City Updates

August 9, 2019 | Hogs 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. 

  

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.


The mosquitoes that spread WNV lay eggs in any standing water, no matter how small, that may be around for a week or longer. The water at the bottom of catch basins is a favoured location. City catch basins are treated with larvicide either once or three times per season depending on the formulation used. The larvicide used in catch basins targets mosquito larvae and does not have any impacts on humans. A different larvicide that also has no impact on humans is used on surface water.


OPH is sympathetic to residents facing nuisance mosquitoes in their neighbourhoods; however, OPH’s programming initiatives focus on population controls only for those species of mosquitoes known to transmit WNV to humans, and not the remaining species. Mosquitoes species bred in spring floodwater pools, typically are not competent vectors for WNV. This means spring mosquitoes, particularly in rural/semi-rural areas, are a nuisance but are not a concern for carrying WNV


Research has consistently found that WNV is most prevalent in urban settings. This is because the mosquito species Culex pipiens/restuans associate themselves with human habitats where standing water in small containers and objects is constantly available to lay eggs in, and peridomestic birds, such as sparrows and American robins are plentiful to feed on. These two bird species in particular can get infected with WNV and pass the virus back to mosquitoes, without themselves becoming severely ill. The prevalence of WNV in mosquitoes is amplified as it is transmitted in the mosquito-to-bird-to-mosquito cycle.


In summary, while OPH’s WNV program operates across the City, current/historical results and analysis of the mosquito traps clearly show that in rural and semi-rural areas, nuisance mosquitoes predominate, and that those that carry WNV are much more associated with urban and mature suburban areas. 


OPH recommends that residents lessen the number of mosquitoes around their properties by reducing or eliminating areas or objects that can accumulate or retain water. Here are some suggestions to reduce mosquitoes on your property:


  • Look around/outside your house for containers, receptacles and any other items that might collect water. Be sure to empty them regularly, turn them over when appropriate, or dispose of them accordingly. 
  • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outdoors so that water can drain out.
  • Clean clogged roof gutters; remove leaves and debris that may prevent drainage of rainwater.
  • Ensure all openings to rain barrels are covered with well-fitted screen mesh at all times.
  • Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
  • Change the water in birdbaths at least once per week; aerate private ornamental ponds or treat them with an approved mosquito larvicide such as Bti if they do not have an outflow into natural waters.
  • Keep swimming pools clean and properly chlorinated; remove standing water from pool covers.
  • Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.


Keep mosquitoes out of your home:


  • Ensure window and door insect screens have no gaps or holes.
  • Close doors quickly when entering and leaving your home.


Protect yourself against mosquito bites:


  • Apply an approved mosquito repellent to exposed skin and clothing.
  • Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks to protect exposed skin.
  • Wear light-coloured, tightly-woven but loose-fitting clothing – mosquitoes are attracted to darker colours and can still bite through thin, clingy clothing.
  • Avoid the hours between dusk and dawn—periods when mosquitoes are most active—and at any time in shady, wooded areas. Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing from dusk to dawn or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.


As the summer progresses, OPH will continue to monitor the yields and analyses of trapped mosquitoes, as well as the results of tested surface waters, and adjust our WNV program should further public protection be required in a given area.


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

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:


  • Applying an approved insect repellent containing DEET or icaridin
  • Wearing long pants and tucking them into your socks
  • Doing a tick check on yourself, your children and pets
  • Checking your pet daily for ticks, especially if it spends time in wooded or overgrown areas
  • Removing ticks as soon as possible. If you find a tick on your body, using fine-pointed tweezers, grasp the tick's head as close to the skin as possible and pull slowly until the tick is removed. Do not twist or rotate the tick. Do not use a match, lotion or anything else on the tick.
  • Seeing your doctor if a tick has been attached for 24 or more hours or if it appears partially or fully engorged or if you are not sure. Also see your doctor if you develop a fever and other symptoms of Lyme disease (see OPH’s website at the link below) within 32 days of having had a tick attached.


Learn more

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

April 18, 2019 | Potential Flooding and Spring Operations

The City of Ottawa is prepared for potential localized flooding in anticipation of the heavy rain in this weekend’s forecast. The City’s Emergency Operations Centre is in Situational Awareness and staff continue to monitor conditions in communities that have experienced flooding in the past.


The City has sand and 280,000 sand bags ready for residents who need them. There are sandbag filling stations at multiple locations throughout the city. 


If you are leaving town this weekend and have property that could be affected by flooding, please have someone check on your property. If you see significant flooding, please call 3-1-1.


Consult the 100-year flood plain map to see if you live or have property in an area prone to flooding.

For information on water levels, see the following websites: Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (link is external), and the South Nation Conservation Authority (link is external).


Basement flooding

Staff will respond to calls of water pooling on streets and basement flooding. Pooling on streets is normal during and after heavy rain.

Learn how you can protect yourself and your property from flooding on our flood information page.

For weather updates, please visit Environment Canada’s weather forecast.


For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). You can also connect with the City through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Spring Operations - Street Sweeping

Concentrated street sweeping began over the weekend and is expected to continue until April 24. Operations take place from 7 am to 7 pm in designated areas. During this time, residents may see signs posted indicating that no parking is allowed in certain areas.  We ask that residents respect the signs, or they may be ticketed or towed.  Street sweeping is important for keeping roads clear and safe, and to remove debris from the roadway.  This year, we experienced more ice than normal and the result is a significant amount of grit on the roadways which city vehicles will remove.  When cars are left on the roadway during sweeping operations, crews are not able to be as effective with our cleaning.


