Column: July 20, 2017

Property Standards By-Law review

Although a comprehensive review of the Property Standards By-law was completed in 2013, which resulted in a new and updated by-law, a few additional issues were raised as part of the By-law Review Strategy approved by Council in 2015. There is currently another review of this by-law which focuses on the following issues:

  • Lighting
  • safe passage (ice and snow maintenance)
  • fences
  • graffiti

More detailed information on the review, including a discussion document and an online survey that residents can complete, can be found on Residents have until July 24 to complete the survey. Final recommendations will be submitted to the Community and Protective Services Committee in August 2017.

Ottawa 2017 event - La Machine

Making its debut in North America as an Ottawa 2017 signature event, La Machine will captivate the public with its travelling urban theatre in the streets of downtown Ottawa. Wandering around in public spaces between July 27 to 30, giant spiders, dragons and more will roam through the heart of the capital. These creatures will live among us 24 hours a day over four days – if you are visiting downtown Ottawa, be on the look out! For more information visit

Abilities Centre 3rd Annual Golf Tournament

The Abilities Centre Ottawa Board of Directors is holding their 3rd Annual Golf Tournament on September 14 at the Canadian Golf and Country Club. Registration is now open at
The Abilities Centre Ottawa Board of Directors are a dedicated group who want to bring to Ottawa a fully-integrated, inclusive, multi-purpose and accessible recreation facility designed to meet the needs of all individuals and families. The Abilities Centre Ottawa will meet an already pressing need in our region and will, in fact, prepare the city to address the needs of an increasing proportion of its population that will benefit from the recreational, training and rehabilitative services and programs that it is uniquely designed to deliver.  Ottawa's Abilities Centre, now in the preliminary stages of development, will be a community hub for healthy living where everyone is welcomed. The proceeds of this annual tournament will support the operational costs in the development stage of this project. For more information on this project go to

Column: February 23, 2017

Snow Angel Program

Do you know a Snow Angel who deserves recognition? A Snow Angel is a neighbour or friend that has volunteered to help you, or someone you know who is elderly or has a disability, to improve their accessibility during the winter by clearing snow or ice from their driveway, steps or walkway. Snow Angels will be recognized by Mayor Watson. To nominate someone, provide the name and address of the candidate, as well as relevant details by one of the following methods:

  • Email:
  • Mail: Attention – Snow Angel Program, City of Ottawa, 100 Constellation Cres., 5th floor, K2G 6J8
  • Fax: 613-580-9605 Attention – Snow Angel Program

Controlled Tile Drainage Workshop

The Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program is hosting a workshop that explores controlled tile drainage as a means to increase agronomic and economic performance on the farm while improving the local environment. It’s taking place on Tuesday, February 28, 12:30pm-4pm at the Kars Recreation Association Hall, 1604 Old Wellington Street. RSVP to Katherine Watson, Water Resource Specialist, 877-984-2948 x291,

Ice Hut Registration

I’d like to remind anglers that they must register new or previously unregistered ice fishing huts on area lakes. Registration is free and helps discourage anglers from abandoning their huts, which can end up in waterways and washed up on shorelines when the ice thaws. To register your ice hut, visit

Ottawa2017 is celebrating youth faces, spaces & accomplishments

#OttYouth2017 is a social media campaign that aims to showcase youth friendly faces, spaces, and accomplishments that have contributed significantly to the success of Ottawa. The campaign is run under the Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee (OYEC). OYEC is a youth run organization that aims to encourage youth engagement and to amplify youth voice and representation at the City. Youth can submit a photo and short story (maximum 200 words). 150+ stories will be chosen and displayed throughout the year. The top stories will receive a prize at the end of the campaign. For further details on the application process, visit Submission deadline is March 15, 2017.

Fitzroy Winter Carnival

Get out and enjoy winter fun at Fitzroy Harbour Winter Carnival, which runs from February 23 to 25 at the Fitzroy Community Centre. A detailed itinerary of events is posted on