Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge Project Update

Today the City of Ottawa declared the general contractor on the Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge to be in default. Work on the bridge is approximately 60% complete and measures remain in place to ensure its completion. The City requires performance bonds on all major construction projects to guarantee project completion and minimize financial exposure to taxpayers. Declaring the general contractor to be in default and activating the $23 million performance bond will assist the City in its ability to ensure the timely completion of the project as well as the quality and safety of the bridge.
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What's going on at City Hall? Week of March 26

The following meetings are scheduled during the week of March 26, 2012, at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted. Ottawa Police Services Board – Monday, March 26, 5 p.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall; Cumberland Heritage Village Museum Board – Monday, March 26, 7:30 p.m., Orléans Client Service Centre, 255 Centrum Blvd. – Room 340; Health and Social Services Advisory Committee – Tuesday, March 27, 6:30 p.m., Colonel By Room; City Council Meeting – Wednesday, March 28, 10 a.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall; Ottawa Forests and Greenspace Advisory Committee – Wednesday, March 28, 6:30 p.m., Colonel By Room; French Language Services Advisory Committee – Thursday, March 29, 7 p.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall.
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Ottawa streets and sidewalks get spring sweep

The City of Ottawa has started its annual spring clean up, which includes sweeping streets and sidewalks to remove debris and materials that have accumulated throughout the winter. The City of Ottawa Noise By-law allows for this service to be performed during night-time hours. For more information, visit or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).
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Spring burn ban in effect

Due to the early arrival of warm weather the Ottawa Fire Services has placed a burn ban into effect in order to prevent the rapid spread of fire due to grass and brush fires. This ban will remain in place until conditions improve and the green grass starts to show through tall dead grass. Residents are reminded that they must first obtain a Fire Permit before they have a fire in the open air. Permit holders are then required to call 613-580-2880 prior to burning to ensure there is not a burn ban in effect. Fire Permits are available at all Client Service Centres and Ottawa Fire Services’ Rural Administrative offices. A list of these sites, hours of operation and more information on Fire Permits can be found on or by calling 3-1-1.
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Free “MyTransit-OC Transpo” app is now available for Apple mobile devices

The new MyTransit-OC Transpo mobile app is now available for free from the App Store for the iPhone, iPod and iPad – giving riders instant access to information on bus routes, closest stops and predicted arrival times. Users are reminded that while the app is free, regular 3G or 4G data usage will be required and any incurred costs will be dependent upon the user’s data plan. Real-time bus schedules may also be accessed through text messages by typing 560560 along with the four-digit stop number or first three letters of the Transitway Station name. For more transit information, visit
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Ottawa again tops list of Best Places to Live in Canada

For the third year in a row, Ottawa has taken top honours as the best city to live in Canada by MoneySense magazine’s annual Best Places to Live survey. Ottawa scored 74 points out of a possible 105, up from 71.8 last year. The complete report is available at
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Applications for Camp FFIT now available

Ottawa Fire Services invite young women between the ages of 15 and 19 to apply for a position in Camp FFIT, an annual camp designed to educate young women about the career of fire fighting. Camp FFIT is a partnership between Ottawa Fire Services and Fire Service Women Ontario. It will be held at 898 Industrial Avenue during the week of August 13 to 17, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Applications are available at and must be returned to Ottawa Fire Services Training Centre at 898 Industrial Avenue no later than May 15, 2012 (applications received after this date will only be considered if postmark indicates May 15 or earlier).
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Expanded smoke-free regulations coming into effect starting April 2

With the City of Ottawa’s expanded smoke-free regulations coming into effect on April 2, the City is working to ensure residents, businesses and other affected groups are aware of the changes. The expanded smoke-free regulations will prohibit smoking on all municipal properties, such as parks and beaches, and on all bar and restaurant patios. For more information about the expanded regulations, or if you need help quitting smoking, please visit or call 3-1-1. If you are a restaurant or bar owner and would like to arrange for training for your serving staff, please e-mail or call the Ottawa Public Health Information Line at 613-580-6744.
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What's going on at City Hall? Week of March 19

The following meetings are scheduled during the week of March 19, 2012, at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted. Information Technology Sub-committee – Monday, March 19, 9:30 a.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall Arts, Heritage and Culture Advisory Committee – Monday, March 19, 4 p.m., Colonel By Room Roads and Cycling Advisory Committee – Monday, March 19, 7 p.m., Honeywell Room Rural Issues Advisory Committee – Tuesday, March 20, 7:00 p.m., Colonel By Room Transit Commission – Wednesday, March 21, 9:30 a.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall Accessibility Advisory Committee – Wednesday, March 21, 4:00 p.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall Community and Protective Services Committee – Thursday, March 22, 10 a.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall
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Annual Cleaning the Capital ready for a spring clean sweep

The City of Ottawa and Tim Hortons are launching the annual Spring Cleaning the Capital Campaign. Residents of all ages are invited to participate. Register your cleanup project on or before April 14 to be eligible to win early bird prizes. Registration continues until May 15. Register your cleanup project online at or by calling 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).
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City of Ottawa Amending Comprehensive Zoning By-law 250 of 2008

The City is considering making amendments to the Zoning By-law on various topics and properties as detailed below. Please visit to obtain more specific descriptions of the changes being proposed on each of these general topics/properties.
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False house calls prompt warning from City

The City of Ottawa has received reports of unknown salespeople approaching the homes of residents and identifying themselves as City employees. They claim the city requires access to the home to perform water quality tests. Any visits by City staff that may require access to homes or businesses are scheduled in advance unless an emergency situation exists. Residents are also provided with advance notice of projects that might impact them.
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Sunday, March 11th: Change your clocks – change your batteries!

Ottawa Fire Services would like to remind you to replace batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms, both at home and at the cottage, when setting your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday, March 11th. Working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms can save your loved ones’ lives as well as your own.
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Help prevent localized flooding by clearing your catch basin

With milder temperatures forecast, City crews will be out clearing snow and ice in order to facilitate roadway drainage and alleviate flooding.

Residents are encouraged to help by clearing snow and ice from catch basins near their homes. Catch basins can be located by a yellow “T” bar painted on the roadway identifying a catch basin close by.

Please visit to learn more about winter operations in our city.

Watson's Mill Accepting Summer Job Applications

It’s that time of year again and Watson’s Mill is preparing for the 2012 season. Youth are welcome to submit their cover letter and resume c/o: The Manager, by email:; by mail: PO Box 145, Manotick, ON K4M 1A2; or in person at: the Carriage Shed office, 5524 Dickinson St., Manotick—office hours are Monday-Friday, 10:00-4:00. Deadline for applications is Monday, April 2nd, 2012 at noon. See for more details.
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COLUMN: Majority of new applications and renewals for business licences available at all Client Service Centres

As of Monday, March 5 the majority of new applications and renewals for business licences will be available at all seven Client Service Centres to offer residents and business owners more convenient locations and service hours. Previously, business licence applications and renewals were only available at the licensing service counter at Ben Franklin Place, which will now close.
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City’s approved sledding hills closed

The City of Ottawa has temporarily closed its 55 approved sledding hills due to the mild weather conditions and lack of snow, which have resulted in unsafe conditions for sledding. The City of Ottawa urges the public to keep personal safety in mind and to remain off the sledding hills until further notice. The hills will reopen once we receive some new snow and only after hill conditions are deemed safe.

Notification of the re-opening of the hills will be available on the City’s website at