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.
Ottawa Public Health recently released their newsletter with information concerning cannabis use in older adults. For more information please visit: www.ottawapublichealth.ca/newsletter
The Canadian Tulip Festival together with their partners, the National Capital Commission, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines are preparing for the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands next spring, 2020 by introducing the Liberation75 Tulip. A limited-edition bright orange, mid-early blooming tulip with crown-shaped petals.
The goal of the Liberation75 Commemorative Planting Campaign is to plant 1.1 Million tulips honouring the 1.1 Million Canadians who served in the Second World War. You can support this cause by buying your tulips today, or by spreading the word. Learn more
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.
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.
This year, the City of Ottawa will begin a multi-year process to develop a new Official Plan. In doing this, they will be providing regular updates, such as FAQS, blogs, draft policies, and are looking for your feedback through different feedback opportunities such as surveys. I invite you to visit the City of Ottawa website, where you can learn more about the Official Plan, receive regular updates, and provide your feedback. Learn more
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.
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
Do you have hazardous waste but don't know where to dispose of it? If you have items which are considered hazardous waste, you can visit one of the City's mobile depots. Please visit the City of Ottawa website to find the full schedule of dates and locations. What is household hazardous waste? If it’s corrosive, flammable or poisonous it’s hazardous waste. These types of products contaminate water and landfills and should never be poured down the drain or put out with your regular garbage.
To help you dispose of these products safely, the City of Ottawa operates several one-day Household Hazardous Waste depots for City of Ottawa residents only. Liquid or hazardous waste from industrial, commercial and institutional sources is not accepted. The one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depots are for residential household waste only. Drop off the following at household hazardous waste depots include: *maximum 100 litres by volume