected by new developments?

Residents have been concerned that adding new apartment buildings wil affect the water pressure to their home. We asked a City engineer to comment and the following is his response. Infill development such as apartment construction will not affect water pressures in local neighbourhoods. Local watermain sizing is driven by fire suppression requirements.  Normal domestic…

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City Meetings from May 3 to 7

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

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Protect your bicycle!

The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) is warning residents to take extra precautions to secure their bikes from thefts. A key priority for the Service is to raise awareness about bike thefts and how to prevent them. We are already seeing the number of stolen bikes on the rise in 2021. So far, we have received…

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Safety and Health Week 2021 – May 2 to 8

May 2 marks the beginning of Safety and Health Week in Canada. The past year has been challenging. Sometimes it feels like all we talk about is how to keep ourselves and our colleagues safe from COVID-19. An extraordinary amount of time, energy and commitment over the past year has gone into keeping our people…

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City Nature Challenge: Let’s go, Ottawa!

Looking for something to do this weekend?  The City Nature Challenge is an international event aimed at encouraging people to spend some time outdoors, looking for plants and animals in their neighbourhoods. The Canadian Wildlife Federation is organizing the event in Canada, as the host of iNaturalist.ca (the online nature identification app that was featured in the…

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Annual Tax Policy Report approved by Council

On Wednesday, April 28, Council approved the annual Tax Policy report that sets tax ratios for various tax classes for 2021 and the property tax due dates for 2022. The City will adopt neutral ratios and use all optional property classes permitted by the Assessment Act to allow for different taxation levels within a property…

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Changes to the municipal housing benefit programs approved by Council

On Wednesday, April 28, Council approved changes to the municipal housing benefit programs, which provides rent subsidies either directly to a landlord or as a housing allowance paid to a household. These programs are at capacity, and the approved changes will reallocate more than $2.3 million from other municipal housing programs and provincial funding programs,…

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Check on seniors during ongoing Pandemic

(Ottawa)—The Ottawa Police Service Elder Abuse Unit is concerned that seniors continue to be at risk of ongoing isolation during the pandemic. Although physical distancing is key to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we encourage people to maintain open communication (e.g. phone or video calls, and emails, etc.) with older family members, friends and neighbours. We…

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Traffic Impacts from Thursday, April 29

Hartleigh Avenue is closed at Richmond Road until Friday, May 28. Woodroffe Avenue southbound will be reduced to one lane between Iris Street and Baseline Road nightly from 6 pm to 11 pm on Thursday, April 29 and Friday, April 30. Highway 417 – The following ramps will close from 11 pm on Tuesday, May 4to…

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Councillor Kavanagh’s Message

What a week! It has been over a year since The World Health Organization declared the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. This declaration brought forth an ever-evolving environment of which we now live. Sending our daily routines and “normalcy” out the window. Over the past two weeks my office has received many emails and…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Update – April 23

For information about the current restrictions visit Response to COVID-19’s 3rd Wave. Residents 40 and over Residents 50 and over Residents 60 and over If you’re pregnant, you can pre-register *new Pharmacies  High risk health conditions and their caregivers Health care workers Adults receiving chronic home health care Second Dose Booking for someone else What to…

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Have your say on the proposed Better Homes Loan Program

The City is developing a proposed Better Homes Loan program to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Ottawa. The Better Homes Loan program will make it easier and more affordable for homeowners to pay for home improvements over time as they save on their energy bills. Through the proposed Better Homes Loan program, Ottawa homeowners…

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Watch the Bay Ward Meeting on LRT Stage 2

On Tuesday, April 27th, 2021, Councillor Theresa Kavanagh hosted a meeting on the Stage 2 LRT project in Bay Ward. Damon presented an update of the construction, information on some upcoming work, and comments on the rules surrounding noise and hours of work. Also participating was Jaimie Robinson from KEV, Campbell, and Rosanna. Staff from…

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City Meetings from April 26 to 30

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

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Recycling in Parks and other Solid Waste Services

Solid Waste Services is responsible for managing the collection of garbage, recycling, organics and leaf and yard waste from homes and City facilities, as well as the management of the Yellow Bag Program for small street-front businesses. Recycling in the Parks Pilot Solid Waste Services also runs the Recycling in the Parks Pilot which will…

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Spring Tree Planting

Spring tree planting begins the first week of May and runs until late June, weather permitting. Forestry Services crews water over 7,500 newly planted trees weekly between May and September. Spring and summer tree maintenance activities will be ongoing and will include lifecycle and reactive tree pruning and the removal of dead or hazardous trees.…

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LRT Stage 2: Byron Linear Park – Weekend Work

Last weekend KEV worked on both Saturday and Sunday to advance their work on the Cut & Cover Tunnel. The objective was to utilize equipment that is occupied elsewhere on the project during the week and their efforts proved fruitful with a week’s worth of progress achieved in just 2 days. In addition, KEV is…

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Short-term rental regulations approved by City Council

On Wednesday, April 28th, City Council approved new regulations to govern short-term rentals across Ottawa over the next three years. The new Short-term Rental By-law establishes a host permit system for local short-term rental hosts, as well as rules for short-term rental platforms and property managers. In line with a strategy that Council adopted in November…

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Community Adjustment – May 5 @ 6:30 pm

830 (832, 836, 838) 840 Alpine D08-01-20/B-00233 to D08-01-20/B-00238 The Committee of Adjustment will consider Applications for Consent to subdivide the property into five separate parcels of land for the construction of two semi-detached dwellings and one detached dwelling. It is proposed to convey portions of the property to 836 Alpine for the construction of…

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Outdoor Benches for Bay Ward – Seeking your Ideas!

In preparing Ottawa’s new Older Adult Plan, the City is looking for your assistance in the selection of bench locations. Approximately 10 to 12 new benches will be installed across the City in 2021 to support older adults requiring additional mobility assistance, and to encourage healthy and active living. Where would you like to see…

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Traffic impacts from Thursday, April 22

Ottawa – The following projects will impact Ottawa traffic: Interprovincial crossings – The Ottawa Police Service have deployed officers on a rotating schedule of checkpoints moving throughout all City of Ottawa interprovincial crossings on a daily basis, until the expiry of the Provincial Order. Expect delays. Visit ottawapolice.ca for more information. Edgeworth Avenue – Edgeworth…

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OC Transpo and potential future transit service reductions

The Transit Commission today approved a report outlining OC Transpo’s recommended transit service evaluation criteria if transit service cuts are required in the future. The report provides next steps if Council directs OC Transpo to make cuts to transit services and provides specific criteria that staff will use to assess all potential service cuts. The…

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Councillor Kavanagh’s Message

