Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North


EVENTS

Upcoming City and Community Meetings, Events and Public Information Sessions:


IN THE NEWS

City and Community news and and events, my newspaper column, Public Service Announcements and much more:


Public Meeting about counterfeit drugs with Public Health, Ottawa Police, School Boards and more

Local City Councillors are holding a public meeting on Monday Feb 27th at 6:30 pm at the Kanata Recreation Centre on the serious drug issue that has taken the lives of several Kanata teens. Public Health, Police, School Boards and more will be there to outline what is available, how to get the help you need, gaps in services available etc. Come out to learn, to question and to help move forward with solutions. Contact me at Marianne.wilkinson@ottawa.ca for more information.


Meetings at City Hall Feb 27 – Mar 3

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts or visit ottawa.ca/agendas, or call 3-1-1.

Ottawa Police Services Board – Monday, February 27, 4 p.m., Champlain Room

  • Chief’s Verbal Report
  • Review of Board Policies & Response to Outstanding Motion M-16-01: Board Committee Review
  • Information Management and Information Technology Roadmap and Implementation: Contract Approval
  • Canadian Association of Police Governance: 2017 Membership Renewal
  • 2016 – 2018 Business Plan:  Semi-Annual Report
  • Workforce Management Report: Fourth Quarter 2016
  • Positive Workplace: 2016 Annual Report
  • Ottawa Police Service Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Status Report
  • Outstanding Board Inquiries & Motions: February 2017
  • Letters of Commendation

Planning Committee – Tuesday, February 28, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Planning Services 2016 Year-End Report and 2017-2018 Work Program
  • Delegation of Authority – Plan of Subdivision Arterial and Major Collector Road Modifications
  • Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-Law Amendment – Part of 300 Goulbourn Forced Road
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 175 Main Street (North Village)
  • Official Plan and Zoning By-Law Amendments – 333, 343, 347 Preston Street and 17 Aberdeen Street

Transportation Committee – Wednesday, March 1, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Ministry of Transportation Presentation – Proposed Eastbound On-Ramp Closure at Highway 417 and Carling Avenue Westbound
  • Ottawa Pedestrian Plan Mid-Term Review
  • Ottawa Cycling Plan Mid-Term Review
  • New Right of Way Patio Program and Evaluation of Streetside Spots Pilot Program
  • All Way Stop Control at the Intersection of Strasbourg Street and Chinian Street and All Way Stop Control at the intersection of Gerry Lalonde Drive and Chinian Street


CPO Speaker Series

The Chief Public Health Officer’s Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2016 focused for the first time ever on family violence.  The report,Public Health in Canada 2016:  A Focus on Family Violence in Canada”  outlines the important health consequences of all aspects of violence in the family including partner assault, child abuse and elder abuse.  Come and learn more about this important data and be introduced to a new way of thinking, with a health lens, on this important safety issue.   To round out the dialogue, the keynote speaker will be followed by some examples of local programming that are reaching out to prevent violence.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Theresa Tam, Interim Chief Public Health Officer, presenting:Public Health in Canada 2016:  A Focus on Family Violence in Canada.”

Local respondent panel:

  • Erin Leigh, Executive Director, Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women;
  • Denise Hébert, Manager of Healthy Babies and Healthy Children program, Ottawa Public Health (OPH)
  • Conny Menger, Regional Consultant Eastern Ontario, Elder Abuse Ontario

Chair:

Dr. Isra Levy, Medical Officer of Health, OPH

Welcoming Remarks:

Councillor Shad Qadri, Chair of the Board of both OPH and CPO

When:
Friday, March 10, 2017 from 9:30 to 12:00 noon
Coffee at 9:30 a.m., program begins at 10:00 a.m.

Where:
City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West

Andrew Haydon Hall (Council Chambers)

R.S.V.P. to Crime Prevention Ottawa at cpo@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424 ext. 25393.


Dangers from street drugs

A Kanata family has lost a lovely young women, 14 year old Chloe Kotval, from a drug overdose.  Dr. Levy, Ottawa’s Medical Officer, has told me that illicicit fentanyl in counterfeit pills are made to look like prescription drugs, but they are deadly and they can be obtained on Kanata streets.   Please talks to your teenagers and make them aware of overdose issues.  Information can be found at www.StopOverdoseOttawa.ca  and do attend sessions that will be held to provide more information.


