Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Reports of Attempted Car Break-Ins

There have been some attempted car break-ins in our community. There are some steps that you can take to make your vehicle less attractive to potential thieves. Remember to remove valuables from your vehicle including electronics such as GPS units. Second, lock your doors when you park your car. More advice is available on the Ottawa Police Service's Theft from vehicles site.

Make a report to the Ottawa Police Service if you notice suspicious behaviour or discover that items have been stolen from your vehicle. There are several ways of contacting the Ottawa Police for non-emergency reports detailed below. It is important to make a police report even if the items stolen from your vehicle are of low value or if you are uncertain whether behaviour that you have witnessed is related to criminal activity, because these reports are used by police to determine if additional patrols are needed in a community. The police can't provide additional crime prevention resources if they don't have data to justify their need.

Ottawa Police Service Reporting Options

Some incidents require an officer to be dispatched to take a report in person, while other reports can be taken over the phone by a Call Centre agent (613-236-1222 ext 7300) or online using the Online Reporting System. Reports filed through the Online Reporting System are reviewed within 24 hours. *Do not use this system if you are operating a vehicle or wish to report information anonymously.*

If you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477

Thursday, 4 January 2018

City of Ottawa Accessibility Spotlight - January 2018

Vehicle-for-Hire Accessibility Fund Public Consultation

 
The City of Ottawa is inviting members of the public to provide their feedback on how City Council can use accessibility funds collected from Private Transportation Companies, including Uber, to promote and foster accessible transportation services in Ottawa.

The City will be hosting public meetings in January and February, and launching an online survey that will remain open from Wednesday, January 24, 2018 until midnight on Friday February 16, 2018. A link to the survey will be posted on Ottawa.ca.

Please be advised that advance registration is required to participate in the consultation sessions as space is limited. The registration process is now open and will close on Monday, January 15, 2018 at 4:30 pm. Visit Ottawa.ca for more information. 

Sunday, 17 December 2017

City of Ottawa Accessibility Spotlight - December 2017

Celebration of People Awards


The City of Ottawa is proud to be the lead sponsor of this year’s Celebration of People Awards. The event, established in 2001 through Citizen Advocacy, honours Ottawa-based individuals, businesses and organizations that promote accessibility, inclusion and full community participation by residents with disabilities. The timing of the event is in conjunction with December 3 - the United Nations designated International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The City of Ottawa is also the sponsor of the Celebration of People’s Accessibility Award. This year’s recipient is Kim Kilpatrick, a passionate advocate for people who are blind or visually impaired. Projects she has been instrumental with include the OC Transpo Working Group to implement exterior bus announcements, the National Capital Heavy Construction Association Education Series, testing electronic tools and technology to be used in the City’s public engagement strategy, and as a speaker at a conference for Ontario municipalities on accessible best practices in the built environment. Kim’s easygoing manner and expertise enables others to understand and appreciate accessibility requirements, which in turn, creates more accessibility and inclusion for residents, employees, and visitors.

Kudos to our former City Manager, Kent Kirkpatrick, who was honoured at the event and received the 2017 Career Award in recognition of advancing accessibility in Ottawa.

The City of Ottawa extends its congratulations to all of the 2017 Celebration of People award recipients!

Need help clearing your driveway and/or walkway during the winter?

The Snow Go Program can help you!

This program is divided into two parts to match your individual needs to the appropriate service.

Snow Go program

This program helps seniors and people with disabilities looking for help clearing snow from their properties. It matches them with individuals or contractors who will clear snow from private driveways and walkways.  Residents who participate in this program pay a small hourly wage to the individual or contractor removing the snow.

Snow Go Assist program

This program offers financial help to low-income seniors or persons with disabilities to pay for a portion of their snow removal costs. Approved participants may receive 50% of the cost of snow clearing. The maximum amount of money back is $250 per season.

Rural applicants who have a very high cost of snow removal may receive up to 50% of the cost of snow clearing. The maximum amount of money back is $450 per season.

This program is on a first come first served basis. Agencies have the ability to limit funds allocated to participants if demand is high.


