February 25, 2020 | Friendly Reminder: OPS 2020 Thomas G. Flanagan S.C. Scholarship Award
The Ottawa Police Service is now accepting applications for the 2020 Thomas G. Flanagan S.C. Scholarship Award.
The $1,500 scholarship was established in 1993 in honour of the late Thomas G. Flanagan, who served as chief of police of the OPS between 1989 and 1993. It is presented annually to a woman from a racialized or Indigenous community who is interested in pursuing a career in policing, following a period of post-secondary study.
Ottawa Police Service, Diversity and Race Relations, P.O. Box 9634, Station T, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 6H5.
The deadline for applications is February 29, 2020.
December 16, 2019 | City of Ottawa December Green Bin Campaign
This holiday season, the City of Ottawa wants to remind you that your green bin can be used for more than just food scraps! You may use your green bin to dispose of items such as tissue paper, parchment paper, grease, tea bags, etc. If you are not sure how to dispose of a particular item, please refer to the waste explorer.
December 16, 2019 | Holiday Season Schedule Changes
The City of Ottawa reminds residents to expect schedule changes for the holiday season, between Tuesday, December 24 and Thursday, January 2. Visit the City’s website for a complete list of impacts.
December 3, 2019 | Ottawa Public Library: Youth Writing Contest
The Awesome Authors contest is back! The youth writing contest encourages young authors to submit creative writing in the efforts to win prizes. Any writer aged 9 to 18 and residing in Ottawa can submit their creative work. They can submit a piece of original writing in each of three literary forms: a poem, a comic or a short story – in English and/or French. One submission per form and language.
Awesome Authors is one of the Ottawa Public Library’s longest-running and popular programs and this year’s edition is seeing a change in one of its categories. New this year, comic entries can be written by two authors. Submissions are divided into two age categories: 8 to 12, and 13 to 18. Winners will receive cash prizes and, as in previous years, the winning entries will get published in the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association’s (FOPLA) pot-pourri anthology.
The deadline for all submissions is February 28, 2020. To learn more please visit: https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/about/awesome-authors
November 5, 2019 | Flu Season 2019-2020
It’s that time of year, flu season. Please remember to protect yourself against the flu and get your flu shot. The more people who get their flu vaccine, the odds of the flu virus spreading goes down. Visit your local pharmacy, family doctor, health care provider office, or visit one of the Ottawa Public Health community clinics between November 2 to November 20. For a list of the community clinics, with dates and times please visit the Ottawa Public Health website.
In addition to getting your flu vaccine, you can help stop the spread of the flu, and protect yourself and your family by following a few easy steps:
Do not visit hospitalized patients or residents of retirement homes or long-term care homes if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms.
October 1, 2019 | Women and Gender Equity Strategy
The City is embarking on its first Women & Gender Equity Strategy and is seeking input from residents to help build a strategy that is reflective of the needs of our city. The survey consists of four background questions and six content questions. It will take between 10-15 minutes to complete. The information collected in this survey will help us understand who is participating in the survey and what matters to Ottawa residents with respect to women and gender equity and the city. Fill out the survey today.
September 6, 2019| OPS Introduces New Chief of Police
As a member of the Ottawa Police Services Board, I am happy to announce that our Ottawa Police Service has chosen a new Chief of Police, Peter Sloly, who will be taking on his role in October. Mr. Sloly was a 27-year veteran of the Toronto Police Service, where he held rank of Deputy Chief of Police. Other experiences include serving two tours of duty in the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Kosovo, and a graduate of the FBI National Academy. His impressive background combined with his passion and desire to build a safer city makes me more than confident that he will be successful in his position. My many congratulations to Mr. Sloly and to the OPS for choosing an exceptional candidate as their new Chief of Police.
September 6, 2019 | GLAD Cleaning the Capital
It's that time of year again! It's the 2019 Glad Cleaning the Capital Fall campaign. Registration remains open until October 15, and projects are to be completed by October. Please visit www.ottawa.ca/clean or call 3-1-1 for more information or to register.
August 23, 2019 | Labour Day Service Changes
The September long weekend is fast approaching! Please remember there will be some service changes on Labour Day, Monday, September 2. A complete list of changes may be found on the City of Ottawa website: https://ottawa.ca/en/news/labour-day-activities-and-schedule-changes-
In addition, September 1 will be the start of OC Transpo Fall Service Changes. Please visit www.octranspo.com, to see how your route may be affected.
