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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Link to WOCRC October Newsletter

The October 2016 edition of our Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) newsletter, Let’s Connect, is at the link below.

Click the link below to read more about our initiatives and discover what is happening in your community.

Let's Connect October 2016

DiscoverRec November Newsletter

DiscoverRec: The latest news on recreation and culture programs, services, memberships and events!

10 Ways to have the ultimate November in Ottawa

1. Get a group together to get fit for less 

If you're a part of a company, community group or team, our Corporate or Group Fitness membership can save you money just in time for the holidays! The City of Ottawa offers a 20% savings on CLASS A, All-Inclusive or One Option memberships for employees or members of participating Corporations and Groups.

Grab your book club, hockey team, or choir and join now. Contact us at CorporateMemberships@ottawa.ca for more information.

2. Start your Christmas Shopping early

The 43rd annual Nepean Sportsplex Christmas Craft Show is happening November 3 to 6! The show will feature over 140 talented Canadian artisans, artists and designers, with creations including clothing, jewellery and Christmas decorations that make great gifts. Parking is Free at the Nepean Sportsplex.

McNabb Community Centre's annual Christmas Craft Sale will be happening November 28 from 10 am to 4 pm.  Vendors will be selling homemade gifts, food and more.  Free admission and free parking!

3. Get excited for a Holiday Workshop 

Think it's too early to start planning for the holidays? Think again! Registration for the City's many Christmas and winter holiday workshops and day camps has already begun. With dazzling activities such as games, sports, crafts and skating, there's plenty of holiday fun to be had. Register now!

Get into the holiday season by creating unique handmade ornaments with the family to Trim your tree or count down the big day by creating an Advent Calendar! 

4. Plan a Party!

It's almost Christmas Party Season! Is your living room big enough for the staff holiday get-together? Don't panic! Check out our 20 featured facilities with rooms of many sizes, all across the City. Photos and video tours will help you find your ideal location.  Our affordable and accessible spaces come with tables, chairs and parking. 

5. Jump, jive and wail at the City's Big Band Dances

Adults of all ages are invited to Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre to swing to the hits of the 40's and 50's! People come from all over to hear the sounds of Ottawa's best Big Bands and dance the night away!  Deck the Halls on Thursday, December 1, featuring The Starlighters, Tickets are $19.50 in advance or $23.50 at the door and include a light lunch. Cash bar available. Call 613-828-4313 for more information. 

6. Pretend like it's still Summer, and Ride the surf at the City's wave pools

Who cares if it's cold outside, the city's wave pools are indoors, offering the ultimate swim experience to beat those cold-weather blues! After all, where else in Ottawa can you swim indoors while enjoying the thrill of plunging through metre-high waves? With three convenient locations - Kanata Leisure Centre and Wave Pool, Splash Wave Pool on Ogilvie and the Ray Friel Recreation Complex in OrlĂ©ans - our wave pools hold the most exhilarating aquatics experience around! Use our swim schedule search tool to find the next wave swim at the facility closest to you. 

7. Get in on the action at our sensational seniors' centres

The City of Ottawa's seniors' centres offer residents ages 50-plus the opportunity to participate in exceptional recreational programs and activities while being social and having fun! With specialized programs designed to support healthy and active adult lifestyles, we'll stimulate your mind, body and soul. Come get a sense of our unique seniors' centre communities by calling your local facility to book a tour today. Our enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff will help you feel right at home while introducing you to all of the exciting experiences our seniors' centres have to offer. 

8. Volunteer at an outdoor rink!

The community outdoor rink program is recruiting. Join the hundreds of community-based volunteers who devote their time to provide access to affordable winter recreational activity every year!
If you are a committed group or individual interested in operating or supporting a neighborhood outdoor rink for the 2016-17 season, please call 613-580-2590 or e-mail the Seasonal Recreation Office at seasonalrecreation@ottawa.ca for more information.

9. Youths unite!

Ottawa youth have plenty to keep them busy - school, homework, extracurricular activities and social media. Why not try something different? The City of Ottawa offers great opportunities for youth to hang out, make friends and have a blast at our various youth nights. They'll experience a ton of cool activities, movie and pizza nights, special events and even out-trips! Youth night programming is offered for both tweens and teens and is supervised by qualified staff. Best of all, many of the activities are free! For more information about these and other dynamic recreational opportunities browse the Youth programs. 