Two Good News Stories from City Council this Week First, the Women and Gender Equity Strategy As the City Council’s Liaison for Women and Gender Equity, and Chair of the City’s Women and Gender Equity Sponsors Group, I am proud to announce that  Ottawa City Council approved the City’s first  Women and Gender Equity Strategy on Wednesday, April 14.    The strategy outlines actions to address the impacts of discrimination on women…

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Ontario Strengthens Enforcement of Stay-at-Home Order

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is strengthening enforcement of the province’s Stay-at-Home order while imposing new travel restrictions and further strengthening public health measures. These urgent actions are targeted at stopping the rapid growth in COVID-19 case rates and relieving mounting pressures on the…

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COVID-19 Distribution Update – April 14

This past week, the province added the 50 to 59 age group to the eligibility list if they live in one of 3 area codes K1T, K1V, and K2V. None of these area codes are in Bay Ward. In response, Ottawa Public Health extended its eligibility criteria to include residents aged 50 to 59 from…

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Stage 2 LRT: Activity Summary

Moodie Station Area, Light Maintenance and Storage Facility (LMSF) and Highway 417 Interchange: LMSF retaining wall and block wall construction is ongoing. LMSF utilities relocation is ongoing. Pad and deck installations for the LMSF has started. Moodie Drive drilled shafts work is ongoing. Construction on the NW temporary ramp, with barrier installation at Moodie Drive…

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The Neighbourhood Ambassador program launching in some Bay Ward areas

The Neighbourhood Ambassador Program is a collaborative initiative managed by the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa (BGCO), Ottawa Public Health (OPH) and the Integrated Neighbourhood Services Team (INST). The program focuses on youth outreach in priority communities and works on identifying needs regarding mental wellness, youth leadership and engagement, and employment. The NAP teams…

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Infrastructure Master Plan Update

Having heard the significant interest in the infrastructure requirements for the Growth Management Strategy in the draft New Official Plan, The City’s Planning Department is inviting Community Associations to attend a presentation on the developing Infrastructure Master Plan. Please join on May 11, 2021 at 6:30 pm for a presentation and opportunity for follow up…

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LRT Stage 2: Byron Closure Update

Byron between Sherbourne and Lockart will be opened to traffic end of day today April 16th. Byron between Woodroffe and Lockart: Utilities day shift activities are completed so the road will be reopened to traffic during day shift of April 16th. Utilities night shift activities at Woodroffe will continue and some TCPs do require the…

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Tree Removal at 898 Alpine Ave

Tree #1 Tree Location:  898 Alpine aveLocation Name (if applicable):   898 (A-B) Alpine- A20-008754 –Species:Quercus macrocarpa (Bur Oak)Size (cm):  80Ownership:  PrivateReason for Removal:  Development / ConstructionTree removal permit issued:  YesCondition of Permit:  Will be assessed for replanting Tree #2 Tree Location:  898 Alpine aveLocation Name (if applicable):   A20-008754 – 898 (A-B) AlpineSpecies:  Malus…

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Tree Removal at 880 Maplewood Ave

The City has an upcoming tree removal at the side of 880 Maplewood ave. They are planning on this removal Tuesday April the 20th weather permitting. It is a large tree over a house and they will be using a mobile crane for some of the work. Traffic in the area will be impacted slightly.…

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Committee moves to build capacity of City housing benefit programs

Ottawa – The City’s Community and Protective Services Committee today approved changes to municipal housing benefit programs, including updating City housing allowances to be consistent with current provincial programs and reallocating funding to support both existing households and anticipated growth. The programs provide financial stability for low-income households and help people experiencing homelessness access permanent,…

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Traffic in Ottawa from Thursday, April 15

Highway 417 – The westbound on-ramp from southbound Moodie Drive will close from 11 pm on Wednesday, April 21 until 5 am on Thursday, April 22 for Stage 2 LRT work. Edgeworth Avenue will close between Lawn Avenue and Richmond Road from Monday, April 19 until Monday, May 31. Local access will be maintained. Hartleigh…

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Provincial checkpoints in place starting Monday, April 19

Provincial checkpoints in place starting Monday, April 19 Today, the Government of Ontario announced further restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19. Staff are advised that beginning Monday, April 19 at 12:01 am, provincial checkpoints will be in place to limit non-essential travel between Ontario and Quebec. Essential workers will be permitted to travel between…

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Councillor Kavanagh’s Message

Stay-At-Home Order As of Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., under the direction of the Ontario Government, we are in a province-wide Stay-at-Home Order for the next four weeks – requiring everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes. This includes going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Update

Residents age 60 and over citywide For the Provincial Distribution Plan Community Clinics, appointments are done on-line and over the phone Visit Ontario.ca/bookvaccine to access the provincial booking system or call the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900 between 8 am and 8 pm, seven days a week. Only book or call if you are…

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COVID-19 in Ottawa: Weekly roundup

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates Roundup To date, more than 186,000 doses of vaccines have been administered in Ottawa. Ontario enacted a Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order, requiring everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes. Ontario is in Phase 2 of its vaccine distribution plan. All Ottawa residents age 60 and over can book appointments…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution FAQs – April 9

Last Update: Friday, April 9, 2021 Answers within this document are based on the current information available. As the situation remains dynamic, please visit the Government of Ontario’s website for the latest updates.. For answers to health related vaccine questions, please visit Ottawa Public Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs.

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More high-priority groups in line for COVID-19 vaccines

Ottawa – Two high-priority groups of residents are now eligible for vaccination appointments. In line with Province of Ontario guidance, vaccines will be made available to special education teachers and homebound home health care recipients. Special education teachers A list of special education teachers has been compiled with the assistance of all school boards in…

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Ontario Enacts Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order

Ontario’s stay-at-home order is now in place for at least four weeks, keeping people home except for essential reasons. Effective Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the government issued a province-wide Stay-at-Home order requiring everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services…

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Moderate priority health care workers can now pre-register for their COVID-19 vaccine

Ottawa – The Province of Ontario has expanded pre-registration for the COVID-19 vaccine  to include non-frontline moderate priority health care workers, such as those working remotely or those not requiring personal protective equipment at work. Pre-registration remains open for highest priority, very-high priority and high-priority health care workers and eligible faith leaders. Non-frontline health care…

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Stay alert and protect your privacy

Ottawa – The City of Ottawa is warning residents to protect their privacy after reports of unauthorized callers offering vaccination appointments. The callers ask for personal information and pretend to arrange COVID-19 vaccination appointments or tests. Vaccine appointments Ottawa Public Health will not call you directly about a vaccine appointment, unless you have asked for…

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City Meetings from April 12 to 16

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

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Ottawa Fire Services Implements Burn Ban

