Thursday, 1 December 2016

Theatre in Ottawa


Looking for something to do as we approach the winter season? Why not enjoy some live theatre from one of Ottawa’s great theatre companies:

Arts Court - http://artscourt.ca/

About: Currently housed in the building are 26 independent arts organizations. Arts Court is home to a group of Ottawa’s professional arts producers and presenters including: the Ottawa Art Gallery, the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, Ottawa Dance Directive, SAW Gallery, SAW Video, and Club SAW. A historic landmark downtown Ottawa, Arts Court continues to evolve as a vibrant hub for artists and audiences alike.

Next Show(s):
·         December 2-4th: Mirror Mountain Film Festival
·         December 6th: Roller Derby Saved My Soul
·         December 7th: On the Fringe
·         December 8th: DIGI60 Festival Launch Party
·         December 13th: Art Battle

 

About: Centrepointe Theatre is a fully-serviced performance venue owned and operated by the City of Ottawa. Its amenities include 954 comfortable seats, excellent sightlines and acoustics, coat check, licensed bar and a computerized box office. Helpful staff, affordable rental rates, state-of-the art theatre technology and a large proscenium stage make the theatre ideal for all types of performances, large presentations and ceremonies.

Next Show(s):
·         December 5th: Colin Mochrie & Deb McGrath
·         December 15th: Max & Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite

 

About: In 2015, the theatre building was sold again and a lease was signed to keep The Gladstone a theatre for years to come. In 2016, a newly formed volunteer steering committee held a community consultation and distributed an online survey on the subject of the future of The Gladstone. Results were highly encouraging! In November 2016, The Gladstone Theatre was incorporated as a non-profit with the purpose of managing the venue and ensuring that it remains a home for Ottawa independent theatre.

Next Show(s):
·         November 25 – December 3rd: Welfarewell
·         December 8-17th: The Maltese Falcon: The Radio Show
·         December 18-23rd: A Christmas Carol
·         December 31st: Paul Hutcheson’s New Year’s Eve

 
The Great Canadian Theatre Company - http://www.gctc.ca/

About: In 2016-2017, GCTC is celebrating its 42nd anniversary season and we have great cause to celebrate our achievements. Ottawa is rich in arts organizations. Yet none is quite like the Great Canadian Theatre Company. GCTC represents a viewpoint and approach to theatre that no other arts organization in this community is exploring. With a long history of creating theatre that is compassionate, thought provoking and immediately relevant, we produce theatre that does not prescribe a point of view, but rather encourages audience members to engage in debate and discussion. GCTC is committed to the production of new Canadian work producing over 80 and artist development. We continue to commission and workshop new plays by emerging and established playwrights.

Next Show(s):
·         November 29 – December 18th: The Daisy Theatre

 

About: Kanata Theatre is an all-volunteer amateur  community theatre company operating in Kanata, Ontario, Canada. It began in 1968 as a play reading group in a sleepy bedroom community. At that time the town consisted of only a handful of houses, one public school, two gas stations, a post office and an A&P grocery store.

Next Show(s):
·         December 27-30th: High School Musical

 
The Lakeside Players - http://www.lakesideplayers.com/

About: The Lakeside Players is a non-profit community theatre group formed in January of 1990 in the Britannia neighborhood, and based at Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre (formerly Lakeside Gardens) in Britannia Park, West-end Ottawa. The spring of 1990 heralded our first production, a 2-hour variety show that included musical and comedy acts, and two dramatic scenes from full-length plays.

Next Show(s):
·         TBA


The Mississippi Mudds - http://www.mississippimudds.ca/

About: The Mudds are a very active amateur theatre group located in Carleton Place, Ontario. The Mudds have a mission to bring Music, Dance and Drama to the community in an engaging and inclusive way. Our goal is to foster an appreciation of performing arts for members and audiences alike.

Next Show(s):
·         November 25 – December 2nd: Mary Poppins

 
National Arts Centre - https://nac-cna.ca/en/

About: The National Arts Centre collaborates with artists and arts organizations across Canada to help create a national stage for the performing arts, and acts as a catalyst for performance, creation and learning across the country. A home for Canada’s most creative artists, the NAC strives to be artistically adventurous in each of its programming streams – the NAC Orchestra, English Theatre, French Theatre and Dance, as well as the Scene festivals and NAC Presents, which showcase established and emerging Canadian artists. 

