April 5, 2024 Newsletter

April 5, 2024 newsletter from Rawlson King, City Councillor for Rideau-Rockcliffe.

City of Ottawa News, Events, Meetings and Engagement Opportunities 

Winter Operations Update

Mother Nature delivered quite the weather event on Wednesday and Thursday of this week featuring rain, ice pellets, snow and strong winds. The City's Roads and Parking Services team continues to operate 24/7, and supervisors will be monitoring conditions and will deploy resources as needed. Warmer temperatures are in the forecast for the weekend. For updates on winter and spring operations, please visit ottawa.ca/winter.


City-wide Street Sweeping Operations

City-wide street sweeping operations have begun, though operations were recently paused during the winter storm this week. Main thoroughfares are typically done during off-peak hours so that operations do not impact busy traffic routes, including the morning and afternoon commute. Residents may see street sweeping vehicles repetitively clean sections of their streets and sidewalks. This is sometimes required to remove difficult debris and materials that have accumulated throughout the winter that can pose a danger to traffic, pedestrians, cyclists and which clog catch basins. 

Concentrated street sweeping operations began on April 1 and are expected to be completed on April 11, 2024 (weather permitting).  

  • Concentrated sweeping is conducted in core neighbourhoods which include the downtown core, Vanier, New Edinburgh, Overbrook, Sandy Hill, Glebe, Centretown, West Centretown, ByWard Market, Lowertown, Old Ottawa East and Old Ottawa South. These neighbourhoods receive concentrated street sweeping as a result of continuous on-street parking, which prevents effective sweeping. This type of street sweeping is usually conducted between 7 am and 7 pm.
  • On-street parking restrictions are in effect in these neighbourhoods when marked. All street sweeping operations are weather dependent.
  • Temporary “No Parking” signs are posted prominently. The parking restrictions apply to all vehiclesincluding those with on-street parking permits. ​
  • Vehicles parked where temporary “no-parking” signs are posted will towed to nearby streets. Towed vehicles are usually moved just a few blocks over.
  • If you are unable to find your vehicle on your own, please call 3-1-1.

More information about City street sweeping operations is available on Ottawa.ca/springmaintenance.  


Solar Eclipse - April 8


On Monday, April 8, 2024, the Moon’s orbit will position it directly between the Earth and the Sun, causing a solar eclipse. While other areas will experience a total eclipse, in Ottawa the eclipse will not be total -the maximum will be approximately 99 per cent occurring for two to three minutes starting at 3:25 pm. Because there is no total eclipse in Ottawa, there is no safe time to look at the Sun without appropriate eye protection. It’s important to keep your safety in mind during this event. You can visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca/SolarEclipse to learn more about staying safe during the eclipse.


International Day of Pink - April 10

Celebrate a day filled with empowerment, authenticity, and the amazing power of unity. On April 10, 2024, let's celebrate visibility in all its forms - being seen, acknowledged, respected, and listened to. It's about standing tall and embracing our true selves. Because there is nothing more beautiful than being who you truly are. Let's stand united against injustices, raising our voices for those who need them most. Wear pink, use our campaign resources, and spread the message of visibility everywhere. For details, please click here.


Child Care and EarlyON - Service System Plan Survey open until April 10

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The City of Ottawa Children’s Services is in the process of updating the local Child Care and Early Years Service System Plan for the next five years (2024-2028). This plan will act as a road map to identify priorities and set-out actions to meet the vision of an accessible, affordable, high quality, equitable and inclusive Early Learning and Child Care system by addressing local needs. What we hear during engagement opportunities, as well as through a review of demographic and service data, will help to establish the strategic priorities for our city to respond and better meet the needs of children and families in Ottawa. It will also ensure a strong foundation for the future as child care and early years initiatives continue to evolve and align with the on-going implementation of the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care system. As Children’s Services works to update the Service System Plan it is important that we hear from parents, families, and caregivers and those expecting a child. Feedback will help identify community priorities, strengths, challenges or gaps, and areas for action. Your feedback will help ensure we are setting appropriate priorities for the next five years. The survey will remain open until April 10, 2024.


Ottawa Youth Film Festival - Submission deadline is April 11

The Ottawa Youth Film Festival is a new event which aims to empower and celebrate the voices of young filmmakers, providing a dynamic platform for their unique stories to be seen, heard, and celebrated. The festival is currently accepting submissions of short films between 2 and 10 minutes, from filmmakers of all skill levels between the ages of 15 and 24. The deadline to submit a film is April 11, 2024. The festival's first edition will take place May 11 at the Mayfair Theatre. For details and to submit your short film, please click here.


Call for Filming Locations

Attention Ottawa area property owners! The city's film and television industry is expecting a booming year and you can be a part of it. By listing your business or property as a filming location, you can benefit from this thriving sector; when selected, property owners receive:

⭐ Fair compensation for use of their space + the possibility of spending a few nights in a hotel (depending on the scope of the filming)
⭐ Free promotion by showing their business or location on screen
⭐ The pride that comes with seeing your space in a film or television show

Click this link to learn more about the process of listing a filming location, or get in touch with the Ottawa Film Office with any questions. The Ottawa Film Office is especially interested in hearing from BIPOC-owned businesses who may not have had the opportunity to host a production yet, but would like to.


Ottawa's 3rd Black Business Expo - April 14

Get ready to be blown away by the electrifying atmosphere of Ottawa’s 3rd Black Business Expo at the Shaw Centre! This is not your average event; it’s a celebration of diversity, entrepreneurship, and culture, bringing together more than 100 vibrant and dynamic vendors from the Black community. The event is on April 14 from 10 am to 6 pm at Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive. For details and tickets, please click here.


2024 Irish Film Festival of Ottawa - April 12 to 14

The Irish Film Festival of Ottawa, taking place April 12 to 14, is a celebration of Ireland and its people. For details, for the 2024 film roster and for tickets, please click here.


Request for Input on Ottawa’s tree planting programs! - Survey open until April 15

The Tree Planting Strategy has been launched and the City needs your input! The strategy is the feature project under the City’s Urban Forest Management Plan for this Term of Council. It will focus on how Ottawa can achieve its urban canopy cover target of 40% over time. It will shift the City’s tree planting approach from reactive to proactive and it will use the City’s canopy cover data for neighbourhoods to prioritize tree planting in areas of Ottawa that need it the most. The first step is a review of the City’s existing tree planting programs. Through a series of surveys, staff are gathering information on existing tree planting programs and ideas for future programming. Your feedback is needed! The City is requesting your input through a survey available on Engage Ottawa, which will be available until April 15, 2024.

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 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


Celebrate Spring into Spring! 

Spring into Spring is an event that encourages students to arrive at school by walking and wheeling their way to school in the sunshine (and likely a few puddles and snow melt!). Walking to school in the spring is o encourage students to get to know their neighbourhoods and communities and engage in the many benefits of active transportation. Enjoy the quality time you get to spend with your family as you travel to school together! Check out this poster for activity ideas to celebrate Spring into Spring. For more information, please visit envirocentre.ca.



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.

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