Memo from Ottawa Fire Services All open air fires are prohibited during a ban, including properties that have an Open Air Fire Permit. This ban applies to agricultural burns, brush pile burns, as well as campfires and wood burning outdoor fireplaces. There will be zero tolerance enforcement during the fire ban as per the Open…

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Acres Pumping Station Upgrade Update

Acres Drive Wastewater Pumping Station and Hazeldean Wastewater Pumping Station require Photo-Ionisation (PI) odour control to address ongoing odour issues identified by City Operators at these two facilities. The Acres Pumping Station in your Ward is located at 2 Aero Drive. The work includes the construction of addition ductwork to convey air flow from the…

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Committee of Adjustment – April 21 Decisions

101 James Cummings D08-01-21/B-00031 & D08-01-21/B-00032 The Committee of Adjustment will consider Applications for Consent to subdivide the property into two separate lots for the construction of a new detached dwelling one of the newly created parcels of land. The existing detached dwelling will remain. The Committee of Adjustment will consider applications for Minor Variances…

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Update Community Gardens

We have been receiving requests for information on Community Gardens, we encourage members of the community who are seeking information on Community Gardens to contact Just Food and the Community Gardening Network Coordinator (Sun Shan at 613 824 7771 or communitygardening@justfood.ca), an agency funded by the City. Visit the City’s new Community Garden page at…

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Save an injured bird

Safe Wings Ottawa is program of the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club to reduce bird mortality from collisions with glass through research, prevention and rescue. If you see a bird sitting quietly or lying next to a building, or repeatedly flying towards a window, IT NEEDS YOUR HELP. It has probably suffered a concussion and may have other injuries. If you can approach a wild…

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Parkways will be closed this weekend

Creating more space for outdoor exercise this weekend   Canada’s Capital Region — In light of the Government of Ontario’s stay-at-home order, the National Capital Commission (NCC) is creating more outdoor space for exercise and will close for the. Along with the Queen Elizabeth Driveway, both the Sir John A. Macdonald and Sir George-Étienne Cartier parkways will be…

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LRT Stage 2 – Spring Cleaning

KEV has advised that spring cleaning is now underway along the entirely of the project, and City. Going forward that will include daily street sweeping (or street spraying if not yet paved) in this area. KEV confirmed that they have already started spraying to surpress the dust. This practice will continue as needed. It is…

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LRT Stage 2 – Byron Paving Schedule

Please be advised that KEV will begin paving Byron Avenue east and west of Woodroffe Avenue next week. KEV’s current plan (which is weather dependent) is as follows: Friday, April 9th prepare Byron west of Woodroffe and final grading east of Woodroffe between Lockhart and Sherboune Monday, April 12th final grading west of Woodroffe Tuesday,…

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Watch the Sip, Chat, and Learn session on Internet Security

If you missed the Sip, Chat, and Learn session on Internet Security, you can watch it here. Learn more about how to protect yourself from internet scammers and phishing. Roxanne Bronsard, a Security Analyst, touched on passwords, online shopping and banking, different types of scams, and social media. She also discussed the latest scams and…

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Trafic Impacts from Thursday, April 8

Byron Avenue – Byron Avenue is closed between Lockhart Avenue and Woodroffe until the end of April for Stage 2 LRT work. Local access is maintained. Redwood Avenue – Redwood Avenue is closed between Byron Avenue and Richmond Road until Friday, April 30. Highway 417 – Highway 417 will be reduced to three lanes in…

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Ontario Moving to Phase Two of COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 Update Phase Two Supports Vaccine Rollout by Postal Code in “Hot Spot” Communities Starting Wednesday, April 7th, appointments will be available to residents age 60 and over (born in or before 1961). Residents age 60 and over citywide Appointments are done on-line and over the phone Visit Ontario.ca/bookvaccine to access the provincial booking…

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Cleaning the Capital on “Pause”

Cleaning the Capital’s spring campaign is underway, with 675 projects registered. Our sincere thanks go out to the thousands of incredible volunteer participants who, like every year, take the initiative to help keep our city clean and green with the support of city staff and valued sponsors.  In keeping with the Ontario-wide shutdown effective Saturday, April 3 at 12:01 am, and in line with…

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Councillor Kavanagh’s Message

Notice of Motion Passes with Unanimous Consent  As a City Councillor for Bay Ward I am very proud of our city’s reputation of having some of the highest quality and safest drinking water in the country.  Most of it comes from the Ottawa River where our own Britannia Filtration Plant operates.  We take for granted…

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Wishing you a Safe and Healthy Long Weekend

Spring has sprung! Birds are chirping. Flowers are beginning to peak through the soil, emerging from their winter slumber. Trees are starting to bud, and warmer days lie ahead. These are some of the positive things that I am focusing on as we head into the Easter Long weekend – usually a time for celebration…

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COVID-19 – Provincewide Emergency Brake

Memo from Dr. Vera Etches – April 2, 2021 As you may be aware, this afternoon the Province of Ontario announced that it is imposing a provincewide emergency brake as a result of an alarming surge in case numbers and COVID-19 hospitalizations across the province. The provincewide emergency brake will be effective Saturday, April 3,…

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Thirty-four pharmacies in Ottawa will begin providing AstraZeneca

This is an update from the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) dated April 1, 2021 As announced by the Province earlier today, we will enter a provincewide shutdown effective 12:01 am on Saturday. Enforcement staff are reviewing the parameters of the restrictions imposed by the Province and are conferring with Dr. Etches and the Ottawa Public…

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Help shape the City’s Climate Resiliency Strategy

The City is developing a Climate Resiliency Strategy to assess how Ottawa is vulnerable to climate change and identify strategies to adapt to future conditions and mitigate the greatest climate risks.  Ottawa will become much warmer over the coming decades, with more intense rainfall and more extreme events. This will impact our health and safety,…

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City Meetings from April 6 to 9

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. NOTE: Planning Committee – Thursday, April 8 at 9:30 am will vote on Zoning By-law amendment – 963 Hare Avenue…

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Traffic Impacts in Ottawa from Thursday, April 1

Ottawa –The following projects will impact Ottawa traffic: Highway 417 –The Highway 417 westbound on-ramp from northbound Moodie Drive will close from Thursday, April 1 to December 2021. Holly Acres Road –The section of Holly Acres Road between the Highway 417 eastbound off-ramp and the Highway 417 westbound on-ramp will close on Friday, March 26…

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Street Sweeping and Pot Hole Repairs

April 23, 2021 memo from Roads and Parking Services Pot Holes Teams were dispatched as soon as the snow began melting to fill potholes on the roadway. A hot asphalt mix is used, creating a temporary patch over the hole, creating a smoother and safer driving surface. Potholes may be reported online. Sidewalk maintenance is…

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Tree Removal Public Notices

Background On January 1, 2021 the new Tree Protection By-law No. 2020-340 came into effect. This By-law replaces the City’s previous Municipal Trees and Natural Areas Protection By-law No. 2006-279 and the Urban Tree Conservation By-law No. 2009-200. It is the result of the Tree By-law Review project, recommended as part of the Council-approved Urban…

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OC Transpo Outlines COVID-19 Service Adjustments

Ottawa – On Wednesady, March 31, the Transit Commission received a report entitled COVID-19 Service Adjustments Update, which provides an update on service adjustments that will be implemented by OC Transpo on June 20, 2021 to better match the connectivity and capacity of the transit system to the current travel needs in Ottawa.  OC Transpo’s top…

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It’s time to light up O-T-T-A-W-A!