Next Show(s):
·         November 30 – December 3rd: Alberta Ballet – The Nutcracker
·         December 11th: NAC Orchestra Players’ Association – FanFair
·         December 13-31st: A Christmas Carol


Orpheus Musical Theatre - http://www.orpheus-theatre.ca/

About: Orpheus Musical Theatre Society is North America's second longest-running organization of its kind. Orpheus has been entertaining Ottawa theatre audiences with musical performances of all kinds since 1906.

Next Show(s):
·         March 10-19th: Catch Me if You Can


Ottawa Little Theatre - http://www.ottawalittletheatre.com/

About: OLT has produced over 1,000 plays in our first century. All directors, designers, actors and stage crew are volunteers. As a charitable not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization, OLT relies on its subscribers, ticket buyers and individual donors to provide nearly 70% of its income.  The balance is raised through fundraising, rentals and other sales.  1-3% of its income comes from government grants each year.

Next Shows(s):
·         November 30 – December 17th: The Three Musketeers

 

 

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

ROW Patio By-law Review - Draft Recommendations

Message from the City of Ottawa:
 
Good Afternoon,
 
In 2015, in conjunction with a report to Transportation Committee, City staff was asked to develop a stand-alone patio by-law that would address encroachment issues, and better incorporate patio and sidewalk design standards. Phase 1 was completed in May 2016 with staff asking for feedback on a backgrounder paper ‘RETHINK! The ROW Patio” and two discussion papers: ‘Safe and Accessible Sidewalks’ and ‘Dynamic ROW Patios’.
 
We have now launched Phase 2 of the Right of Way Patio Review public and stakeholder consultation period. We invite your feedback on the ‘Right of Way Patio Review Draft Recommendations’ paper. This paper is available on the project page of Ottawa.ca.
 
We look forward to your comments on the draft recommendations and request that you please provide feedback to the ROW Patio Review mailbox before December 16, 2016. A final report is expected to be tabled at the City’s Transportation Committee by February 2017.
 
Regards,
 
Right of Way Unit
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
City of Ottawa
 
 
Bonjour,
 
En 2015, conjointement avec un rapport présenté au Comité des transports, le personnel de la Ville a été chargé d’élaborer un règlement municipal distinct pour les terrasses qui règlerait les questions d’empiètement et incorporerait mieux les normes de conception des terrasses et des trottoirs. La Phase 1 a été achevée en mai 2016, et le personnel a demandé des commentaires sur un document d’information intitulé « REPENSER! les terrasses sur emprise » et deux documents de travail : « Trottoirs sécuritaires et accessibles » et « Terrasses sur emprise dynamiques ».
 
Nous avons maintenant lancé la Phase 2 de l’examen des terrasses sur emprise, qui est la période de consultation du public et des intervenants. Nous vous invitons à nous faire part de vos commentaires sur le document « Examen des terrasses sur emprise – Recommandations préliminaires ». Ce document est disponible sur la page du projet d'Ottawa.ca.
 
Nous attendons avec impatience vos commentaires sur les recommandations préliminaires et nous vous demandons de bien vouloir les envoyer à la boîte de courriel de l'examen des terrasses sur emprise avant le 16 décembre 2016. Un rapport final devrait être présenté au Comité des transports de la Ville en février 2017.
Sincères salutations,
 
Unité des emprises routières
Direction générale de la planification, de l'infrastructure et du développement économique
Ville d'Ottawa

Friday, 25 November 2016

New e-mail scam built upon traffic violations / Nouvelle arnaque par courriel fondée sur des infractions routières

NEWS RELEASE/
COMMUNIQUÉ
        Executive Services
        Services de direction
        474, rue Elgin Street
        Ottawa, Ontario
        Tel./tél. 613-236-1222
        www.OttawaPolice.ca


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, November 24, 2016   2:05pm

New e-mail scam built upon traffic violations

(Ottawa) –The Ottawa Police Service has become aware of a new scam targeting people in the Ottawa area and other cities.

In this scam, a person receives an email, supposedly from the police, telling them they need to pay a fine for a traffic violation. The e-mail advises the recipient that the fine must be paid immediately and directs them to click on an internet link to make the payment. The unsuspecting victim is then asked to enter personal information.

