20 December 2016

At this busy time of year, I hope you find time to relax, to enjoy the holidays with your loved ones, to reflect on the year that's ending, and to look forward to the year ahead. May we all find ways to reconnect with what matters in our lives, and to take care of other people and ourselves. Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a memorable holiday season, however you celebrate.

David Chernushenko
Councillor for Capital Ward

In this issue

Councillor's office closed next week

We at the small but mighty Capital Ward councillor's office are taking a short break from our usual hectic pace of permits, planning and politics. Our office will be closed from Dec. 26 to Jan. 2. We'll be back in business on Jan. 3.

We will, however, be monitoring emails and voicemails for urgent matters. As always, you should call 911 to report true emergencies (fires, crimes in progress and other life-threatening situations), or call 311 or visit ottawa.ca for important matters of a municipal nature.


Make it a green Christmas

Waste collection during the holidays

  • There are no changes to curbside and multi-residential green bin, recycling, garbage collection schedules during the holidays this year.
  • Christmas trees will be collected on your regular scheduled collection day. Please remove all decorations. Christmas trees in plastic bags will not be collected.
  • For curbside collection schedule inquiries, please refer to the collection calendar tool.

Holiday waste tips

  • Place aluminum baking trays in your blue box.
  • Paper flour and sugar bags can go in the green bin, or use them as green bin liners.
  • Never place plastic bags in the green bin (or blue or black box). Instead, use empty cardboard cereal, cracker and cookie boxes to collect food scraps for the green bin.
  • Set your waste out for collection at ground level, and not teetering on a snow bank.

Not sure if an item belongs in your blue box, black box, green bin or the garbage? Look it up in the City of Ottawa's Waste Explorer.



Inside the recycled material recovery facility on Sheffield Rd., where City of Ottawa residents' blue bin contents are sorted and processed. Photo by Jon Connor.

Top "bin sins"

The worst contaminants found in City of Ottawa residents' blue boxes are:

  1. Household hazardous waste (oil, gas, pesticides, herbicides) in full or partly full containers or aerosol cans
  2. Propane and helium cylinders
  3. Batteries
  4. Plastic bags and films (grocery bags, milk and chip bags, cling wrap, cellophane wrapping). Please don't place your recyclables in bags.
  5. Garden items (tools, hoses, garden edging, lawn furniture, pool liners)
  6. Small appliances (toasters, broilers, microwaves) and power tools (drills, saws)
  7. Kitchenware (plates, cups and other ceramics, pots, pans)
  8. Random metal and plastic (car parts, children’s toys)
  9. Paper and cardboard, which belongs in the black box. However, some cardboard-like food and beverage containers, such as milk and ice cream cartons, as well as frozen juice cans, do belong in the blue bin.
  10. Organic materials (food, plants), which belong in the green bin

The worst contaminants in black boxes are:

  1. Plastic bags and plastic film (grocery bags, milk and chip bags, cling wrap, cellophane wrapping). Please don't place your recyclables in bags.
  2. Blue bin materials, especially gable-top containers (milk and juice cartons), aseptic containers (Tetra Paks), cans and beverage containers, which all belong in the blue box
  3. Metal automotive parts (rotors, calipers, pads)
  4. General waste
  5. Batteries

Ottawa's blue box stream has a contamination rate of about 20 percent, compared to only about 4 percent for black boxes.

Click here for a fascinating tour inside the blue box recycling facility.



Saturday, Dec. 31, 5 p.m. – midnight
Aberdeen Pavilion, 1000 Exhibition Way

The Scottish Society of Ottawa is hosting its fifth annual “Hogman-eh!” — a Scottish-style New Year’s celebration with TWO countdowns — one for kids at 7 p.m. (midnight in Scotland), followed by live music, food, drink and whisky tasting leading up to fireworks at midnight. Free admission. See ottscot.ca for more information.


Recreation activities during the holidays

  • Lansdowne Park Skating Court at Lansdowne Park and the Sens Rink of Dreams at Ottawa City Hall are open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., and their heated changing facilities are open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. 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.
  • For information on 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 operate on modified schedules during the holidays. Most recreation facilities are closed, and public swimming, public skating and fitness classes are cancelled on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Please check with ottawa.ca or individual facilities for details, as some exceptions will apply.


