At this busy time of year, I wish all residents of Capital Ward and Ottawa 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.
Councillor for Capital Ward
Holiday Schedule Changes
Garbage and recycling: There will be no curbside or multi-residential green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. Unless your normal pick-up day is Monday, garbage, green bins, recycling and yard waste will be picked up a day later than normal for the weeks of Dec. 24 and 31. Christmas trees will be collected on the same day as the green bin — please remove all decorations. For curbside collection enquiries, refer to the collection calendar tool at ottawa.ca.
Transit: OC Transpo will operate a reduced schedule from Dec. 23 to Jan. 5. For details, visit octranspo.com. You can also call 613-560-1000 or text 560560 plus your four-digit bus stop number for automated schedule information.
Recreation: City recreation facilities and programs will operate on modified schedules during the holidays. Most recreation facilities are closed and public swimming, public skating, aqua fitness and fitness classes are cancelled on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Please check with ottawa.ca or the facility for details, as some exceptions will apply.
Library: All branches and services of the Ottawa Public Library will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Branches and services will operate normally from December 27 to 30. On December 24 and 31, urban Library locations will close at 3 p.m.
Client Services: Ottawa City Hall and all Client Service Centres will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The 3-1-1 Contact Centre will be open for urgent matters requiring the City’s immediate attention.
For a full list of City of Ottawa holiday season schedule changes, visit ottawa.ca.
Brewer Pool Re-opens Jan. 2
After a long period of closure for maintenance and repairs, the Brewer Pool in Old Ottawa South is re-opening on Jan. 2, just in time for the winter session of swimming and aquatic classes and activities.
Registration for aquatic programs starting in January is currently underway online at ottawa.ca, by phone at 613-580-2588 or in person at the front counter of any recreation facility.
Contact the Brewer Complex for further information.
Ottawa Sustainability Fund 2013 ‘Green’ Grants
The Ottawa Sustainability Fund (OSF) is accepting applications for grants of up to $5,000 each to improve environmental sustainability in the city.
Up to five grants are available to registered charitable organizations. While the applicant must be a registered charitable organization, proposed projects can be under a partnership, limited partnership, business trust or specific project contract.
The Ottawa Sustainability Fund supports innovative, measurable projects that advance environmental sustainability. Proposals can address energy conservation, renewable energy, greenhouse gas emissions, land and water use.
Full instructions and the application form are available at www.osfund.ca. The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday, January 14, 2013. OSF expects to make its funding decisions by January 24.
Ontario Cycling Strategy Consultation
Ontario is looking for public input on how to encourage and improve cycling safety across the province. The Ontario Ministry of Transportation has released its draft cycling strategy for public feedback until Jan. 29, 2013. It outlines potential improvements to cycling infrastructure, public education and legislation, including:
- Creating a provincial cycling network to connect destinations and establish recreational cycling and tourism routes.
- Supporting municipalities in the development of local cycling networks, including making cycling infrastructure eligible for funding under the Municipal Infrastructure Strategy.
- Running public education campaigns with cycling safety partners such as Share the Road, the Canadian Automobile Association and EnviroCentre.
- Updating the Driver's Handbook to include better guidelines for cycling and sharing the road with other vehicles.
- Providing cycling safety and bike maintenance information with any new bike sold.
- Consulting with the public, cycling groups and municipalities on possible amendments to the Highway Traffic Act to support cycling.
Click HERE for more information on the Cycling Strategy and to submit comments.
This is an important initiative, since 630,000 or so Ontarians cycle on a daily basis, and about two million ride a bike at least once a week.
Urban Design Review Panel Applications
The City is seeking three urban design professionals to serve as members of the Ottawa Urban Design Review Panel, which provides peer review of large- and medium-scale projects within designated Design Priority Areas.
The 10-member Panel includes design professionals with expertise in architecture, landscape architecture,urban planning, green building engineering and heritage conservation.
All applicants should:
- Be able to evaluate projects of varying complexities and contexts related to their profession
- Be able to communicate effectively within a multidisciplinary panel
- Have an understanding of the municipal planning system and the development approval process
- Have practical work experience
- Be registered members in good standing of their respective professional associations.
These three-year volunteer terms begin in March 2013 and involve up to 12 meetings annually. The City will reimburse convening panel members for any travel, accommodation and incidental expenses.