Registration for the Goulbourn Skating Club now Open

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Want some great exercise over the winter? Love being on the ice?

 

The registration period for the Goulbourn Skating Club’s Winter Session is now open!

 

Available Programs include:
CanSkate: .  Winter CanSkate Registration Form
STARSkate: . Winter STARSkate Registration Form
Advanced Canskate: Winter Advanced Canskate Registration Form
Adult/Teens: Winter Adult/Teen Registration Form
Winter CanPower:  Winter CanPower Registration Form
Special Olympics: Special Olympics Registration Form

 

I highly encourage all residents whether beginners or experienced to consider joining this great local club. The registration deadline is September 15th so don’t delay!

 

For more information, please visit http://www.goulbournskatingclub.com/ or click here for a calendar of winter sessions.

Early bird registration is now open for GLAD Cleaning the Capital

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I am happy to share that the annual GLAD Cleaning the Capital fall campaign will take place from September 15 to October 15 and early bird registration is now available.

 

Registration is quick and easy:

 

  • Go to ottawa.ca/clean, or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) to register for the cleanup. The interactive map on our website will show you which locations have already been claimed, allow you to register your own project site and choose the cleanup supplies that you need.
  • Select a location such as a park, ravine, shoreline, bus stop, pathway or any public area that requires litter pickup or graffiti removal.

 

Volunteers who register their cleanup project before September 14 have a chance to win one of many early bird prizes donated by our generous sponsors. Volunteers who submit a final cleanup report by October 31 will be eligible for more prizes.

 

GLAD Cleaning the Capital is a city-wide event that brings together neighbours, communities and friends to help keep Ottawa clean and green! Last year alone, 72,000 volunteers collected more than 58,182 kilograms of litter from 1,300 projects.

 

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

 

For more information, please visit ottawa.ca/clean.

Free Pre-concert Party for Guns N’ Roses/Our Lady Peace

Ottawa 2017 and lead partner CIBC, in collaboration with Live Nation, are pleased to announce a free outdoor music experience as part of YOWttawa.

 

International rock super-stars Guns N’ Roses are coming to Ottawa joined by Canadian rock superstars Our Lady Peace on August 21st as part of Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations.

 

In advance of the concert, residents are welcome to enjoy live Canadian music on the north plaza of the Aberdeen Pavilion. Featured artists are Eagle River Drum Group, Kina Nimiwag Dance Group, Rise Ashen, Rémi Chassé and Nanette Workman. This free pre-concert party runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and is open to concert ticket holders as well as the general public.

 

I highly encourage all residents whether they be going to the concert or not to enjoy these free festivities which are sure to be a great time celebrating Canadian talent. Rock on!

Sharing in Student Success

Over 450 children in Ottawa are currently in need of supplies to start their school year.

 

In support of the Caring and Sharing Exchange and the Ottawa Community, I would like to invite residents to participate to a great initiative which helps Ottawa children from families in need go back to school with a backpack filled with all the grade-appropriate supplies they need for the year, so they can start school on an equal footing as their peers.

 

Childhood development in education is important and we all know how difficult it can be for a child who feels as though they do not fit in.

 

The best way to help out is to donate. Please visit caringandsharing.ca and help a child in need today. Thank you.

Ovarian Cancer Walk for Hope

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Around the world today, nearly a quarter of a million women are newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. And every year, about 140,000 precious lives are claimed by this disease worldwide.

 

While we are fortunate enough to live in a country where there are organizations like Ovarian Cancer Canada to advocate on our behalf, elsewhere others aren’t even allowed to talk about their disease. Either way, it remains true that ovarian cancer is too often overlooked and underdiagnosed.

 

On Saturday, September 2, I  encourage residents to participate in the Ottawa/Gatineau Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope to honour the women living with this disease across Canada and throughout the world.

 

There are many ways to get involved:

  • Register for the Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope, the largest one-day event in the country to raise awareness and funds, at the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton (RCGT) Park, September 2, at 3:00 p.m. Register as an individual or a team at org/ottawawalk.
  • Partake in the Teal Tailgate Party and Teal Day festivities starting at noon on September 2 at the RCGT stadium, in partnership with the Ottawa Champions. Tickets for the last home game of the season can be purchased by contacting WalkforHerOttawa@gmail.com, with $3 of every $12 ticket sold going towards the Walk. (Seniors and children’s specially priced tickets also being sold.)
  • Connect to Ottawa/Gatineau Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Ovarian cancer is the most serious women’s cancer in Canada; an estimated 17,000

women are living with the disease right now.