Light Rail Coming Closer

Last week the City presented the implementation report on phase 2 of the LRT project which extends LRT to Moodie Drive.  This is good news for Kanata as it moves LRT a little closer to our community.  With the Environmental Assessment now getting underway to determine the route to Canadian Tire Place we are moving to obtaining the information to get phase 3, LRT to at least Terry Fox Station moved forward.  Construction to Moodie will be complete in 2023 and that’s when we need to be ready to start the next phase and finally get Kanata connected into the LRT system.

lrt-to-moodie

 

Update from September 8, 2016:
The City has received confirmation that 57 projects related to transit and active transportation have been considered eligible by the Federal and Provincial governments for funding. The federal contribution, based on 50% partnership with the City, is $155.9M. Three of the projects are in the Kanata North area. These are

1) Kanata LRT Extension- Environmental Assessment. This is the previously announced study to determine the route for light rail transit from Bayshore to Canadian Tire Place.

2) Two Cycle Links, one at Carling at March Rd and 3) the other at Herzberg at March. These will improve commuter access to the Kanata North Business Park and Eagleson Park and Ride. Further information will be provided as details are made known.


Feb 16 Winter Weather Advisory Update by Roads Services

Winter Weather Advisory Update

Thursday February 16, 2017

Weather conditions

  • Light snow ending late this afternoon with 2 cm of accumulations expected today. Winds today at 20 km/h gusting to 40 km/h causing local blowing snow and some visibility issues.

Roads are snow covered to bare in many locations, sidewalks are snow covered and slippery, please exercise caution as we have all available resources plowing/snow blowing sidewalks and bus stops.

  • Temperatures presently at – 8 C with a high of – 3 C today. Low overnight – 13 C.

City Operations

Residents are advised to exercise patience and caution as they move through the City transportation network. Some delays are to be expected for the Thursday morning commute with snow covered roads and blowing conditions. Staff are monitoring weather forecasts and are patrolling roads and will deploy and make changes to plowing resources over the transportation network as necessary as the weather or road conditions change. 

City contracts have been exercised for snow removal throughout the City. City staffed snow removal crews are being deployed from the various maintenance yards across the City on snow removal.

Staff are presently deployed and continue to plow and salt the priority road and sidewalk network. Night shift staff will be in for 7 pm to continue the plowing and salting of the road and sidewalk network along with snow removal crews through the overnight. 

We will continue to provide operational updates as weather conditions change or road condition changes.


Message from the WOCRC – councilling support is available

“I am reaching out on behalf of the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre, in light of the recent tragedy that has occurred in our community. We would like to ensure that our local schools and community agencies are aware that we are here and ready to support youth and families who may be in need of counselling services, resources, or referrals. Our team is equipped with professional counsellors and child and youth counsellors who have years of experience and work from a trauma informed approach.

If you are referring youth or families to our services, we ask (if possible) that clients share with us that they are reaching out in light of the recent tragedy so that we can streamline the urgency of the appointments and do our best to see them as soon as possible.

If you are looking for more information about our counselling services here is the direct website link: https://www.wocrc.ca/programs/counselling-services. For further information or to schedule an appointment please call 613-591-3686 and ask to speak to a counsellor.

In addition to scheduled appointments we do offer crisis walk-in appointments. Currently our walk-in appointments are scheduled as follows:

Monday: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday-Friday*: 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
*No walk-in hours on Wednesdays

Additionally, if there is any other way we can support you, please feel free to be in touch and we can look at how we can adapt our services to better meet the needs of our community.”


2017 Kanata-Carleton Cultural Festival

save-the-date2Arts and Cultural Groups in Kanata-Carleton welcome the community to join in the first cultural festival in the area and to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday! The Festival’s Steering Committee is well on its way to organizing what will be a wonderful festival for the Western part of Ottawa. This unique full-day, free festival will be packed with a lineup of performances, displays and activities provided by the area’s local talent, all with Canadian-themed music and art! The event will culminate in a spectacular evening concert including; the Kanata Choral Society, Kanata Symphony, Kanata Theatre, Goulbourn Male Chorus, West Ottawa Ladies Chorus, Kanata Concert Band, CFUW Guitar Groovers and the Goulbourn Jubilee Singers.