Get ready for sky blue, lime green, magenta, crimson, and aquamarine! Since 2019, the OTTAWA sign has lit up the ByWard Market 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. This popular attraction shines in an array of colours and patterns to celebrate special days and holidays, mark seasons, and boost community spirit. And…

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Some “eggs-amples” for a safer, fun Easter weekend

The Easter long weekend traditionally celebrates spring as a time of rejuvenation, growth and hope. This year, more residents are being vaccinated each day, bringing the hope of normalcy closer to reality. But now, under Red-Control status, we still need to practise patience and vigilance to help protect ourselves and our loved ones from the…

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Easter schedule changes

The City of Ottawa would like to remind residents of the following schedule changes for the Easter holiday from Friday, April 2 to Monday, April 5. Client services Client service centres, including the Government Service Centre at 110 Laurier Avenue West and the service centre at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, will be closed.…

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Applications Approved – 1010 Byron & 963 Hare

On Thursday, April 8th, the City’s Planning Committee approved the applications for 1010 Byron & 963 Hare. For Byron and Lockhart avenues, the Committee approved a proposal to add a three-storey apartment building within the parking area shared by five existing low-rise apartment buildings. The sixth building would add 13 units to the 30 already…

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Councillor Kavanagh’s Message

Women and Gender Equity Strategy In late 2018, City Council voted in favour of creating the City’s first Women and Gender Equity Strategy. I was privileged to champion this endeavour, taking on the role of Council Liaison for Women and Gender Equity and Chair of the Council Sponsors’ Group. I am pleased to announce that…

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Motion on the Chalk River Nuclear Waste Facility

The purpose of bringing this motion forward to the Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management is to give all concerned parties and stakeholders the opportunity to express their concerns and information on this matter. There are a variety of delegates who will presenting to the committee on Tuesday, March 30th in addition…

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COVID-19: Easter, Ramadan and Community Events

A message from Ottawa Public Health This year, the festivities of Easter and Ramadan will once again look and feel different. While some people are more vulnerable to complications from COVID-19, we are all susceptible to infection with COVID-19 and spreading it to others.  When deciding how to celebrate, everyone is reminded to assess their…

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Vaccine Information in Sign Language

OPH is proud to announce our recently published COVID-19 Resources in American Sign Language webpage that provides accurate, reliable and up-to-date COVID-19 resources to Ottawa’s Deaf and hard of hearing community. The webpage includes several instructional and informational videos on topics such as physical distancing, mask wearing, mental health and more, all in American Sign Language.  

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COVID-19 Testing is still needed

Review Ottawa Public Health’s answer to When should I go for testing? Extended weekend hours at multiple testing sites  In recent weeks, Ottawa’s assessment centres have experienced a growing demand for testing and increased on-site volumes. To expand capacity, and to ensure Ottawa residents continue to have timely access to COVID-19 testing, a number of assessment centres have extended…

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City Meetings from March 29 to April 1

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

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Consultation on Dovercourt Ave sidewalk and bike lanes

A new active transportation project is planned within Kitchissippi Ward, but touches on Bay Ward. I wanted to give Bay Ward residents the opportunity to participate in the online consultation process. Online Consultation: March 29 to April 25, 2021 The project would benefit residents of Bay Ward by improving a cycling route that people will…

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Forest build update – 411 Corkstown Rd

Please not that you will soon see activity, in anticipation of construction starting on Andrew Fleck Children’s Services‘ new Forest Early Learning program at 411 Corkstown Rd. Last week, the fencing was put up now, the biologist was onsite and the removal of the trees (as few as possible) started. I was informed that the…

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417 on-ramp at Moodie Drive to close April 1

The on-ramp from Moodie Drive northbound to Highway 417 westbound will close for Stage 2 LRT work starting early morning on Thursday, April 1. It will remain closed until December. Signed detours will be in place through the duration of construction. Cycling and pedestrian routes will remain open. The detour, shown in this post, will…

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Committee of Adjustment – April 7 Decisions

22 Firwood Crescent – D08-02-21/A-00024 The Committee of Adjustment will consider an Application for a Minor Variance for a reduced lot area for the construction of a secondary dwelling unit in the basement of the existing dwelling. 2691 Violet Street – D08-02-21/A-00059 The Committee of Adjustment will consider an Application for Minor Variances to permit…

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Spring Riding tips for Motorcycle Riders

(Ottawa) – Ottawa Police Service motorcycle officers are reminding fellow riders to be aware of spring riding safety. “With warmer weather, more motorcycle riders are on our roads and spring riding has its own particular hazards and dangers,” says Constable Sean Ralph. “When getting your bike back on the road, please keep safety and potential…

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Traffic impacts from Thursday, March 25

Highway 417 – The Highway 417 westbound on-ramp from northbound Moodie Drive will close from Thursday, April 1 to December 2021. Holly Acres Road – The section of Holly Acres Road between the Highway 417 eastbound off-ramp and the Highway 417 westbound on-ramp will close on Friday, March 26 from 6:30 pm to 10 am…

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Mapping of Confirmed COVID-19 in Ottawa

COVID-19 is present in every single community within Ottawa. Visit Ottawa Public Health to view a snapshot of COVID-19 across Ottawa, based on Ward geography.  OPH continues to work with the health care sector and community partners to ensure they support the needs of at-risk populations. OPH is sharing this information in the interest of transparency.  You can also view the information…

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Can I put this in the blue box?

The City has a new and improved waste explorer!Not sure if an item should go in the black box, blue box or green bin? The garbage?Use our new waste explorer app to search any item you would like to dispose of and help keep items out of the landfill

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Looking for local musical opportunities?

