We encourage feedback on any and all issues of concern to residents. Please join us at our monthly meetings to discuss issues or send an email to President@khca.on.ca. We look forward to hearing your views!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Mayor Watson's August, 2017 Newsletter


Ottawa ranked Best Place to Live in Canada
for a second year in a row
Ottawa has been ranked the Best Place to Live in Canada and in Ontario for a second consecutive year by MoneySense Magazine! Click here to find out why our beautiful city is the best to live, work and play in.
 
Placing the final piece on Stage 2 LRT

On June 16, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $1.09 billion in
Federal Government funding for the City’s Stage 2 LRT project.
Last month, I had the privilege of welcoming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the Belfast Yard Maintenance and Storage Facility, where our Light Rail Transit (LRT) system and O-trains are currently being built and assembled.

Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the Federal Government would finance the final tier of our Stage 2 LRT project, the single largest infrastructure project in the City’s history. The Federal Government has pledged to contribute $1.09 billion, in addition to over $67 million committed to Stage 2 through the first phase of the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund last year.

This funding announcement comes a year after the Province of Ontario committed to fund its third of our LRT project by investing $1 billion towards Stage 2 LRT, plus 50 per cent of the cost associated with extending the O-Train system to the Ottawa airport and from Place d’Orléans to Trim.

The City of Ottawa will cover the remainder of the LRT costs, approximately $1 billion. Now that the final funding piece of the Stage 2 LRT project has been put in place, we can plan to put shovels in the ground in 2019 and continue expanding our world-class LRT system.

Stage 2 LRT will connect our residential areas to our largest employment areas, major retail outlets, and cultural and recreational destinations. By 2021, the Trillium Line will be expanded South to reach Earl Armstrong/Bowesville Station, with a link to the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier Airport. In the East, the Confederation Line will extend to Place d’Orléans and Trim Trim Road by 2022. And in the West, it will reach Algonquin College and Moodie Drive by 2023.

Stage 2 LRT will transform the way we travel in our City. Once completed, 70% of Ottawa residents will live within five kilometers of efficient, clean, accessible, comfortable and reliable rail service. Our new O-Train system will span over 60 kilometers, take 14, 000 vehicles off the road during rush hour and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The O-Train will also save residents money with reduced car costs, including fuel costs, vehicle wear and tear and even accident avoidance.

The confirmed Federal and Provincial support and funding for Stage 2 LRT demonstrates a historic vote of confidence in future of the City of Ottawa.
 
Send in your nominations for the Order of Ottawa and the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching
The Order of Ottawa recognizes the professional achievements and outstanding service of exceptional Ottawa residents. Any resident of Ottawa who has made a significant contribution in a professional capacity that has been of benefit to our community may be nominated.

The Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching, which will be presented at the Order of Ottawa awards ceremony in the fall of 2017, recognizes the contribution of an amateur coach who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment that have been the hallmarks of Brian Kilrea’s career.

Nominations for the Order of Ottawa or the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching may be completed online or by filling out a nomination form in pamphlets that are available at the City Hall Information Desk, and at your local community centre, public library, or at any client service centre.

More information on both awards can be found online at ottawa.ca/orderofottawa.
 
Ottawa Welcomes the World
FREE family-friendly celebrations at Lansdowne Park
Ottawa Welcomes the World is a celebration of Canada's diversity and multicultural identity. Experience over 75 different countries and cultures through food tasting, musical celebrations, artistic performances and more! This series of world-class cultural events takes place in Aberdeen Pavilion and Horticulture Building in 2017, and will promote and strengthen ties between nations on the occasion of Canada’s 150 anniversary. Visit www.Ottawa2017.ca or click on the flags below to discover the countries that are participating in these FREE, family-friendly events. 
Sunday, August 6
Macedonia
Monday, August 7
Jamaica
August 16-17
Pakistan
Friday, August 18
Colombia
Sunday, August 20
Trinidad and Tobago
Thursday, August 24
Ukraine
August 25-27
Indonesia
 
 
 
 
Mayor in the City
Saturday July 29 | 12 p.m.

Celebrate Somali culture with the first annual Somali Cultural Festival!

Ottawa City Hall
11- Laurier Ave. West, Ottawa


Sunday August 27 | 1:30 p.m.

