Column: April 13, 2017

Mayor’s Rural Expo and Food Aid Day – Save the Date

This year, the Mayor’s Annual Rural Expo and Food Aid Day is taking place at City Hall on Friday, June 2. Come check out rural vendors and displays, and stay for a BBQ lunch with burgers cooked by the Works restaurant. There will be live entertainment, a celebrity milking contest and petting zoo on site.

If you are a rural artisan, farmer or represent a unique rural destination are interested in setting up a free vendor booth to sell or promote your services at the Rural Expo please contact the Rural Affairs Office at or telephone Geraldine Wildman, 613-580-2424 ext. 27815.

This event raises funds in support of the Ottawa Food Bank while providing a forum to showcase all of the unique features of rural Ottawa within the downtown core.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 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. This prestigious civic award honours up to 15 of Ottawa’s most deserving individuals each year. The Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching 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 both awards may be completed online at or by completing a nomination form available at your local community centre, public library or any Client Service Centre. The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 8.

Easter holiday schedule changes

There will be some changes to City services for Good Friday (April 14) and Easter Monday (April 17). Of note, there will be no curbside green bin, recycling and garbage collection on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Good Friday’s pick-up will take place on Saturday, April 15 and Easter Monday’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, April 18. In addition, the collection of green bin, recycling materials and garbage will be delayed by one day for the week of April 17.  A detailed listing of all changes to services can be found on

Happy Easter

Check out the “Ward Events” section on for a listing of some great Easter events taking place this weekend.

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter!