Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Ottawa Public Library - Storm Update (May 24)

Most Ottawa Public Library branches will reopen tomorrow, Wednesday, May 25.  
Homebound deliveries and most bookmobile stops will also resume.  

Only the following branches that are still without power will remain closed until further notice:  Centennial, Emerald Plaza, Hazeldean, Richmond, Rockcliffe Park, and Rosemount.     
For updates, hours and locations, please visit the OPL website.  

Also, please note that until Monday, May 30:  

  • due dates and holds expiry dates have been extended  
  • in-person programs are cancelled 
  • meeting room bookings are cancelled.

City of Ottawa - Storm Update (May 24)


Staff are working to respond to the severe thunderstorm that hit our City on Saturday May 21st. As you are aware, we are shifting our approach with regards to the collection of organics (green bin). 


In addition to Ward 8’s collection days (Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week, due to Monday’s stat holiday), staff will provide green bin collection services to Ward 8 tomorrow, on Wednesday May 25th 


We are asking that Ward 8 residents place their green bin only at the curb for collection tomorrow. We will do our best to complete collection, however, if the bin is not collected by end of day, residents are asked to bring the bin back in until their regularly scheduled collection day.    


 Please see below for messaging we would appreciate your support in on your social media platforms: 


  •  Additional green bin collection - Tomorrow (May 25) - for Ward 8. This is in addition to regular collection. Please ensure all packaging is removed from food before going into the bin and place your green bin at the curb for collection. For more info visit ottawa.ca 
  • Collecte supp. des bacs verts - Demain (25 mai) - quartier 8. La collecte s'ajoute à la collecte habituelle. SVP assurer vous de retirer tous les emballage avant de placer vos déchets alimentaires dans le bac vert et placer le en bord de rue. Pour plus d’info, visitez ottawa.ca


  • Due to power outages, there will be an extra green bin collection TOMORROW (May 25) for College Ward to support you in disposing of food waste. This is in addition to regular scheduled pick up. More info: ottawa.ca
  • En raison de pannes d’électricité, il y aura une collecte supplémentaire de bacs verts DEMAIN (25 mai) pour le quartier college afin de vous aider à éliminer les déchets alimentaires. Cette collecte s'ajoute à la collecte régulière prévue. Pour plus d'informations : ottawa.ca


  • Tree branch and yard waste collection will take time. Please place small bundles of branches at the curb and ensure it does not impede roadway or pedestrian access. For more information, please visit ottawa.ca.
  • La collecte des branches d'arbres et des déchets de jardin prendra du temps. Veuillez placer les petits paquets de branches en bord de rue et vous assurer qu'ils n'entravent pas l'accès à la route ou aux piétons. Veuillez consulter ottawa.ca.


Pinecrest Rec Center at 2250 Torquay Ave is now open to serve our residents as a reception center.
It will be open until 10pm this evening and reopening from 10am to 10pm starting tomorrow until further notice. Showers, washroom facilities and charging areas are available. There is still no power in the area though we did mange to get generators. Hopefully, it won't be for too long. 

Update: Crews will be beginning work on replacement of broken poles in the Merivale, Woodroffe and Greenbank areas this afternoon. We know residents across #CollegeWard have been deeply affected by this devastating storm. and we appreciate everyone’s hard work in cleaning up in the aftermath.

Update: City offers emergency financial food aid for residents in need affected by power outages If you were affected by the power outage and are in need of financial help, you may complete an application for emergency assistance for loss of food and in exceptional circumstances for help with medication, medical supplies or personal care.  MORE

Thursday, 19 May 2022

City of Ottawa Museums - May 2022


Happy Museum Month!

Did you know that the mayor has officially declared May as Museum Month in Ottawa? It’s the perfect time to plan a visit to your local museum:

Billings Estate National Historic Site
Wednesday – Sunday
10 am to 4:30 pm

Cumberland Heritage Village Museum
Wednesday – Sunday
10 am to 5 pm

Nepean Museum
Wednesday – Sunday
10 am to 4:30 pm


Learn a new sport at Pinhey’s Point

The Ottawa Orienteering Club is bringing a family-friendly introduction to Orienteering to Pinhey’s Point Historic Site on Saturday, May 21 from 10 am to 2 pm with beginner length courses and competitive races. Cost: $7.25 per person (cash only).

What is orienteering?
The sport of skilled navigation, orienteering is a timed challenge through unfamiliar terrain to find a series of checkpoints (called controls) and return to the finish.

