February 23, 2024 Newsletter

February 23, 2024 newsletter from Rawlson King, City Councillor for Rideau-Rockcliffe.

City of Ottawa News, Events, Meetings and Engagement Opportunities 

Tapestry presents: Stories from Ottawa’s Chinese-Canadian Community

Stories from Ottawa's Chinese-Canadian Community are on display at the City of Ottawa's central Archives - James K. Bartleman Centre, 100 Tallwood Drive, featuring newly acquired material. These materials highlight community advocacy and promote cross-cultural understanding on Chinese-Canadian media issues, community-police relations, and over 100 years of community history from early immigration to modern-day Chinatown. Drop by the Central Archives Tuesday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. The display will be available for viewing until March 16. For details, please click here. Learn more about the Tapestry initiative by clicking here.


Increased risk for individuals in close proximity to the inhalation or heating of unregulated fentanyl

Ottawa Public Health has received reports of people feeling symptoms of headache, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting after being in close proximity to people inhaling or heating what is believed to be unregulated fentanyl. It has been reported that there is a strong smell when the suspected substances have been heated for use. Symptoms appear to start immediately after potential exposure and resolve within 24-72 hours. We are currently seeking samples of suspected substances for further analysis. Ottawa Public Health is issuing this alert out of an abundance of caution to ensure that individuals are aware of this added risk in addition to the risk of overdose. Avoid inhaling drugs indoors and in unventilated/confined spaces.  The risk of overdose remains high, and we continue to urge people not to use alone. If you do experience any of these reported symptoms, please see medical care. And as always in the event of a suspected overdose or other medical emergency call 9-1-1. We would ask that if you have experienced these symptoms you bring a sample for drug checking drug checking services are available at Sandy Hill Community Health Centre [sandyhillchc.on.ca] and Ottawa Inner City Health’s Consumption and Treatment Service [ottawainnercityhealth.ca]


What to do if you find a discarded needle: A message from Ottawa Public Health

If you come across a discarded needle in the community, always keep your health and safety in mind. Your best bet is to call 3-1-1 and report the location of the needle. You can find more information about how to safely deal with discarded needles on the Ottawa Public Health website: OttawaPublicHealth.ca/DiscardedNeedles

 ACORN Eco-Tenant Survey for Ottawa renters

Ottawa and Gatineau ACORN ( has developed a new campaign focused on helping tenants mitigate the impacts of climate change in their units, by facilitating their access to, and understanding of retrofits. ACORN has launched an Eco-Tenant Survey to help them get better data on tenant issues related to energy efficiency, climate resilience and mitigation capacities. The data will then be shared with the public and the City. ACORN is hoping to reach as many renters as possible. Their survey can be answered anonymously and is integral to informing their work on tenant rights, retrofits, climate change and healthy homes. Click here for more information and to fill out the survey.

Have your say in the City’s water rate structure review

The City is reviewing how we recover costs to deliver water services that you rely on every day, and we want to hear from you. To ensure fairness and balance costs for water usage with the actual costs needed to maintain our water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, we need to periodically look at how rates are being charged. The rate structure will apply six guiding principles to identify opportunities for improvement:

  • Fairness and equity
  • Affordability
  • Transparency
  • Financial sustainability
  • Supports economic development
  • Promote conservation

How to participate: Visit engage.ottawa.ca/rates for more information and to complete the Water Rate Review survey before the end of July 2024. Public consultations will take place until fall 2024. More information on these consultations will be shared in advance and listed on Engage Ottawa. Feedback received will be reviewed and consolidated to inform the review. Final recommendations will be presented to the Environment and Climate Change Committee and then Council for their consideration in 2025.

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