22 December 2014

During this busy time of year, I want to wish all residents of Ottawa and in particular Capital Ward some moments of calm to share, to reflect and to rest. May we all find ways to reconnect with what matters in our lives, to offer caring and gentleness to others, and especially to ourselves. Best wishes for this holiday season and a Merry Christmas to all.

David Chernushenko
David Chernushenko
Councillor for Capital Ward
613-580-2487 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


In this issue

Recreation activities during the holidays

Skating Court, located at Lansdowne Park, is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., and the heated changing facility is open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. It will be open throughout the Christmas holidays and will be staffed on Boxing Day and New Year's Day, weather permitting.

Sens Rink of Dreams, located on Marion Dewar Plaza at Ottawa City Hall, is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., and the heated changing facility is open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. It will be open throughout the Christmas holidays and will be staffed on Boxing Day and New Year's Day, weather permitting.

The following holiday schedule will apply: 

    Skating Court   Sens Rink of Dreams
Christmas Eve   Closed at 6 p.m.   Closed at 6 p.m.
Christmas Day   1 - 11 p.m.   1 - 11 p.m.
Boxing Day   Noon - 11 p.m.   Noon - 11 p.m.
New Year's Eve   Closed at 1 a.m.   Closed at 11 p.m.
New Year's Day   Noon - 11 p.m.   Noon - 11 p.m.

Public skating in City arenas
The City also offers public skating sessions at 33 arenas, including "RBC Skate for FREE" weekends, when Ottawa residents and visitors may attend any Public Skating session offered on a Saturday or Sunday free of charge. All sessions at indoor arenas are supervised with the exception of Unsupervised weekday, daytime public skate sessions offered at rural arenas. During unsupervised skating sessions, skaters aged 15 and under must be accompanied by a skater age 16 or older. For more information, visit ottawa.ca or call 613-580-2666.

Sledding hills and tobogganing
For more information on the City of Ottawa's 66 designated sledding hills and whether they are open or closed, please visit ottawa.ca or contact Seasonal Recreation at 613-580-2590 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Recreation facilities will be operating on modified schedules during the holiday season, including modified swimming, skating and fitness schedules. Most recreation facilities are closed, and public swimming, public skating, aquafitness and fitness classes are cancelled on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Please check with ottawa.ca or the facility of your choice for details, as some exceptions will apply.

Registered programs at swimming pools, community centres and arenas are cancelled during the holiday season; however, clients should check with their facility to confirm, as some exceptions will apply. 

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Other holiday schedule changes

The City of Ottawa reminds residents of the following schedule changes during the Christmas and New Year's holidays:

Garbage, Green Bin and Recycling
  • There will be no curbside or multi-residential green bin, recycling, garbage or bulky item collection on Christmas Day. Christmas Day's pickup will take place on Boxing Day. Collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. New Year's Day pick-up will take place on Friday, Jan. 2. Collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. For curbside collection inquiries, refer to the collection calendar tool.
  • The Trail Waste Facility will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
  • Christmas trees will be collected on your regular scheduled collection day. Please remove all decorations. Christmas trees in plastic bags will not be collected.

Client Service
  • All rural client service centres will be open on a reduced schedule from Dec. 22 to 26, and will be closed from Dec. 29 to Jan. 2. Business will resume as usual on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.
  • The Provincial Offences Court, located at 100 Constellation Crescent, will also be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Business will resume as usual on Friday, Jan. 2.
  • The City's 3-1-1 Contact Centre will be open for urgent matters requiring the City's immediate attention. Call 3-1-1 or 613-580-2400 to speak to a customer service representative. For persons with a hearing-related disability, call TTY: 613-580-2401. 

Ottawa Public Health
  • The latest Food Premises and Personal Service Settings (tattoo and body piercing studios, hairdressing and barbershops, nail salons, electrolysis and various other services) public health inspection reports are available online 24/7.
  • The Sexual Health Centre and Satellite Clinics will be closed Dec. 24 - 26, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. In addition, there are two other satellite clinic closures over the holidays: the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre will be closed on Dec. 29 and the West End Family Care Clinic will be closed on Dec. 30.
  • The SITE office and SITE Mobile Van will be operating on the following schedule:  

        SITE office   SITE Mobile Van
    Christmas Eve   8:30 a.m. - noon   10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Christmas Day   Closed   Closed
    Boxing Day   Closed    Regular schedule
    New Year's Eve   8:30 a.m. - noon   10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    New Year's Day   Closed   Regular schedule
  • The Ottawa Public Health Information Line (OPHIL) will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day; however, you can call and leave a message and inquiries will be responded to within one business day. You can also connect with us online for the latest health information on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest and Ottawa Public Health.