Looking for great local musical opportunities? Promote your tunes with #OttMusic! Deadline: March 29, 2021 at 4 pm Emerging from the 2018 council-approved Ottawa Music Strategy, #ottmusic has evolved into an initiative that brings together City-led programs, opportunities and information for musicians and residents. In 2020, the City launched three core #ottmusic programs – Music On…

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All residents 75 and over can now book for a COVID-19 vaccination

Effective Monday, March 22, 2021 all Ottawa residents age 75 and over (born in or before 1946) can begin booking appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Residents age 75 and over citywide Visit Ontario.ca/bookvaccine to access the provincial booking system or call the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900 between 8 am and 8 pm,…

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15-Minute Neighbourhood Update on March 30 at 6:30pm

About this Event One of the central draft ideas for the New Official Plan is that of fostering more 15-minute neighbourhoods. There was a survey last summer to help engage the public in how 15-minute neighbourhoods should develop in Ottawa. There was a large response, with over 4,000 residents participating. On Tuesday, March 30th at…

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Councillor Kavanagh’s Message

Covid Vaccination Update This morning at 12:01 Ottawa moved into the Red-Control Level Framework as a result of worsening trends in key health indicators in the region. From March 10 to 15, 2021, Ottawa’s case rate increased by 24.8 per cent to 46.8 cases per 100,000 people, and is continuing to climb. Hospitals in our…

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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Sunday, March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, a day dedicated to fostering a global culture of equality, where each of us is called upon to take a stand against racial prejudice and discrimination. It’s also a time to reaffirm our commitment to eliminate all forms of racism. The United Nations day…

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City Meetings from March 22 to 26

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

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Ottawa’s water at the top of the class

World Water Day 2021 takes place on Monday, March 22, and this year’s theme is valuing water. We are lucky here in Ottawa, we have world-class tap water, delivered 24/7 by our Water Services team. Research keeps Ottawa’s water, and Ottawa’s water experts, at the top of the class Did you know? The Britannia Water…

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851 Richmond Application vote on March 25

Zoning – 851 Richmond Road This is to advise you that the above‑noted matter will be considered by the City of Ottawa Planning Committee on Thursday, March 25, 2021.  Attached is a copy of the report outlining the Departmental recommendation Report outlining the Departmental recommendation Applicant’s Proposal The City of Ottawa has received a Zoning…

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OC Transpo – update on 12 priority projects

Ottawa – The Transit Commission today received a report entitled Transit Services 2021 Business Plan and Reporting on 2020 Business Plan, which provides an update on progress made on the 12 key departmental priorities identified in the 2020 Business Plan and identifies the 10 key projects that Transportation Services staff will work to deliver in…

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Construction and Road Closure for Edgeworth Ave

As part of the Stage 2 O-Train Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, crews and equipment will be working on Edgeworth Avenue for the relocation of underground storm water and sanitary line utilities. This work involves a road closure (allowing local traffic only), rock breaking, asphalt removal, and operation of heavy machinery. WHAT:  Edgeworth Avenue north will…

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Traffic Impact from Thursday March 18

Highway 417 – The Highway 417 westbound on-ramp from northbound Pinecrest Road is closed until November. Holly Acres Road – The section of Holly Acres Road between the Highway 417 eastbound off-ramp and the Highway 417 westbound on-ramp will close from 6:30 pm to 10 am beginning Friday, March 26 and ending the morning of Sunday, March 28. Redwood Avenue…

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Update Lincoln Fields

Metro: Now that the demolition on the eastern side of the old mall is complete, the site has been handed over to Metro – they estimate completing the new store this summer. Rexall + Pinecrest building: The building is set to be completed this spring or early summer. Pinecrest-Queensview Community Health Centre will occupy the 2nd floor. The…

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Transportation to vaccination clinics

Residents are encouraged to arrange transportation through support of family, friends and pre-existing agreements with Para Transpo. If you are a Para Transpo user, you can book your ride through the COVID-19 Vaccination Trip Reservation telephone line at 613-842-3600 between the hours of 10 am and 8 pm. If a transportation option is not available to…

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How many people have received vaccines?

Update March 18, 2021 Ottawa’s first community pop-up clinics for adults 80 years old and above in neighbourhoods with higher rates of COVID-19 opened two weeks ago, Ottawa’s first community vaccination clinic at the Nepean Sportsplex opened for all adults 90 years old and above last week, and this week marks the opening of community vaccine clinics…

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COVID-19 Vaccination Forum for People with Disabilities March 23

On Tuesday, March 23 from 10:30 am to noon, the Ottawa Disability Coalition, Ottawa Public Health and the City of Ottawa Accessibility Office will host a virtual COVID-19 Vaccination Forum for People with Disabilities. This virtual event is open to all residents, with a focus on people with disabilities and caregivers.   Residents can register for…

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School Zone Safety

We all play a role in making our school zones safer. Walking to school is a great way to get fresh air and exercise that benefits our mental and physical health as well as the environment. Recent data shows 80% of Ottawa families are choosing active and sustainable transportation. If you do need to drive,…

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Hate incidents targeting Asian Community

Since the start of the pandemic, the proportion of racialized members of the community who have experienced an increase in harassment or attacks based on their race, ethnicity, or skin colour has increased compared to the rest of the population. The largest increase is seen among Asian-Canadians. In 2020, the number of reported incidents targeting…

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All residents 80 and older can now receive a COVID-19 vaccination

March 15, 2021 Update Ottawa – Beginning today, all Ottawa residents age 80 and over can begin booking appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. There are two options for booking, depending on where you live, so please consider the options carefully to determine which one is right for you. Residents over 80 citywideAll Ottawa residents 80 and…

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

This past Thursday marked the one-year anniversary since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. So much has happened since that fateful day; we have had to change the way we work, the way we communicate and socialize. We have had to change the way we live. This pandemic has undoubtedly taken a…

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Get COVID-19 Vaccine updates in your inbox every Monday

Ottawa – To make finding vaccine information a little easier, the City of Ottawa has created the COVID-19 Vaccine Update e-subscription. Sign up today and you’ll receive the latest updates on vaccine distribution in the city, delivered to your inbox. It will also include a weekly roundup of COVID-19 and vaccine-related information every Friday. All…

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Selection of neighbourhoods for pop-up vaccination clinics

Updated March 19, 2021 The following is a list of high priority neighbourhoods that would be offered COVID-19 vaccines through pop-up clinics. The location of additional clinics will be announced on Mondays as staff proceed through planning for these neighbourhoods in the coming weeks. Details on the roll out to the next priority neighbourhoods including…

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Vaccine Distribution Update for Bayshore – Belltown residents over 80 and all residents over 90

Ottawa – Bookings will be available for COVID-19 vaccinations for more Ottawa residents today, and for more residents starting Wednesday, March 10. Starting today, Monday, March 8, residents who were born in or before 1941, or who are adult recipients of chronic home care, and who live in the following communities are eligible to book an appointment to receive their…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution FAQs

Last Update: Friday, March 19, 2021 Answers within this document are based on the current information available. As the situation remains dynamic, please visit the Government of Ontario’s website for the latest updates. The following questions were those most frequently asked by residents and Members of Council from January 4th to present regarding vaccine distribution.…

