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!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Mayor Watson September Letter



Welcome back to school!


As Autumn falls upon us, bringing cool air and marking the end of summer, many of us must return to our routines or go back to school. Instead of mourning the nice weather and summer memories, why not look at the Fall as an opportunity to get back into the swing of things and take on something new?

The City of Ottawa offers an array of exciting activities for residents of all ages and abilities. The Recreation Guide, Older Adult Activity Guide, eGuide, and Mon Cyberguide francophone des loisirs for fall and winter programs are available online at www.ottawa.ca/residents/recreation-and-parks/recreation-programs, in all City of Ottawa recreation facilities or service centres and Ottawa Public Library branches. Choose from a wide variety of activities, including swimming lessons, fitness classes, general-interest courses, sports and instruction in the arts. Before you know it, that new class becomes a new hobby, and maybe even a lifelong passion.

The Fall season is also a great time to clean up after the summer celebrations. Register your team for the GLAD Cleaning the Capital fall campaign, which takes place from September 15 to October 15. This city-wide event brings together neighbours, communities and friends, and helps keep Ottawa clean and green! Last year alone, 72,000 volunteers collected more than 58,182 kilograms of litter from 1,300 projects.

This is a great opportunity for families and friends to work together on community cleanup projects that help make Ottawa clean, green, graffiti-free and litter-free, while also having the chance to win prizes. Cleaning the Capital is also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours. Registration is quick and easy! Go to ottawa.ca/clean, or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) to register for the cleanup.

Going back to school also means back to school shopping. For some, back to school shopping can be challenging and costly. Having the school supplies necessary for school work can greatly impact academic success of many children.

The Caring and Sharing Exchange program provides assistance in the form of grade-appropriate stuffed backpacks for thousands of Ottawa students each year. Whether you have extra school supplies to donate or are able to make a financial contribution, every little bit helps to make a significant difference in a child’s school year, and future. You can drop off school supplies in person in select Ottawa Public Library branches or by contacting the Caring and Sharing Exchange. Find out more information at www.caringandsharing.ca.
 
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.
 
Have your say: Budget 2018
Ottawa residents will have several opportunities in September and October to take part in pre-budget consultations, as part of the City of Ottawa’s 2018 budget development process.

Starting on Tuesday, September 12, City Councillors will be hosting sessions with residents from their wards to share their comments for the 2018 budget, including suggested priorities and potential areas for savings.

To assist residents in preparing for these meetings, background information and budget resource materials are available at ottawa.ca.

Residents can also use the Citizen Budget tool to provide feedback on City services, and to understand how property tax dollars are spent. With this innovative and easy to use tool, you can see how changes in spending would affect your tax bill.

Residents will also have several opportunities to participate in person to Pre-Budget Consultations across the city, led by City Councillors:

Tuesday, September 12 at 7 p.m.
 
Kinburn Community Centre

3045 Kinburn Side Road, Ottawa

Thursday October 5 at 6:30 p.m.
 
Kanata Recreation Complex - Hall A

100 Charlie Rogers Place, Kanata


Thursday, October 12 at 6 p.m.
Jim Durrell Recreation Centre (Ellwood Hall)
1265 Walkley Road, Ottawa

Thursday, October 19 at 6 p.m.
Nepean Sportsplex Hall C & D
1701 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa


New pre-budget consultation dates will be added in the coming weeks. Please check the online Public Engagement Event calendar for updates.

Residents may also offer budget input by 
sending an email directly to 
budget@ottawa.ca (link sends email), by
contacting their City Councillor or by
tweeting @ottawacity using the hashtag
#ottbudget.

Feedback and results from the Pre-Budget 
Consultations will be provided to Council up
to the time that the draft budget is tabled
on November 8 2017.
 
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, September 10
Bulgaria
Sunday, September 24
Barbados
September 26 and 27
Saudi Arabia
Friday, September 29
India
 
Mayor in the City
Saturday September 9 | 3 p.m.
Enjoy yoga, cultural and arts activities, sunset dance and much more at the Harvest Moon Community Celebration.
FREE family-friendly event.

Barrington Park
1705 Orleans Blvd., Ottawa
Sunday September 10 | 8 a.m.

Join Ottawa 2017 and Escape Manor by taking part in the World's Largest Scavenger Hunt and help establish this Guinness World Record!

Marion Dewar Plaza, City Hall
110 Laurier Ave. West, Ottawa