Jan Harder: Construction Impacts Barrhaven Traffic

By Barrhaven Councillor Jan Harder

Night Work

The City of Ottawa has approved night work for the following activity: Bridge girder installation on August 10, 11 and 12 (if necessary). Night work is required because the centre girders need to be installed when trains are not operating.

Traffic Management

Strandherd Drive (from the Home Depot West Entrance to Jockvale Road) – Strandherd Drive is partially reduced to one lane in the eastbound direction in front of the Home Depot.

Andora Avenue – Andora Avenue is fully closed to traffic at Strandherd Drive. After the full closure, Andora Avenue will reopen as a right-in/right-out intersection, with no left-turn movements permitted, until the spring of 2022. Local access is maintained via Chapman Mills Drive. A pedestrian traffic signal was installed just west of Andora Avenue to facilitate pedestrian crossing at Strandherd Drive.

Tallgrass Lane – Tallgrass Lane is fully closed at Strandherd Drive until the spring of 2022.

Kingsview Lane – Kingsview Lane is fully closed at Strandherd Drive for a few weeks.

Madrid Avenue – Madrid Avenue is fully closed at Strandherd Drive for a few weeks.

Aura Avenue – Aura Avenue is fully closed at Strandherd Drive for a few weeks.

Dealership Drive – Lane reductions on Dealership Drive, as necessary, for water main and sewer work.

Strandherd Drive – Various work continues along the corridor. To accommodate the work, there will be off-peak lane reductions, as necessary along the corridor.  

Update on Greenbank/Half Moon Bay Roundabout- To expedite this roundabout, the City has been asked to push the tendering for this project up so that the contractors can start earlier and finish construction before the school year starts. This may require a full road closure for a short time, but the goal is to have the area done so students and their parents can get to school safely. More news to come as soon as confirmation of the details is received.

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Free Summer Fun for Families at EarlyON in Barrhaven!

Do you know what EarlyON is? EarlyON Child and Family Centre offers free programs to parents/caregivers and their children from birth to 6 years of age. We welcome all families to participate in quality programs that help strengthen adult-child relationships, support parent education and foster healthy child development.

In Barrhaven, your EarlyON team is bringing you and your child quality outdoor and virtual programming.

Join us at our centre for outdoor playgroups! Join us at the park for activities facilitated by a Family Resource Worker.

Walter Baker and Minto Recreation Updates:

Minto and Walter Baker pools: Staff will be reinstated at Walter Baker on August 9th, at which time they will begin to prepare the facility to re-open. They will dedicate the subsequent weeks to recalling staff and hiring new applicants, instituting the legislated and operational training, and developing programming schedules. The pool will re-open on August 30th in line with the Minto closure. Walter Baker will offer lane swimming, public swimming, aquafit classes, and some lifesaving/lifeguarding courses. Additionally, all WBSC aquatic sports clubs/teams that had been displaced because of the closure will be reallocated back to the facility. Aquatic Sports clubs/teams that will be displaced because of the Minto closure will be allocated pool time at Walter Baker for the month of September.

Programming for the fall learn to swim session was completed in June for facilities that are currently open and the guide has been finalized. Registration will take place on August 16th. The Nepean Sportsplex and Minto Recreation Complex are both currently offering ‘learn to swim programs’ through to the end of August. Sportsplex will offer a fall session of lessons beginning in September and Minto will commence its fall learn to swim program at the beginning of October. Walter Baker will offer some private lessons based on demand and will prepare a full complement of ‘learning to swim lessons’ to begin in January.  

Walking Track Minto is now open fromMonday to Friday: 5:30pm to 6:30 pm & 6:45 to 7:45 and from Saturday & Sunday: 8:45 to 9:45 & 10am to 11am 11:15 to 12:15. Maximum cap: 10 people and will need to book/schedule prior to visit. To book/schedule visit Ottawa.ca

Motorcycle ride supports guide dog training

Ride to raise money towards the training of guide dogs and assistance dogs, as Ottawa’s longest-running charity motorcycle returns. The 34th annual Guide Dog Motorcycle Ride will take place on Sunday, September 12, 2021. 

