April 19, 2024 Newsletter

April 19, 2024 newsletter from Rawlson King, City Councillor for Rideau-Rockcliffe.

City of Ottawa News, Events, Meetings and Engagement Opportunities 

Leaf and Yard Waste Season

It is the start of spring leaf and yard waste season! During this time, waste collection operators have until 8 pm to collect your leaf and yard waste. For a smooth collection, use a paper yard waste bag, or tie and bundle branches and sticks together. For details, please click here.

Spring Cleaning - register before May 3
So far, there are more than 700 spring cleanup projects and more than 32,000 participants registered in the City's Spring Cleaning the Capital campaign. Registration remains open until Friday, May 3 and projects are to be completed by Friday, May 31. Visit ottawa.ca/clean or call 3-1-1 for more information.

Repair Café at City Hall - April 20

Repair Cafés aim to reduce landfill waste by fixing items, teaching new skills, and building community! Ottawa Tool Library’s fixers and menders will be sharing their knowledge and skills around fixing everything from darning socks to re-wiring kettles. There will be free repairs of electronics, clothing, small appliances, jewelry and more! At the same time, learn new skills, enjoy coffee and snacks and meet your neighbours! There will be a children's activity table and a selection of tools for sale. For more information, visit ottawatoollibrary.com/repair-cafe.

Saturday, April 20  
Jean Pigott Place, City Hall 
110 Laurier Avenue West 
10 am to 2 pm 

Climate Resiliency Strategy - Survey and Open Houses in April

A collage of multiple photos: - Rural homes destroyed following a tornado- Someone drinking from a water bottle with a blazing sun overhead- A firefighter installs a water pump in a flooded ditch- An uprooted tree toppled over- A broken branch hangs from a tree covered with ice- Snow removal vehicles lined up on a snowy day

You can help shape Climate Ready Ottawa, the City of Ottawa's draft climate resiliency strategy. Visit engage.ottawa/climate-resiliency to learn more, share your feedback in a survey (before May 21) or learn about upcoming in-person and virtual open houses. Open house dates and locations where you will learn about resilient communities, buildings, transportation and water systems, natural environment and parklands, as well as extreme weather preparedness and response:

  • Tuesday, April 23, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, City Hall – Jean Pigott Place
  • Thursday, April 25, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Nepean Sportsplex
  • Sunday, April 28, 10 am to noon, Ray Friel Recreation Complex
  • Tuesday, April 30, 6:30 t0 8 pm, Zoom

New policy framework for voluntary donations for community benefits - Survey open until April 30

The City of Ottawa is seeking public input regarding the role of Members of City Council in soliciting, facilitating and accepting voluntary donations for community benefits. The City does not currently have a policy that applies to Members of Council who solicit and/or facilitate voluntary donations for community benefits. There is a Council-approved Donations to the City for Community Benefit Policy, but this does not apply to Members of Council. Visit Engage Ottawa for more information and to share your feedback on voluntary donations for community benefits that are solicited and/or facilitated by Members of Council. The survey will be open until Tuesday, April 30. Your input will help inform the updated policy framework, which will be brought forward for consideration by the Finance and Corporate Services Committee and City Council no later than July 2024.


Economic Development Update - Q4 2023

The City of Ottawa Economic Development Update provides an overview of quarterly and annual economic indicators to the city’s economy. The Q4 2023 update covers the months of October, November, and December 2023. Click here for details.

Recreation and Parks Funding: Community Partnership Minor/Major Capital Programs - Deadline is May 1

The Community Partnership Minor Capital Program is designed to implement capital improvements to parks and recreation facilities by partnering with community groups and sharing costs. The next deadline to apply for the Community Partnership Minor Capital Program is May 1, 2024.

Inaugural Better Buildings Ottawa Awards Ceremony - May 8

Tickets are still available for the inaugural Better Buildings Ottawa Awards Ceremony! On May 8 from 8 to 9:30 am, join Ottawa Mayor Mark Sutcliffe and the Better Buildings Ottawa team at Ottawa City Hall in celebrating excellence in sustainable building management and operations. In keeping with our Better Buildings Breakfast series, this ceremony will take place in the morning at City Hall over breakfast and refreshments. The session will also feature a keynote address from a leader in the building decarbonization movement, Bala Gnanam. Bala is the Vice-President, Sustainability, Advocacy and Stakeholder Relations at BOMA Canada.

Gloucester 50+ Centre - tea and bazaar - May 11
The Gloucester 50+ Centre is hosting its annual Spring Bazaar and Tea on Saturday, May 11, 2024 from 10 am to 2 pm, at 4355 Halmont Drive. There will be crafts, quilting, art, books, jewelry, a tea room and more. Everyone welcome. Cash, debit and credit will be accepted. 

BIPOC Youth Job Fair - May 11
The Somali Centre for Family Services is hosting a BIPOC Youth Job Fair is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, from 1 to 4 pm at Ottawa City Hall! Meet over 30 employers and volunteer recruiters. Register now via this link.

Black Canadian Scholarship Fund - Apply before May 31

The Black Canadian Scholarship Fund was established in 1996 to encourage academic excellence and promote community leadership by providing annual scholarships to outstanding young black students in Ottawa. The deadline for applications is May 31, 2024. Download the application form. For more information, please visit bcsf.ca.


The 211 Helpline

Text on image: The 211 helpline can provide interpretation in over 150 languages.

The 2-1-1 helpline helps residents navigate community and social services in Ontario. They  provide interpretation in over 150 languages. Ask for the language you need and hold for an interpreter to join the call.


Reach out for Help - Call or text 9-8-8

A hand holding out a heart

Do you feel like there’s no solution to your problems? Whatever you’re going through, you can call or text 9-8-8 any time of day. We’re here to listen without judgement. Please know that help is always out there. Find out more: 988.ca/get-help/help-right-now


Emergency Services News

Report illegal guns

Help us remove illegal guns by reporting them by calling us at 613-236-1222 ext. 5050 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.~Aidez-nous à éliminer des armes à feu illégales en les signalant; téléphonez-nous au 613-236-1222, poste 5050, ou anonymement auprès d’Échec au crime au 1-800-222-8477.

Caring about your community means engaging in it. Help Ottawa Police remove illegal guns by reporting them. Call OPS at 613-236-1222 ext. 5050 or anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. 

Grandparent scams on the rise


Nine Grandparent Scams have been reported to the Ottawa Police Fraud Unit from January to March this year, with a total financial loss close to $55,000 from vulnerable residents in our community. Statistics show that in most cases, targeted residents are in their 70s and 80s. Please speak to your loved ones about the risks of fraudulent phone calls. Known as “Emergency Scams” or “Grannie Scams,” fraudsters will often target vulnerable residents by identifying themselves as a friend or family member in urgent need of financial help. In 2023, 62 related reports were made to the Ottawa Police Fraud Unit – with a total financial loss close to $550,000. If someone unknown to you calls for financial help – double check the source of the call, ask questions, and verify with your family members that this is not a scam.

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