• Still time to enjoy the summer of Ottawa 2017

    Ottawa – On the heels of this past weekend’s successful event, Canada’s Table, Ottawa 2017, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, wishes to remind residents and visitors that there is still time to enjoy two other hit Signature Events of the summer: Inspiration Village and Kontinuum. 

    MORE THAN 300,000 PEOPLE HAVE VISITED INSPIRATION VILLAGE

    Daily, noon – 8 pm, until September 4 (Free)

    ByWard Market

    This artistic installation of 41 sea containers is an ephemeral entertainment locale featuring free special exhibits, demonstrations, inspirational guest speakers and performances showcasing Canadian culture and Canada’s provinces and territories.

    The final weekend will be action-packed with activities and performances in a highly festive atmosphere. View details online.

    MORE THAN 250,000 PEOPLE HAVE EXPERIENCED KONTINUUM

    Daily, 10 am – 10 pm, until September 14 (Free tickets or walk-ups welcome anytime)

    300 Sparks St.

    Created and produced by the Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Moment Factory, this impressive world-first subterranean multimedia production, powered by Bell, takes place in the Lyon Station of the yet to be opened Light Rail Transit (LRT) system.

    The story premise for Kontinuum: An Underground Journey Through Time is that a crevice in the fabric of reality was discovered during excavation of the LRT tunnel. Since this discovery, inexplicable electromagnetic waves have been appearing in and around the tunnel, captivating the imagination of passersby. It is an immersive, dynamic and moving experience, using the full 500-metre length of the station, where participants will be exposed to the hidden frequencies of the material world.

    SURVEY SAYS: LA MACHINE WAS A SMASH HIT!

    Positive reviews are still coming in about La Machine and survey results show why. The North-American debut captivated the hearts and imaginations of audiences with its travelling urban theatre in the streets of downtown Ottawa. More than 750,000 participants saw Long Ma and Kumo as they roamed the capital over four days. Of the spectators surveyed, 33% were visitors to Ottawa. The show entitled “The Spirit of the Dragon-Horse, With Stolen Wings” had an approval rating of 96%.

    OTHER OTTAWA 2017 SUMMER EVENTS BY THE NUMBERS:

    Canada’s Table                                           A sold-out dinner for 1000 people with a 99% satisfaction rate.
    Ottawa Welcomes the World                   Over 170,000 visitors so far with more than a dozen events to come; far exceeding the original objective by more than double
    Red Bull Global Rallycross                        More than 12,000 enthusiastic spectators, 31% of which were visitors, with a 93% satisfaction rate for the event
    Picnic on the Bridge                                   Of the 2500 picnic-goers, 34% were from out of town, with an 82% satisfaction rate for the picnic/
    Sky Lounge                                                 More than 3000 participants with a 98% satisfaction rate
    Agri 150                                                       11 rural events enjoyed so far with 10 still to come
    Ignite 150                                                    19 events so far with more than a dozen to go
    Arts, Culture and Heritage Program        5 projects so far with another 9 ongoing or to come
    Civic Events                                                 43 community celebrations so far with another 6 to go

    The results of Ottawa 2017 events are activations across the city, in every single ward, to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

    Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario (www.ontario.ca/150 #ontario150) and the Government of Canada (www.canada.ca/150 #canada150) for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

    Photos for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: https://www.flickr.com/photos/138710500@N02/

    Videos for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: https://vimeo.com/ottawa2017/albums

    To download the free Ottawa 2017 App, visit: The App Store, Google Play or Ottawa2017.ca.

    Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit ottawa2017.ca, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.

  • Statement from Mayor Watson regarding the appointment of Mr. Patrick Lin as Special Advisor on Canada-China relations

    ‘’Since 1999, the City of Ottawa has maintained a special relationship with the City of Beijing, China, which is to this day Ottawa’s only Sister City. I signed this original agreement in 1999 as Mayor of the former City of Ottawa.