The Ottawa Police Service does not issue traffic infraction notices by e-mail nor do we ask people for an email address during a traffic stop.

Please read such e-mail read correspondence carefully, and if you have any doubts, it is best to call the proper agency to verify its content before clicking on any such internet links.

For more information or to report a scam attempt, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at: www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca<http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca>  or call 1-888-495-8501.

For more information concerning fraud, please visit the Ottawa Police Website<
https://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/about-us/fraud.asp> .

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CONTACT:
Media Relations Section
Tel:
613-236-1222, ext. 5366
@OttawaPolicefacebook.com/OttawaPoliceService
instagram.com/ottawapolice


  POUR DIFFUSION IMMÉDIATE: le jeudi 24 novembre 2016, 14 h 05

Nouvelle arnaque par courriel fondée sur des infractions routières

Ottawa – Le Service de police d'Ottawa a appris l'existence d'une nouvelle arnaque ciblant les gens dans la région d'Ottawa et dans d'autre villes.

Dans le cadre de cette arnaque, une personne reçoit un courriel, prétendument de la police, les avisant qu'ils doivent payer une amende pour une infraction au Code de la route. Le courriel indique au destinataire que l'amende doit être réglée immédiatement, indiquant un lien à cliquer pour effectuer son paiement en ligne. Rendu là, on demande ensuite à la victime d'entrer des renseignements personnels.

Le Service de police d'Ottawa ne communique jamais par courriel des avis d'infraction au Code de la route, et ne demande pas non plus aux conducteurs de fournir leur adresse courriel lors de contrôles routiers.

Veuillez lire attentivement de tels messages électroniques, et si vous avez des doutes, il est préférable de contacter au préalable l'organisme pertinent afin de vérifier le contenu du message avant de cliquer sur les liens qu'il contient.

Pour de plus amples renseignements, ou pour signaler une tentative de fraude, veuillez communiquer avec le Centre antifraude du Canada au:
www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca<http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca>, ou composez le 1-888-495-8501.

Pour plus de détails portant sur la fraude, veuillez consulter le site web de la Police d'Ottawa<
https://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/about-us/fraud.asp>.

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Contact:
Relations avec les médias
Téléphone:
613-236-1222, poste 5366
@OttawaPolice
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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Cycling in the City - November 2016 (from the City of Ottawa)

O'Connor Street Bikeway – Now Open!


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The O'Connor Street Bikeway was officially opened on October 25 by Mayor Jim Watson, Somerset Ward Councillor Catherine McKenney and Capital Ward Councillor David Chernushenko.
The O'Connor Street Bikeway consists of a combination of protected two-way bike lanes, painted bike lanes, and shared-use lanes connecting the East-West Bikeway at Laurier Avenue with Fifth Avenue, near Lansdowne Park. With significant changes to the street layout, all residents (cyclists, pedestrians and motorists) are reminded to be vigilant when using this new facility. Residents are encouraged to visit the project website at ottawa.ca  for more information, including some short videos for both drivers and cyclists, about how to safely use the O'Connor Street Bikeway. To help spread this safety message, we also encourage everyone to share this information with family, friends and neighbours.

Somerset Street East Advisory Bike Lanes


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Ottawa has become one of the first cities in Canada to introduce advisory bike lanes. As part of a pilot project, advisory bike lanes have been installed on Somerset Street East between Range Road and Chapel Street. The advisory bike lane markings identify an area within the roadway for bicycle travel, but also make the bike lane available to motorists if space is needed to pass another oncoming vehicle. This approach adds cycling facilities to streets where they wouldn't otherwise fit: low-volume, low-speed roads that are too narrow to add full bike lanes.
Advisory bike lanes are placed on each side of the road, separated from the vehicle lane by a dashed line. Motorists travelling in opposite directions share one wide centre lane. When drivers encounter an oncoming motorist in the centre lane, the two vehicles move into the bike lanes to pass each other safely. If there is a cyclist in the bike lane, the motorist must travel behind the bike until it is safe to move back into the centre lane. More information is available on the City's website, including a short video on how to travel on a road with advisory bike lanes.