10. Art is at your doorstep!

Atrium Art Gallery :
101 Centrepointe Dr.
Pauline Goss: The Elegance of Nature – Oct 21- Nov 23

Trinity Art Gallery :
245 Centrum Blvd.
Hamid Ayoub: Contemplation of Colour's Conversation – Oct 20- Nov 22

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Mayor Warson's November Newsletter

General Jonathan Vance to be guest speaker at
Mayor's Breakfast Series

Each month I host the Mayor's Breakfast Series which is produced by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce & the Ottawa Business Journal. Please join me:
Thursday, November 10, 2016
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., Ottawa City Hall
With Guest Speaker:
General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defense Staff

Registration required. Click here to purchase tickets.

Ottawa River Action Plan underway

The Honourable Yasir Naqvi, Attorney General and MPP for Ottawa-Centre, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and MP for Ottawa-Centre and Mayor Jim Watson review the Ottawa River Action Plan. 

Construction on the final, and largest, of 17 Ottawa River Action Plan (ORAP) projects has started this fall. ORAP is the City of Ottawa’s roadmap for protecting the health and vitality of the Ottawa River for present and future generations. It is funded by the Ottawa River Fund, a cost-shared program with the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada.

The final project, the Combined Sewer Storage Tunnel (CSST), is one of the most important projects of the Ottawa River Action Plan. The CSST will hold up to 43,000m3 of sewer overflow during major rainfalls, which can then be treated after the rain event when flow to the treatment plant has subsided. Sewer overflow is then returned safely to the Ottawa River and improving the water quality, reducing the number of beach closures and providing a safe and clean river for recreation and sporting activities.

Two tunnels will make up the CSST; an east-west tunnel (EWT) through the downtown core from LeBreton Flats to New Edinburgh Park, and a north-south tunnel (NST) along Kent Street from Catherine Street to the existing outfall north of Wellington Street. Once completed in 2019 and in operation by 2020, the CSST will reduce the frequency of sewage overflow incidents into the Ottawa River by 95%.

In addition to reducing overflows from entering the Ottawa River, the CSST project will also reduce the risk of basement flooding for several low-lying lands in the Glebe/O’Connor area and increase operational flexibility and redundancy to major collector sewers in the downtown.

The CSST project is a more than $232-million investment in protecting the Ottawa River. This critical project is once again a great example of the ongoing collaboration between our three tiers of government.

The Federal and Provincial governments’ contribution of $62.09 million each to the CSST project, in addition to the City’s commitment of $107 million, will have a direct positive impact on the lives of Ottawa residents. Federal and Provincial funding for the CSST project demonstrates a vote of confidence in our Council’s commitment to protecting our local environment, including one of our most precious resources, our water.

City of Ottawa 2017 budget

The City of Ottawa 2017 budget will be tabled at the Council meeting on November 9, and will receive final Council approval on December 14.

I intend to continue to fight to protect the 2% tax cap I proposed to Ottawa residents in 2014, and which Council continues to support.

I believe that we can maintain an affordable City, while investing in front line services that are important to our residents. We are already acting to increase the number of police officers and paramedics who work under challenging conditions to keep our City safe. With a fast growing City – we will have 1,000,000 residents by 2019 – we need to make choices to protect and enhance our quality of life and to grow our economy. That’s why the 2017 Budget will include significant investments in our transit infrastructure and transit services. It will also deliver a historic low-income pass for Ottawa residents who are looking for a hand-up. I am also working hard with our new City Manager, Steve Kanellakos, to continue building on our investments in cycling and pedestrian facilities as well as in our parks and recreation facilities.

I will also continue to push Council to keep taxes low for the tens of thousands of Ottawa residents, including seniors, who live on a fixed income and who want to continue living in their own homes, and for the many residents in Kitchissippi, River, Capital, Rideau-Rockcliffe, Kanata North, Kanata South, Stittsville and Rideau-Goulbourn Wards, who are being hard hit by Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) assessments of their properties.

City Council will look closely at these issues as we finalize the 2017 budget, which will better serve all Ottawa residents.