August 9, 2019 | Hog's Back Bridge Closure
If Hogs Back Bridge is part of your daily commute, please plan your route accordingly as repair work for the bridge will begin on Monday, August 12. This work is expected to be completed in May 2020. This closure is so the National Capital Commission can rehabilitate the bridge.
Vehicles will be detoured via Riverside Drive, the Heron Road Workers Memorial Bridge and Prince of Wales Drive. Access for pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained throughout the construction period. Colonel By Drive and the Rideau Canal will remain open.
August 2, 2019 | Highway 417 Closure
On Saturday August 10, at 6:00 pm, to Sunday August 11, at 11:00 am, Highway 417 will be fully closed between Carling Avenue and Bronson Avenue. During this closure, the Ontario Ministry of Transpiration (MTO) will be reconfiguring traffic lanes for the next phase of the ongoing highway expansion between Maitland Avenue and Island Park Drive. Additional information regarding the highway expansion is available here.
Westbound on-ramps to Highway 417 at O’Connor Street, Lyon Street, Bronson Avenue, Rochester Street and Parkdale Avenue will be closed during this period.
Eastbound on-ramps to Highway 417 at Maitland Avenue, Carling Avenue and Parkdale Avenue will be closed during this period. The Carling Avenue on-ramp to Highway 417 eastbound will continue to remain closed for a period of seven weeks following this work.
During the 17-hour closure of Highway 417, the following detours will be in effect:
· Westbound motorists must exit the highway at Bronson Avenue onto Catherine Street
· Proceed via Catherine Street westbound onto Raymond Street
· Proceed via Raymond Street westbound to Booth Street
· Proceed via Booth Street southbound to Carling Avenue
· Proceed via Carling Avenue westbound onto the westbound Highway 417 on-ramp at Kirkwood Avenue (west of the fire station)
· Eastbound motorists must exit the highway at Carling Avenue and continue east to Bronson Avenue
· Proceed via Bronson Avenue northbound to Chamberlain Avenue
· Proceed via Chamberlain Avenue eastbound onto Isabella Street
· Proceed via Isabella Street eastbound onto the eastbound Highway 417 on-ramp at Metcalfe Street
The MTO has advised that there may be lane closures before and after the full closure, beginning at 9:00 pm, Friday, August 9 until 6:00 am, Monday, August 12.
Please plan all trips well in advance as significant delays are expected during the closure. There are many other transportation options including OC Transpo, carpooling and other alternative forms of transportation to get around the city while this closure is in place.
July 29, 2019 | Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus (WNV)
In consideration of the hot weather we've been having, Ottawa Public Health has important information regarding mosquitoes and West Nile Virus (WNV). West Nile virus (WNV) is an infection spread by mosquitoes that in some people can cause serious illness. Each year from June to October, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) coordinates a WNV prevention program, which includes surveillance of the illness in humans, surveillance of mosquitoes, and treating water in storm water catch basins and certain surface water sites against mosquito larvae.
For more information about OPH’s WNV Prevention Program, visit http://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/west-nile.aspx
July 2, 2019 | Plastics and Your Green Bin
Starting on July 2, plastic bags will be allowed as a bagging option for organics in the green bin. Dog waste and kitty litter are also now permitted. This will make the usage of green bins cleaner and more convenient for residents.
The City has made this change because in a recent survey, 60% of residents who seldom use or do not use their green bin advised they would participate if plastic bags were allowed, as it removes the "yuck" factor of using the green bin.
When processing, the plastic bags are separated from the organic materials and disposed in the landfill. The paper and compostable bags are processed with the organic materials - including food scraps.
I encourage my residents to take advantage of the green bin program that the City offers. A reminder that green bin collection is weekly, while garbage collection is bi-weekly.
Part of the expanded green bin program includes a one-year pilot project that places green bins in ten city parks, alongside recycling and litter receptacles. The existing waste receptacles will be removed from the ten parks and replaced with 3-stream receptacles for garbage, recycling, and organics/dog waste. Bins that are removeable will be capped and have signage towards the 3-stream bins.
In Ward 22, Mountain Meadows Park is taking part in this pilot project. Make sure to keep an eye out for these new receptacles the next time you visit this park.
June 13, 2019 | Ottawa Police Service Launches First Official Bike Registry
In partnership with the Ottawa Safety Council and Bike Ottawa, the Ottawa Police Service has launched their first bike registration program, named 529 Garage. This app is meant to reduce bike thefts. You can download this app and easily register your bike. Register today
June 13, 2019 | State of Emergency in the City of Ottawa Has Been Lifted
Thank you to all volunteers and City staff who helped during the flood relief in both filling and removing sandbags. The City of Ottawa has officially declared that we are no longer in a state of emergency. It is amazing to see so many people come together during such a challenging time. Thank you!
