August 14 Newsletter 2020

August 14, 2020 newsletter from Rawlson King, City Councillor for Rideau-Rockcliffe.

Volunteers Needed

Ottawa Cares is a Ward 13 initiative started by the team at Manor Park Community Council. Ottawa Cares volunteers have been helping do food bank deliveries throughout the ward from the Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre and delivering hot meals from the ‘Food for Thought’ café. This has been vital in helping the isolated and vulnerable in our community to get essential food parcels during this time. Getting volunteers recently has been difficult because of summer and some workplaces reopening. Can you spare an hour or two on Wednesdays or Fridays?

To volunteer, please sign up here:

Veterans’ Park at Wateridge Village Update

Thank you to all residents who participated in the public engagement process for the development of the new Veterans’ Park at Wateridge Village. The feedback has been published and can be seen here. Thank you for contributing your ideas!

Re-Inventing Cities: Lessons from the Pandemic

In the coming weeks, Synapcity will be hosting a 3-part series exploring how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the culture of Canadian cities.

On three consecutive Wednesdays at 6pm (August 19th and 26th, as well as September 2nd), Synapcity will gather people from Ottawa and beyond to discuss how people can come together to co-create a thriving city given its new reality, starting with a broad perspective, before narrowing the focus to Ottawa. The sessions will be informative while interactive and practical.


  • August 19th: "Fireside Chat: Pandemics, Cities and Civic Culture", featuring James Chan (Pillar Nonprofit Network), Sophia Horwitz (Collab), Keren Tang (McConnell Foundation) and Stephane Pressault (Synapcity)  
  • August 26th: "The Pandemic in Canada's Capital"
  • September 2nd: "Conceptualizing Our City Post-Pandemic"

For more information, visit:

Energy Evolution: Ottawa’s Community Energy Transition Strategy

The City wants to hear from you! The City has launched new engagement opportunities for Energy Evolution: Ottawa’s Community Energy Transition Strategy. Energy Evolution sets out what it will take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Ottawa by 100 per cent by 2050.

Check out the new Energy Evolution page on Engage Ottawa. Here you’ll find:

  • Lots of information about Energy Evolution
  • Registration for public information sessions on August 19 and 20
  • Responses to frequently asked questions
  • Feedback opportunities including polls and surveys

Be sure to sign up for updates to be notified by email when new information and opportunities are added.

Visit the Energy Evolution Engage Ottawa page.

GLAD Cleaning the Capital

After a springtime hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Ottawa’s 2020 GLAD Cleaning the Capital Program returns for the fall campaign, from September 15 to October 15. Early registration begins tomorrow, Saturday, August 15.

Registering is quick and easy:

  • Visit ca/clean or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) to register your cleanup. Our interactive map will show you which locations have already been claimed, and our online registration form will allow you to choose your own project site and indicate the cleanup supplies that you need.
  • Select a location, such as a park, ravine, shoreline, bus stop or pathway – any public area that requires litter pickup or graffiti removal.

Win prizes

Volunteers who register their cleanup project before September 15 could win one of many early-bird prizes, donated by our generous sponsors. Volunteers who submit a final cleanup report by Sunday, October 31 will be eligible for even more prizes.

The campaign is a city-wide event that brings together neighbours, communities and friends to help keep Ottawa clean and green. Last year alone, 69,729 volunteers collected 55,783 kilograms of litter at 1,428 cleanup events.

GLAD Cleaning the Capital is also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.

Resurfacing along Donald Street.

What: Work will involve milling of the existing surface, adjustment of manhole and catch basin grates, selective concrete repairs, and roadway resurfacing. Increased noise levels to be expected in order to facilitate the work.

Why: The City of Ottawa will be resurfacing roads as preventative maintenance aimed at extending the City's roadway network lifecycle.

When: This work is tentatively planned to start late August 2020, weather permitting and is expected to be completed in September 2020. Work will take place at night between the hours of 6 pm and 6 am as required to avoid major interruptions to traffic flows. The road will remain open to traffic with intermittent lane closures expected. Traffic Control Personnel will direct traffic through the site as required. Pedestrian and cycling access will be maintained.

Where: Work will occur along Donald Street from Alesther Street to St. Laurent Boulevard.

Who: The City of Ottawa has retained, Coco Paving Inc, to complete the work.

All work is considered short duration or moving operations which will limit the noise impacts on individual locations and throughout the work site.

We ask residents and businesses to identify and disconnect/relocate their private irrigation systems before we start construction.

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