Contact me if you wish to perform at the event or to volunteer.  Students can get their community hours while enjoying this event!  

You can pick up a copy of the 2017 ARTS IN KANATA-CARLETON at libraries, Ward Offices and major community facilities west of the Greenbelt for details about this special 2017 event.  Click here to read the booklet online or to save a copy.

The website http://www.kanatacarletonculturalfestival.ca will launch soon with detailed information on the Festival.


Meetings at City Hall this week

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted.

For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts or visit ottawa.ca/agendas, or call 3-1-1.

Ottawa Police Services Board – Policy & Governance Committee – Monday, February 13, 11:00 a.m. Honeywell Room

  • Review of Board Policies & Response to Outstanding Motion M-16-01:  Board Committee Review
  • Board Performance Review
  • Board Performance Evaluation Tool

Ottawa Police Services Board – Finance and Audit Committee – Monday, February 13 1 p.m. Honeywell Room

  • Information Management / Information Technology (IM/IT) Roadmap
  • 4th Quarter Financial Report Update

Ottawa Board of Health – Monday, February 13, 4:15- 4:30 p.m., Caucus Room – Education session for Board Members – Baby Friendly Initiatives

5 p.m., Champlain Room

  • Confirmation of Chair and Vice-Chair
  • Chair of the Board of Health Verbal Report
  • Medical Officer of Health Verbal Report
  • 2014 – 2018 Mid-Term Governance Review – Ottawa Board of Health
  • Advancing Healthy Public Policy – Towards a Culture of Alcohol Moderation
  • 2016 Operating Budget Year-End Results – Board of Health for the City of Ottawa Health Unit Status Report
  • Ottawa Board of Health Public Health Funding and Accountability Agreement 2016 Year-End Results
  • Attendance at the Association of Local Public Health Agencies’ (Alpha) 2017 Board of Health Winter Symposium
  • Information Previously Distributed: Federal Government Proposed Healthy Eating Strategy; Public Health Support to Basic Income Guarantee – Update; Ottawa Overdose Prevention and Response Task Force – Update; Audit of the Emergency Preparedness and Response for Health Services – Operational Review

Planning Committee – Tuesday, February 14, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Armstrong Street Study: Community Vision Document and Suffix –C Holding Symbol
  • Revision to Cardinal Creek Village Concept Plan
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 2001 Carling Avenue
  • Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-Law Amendment – Part of 255 Kanata Avenue
  • Comparative Analysis of Residential Development Ratios in the City of Ottawa, 2015 Update

Ottawa Public Library Board Meeting – Tuesday, February 14, 5 p.m., Champlain Room

Community and Protective Services Committee – Thursday, February 16, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Vehicle-For-Hire By-Law – Verbal Update
  • Status Update – Community and Protective Services Committee Inquiries and Motions – for the Period Ending February 9, 2017
  • Commemorative Naming Proposal – W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park
  • Commemorative Naming Proposal – Silas Bradley Park
  • Accountability Agreements With the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)
  • Sale of Land – Part of 31 Beaver Ridge
  • Vehicle-For-Hire By-Law – Administration – Extension of Time for Taxi Plate


Winter weather advisory February 8th and Roads Services preparations

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Weather conditions

Flurries or rain showers this morning

  • Temperature dropping through the day (low of -21 c tonight)
  • Winds expected to remain strong through the day shifting from the south to the north

City preparations

Residents are advised to exercise patience and caution.  Crews have been working through the night to clear all arterial roadways and sidewalks.

The arterial roadway network is bare to slushy conditions.

All available resources have been deployed to clear the roadway, sidewalk and bus stop network.

We will continue to provide operational updates as weather conditions change and the event progresses.


