As the temperature drops, the action heats up in Capital Ward and across the city. In addition to two upcoming budget consultations organized jointly with some of my fellow councillors, there are fall fairs, a film screening and more to attend in the coming days and weeks. I hope to see you at some of these events.
Thursday, September 28,
Director Krista Loughton will be in Ottawa for a free public screening of Us and Them, her deeply visceral film about homelessness and transformation through human connection. In the documentary, she sets out to use the First Nations Medicine Wheel to help four homeless people, but they end up helping her.
Presented by the Alliance to End Homelessness in Ottawa, the screening is part of Us and Them's national efforts to raise awareness about homelessness and addiction through a compassionate lens, at a time when Canada is in the midst of both a housing and opioid crisis.
Visit eventbrite.ca for more information and to reserve a free ticket. Doors open at 6 p.m. Donations will be accepted at the door.
Saturday, September 30, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This free event, part of the weekend-long Green Energy Doors Open, features amazing speakers, lots of energy showcase booths, panel discussions and practical workshops. There will be experts in every field to answer any questions you may have.
Find out about travelling with an electric vehicle, Hydro Ottawa's new energy monitoring app, solar panels and the new Tesla Powerwall. Learn 150 ways to reduce your carbon footprint, plus green considerations for your home, and myths about electric vehicles.
Visit green energy booths for solar installers, energy efficient home builders, solar blinds, lighting, architects, eco-friendly products and more.
Saturday, September 30, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
The Glebe Community Association is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a free, family-friendly community party with fun for all ages, from hands-on kids activities to trivia questions that take older residents down memory lane. There will be music, refreshments and of course a birthday cake.
The heart of the celebration will be the creation of a new work of art for the Glebe Community Centre. Join artist Kathrin Von Dehn in a participatory art project on the theme “Glebe is Community”.
Sunday, October 1, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Family fun at Windsor Park, featuring the annual Best Soup, Pie, Bread and Preserve Contest, a pumpkin decorating contest, live music, face painting, treats, raffle, obstacle course, workshops and more.
Participants in the homemade cook-off must register and bring their items to the event before 11 a.m. on October 1. For complete details, visit oldottawasouth.ca.
Friday, October 6, 2 p.m.
Join me, Ottawa Centre MP Catherine McKenna, MPP Yasir Naqvi and Mayor Jim Watson for a ceremonial groundbreaking event to mark the official start of construction of the Rideau Canal crossing between Fifth Ave. and Clegg St.
The new pedestrian and cycling bridge will provide a safe and convenient link for pedestrians and cyclists travelling between the Glebe and Old Ottawa East / Old Ottawa South.
The work has already started with construction of a paved pathway detour on the west side of the Canal between Third and Fifth Aves. On the east side, Colonel By Dr. will soon be realigned near Clegg, with a pathway detour between Clegg and Herridge Sts. and a signalized crossing at Herridge.
Monday, October 9, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Celebrate the season in the park with friends and neighbours, and enjoy pumpkin decorating, apple bobbing, food trucks, a petting zoo, juggler, music, bouncy castle and more.
Plus, it's the annual Pumpkin Sale to support Old Ottawa East community programs, events and initiatives.
The Pumpkin Sale goes ahead rain or shine, while the Fall Festival raindate is Saturday, October 14. For more information on the event and how to pre-order a pumpkin, visit ottawaeastcag.ca.
Thursday, October 12, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Provide your input for Budget 2018, including suggested priorities and potential areas for savings, at the pre-budget consultation I am co-hosting with Councillors Riley Brockington (River Ward), Jean Cloutier (Alta Vista) and Diane Deans (Gloucester-Southgate).
The meeting is also an opportunity to learn how the budget works, and to learn from City staff about the services offered by various departments.
Use the Citizen Budget tool to provide feedback on City services, to understand how property tax dollars are spent, and to see how changes in spending would affect your tax bill.
For more information on the budget process, visit ottawa.ca.
Tueday, October 17, 6 – 8 p.m.
Have you say on the City of Ottawa budget. Join me and my fellow urban Councillors Mathieu Fleury, Jeff Leiper, Catherine McKenney and Tobi Nussbaum for a discussion off budget priorities for next year.
Register here to attend.
Don’t miss your opportunity to nominate a deserving community safety leader for the City of Ottawa's Community Safety Awards. The awards honour individuals, groups and programs making Ottawa a safer city for everyone.
Nominees are sought for the following categories:
The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, October 3, and the ceremony will take place on Monday, November 6 at 5 p.m. at Ottawa City Hall. The nomination form, criteria and frequently asked questions are available at crimepreventionottawa.ca.
It's time for Cleaning the Capital!
Every year in the spring and fall, Ottawa residents work together to make our city cleaner and greener during the GLAD Cleaning the Capital campaign.
Teams that register their litter pickup or graffiti removal projects and submit an online cleanup report afterwards are eligible to win prizes donated by the campaign's sponsors.
Registration ends on October 15 for the current fall campaign, and cleanup reports are due by October 31.
Since 1994, more than one million volunteers have participated in more than 17,000 cleanup projects throughout the city, and removed an estimated 930,000 kg of waste from our public spaces.
For more information and to register, visit ottawa.ca.