    I value this relationship and have led a number of economic delegations to China over my years as Mayor. I have deliberately chosen to prioritize and invest in only one Sister City agreement in order to ensure that this relationship receives the attention it deserves and truly serves the interests of both cities, as well as those of our economic development partners who contribute greatly to its success.

    That said, I believe this relationship could be strengthened. Just this year, we have seen an increase in activity resulting from this partnership, which has positively impacted our city. We were proud to host a visit of the Beijing Symphony Orchestra to the NAC in February; Long Ma, the dragon-horse from La Machine, was commissioned by a Chinese philanthropist and lent to us for the performance; and in October, Ottawa will host a large Chinese delegation for Beijing Week, which will take place October 4 to 8 at Lansdowne Park as part of Ottawa 2017’s Ottawa Welcomes the World series.

    In preparation for this great event in October, and in order to strengthen our relationship with Beijing going forward, I have decided to appoint Mr. Patrick Lin as my Special Advisor on Canada-China relations, a role he will be filling on a volunteer basis.

    Mr. Lin was instrumental in bringing the Beijing Symphony Orchestra to Ottawa this winter, and is one of the main organizers of the upcoming Beijing Week at Lansdowne. He is a long-time resident of Ottawa with deep Chinese roots, and his knowledge of the culture, business and political circles will benefit the City of Ottawa and our local businesses wishing to leverage this Sister City partnership. My hope is that Mr. Lin will provide us with the advice required to engage Ottawa in cultural, tourism and business reciprocity with Beijing to the benefit our community and its residents.’’

    – Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa

  • Table for one…thousand!

    Guests welcomed to Canada’s Table for unprecedented dinner in front of Parliament Hill

    Ottawa – Ottawa 2017 and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, Restaurateur Stephen Beckta and Chef Mike Moffatt of Beckta, Play and Gezellig restaurants, along with Sheila Whyte of Thyme & Again Catering, are delighted to welcome participants to Canada’s Table.

    A thousand guests will enjoy a legendary four-course meal, created by twenty top chefs from across Canada, at one long open-air table on Wellington Street in front of Parliament Hill.

    Canada’s Table is an Ottawa 2017 Signature Event, under the Ignite 150 program. Participating chefs:

    Local Chefs Visiting Chefs
    Chris Deraiche | Wellington Gastropub Normand Laprise | Toqué! & Brasserie T!, Montreal, QC
    Joe Thottungal | Coconut Lagoon Dale Mackay | Ayden Kitchen and Bar & Little Grouse on the Prairie, Saskatoon, SK
    Jordan Holley | Riviera Vikram Vij | Vij’s Group, Vancouver, BC
    Jon Svazas | Fauna & Bar Laurel Melissa Craig | Bearfoot Bistro, Whistler BC
    Marc Doiron | Town & Citizen Matthew Krizan | Mateus Bistro, Mahone Bay, NS
    Marc Lepine | Atelier Daniel Vézina | Laurie Raphaël, Québec & Montréal, QC
    Michael Blackie | NeXT Paul Rogalski | Rouge, Calgary, AB
    Ross Fraser | Fraser Cafe & The Rowan Scott Vivian |Beast Restaurant, Toronto, ON
    Tim Stock | Play food & wine Carolyn Reid |Scaramouche, Toronto, ON
    Yannick Anton | Le Cordon Bleu Todd Perrin |Mallard Cottage, Quidi Vidi, NL

    The dinner is a non-profit event to celebrate Canada’s unique culinary culture during our 150th anniversary and to raise funds for food security projects in our communities. Proceeds raised from the event will benefit the Growing Futures Program serving both Ottawa and a Northern Community, organized by the Parkdale Food Centre, and the kitchen renovation at the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa

    As part of the program, many of the chefs made a social contribution by sharing their skills with local charity organizations yesterday. The following groups benefited from culinary demonstrations and food production for some of our community’s most at-risk members:

    • The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa
    • The Shepherds of Good Hope
    • The Ottawa Mission
    • Ottawa-Carleton Lifeskills
    • The Parkdale Food Centre