Winter weather advisory Feb7th and Roads Services preparations

Winter Weather Advisory

 Environment Canada has issued a freezing rain warning

 Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Weather conditions

 Flurries and snow this afternoon and overnight (up to 8cm)

  • High winds originating from the east (gusting to over 60km/hr)
  • Snow is predicted to change to a wintery mix of ice pellets/freezing rain and rain late Tuesday, continuing into Wednesday morning
  • The type of precipitation may vary depending on temperature
  • Temperatures are expected to rise above the freezing point overnight and plummet back down well below freezing through the day on Wednesday

City preparations

Residents are advised to exercise patience and caution.  Staff are monitoring weather forecasts and are patrolling roads and will continue to patrol roads throughout the event.

Staff are  plowing and salting the priority road and sidewalk network and will continue to plow and salt  overnight and throughout Wednesday, as required.  We will deploy plowing resources over the remainder of the transportation network as necessary as the weather or road conditions change.

We will continue to provide operational updates as weather conditions change and the event progresses.


Winter weather advisory February 6th and Roads Services preparations

Winter Weather Advisory

Environment Canada has issued a freezing rain warning, the special weather statement ended

Monday, February 6, 2017

Weather conditions

 Flurries and snow this afternoon and overnight (up to 5cm)

  • Snow is predicted to change to a wintery mix of ice pellets/freezing rain and rain mid to late Tuesday, continuing into Wednesday
  • The type of precipitation may vary depending on temperature

City preparations

 Residents are advised to exercise patience and caution.  Staff are monitoring weather forecasts and are patrolling roads and will continue to patrol roads throughout the event.

Staff are starting to plow and salt the priority road and sidewalk network and will continue to plow and salt  overnight and throughout Tuesday and Wednesday, as required.  We will deploy plowing resources over the remainder of the transportation network as necessary as the weather or road conditions change.

We will continue to provide operational updates as weather conditions change and the event progresses.

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Chad Findlay
Area Manager, Roads Services


Woodlot tree removal &rehab: Beaverpond, Kimmins Crt, Marconi

Removal timing: Winter, 2017
Removal areas: all dead/dying trees are to be removed from the areas highlighted in pink on the maps below.
Removal method: mechanized (feller buncher and skidder).
Park access: for public safety reasons, identified areas of the park will be closed to the public during the tree removal operations.

Site preparation timing (debris/brush clean-up, invasive species control, etc): Spring, 2017
Maintained areas of the park will be cleared of small woody debris once the snow has melted and conditions are dry enough for equipment access. Wood is good! Small to medium sized wood pieces within the woodlot are to remain on site to provide habitat for a wide range of wildlife and invertebrates, to retain growing sites for plants and fungi, to supply a slow release of nutrients to the soil, to absorb and retain moisture for the benefit of newly planted trees, to minimize soil compaction and to deter woodlot users away from newly planted sites.

Reforestation timing: Spring 2017 planting season
Reforestation areas: all removal areas highlighted in pink on that attached maps are to be replanted. Typical reforestation species: red maple, sugar maple, silver maple, serviceberry, hackberry, white pine, burr oak, red oak, American elder, white cedar, basswood, nannyberry, large tooth aspen, trembling aspen, dogwood and speckled alder.

Background
As ash trees continue to decline within the City of Ottawa due to the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), it is important to address the safety issues and necessary tree removals within our parks and woodlots. Part of the City’s EAB strategy includes selective park and woodlot rehabilitation; identifying City parks and woodlots with a high percentage of ash to remove unsafe dead, dying or invasive trees, encourage non-ash trees and shrubs with the exception of buckthorn and plant a selection of native tree species. Many parks and woodlots hold significant plant and wildlife populations and make large contributions to
human health and the environment: it is important to manage these significant areas, not only for public safety but also to conserve the many benefits they provide. To learn more about the Ministerial Order restricting the movement of ash material, please visit:
http://www.inspection.gc.ca/plants/plant-protection/directives/forestry/d-03-08/areasregulated/eng/1347625322705/1347625453892

To learn more about the Emerald Ash Borer or the City’s EAB Strategy, please visit:
http://ottawa.ca/en/env_water/tlg/trees/preservation/eab/

Click images for larger picture:


Kanata Muslim Association Vigil at Walter Baker Park

The tragedy at the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Centre was an unwarranted attack on innocent people. As a Canadian, I am deeply sadden on an attack on our Canadian culture. I stand with The Kanata Muslim Association against terrorism and will be participating in the Vigil tonight at 7 pm at Walter Baker Park in Kanata (Terry Fox near Hazeldean Road).  This will be an opportunity for all of us to join as an united community to remember the victims of yesterdays shooting.  The Kanata Muslim Association is a community minded group, who makes connection with other faith groups and supports local activities. Please join me tonight and support our members of the Muslim community.


