City Launches Transportation Master Plan

At the December 4, 2019 Transportation Committee meeting, the City of Ottawa launched the Transportation Master Plan Update. This document is the roadmap for the planning and operation of the City’s walking, cycling, transit, and road networks for the next several decades. Residents will have the opportunity to review the plan, and provide feedback through the City’s website at www.ottawa.ca/TMPUpdate.

The online comment period will be open from December 4, 2019 to January 24, 2020.

City to host Fall Day Programs in anticipation of school closures

The City of Ottawa will be offering day camps , Wednesday December 4, at select recreation facilities in the event of school closures.

Camps are offered for four to 12-year-olds, run from 8 am to 5 pm, and are priced affordably to meet the needs of Ottawa residents.

The City will be hosting the day programs at the following City facilities:

East end locations:
Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex
St-Laurent Complex
City-wide locations:
CARDELREC Recreation Complex
Program only available for 4 and 5 year olds
CARDELREC Recreation Complex
Program only available for 6 to 12 years
Greely Community Centre
Greenboro Community Centre
Hintonburg Community Centre
Program only available for 6 to 12 years
Kanata Recreation Complex
Manotick Community Centre
Richcraft Recreation Complex
Rideauview Community Centre
Sawmill Creek Pool and Community Centre
Walter Baker Sports Centre

To register or browse the available camps, parents can do so on: ottawa.ca/recreation

Winter maintenance by the numbers

Did you know the City of Ottawa has more than 510 highly trained winter operators and over 595 pieces of snow clearing equipment to address any conditions Mother Nature throws at us?  Throughout the day and night, City staff constantly monitor road conditions and takes the necessary steps to keep residents safe as they make their way around the City.

OC Transpo launches 35th Annual Food Drive!

Did you know this annual food drive began the same year the Ottawa Food Bank opened its doors? With a long-standing, special relationship for over a third of a century, we’ve been able to work together and continue to make the OC Transpo/Loblaw Christmas Food Drive the single biggest drive in Ottawa each year.

Over the past 35 years, the food drive has raised over three million pounds of food and thousands of dollars in cash donations. Last year alone, a total of 121,038 food and non-perishable items and $38,400 in cash and food vouchers were delivered to the Ottawa Food Bank.

Do you know why this food drive continues to be such a success? It’s because of the generosity of people like you who continue to donate and volunteer your time to help make a difference. Let’s work together to make this year another huge success.

Want to get involved? Here’s how you can help!

Make a food donation

You will now find donation boxes at several City of Ottawa facilities ready to be filled with canned and non-perishable items, including: rice, soup, tuna, pasta, diapers, baby food, baby formula, peanut butter, tomato sauce, and stews.

Donation boxes are located at the following locations:

  1. 1500 St-Laurent Boulevard
  2. 875 Belfast Road
  3. 899 Belfast Road
  4. 925 Belfast Road
  5. All OC Transpo garages
  6. 370 Catherine Street
  7. 101 Centrepointe Drive – Ben Franklin Place
  8. 100 Constellation Crescent
  9. 110 Laurier Avenue – City Hall
  10. 2339 Ogilvie Road
  11. 2799 Swansea Crescent
  12. 2020 Walkley Road
  13. 1490 Youville Drive, Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Centre-Orleans
  14. 1115 Dunning Road, RJ Kennedy Arena
  15. 951 Clyde Avenue

There are also many fun ways to donate and get involved as a team – you can create some friendly competition amongst your colleagues, or you could even do a bake-off in exchange for donations.

Make a monetary donation

Did you know that for every dollar you donate, the Ottawa Food Bank – because of its wholesale purchasing power – can deliver about $5 worth of food? The Ottawa Food Bank’s Online Donation option for the OC Transpo/Loblaw Christmas Food Drivemakes it easy to make monetary donations.

Sharing is caring! Sharing the link to the Online Donation page is easy – you can post it on your social media accounts for friends and family to see, or you can send it to them via email.

Volunteer your time!

Once again, we need over 600 volunteers to help collect thousands of food and cash donations from Ottawa residents at participating Loblaws, Your Independent Grocer and Real Canadian Superstore and No Frills grocery stores. Staff and their family and friends can volunteer for a 3.5-hour shift between 10 am and 5 pm on Saturday, November 30. This volunteer opportunity qualifies as community service hours for high school students. If you are interested, please visit the Ottawa Food Bank’s new online volunteer registration site.

Accessibility Infrastructure updates

Innes Ward is home to many senior residents who are choosing to remain in the community. Providing accessible infrastructure is a priority to ensure that seniors and residents with mobility restrictions continue to enjoy everything our community has to offer.

In our Ward, there are multiple projects underway, or just completed that will add to the accessibility of our beautiful neighbourhood.

A few examples include:

  • Benches located along multi-use pathways, sidewalks, nature trails, and connecting to the new Chapel Hill South Park and Ride
  • Tactile Walking Surface Indicators installed as part of road repaving projects across the Ward
  • Blackburn Arena expansion commencing in 2020 will ensure this important community hub meets accessibility needs
  • Signage advising motorists of areas where many older adults reside
  • Altered pedestrian crossing signals at Pagé Road and Innes Road to allow more time for seniors to cross the street safely

By 2031, seniors will make up 22 per cent of Ottawa’s population. It is important we continue to improve our city infrastructure to provide a safe, mobility-friendly community for Innes Ward residents of all ages.