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Getting the Vaccine Who and When – A Phased Approach

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

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Ottawa Police Service – Stop Overdose Ottawa

An alarming number of overdoses continue in Ottawa For information on the prevention of overdoses stopoverdoseottawa.ca   For statistics of Drug Use and Overdose The Ottawa Police Service and its partners continue to see a high number of overdoses in the city. This year, police have responded to 91 calls for service involving drug overdoses. Tragically,…

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Free Income Tax Clinic

February 22– April 16, 2021 It’s tax time again!  This year we are offering services in 10 languages as well as completing tax returns for 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.  This means if you are behind, now is the time to catch up and get the government supports/cheques that you may be missing out on. There…

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City Meetings from March 15 to 19

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

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Connaught Sidewalk FAQs

Will mature trees be cut? Option 1 does not propose removing any trees in advance of construction.  City Forestry Staff reviewed all trees along the east side of Connaught Ave. and 8 mature trees were identified as ‘at risk’.  It was the opinion of the Forester that all of these mature ‘at risk’ trees could…

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Doors Open Ottawa is back

Doors Open Ottawa is back and it’s going virtual! The City is now looking for buildings to open their doors through virtual tours to Ottawa residents and visitors on June 5 and 6, 2021. Why not showcase your organization’s physical buildings? Find out more and submit an application for your building today. Deadline to apply…

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Can a Doughnut Save Ottawa? – Ecology Ottawa Event

On March 31st at 12pm, Ecology Ottawa is hosting a virtual event on Doughnut Economics – a concept that consists of two concentric rings: a social foundation to ensure that no one is missing out on life’s essentials, and an ecological ceiling ensuring we protect the Earth. These concentric rings form the doughnut – a…

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Paint it Up! mural program reduces graffiti through art

If there is a wall in your neighbourhood that keeps falling victim to graffiti vandalism, the Public Works and Environmental Services Department and Crime Prevention Ottawa invite you to Paint it Up! Now in its twelfth year, the Paint it Up!  program offers funding for outdoor mural art projects that support graffiti prevention, youth empowerment,…

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About Pot Holes and Catch Basins

Every spring brings an increased demand for pothole repairs. These repairs are weather dependent. At this time of year, the weather still fluctuates from warm to very cold. When temperatures are warmer the City’s Roads and Parking team members are out doing spring road maintenance, but this work is reduced as temperatures drop. Filling Potholes…

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Cleaning the Capital – Spring 2021

Registration is now open – Visit Ottawa.ca This year marks the 28th year of Cleaning the Capital, a popular City of Ottawa program that leverages corporate sponsorship and resident engagement to help keep our city clean and green. Since the program’s inception, over 1,400,000 volunteers have participated in over 23,000 cleanup projects in communities across…

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Sidewalk and curb renewals

Construction is expected to start June/July 2021 and be substantially complete by November 2021 for sidewalk and curb renewals along: Marie Street (south sidewalk) from Britannia Road to Poulin Avenue. Poulin Avenue (west sidewalk) from Richmond Road to Priscilla Street. Priscilla Street (south sidewalk) from Poulin Avenue to Conn Street.

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Traffic impacts from Thursday, March 11

Ottawa – The following projects will impact Ottawa traffic: Highway 417 – The Highway 417 westbound on-ramp from northbound Pinecrest Road is closed until November. Byron Avenue – The following sections of Byron Avenue are closed for Stage 2 LRT work: The section between Lockhart Road and Redwood Avenue is closed until Friday, March 19.…

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Notice of Tree Pruning in Carlingwood thru 2021

In the coming weeks, Forestry services will begin pruning trees adjacent to properties between Woodroffe Ave and Sherbourne Rd. North and South limits include Richmond Rd. and Carling Ave. The work generally consists of but not limited to pruning and removing branches for the health of the tree, clearance of any encroaching trees on infrastructure…

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Councillor Kavanagh’s Message

International Women’s Day March 8, 2021 #ChoosetoChallenge On Monday, March 8, we will celebrate International Women’s Day. It’s a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate all women who have played an extraordinary role in their countries and communities. This year’s International Women’s Day theme is Choose to Challenge.…

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COVID-19 – Latest Trends in Ottawa

March 4, 2021 – Update from Dr. Vera Etches Ottawa remains in the Orange – Restrict zone according to the latest trends in our monitoring indicators. Our collective goal is to reduce COVID-19 rates to be able to move to fewer restrictions under the provincial framework and less pressure on the healthcare system. However, rates…

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Healthy Communities Initiative

As Canadians continue to do their part to protect the most vulnerable during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Local governments and community partners across the country are adapting their spaces and services to keep residents safe and healthy, support economic recovery, create jobs and build vibrant, resilient communities. The Government of Canada will fund eligible…

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Stage 2 Notice of Night work: Woodroffe Watermain

The application is for March 15 – May 2021. KEV plans on a schedule of five days a week from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Some Saturday work may be required Some work may occasionally extend past 6:00 a.m. This area has very shallow rock and is littered with utilities. These 2 facts result in…

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Highway 417 Interchange Mobility Impacts

The Queensview to Moodie  rail runs parallel to the 417.  The tracks will need to cross over interchanges at Pinecrest, Holly Acres, and Moodie Dr.  The construction will require that some exit and entrance ramps be closed or altered for significant periods of time.  Pinecrest Road Ramp Closures and Detours The westbound Highway 417 on-ramp…

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City’s spring recreation and culture eGuides now online

Ottawa – The Spring 2021 recreation and culture eGuides are now online offering COVID-modified aquatics, inclusive recreation programming and virtual courses for every interest and age. Aquatics registration is Monday, March 22 at 9 pm and registration for inclusive recreation and virtual programming is on Tuesday, March 23 at 9 pm. Aquatics programming – registration…

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Committee of Adjustment – March 17 Decisions

Please contact the Committee Office at cofa@ottawa.ca with your comments.     898 Alpine – D08-02-21/A-00010, & D08-02-21/A-00011 D08-01-21/B-00019 To demolish the existing detached dwelling located on the property and subdivide the property into two separate parcels of land in order to create separate ownerships for a proposed two-storey semi-detached dwelling, with one dwelling unit on…

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City Meetings from March 8 to 12

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

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Scheduled planned power interruptions

Information for projects and scheduled outages are posted on Hydro Ottawa.com. Ward Start Date Finish Date Details Affected Streets Bay March 11, 2021 March 11, 2021 Planned Power Interruption Read more Cleadon Drive Harlowe Crescent To report and check up on an unscheduled outage see HydroOttawa.com/OutageCentre. You can also download the Hydro Ottawa mobile app that…

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Committees recommend long-range housing and financing plans

