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November 29, 2014
Ottawa – Ottawa’s reputation as a walking- and cycling-friendly city got another boost today with the opening of the Airport Parkway Pedestrian/Cycling Bridge.
Mayor Jim Watson and River Ward City Councillor Maria McRae officially opened the bridge, calling it an important link between communities on both sides of the parkway and a means to promote safe and convenient cycle travel in the south end.
“Beyond adding to Ottawa’s cycling infrastructure, this new bridge creates an iconic gateway for those entering the nation’s capital from the airport,” said Mayor Watson. “Looking ahead to 2017, that role will be even more important as Ottawa becomes the place to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation.”
“This bridge will certainly make a grand and striking portal into the city,” said Councillor McRae, “but perhaps more important will be the value it brings to the local community. Residents will enjoy shorter commute times with a direct link to the South Keys transit station and the O-Train. They will have better access to nearby recreational space and retail areas, and the shops and businesses in adjoining neighbourhoods will benefit from the increased traffic.”
The new connection will also improve access to the Sawmill Creek Cycling and Pedestrian Pathway, which opened earlier this summer. New LED lighting along the bridge and pathway from Cahill Drive West and Plante Drive to the South Keys Transit Station will greatly enhance security and safety in the evenings.
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September 16, 2014
Ottawa – City Councillor Maria McRae, Chair of the City’s Environment Committee, and City Manager Kent Kirkpatrick today announced the winners of the 2014 Environmental Excellence Awards (EEA) during a special presentation at the City’s Environment Committee. The annual ceremony honours the innovation and leadership of City employees involved in a wide range of environmental initiatives.
The award recognizes recipients in two categories: initiatives that minimize environmental impacts across the wider community and those that reduce the City’s corporate environmental footprint.
A special lifetime achievement award was presented to Paul McCann of Public Works for a career committed to environmental sustainability. Over his 30-year career, Paul demonstrated a personal commitment to environmental excellence in all of the projects he has been involved with, including the Cleaning the Capital program, litter and graffiti programs, Adopt-A-Park/Roadway and the Green Bin program.
“Ottawa is a green city and is highly respected for its commitment to environmental initiatives,” said Councillor McRae. “My gratitude and appreciation on behalf of City Council and all residents of Ottawa go to these City employees who are leaders in carrying out these initiatives.”
The community category winner was:
- Ring and Post Bicycle Rack Program Team. City employees re-purposed on-street parking meter posts into bike racks when the meters were removed in 2010. The project diverted tons of materials from the waste stream and increased bike parking.
The internal category winner was:
- Upgrades to the claims and insurance software, RiskMaster Accelerator. The upgrade is a significant step toward a paperless system for the City’s Legal Services Branch and Claims Unit.
“The Environmental Excellence Awards provide an opportunity to honour the valuable and innovative work being done every year by City staff,” said City Manager Kent Kirkpatrick. “This year, however, we are also pleased to offer a special lifetime achievement award to recognize the long-term commitment of individuals to building an environmentally sustainable city.”
This year’s winners were chosen from a total of 12 nominated projects that featured the work of 89 employees.
Ottawa – Councillor Maria McRae, Chair of the City’s Environment Committee and Kent Kirkpatrick, City Manager, will announce the winners of the 2014 Environmental Excellence Awards at Environment Committee on Tuesday, September 16. A special lifetime achievement award will also be presented at the committee meeting.
Date: Tuesday, September 16
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Andrew S. Haydon Hall, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
The Environmental Excellence Award is an annual award honouring City employees for their dedication and contribution to a greener and more environmentally sustainable municipality.
15 August 2014
Public Service Announcement
Ottawa - The City of Ottawa’s outdoor swimming season is coming to a close. As of Monday, August 18, beaches will no longer be supervised.
Lifeguards will be on duty at Ottawa’s five supervised beaches – Britannia, Westboro, Mooney’s Bay, Petrie Island East Bay and Petrie Island River – from noon to 7 p.m. until Sunday, August 17.
Information on beaches’ water quality is available until that time at ottawa.ca/beaches.
Outdoor pools and wading pools
Closing dates and operating hours for outdoor pools and wading pools vary between August 17 and August 31.
Information about the operating hours of your favourite wading pool or swimming pool, are available online at ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1.
Most of the City’s splash pads will continue to operate between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. until September 17.
Indoor pools will continue to operate on summer schedule until Labour Day weekend.
Although the City’s summer water-related activities are coming to an end, many families and friends are still enjoying time at the cottage, boating, or swimming in backyard pools. Ottawa Public Health reminds everyone to ensure safety around water at all times.
Public swimming and other aquatic activities can still be enjoyed during the fall and winter at City of Ottawa facilities. Check out the Fall and Winter Recreation eGuide and Mon Cyberguide francophone des loisirs for public swimming schedules, learn to swim programs, certification programs, specialty aquatics and aquafitness classes.
Ottawa - Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Maria McRae, Chair of Ottawa’s Environment Committee and Rideau Vanier Ward Councillor Mathieu Fleury launched a pilot project for new waste and recycling bins on Laurier Avenue East today. The new streetscaping initiative is a partnership with Creative Outdoor Advertising (COA) to install four benches and nine combined waste and recycling receptacles along the avenue.
“With these new recycling bins, the City is making it easier and more convenient for residents and visitors to recycle paper and containers and to properly dispose of waste,” said Mayor Watson. “This new pilot project builds on the success of the Elgin Street pilot by testing new types of on-street containers.”
“Recycling is a key component of the City’s waste diversion plan and reduces the need for additional landfill sites,” said Chair McRae. “These new bins will make it easier for residents and visitors to recycle waste like paper and aluminum cans outside of their homes.”
“These new bins are an excellent addition to Laurier Avenue East,” said Councillor Fleury. “Giving our residents and visitors the opportunity to put recyclables in their proper place goes a long way toward keeping our streets clean and beautiful.”
The City is partnering with COA, which has more than 30 years of experience in providing streetscaping programs to municipalities and transit authorities across North America.