Celebrate Ottawa's diverse and inclusive LGBTQ+ community. Don't miss the Annual Capital Pride Parade!

Corner of Bank St. / Gladstone Ave., Ottawa

Precautions Against Proprty Theft

Indicators of residential break and enters in your community:
  • Doors and windows to homes that have been left open or may have been forced open
  • Individuals or groups of people knocking on doors to check if homeowners are away
  • Unfamiliar vehicles parked outside neighbours homes while they are away
Signs of criminals in your neighbourhood:
  • People you do not recognize lingering around your neighbourhood
  • People walking up and down driveways during the day or at night
  • People you do not know walking into your neighbour's back yard
Take these precautions to protect yourself and your valuables from criminals:
  • Lock it or lose it - lock your parked car in the driveway, parking lots and even inside your garage
  • Do not stand idle - do not leave your car to warm up with the keys in the ignition in your driveway while you wait inside your house

Tips for Vacation

Car and home

  • If you own a car, leave it in the garage and make sure it is locked
    • The keys to the cars should be hidden somewhere in your house
    • You can unplug the garage door opener to prevent anyone from opening it
    • Tell people you trust that you will be away and invite them to park in your driveway.
  • Close all blinds and drapes to prevent people from looking inside
  • Suspend newspaper and package deliveries
  • Keep a light on in your house and use a timer to turn it on an off
  • If it is the winter time, arrange for someone to clear your driveway of snow or ask someone to make car tracks in your driveway. You want your home to look lived in.
  • Leave your house as clean as possible and consider hiding valuables
    • Keeping your house clean helps us to solve the crime if your home is broken into.
  • If you have left someone responsible for your home make sure you tell them to report any crimes to the police
  • If you are away for an extended period of time, contact your insurance broker to ensure your policy will continue to cover your home and car.

Tips to Protect Your Home

  • Lighting:
    • Have lights on timers in different rooms that turn on and off at different times as if someone was home
    • If you do not have timers, leave some lights on when you go out
    • Put motion-activated lights on the exterior of your home near doors and windows
  • Install good quality locks and a peep hole
  • Put a block of wood in the track of sliding doors to keep them from being opened (the same can be done for sliding windows)
  • Lock your shed and garage; any tools you have could be used to break into your home
  • Do not open the door to anyone you do not know
  • Do not let anyone in to use the phone; make the call for them
  • Keep landscaping trimmed
    • Large bushes can give a place for criminals to hide
    • Large trees may give access to the second-floor windows; keep trees cut back
  • Do not have your name on your home or mailbox
  • Do not leave notes advising you are not home
If your home has been broken into while you were away, do not enter. If you have already entered, do not touch anything. Call 9-1-1 from your cell phone or from a neighbour's house.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Identify Crime In Your Neighbourhood - General

The following information will help you identify crime in your community:

General tips 

  1. Always report a crime to police when it occurs
  2. Talk to your neighbours about crime and suspicious activity in your area
  3. Keep the doors to your house and car locked, even if you are home. 




West Community Police Centre

CPC Name/Address:                       Telephone:


 


Kanata                                             Dial:613-236-1222                        211 Huntmar Dr.                              extension 2001

                                                     

 

Identify Crime In Yoiur Neighbourhood - Drug Trafficing

Drug trafficking

Signs that a house in your area is making or dealing drugs:
  • Windows covered up, condensation on glass, neglected lawns and gardens
  • Bright lights escaping covered windows, basement lights on all day
  • Suspicious vehicles arriving and departing during the night
  • Odd smells coming from the house
  • Enhanced security, including video cameras and bars on windows
  • Improved vents on the roof, windows or other spots
  • Snow melting on or near the house in the winter
  • Occupants always enter through the garage to hide their identity
  • Garbage containing soil, pots, fertilizer, PVC pipes, chemical containers, and wiring
  • Lots of people coming and going at all hours and only staying for a short time
Signs of street-level drug dealing:
  • Vehicles parked together in odd places and/or times
  • Vehicles idling in empty parking lots for an extended period of time
  • People coming to the house at all times or loitering in the area
  • People meeting up on the street for very short periods of time
If you suspect that drug activity is taking place around your neighbourhood, call the non-emergency phone number at: 613-236-1222

Identify Crime in Your Neighbourhood - Domestic Violence

Domestic violence

If you are worried about your safety call 9-1-1 now and police officers will be sent to help you.

