Monday, 18 June 2018

City of Ottawa - Welcoming Ottawa Week 2018 – June 18 to 30

Welcoming Ottawa Week (WOW) is an annual, week-long series of dialogues, cultural and celebratory events, sports activities, documentary screenings, and other fun events designed to convey the genuine welcome and hospitality of Ottawa to newcomers. It provides opportunities for quality interactions among residents, long-term and new.

Check out the calendar of events. All events are free to the public. Register for events such as:

Immigrant Heritage Walking Tours
Chinatown - June 21 and 30
Guided walk throughout Chinatown to learn about the contribution of immigrant communities to the neighbourhood, along with its history, people and vibrant culture. Learn about the multicultural village this neighbourhood has become, not only including Asian cultures, but also influences from French Canada, the Middle East, Latin America and more.

Little Italy – June 18, 26 and 28
Take a leisurely stroll down Preston Street, hearing about the Italian community and other immigrants who settled in the area. Learn about important institutions like St. Anthony’s Soccer Club and visit many landmarks.

Lowertown East and West – June 19, 24, 27 and 29
Walk though this vibrant neighbourhood to learn about the evolving social history, architecture and commerce and how this area was the heart of early Bytown (Ottawa’s original name).
VanierJune 20 and 22
See the rich and interesting heritage of this historically francophone neighbourhood. Participants will visit a series of fascinating murals that depict the neighbourhood’s diverse history, along with churches, a historic cemetery and much more.

Indigenous Walking Tours 
June 28 and 29
Guided walk through downtown Ottawa that explores monuments, landscape, architecture and artwork from an Indigenous perspective.

Baz'Art Call to artists 

Shenkman Arts Centre is announcing a call for local and regional (from within 150 km of Ottawa) artisans and visual artists to participate in the 9th annual Baz’Art winter arts market and exhibition.

The Baz’Art 2018 artisan market will take place in the upper and lower lobby areas from 11 am to 4 pm Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25.

Please send your proposal no later than 4:30 pm June 29, 2018. Submission details can be found on

Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation Looking for Flea Market Vendors

The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation is looking for Flea Market Vendors for their Summer 2018 Food Truck and Flea Market Social. The event will be taking place on August 5th.

Proceeds raised during this event will support Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation’s Cancer Coaching programs and will impact the lives of those touched by cancer.

For more information, visit their Facebook event page at

Reserve your booth online at

Thursday, 14 June 2018

City of Ottawa - Summer Activities

Make a Splash! Discover Ottawa’s Pools and Beaches

The City has many places for you and your family to enjoy the water. Each location offers a broad range of fun and athletic programs.

20 indoor pools, nine outdoor pools and three wave pools
56 wading pools and 127 splash pads
Four beaches
Beach camps

Stay safe this summer and take advantage of the City’s broad range of Red Cross swimming lessons, Aquafit and certification programs!

Sign up for specialized arts camps 

At the Nepean Creative Arts Centre, Nepean Visual Arts Centre and Shenkman Arts Centre arts camps are taught by talented local artists; all specialists within their chosen fields. Your child’s creative imagination will run wild this summer! Space is still available for a variety of art, sculpture, drama and music courses in July and August. Let their creativity soar this summer!

Francophone Summer Camps

Allons-y! The City of Ottawa offers a large variety of francophone summer camps for children aged 4 to 12. Bring all your energy for days full of adventure and new friends. Sports, games, crafts, special events and much more! To register your children for fun en français, visit Mon Cyber Guide for more information. Register quickly as spaces are limited!

Before and After School Program 2018-2019

After school programs are available for children ages 6 to 12 at City recreation facilities throughout Ottawa. Our courses offer fun and enriching programs to make sure your kids get the most out of their after-school time! Registration for fall 2018 is open now and spaces are still available! 

Get Water Wise – Save Lives

As temperatures rise, we look forward to our favourite summer activity, swimming. Whether it's in the pool, at the beach or cottage, or getting wet at the local wading pool, we think about the fun, but not always the safety. From June to September, at least one person will drown every two weeks within Canada. The Ottawa Drowning Prevention Coalition is committed to raising public awareness of water safety with drowning prevention tips for parents and caregivers. Remember, adult supervision is essential no matter how well your child swims. Now is a good time to learn to swim. We have swimming lessons for all ages. 

Three amazing reasons to check out Lansdowne Park this weekend!

  1. The Civic Garden -  Lansdowne is home to a demonstration garden with themed beds that highlight a variety of themes such as Square Foot Gardening; Algonquin ethnobotanical plantings; a Peter Rabbit bed and a Fairy garden; and more. The food grown here is donated to a local food bank.
  2. Unique play structure – Our flexible and unique play structure is a great place for kids of all ages to burn off some extra energy. On hot days cool off in the water park!
  3. There’s always something going on Lansdowne! From events like full moon yoga (June 28), to the Ottawa farmer’s market (every Sunday), to hands on science workshops (June 27), there’s something for everyone even when it’s not a game day! 

Check out all the options at

Unique options at your recreation facilities!

There are 94 City of Ottawa recreation facilities, which means there’s probably one pretty close to your house. So why would you go all the way to Fisher Park Community Centre when you live in the east end? Because it’s the only community centre in Ottawa that offers fencing. That’s right, fencing, the sword-fighting sport practiced by Olympians and Musketeers everywhere.

On the other hand, maybe the east end is as good as it seems. Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex - Orléans is the only east end pool to offer the Junior Lifeguard Course and Ray Friel Recreation Complex has the only summer leadership camps offered in French. The Leadership - Avancé program is highly recommended for people interested in pursuing a career with the city. While you’re picking up your future municipal leader, may as well book them a NERF themed birthday party, because Ray Friel also offers structured party packages!