    QUOTES

    “As the nation’s capital, we’re proud to bring Canadians together in honour of our country’s 150th anniversary with unique experiences like Canada’s Table. Tonight’s event will create lasting, cherished memories for residents and visitors of this once-in-a-lifetime commemoration.”
    –– Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa

    “Food has always brought friends, families and communities together of all ages and backgrounds – it is at the heart of cultural celebrations and the foundation of many fond memories. Canada’s Table will not only put a spotlight on the incredibly talented chefs we have here in Ontario and in Canada, it will also help raise funds for food security projects – a vital service for the well-being of our communities.”
    –– The Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport

    “Canada’s Table is a very special opportunity to celebrate our unique and world-class culinary identity, as we mark our 150th anniversary.  Cooking with us this weekend are some of the top chefs from near and far across Canada, partnered with many of our country’s top artisanal wineries.  We celebrate at a single, 1000-foot table – in a stunning setting – with friends and strangers alike, to embrace community and forge relationships as one can only do over a dining table with great food and caring hospitality.”
    –– Stephen Beckta, Owner, Beckta, Play and Gezellig restaurants

    “We want to add a very special thanks for the many caring hearts and helping hands that have come together to produce this evening’s remarkable event.  From this weekend, we hope to help grow a more resilient next generation, through these many food security efforts, and the greater awareness that grows from them.”
    –– Sheila Whyte, Owner, Thyme & Again

    “One of our goals at Ottawa 2017 is to produce events that are big, bold and that showcase the best of our capital city with magnificent visuals that will be shared around the globe. We’re delighted that Canada’s Table will serve to reinforce on the world stage the positive image of Ottawa and celebrate Canadian culinary excellence, an important aspect of our culture.”
    –– Guy Laflamme, Executive Director and Producer, Ottawa 2017

    Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations offers Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.

    Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario (www.ontario.ca/150 #ontario150) and the Government of Canada (www.canada.ca/150 #canada150) for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

    Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit ottawa2017.ca, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.

  • Canada’s Table serves up compassion and learning with social contributions

    Ottawa – Ottawa 2017, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, Restaurateur Stephen Beckta and Chef Mike Moffatt of Beckta, Play and Gezellig restaurants, along with Sheila Whyte of Thyme & Again Catering, are pleased to announce how Canada’s Table will strengthen the social fabric of Ottawa and Northern communities, and benefit up and coming students in the culinary field.

    Canada’s Table is an Ottawa 2017 non-profit event to celebrate Canada’s unique culinary culture during our 150th anniversary and to raise funds for food security projects in our communities.

    This Sunday, August 27, twenty top chefs from across Canada will stage a legendary dinner in the shadow of Canada’s iconic Parliament Buildings. Tickets for the 1000-person open-air table on Wellington Street are sold out. Proceeds raised from the event will benefit the following projects:

     

    The Growing Futures Program by the Parkdale Food Centre                                                 

    Starting out as a social enterprise, the Growing Futures initiative gives youth the opportunity to grow fresh herbs and greens in “growing towers”, enabling them to learn about entrepreneurship as well as helping to grow a more resilient next generation by creating products for local food banks. The second phase will send growing towers to remote schools in Canada’s North to provide fresh greens to communities unable to grow them traditionally. Ottawa students will collaborate and partner with their Northern peers, to grow and market this healthy produce and to further foster connections between students. This promotes the importance of communities supporting communities in the realm of food security, and looks toward Canada’s next 150 years.

     

    The Kitchen Renovation at the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa                                               

    The renovation at the Police Youth Centre Clubhouse will allow the club to better offer healthy snacks to at-risk kids and expand their cooking classes to give members the ability to cook low-cost, healthy meals at home. The healthy snack program is also used as incentive for members to participate in homework club, the most popular and effective program offered through the BGCO.