 Signs of domestic violence involving someone you know:

  • Someone who has stopped communicating with you because of a controlling partner
  • Unexplained bruises, cuts or scratches, sprained wrists
  • Someone who makes excuses about how they were injured that do not add up
  • Depression caused by someone's relationship
  • Having little or no money, no credit cards, or access to a vehicle
  • Having to ask their partner's permission to do anything
  • Having low self-esteem, being extremely apologetic
  • Having a drug or alcohol abuse problem.

    Signs that you may be at risk of domestic violence

your partner has isolated you from friends, family, and/or personal property, like a cell phone or car
  • Your partner controls everything in your life and you aren't allowed to do anything without their permission
  • Your partner is very jealous and will falsely accuse you of flirting with others
  • Your partner explains that they are only jealous because they care about you so much
  • You use drugs and/or alcohol to help you cope with your day-to-day life
  • You find yourself apologizing for things when you know your partner is the one at fault
  • You find yourself making excuses for your partner's behaviour
  • You or your partner grew up in a violent environment, or have a history of domestic violence.

Identify Crime in Your Neighbourhood - Fraud



Fraud

Signs of online fraud:
  • Suspicious emails requesting personal information
  • Emails requesting the transfer of funds or banking information
  • Emails requesting you to click a link to log in
  • Online deals that seem too good to be true
  • Telemarketers who want a fee up front
Signs of telephone fraud:
  • Unsolicited calls from someone claiming to be with a government agency
  • The person requests that you take immediate action and will use high-pressure tactics to gain your compliance
  • This immediate action may be transferring them money, usually through a money transfer company such as Western Union, providing personal banking information or signing up for a vacation or investment scheme
Signs that someone may be attempting to steal your identity:
  • People prying through household garbage cans or recycling bins
  • Suspicious people lingering around ATM machines
  • Somebody other than an employer or government agency requesting your personal information.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Summer Water Safety Tips

Those lazy hazy days of summer are here!
As the temperature rises, your kids will no doubt enjoy plenty of water activities — from splash pads to backyard pools and lakes.
Many summer memories include being in the water.
While fun in the water makes for great memories and photo opportunities, it’s important to keep safety top-of-mind.
According to the Canadian Red Cross, drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional death for Canadian children ages one to four and every year almost 60 children drown.

Here are some tips from Allstate to help you and your family splash and be safe.

  1. Lessons. Enroll your kids in swimming lessons. These skills could help prevent an emergency — this goes for parents too (it’s never too late to enroll)! It’s also a good idea to take a combined CPR and first aid course. These are offered by certified instructors across the country.
  2. Supervision. Never leave children alone or unattended while they’re in or near the water. Keep younger children within arm’s reach. A young child can drown in just a few centimetres of water in seconds.
  3. Personal flotation devices (PFDs). Floating lounge chairs are not meant to keep children afloat. Use approved personal flotation devices for young and inexperienced swimmers. Make sure they are in good working order and fit correctly. Don’t rely solely on the weight listed on a PFD label.
  4. Safety equipment. Keep lifesaving equipment by the pool including a safety ring with a rope, a reaching pole, a phone, and a first aid kit.
  5. Fence it in. Enclose your pool with a fence that has a self-closing and self-latching gate. Refer to your municipal bylaws for specific requirements like fence height. It’s not just for safety; it’s the law!
  6. Play with care. Cannonballs and water guns go hand-in-hand with pool play. Just make sure your kids exercise general safety in and around the pool like no running on the deck, no pushing, no dunking, and so on.
  7. Diving. Do not let your child dive into the water head first unless he or she is properly trained and the water is deep enough. Very few residential pools are safe for diving, so make it a rule to enter feet first.
  8. Drains. Tell your children to stay away from pool drains as they can trap hair, loose swim gear, fingers, and toes. Tie your child’s hair back and remove jewelry. Encourage swim caps -they come in cool funky colours! Make sure drain covers are regularly checked by professionals.
  9. When not in use. When your pool is not in use, put away patio furniture or large items that kids could use to boost themselves over the fence; put away toys that could attract young children to the pool; remove ladders from above-ground pools; ensure that any gates and house doors with access to the pool area are securely locked, and drain wading pools.
  10. Swimming at a friend’s house. If your child is going swimming at a friend’s house, speak to the parents ahead of time to ensure you’re all on the same page in terms of pool rules. Also make sure that the kids will be supervised at all times and that they will have access to PFDs.
  11. Swimming in open water. There are additional considerations to keep in mind when swimming in open water. The Red Cross recommends checking weather conditions before going out into the water, obeying signs that indicate if it’s safe to swim, and being aware of currents, water temperature, waves, and depth.
  12. General health safety. Apply sunscreen (and reapply every two to three hours). Also, keep well hydrated.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Property Standards By-law Review