June 5, 2019 | Update: Flooding – Volunteers Needed
The City of Ottawa is still in a state of emergency. There is an urgent need for volunteers to help remove 1 million sandbags from the flood-impacted communities so we can move forward with the next stage of clean-up and recovery. To stay informed or to learn how you can help, please visit the City of Ottawa website.
May 22, 2019 | Public Survey: Ottawa Police Services Board
The Ottawa Police Services Board is asking the public to fill out a survey to assist for their search for a new Chief of Police. They want to hear from you to know what they should be looking for in an ideal candidate. The survey will be posted until Friday, June 7, 2019, at 4:00 pm.
On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, the Board will also be hosting a community town hall to obtain feedback from residents who are interested in providing their comments in person. The town hall will be held at St. Elias Centre, 750 Ridgewood Avenue, from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm. If you are interested in attending the community town hall, kindly register at https://survey.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5cZOe2GouJuSJ49
May 14, 2019 | Wild Parsnips and Our City
The City's Wild Parsnip Program will start on May 21, 2019, weather permitting. The goal is to reduce the growth of wild parsnip in areas that are highly infested while ensuring that environmentally sensitive areas and public safety are not adversely impacted. Signs have been placed every 100m along roadside spraying locations.
If you see a wild parsnip, please report it to 3-1-1.
For more information, please visit the City of Ottawa website.
May 14, 2019 | Ticks and Lyme Disease
As spring is finally arriving, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is resuming its Lyme disease program for 2019. While there are tremendous health benefits to getting out and enjoying activities in the City’s many outdoor areas, it is important that residents be aware of the risks of Lyme disease, particularly if they are in areas suitable for ticks, e.g., wooded areas or areas with tall grasses. Key messages for the prevention of Lyme disease continue to be:
April 30, 2019 | Update: Flooding
Based on information provided by the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Boardand the weather forecast from Environment Canada, the Ottawa River and tributaries are expected to continue rising over the next several days.
The City of Ottawa declared a state of emergency on Thursday, April 25 in response to flooding along the Ottawa River. Following the declaration, the City formally requested assistance from the Province of Ontario with management of the emergency operation. All City departments and services are fully engaged in the emergency response. Support from the Canadian Armed Forces arrived in Ottawa on Friday, April 26 and members of the military are assisting with the emergency response.
The City is coordinating an evacuation plan for residents who live where floodwater is posing an imminent threat to safety, life and property. Affected residents will be informed through a visit by City staff, who will provide specific advice to either evacuate or prepare for the possibility of evacuation.
The City encourages property owners who may be affected by flooding along the Ottawa River to register online for help. Those who do not have access to the internet can call 2-1-1 or the toll-free number at 1-877-761-9076 to register. Each residential property will initially be assessed by a Rapid Damage Assessor and response will be prioritized based on need and risk.
Traffic congestion around the flood emergency sites is an impediment to City crews and emergency vehicles. Residents are asked to stay clear of the flooded areas unless they are volunteering or live in the area.
Up-to-date information on road closures caused by flooding is available on our Interactive Traffic Map. Click the “Incident” box on the left-hand side to see the closures.
Residents should visit Ottawa.ca for more information about how to prepare for floods.
April 26, 2019 | Capital Timberworks – Local Tree Care Service
Looking to dispose of removed or downed trees? You can do this and support a local business by disposing these trees at Capital Timberworks! This local business takes these trees and provides them a "second life" by using the wood for custom furniture pieces and also sell to other local woodworking businesses and hobbyists. Where most other tree services are either cutting this resource into firewood, or dropping it off at a dump, Capital Timberworks have found an alternative use. For more information, visit www.capitaltimberworks.com
April 25, 2019 | Mayor Watson Declares a State of Emergency for Ottawa due to Flooding
The City of Ottawa has declared a state of emergency in response to flooding along the Ottawa River. The emergency was declared due to several cumulative developments including the extensive snowmelt from the northern regions of the Ottawa River, a weather statement from Environment Canada that we could receive an additional 35 millimeters of rain by Saturday, and the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board’s forecast that we could reach 11 centimeters above the 2017 peak flood levels over the weekend. For more information on what you can do, please visit the City of Ottawa website.
