Take it Back! Keep Household Hazardous Waste out of the Landfill

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City of Ottawa

The City of Ottawa is committed to helping residents dispose of their waste in the safest and most environmentally-friendly way and reminds residents that some of the waste in garages, basements and sheds is hazardous and cannot be safely left at the curb for pickup.

Household hazardous waste includes items such as:

  • Aerosol containers
  • Batteries (automotive/household)
  • Propane cylinders
  • Fluorescent bulbs/tubes
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fertilizers and pesticides
  • Needles and syringes
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Paints and coatings
  • Pool chemicals

Residents can safely dispose of many kinds of household hazardous waste, including fluorescent bulbs, batteries, paint and oil, by returning them to participating local retailers during their regular business hours. For a list of retailers who accept returns of HHW, please visit ottawa.ca.

Residents can also take HHW to a one-day depot on Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 150 Tunney's Pasture Drive.

For more information on waste management and recycling, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).

Kids' play area finally reopens

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Ottawa Citizen

The children's play area at Lansdowne Park, which includes a play structure and skateboard ramps, has reopened to the public after a two-week delay.

The city said in a news release Friday that a rubberized surface has been installed to provide a safer and more accessible play space for children, parents and caregivers. The installation had been delayed due to inclement weather.

The public can access Lansdowne Park from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily via Queen Elizabeth Driveway. Except during major events, the Bank Street entrance is restricted to construction crews and related construction traffic.

Pedestrians and cyclists travelling through Lansdowne Park are asked to use caution as construction continues until late fall.

Road Wars

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Letter to the Editor, Ottawa Sun

Re: “Riding a double standard,” by Kevin Shea, Letter, Aug. 28

Kevin Shea sees a double standard at play if trucking companies are asked to pay for use of a tunnel, while cyclists are not assessed for the use of special lanes/paths/bridges. Quite the opposite.

Like most Ottawa cyclists, I bike and I drive. I pay property tax, gas tax and a host of other fees to maintain roads and cycling networks.

Since cycling infrastructure is cheaper to build and maintain than heavy vehicle roadways, and since it helps alleviate congestion and parking shortages on roads, you could conclude that most cyclists are, in a variety of ways, subsidizing driving. Not the other way around.

But that’s OK, because we can make a choice which mode we prefer on a given day. As can almost any citizen of Ottawa. As for a truck tunnel. Well, now we are talking about a dedicated route to help truckers avoid downtown congestion, saving them money and time.

On top of those obvious benefits, most trucking companies using such a tunnel would not be Ottawa taxpayers. Makes sense to me to have them chip on some of the cost.

David Chernushenko, Councillor, Capital Ward

(Less traffic congestion works for us)

More delays to Lansdowne children's play area

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Redblacks mascot Big Joe tried out the play structure, even posing for some pictures up there, at the community picnic and fair, hosted by the City at Lansdowne Park on Aug. 16, 2014. David Kawai / Ottawa Citize

Carys Mills, Ottawa Citizen

The children's play area at Lansdowne's urban park is facing further construction delays that will keep the site closed following its official opening less than two weeks ago.

The park officially opened on Aug. 15. Over that weekend, children played on the play structure and skateboard ramps. But days later, the playground and skateboard ramps were closed, which a city official said was due to wet weather having prevented some final touches the week before.

Early last week, the city said the work would take roughly a week. But both the children's play area and the skateboard ramps remained closed as of Wednesday morning.

Marco Manconi, the manager of design and construction at Lansdowne, said further bad weather last week pushed construction back again. "(It) requires at least a week for the installation and curing of the rubberized surface to provide a safer and more accessible play surface," he said in an email. "Crews are working to complete the project as soon as possible."

The rest of the park, including the great lawn and a basketball court, is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. The city is warning residents that construction will continue into the fall because of the staged construction at Lansdowne, so heavy vehicles and equipment are still on site. A water garden, civic gardens and Horticulture Building are among the parts of Lansdowne still being worked on.

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