Column: May 5, 2016

Have your say: Permanent Signs on Private Property By-Law Review

The City is reviewing the Permanent Signs on Private Property By-Law 2005-439. The current By-law dates back to 2005 and although there have been tweaks and technical amendments to it since then, it is now time to take a broader view to make sure that signs in Ottawa meet key objectives for signage and that the By-law reflects emerging technologies and trends.

Please visit for the full details on the review including the key objectives and a discussion paper. Details are also noted on how residents can provide input and suggestions. Comments need to be received by May 13, 2016. For more information contact Sarah Newell at Sarah.Newell@ottawa.caor 613-580-2424 ext 12448.

In May try fitness opportunities for free

Ottawa residents have the entire month of May to sample a variety of fitness opportunities at City recreation facilities. Simply visit a participating facility to set up your free membership access card, which will provide you with three FREE visits during May. Most fitness centres are participating, so visit to find a facility near you. For more information call 3-1-1.

Firefighter recruitment

The City of Ottawa firefighter recruitment campaign is underway. If you have the courage, caring and dependability to be a firefighter, visit for more information. The application period ends May 31.

Emergency Preparedness Week

This week is Emergency Preparedness Week and the City is encouraging residents to plan, prepare and be aware of potential emergency situations in their homes, schools and workplaces. Are you ready?

  • Plan: The City has the “Are You Ready?” program (see, a grassroots network of community leaders, agencies and individuals who help to deliver emergency preparedness workshops.
  • Prepare: Perhaps the most important step you can take to prepare for an emergency is to put together an emergency kit. It should contain adequate supplies to keep you and your family self-sufficient in your home for at least three days.
  • Be aware: For information and ideas about what you can do to be more prepared, go to or visit with City staff at the emergency preparedness information exhibit taking place Saturday, May 7, at Ottawa City Hall, 10am-4pm.