 

Together we can make a difference for women everywhere.

RBC Race for the Kids – Volunteers Needed

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Tie up your laces because the RBC Race for the Kids is coming to Wesley Clover Park Sunday, September 24th.

 

The RBC Race for the Kids is a 2K, 5K and 10K all terrain walk/run event in support of youth mental health programs at CHEO.

 

Volunteers are requested for this rain-or-shine event and are needed to make this new event a big success for children and youth in our region who need help and encouragement.

 

As a volunteer, you’ll receive:

  • snacks
  • a short sleeved RBC Race for the Kids volunteer t-shirt
  • entry into the volunteer prize draw

 

I highly encourage all interested residents to consider signing up as volunteer for this excellent endeavour. You can do so here.

Spreading Roots

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I would like to take a moment to share a unique art showcase coming soon to Stittsville.

As part of the AOE Arts Neighbourhood Arts 150 Project, Spreading Roots is Odyssey Theatre’s community arts project that is bringing together elders, children, youth and adults to create a pageantry celebration of neighborhood trees. Together with professional artists, community members will create a performance event that recognizes and celebrates neighbourhood trees as members of the community through storytelling, theatre, dance and song. The event culminates in welcoming and planting new trees in the community.

One of the locations selected for this initiative is Alexander Grove Park in Stittsville. An initial storytelling workshop was held in the community last month, and two more workshops are scheduled leading up to the final performance. The

dates and locations for these events are:

Dance, Song & Script Workshop: Saturday, August 19, 12:00-4:00pm, St. Andrews Church, 2 Mulkin St.

Putting the Show Together: Thursday, September 14, 5:30-8:00pm, St. Andrews Church & Alexander Grove Park

Performance & Tree Planting: Saturday, September 16, 2:00pm, St. Andrews Church & Alexander Grove Park
I hope that all residents take the opportunity to stop by the Park and enjoy some fresh air for this excellent and creative even.

For more information, please visit http://www.odysseytheatre.ca/index.php/events/spreading-roots/ or contact  spreadingrootsodyssey@gmail.com

Tips for Managing Mosquitos from Ottawa Public Health

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You don’t need to look past your full bottle of sunscreen to know that it has been a very wet and rainy summer. While few of us are celebrating the near- record rainfall, it’s been a prime season for mosquitoes.

 

Mosquitoes lay eggs in standing water and love to do so around your home – in recycle bins, the top of pool covers, bird baths and anywhere else a little bit of water can pool. Certain types of infected mosquitoes, especially the northern house mosquito, can spread the West Nile virus (WNV) when biting humans. Most people will not develop any symptoms if infected with WNV, but some may experience flu-like symptoms.

 

Symptoms may include:

  • Flu-like symptoms, which can include, fever, frontal headache, muscle aches and occasionally a skin rash;
  • Additional symptoms such as neck stiffness, muscle weakness, stupor, disorientation and coma.

 

After a rainfall, help stop mosquitoes from breeding – and lower the risk of WNV – by draining any standing water around your house, including even small amounts of water in small containers.

  • Empty water from flower pots, pet dishes, pool covers, buckets and barrels
  • Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use
  • Clean clogged eavestroughs regularly
  • Remove unused items, such as tires that can collect water
  • Change the water in wading pools, bird baths, pet bowls at least once a week
  • Cover all access points to rain barrels with tight-fitting screens
  • Use an aerator in garden ponds to keep surface water moving; this will only work if all parts of the water move
  • Consider stocking your garden pond with fish that eat mosquito larvae

 

Prevent mosquito bites:

  • Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and socks
  • Wear light-coloured clothing; mosquitoes are attracted to dark colours
  • Place mosquito netting over infant carriers  Stay indoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active and avoid shady, bushy or wooded areas at any time
  • Screen all windows and doors
  • Use an insect repellent that has DEET or icaridin. Always read and follow label directions
  • Seek medical attention if you develop symptoms of WNV

 

To learn more about Ottawa Public Health’s WNV prevention program, visit www.OttawaPublicHealth.ca or call OPH at 613-580-6744.