This is to advise you about the City of Ottawa’s Property Standards By-law Review, which just recently began.

A comprehensive review of the Property Standards By-law was completed in 2013 and resulted in a new and updated by-law. However, a few additional issues were raised as part of the By-law Review Strategy approved by Council in 2015. This review therefore focuses on those issues which include:

·       Lighting (the term “abutting”)
·       Safe passage, specifically, snow and ice maintenance
·       Fences (the term “unsightly”)
·       Graffiti
Given that these issues may impact the business and broader community, we would welcome the opportunity to receive feedback by July 24, 2017, on the options that we are examining to address them.

Please note that the review of the lighting issue does not include illuminated signs, which are addressed under the recently-reviewed and updated Permanent Signs on Private Property By-law No. 2016-326.

You can view the details of this Review online, where there is also a survey to complete.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Public Consultations on Driveway Snow Plough Markers

PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS RE FORMALIZING GUIDELINES FOR SNOW PLOW DRIVEWAY MARKERS

The City is formalizing current guidelines for snow plow driveway markers and is seeking feedback. 

Background
Markers used by private snow plow contractors to identify their customers’ driveways are prohibited by various Ottawa by-laws.  However, a pilot program has been in place during recent winters to allow them on a trial basis, subject to specific guidelines. 

The guidelines (detailed below) are primarily intended to standardize the use, locations and appearance of these markers, protect residents and the City’s snow clearing and removal equipment from unsafe installations, and minimize disruptions to neighbourhoods.  They are communicated to snow plow contractors when they apply for or renew their annual business licenses.

Current Guidelines 

Guideline
Detail
Earliest marker installation date
October 20
Latest date markers to be removed
April 30
Prohibited location
Not on an outer boulevard
(area between a sidewalk and the travelled portion of the street)
Permitted location on property
(where there is a sidewalk)
Minimum 0.61 m (2 feet) from sidewalk
Permitted location on property
(where there is no sidewalk)
Minimum 1.22 metres (4 feet) from the travelled portion of the street 
Maximum height of marker
1.22 metres (4 feet), measured from the ground
Maximum width of marker
10.1 centimetres (4 inches)
Permitted material of marker
Wood, plastic, or fiberglass – cannot be supported by metal bars
Maximum number of markers
2 (one on either side of the driveway)
Permitted information on marker
Company logo and telephone number only – no advertising or other information

There has been a high rate of compliance with the existing guidelines, and relatively few complaints, during the pilot program. 
Most complaints have related to non-compliance with the guidelines (too early installation, too close to the street, metal markers, etc.). 
At the same time, company information displayed on markers has been useful in identifying contractors illegally dumping snow on City streets/sidewalks. 

Consultation

The City is now looking to formalize the rules for snow plow driveway markers and is seeking feedback.

Your comments on the current guidelines should be sent by e-mail to 
Leslie Charles at leslie.charles@ottawa.ca

Or you can complete an online survey to let us know what you think.

The deadline for comments is July 20, 2017.  


Mayor Watson's July Newsletter

For the first time in Ottawa history, a baseball All-Star event is coming to town, and you don't want to miss it.
Join the Ottawa Champions at RCGT Park as they welcome the top stars of the Can-Am League and the American Association. The two leagues will battle it out in a two-day event starting on July 24th with a Skills Competition and a fan-favourite - the Home Run Derby. These family friendly activities will showcase the individual skills of the best players in both leagues!
Then on Tuesday, July 25th, get set to watch the two leagues go head-to-head in the 2017 All-Star Game.
The 2017 All-Star Game is proud to be an official event of Ottawa 2017 in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday.
Be sure to be one of the 2017 fans to buy a ticket for the All-Star Game on July 25th, and you’ll receive a special commemorative ticket to the game! Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to celebrate this historic All-Star Game!