So trust us, when we say just because you’ve been to one recreation facility it doesn’t mean you’ve been to all of them.

Get Fired up this Summer!

Why should kids have all the summer fun? We have pottery space to suit your busy schedule! Try out Flex it handbuilding and wheel studios this summer! Flexible pottery allows you to pay for individual studio slots and build a schedule that suits you. Feed your artistic soul and book your time today.

Monday, 11 June 2018

QTSR Meeting Postponed

The June QTSR Community Association meeting has been postpone until Monday, June 18th. The meeting agenda and minutes will be posted later this week.

Meetin Details:

When: Monday, May 18th, 7:30 pm 
Where: Sonny’s Bar and Grill – 1119 Baxter Rd

Friday, 8 June 2018

City of Ottawa - June is Seniors’ Month in Ontario

June marks the 34th anniversary of Seniors’ Month in Ontario. This year’s theme is "Now's the time to start something new," highlighting seniors’ tremendous and continued contribution to the life and vibrancy of their community. The City of Ottawa is proud to recognize seniors as leaders, mentors, volunteers and important and active members of this community.

The City of Ottawa Older Adult Plan contains concrete actions that contribute to making Ottawa an Age-Friendly community that is accessible and responsive to the needs of older adults now and in the future.  2018 is an exciting year for us as we are entering the planning of our third Older Adult Plan 2019-2022.

During Seniors’ Month, there is still time to participate and join our community partners to let us know what is important for older adults in Ottawa!

Council on Aging of Ottawa
Your Input to the Older Adult Plan 2019-2022 (bilingual)
1247 Kilborn Pl.
Tuesday June 12, 2018
1pm to 3pm
Register HERE

Rendez-vous des aînés francophones d’Ottawa
Discussion on the City Older Adult Plan (in French only)
3349 Ch. Navan
Wednesday June 27, 2018
1pm to 3pm
Register HERE

Your comments will help us reconfirm the needs and priorities of older adults in Ottawa, and help inform actions for the renewed Older Adult Plan.

Happy Seniors’ Month!

For more information on the City Older Adult Plan, please email

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

"Meet the Nuclear Regulator" Open Houses / Sessions portes ouvertes "Rencontrez l'organisme de réglementation"

 Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) / Commission canadienne de sûreté nucléaire (CCSN)
As part of our outreach program, “Meet the Nuclear Regulator” open houses offer an introduction to the CNSC, who we are, what we do and how we do it. An English open house will be held in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 12 and a French session will be held in Gatineau on Friday, June 15: 
Ottawa – English session
June 12, 2018
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington Street in Salon B
Gatineau – French session
June 15, 2018
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Cégep Héritage
325, boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes in the studio 
The session will open with a short introductory presentation, after which visitors can circulate among various stations that will have representatives from across the CNSC. Topics will include:
·         nuclear facilities and activities in the National Capital Region
·         the licensing process
·         the CNSC’s optional vendor design review process
·         the CNSC’s regulatory framework
·         Indigenous engagement and the Participant Funding Program
·         Commission hearings
·         the Independent Environmental Monitoring Program
·         radiation protection
We invite you to share this information with members of your organization and local residents who may be interested in learning how the CNSC regulates the nuclear industry to protect the health, safety and security of people and the environment. For your convenience, you will find attached a bilingual invitation to share, as well as sample social media posts for Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
Outreach in communities across Canada helps us to fulfill our mandate to disseminate objective scientific, technical and regulatory information to the public. The “Meet the Nuclear Regulator” open house sessions allow us to connect with people who may not be aware of what we do, while providing the public with an opportunity to ask questions. For more information, visit

Les séances portes ouvertes « Rencontrez l’organisme de réglementation », qui font partie de notre programme de relations externes, présentent la CCSN et le travail qu’elle accomplit. Une séance en français sera tenue le vendredi 15 juin, à Gatineau, et une séance en anglais sera tenue le mardi 12 juin, à Ottawa.
Gatineau – séance en français
15 juin, de 13 h à 16 h
Cégep Héritage (dans le studio)
325, boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes
Ottawa – séance en anglais
12 juin, de 17 h à 19 h
Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, Salon B
395, rue Wellington
La séance commencera par une courte introduction, puis les visiteurs pourront aller voir les kiosques et parler à différents représentants de la CCSN. Les sujets abordés incluent :
·         installations et activités nucléaires dans la région de la capitale nationale
·         le processus d’autorisation
·         le processus facultatif d’examen de la conception de fournisseurs de la CCSN
·         le cadre de réglementation de la CCSN
·         la mobilisation des Autochtones et le Programme de financement des participants
·         les audiences de la Commission
·         le Programme indépendant de surveillance environnementale
·         la radioprotection
Nous vous invitons à transmettre cette information aux membres de votre organisation ainsi qu’aux résidents locaux qui pourraient vouloir apprendre comment la CCSN réglemente le secteur nucléaire afin de préserver la santé, la sûreté et la sécurité des personnes et de protéger l’environnement. Pour vous aider, vous trouverez ci-joint une invitation bilingue à diffuser ainsi que des exemples de messages pour Twitter, Facebook et LinkedIn.
Les activités de relations externes dans des collectivités de partout au Canada nous aident à respecter notre mandat, qui consiste à communiquer au public de l’information scientifique, technique et réglementaire objective. Les séances portes ouvertes « Rencontrez l’organisme de réglementation » nous permettent de parler à des gens qui ne savent peut-être pas ce que nous faisons, tout en leur donnant la possibilité de poser des questions. Pour en savoir plus, visitez

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Wear Them Out Wednesdays Playgroup in the Park

We'll be having our next drop-by playgroup in the park this Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 in Kilreen Park.

Come out and join us for a parents and babies/toddlers playgroup in Kilreen Park!