Ottawa Public Health reminds students to party safe during post-secondary return to school

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As Chair of Ottawa Public Health, and in partnership with the Ottawa Overdose Prevention and Response Task Force, I would like to take a moment to remind college and university students to be aware of the risk of drug and alcohol-related harms, including overdose, during welcome-back and orientation week activities.

Misuse of alcohol and/or drugs can lead to serious injuries, increased violence and alcohol poisoning and overdose. Several Ottawa hospitals see an increase of emergency department visits for sexual assaults during college and university orientation week activities.

Drug and alcohol overdoses are preventable. The most effective way to avoid an overdose is not to use illegal substances. Street drugs are not controlled substances. Unknown drug dosage, drug purity, and contamination issues may increase the risk of adverse reactions or overdose.

Anything can be cut with fentanyl. In Ottawa, bootleg fentanyl has been found in cocaine, heroin and MDMA (Ecstasy), and mixed into counterfeit pills that look virtually identical to prescription opioids like Percocet, and has been associated with life threatening overdoses. (Further information available: Prevent overdoses at summer parties and festivals)

Prescription drugs can also be very harmful when misused or taken without a doctor’s prescription. Taking these medications together with alcohol and/or other drugs can have serious consequences, including death.

To lower your risk of drug and/or alcohol overdoses and other associated harms:

  • Do not use multiple substances at the same time, such as alcohol and drugs.
  • Stay well hydrated with water and take frequent breaks from drinking
  • Do not accept drinks (even water) or drugs from others
  • Stay with friends you trust – keep an eye on each other.
  • Avoid drinking games
  • If you feel unsafe or unwell, seek help immediately from people you know or security staff
  • Plan for a safe ride home. Do not drink or use drugs and drive. Do not drink or use drugs and cycle.
  • If walking, ensure you are visible to drivers. Walking or cycling while intoxicated or while using drugs increases the risk of a collision and injury for you and others.

If you use drugs:

  • Use a small amount first to test the strength.
  • Don’t use alone.
  • Carry naloxone- a medication that can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. You can get a take-home naloxone kit for free from pharmacies and other agencies in Ottawa.

 

Don’t be afraid to call 9-1-1 if you or someone else is showing any of the following signs or symptoms of a drug or alcohol overdose:

  • Slow, shallow or difficulty breathing and/ or bluish lips and nails
  • Changes in level of consciousness including confusion
  • Person is not moving or cannot be woken up
  • Pupils are tiny (also known as pinpoint)
  • Skin feels cold or clammy
  • Inability to walk or loss of balance
  • Gurgling sounds or snoring
  • Personality changes or hallucinations
  • Vomiting
  • Choking
  • Seizures

 

For more about overdoses and how to prevent them, visit StopOverdoseOttawa.ca

Household Hazardous Waste Depots

To help you dispose of household hazardous waste safely, the City of Ottawa is running several one-day Household Hazardous Waste depots.

 

Household Hazardous Waste is any corrosive, flammable or poisonous waste. These types of products contaminate water and landfills and should never be poured down the drain or put out with your regular garbage.

 

Last year, 17,962 participants dropped off 646 tonnes of material at the City’s household hazardous waste depots. This represents an 8% increase in participation and a 16% increase in material collected over 2015 rates.

 

Products to be dropped off include: (maximum 100 litres by volume)

  • Aerosol containers
  • Propane cylinders
  • Disinfectants
  • Fluorescent bulbs/tubes
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fertilizers and pesticides
  • Mercury switches/thermometers
  • Needles and syringes
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Paints and coatings
  • Oven and window cleaners
  • Pool chemicals

 

Liquid or hazardous waste from industrial, commercial and institutional sources will not be accepted.  The one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depots are for residential household waste only and is exclusive for City of Ottawa residents. You can also return certain paint products and batteries to Ottawa hardware retailers. For more information on this, please click here.

 

2017 Dates and Locations

Depot hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

 

Date Location Address
August 20th 2017 Kanata Research Park 411 Leggett Dr.
September 17th 2017 Tunney’s Pasture Sir Frederick Banting Dr.
October 1st 2017 OC Transpo Park and Ride Trim Road
October 28th 2017 Barrhaven Snow Disposal Facility Strandherd at McKenna Casey

 

I encourage all residents to continue supporting sustainable and safe waste management practices and bring any household hazardous waste lying around their homes to one of the depots.