April 12, 2019 | Register Today: GLAD Cleaning the Capital
The annual GLAD Cleaning the Capital spring campaign is now open!
Participants can register their cleanup projects by calling 3-1-1 or by using the online registration form available at ottawa.ca/clean. The interactive map on our website shows which locations have been chosen and allows residents to register their own project.
Key Campaign Dates:
March 15: Early-bird registration begins
April 15 to May 15: GLAD Cleaning the Capital spring campaign
April 26 to 28: Capital Cleanup Weekend
May 15: Registration ends
May 31: Deadline to complete cleanup project and submit the online cleanup report for a chance to win prizes
In 2018 the campaign celebrated the 25th anniversary. The GLAD Cleaning the Capital campaign leverages corporate sponsorship and resident engagement to keep our city clean and green. Since the program’s inception, over one million volunteers have participated in over 21,000 cleanup projects throughout the city. As a result, approximately 1,000,000 kilograms of waste has been removed from our public spaces.
April 4, 2019 | May is Bike to Work Month
Envirocentre, with the support of the City of Ottawa, along with other great community organizations and businesses, are working toward getting more people to try commuting by bike.
This year, Envirocentre will be giving away over $10,000 worth of daily prizes.
Want to get involved? Sign up today
April | Young at Art
Young at Art 2019 is an exceptional opportunity for Ottawa visual artists between the ages of 12 and 20 to gain recognition for their artistic efforts and abilities within their communities through the experience of a citywide, juried art exhibition.
Some of Ottawa’s best young artists will be recognized at Young at Art 2019 exhibitions, to be held at community galleries citywide. An opening reception will be held at each gallery to celebrate the artists who took part in the exhibition process. Awards for outstanding work in various categories from all three exhibitions will be presented at a citywide awards ceremony in the Chambers at Ben Franklin Place.
Community Exhibit (Participants from wards 3, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, & 22)
Date: April 20 to May 13, 2019
Location: Atrium Gallery and Nepean Fine Arts League Gallery, 101 Centrepointe Drive
Vernissage: April 23, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Citywide Awards Ceremony
Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019, 7 p.m.
Location: The Chambers, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Dr.
Young at Art began 23 years ago at the Kanata Civic Art Gallery and has grown into a citywide event, with the participation of youth artists from east, west and central Ottawa. Last year’s call to artists received submissions of artwork from 326 youth representing 60 Ottawa schools.
The City of Ottawa presents awards to outstanding artists that are pre-selected by the jury members. These City awards are given by the Mayor and attending Councillors at the awards ceremony. In previous years, artists and arts organizations have also sponsored special awards in their names.
March 29, 2019 | Volunteers Wanted – Safer Roads Ottawa
The City's Pathway Patrol program, Safer Roads Ottawa, is looking for volunteers who love our City and want to become ambassadors of our pathways by joining the growing Pathway Patrol Team. Whether you walk, run, roll or cycle, they would love to have you involved.
Do you ENJOY?
If you answered YES, then consider becoming part of our Pathway Patrol Team!
Requirements include a recent Police Records Check, First Aid Training (provided) and a commitment of 6 hours per month.
Contact email@example.com 613-580-2424, extension 28064 to find out more about this great program!
March 28, 2019 | March is Fraud Prevention Month
Each year, Canadians lose millions of dollars by falling victim to scams and fraud. Educating yourself on common scams can help prevent you from becoming a victim.
It’s hard to keep up with all the many different kinds of scams. There are also new ones all the time. Your best defense is to educate yourself and do your research before spending money.
To help you out, Crime Prevention Ottawa has developed a new information sheet:
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More than 500 residents show up in Kanata to fight golf course development
Residents of Kanata come on strong and take on Club Links. Special thanks to Jay McLean and all the Stonebridge people who joined us.
Ottawa Ash Tree Replacement Pilot Program
While we cannot guarantee 2019 funding; we are pleased to add complete applications (with no missing information) to a waiting list should we be successful in receiving funding for a second year of this program, or if previously allocated funding becomes available. More information here.
Meehan: Why the city should opt out of pot sales. Here’s my three point plan.
One of the most important decisions that will be made by Ottawa’s new city council will be whether or not to allow retail cannabis stores to open in the city. Learn more
Book of Condolences - Westboro Station Bus Collision
To provide enhanced accessibility for residents wishing to convey their sympathies following the Westboro Station bus collision, an online version of the Book of Condolences is available online. The paper copy of the Book of Condolences will be available at Ottawa City Hall (Jean Pigott Place) starting at noon Monday.