Click HERE to buy tickets!
 
Fighting the opioid crisis: a community effort

Ottawa Fire Services Chief Gerry Pingitore demonstrates a nasal naloxone kit with Mayor Jim Watson at the final naloxone training for firefighters on June 15.

For some time now, the City of Ottawa has been facing a serious public health crisis in relation to the misuse and overdose of opioid drugs. Statistics show that each year, 30 opioid overdose related death happen in our city. The recent emergence of illicit fentanyl as a drug filler puts even more people at risk for overdose. Illicit fentanyl is much more toxic than other pharmaceutical opioids and because it is odorless, tasteless and invisible to the naked eye, there is no easy way to know if drugs have been cut with fentanyl. A very small amount can cause a fatal overdose. With tragedies already tearing our communities apart, it is clear is that we must work with community partners on a responsive multi-faceted opioid strategy.  

Over the last few months, there has been an important dialogue between municipalities and upper levels of government on how best to coordinate efforts that will lead to a reduction of overdose deaths across Canada, including Ottawa.

The Province of Ontario recently announced new base funding of $350,000 for Ottawa Public Health (OPH) to directly support our local substance misuse strategy. The Province also announced the distribution of almost 80,000 additional naloxone kits, the medication that can temporarily reverse an opioid overdose, per year to front-line organizations.

We know what access to naloxone can save lives. In the last year, 160 pharmacies have collectively distributed more than 4,000 naloxone kits in Ottawa alone. The city is facilitating training on how to respond to an overdose using naloxone for staff and volunteers at Ottawa's shelters, downtown bars and festivals. Additionally, firefighters at all 45 fire stations in the City of Ottawa have recently completed training on how to administer naloxone and all City of Ottawa fire trucks now carry naloxone on board. We are also preparing for Ottawa Police Service members to administer naloxone when needed.

But we must also tackle the roots of this crisis. Through public education, drug enforcement, and by providing better access to affordable housing, mental health support and clear pathways out of poverty, we can make a significant difference.

Ottawa Public Health has been at the forefront of the fight on the opioid crisis. Last November, its Overdose Prevention and Response Task Force (OPRTF) launched a collaborative public education and awareness campaign called StopOverdoseOttawa.ca. Since its launch, this site has recorded over 25,000 visits. OPH is also engaging with all four Ottawa school boards, the Ottawa Police Service, Rideauwood Addictions and Family Services, and Maison Fraternité, as well as student leaders, to develop a youth-to-youth approach to better engage our youth. Through of age-appropriate presentations to Grade 4 to 12 students, we have reached close to 6,000 students and provided invaluable information on the risks of opioid use and misuse.

I am confident that our shared goals and collaborative efforts will translate into a decrease in drug misuse and overdose in time. More information about counterfeit pills, overdose prevention, naloxone and local treatment resources can be found at www.StopOverdoseOttawa.ca.
 
Ottawa Welcomes the World
FREE family-friendly celebrations at Lansdowne Park
Ottawa Welcomes the World is a celebration of Canada's diversity and multicultural identity. Experience over 75 different countries and cultures through food tasting, musical celebrations, artistic performances and more! This series of world-class cultural events takes place in Aberdeen Pavilion and Horticulture Building in 2017, and will promote and strengthen ties between nations on the occasion of Canada’s 150 anniversaryVisit www.Ottawa2017.ca or click on the flags below to discover the countries that are participating in these FREE, family-friendly events. 
Sunday, July 9
Taipei
Friday, July 14
Tanzania
July 15-19
Egypt
Sunday, July 23
Uruguay
Friday, July 28
Thailand
Saturday, July 29
Lithuania
 
 
 
Mayor in the City

Saturday, July 15 | 2:20 p.m.

Come cheer on the HOPE Vollebay SummerFest participants!

Mooney's Bay beach
2926 Riverside Drive, Ottawa