Sunday, 18 March 2018

Cleaning the Capital - Early Bird Registration

Register your cleanup project for the 2018 GLAD Cleaning the Capital spring campaign by April 14th and you’ll have a chance to win an early bird prize generously donated by our sponsors. Registration continues until May 15th.

GLAD Cleaning the Capital volunteers who submit their online cleanup reports by May 31st are also eligible to win one of the many prizes donated by our sponsors.

Join the thousands of community volunteers to help keep Ottawa clean and green in 2018!

For more information on the GLAD Cleaning the Capital campaign, please visit

Thanks for keeping Ottawa clean and green!

The GLAD Cleaning the Capital Team

Thursday, 15 March 2018

University of Ottawa Heart Institute - Open House

OPEN HOUSE - A New Home For Your Heart
Come Explore the Brand New State-of-the-Art Heart Institute and Discover the Next Generation of Cardiac Care.
Friday, March 23 - Tours From 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.
University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

City of Ottawa Museums - At Your Museum - March 2018

Celebrate Easter at the Estate

We’re celebrating the arrival of spring at Billings Estate National Historic Site! Explore why the spring season was so important to farming families like the Billings by planting your own carrot seed and taking it home to watch it grow. Learn more about Victorian-era Easter traditions, decorate eggs, meet the Easter Bunny, and more!

Hop into spring at Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

We’ve got fun and games for the whole family at Cumberland Heritage Village Museum! Unscramble an Easter puzzle as you explore the Museum grounds. Put your skills to the test in an egg rolling competition or give the Easter basket relay a try. Cap it all off with a sweet treat and learn more about the maple syrup industry of the 1920s and 30s. 

Egg-cellent fun at Fairfields Heritage House

Get crafty and decorate your very own fluffy bunny mask. Then get in character and hop out to the lawn at Fairfields Heritage House to search out all the eggs the Easter Bunny has hidden across the grounds. 

Tune in! to March Break at the Ottawa Public Library

Explore local history through a musical lens with a March Break program at the Ottawa Public Library. We’re hosting fun and interactive children’s programs at various library branches during the week of March 12 to 16. Visit the OPL website for more information on these programs and to register: Log driver lifestyle; Have a swinging good time!; Sound, emotion, movement and your brain; and Dancing through the ages

Artefact Showcase

The primary purpose of this heater was to warm a heavy, metal sad iron (flat iron) for use pressing fabric. Due to their relative portability, these heaters, fueled by coal oil or kerosene, were also used to boil water, as handheld lamps, or as carriage heaters. Though this model dates from between 1877 and 1905, heaters like this were common through the 1950s in rural communities where access to electricity was limited. Sometimes you will still see refurbished models in use as camp stoves! As demonstrated in these overlaid before and after photos, this heater was recently conserved. This work was completed by an Applied Museum Studies student as part of our community partnership with Algonquin College. Conservation is an important part of maintaining our artefact collections and provides an additional opportunity to learn more about the history of these objects and their role in our communities.  

City in Motion launches at Ben Franklin Place

This spring we’re debuting a new, four-part exhibition highlighting the history of transportation in Ottawa and you can get a sneak peek beginning March 15 at the Atrium Gallery, Ben Franklin Place. From canoes and steam ships to trains and trolleys, this exhibition will explore all the ways Ottawa residents have travelled from point A to point B. The satellite exhibition will also be on display at City Hall in early May before opening in full at Billings Estate National Historic Site, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, Nepean Museum, and Pinhey’s Point Historic Site later that month. 

Make time for Play! at Nepean Museum

Play! The building blocks of learning is the perfect exhibition to enjoy during March Break! Kids can express their creativity from the drawing wall to the puppet theatre all while exploring how play-based learning encourages cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. Nepean Museum is open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and weekends from 1 pm to 4 pm. Daily admission to the Museum is free.  

Coming soon to the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame

Our team is hard at work preparing an exciting new display for the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame. This exhibition will tell the story of sport at the community level and will highlight nine sports and their impact on Ottawa. Stay tuned to this newsletter for more details!

See yourself as a Museums volunteer!

Are you interested in volunteering at a City of Ottawa Museum but aren’t quite sure what to expect from the experience? We’re hosting on-site introductions for new and prospective volunteers at Billings Estate National Historic Site, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, Fairfields Heritage House, Nepean Museum, and Pinhey’s Point Historic Site. These sessions are a great way to learn more about our museums, programs, and volunteer opportunities! Visit our website to learn more; registration is required.  

Summer hiring campaign

Do you know a university or college student who wants to help bring history to life for our visitors? Applications are now open for the position of Summer – Heritage Leader at Billings Estate National Historic Site, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, Nepean Museum/Fairfields Heritage House, and Pinhey’s Point Historic Site. 

Follow us on Facebook!

Get the most up-to-date details about special events and programs by following us on Facebook. You can also find Cumberland Heritage Village Museum on Instagram!

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

City of Ottawa Accessibility Spotlight - March 2018

AccessAbility Day 2018 - Thursday May 31

Mark your calendars!

The City of Ottawa in partnership with Ottawa Public Health is pleased to celebrate AccessAbility Day 2018.

Where: Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. West

When: Thursday, May 31, 2018

More information to follow.

Public Engagement Accessibility Features

The City of Ottawa is committed to the provision of accessibility accommodations for residents with disabilities to provide equal participation in City public meetings.

FM Loop assistive listening devices, which provides clear speech/sound and a reduction in background noise, can assist people with hearing loss. They are available for use in Council Chambers and rooms at City Hall for members of the public who attend City meetings.

