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OC Transpo launches One Number for all Services

July 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

613-560-5000

OC Transpo has simplified its customer service phone system by launching a new convenient phone number to direct you to the information you need. You can now call 613-560-5000 for all OC Transpo inquiries, including Para Transpo booking and cancellation services, schedule information, trip planning, fares, discounts, Park & Ride, Bikesecure permits, and more.

With one easy-to-remember phone number, you can access OC Transpo services through six self-serve options or be connected directly to a customer service representative.

All existing numbers will remain active during the transition to the new number, to allow existing customers time to adapt to the new change. Important phone numbers such as Special Constable Unit, Lost & Found and the Ottawa Distress Centre will not be affected and will continue to be available.

The phone number complements OC Transpo’s other 560 travel tools. When you need real-time information you can continue to text 560560 or call 613-560-1000 and use the four-digit bus stop number, or first three letters of the station name to get information about departure times for buses, the latest schedule updates, cancellations, or detours.

For more information, visit octranspo.com or give us a call today at 613-560-5000

This is Us!

July 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

The City of Ottawa reviewed its ward boundaries in 2020, to balance population numbers and achieve other components of “ effective representation,” as established by the Supreme Court of Canada and Ontario’s Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), which was formerly the Ontario Municipal Board. The last major review in 2005 established the City’s current 23 wards. 

Since the last review, Ottawa has seen considerable population growth, especially in suburban wards outside the Greenbelt. Some wards are growing twice as fast as others, creating population imbalances. 

The Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020 was meant to establish boundaries that can be used in at least three municipal elections (2022, 2026 and 2030).

Based on direction from City Council, an independent, third-party consultant team conducted the Review to ensure it was objective and impartial. The team consulted extensively with the public, Members of Council and stakeholder groups, including school boards.  The final recommendations were considered by the Finance and Economic Development Committee and Council during their meetings of December 1, 2020 and December 9, 2020. 

Council approved a new ward boundary structure for the City.  Pending appeals and hearings by LPAT, the City’s by-law to establish the new boundaries will come into force for the 2022 Municipal Elections, before which the Council will need to approve the numbering of the new wards.

Crime Prevention Strategy Information Session

July 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

We would like to invite you and your fellow neighbors to a Crime Prevention Strategy Information Session in cooperation with the Ottawa Police Service. We would appreciate if you can help us get the word out by sharing this invitation with your members.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Thursday July 15, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: College Ward Crime Prevention Strategy Information Session with OPS

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://tinyurl.com/CollegeWardCrimePrevention

After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

​Kind Regards ,

Chantal Lebel

Director of Strategic Affairs & Communications

Office of Councillor Rick Chiarelli

City of Ottawa | 110 Laurier Ave. W.

Ottawa. Ontario K1P 1J1

613-580-2400 ex 12599

Chantal.Lebel@ottawa.ca

Ottawa’s New Official Plan

June 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

In September, City Council will be making final decisions regarding the new Official Plan

We have until then to give the Planning Department our feedback. If you have not done so, please have a look at what is proposed for the region and for College Ward 8 by visiting the The New Official Plan | Engage Ottawa information page.

If you have any thoughts about what the City is proposing, please forward them directly to the Planning Department. You will find the contact information you need on the website. And, thank you for participating.

Greener Homes Grant – Are You Eligible?

June 9, 2021 | 0 Comments

Last week, the Canadian government launched the Canada Greener Homes Grant program, which offers up to $5,000 of reimbursement for energy-saving home upgrades. 

Homeowners can claim up to $5,000 to implement eligible retrofits done after December 1, 2020, and up to $600 for the cost of the pre- and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluations, which usually range between $300-750. The reimbursement can be applied for and received once the post-retrofit evaluation has taken place.

list of eligible retrofits and the amount available for compensation includes:

  • Home insulation, up to $5,000;
  • Air-sealing, up to $1,000;
  • Windows and doors with ENERGY STAR certification, up to $5,000( Patio doors and windows between $125-250 depending on the ENERGY STAR certification level, hinged doors up to $125);
  • (Smart) Thermostat, up to $50;
  • Heating, up to $5,000;
  • Renewable energy in the form of photovoltaic solar panels, up to $5,000; and
  • Resiliency measures, including roofing membrane and foundation water-proofing (must be combined with another retrofit), up to $2,625.

Check the web-site Canada Greener Homes Grant program for all details and requirements regarding these grants.

Birds in Our Backyard

May 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

If you’re a birder, you might be interested in hearing Michael Runtz’ presentation, through Carleton University.  Runtz is one of Canada’s most highly respected naturalists, nature photographers, and natural history authors. An avid birdwatcher since the age of five, Runtz has worked as an interpretive naturalist in Algonquin Provincial and Point Pelee National parks, conducted biological surveys across Ontario, hosted an international television series Wild by Nature, published 14 natural history books and currently teaches natural history and ornithology at Carleton.

 Wednesday, June 2, 2021

10:00-11:00 AM ET
Location: Online via Zoom webinar

Register here

Be Ready for an Emergency

May 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

From our friends in Tanglewood-Hillsdale Community Association, who survived the tornado in 2018, some recommendations for your Emergency Preparedness:

Naturalize the Neighbourhood

May 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

Ecology Ottawa is offering the opportunity for you to naturalize your garden by purchasing native plants to support urban biodiversity, just in time for planting. Check it out… Blog — Ecology Ottawa’s Pollinator Plant Fundraiser

1356 Clyde Avenue – the Golpro Towers

April 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

We need your help to prevent construction of these two mega-towers at the corner of Baseline & Clyde. 

The Planning Department needs to hear from more residents. 

The attached list of prompts was drafted by a resident of 1485 Baseline and kindly printed and distributed by Councillor Chiarelli. 

Please send your comments directly to the City Planner  Laurel.McCreight@ottawa.ca  with a copy to our Councillor   Rick.Chiarelli@ottawa.ca   

You can download the brochure from Rick Chiarelli’s office here.

1375 Clyde Avenue – Dymon Warehouse

April 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

Many months ago, the Dymon Storage Company asked the City of Ottawa for a zoning change that would allow construction of one of their self-storage facilities, near the corner of Baseline and Clyde.  City Council denied Dymon’s request. 

Dymon subsequently appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.  That hearing is scheduled for Monday, May 3 at 10am. 

You can watch virtually at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/687963877 using the GoToMeeting web application, available at https://app.gotomeeting.com/home.html

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