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Concrete pouring for Airport Parkway bridge tower occurs Friday

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For immediate release:
June 13, 2013

Concrete pouring for Airport Parkway bridge tower occurs Friday

Ottawa – Concrete will be poured for the tower for the Airport Parkway Pedestrian/Cycling Bridge on Friday, June 14, starting in the early morning and continuing throughout the day. Motorists travelling on the Airport Parkway can expect minimal traffic disruptions due to construction activity. Speed reductions within the construction zone remain in place.

When completed, the Airport Parkway Pedestrian/Cycling Bridge will provide both cyclists and pedestrians a safe and direct connection across the Parkway.

It will also incorporate part of the existing multi-use pathway that surrounds the Sawmill Creek Constructed Wetlands.

To get updated traffic and construction information around the city, visit ottawa.ca.

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City exceeds standards in both water and wastewater management

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June 12, 2013

City exceeds standards in both water and wastewater management

Ottawa – The City of Ottawa is exceeding provincial standards in its management of drinking water and treated wastewater according to two reports released yesterday.

Drinking Water

The 2012 Drinking Water Quality Management System Annual Report highlights that the City has achieved 100 per cent ratings from the Ministry of Environment Inspections for six of the seven municipal drinking water systems.

“This is the fourth consecutive year that the City has achieved perfect scores for six of its seven water systems,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “This reinforces the fact that the City of Ottawa produces and supplies the best quality and safest drinking water in the world.

The Greely – Shadow Ridge Well System which is operated by the City but owned by Donwel Land Inc., received a rating of 96.8 percent due to two incidents of sustained water use during the summer of 2012 which exceeded the system’s maximum daily flow rate. The quality of drinking water was not affected.

“Ottawa’s City Council is dedicated to providing our residents with the safest drinking water in the world,” said Councillor Maria McRae, Chair of Environment Committee. “This report clearly shows that our City has met or exceeded regulations and delivered on that promise through responsiveness, accountability and innovation. I am proud of the dedication and commitment of our Drinking Water and Wastewater teams.”

Wastewater

The 2012 Wastewater Annual Compliance Report is based on the results of two studies, an in-house audit conducted by City staff and an independent audit performed by the Ministry of Environment. Both reports indicate that the City’s Wastewater Services Branch meets or exceeds regulatory compliance standards at the Provincial and Federal levels.

Both reports are available on ottawa.ca.

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Ottawa ranked first in Canada, third overall in list of sustainable North American cities

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June 6, 2013

Ottawa ranked first in Canada, third overall in list of sustainable North American cities

Ottawa – Ottawa was ranked first in Canada and third in North America, according to Corporate Knights magazine’s inaugural North American Sustainable Cities Scorecard.

“Ottawa’s high ranking in the North American Sustainable Cities Scorecard is the direct result of the investment and attention our city has committed to environmental and sustainable initiatives,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “It is an acknowledgement of our combined efforts as a community to keep our City healthy and beautiful.”

Ottawa placed first out of the five biggest cities in Canada. Ottawa also ranked first in North America in the category of Environmental Quality and second in the category of Governance and Empowerment.

The report, published in Corporate Knights’ Best 50 & Sustainable Cities Edition, measured the 20 largest cities in the United States and Canada on 27 performance indicators across five categories: environmental quality, economic security, governance and empowerment, infrastructure and energy, and social well-being. San Francisco was ranked number one overall and Washington DC came in second.

“Canada’s Capital is blessed with spectacular natural beauty and the City of Ottawa is committed to doing our part to preserve it,” said River Ward City Councillor Maria McRae, the Chair of the City’s Environment Committee. “It is a priority that our City Council takes seriously and receiving the highest ranking in Canada is recognition of the strength of that commitment.”

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Residents Invited to Attend Emerald Ash Borer Information Session

For immediate release:
May 22, 2013

Ottawa – River Ward City Councillor Maria McRae, Chair of the City’s Environment Committee, invites residents to attend a public information session on the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in June.

Since 2008, this invasive insect has spread across Ottawa. The presence of EAB poses a serious threat to Ash trees located on both public and private properties.

Residents are invited to attend this session to learn more about the impacts on their community, what the City is doing to address this situation and what residents can do to help mitigate the impact that this pest is having on our Ash trees.

Date: June 4, 2013

Time: 4:30 to 9 p.m., staff presentation followed by a Q & A session beginning at 7 p.m.

Location: Jim Durrell Recreation Complex, Ellwood Hall – 1265 Walkley Road

Take OC Transpo Route 8 Gatineau, or Route 1 Greenboro, from Billings Bridge Transit Station to arrive at Bank and Walkley.

The City of Ottawa continues to implement its Council-approved EAB management strategy, which includes tree injection, tree planting, selective tree removal and controlling the movement of infected wood. The City is proactively identifying areas for Ash tree injection and interplanting to reduce the impact on our forest cover by this invasive species.

For more information, please visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1.

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For more information:
Media contact
613-580-2450
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City leads by example with internal waste diversion efforts

For immediate release:
May 14, 2013

City leads by example with internal waste diversion efforts

Ottawa – The City is reducing costs and improving waste diversion in its facilities through new waste and recycling processes and new initiatives.

“The City is taking a leadership role on waste reduction and recycling by putting our own house in order,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Diverting waste from our landfill is a community issue that requires community solutions. Recycling and waste diversion is important across our city: at home, at work, and at our public facilities.”

Projects launched by the City include reducing costs by adding small to mid-size City facilities to the residential waste collection contracts; providing blue and black box recycling programs at all City facilities; implementing green bin service at 150 City facilities; providing 100 public battery recycling boxes; and making recycling containers available to special event and festival organizers.

“The City of Ottawa is doing its part when it comes to waste diversion and recycling,” said Environmental Committee Chair, Councillor Maria McRae. “From the largest facilities to individual workstations, City staff are changing practices to encourage recycling. These new programs are extending the life of our landfill and saving taxpayers’ dollars.”

At City Hall, garbage bins at individual desks and workstations were removed in favour of centralized organic, plastic and paper recycling at office kitchen areas.

The City plans to install more recycling containers in parks, beaches, high-volume tourist areas and transit stations; and will establish more efficient design standards for recycling and waste bins in public spaces.

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