As Earth Day nears, there are several initiatives and events of potential interest to Capital Ward residents. Also — whether you file it under environment, transportation, convenience or recreation — the City has developed a plan to complete the O-Train multi-use pathway from Carling all the way to Dow's Lake, linking it with the paths around the lake, through the Arboretum and along Prince of Wales Dr. to points further south and west. Your feedback on this plan is welcome.
Have your say about the Trillium Pathway plan
The City of Ottawa has initiated a functional planning study to complete the multi-use Trillium Pathway between its current southern terminus at Carling Ave. and the National Capital Commission's pathway at Dow's Lake.
You are invited to provide your feedback via the online public consultation by Friday, April 14.
See ottawa.ca for more information on this project.
Cleaning the Capital starts April 15
The City of Ottawa's annual GLAD Cleaning the Capital campaign takes place from April 15 to May 15. This city-wide event brings together neighbours, communities and friends to help keep Ottawa clean, green, graffiti-free and litter-free. Last year alone, 72,000 volunteers collected more than 58,182 kilograms of litter from 1,300 projects.
Go to ottawa.ca/clean or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) to register for the cleanup. Check the interactive map to see which locations have already been claimed, to register your own project site, and to choose the cleanup supplies that you need. You can select any location, such as a park, ravine, shoreline, bus stop, pathway or other public area that requires litter pickup or graffiti removal.
Tuesday, April 18, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
An inspirational talk and Q&A with Bea Johnson, author of Zero Waste Home, on how waste-free living can lead to significant health benefits while saving time and money.
This not-for-profit event is presented by NU, Ottawa's new zero waste grocery store (opening this summer), in partnership with Councillors David Chernushenko, Catherine McKenney, Jeff Leiper, Matthieu Fleury and Tobi Nussbaum, the EnviroCentre and ÉcoLead.
Saturday, April 22, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The inaugural Ottawa Park Summit will bring together people from across the City of Ottawa on Earth Day to generate ideas and build momentum for better local parks. When communities get involved, parks get better.
Ecology Ottawa is partnering with Park People, an independent charity that builds strong communities by animating and improving parks, to bring together people involved in a wide range of park-related work.
These include "adopt a park" groups, community associations, community gardeners, tree planters and community-builders who work on public health and safety, recreation, economic development and other park-based activities.
The event features keynote speakers on critical issues affecting our city parks, as well as breakout workshops on specific issues such as community gardens, park naturalization and tree planting, and investing in local parks.
The event will be followed by Ecology Ottawa's first Earth Day Celebration, starting at 5:30 p.m.
For more information, and to register, visit ecologyottawa.ca.
Old Home Earth Day
Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
In celebration of Earth Day, the Glebe Community Association is hosting exhibits, workshops and more to inform residents of older homes about how they can conserve energy, reduce carbon emissions, and live more sustainably.
The free event features speakers and panel discussions (with Paul Dewar, Councillor David Chernushenko, MPP Yasir Naqvi, and Taylor Howard of the Green Party of Canada). There will also be workshops by home energy experts, informal discussions where neighbors can share their experience with home renovations and energy upgrades, and information displays on products, services, and incentive programs.
Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Depots
Sunday, April 30, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 7, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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. Instead, bring them to one of the City of Ottawa's one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depots, which are for residents only.
Products accepted (maximum 100 litres by volume):
Residential electronic waste is also accepted at these depots. Liquid or hazardous waste from industrial, commercial and institutional sources will not be accepted.
Click here for more information and for other depots scheduled for 2017.
Children's Garden consultation
Monday, May 15, 6:30 p.m.
Local residents are invited to a small consultation on the redesign of the Children's Garden in Old Ottawa East.
There will be a short presentation by Lady Evelyn Alternative School students who have been helping the Children's Garden volunteer board with the redesign, followed by a fun activity for community kids to provide their input to the on the proposed design.
While that activity is taking place, other community members (including parents) will have a chance to speak with the City of Ottawa Parks Planner and Environmental Remediation Unit staff working on this file, as well as the landscape architect who is working with the kids.
Fifty Red Maples, 25 Silver Maples and 75 Sugar Maples will be planted at the RA Centre at 2451 Riverside Dr. this fall. The trees, each about 2 m tall, are part of the Canada 150 Maple Groves project, which is planting 150 native maples in each of the Ottawa's 23 wards.
Another grove will be planted adjacent to Capital Ward along Riverside Dr. between Billings Bridge and the McIlraith Bridge.
Parks Canada began repairing the Rideau Canal walls between Bank St. and Pig Island in November. Concrete refacing of the walls inside the canal is complete. The top portion of the wall will be repaired next, followed by the pathway, railings and light standards in May. This phase is expected to be complete in spring 2017.
In January, Parks Canada announced that contaminants had been identified in the canal bed sediment in the area of the construction site. Additional testing from Hartwells Locks to the Ottawa Locks will begin in late April to identify the extent of contaminants, begin the process of risk assessment, and determine appropriate environmental protection measures for any future work that might disturb the sediment.
Precautions are always taken when conducting repairs to this part of the Rideau Canal due to its past commercial and industrial use, and its location in a heavily populated urban area. Contaminated sediment presents a very low risk to the public; it is generally only a concern if there is dermal contact or ingestion.
One World Arts presents three days of Canadian documentaries that explore the changing landscape and diversity of the City of Ottawa and the National Capital Region.
Canada's Capital through the Years
Several vintage NFB shorts and two contemporary documentaries that highlight Ottawa's evolving physical, political, socio-economic and cultural landscape from 1938 to the present. Followed by a discussion with two of the filmmakers: Conor DeVries (Shawarma City) and Stephen Coleman (Project Cold Days).
Ottawans on the Move
Two films — David Chernushenko's Bike City, Great City and the YOW/CBC documentary Four Wheeled Furies — that showcase how Ottawa residents and visitors to move around and within the city for work, health and recreation. Followed by a discussion with Chernushenko and other special guests.
Ottawa Roots and Visions
Two films focussing on the remarkable contributions made by an Ottawa family business with immigrant roots, and a renowned indigenous architect whose iconic designs have shaped the national capital. Followed by a Q&A with One of the Last director Ed Kucerak; Douglas Cardinal, the subject of Radical Attitudes: The Architecture of Douglas Cardinal; and and other special guests.
All screening are free, although donations are welcome to support One World Arts in delivering this and other outstanding and accessible programming. For the complete schedule and more details, see oneworldfilmfestival.ca.