Cyrville Road Pedestrian and Cycling Improvements          


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Construction is continuing on the Cyrville Road pedestrian and cycling improvement project, with substantial completion expected before the end of the year. This project, along cross-town Bikeway #3, will provide new cycling facilities between Ogilvie Road and Meadowbrook Road. A combination of new buffered bike lanes and shared multi-use pathways (one-way for bikes) will connect to the small segments of bike lanes that existed along this route. The pedestrian and cycling facilities are expected to be constructed by the end of 2016. To find out more and to review a plan of the project, please visit the project website

Construction Updates – Main Street and Mackenzie Avenue


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Construction will continue into 2017 for a number of key projects that have multi-year construction timelines. This includes the Main Street reconstruction project, which will ultimately provide raised cycle tracks between Hawthorne Avenue / Graham Avenue and Toronto Street / Rideau River Drive. The northern part of this road reconstruction project was opened in October (from Clegg Street north to Harvey) and the cycle tracks within this segment are now operational.
Along the east-side of Mackenzie Avenue, a project to implement a 450-metre two-way bike track between Murray Street and Rideau Street is also underway. This project is part of the City of Ottawa, the National Capital Commission (NCC) and the City of Gatineau's long-term goal to complete a cycling facility around Confederation Boulevard. The completion of the cycle track, including line painting and pavement markings, is expected in the spring of 2017. You can find out more about both projects on the City's website; Main Street renewal and Mackenzie Avenue bike tracks.

Beechwood Avenue Bike Lanes


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The eastern branch of the east-west bikeway was significantly improved this summer with the addition of bike lanes along a 450-metre segment of Beechwood Avenue. By changing the configuration of the line painting between Springfield Road and Putman Avenue, there is now a travel lane and a bike lane in each direction, with on-street parking provided on one side only.
As well as modifying the road configuration, the City introduced a lower-speed limit (40km/hr) within this main street corridor and made changes to a number of bus stops, including the consolidation of some. Visit the City's website for more information on the Beechwood Avenue Transportation Corridor.

Seasonal Cyclo-Zone Delineators 


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Under the City's Temporary Traffic Calming program, each ward receives an annual budget of $40,000 for the implementation of temporary traffic calming measures, such as digital speed display boards, centreline flex stake delineators and speed pavement markings.
Within several wards, Councillors have funded the purchase and installation of cyclo-zone delineators along key cycling facilities to increase the visibility of the bike lane, provide seasonal traffic calming for vehicular traffic, discourage stopping or parking in bike lanes and ultimately increase the comfort of residents travelling by bike. Cyclo-zone delineators are installed seasonally for the spring and summer period (April to December) and removed prior to the winter season to allow for snow clearing. This past summer, they were installed at several locations including Somerset, Lyon and Bay Streets, as well as Stewart Street, Wilbrod Street and Hemlock Road along the east-west bikeway.

Queen Elizabeth Driveway Crossing Enhancements


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Crossing enhancements at two locations along the Queen Elizabeth Driveway are expected to be completed in December. The new pedestrian crossovers, a joint project between the NCC and the City of Ottawa, will be installed at the Queen Elizabeth Place and Commissioners Park locations, both identified as key crossing points in the NCC's 2011 Rideau Canal Corridor Pedestrian Crossing Study. Half of the project's construction costs are being funded through the Government of Canada's Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.
The pedestrian crossovers are designated areas that allow pedestrians to safely cross roads; vehicles must yield to pedestrians when crossing. Pedestrian crossovers are identified by specific signs and pavement markings; in some cases, they may also have pedestrian activated flashing beacons. When using pedestrian crossovers, cyclists are required to dismount and walk. More Information on the project can be found on both the NCC and City websites. 

Pedal Play Mobile Bike Rodeo 


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The first Pedal Play Mobile Bike Rodeo in Kanata North was held on October 1 to increase both bike safety knowledge and confidence for children and their parents. It involved a 9-km route through the community with activity stations along the way. The activities were planned by CANBIKE instructor and Bruce Timmerman award recipient, Monna-Leigh McElveny, and were designed to teach safe cycling practices. Participants learned skills such as making hand signals, how to do a basic bike check, and how to safely navigate roundabouts.
The event was supported by Councillor Wilkinson and organized by the Councillor's Transportation Action Committee Kanata North, the Envirocentre's Sustain Kanata North project and the Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association, with assistance from Safer Roads Ottawa, Ottawa Safety Council, and Ottawa Public Health. 

