• 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

     

  • The party’s here and all of Canada’s invited!

    Ottawa students send postcards to friends and family across the country inviting them to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in the nation’s capital

    Ottawa – Ottawa area students have a message for their family and friends from coast to coast to coast: “Come celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary with us in 2017!”

    As part of a city-wide student postcard writing initiative, the Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to welcome Canada Post and the Canada Post Community Foundation as programming partners for Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations in the nation’s capital.

    In collaboration with Ottawa 2017, Canada Post has printed and delivered more than 45,000 postcards to Ottawa’s four local school boards: the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’est de l’Ontario, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, the Ottawa Carleton District School Board and the Ottawa Catholic School Board. A grant from the Canada Post Community Foundation will support mailing costs.

    Students from Grade 3 to 6, inclusively, will be receiving the postcards this month and, as an in-class project, they will be writing personalized messages inviting relatives and friends living elsewhere in Canada to take part in the celebrations in Ottawa next year.

    The postcards were designed by area students for the Ottawa 2017 Postcard Design Contest.

    QUOTES:

    “We’re proud to welcome Canada Post, a national corporation that’s been connecting Canadians for generations, as an Ottawa 2017 partner. This postcard initiative is a great way to engage young Canadians and build excitement for our country’s sesquicentennial celebrations,” said Mayor Jim Watson.

    “We are pleased to be part of this great initiative. We’re hoping to deliver these beautiful hand-written invitations from Ottawa students to Canadians right across the country,” said Susan Margles, Vice-President, Government Relations and Policy at Canada Post and a Trustee with the Canada Post Community Foundation.

    “The Ottawa 2017 program was developed to inspire Canadian youth and encourage them to get involved in the celebrations. With Canada Post’s valuable support, this is an additional way of engaging young citizens and inspiring them for the future,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau.

    Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations will 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: http://ow.ly/WntCV

    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.