Friday, 26 May 2017

Reminder - Community Input Meeting, May 29

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m  (Note Change in Time)

A reminder to all interested community associations that there will be a Community Input Meeting about the Alta Vista/Hunt Club Accommodation Review on Monday, May 29th, 2017 at Ridgemont High School, Cafeteria, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Childcare will be available. 

This meeting will explain why an accommodation review is planned and how the review process works. It will also be a chance for parents and community members to share information about their school and community. Your input will be used to develop the initial report and options.

Here is the agenda for the meeting:

I.   Welcome and Introductions
     a.  What brought you here?

II.  Presentation - Supporting Student Learning through Accommodation Reviews
III.  Your Thoughts About the Review Process - Activity
      a.  What are some things you'd like the district to hear about the review process?
IV.   Tell Us What Matters to You
       a.  What is important to you about your school?
       b.  What factors/unique things about your community do you think need to be                 considered?
       c.  How can we best engage you through this process?

V.   Insights and Questions

VI.  Wrap-up and Closing

We hope to see you on May 29th. You can learn more about the accommodation review process and read our frequently asked questions on our website.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Get Ready For Rail!

The City wants to help you Get Ready for Rail by equipping you with all the information you need to take your journey on board the O-Train Confederation Line in 2018.

At the April 19 Transit Commission meeting, a new information and education campaign – called
Ready for Rail – was unveiled. The Ready for Rail campaign aims to answer the questions that people may have about the new system, things like: "Where will it go?", "How often will it come?", "How will I get to it?" and to provide information about how the system is "Built for Accessibility."

Here is just some of the information from the campaign to help you get Ready for Rail:

Where will it go?

The 12.5-km O-Train Confederation Line will connect 13 stations from Tunney's Pasture Station in the west to Blair Station in the east, replacing current bus service through downtown Ottawa.

Most customers will use the Confederation Line on a daily basis in their transit trips, to get to and from downtown. Through downtown, the Confederation Line travels underground in a 2.5-km tunnel that stretches from LeBreton Flats to Waller Street near the University of Ottawa.

When you arrive at one of the downtown stations — Lyon, Parliament or Rideau — you will be protected from the elements as you exit the train onto a modern, underground platform. Escalators and elevators provide an easy and accessible connection to street level.

As well, the east-west running Confederation Line will connect with the north-south running Trillium Line at Bayview Station, and integrated bus loops at major transfer stations – including Tunney's Pasture, Hurdman, St-Laurent and Blair – will make it easy for customers on buses to connect to the Confederation Line.

Built for Accessibility

The O-Train Confederation Line stations will be fully accessible, with features including:

Tactile wayfinding tiles;
• Audible and visual service announcements and passenger information displays;
• Tactile warning strips and inter-car barriers will keep everyone safely away from the platform edge;
• Two elevators at all stations;
• Accessible ticket machines featuring Braille, raised text, and audible voice instructions via speakers or headphone jacks;
• Accessible fare gates; and
• Public washrooms at the four major transfer stations at Tunney's Pasture, Bayview, Hurdman and Blair.
The Alston Citadis Spirit trains will also be fully accessible, with features including:

• 100% low-floors with entrances that are level with platforms;
• Audible and visual on-board next stop announcement systems;
• Cooperative seating areas with flip-up seats directly beside the train doors;
• Slip-resistant, heated and low-glare floors;
• Bright yellow grab bars easily reached from all positions; and,
• Door controls and intercoms on the trains at heights accessible to all.

Please keep a look out for information across the city on bus shelters, bike racks, within city facilities, and online as Ottawa continues to get "Ready for Rail".

For more information on Ready for Rail, please visit

If you need more information on accessible transit, contact the Access OC Hotline at
613-842-3625 (TTY: 613-741-5280) or e-mail your questions to

For all other questions, please contact OC Transpo at
613-741-4390, the City of Ottawa at 3-1-1 or TTY at 613-741-5280.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Community Development Framework (CDF) Learning Forum 
Celebrating a Community Where We All Belong

Join us for a celebratory evening of community engagement! Learn about resident-driven activities from across the city and explore what belonging means to you. Light refreshments and exciting entertainment will be provided.

Spread the word! We strongly encourage you to bring a new friend or neighbour who hasn't had the chance to get involved in the community yet.

Free registration

Date and Time


City Hall / Hôtel de ville
110 Laurier Ave. W / 110 Ave. Laurier Ouest
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Hockey Eastern Ontario Busary Program and Silent Auction

