Please wear a mask!

25 06 2020




The Human Needs Task Force is looking for donations of cloth masks to distribute to residents who have no other means.

25 06 2020

Ottawa Public Health is recommending everyone to wear a mask where physical distancing is not easy to maintain.  For more information on direction from Ottawa Public Health please check out their website:

Although many of our neighbours can access and purchase cloth masks, there are thousands in our community who cannot. The Human Needs Task Force is looking for donations of cloth masks to distribute to residents who have no other means. These masks will be distributed throughout the city to community partners who will connect with people who have no other means of accessing a cloth mask.

The City is seeking cloth masks:

  • Made with at least two or three layers of tightly woven but breathable cloth such as cotton, flannel or quilting cotton
  • Without any seams over mouth and nose through which air may leak
  • Ideally with horizontal pleats to help fit a variety of faces

If anyone is interested in donating, send your offer of contribution to

Attached is the English and French poster that can easily be shared on all social media platforms around why use cloths masks. Please share this with your community.

As always, we can’t thank you enough for all that you are doing to keep your neighbourhood connected during this unique time in our lives. If you have any questions or would like additional information on City Services, please reach out to us

COVID19 Human Needs Task Force/Groupe travail sur les besoins Humains

Community and Social Services/Services sociaux et communautaires

City of Ottawa/Ville d’Ottawa

Ph. 613.580.2424 x26753 |

HNTF Webpage (for the most recent information on City Social Support Services)



Nous avons eu une autre semaine magnifique, et avec la province qui progresse avec la phase 2 de réouverture, un plus grand nombre d’entre nous sortent. Cependant, nous devons tous rester en sécurité et respecter la distanciation sociale.

Santé publique Ottawa recommande à tous de porter un masque là où il n’est pas facile de maintenir la distanciation physique. Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements sur l’orientation de Santé publique Ottawa, veuillez consulter son site Web :

Bien que bon nombre de nos voisins puissent accéder à des masques en tissu et en acheter, il y a des milliers dans notre collectivité qui ne le peuvent pas. Le Groupe de travail sur les besoins humains (GTBH) cherche à obtenir des dons de masques de tissu à distribuer aux résidents qui n’ont pas d’autres moyens. Ces masques seront distribués dans toute la ville à des partenaires communautaires qui communiqueront avec des gens qui n’ont pas d’autres moyens d’accéder à un masque de tissu.

La Ville cherche des masques en tissu :

  • fabriqués avec au moins deux ou trois couches de tissu bien tissé, mais perméable à l’air, comme du coton, de la flanelle ou du coton pour édredon;
  • aucune couture au-dessus de la bouche et du nez par laquelle l’air pourrait fuir;
  • idéalement avec des plis horizontaux pour s’adapter à diverses formes de visages.

Si vous souhaitez faire un don, envoyez votre offre de contribution à

Vous trouverez ci-joint l’affiche en français et en anglais qui peut facilement être partagée sur toutes les plateformes de médias sociaux sur les raisons pour lesquelles utiliser des masques de tissu. N’hésitez pas à communiquer ce message au sein de votre collectivité.

Comme toujours, nous ne pouvons pas vous remercier assez pour tout ce que vous faites pour maintenir la communication au sein de votre collectivité pendant cette période unique de notre vie. Si vous avez des questions ou souhaitez obtenir de plus amples renseignements sur les Services municipaux, veuillez communiquer avec nous.


COVID-19 Groupe travail sur les besoins humains/Human Needs Task Force

Services sociaux et communautaires/Community and Social Services

Ville d’Ottawa/City of Ottawa

Tél. 613-580-2424, poste 26753 |

Page Web du GTBH (pour obtenir les renseignements les plus récents sur les services de soutien social de la Ville)

#NATUREISNOTCANCELLED (Ecology Ottawa: Passport to Nature 2020)

22 06 2020

Excerpted from Ecology Ottawa’s Passport to Nature 2020 site:


This virtual booklet outlines exciting and educational biodiversity themed events for you and your family to take part in from now until September 2020. Not to mention that the booklet features fun facts, little quizzes, and marvelous illustrations on a variety of topics.

Byron Avenue – south sidewalk construction (east of Woodroffe)

22 06 2020

Information sent by Damon Berlin, Stakeholder Relations, Rail Construction Program (LRT Stage 2)

Please find attached the approved Haul Route for the Byron Avenue sidewalk construction east of Woodroffe. These works, which are expected to begin on Monday, June 22, will only have trucks on Richmond, Byron, Woodroffe and the existing Byron Linear Park cut throughs. The plan is improved from west of Woodroffe as it does not have any trucks hauling on any residential streets.


In addition to the haul route are the approved traffic control plans that will be employed for the sidewalk works which will progress west to east, block by block. “No stopping” signs to support construction were supposed to be installed today [Friday, June 19] along that corridor as well.

During these works there may be impacts to some driveway access while concrete curbs cure. If that impact will occur KEV will door knock a notice to affected driveways.

From Jeff Leiper’s Newsletter

21 06 2020

Tillbury park construction

As residents have seen, the lifecycle re-construction of the play facilties at Tillbury Park has started. The most recent information I have is that we expect the project to finish on time by the end of July.

You can view the final configuration here.

The final configuration was arrived at after extensive consultation with residents, and I thank them for their engagement; I know that was an active discussion. While the bids all came in over-budget, I authorized the use of a small amount of the ward’s cash-in-lieu of parkland budget to ensure this could be built.