    In addition, many of the chefs participating in Canada’s Table will make a social contribution by sharing their skills with local charity organizations. Culinary demonstrations and production for some of our community’s most at-risk members will take place in the following venues:

     

    The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa                                                                                         

    Saturday, August 26, from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

    Don McGahan Clubhouse

    430 McArthur Ave.

    Fostering the development of confidence and skills for life, between 8 to 10 youth will participate in cooking lessons beginning at 3 p.m. with Canada’s first “Top Chef”, Dale MacKay. Following that, at 6 p.m., between 40-50 kids will enjoy a healthy snack prepared by the celebrity chef and his newest students.

    Media opportunity between 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. of celebrity chef Dale MacKay working with youth.

     

    Shepherds of Good Hope                                                                                                       

    Saturday, August 26, from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

    233 Murray St.

    Typical meals are served buffet-style at the Shepherds of Good Hope, one of the largest not-for-profit organizations in the city dedicated to the needs of the homeless. This special meal, prepared by Canada’s Table chefs, will be made even more enjoyable when it is served bistro-style to approximately 100 clients of the social services provider.

    Media opportunity between 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. of chefs preparing dinner; photo opportunity at 5 p.m. of dinner being served to clients.

     

    The Ottawa Mission                                                                                                                

    Saturday, August 26, from 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

    35 Waller St.

     

    Canada’s Table chefs will prepare a healthy meal for clients of The Ottawa Mission, a homeless shelter that has been helping the hungry and poor in the region since 1906. Two buffet-style meals will be served to approximately 200 people.

    Media opportunity of guests being served at 4 p.m.

     

    Ottawa-Carleton Lifeskills                                                                                                      

    Saturday, August 26, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

    1 Brewer Hunt Way, Unit 9 (behind Lone Star on March Rd.)

    Helping to improve the lives of adults with developmental disabilities, Ottawa-Carleton Lifeskills staff offer the support they require to lead independent and enriched lives. Chefs from Canada’s Table will further this goal by offering cooking lessons to approximately 10 clients, demonstrating healthy meal ideas that they can prepare themselves.

    Media opportunity between 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. of chefs working with adults with developmental disabilities.

     

    The Parkdale Food Centre                                                                                                      

    Saturday, August 26, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

    30 Rosemount Ave., Unit 2

    Approximately 40 clients of the Parkdale Food Centre will enjoy an outdoor meal (weather permitting), including fresh local produce, prepared by Canada’s Table chefs. The dinner is aligned with the Centre’s vision of building healthier, more connected communities through good food and friendship.

    Media photo opportunity of guests being served at 5:30 p.m.

    Preparations for Canada’s Table will also engage local culinary students, as the out-of-town chefs will be creating their dishes in the kitchen labs of Algonquin College’s School of Hospitality and Tourism on Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27.

    Limited media access to Saturday food preparation at the College is possible by advance RSVP only. Media can contact Algonquin College Communications Officer Chris Lackner at lacknerc@algonquincollege.com before noon on Friday, August 25, if interested in scheduling Saturday access, or for advance interviews with the College’s faculty chefs who will be hosting the out-of-town chefs on campus.

    Of note during this 50th anniversary year for the College, two producers of Canada’s Table are graduates of Algonquin College: restaurateur Stephen Beckta (Sommelier alumnus) and Chef Michael Moffatt (Culinary Management alumnus). Moffatt and co-organizer, Chef Sheila Whyte, are also part of the College’s Culinary Management Advisory Board.

    Canada’s Table is an Ottawa 2017 Signature Event, under the Ignite 150 program. Participating chefs:

    Local Chefs Visiting Chefs
    Chris Deraiche | Wellington Gastropub Normand Laprise | Toqué! & Brasserie T!, Montreal, QC
    Joe Thottungal | Coconut Lagoon Dale Mackay | Ayden Kitchen and Bar & Little Grouse on the Prairie, Saskatoon, SK
    Jordan Holley | Riviera Vikram Vij | Vij’s Group, Vancouver, BC
    Jon Svazas | Fauna & Bar Laurel Melissa Craig | Bearfoot Bistro, Whistler BC
    Marc Doiron | Town & Citizen Matthew Krizan | Mateus Bistro, Mahone Bay, NS
    Marc Lepine | Atelier Daniel Vézina | Laurie Raphaël, Québec & Montréal, QC
    Michael Blackie | NeXT Paul Rogalski | Rouge, Calgary, AB
    Ross Fraser | Fraser Cafe & The Rowan Scott Vivian |Beast Restaurant, Toronto, ON
    Tim Stock | Play food & wine Carolyn Reid |Scaramouche, Toronto, ON
    Yannick Anton | Le Cordon Bleu Todd Perrin |Mallard Cottage, Quidi Vidi, NL

    Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations offers Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.

    Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario (www.ontario.ca/150 #ontario150) and the Government of Canada (www.canada.ca/150 #canada150) for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

    Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit ottawa2017.ca, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.

     

  • Michael Deyell receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

    Mayor Jim Watson and Somerset Ward Councillor Catherine McKenney presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Michael Deyell at City Council today in recognition of his commitment to showcasing Canadian artists and for his many contributions to the LGBTQ community in Ottawa. The honour comes as the city celebrates the annual Ottawa Capital Pride Festival.

    Mr. Deyell returned to Ottawa in 2012 to purchase After Stonewall, Ottawa’s only LGBTQ bookstore, founded in 1990, in order to keep it open. He added further life to the store by, turning the business into Stonewall Gallery to showcase Canadian artists and their creations. In the last year, Mr. Deyell merged the gallery with his partner’s business, Wilde’s, creating Stonewall Wilde’s, a community shopping destination featuring the works of over 70 Canadian artists on two levels.

    Mr. Deyell is an active community leader and supporter of LGBTQ initiatives and causes. He is an advocate and fundraiser for Bruce House, which cares for and supports people living with HIV and AIDS. He has also been extremely active and supportive of the Village, Ottawa’s Gay Village, helping nurture it into a thriving, inviting and inclusive neighbourhood with businesses and restaurants. In 2015 Mr. Deyell sat on the board of Swirl and Twirl, an annual Ottawa fundraiser for charities. With his expertise in social marketing and public relations, he currently sits on the board of TotoToo Theatre.

     

  • Response to my letter to Canada Post on City of Ottawa parking regulations

  • Canada’s Table culinary series

    Top chefs from across the country pair-up with top local chefs to offer unique dining experiences

    Ottawa – Ottawa 2017, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, Restaurateur Stephen Beckta and Chef Mike Moffatt of Beckta, Play and Gezellig restaurants, along with Sheila Whyte of Thyme & Again Catering, are pleased to announce a series of culinary events as part of Canada’s Table.

    As announced earlier this year, celebrity chefs from across Canada will be featured in local restaurants on the days surrounding the sold-out 1000-person, open-air table on Wellington Street. Here’s what’s on the menu to round out the four-day food adventure:

    NeXT Restaurant                                                                                                                     

    Friday, August 25, 7 p.m.

    6400 Hazledean Road

    NeXT Owner and Executive Chef Michael Blackie will host Chef Paul Rogalski, Culinary Director and Owner of Rouge Restaurant (Calgary, AB) to offer an eight-dish sharing menu presented in four separate waves. The capacity for this intimate dining experience in NeXT’s Four Seasons Room is 32 guests.

    Price: $115.00 per person with the option to include four wine flights with dinner for $38.00 (tax and gratuity extra). Unfortunately, no allergies can be accommodated for this event.

    For reservations call 613-716-4562 and ask for Jillian Blackie or email canadastable@nextfood.ca. A credit card is required at the time of booking to secure the reservation.

    The Wellington Gastropub                                                                                                      

    Friday, August 25, 7 p.m.

    1325 Wellington Street West

    Chris Deraiche Co-owner and Chef of The Wellington Gastropub, will welcome the Owner and Head Chef from Beast Restaurant (Toronto, ON), Chef Scott Vivian. Together, they will present a five-course menu, served in a communal format to 60 guests.

    Price: $95.00 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Add an optional wine pairing for $35.00, or a premium wine pairing for $59.00 (plus tax and gratuity).