The only tools you're allowed - a detailed map with the course and controls on it (given to you at the start), a compass, and your brain. (source: Orienteering Ottawa).

Meet the animals!

The farm animals have begun to arrive at Cumberland Heritage Village Museum for the summer. Did you know that all the animals at the museum are heritage breeds? Heritage breeds reflect local agricultural history, particularly the era before industrial farming became the norm and many of these breeds are in danger of extinction. Try and spot all the animals on your next visit: Tamworth pigs, Oxford sheep, Ridley Bronze turkeys, Chantecler chickens, Argente Brun rabbits, Indian Runner ducks, draught horses (including a Clydesdale and Shire) and Dexter cattle.

Doors Open Ottawa celebrates its 20th anniversary

Doors Open Ottawa returns on June 4 and 5 as a live, in-person event with added virtual content. The full building list will be available on May 30. For more information, visit Ottawa.ca/DoorsOpen.

Billings Estate National Historic Site and Pinhey’s Point Historic Site will be offering guided tours as part of Doors Open Ottawa. Tours will highlight the architectural history of the respective museums. Pre-registration is advised. Admission is free.

Pinhey’s Point Historic Site: Saturday, June 4 from 10 am to 4 pm.
Billings Estate National Historic Site: Sunday, June 5 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Takeaway Tea at Billings Estate

Our popular takeaway tea will be offered at Billings Estate National Historic Site on Fridays and Sundays from May 27 through June 26 (see website for full details). Enjoy a delicious single-serving spin on our three-tier tea service on the beautiful museum grounds or in the comfort of your home. Orders can be placed by calling 613-580-2088 ext. 35258.

Be sure to stay tuned for updates on July’s anticipated return of Tea on the Lawn!

Artefact spotlight

Ford introduced its first purpose-built truck in 1917 – the Ford Model TT. The Model TT adapted the cab and engine from the Model T passenger vehicle but added a heavier-duty frame to allow it to carry larger loads. These trucks were marketed heavily to farmers and those living in rural areas. The 1934 Ford V8 Model BB pictured here is from the City of Ottawa Museums collection. It has an oak stake bed and standard 131 ½ inch wheelbase chassis. The same model was advertised in the February 8, 1934 edition of The Ottawa Journal for a special sale price of $660. The ad described the truck as follows: "The truck that has proved itself in actual service – proved its power, speed, stamina and economy. Economy of operation and up-keep is one of the outstanding features of the Ford V-8 engines. Most "8’s" have been big engines, designed for use in heavy, expensive units. But the Ford V-8 – compact, simple, easily and inexpensively serviced – has shown that high power can be had at very small cost. Today, more than ever, The Ford V8 is the logical truck to help your business show a profit."

We’ll be sharing more details about upcoming car-themed programs at Billings Estate National Historic Site (June 19) and Cumberland Heritage Village Museum (July 10) soon.

If you are interested in registering your vintage or antique automobile in these events, please contact:
Billings Estate National Historic Site: larysa.voss@ottawa.ca
Cumberland Heritage Village Museum (pre-1940s vehicles): emmanuel.doucet@ottawa.ca


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Friday, 13 May 2022

City of Ottawa Accessibility Spotlight - May 2022


Invitation to City of Ottawa AccessAbility Day

You are cordially invited to an event to celebrate the City’s 19th annual AccessAbility Day, held each year as part of National Access Awareness Week.

This year’s theme is: Intersectionality - celebrating the diversity within our community. The event will be held remotely over Zoom. 

Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Time: 9 am to noon

Please join Deputy Mayor Laura Dudas, City Councillors, senior leaders, staff, and residents as we mark this important day. 

At the virtual event, Deputy Mayor Dudas will provide remarks and proclaim Wednesday, June 1 AccessAbility Day in Ottawa. It will also feature keynote speaker Sarah Jama, video testimonials from the City’s Employees with Disabilities Affinity Group, and a community panel discussion on intersectionality and disability focusing on ways individuals can be more inclusive. 

Please use the AccessAbility Day Registration form to register for the event.

Registration will be open until 4 pm Tuesday, May 31. A Zoom link will be shared with registrants the evening before the event. 

To promote the inclusion of all participants, the following supports are in place for the event: 

  • American Sign Language (ASL) 
  • Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) 
  • Continuous real-time captioning in English and French 
  • Simultaneous French translation 

When registering, please let us know if you require any additional disability-related accommodations in order to participate. 

To receive further information about accessibility at the City of Ottawa, please visit Ottawa.ca.  

We look forward to celebrating with you!