LRT Construction: Temporary Haul Route through 747 Richmond Road (Cleary)

19 06 2020

Stakeholder Relations, Stage 2 LRT advises of the following construction activity:

From: “Berlin, Damon” <>
Date: June 19, 2020 at 11:58:00 AM EDT
Subject: Temporary Haul Route

Good afternoon,

Please be advised that as early as next week, KEV will begin temporarily using the former 747 Richmond site for limited truck access. They require an entrance to the construction area off of Cleary (i.e. from both ends) to allow the pads required for construction to be installed in a time period that supports their schedule.  They would like to utilize Rochester Fields and SJAM for the majority of access/egress during construction beginning in July, however access from Rochester Field gets cut off from the east at a point(1650 Drainage Culvert) in addition they cannot construct or utilize SJAM access until after the current SJAM work is completed in July. KEV will use best efforts to maximize use of Rochester Park for truck traffic and minimize use of Cleary, but there will be truck traffic until end of July.

Thank you



Survey regarding cars restricted on Byron Avenue west of Golden Avenue

8 06 2020

A neighbour who lives on Byron has developed a survey/ petition about continuing to have cars restricted to local traffic only from Golden to Redwood in order to allow residents to continue walking and cycling on the street as we have this summer. Please see the link below.


Rochester Field construction notice and layout

7 06 2020

Councillor Jeff Leiper reports in his newsletter that work is beginning to transform Rochester Field into a staging area and worksite:

While residents have already seen it start, this week I received the formal construction notice from the LRT Stage 2 office. Folks will note that in July, the builders expect to construct a “slurry pit” where excavated materials will dry before being hauled offsite. I’ve asked to be briefed on what exactly that will entail. The rail office has also sent me a diagram of how the different on Rochester Field will be configured. Find both the notice and that diagram here.

Besides the slurry pit, I am also working with the City to try to get more timely notice of significant construction activities at the site. The erection of fencing, for instance, was premature, and the City, residents and I expect better communications going forward. I’ll be using my own newsletter, of course, to pass on what I know, but both I and the City encourage residents to sign up for the Stage 2 newsletter which has updates as well. Sign up here.

Rochester Field

4 06 2020
City of Ottawa

Solid Waste Master Plan News

Visual Identity for the Solid Waste Master Plan: a colourful, stylized streetscape, consisting of a mix of buildings and oversized waste-related objects like garbage cans, bottles and milk containers.

Survey: What is important to YOU?

Today, the City has launched its first Solid Waste Master Plan survey. It allows everyone to share their thoughts and opinions about how Ottawa’s waste is managed today and in the future. The survey is kicking off a series of engagement opportunities; details about other activities such as virtual world cafés and focus groups will be made available in the coming weeks. Understanding residents’ priorities and level of commitment will help the project team recommend the most suitable long-term waste management options to Council. Once those options have been identified, the public will be asked for feedback again. The next survey is scheduled for late 2020/early 2021.

Vision: Where do we want to go?

During the month of May, Solid Waste Services’ Long-term Planning team hosted four online workshops for Councillors, key stakeholders and key City staff with expertise relevant to the Master Plan’s development. The purpose of the virtual exercises was to gather input for a vision statement. The vision will define where we want to be in 30 years. Some of the main questions put forward were: How bold and ambitious should we be? Can we aim for zero waste? How important is preserving landfill space? The survey on Engage Ottawa includes all residents in that process. Your feedback will help us craft the vision statement and determine a number of guiding principles to outline our beliefs and see us through the development of the Waste Plan. It will also feed into the Plan’s goals and objectives for Council’s consideration later this year.

Colourful painting of a head bursting with ideas

Engagement: What else is new?

So, you filled out the survey. Now what? Two new features on Engage Ottawa offer further engagement opportunities for those with a vested interest in waste issues. The Your Ideas tab is a place for collective brainstorming, while the Forums section enables residents to discuss their opinions with others. We are also regularly adding more content and information about various aspects of waste management to the project page, so check back often.

Did you know…?

Your recycling efforts make a difference! In 2019, about 56,000 tonnes of glass, metal, plastic, paper and cardboard collected from your homes were sorted here in Ottawa by Cascades Recovery+ and sold to North American markets. The materials became a resource for new products, and the City received approximately $6.9 million in revenue – a win-win for taxpayers and the environment.
Plastic recycling material, sorted and baled at the processing plant, ready for shipping.

Contact us

Email the project team at

Update from Jeff Leiper – Rochester Field/SJAM construction: path closure

31 05 2020

Rochester Field and south side of the SJAM are going to be a significant construction staging area and will soon be off-limits to residents. The whole path that runs from Cleary to 200m west of Dominion Station along the south side of the SJAM parkway will be closed mid-month with fencing around it, and signs to that effect will start going up starting on Monday. The closure will last until the fall of 2024.

While today there’s not a lot to look at, the south side of the SJAM will be under heavy construction for the next few years as it’s dug up to build the new LRT tunnel and the SJAM finally configured into its final alignment. And, Rochester Field will be a major construction staging area. Unfortunately, that means anyone walking or riding east-west will either need to use the MUP on the north side, or detour around the site using Richmond Road to get to Dominion or Cleary.

There’s more useful detail at the project web site here.