Ottawa – On Tuesday, March 2nd, the City’s Finance and Economic Development Committee and the Community and Protective Services Committee approved a long-range financial plan for housing at a special joint meeting. The Committees also approved a two-year work plan for the 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Plan. The Committees approved the Housing Services Long Range Financial…

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City sets road safety priorities for the next year

Ottawa – On Wednesday, March 3rd, the City’s Transportation Committee approved a plan to implement citywide road safety measures in 2021, building upon projects completed in 2020. The City implemented most of its planned road safety measures from the Strategic Road Safety Action Plan last year. In 2021, the City would continue ongoing projects and…

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Ottawa West Flow Through Pump Station Upgrades

Residents living close to these construction sites should be receiving the following notice of project: 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, including all municipal construction projects, to continue operations subject to compliance with strict…

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Traffic impacts from Thursday, March 4

The Highway 417 westbound on-ramp from northbound Pinecrest Road is closed until November. The following sections of Byron Avenue are closed for Stage 2 LRT work: The section between Lockhart Road and Redwood Avenue is closed until Friday, March 19. There will be no local access to this section of Byron Avenue. The section between…

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Water Service Interruptions at Ahearn Ave on March 6

Please note that due to a Hydrant Excavation ( Specifically Ahearn Avenue @ Croft Street between Richie Street, Farrow Street, & Haughton Avenue ) clients may experience interruptions in water service on Saturday, March 6, 2021. This work has been pre planned to limit disruption to both residents and traffic and affected properties have been…

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Councillor Kavanagh’s Message

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

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View meeting on New Official Plan held on March 2, 2021

Theme for the meeting: How might the New Official Plan affect my neighbourhood? View the meeting that Councillor Kavanagh held on March 2 on the New Official Plan and how its adoption might affect our neighbourhoods.   Questions were submitted in advance and answered by City Staff. The draft New Official Plan is available on-line at Ottawa.ca/NewOP. …

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Vaccine Update Presentations to City Council

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

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Steps to Cost-Effective Home Flood Protection

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

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Road Closures: Ahearn and Ritchie

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

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

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

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Give your feedback on the proposed Vacant Unit Tax

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

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COVID-19 Update by Dr Vera Etches

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

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

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

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City Meetings from March 1 to 5

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

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RVCA Neighbourhood Flood Maps

RVCA Current watershed conditions A series of new Neighbourhood Flood Maps for 20 vulnerable City of Ottawa communities along the Ottawa and Rideau Rivers shows the potential extent of flooding for 1:2, 1:5, 1:10, 1:20, 1:50 and 1:100 year return period floods for these neighbourhoods. These include the following two maps in Bay Ward: Grandview East Grandview West RVCA launches…

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Spring Freshet Planning and Flood Preparedness 2021

There is an average to slightly below average snowpack within the Ottawa River watershed. The EOC is actively working with external partners to monitor water levels, which are currently normal or close to normal along the Ottawa River basin. With ongoing warm weather and forecast precipitation over the next few days, water levels and flows…

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Residential Stormwater Retrofit Pilot Program

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

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If your vehicle breaks down on a highway…

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

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The Rideau Canal Skateway is closing for the season

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

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Traffic impacts from Thursday, February 25

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

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View Woodpark TTC Meeting

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

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Councillor Kavanagh’s Message

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

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Stage 2 Construction Update Jan 22 to Feb 19

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

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City Meetings from February 22 to 26

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

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OC Transpo reducing costs for LRT Line 1

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

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Dementia 613

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

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OC Transpo: New Touchless Pay Fare

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

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LRT Stage 2 Traffic Updates – Pinecrest Ramp

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

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Ongoing high-end vehicle thefts

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

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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Update

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

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Committee of Adjustment – March 3 Decisions

2221 Lawn & 428 Ancaster To subdivide the property into two separate parcels of land in order to create separate ownerships for each half of the long semi-detached dwelling, currently under construction. 84 – 90 Doane To subdivide the property into four separate parcels of land in order to establish separate ownerships for each of…

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Traffic Impacts from Thursday Feb 18

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

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Pilot program with grants for residential stormwater management approved by Committee

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

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

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

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Councillor Kavanagh joins two new committees

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

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LRT Stage 2: Temp Road Closure Byron Update

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

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City gradually returning to Orange-Restrict status

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

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City of Ottawa Meetings from February 16 to 19

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

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Federal Funding Announcement – Public Transit

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

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Britannia Winter Trail – Spread the Love

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

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Dog Nuisance- Woodroffe High School

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

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LRT Stage 2 Update

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

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

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

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COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Update

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

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Road Closure Notice – Riddell Ave North

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

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Council approves additional land for urban boundary

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

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Traffic Impacts in Ottawa from Thursday, Feb 11

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

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Family Day schedule changes and cancellations

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

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Committee of Adjustment – February 3 – Decisions

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

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

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

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Vaccine Distribution Update

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

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New Official Plan – City Growth Management Strategy

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

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New Official Plan – Regeneration (Infill)

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

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New Official Plan – Mobility

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

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Will you #ChoosetoChallenge?

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

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

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

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2021 Recycling in Parks Expanded Pilot

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

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City Meetings from February 8 to 12

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

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

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

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Meet Bay Ward resident River!

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

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February is Black History Month

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

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Traffic Impacts from Thursday, Feb 4

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

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Coyote sighting at Frank Ryan Park

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

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Sidewalk Standards Information Session

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

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Affordable Housing Development Opportunities

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

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City of Ottawa summer student recruitment is now open

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

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

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

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New Official Plan – Healthy & Inclusive Communities

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

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New Official Plan – Food

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

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What to Include In your Winter Emergency Kit

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

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City Meetings from February 1 to 5

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

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Rent Payments and Resources during the COVID-19

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

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LRT Stage2: Richmond Road Pedestrian Detour

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

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LRT Stage 2 – Byron Avenue Works

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

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Call for Proposals – Federal Anti-Racism Secretariat

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

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Vaccine distribution

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

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Hydro Ottawa: Financial Assistance Programs

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

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Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 Update

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

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Anti-Racism Secretariat-community action planning sessions

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

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Make Snow Angels to Keep Kids Warm

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

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PQCHC: In Motion & Momentum+ New Program

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

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By-Law Calls Data for 2020 Q4

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

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Automated Speed Enforcement data July to Dec 2020

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

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Snow Much Fun!

