Column: January 21, 2016

Feedback requested updating Ottawa’s smoke-free by-laws

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is seeking feedback from residents and stakeholders on proposed options to protect the public from the harms of second-hand smoke and vapour from the smoking of non-tobacco combustible substances and the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and workplaces.

The Let’s Clear the Air 2.0 Consultation Plan includes potential new regulations relating to the use of water-pipes and electronic cigarettes in public establishments. These changes, if adopted by Council, would impact existing by-laws in place to help protect residents from the harms of second-hand smoke.

Residents and stakeholders can share their views:

  • Online at This bilingual online consultation includes nine short questions and can be accessed from January 11 to 24, 2016.
  • Call the OPH Information Line at 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656).
  • Email at

For additional information, visit or call Ottawa Public Health Information at 613-580-6744.

Older Adults Portal

The Older Adults Portal ( offers residents the ability to find relevant information of interest to their age group, as well as provides information resources for family members and caregivers of older adults. It offers information on:

  • Getting around the City
  • Help around the home
  • Caregiver support
  • Recreation and leisure
  • Volunteering
  • Health and support services  

Shinny with the Big Boys

On Saturday January, 23, from noon to 4:30pm, the Huntley Community Association, in partnership with the West Carleton Minor Hockey Association, will host two hockey teams comprised of former Major Junior, Junior B, ECHL and European professional players on the outdoor ice in Carp, for an exhibition game. Kids and parents alike are encouraged to come out and watch these highly skilled players. After the exhibition game, kids will be invited onto the ice to Shinny with the Big Boys. Shinny teams will be a combination of kids and Big Boys, organized by age and skill level.
This event is free, however those attending are asked to please donate canned goods for the West Carleton Food Access Centre. There will be a BBQ and the canteen will be open. For full details and to register your child visit