Meetings at City Hall Jan 30 –

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted.

For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts or visit ottawa.ca/agendas, or call 3-1-1.

Ottawa Public Library Board Meeting – Tuesday, January 31, 5 p.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall

Public Delegations are requested to register in advance

Transportation Committee – Wednesday, February 1, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Paint It Up! 2016 Program Results
  • Baseline Road Bus Rapid Transit Planning and Environmental Assessment Study (Bayshore Station to Heron Station) – Recommendations
  • Blackburn Hamlet Bypass Extension and Cumberland Transitway Westerly (Blair Road to Brian Coburn Boulevard) – Environmental Assessment Study – Alternate Corridor – Statement of Work
  • National Association of City Transportation Officials’ “Designing Cities” Conference
  • Status Update – Transportation Committee Inquiries and Motions for the Period Ending January 24, 2017

Agriculture and Rural Affairs CommitteeThursday, February 2, 10 a.m., The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive

  • Status Update – Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Inquiries and Motions – for the Period Ending January 26, 2017
  • Commemorative Naming Proposal – David and Judy Makin Trail
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – Part of 3117 Roger Stevens Drive
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – Part of 7110 Third Line Road South
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 5810 First Line Road
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – Part of 3285 Eagleson Road
  • Servicing Requirements for New Development in the Village of Richmond


Meetings at City Hall Jan 23 – 27

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts or visit ottawa.ca/agendas, or call 3-1-1.

Ottawa Police Services Board – Monday, January 23, 4 p.m., Champlain Room

  • Election of Chair and Vice Chair
  • Swearing In of Deputy Chief Steven Bell
  • Chief’s Verbal Report
  • Board Committee Appointments
  • Ontario Association of Police Services Boards: 2017 Membership Renewal
  • Police Services Board Activity, Training and Performance:  2016 Annual Report
  • Ottawa Police Services Board Work Plan;  2017
  • Board Calendar of Monitoring Requirements 2017
  • Secondary Activities: 2016 Annual Report
  • Performance Report: Fourth Quarter 2016
  • Public Rewards: 2016 Annual Report
  • Appointments Made Under the Interprovincial Policing Act: 2016 Annual Report
  • Legal Services Status Report: 2016 Fourth Quarter
  • Outstanding Board Inquiries & Motions: January 2017
  • Letters of Commendation

Planning Committee – Tuesday, January 24, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 404 Eden Avenue
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 774 Bronson Avenue
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 770 Bronson Avenue
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – Part of 4798 Bank Street
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – Parts of 6219, 6227 Renaud Road
  • Comprehensive Zoning By-Law 2008-250: Anomalies Q1 2017
  • Status Update – Planning Committee Inquiries and Motions for the Period Ending January 10, 2017

City Council Meeting – Wednesday, January 25, 10 a.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall


Promoting Women in Municipal Government

I am honoured to be participating in this upcoming event, Promoting Women in Municipal Government. RSVP today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/promoting-women-in-municipal-government-tickets-31242487120?platform=hootsuite

The National Capital Region Chapter of Equal Voice is hosting this event to put the 2018 Municipal Election in people’s minds and to promote women in municipal politics. A panel discussion will allow attendees to hear what it’s like to serve, contemplate considerations leading to a decision to run, hear about attracting volunteers and donations, what people wish they knew beforehand etc. The event will also include a networking opportunity for all concerned, which can serve as a great way for people to drum up support for a campaign and for individuals to let someone know they’re interested in working on a campaign.

When:
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
5:00 to 8:00 pm (program begins at 5:30)
Light refreshments will be served.  Cash bar.