Public transit changes

OC Transpo

  • Bus Route 5 from Billings Bridge to St-Laurent will be split in two downtown as part of a route realignment to improve reliability and prepare for LRT service in 2018. Beginning on Dec. 25, a shortened Route 5 will run from Billings Bridge to the Rideau Centre, going as usual via Riverdale Ave., Main and Elgin Sts. The new Route 19 will run from Bank St. between Albert and Slater Sts. to St-Laurent via the Mackenzie King station, Vanier and Montfort Hospital. Stops and service frequency on the split route will stay the same.

  • Fares are changing on Jan. 1. Regular, single ride cash fares will drop slightly, while Presto fares increase. Express fares will be eliminated. Visit octranspo.ca for all fare changes.
Adults and Youth 13+
Cash $3.65 $3.40
  Presto $3.00 $3.35
Seniors Cash $2.75 $2.60
  Presto $2.19 $2.55
Children Cash $1.90 $1.75
  Presto $1.61 $1.70
Christmas Eve Regular schedule
Christmas Day Sunday schedule
Boxing Day Saturday schedule
Dec. 27 Saturday schedule
Dec. 28 – 30 Reduced weekday schedule
New Year's Eve Saturday schedule,
with free service after 8 p.m.
New Year's Day Sunday schedule
Jan. 2 Saturday schedule
Jan. 3 – 6 Reduced weekday schedule
  • Special school services will not operate from Dec. 26 to Jan. 6.
  • OC Transpo Customer Service Centres will operate on a reduced schedule, but the Transit Information Centre (613-741-4390) will be open throughout the holidays to help customers with schedules and trip planning.
  • For more information, holiday schedules and travel planning, phone 613-741-4390 or visit octranspo.com.

Para Transpo

  • Para Transpo Administration (613-244-1289) and Taxi Coupon (613-842-3670) offices will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Dec. 27, New Year’s Day and Jan. 2, but Reservations (613-244-7272) will maintain regular hours.
  • Para Transpo will operate a holiday service on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Regular scheduled trips are automatically cancelled, but customers may book trips for these days by calling 613-244‑7272 starting on:
    • Dec. 18 for Christmas Day bookings
    • Dec. 19 for Boxing Day bookings
    • Dec. 25 for New Year’s Day bookings


Other holiday schedules

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

  • Ottawa City Hall and all seven Client Service Centres, including the Government Service Centre at 110 Laurier Ave. W., will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Dec. 27, New Year's Day and Jan. 2.
  • The Provincial Offences Court at 100 Constellation Cres. will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Dec. 27, New Year's Day and 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.
  • All parking regulations and restrictions will apply during the holidays.
  • All Ottawa Public Library 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 branches that normally close at 5 p.m. will close early at 3 p.m. Visit the OPL website for complete details.
  • Most cultural facilities, such as arts centres, galleries, theatres, museums and archives, will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Dec. 27, New Year's Day and Jan. 2. See ottawa.ca or individual facilities to confirm, as some exceptions may apply.

For a complete list of schedule changes, please visit ottawa.ca.


Children's Garden soil contamination

The City’s Environmental Remediation Unit recently found shallow soil contamination at Robert F. Legget Park and the Ottawa Children’s Garden in Old Ottawa East, with Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) compounds detected at concentrations exceeding provincial standards.

Over the winter, the City will undertake a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) to determine the full extent of the contamination, then develop a plan to implement appropriate risk management measures and/or remediation of the site.

The City and Ottawa Public Health do not consider the current risk to be acute or immediate, and the contaminated soil is unlikely to have a health impact on anyone unless the soil itself was ingested. Please see capitalward.ca for further information.


Open house: Elgin & Hawthorne renewal

Wednesday Jan. 11, 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Presentation at 5:30 p.m.
City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. W.

The City of Ottawa is hosting an open house on the draft design for the renewal of the Elgin St. and Hawthorne Ave. corridor. Space is limited, so please register by Friday, Jan. 6.

Visit ottawa.ca for more information about this project.