Miscellaneous

Ottawa Public Library
All branches and services will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Branches and services will operate normally from Dec. 27 to 30. On Dec. 24 and 31, all library locations, except for some rural branches, which will be closed, will open at their usual time and close at 3 p.m. Visit the OPL website for complete details.

Parking
All City of Ottawa parking regulations and restrictions will apply during this time.

Cultural services
Karsh-Masson Gallery, Barbara Ann Scott Gallery and OAG (Ottawa Art Gallery) Annex will be open daily as usual throughout the holidays. City of Ottawa Archives, arts centres, galleries, theatres and museums will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day; however, clients should check ottawa.ca or their facility to confirm, as some exceptions may apply. 

Archives services
The City of Ottawa Archives Reference Services and Gallery 112 will be closed on Dec. 25 to 27 and on New Year's Day. The Rideau branch of the Archives will also be closed on Dec. 30. 

Municipal child care services
City-operated Child Care Centres will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

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OC Transpo holiday service

OC Transpo is a safe and reliable way to go during the holidays and will once again offer free service after 8 p.m. on New Year's Eve.

A reduced weekday service will be in effect on Dec. 31, so customers are encouraged to check the holiday schedule before heading out. A special holiday schedule will run from Dec. 21 to Jan. 3. In addition, service improvements were introduced on Dec. 21, and new winter schedules will start on Jan. 4, 2015 (see next item).

SPECIAL HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

Dec. 22-24, 29-31    Reduced weekday schedule 
Dec. 25   Sunday schedule
Dec. 26   Saturday schedule
Dec. 31    Free* service after 8 p.m.
Jan. 1   Sunday schedule
Jan. 2   Reduced weekday schedule

* Sponsored by Safer Roads Ottawa and MADD Ottawa

Schools are closed over the holidays so special school routes will not be running.

Holiday fare values
Families can travel all day with one $8.10 DayPass on weekends and statutory holidays. The Family DayPass is valid for up to six people, with a maximum of two children who are 13 or older.

Holiday office hours
The Transit Information Centre (613-741-4390) will be open throughout the holidays to help customers with schedules and trip planning, including Christmas and New Year's Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Boxing Day the information centre will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Customer Relations Centre (613-842-3600) will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day, and will operate reduced hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

OC Transpo Sales and Information Centres will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day, except for the Rideau Centre, which will be open Boxing Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All Sales Centres will close early on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve at 5 p.m. The offices at Lincoln Fields, St-Laurent and Place d'Orléans will open on Saturday, January 3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Para Transpo Operations

  • Customer Service (613-842-3681): Closed Dec. 25 - 26 and Jan. 1
  • Administration (613-244-1289): Closed Dec. 25 - 26 and Jan. 1
  • Taxi Coupons (613-842-3670): Closed Dec. 25 - 26 and Jan. 1
  • Reservations (613-244-7272): Open during regular hours

For more information, contact OC Transpo at 613-741-4390 or visit octranspo.com.

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OC Transpo winter schedule adjustments

Several route improvements took effect on Dec. 21, and starting January 4, 2015, a new winter schedule will be implemented. 

New winter schedules and service improvements

  • Weekend service in Vanier improved on Routes 5, 7 and 12.
  • Commuter service in Kanata North revised and extended to new residential areas affecting Routes 60, 68 and 181, and introducing new express Route 64.
  • Route 1 expanded to operate later at night between the Rideau Centre and Billings Bridge.
  • Route 38 has two afternoon trips extended along Jeanne d'Arc to Trim Road, which reduces walking distances for customers east of Tenth Line.
  • Route 96A has some trips travel via Iber Road and Abbott, instead of Fringewood and Granite Ridge, which reduces walking distances for customers.
  • Route 111 increased for various time periods on Saturdays. 

LeBreton Station is moving
On Dec. 21, Booth Street was closed between Wellington and Albert Street for construction of the O-Train Confederation Line. This closure requires LeBreton Station to move east to the intersection of Preston Street at the Transitway. Routes 8, 27, 40, 95, 96, and 105 from Gatineau will be rerouted via Booth, the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and Preston to the Transitway. 

Winter schedules are available at octranspo.com or by calling 613-741-4390. Riders can also get automated schedule information up to six days in advance by calling 613-560-1000 or texting 560560 plus their four-digit bus stop number. 

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Happy holidays from the Councillor's Office!

Happy Holidays

Warmest wishes for the upcoming holiday season
from Anouk (top) and (left to right) Sarah, Natalie, Joanna and David.

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