Bursary Program:
Hockey Eastern Ontario is proud to announce that applications are now being accepted to our 2017 Bursary Program.  The Bursary Program is available to all HEO Players, Coaches & Referees pursuing their post-secondary education.  To apply or get more information please click here
Silent Auction
Hockey Eastern Ontario is proud to present “The Great Sports Experiences” Silent Auction with great prizes for every type of Ottawa Sport Fan.  Prizes include:
  • Toronto Hockey Road Trip – 2 tickets to a Sens 2017-2018 game in Toronto, 2 Via Train Tickets, 1 night Hotel Stay in Westin Harbour Castle and 2 Sens Jerseys
  • Habs vs. Sens 2017-2018 Club Bell Tickets, with Parking Pass
  • Signed Brad Sinopoli Jersey and 4 tickets to the home opener
  • Opening Weekend passes to the Roar of the Rings
  • 67’s Replica Jersey and 2 Flex Packs
  • Ottawa Fury 4 Pack
All funds raised will go to the Equipment for Kids program that recirculates used hockey equipment and provide new helmets to help kids play who financially have a hard time affording them.
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Hockey Eastern Ontario (HEO )
Financial Coordinator
Richcraft Sensplex
Hockey Eastern Ontario
Suite 201-813 Shefford Road, Ottawa, ON K1J 8H9
Tel:         (613) 224-7686 /Fax:  (613) 224-6079
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Friday, 19 May 2017

Seniors can get tickets for a Canada Day breakfast with the Mayor / Les aînés peuvent obtenir des billets pour un petit-déjeuner avec le maire à l’occasion de la fête du Canada

Ottawa – Tickets are now available for the Mayor's Canada Day Celebration for Seniors, which will take place on Saturday, July 1 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park.
The sponsored event with Mayor Jim Watson, includes breakfast, served until 10 a.m., as well as door prizes and live entertainment. Please note that there is no reserved seating, and tickets are required for entry.
Free tickets are available by calling the City of Ottawa at 613-580-2424, ext. 21245, or by emailing by Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while quantities last, with a limit of two tickets per person.
A limited number of VIP tickets will be available to couples celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary in 2017. These tickets are available by calling the City of Ottawa at 613-580-2424, ext. 21245.
For additional information about the event, call 3-1-1 or visit

Ottawa – Les billets pour le Petit-déjeuner du maire avec les aînés à l'occasion de la fête du Canada sont à présent disponibles. Ce petit-déjeuner aura lieu le samedi 1er juillet, de 8 h à 10 h 30, au pavillon Aberdeen du parc Lansdowne. 

Cet événement parrainé qui se déroule en compagnie du maire Jim Watson inclut un petit-déjeuner qui sera servi jusqu'à 10 h. Des prix de présence et divertissements sont également au programme. Il convient de noter qu'aucune place assise n'est réservée, mais qu'un billet d'entrée est requis pour assister à l'événement. 
On peut obtenir des billets gratuits en appelant la Ville d'Ottawa au 613-580-2424, poste 21245, ou en envoyant un courriel à, d'ici le mercredi 21 juin 2017. Les billets, limités à deux par personne, sont distribués selon le principe du premier arrivé, premier servi.

Quelques billets VIP sont également mis à la disposition des couples célébrant leur 50e anniversaire de mariage en 2017. Les personnes intéressées peuvent se procurer ces billets en appelant la Ville d'Ottawa au 613-580-2424, poste 21245.

Pour obtenir plus d'information sur cet événement, composez le 3-1-1 ou consultez

Safety Tips for Vacationers

The May long weekend is here. For many people this is the first weekend of the summer traveling season. Whether you are taking trips up to the family cottage or traveling around the world, it is important to remember a few tips to avoid identifying your home as a potential target for robberies when you are away.

Here are some tips from the Ottawa Police to make your home appear occupied:

·         Don’t post on social media that you are going away. Also, avoid posting those amazing vacation photos until you have returned home.

·         Have someone take care of outdoor tasks as needed (shoveling snow, raking leaves, mowing the grass) and collect the mail

·         Take out the garbage

·         Set some lights on timers (set the timer to random, if possible)

·         If you’ve purchased valuables like electronics, cut up the boxes so as not to advertise that you have these expensive items.

For neighbours who are staying at home for these vacation weekends, if you see anything suspicious going on in the community – especially around the home of a neighbour who you know is away on vacation – contact the Ottawa Police.
They have set up a new non-emergency telephone number - (613) 236-1222. You can call this number to report any suspicious behaviours, harassment, thefts, or other non-emergency problems. When in doubt, call the number and report.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

OCDSB Board of Trustees Comprehensive Evaluation Questionnaire

The Board of Trustees of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) is undertaking a comprehensive evaluation of the Board and they are seeking your valued input. The goal is to listen to the opinions, suggestions and observations of key stakeholders and community members regarding the work of the Board of Trustees in order to improve the effectiveness of Board governance. The comprehensive evaluation is conducted once every term of office.

The evaluation questionnaire is anonymous and confidential. It contains a number of questions related to the major responsibilities of the Board. The results of the questionnaire will be consolidated and a summary report will be shared with the members of the Board of Trustees for their consideration.

Each question has a four-point scale on which you are to indicate your rating. 1 rating represents "strongly disagree" and 4 rating represents "strongly agree".

Please click on the link below to complete the questionnaire. The questionnaire will be available May 16 to June 9.  Your completed questionnaire will be returned in confidence.  If you have any questions about the questionnaire or the evaluation process, please contact Michèle Giroux, Executive Officer, Corporate Services at 613-596-8211 ext. 8607 or