Street sweeping operations are also taking place outside the core concentrated sweeping area. These operations are expected to continue through the month of May and include both City operators and contractors. Those sweeping outside of the core concentrated area do not have the same parking restrictions, and sweeping may occur outside of the 7 am – 7 pm timeframe.  

April 9, 2019 | Protect Pets from Spring Dangers

Spring is here! Like us, animals get spring fever and they want to spend more time outside after a long winter. Along with the health benefits of fresh air, sunshine and cool breezes, there are dangers for your pet. With rain and warm temperatures forecasted and the record amount of snowfall on the ground, the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) reminds Ottawa residents of the dangers to pets near streams, rivers, ponds and lakes around this time of year and urges people to keep their dogs on a leash when near these bodies of water.

  • Pets can easily fall through ice or be on a piece of ice that breaks away from a shoreline.
  • Slippery and unstable streambanks and cold water temperatures can lead to hazardous and dangerous conditions for pets and their owners when close to any body of water.

April 3, 2019 | 2019 Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Schedule

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 


  • Aerosol container
  • Propane cylinders
  • Disinfectants
  • Fluorescent bulbs/tubes
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fertilizers and pesticides
  • Mercury switches/thermometers
  • Needles and syringes
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Paints and coatings
  • Oven and window cleaners
  • Pool chemicals
  • Gasoline


Learn more

FROM COUNCIL CHAMBERS

Chateau Laurier - July 10, 2019

Today, Council had the opportunity to stand up for the residents of our Nations Capital, by revoking the Heritage Permit granted by the previous Council in 2018. Unfortunately, 13 Councillors followed the Mayor’s lead and voted against Councillor Fleury's motion. I am proud to say I voted with Councillor Fleury.

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Council Meeting - April 24, 2019

On Wednesday at Council, I introduced a notice of motion to have a portion of the extra federal gas tax money to the city used to fill our infrastructure funding gap. Ottawa is receiving an additional 57 million from the Feds, and I believe City Councillors should have a say in where that money goes. I requested that 14 million of it be dedicated to fixing our crumbling roads and sidewalks. I called for the remaining 42 million to to be reserved for infrastructure renewal projects that will be identified in the 2020 budget. 

Provincial Cuts and City Spending

OC Transpo, Ottawa Public Library, Ottawa Public Health, Tourism Ottawa, and now our Paramedic Service. Each of these organizations has suddenly found out that provincial funding they counted on won’t materialize as the Provincial Government carries on with its deficit reduction plan. 

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City Information

Potholes

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Please call 3-1-1 or report online if the pothole issue is related to the following:


  • Construction activity (square or rectangular cut in the road)
  • An immediate hazard to people or property
  • Personal accessibility
  • A traffic-related issue (such as traffic signals or traffic signs)


For all urgent requests call 3-1-1.  If this service is not available to you please call my contact my office.  All other Service Requests will be triaged and addressed as operations allow.


Catch Basins

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It is normal for water to pool around a catch basin in wet weather. Roads are designed to drain based on the sewer capacity.  Please call 3-1-1 or report online if the catch basin issue is related to:


  • Blocked (causing flooding on the road)
  • Sunken or raised
  • Broken
  • Missing cover


For all urgent requests call 3-1-1.  If this service is not available to you please contact my office. All other Service Requests will be triaged and addressed as operations allow. 


You may locate your catch basin using this Catch Basin Map.

Filing a Claim

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If you believe that the City has been negligent in its maintenance of City facilities, roads, trees and sewers, which has caused bodily injury or damage to your property, you can file a claim against the City of Ottawa.


Typical claims include requests for compensation for injuries from slipping on the sidewalk, foundation damage from city trees, damage to cars due to potholes and accidents with city vehicles. 


For more information regarding the claims process, please visit the Claims page on the City of Ottawa website.

New Water Bill Structure

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Touted as easier to read and understand. Billing amount on the front, details on usage and how it's calculated on the reverse side. Residents are asked to choose a language, English or French. Residents will now have their own Ottawa water account registration number that will follow you wherever you move. Find out more here.

City Services and Contacts

Emergency: 911


Ottawa, City Operations: 311

https://ottawa.ca/en/client-services#client-service-centres 

Information line provides information about accessing emergency services, and provides municipal government resource information.


Social Services: 211

Poison Information Centre: 613-737-1100

http://www.ontariopoisoncentre.ca/
 

Ottawa Fire Services: 613-580-2860

https://ottawa.ca/en/residents/emergency-services/ottawa-fire-services
 

Ontario Provincial Police: 888-310-1122

https://www.opp.ca/

 

Ottawa Police: 613-236-1222

https://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/

 

Ottawa Public Library: 613-580-2940

https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/

 

OC Transpo Information: 613-741-4390

http://www.octranspo.com/
 

Hydro Ottawa: 613- 738-6400

https://hydroottawa.com/

 

Garbage and recycling

https://ottawa.ca/en/residents/garbage-and-recycling/garbage#garbage-and-recycling-collection-calendar


Recreation programs

https://ottawa.ca/en/residents/recreation-and-parks/recreation-programs
 

By-laws, licenses and permits

https://ottawa.ca/en/residents/laws-licenses-and-permits


Calendar of Ottawa City Council meetings

http://ottawa.ca/cgi-bin/docs.pl?lang=en
 

Watch or listen to City Council meetings

https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/your-city-government/watch-or-listen-city-council-meetings
 

City Councillors

https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/mayor-and-city-councillors
 

City Elections Information

https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/your-city-government/elections
 

City News

https://ottawa.ca/en/news