    For reservations call 613-729-1315. A credit card is required at the time of booking to secure the reservation.

     

    Beckta dining & wine bar                                                                                                        

    Monday, August 28, 6 p.m.

    150 Elgin Street

    At Beckta dining & wine bar, Executive Chef Mike Moffatt and Chef du Cuisine Shane Brown will be joined in the kitchen by Matthew Krizan, Executive Chef and Owner Of Mateus Bistro (Mahone Bay, NS). A four-course menu will be created and served in a communal format to 36 guests.

    Price: $90.00 per person with an optional wine pairing for $45.00 (plus tax and gratuity).

    For reservations call 613-238-7063. A credit card is required at the time of booking to secure the reservation.

    In addition to the culinary series, host chefs and guest chefs participating in Canada’s Table will make a social contribution on Saturday, August 26 by sharing their skills with local charity organizations and by offering culinary demonstrations on how to prepare low-cost, healthy family meals using fresh local products. Details will be shared in the coming week.

    Twenty top chefs from across the country will take part in Canada’s Table on August 27, beginning at 6 p.m. This Ottawa 2017 Signature Event, under the Ignite 150 program, will feature all-Canadian products served to guests seated at a single, 1000-person, open-air table on Wellington Street. Proceeds raised from the event will be used to aid local and national food security causes. Tickets are sold out.

    Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations offers Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.

    Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario (www.ontario.ca/150 #ontario150) and the Government of Canada (www.canada.ca/150 #canada150) for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

    Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit ottawa2017.ca, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.

  • Memo To Councillors Regarding Long-Term Care

    Like many, we were deeply concerned to hear about the recent incidents involving the City’s Long Term Care Homes. We have been assured that safeguards are in place to prevent future occurrences. As you may know, the City was recently issued a “Director Referral Order” from the provincial Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

    Since the incidents were first reported on June 29th, 2017, the City has worked on a plan to respond to these serious incidents. Consultation with stakeholders, including residents and families within each of the City’s four long-term care homes, is planned for this fall.

    That being said, the purpose of this memorandum is to let you know that we have asked staff to bring forward a formal presentation at Community and Protective Services Committee no later than September 21st on the ongoing work that is underway to address recent concerns in the City’s Long Term Care facilities.

    Specifically, we have requested that the City Manager outline:

     

    • A detailed accounting of what is involved in a “Director’s Referral Order” from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care;
    • The plan in place to ensure adequate and appropriate supervision of non-regulated staff by registered nursing staff per the College of Nurses best practice guidance document;
    • The strategy to ensure all staff who provide direct care to residents do so in accordance with the resident’s plan of care;
    • An outline of the specific strategies underway to appropriately care for residents with dementia of various cultural backgrounds;
    • Details of the plan to provide in person training for staff on the prevention of abuse and neglect, mandatory reporting and the licensee’s policy to promote zero tolerance of abuse and neglect of residents;
    • An update on the plan to be submitted following the meetings and town halls that the City of Ottawa has scheduled to identify opportunities to improve care and services to residents and prevent abuse and neglect of residents.  Please detail how the plan will identify the specific strategies that will be implemented by the City of Ottawa in our municipal homes.
    • The policies and procedures in place for all long-term care homes in the Province of Ontario through the regulations required by the Long-Term Care Homes Act 2007 (LTCHA) including the regular and random compliance inspections conducted by the Ministry;
    • The protections outlined in the City Long-Term Care Residents’ Bill of Rights;
    • The role of Accreditation Canada, which conducts peer reviews to assess the quality of programs with a team of assessors completing on-site visits every four years to review operations from several aspects to validate that required operational practices and standards are being met. Provide the record of the City of Ottawa’s Long-Term Care homes in terms of these reviews and compliance records;
    • A detailed review of the requirements for proof of education for all staff hired in LTC to meet the legislative qualifications for the appropriate positions and outline how staff must submit a police records check in order to work with the vulnerable sector before they start working in the Home;
    • Detail the comprehensive orientation required of staff before they assume their duties within the Home. Ensure that the review covers all vital safety and security processes to effectively and respectfully provide direct and indirect care to residents;
    • Detail the annual training for staff including Abuse-Prevention training;
    • Outline the processes and procedures that are in place to ensure employees understand how to recognize abuse, how it can be prevented, and what to do if abuse is witnessed.
    • A full accounting of how staff are required to review the Home’s practice annually and acknowledge that they have read and understood the LTCHA’s requirements and how this is enforced.