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

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COVID-19 in Ottawa – Support and Assistance

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

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Traffic Impact from Thursday, Jan 28

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

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Engage Ottawa – COVID-19 Vaccine

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

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Ottawa’s Vaccine Distribution Plan

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

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

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

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New Official Plan – Sidewalks and Driveways

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

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New Official Plan – Employment

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

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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution FAQs

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

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

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

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City Meetings from Jan 25 to Jan 29

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

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Get Support for Learners from Province

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

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Register for the City’s Planning Primer 1

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

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

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

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Help shape the City’s anti-racism work

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

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New Gatineau Park Master Plan

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

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Committee of Adjustment – January 18 Decisions

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

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Traffic impacts from Thursday, January 21

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

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COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Update

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

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Community Safety and Well-Being Plan – Phase 2

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

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LRT Stage 2: Notice of Night Work Pinecrest Station Area

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

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

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

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Frozen water service pipes

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

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Hydrant Heroes

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

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It’s been mild, be careful on the ice

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

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United Way Energy Assistance Pilot Project

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

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City of Ottawa Meetings from January 18 to 22

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

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Blood Donation Event in Britannia

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

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Update on Canadian Tire at Carlingwood Mall

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

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Ottawa West Winter Trail

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

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Reused Christmas Trees at Frank Ryan Park

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

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Olde Forge: Cyber Seniors

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

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View the 963 Hare Public Information Session

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

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New Official Plan – Committee of Adjustment

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

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What happens to my recycling

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

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Traffic Impacts from Thursday, January 14

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

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Notice of Temporary Road Closure – Redwood Avenue

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

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Ontario’s new COVID-19 restrictions Jan 2021

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

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Bay Ward Resident starts The Sock Project

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

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

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

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New Official Plan – Urban Design

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

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NCC’s Winter Capital Interactive Map & more

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

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City Meetings from Jan 11 to Jan 15

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

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

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

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Traffic impacts from Thursday, January 7

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

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Vaccinations at Long Term Care Homes are now being administered

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

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25-person limit at rinks and sledding hills

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

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Business Support & Recovery Information

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

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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Update

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

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

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

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Mental Health through the Holidays

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

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Ottawa to purchase new electric buses

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

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Stage 2: Road Closure Authorization – Byron Avenue

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

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New Official Plan – Parks

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

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New Official Plan – Housing

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

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

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

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Council approves Budget 2021

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

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Update on Climate Change Master Plan

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

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TSB preliminary findings into wheel crack investigation

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

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New Year’s Eve No-charge Transit

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

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Holiday season schedule changes

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

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Traffic Impacts from Thursday, Dec. 17

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

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Solid Waste Master Plan

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

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OC Transpo / Loblaws Annual Food Drive

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

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

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

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New Official Plan and Pandemic Resiliency

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

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Budget Vote – Ottawa Police Services

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

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Ottawa Ward Boundary Review

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

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Free Webinars for Local Businesses

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

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Participate in Envari’s Cold Climate Heat Pump Pilot

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

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Winter 2021 Transit Service Changes

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

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Share your Children’s Winter Fun Drawings

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

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Lincoln Fields Bus Loop

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

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Ash Tree Research

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

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Update from the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force

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

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City Meetings from Dec 14 to 18

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

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Traffic Impacts from Thursday December 10

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

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Meals on Wheels is Active during COVID

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

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More on 613 Flats

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

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Ten ways to celebrate safely during the holidays

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

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

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

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Wendy’s at Lincoln Fields is rebuilding!

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

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Stage 3 LRT to Barrhaven

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

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Santa Parades and other Holiday Activities

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

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Ottawa Police collecting personal hygiene products for women

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

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December 5th is International Volunteer Day

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

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Lincoln Fields Station adjustments start December 6

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

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Update from Ottawa Public Health

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

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City Meetings from December 7 to 11

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

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Introduction to the Draft New Official Plan & 613 Flats

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

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

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

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City launches virtual sign language service

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

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Traffic Impacts beginning Friday, Dec 4

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

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Olde Forge Helping Seniors during Pandemic

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

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

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

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OC Transpo – Keeping you Safer

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

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Centrepointe’s Skating Rink is expected to open next week

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

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Transit ridership in 35 cities across the world

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

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COVID-19: One Million Reasons

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

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NCC continuing the Britannia Wall Project

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

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

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

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City Meetings from Nov 30 to Dec 4

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

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Committee of Adjustment – December 9 Decisions

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

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Browse the winter recreation and arts eGuides

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

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Ottawa Police: The Festive RIDE season is upon us

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

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Traffic impacts from Thursday, November 26

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

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Community of Adjustment – November 18 Decisions

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

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Some seniors can get help clearing snow

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

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COVID-19 City Council Response Presentations

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

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

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

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Release of City’s draft New Official Plan

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

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Recording of the New Sidewalk on Ahearn Info Session

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

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O-Train LRT Stage 1 and Stage 2 Quarterly Update

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

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City Meetings from November 23 to 27

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

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Winter Weather Parking Bans

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

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Crime Prevention Ottawa is Recruiting

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

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OC Transpo Operation Mask Up Update

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

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Transit Commission approves OC Transpo’s 2021 Draft Budget

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

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Province of Ontario – Inclusive Community Grants

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

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COVID-19: Seeking community feedback

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

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Energy Assistance for Residents of Ottawa

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

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

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

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National Housing Day

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

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Safety Tips for Making Private Sales

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

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

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

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Committee receives update on Lansdowne Park operations (OSEG)

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

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Recording of the Discussion on the Future Development of QTN

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

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COVID-19 Update as of Friday, November 13

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

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Traffic impacts in Ottawa from Friday, Nov 13

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

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City Meetings from November 16 to 20

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

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COVID-19: Assessment centres open downtown

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

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Stage 2 – Summary Work for this week

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

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Children’s Virtual Storytelling Festival

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

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It’s time to write your letter to Santa!

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

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Committee Approves Zoning Amendment for 100 Bayshore

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

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Pilot Project Residential Murals Approved

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

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New design guidelines aim to reduce bird strikes

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

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Mentorship Program for Young Women

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

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Winter Activities from the City

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

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Review Bay Ward Community Update Meeting on Nov. 12th

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

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Top three ways you can act on climate change

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

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Committee of Adjustment – November 4 Decisions

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

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Information Package on 75 Aylen Ave Development

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

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Traffic impacts in Ottawa from Friday, November 6

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

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City Meetings from November 9 to 13

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

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2021 Draft Budget Numbers for Bay Ward

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

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COVID-19: Provincial and City Rules effective Nov 7

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

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Keep leaves off Catch Basin

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

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

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

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Remembrance Day activities and schedule changes

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

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Planning Primer II – Registration Open

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

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Message from Councillor Kavanagh

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

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Survey on Donation Bins

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

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SHINE: Youth Arts Microgrants – Apply Now!

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

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LRT Stage 2 Bi-Weekly Construction Update

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

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Draft Budget 2021 to be tabled November 4

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

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24h Tremblant 2020 for CHEO

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

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Mental Health Response and the Police

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

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City Meetings from November 2 to 6

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

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