Location:
Jean Piggot Place at Ottawa City Hall
110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa

“Two of our Ottawa City Councillors will be guest speakers on the panel, alongside various female leaders in the field of politics. Please mark your calendars and come out for the first EV-NCR Municipal Government event!”


CHINESE NEW YEAR IN KANATA

Join with our residents in Kanata North who are of Chinese descent as they celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Rooster.   A fabulous day of entertainment, feasting and visiting exhibits will be held at the Richcraft Recreation Complex Kanata (4101 Innovation Drive) on Sunday, February 5nd from 10 am to 4 pm.  The opening with the spectacular Lion Dance is at 2 pm.  This year they are including community groups as well as Chinese dancers and singers.  It’s a great and fun filled way to meet and support your Chinese neighbours. Hope to see you there!


Nov. 21 Public Information Session on Radon Gas

Thank you to the more than 150 people who attended this years Kanata North Radon Public Information Session. Thank you also to Kelley Bush and members of staff that participated and to the professionals who set up booths.

Click here for a copy of Health Canada’s presentation (pdf format): kanata-public-info-session-nov21-2016


I am once again hosting a Public Information Session on radon gas, with assistance from Health Canada, the City of Ottawa and a number of radon professionals. Home owner, Jeff Strickland, will also speak about his experience with testing and remediation. Last year’s session was attended by more than 100 Ottawa residents.

When: Monday, November 21st 7-9pm
Where: Mlacak Centre, Halls B-D, 2500 Campeau Drive, Kanata North

Radon is a colourless, odourless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally in the environment, coming from the natural breakdown of uranium in soils and rocks.  It is widely found in homes across Canada.  It does not tend to be an issue outside, as it dilutes to harmless levels in the atmosphere. However, in a confined space – like a basement – radon can accumulate to high levels.  Exposure to high concentrations of radon can increase a person’s risk of developing lung cancer.

This meeting is open to all residents, not just those in Kanata North, as radon can be found everywhere.  Please let your friends and neighbours across the city know about this information meeting which will both inform you and provide recommendations on actions that can ensure you have a safe level in your home.

Radon test kits will be available for purchase from Ottawa Public Health or one of the radon professionals at the meeting.

radon


Innovation Drive Park & Ride Grand Opening

Join me, Mayor Watson, Councillor Blais and west-end Councillors at the grand opening of the Innovation Drive Park & Ride:

Date: Wednesday, January 11, 8am-9am
Where: Innovation Station Park & Ride (5025 Innovation Drive, on the Southwest corner of Innovation Drive and Terry Fox Drive)
Parking: Available at the Park and Ride
Attire: Outdoor weather

Note – the Innovation Drive Park & Ride is now open and buses are providing service. See picture below.

innovation-park-and-ride


New Year’s Eve Celebrations at City Hall

Countdown to the New Year and kick off the Ottawa 2017 festivities during an energizing and momentum-building event!

Join us on December 31, 2016, for this early-evening, family-friendly celebration that will include the lighting of a spectacular cauldron at Ottawa City Hall. The sparking of this special landmark will cue hundreds of Ottawa-area students to form a human chain, connecting young people from diverse backgrounds and weaving a line of youthful optimism through downtown Ottawa streets.

The evening will be crowned by a musical sow and fireworks on Parliament Hill.

Events at City Hall Presented by Ottawa 2017:
5:30 p.m.  The Enbridge New Year’s Eve BBQ (free hot dogs while quantities last)
Free coffee and hot chocolate offered by Tim Hortons, DJ Rise Ashen and on-site animation
6:15 p.m.   Official ceremony begins
6:45 p.m.   Fire of Friendship Torch Relay departs City Hall

Events on Parliament Hill presented by Canadian Heritage:
7:45 p.m.    Fire of Friendship arrives at Parliament Hill

8:17 p.m.    Pyromusical Show
9 p.m.         Music show with Carly Rae Jepsen, Radio Radio and Brett Kissel
Midnight    Fireworks

The Ottawa 2017 Bureau is working closely with the schoolboards and indigenous community to recruit the participating students.

For more info on the spectacular Ottawa 2017 programming and to learn how to get involved, visit the www.ottawa2017.ca! Check the online calendar often as we keep adding new events!

human-chain