    After the consultations this fall are completed, we have asked that Members of Council be briefed on the extent of the planning, outcomes of these meetings and next steps towards implementation.

    We have asked the City Manager to personally oversee this review and report back to Members of Council through the standing committee process. We continue to be deeply concernd about the issues that have been raised about the treatment of some of our most vulnerable citizens. We would like to remind Members of Council that the “Director’s Referral Order” is in relation to the incidents originally reported in June and are not a result of new or recent incidents.

    Please contact the City Manager directly if you have specific concerns regarding this request for review.

     

     

  • Ottawa 2017 rockin’ the capital with Guns N’ Roses, Our Lady Peace and free pre-concert party

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

    As announced in December, international rock super-stars Guns N’ Roses will perform in Ottawa as part of Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations. The enduring rock legends will thrill fans at Lansdowne Park on August 21, along with opening act, Canadian rock royalty, Our Lady Peace.

    (Paid admission – ticket information: http://www.ottawa2017.ca/events/signature-events/yowttawa/)

    In advance of the concert, everyone is 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.

    Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.

    Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario (www.ontario.ca/150 #ontario150) and the Government of Canada (www.canada.ca/150 #canada150) for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

    Photos for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: https://www.flickr.com/photos/138710500@N02/

    Videos for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: https://vimeo.com/ottawa2017/albums

    To download the free Ottawa 2017 App, visit: The App Store, Google Play or Ottawa2017.ca.

    Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit ottawa2017.ca, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.

     

     

  • My letter to Canada Post on City of Ottawa parking regulations

    Deepak Chopra,

    The purpose of this letter is to seek clarification from Canada Post following its public declaration of July 25th, 2017, that, due to “concerns regarding safety and bike lanes in Toronto” you have directed your employees “to not park in bike lanes in the City of Toronto.”

    It is the expectation of the City of Ottawa that Canada Post issue instructions to all of its employees to operate continuously in accordance with the Highway Traffic Act and all applicable federal and provincial laws as well as municipal by-laws while performing their duties.

    Vehicles stopping in, or otherwise obstructing, dedicated cycling lanes represents a serious public safety hazard for cyclists and motorists alike, and is contrary to the City’s Traffic and Parking By-law.  We would like to remind you that the City’s by-laws are enforceable on a crown corporation.  Additionally, when a Canada Post vehicle obstructs a cycling lane it further exacerbates traffic congestion, particularly in the downtown core, and is contrary to the City’s public policy goal of providing a safe city-wide cycling ecosystem, as detailed in the Ottawa Cycling Plan.

    We were encouraged to read in the Metro that Canada Post spokesperson Jon Hamilton recently said that, “our employees are expected to follow the traffic laws when serving customers, which includes no-stopping zones like bike lanes.”  The City of Ottawa is formally requesting that an official statement be made similar to the one issued to your Toronto-based employees here in Ottawa to Canada Post employees.  The City further requests official assurance that your employees are aware that obstructing cycling lanes is always dangerous and not an acceptable practice.  Should Canada Post employees experience problematic areas for making deliveries, the City would be pleased to work with you to develop possible mitigation solutions to keep our city and economy moving. As good neighbours, the City of Ottawa is committed to working with Canada Post to find operational solutions to your specific delivery challenges.

    We look forward to your response. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Mayor’s Office directly.

    Sincerely,

    Jim Watson                                                        Keith Egli
    Mayor                                                                 Chair, Transportation Committee
    City of Ottawa                                                   City of Ottawa