The entry fee for the ride alone is $20 or come back for the BBQ for just an extra ten bucks! On Sunday, September 12, stop by Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, 4120 Rideau Valley Drive North, to register anytime between 9:00 am and 10:00 am and then head out for the ride. Cash, credit, and debit are accepted on-site. Please respect physical distancing.

Vision loss has not stopped during Covid and neither has the Guide Dog Ride. We have planned a beautiful route of more than 200-km. through Eastern Ontario. Let’s fill it with bikes for a great cause. Individual riders and all clubs are welcome.

(***BBQ portion of the event is subject to cancellation based on local bylaws and public health regulations at the time of the event.)

About Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind:

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind was established as a registered charity in 1984. Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind has provided more than 900 professionally trained guide dogs to Canadians who are visually impaired from coast to coast. Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind also operates an Assistance Dogs Division, which trains assistance dogs for individuals in the Ottawa area with mobility-related disabilities. 

To learn more about this event or Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, visit www.guidedogs.ca or phone (613) 692-7777

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2021 Household Hazardous Waste Depots

Remaining Household Hazardous Waste Depot events for 2021 as indicated in the memorandum dated June 1, 2021.

The first extended Household Hazardous Waste Depot that took place at the Conroy Snow Dump (3100 Conroy Road) in June, was very successful. Almost 4,300 visitors diverted a total of 175 tonnes of household hazardous waste from landfill.

We are pleased to provide the dates and locations for the remaining Household Hazardous Waste Depots in 2021. The upcoming HHW events will be one-day depots opened between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. The events provide a full city-wide coverage. For more information visit: Ottawa.ca/hhw 

Door-to-door scammers posing as water and sewer infrastructure inspectors

Residents are advised that individuals posing as City staff have been going door-to-door requesting to inspect water and sewer infrastructure inside the home. Do not allow these individuals into or around your residence.

The City reminds you that:

  • Except in emergency situations, home access is always scheduled in advance.
  • City employees carry identification at all times and you have the right to ask to see it.
  • City employees always travel in City vehicles marked with the Ottawa logo.
  • City employees do not contact residents to sell products or services.
  • Should you have concerns or wish to report suspicious visits or calls, please contact 3-1-1.

Request a mobile vaccine team for your workplace, place of worship or community setting

Workplaces, community organizations, places of worship and other groups can now request a mobile vaccination team to administer first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on-site, at their own location.

This program is intended to help reduce barriers for residents who have not yet received the vaccine by working with community leaders to provide comfortable, convenient and easily accessible options for vaccination. This is just one more initiative to help ensure that anyone 12 years of age and older in Ottawa who wants the COVID-19 vaccine can get vaccinated.

If you are a community organization, community leader, faith leader, or employer in Ottawa and have a group of people that may benefit from a mobile vaccination team coming to you, please reach out through the following ways:

Based on your group’s needs, Ottawa Public Health will coordinate the planning and can set up a mobile team, assist in the promotion of your mobile vaccine clinic, and even help answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. Services can be provided in a variety of languages.

Other ways to get vaccinated

There are many appointments available for anyone who still needs a vaccine. Visit the provincial booking system or use this tool to find a convenient time and date, or drop-in at certain clinics without making an appointment. The drop-in locations are updated daily on OttawaPublicHealth.ca.

Help During Self Isolation

Do you need help during self-isolation? Call 2-1-1 for information on resources from the Community and Social Services Line.

Do you need a space to self-isolate safely?

The Voluntary Isolation Centre (VIC) is for people who do not have access to an adequate shelter or cannot self-isolate safely in their own homes. To find out more or to apply please call 613-580-2424 ext. 25890 or email OPHisolationcentre@ottawa.ca.

Here are some resources that might help:

  • Access to food: goodfoodottawa.ca
  • Access to mental wellness support: counsellingconnect.org
  • Supports for seniors & adults with a disability: communitysupport.covidresponse.ca
  • Delivery of food & supplies – Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre: 613-591-3686
  • CRB- Canada Recovery Benefits information & support – Service in English & Arabic: Email hanadi.alashi@occsc.org or fidaa.osman@occsc.org