Winter Cycling Network 2016/2017 


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This coming winter, the City's Public Works and Environmental Services Department will again maintain a network of approximately 40km of cycling facilities for use throughout the season. It includes a combination of routes on City and NCC properties, as well as key connections through lands owned by the University of Ottawa.
More information, including a map of the planned winter network and the City's maintenance standards, along with advice for safely riding in winter conditions, can be found on the City's website.   

Projects Wrap-up


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Throughout the fall, landscaping and other finishing touches have been applied to some of the City's cycling projects for 2016. This includes the paved shoulders on MacFarlane Road, the multi-use pathway along the west side of Greenbank Road between Malvern Drive and Wessex Road, as well the new east-west connection to the Antler-Dolan underpass.
An overview of some of the City's recent high-profile, sustainable transportation projects can now be seen on a new 'story map' website, including a number of new pedestrian, cycling and transit facilities such as the Adàwe Crossing and Robert Grant Avenue. 

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Ottawa Police Human Rights Learning Forum

The Ottawa Police Service, in partnership with COMPAC and the GLBT Liaison Committee, would like to invite you to our second annual learning forum in recognition of Human Rights Day.  Join us for an interactive learning opportunity with guest speakers from Ontario's Watchdog, the Ombudsman.

When: December 8, 2016, 9:00am - 4:00pm (Registration begins at 8:30am)
Where: Centre St. Elias centre, 750 Ridgewood Ave., Ottawa

You can register at the following site: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HRLF2016

Additional information is available at www.ottawapolice.ca/diversity

Friday, 18 November 2016

City of Ottawa Museums - Holiday Events

Get Ready for the Holiday Season at Your Local Museums!


Play in the past. Make happy memories for the future.


Enjoy the magic of the Twelve Days of Christmas at the Vintage Village of Lights. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from November 25 until December 18, the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum is transformed by thousands of Christmas lights and beautiful decorations, as well as fun for all ages. Decorate gingerbread in the Schoolhouse, take a ride on a horse-drawn wagon, challenge your friends and family with our special Twelve Days of Christmas-themed scavenger hunt, and, of course, meet Santa Claus! Whether it's your first time or an annual tradition, be sure to visit the Vintage Village of Lights at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum this holiday season and make some new Christmas memories.


Kids aged 5 to 12 are invited to the Nepean Museum on Sunday, December 11 for A Nepean Christmas. They'll learn about different Christmas traditions through fun hands-on activities like making a Christmas card, decorating a gingerbread house, and creating a doll or teddy bear to bring home or give as a gift. Santa will even stop by to read a story or two. 


Do you have an aspiring elf at home? Bring the kids to Billings Estate National Historic Site on Saturday, December 17 for Elves of the Estate. Enjoy the Victorian Christmas decorations while the children practice their elf skills by making a surprise Christmas present for their grown-ups and a little craft for themselves. Naturally, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on site to supervise and meet their new recruits!


Take a break from your Christmas shopping and visit Fairfields Heritage House on Sunday, December 18 for an evening celebrating the spirit of the season.  Admire the Victorian-style decorations, listen to your favourite carols, enjoy a sampling of Christmas treats, and take a tour of this family home.

Artefact Showcase


  This oil heater from the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum artefact collection has just returned from getting some special treatment! For over ten years, the City of Ottawa Museums have partnered with Algonquin College's Applied Museum Studies program. This partnership allows artefact conservation students to learn practical skills as they perform minor conservation work on some of the metal objects in our museums' artefact collections. Over the years, the students at Algonquin College have completed work on over 600 objects, which are then returned to the museums for further research and exhibition.

Celebrate Hockey at the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame


Did you know that next year isn't just Canada's 150th anniversary, but also an important year in hockey history? In 2017, we'll be celebrating 125 years of the Stanley Cup, and 25 years of the Ottawa Senators. A special exhibition will be installed in the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame this December honouring these two milestones. Next time you're at City Hall at 110 Laurier Avenue West, be sure to swing by the Heritage Building and check it out!

Volunteer Appreciation Event


The annual volunteer appreciation event for the City of Ottawa Museums and Historic Sites was held on November 9. We enjoyed getting together and recognizing the contributions of the many volunteers who help us bring our museums to life whether on the front-line or behind the scenes. We couldn't do it without you!

For more information about volunteering for the City of Ottawa Museums, please contact us.

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