In addition, the City has recently invested in new equipment and technology to improve resident engagement.
After conducting a review of City Hall spaces, a number of equipment upgrades at City Hall include:
  • Increased accessible chair/seating options
  • An active subwoofer and an advanced telephone conference system for enhanced sound quality
  • Larger TV screens to display captioning and presentations
Since the City of Ottawa also holds public engagement events outside of City Hall, investments in portable equipment options for offsite public engagement events, are now also available upon request. These equipment systems include:
  • A portable public address sound system that provides better sound quality and voice projection, and includes the Williams Sound FM loops system for hearing loss; works with cochlear implants and also with regular headphones
  • A portable discussion system that has wireless accessible conference microphones, a soundboard includes the Williams Sound FM loops system for hearing loss; works with cochlear implants and also with regular headphones
For more information on the provision of accessible accommodations during the City’s public engagement events please contact

Financial Aid - Ottawa Hand in Hand

The City of Ottawa offers help with program fees so that all residents can take part in recreation and culture activities regardless of their ability to pay.

If you are already a participant in a community or social service agency program, or if you are an individual or family with a low-income, you may qualify for the Ottawa Hand in Hand recreation and culture fee support program.

To apply for the Ottawa Hand in Hand, Recreation and Culture Fee Support:

Step 1: Print the application form (PDF opens in a new tab or window) at home, or pick one up at most staffed recreation facilities or at a Client Service Centre.

Step 2: Complete the application form.

Step 3: Bring the completed application form to your local recreation or cultural facility. A supervisor will review the application for approval.

Remember, you can request accessible formats of City public documents and we welcome your disability-related feedback on the accessibility of our services, programs and facilities through the following channels:

Monday, 5 March 2018

Next QTSRCA Meeting - Monday, March 12th, 7:30pm at Sonny's

The Queensway Terrace South Ridgeview (QTSR) Community Association will be holding our next monthly meeting on Monday March 12th, 7:30-9:00 and you are welcome to join us.  A copy of the agenda for the meeting is available at this link.

When: Monday, March 12th, 7:30 pm 
Where: Sonny’s Bar and Grill – 1119 Baxter Rd

Sunday, 4 March 2018

City of Ottawa Recreation Registration Starts Soon - Spring and Summer

March Break adventures

March 12 to 16 is a great time to try something new, improve your sports skills and make new friends at the many day camps across the city. Days filled with physical activity, games, songs, crafts and special events, guarantee there will be no boredom in Ottawa.

You can also spend some quality time with your children. Find up to date schedules and information for Public Skating and Public Swimming, and get active with your kids!

Registration Starts Soon!

Swimming and Aquafitness Programs 

Online and Touch Tone Telephone Registration (613-580-2588) – starting Monday, March 5 at 9 pm.
In-Person Registration on Tuesday, March 6 during regular business hours.

All other Recreation Programs and Summer Camps 

Online and Touch Tone Telephone Registration (613-580-2588) – starting Wednesday, March 7 at 9 pm.
In-Person Registration on Thursday, March 8 during regular business hours.

Recreation eGuides available now

Fun can be found online in the City of Ottawa's Recreation eGuide and Mon Cyberguide francophone des loisirs. 

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Addressing Anti-Black Racism - A Town Hall / Faire face au racisme anti-noir: Assemblée publique

Addressing Anti-Black Racism - A Town Hall

(La version française suit)

On March 21, 2018,  International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the public is invited to a Town Hall meeting at City Hall, to review our community's progress in the year since the launch of the Addressing Anti-Black Racism Report in February 2017.

This event is co-sponsored by 
City for All Women Initiative (CAWI), Ottawa Local Immigrantion Partnership (OLIP), Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres, CHUO FM, Justice for Abdirahman Coalition, Somali Women's Circle Network, and North-South Development Roots and Culture Canada.
Come join us at City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West 

5:30 – 6:15   Reception – Jean Piggott Place (refreshments and information tables) 
6:15 – 8:30   Town Hall – Andrew Haydon Hall & Council Chambers
8:30 – 9:00   Informal Networking
Funding: We thank Status of Women Canada, Ottawa Community FoundationUNIFOR Local 2025 and CUPE National for funding to make this possible. 

Faire face au racisme anti-noir: Assemblée publique


Le 21 mars 2018, à l’occasion de la journée internationale pour l’élimination de la discrimination raciale, le public est invité à une assemblée publique qui vise à faire le bilan des progrès réalisés par la communauté durant l’année écoulée depuis la publication du rapport  Faire face au racisme anti-noir à Ottawa  en février 2017.

Cet évènement est coparrainé par l’Initiative: une ville pour toutes les femmes (IVTF), le Partenariat local pour l’immigration d’Ottawa (PLIO), la Coalition des centres de ressources et de santé communautaires, CHUO FM, La coalition justice pour Abdirahman, le Réseau du cercle des femmes somalies, et Racines du développement Nord-Sud et Culture Canada.
Joignez-vous à nous à l’hôtel de ville, 110, avenue Laurier Ouest 
De 17 h30 à 18 h 15: Réception – Place Jean Piggott (rafraichissements et tables d’information) 
De 18 h 15 à 20 h 30: Assemblée publique – Salle Andrew Haydon & salle du conseil 
De 20 h 30 à 21 h: Réseautage informel  
Financement Nous remercions Condition féminine Canada, la Fondation communautaire d’Ottawala section locale 2025 dUnifor et SCFP national pour le financement qui a rendu possible la tenue de cette activité.