Do you know a Snow Angel? Please report them!

What a winter! 

It started out with an unusual October snowstorm, then settled into unusual mildness that lasted almost until the New Year. Of course, winter is inevitable and the mildness was balanced out significantly with the second snowstorm of the season on December 29th. 

We haven't had the usual small accumulations of snow this year. The snow fall has very much been feast or famine. Of course, the "feast" times have meant significant challenges for some residents to keep up with snow removal and clearing so they can maintain their routines safely.

Stories of residents helping residents have been spreading around Ottawa and it's wonderful to hear. The City of Ottawa calls these people Snow Angels. A Snow Angel is a neighbour or friend who has volunteered to help an elderly or disabled person by clearing snow from a driveway, steps, or walkway. 

Report a Snow Angel today

If you know someone you think deserves to be called a Snow Angel, let us know - the City of Ottawa wants to thank them!

Snow Angels will be recognized with a certificate signed by the Mayor and a custom keychain with a snowflake symbol and Ottawa logo. 

To nominate a resident for recognition as a Snow Angel, plese give the City the name and address of the nominee, as well as other details about who they are helping and how. Send your nomination to:

  • Email: communitypride@ottawa.ca
  • Mail: Attention: Snow Angel Program, City of Ottawa,100 Constellation Crescent, 5th floor, K2G 6J8
  • Fax: 613-580-9605 Attention: Snow Angel Program

Be sure to include your contact information so that staff can confirm details of your nomination. You can learn more about the Snow Angel Recognition Program and other winter weather assistance programs by visiting the City of Ottawa website.

SnowGo, SnowGo Assist and Snow Angel nominations!

The Snow Go program helps seniors and people with disabilities find a reputable and reliable individual or contractor to clear snow from their private driveway and walkway.  The City of Ottawa partners with the Senior Citizens Council and local home support agencies to deliver this winter program.

Eligible low income seniors and persons with disabilities can also apply for the Snow Go Assist Program and receive financial assistance for snow clearing.  Approved participants may be reimbursed for 50 per cent of the cost of snow clearing, up to a seasonal maximum of $250.  Low income is defined as an annual income of below $25,000 for a single individual and below $32,000 for a household (two or more persons).  An Older Adult is considered any person over the age of 60 years.

NEW: 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.

If you know of a resident of Ottawa who is a Snow Angel, the City of Ottawa wants to thank them!  Snow Angels will be recognized with a certificate signed by the Mayor and a custom keychain with a snowflake symbol and Ottawa logo. To nominate a resident for recognition as a Snow Angel, please send the City the name and address of the candidate, as well as relevant details (who they are helping and how), by contacting communitypride@ottawa.ca or calling 613-580-2424 x13363.

For more information about these programs, please visit ottawa.ca/snowgo or call 3-1-1 (613-580-2400).

It's that time again! Register now to celebrate 20 years of Cleaning the Capital

The City of Ottawa and Tim Hortons are pleased to announce the annual Spring Cleaning the Capital campaign, which will take place from April 15 until May 15.

Spring Cleaning the Capital is a city-wide event that brings together neighbours, communities and friends to help keep Ottawa beautiful.

Register early!

Early bird registration is now open for the event. Volunteers who register their cleanup project during this period, which takes place between March 15 and April 14, have a chance to win one of many early bird prizes donated by our generous sponsors. Regular registration ends May 15th.

Community Projects

Registration is quick and easy. First, select a cleanup location, such as a park, ravine, shoreline, bus stop, pathway or any public area requiring tidying up. Projects can include litter pickup or graffiti removal. Then go to ottawa.ca to register for the cleanup. Following the event, submit an online cleanup report by May 31 to be eligible for more prizes from our sponsors.

Cleanup starter kits for litter pickup and graffiti removal projects are available to all registered volunteers upon request. Litter pickup starter kits include: disposable vinyl gloves, garbage bags as well as leaf and yard waste bags. Graffiti removal starter kits include graffiti removal wipes and gloves. All kits come with helpful project and safety information to guide your cleanup project.

Building community and volunteerism

This is a great opportunity for families and friends to work together on community cleanup projects that help make Ottawa clean, green, graffiti and litter free. Cleaning the Capital is also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.

Since the program’s inception n 1994, over 856,000 volunteers have participated in 13,100 cleanup projects throughout the city. As a result, an estimated 1.48M kilograms of waste have been removed from public spaces by participating individuals, student groups, community associations, businesses, friends and families.

Register online at ottawa.ca/clean or by calling 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).

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 ottawa.ca/clean or by calling 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).
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COLUMN: Scott Moffatt Kids Classic Golf Tournament

I’m pleased to announce that July 12, 2012 marks the date for my first annual Scott Moffatt Kids Classic Golf Tournament.  The event will take place at the Canadian Golf & Country Club near Ashton.  My goal is to raise money to help build and replace play structures throughout Rideau-Goulbourn.  The week of July 9-15, 2012 also happens to be Take A Kid To The Course Week and I thought what better week than this to hold a golf tournament that aims to improve playground facilities for children in our communities.  I’d really like to encourage active participation of parents and youth in this tournament and make it a very family friendly and fun event.  I’ll have more details on the tournament in the coming weeks and months but I’m also soliciting volunteers who would be interested in helping me put this together.  I’ll be looking for help with organizing the event, acquiring sponsorships and silent auction donations as well as assistance on the day of the tournament.  If you are a local business and you want to be involved in this event, please contact me and we’ll find an exciting way to get you involved.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact my office and we’ll see how we can put you to work.  Hopefully we can make this a successful event that will benefit kids and families all across Rideau-Goulbourn.

 Just in keeping with the game of golf, I want to highlight a part of history that many people do know but some people are quite unaware of this great piece of Richmond history.  As some may know about me, I am very passionate about the Olympics and the game of golf.  A couple of years ago, there was a very exciting announcement in that golf was to be included in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.  It’s another great opportunity to grow the game of golf worldwide.  Now, what many people may not realize is that this will be the second time golf has been an Olympic sport.  The 3rd Olympiad was rolled into the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri.  These Olympics consisted of 16 sports, including for the first and only time, golf.  The championship golfer and Olympic Gold Medallist was none other than Richmond’s own George Seymour Lyon.  Mr. Lyon was born in Richmond in 1858 and went on to win eight Canadian Amateur Golf Championships and was also inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.  You can also see him on the wall at the Richmond Arena as a member of the Goulbourn Sports Wall of Fame.  So, in 2016 when the Olympics roll around and you keep hearing the names Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Rory McIlroy, just remember that the 112 year defending champion is a man from Richmond, Ontario; George S. Lyon.