To be eligible for Snow Go Assist program funding, you must prove that you meet all of the program objectives.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:
  1. Be either a senior or a person with a disability.  A senior is considered any person over the age of 60 years.  For persons with a disability, applicants must be physically unable to clear snow from their private driveway and/or walkway due to their own disability. 
  2. Demonstrate you qualify as low income. Low income is defined as an annual income of below $31,500 for a single individual and below $39,200 for a household (two or more persons). 
Provide proof of active enrolment in one or more of the following programs:
  • GIS (Guaranteed Income Supplement)\
  • ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program)  
  • Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefit  
  • Ontario Works plus proof of disability and/or senior (60 year or older)  
  • Essental Health and Social Supports plus proof of disability and/or senior (60 year or older)
  • Home Help plus proof of disability and/or senior (60 year or older)  
  • Low income senior or person with a disability (proof may be required)
  • Special circumstances may be considered
For more information, please discuss with your local community support agency.

Ontario Renovates can help with your home repairs

For low or fixed-income homeowners who are aging, repairs and upgrades to your house can be costly and daunting. That's where the Ontario Renovates program can help.

Run by the City of Ottawa and funded by the Province, the Ontario Renovates program provides funding for eligible homeowners and landlords for necessary repairs and accessibility modifications to support independent living. The program provides funding for eligible applicants up to a maximum amount of $20,000.

Eligible homeowners are: 
  • Persons 65 years of age or older
  • People with disabilities
  • Families with a household member who is a senior or person with a disability may be eligible if property value and income criteria are also met. Visit the Ontario Renovates page at ottawa.ca for income requirements.
Funding is available to homeowners to upgrade or modify items such as:
  • electrical and heating systems, including chimneys
  • doors and windows
  • foundations, roofs, walls, floors and ceilings
  • plumbing
  • septic systems, well water, and well drilling
  • fire safety
  • cues for doorbells or fire alarms
  • ramps, handrails, chair and bath lifts, height-adjusted countertops
The Ontario Renovates program can also assist landlords. The program provides funding to modify existing units or buildings to make them more accessible and in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.
Landlords can apply for funding for repairs including:
  • Ramps
  • Handrails
  • Chair and bath lifts
  • Countertops height adjustments
  • Cues for doorbells and fire alarms
Want to apply?

Complete the formFunding is available until March 2018. 

For more information about the Ontario Renovates program, please call our information line at 613-580-2424 ext. 12300 or email Ontariorenovates@ottawa.ca. 




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:

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Community skating rink volunteers needed this Sunday, Dec. 17th at 10am


Skating season is nearly here and we need your help to prepare our community rink.

We are looking for volunteers to come out to Kilreen Park on Sunday, December 17th at 10:00am to help prepare the base ice for the QTSR community skating rink.

How does it work? We need to pack down the snow in the park and build up snow piles around the edges of the rink. We do this with shovels, snowshoes, cross-country skis – you can even pull children’s sleds over the snow to pack it down.

The more people who come out to help, the faster and more fun the process will be. We hope to see you there!

Special Advisory: Winter overnight parking ban lifted

The winter overnight parking ban is now lifted for the City of Ottawa.

Be in the know about snow

Follow us on Twitter @ottawacity to receive updates, or subscribe to our electronic email alerts. If you subscribe to e-Alerts, you will receive notification each time an overnight parking ban is in effect, if the ban continues over more than one night and when the ban has been lifted. The service is free and you can unsubscribe at any time. Sign up today at ottawa.ca.

For more winter parking information, please visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).
For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).  You can also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Special Advisory: Winter overnight parking ban in effect

Due to weather conditions, a winter overnight parking ban is in effect tonight between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. across Ottawa. This overnight parking ban will remain in effect until the City announces it has been lifted.

During an overnight parking ban, residents are reminded that there is no parking on city streets so that crews can plow easily and effectively. Vehicles parked on the street during an overnight parking ban may be ticketed and towed. On-street parking permit holders are exempt from this restriction.

Non permit holders can avoid fines by not parking on the street overnight.

Free parking

During winter overnight parking bans, residents will have free access to covered City-owned parking garages. Visit ottawa.ca for more information about which City garages are free during winter overnight parking bans.

Be in the know about snow

Follow us on Twitter @ottawacity to receive updates, or subscribe to our electronic email alerts. If you subscribe to e-Alerts, you will receive notification each time an overnight parking ban is in effect, if the ban continues over more than one night and when the ban has been lifted. The service is free and you can unsubscribe at any time. Sign up today at ottawa.ca.

For more winter parking information, please visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).
For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). You can also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Next QTSRCA Meeting - Monday, December 11th, 7:30pm at Sonny's

The Queensway Terrace South Ridgeview (QTSR) Community Association will be holding our next monthly meeting on Monday December 11th, 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, December 11th, 7:30 pm 
Where: Sonny’s Bar and Grill – 1119 Baxter Rd