Ruth E. Dickinson Library Has New and Improved Children’s Section

Let’s Talk Barrhaven Column, by Councillor Jan Harder

Barrhaven Traffic Projects

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 road reconstruction 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.  

Upcoming Barrhaven fiber optic installation locations

  • Larkin Drive between Barran Street and Orr Street
  • Langholm Crescent
  • Jerrilynn Crescent
  • Roberta Crescent
  • Barran Street
  • Ettrick Crescent
  • Barrhaven Crescent
  • Orr Street

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Ruth E. Dickinson Messaging

Come visit our new and improved Children’s section! We have beautiful new shelving and an updated layout! 

  • Browse our shelves, borrow museums passes and day-use passes for provincial parks, and read newspapers and magazines in branch during our regular hours of operation 
  • Use a public computer, print, scan, or photocopy
  • Visit the Imagine Space and Labs, including our music editing station 
  • Place holds on up to 200 items at a time
  • Return any time, via our 24/7 external book drops
  • Masks remain mandatory when visiting the library

Ruth E Dickinson Recommends (for teens): The Ivies by Alexa Donne

Set at a New England prep school, this twisty mystery follows the lives of 5 “friends” vying for positions at the prestigious Ivy League schools. When one of the students is found murdered after her acceptance to Harvard, everyone becomes a suspect. Perfect for fans of Karen McManus and Holly Jackson! 

Arts Oasis 55+ Dance Fridays: With support from the Crabtree Foundation, Ottawa Public Library and MASC invite older adults across the city to explore different aspects of creativity. First up in this series are Dance Fridays – three-week sessions led by MASC artists exploring unique and exciting dance forms! 

  • In September, explore the fundamentals of Afro-Caribbean dance with Suzan Richards 
  • Regardless of age or ability, start tapping your toes and shimmy your way to virtual Afro-Caribbean Dance Workshops on September 10, 17 and 24 at 3:30 pm

Barrhaven Garden Club

The Barrhaven Garden Club is holding a Plant Sale on Saturday, September 11th from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Larkin House, 76 Larkin Drive.  Info: 613 695-9353, 

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 or phone (613) 692-7777

Walter Baker Update

Walter Baker will be offering the following: Lane swims, Public swims & Aqua fitness as doors open August 30th. Registered programs will also be available for certification courses for youth and adults. Clubs include: Swim clubs, Dive clubs, Artistic clubs (synchro) & Waterpolo clubs. The schedule will run from August 30th – December 19th.  

Minto Recreation Update

The Minto pool is scheduled to re-open Tuesday, October 12th and will be offering the following upon re-opening:

Drop-In Programs: Lane Swims, Public Swims, Preschool Swims, Aquafit General & Aquafit Deep.

Registered Programs: Learn-to-Swim for infants, children, youth, and adults, Powerswim for children and adults & Certification courses for youth and adults.

Minto Land Activities: Commencing September 14

  • Fitness Classes
  • Walking Track
  • Cardio Weight Room
  • Drop in Sports
    • Badminton
    • Volleyball
    • Pickleball
    • Kindergym

To view schedule and reserve a spot please visit Reservations can be made 2 days prior to activity at 6pm.

Learn to Skate and Hockey Program: MRCB will be offering skating lessons and hockey programs beginning late fall. A brochure with registration will be available in October

529 Garage App

Introduced in 2019, in partnership with Bike Ottawa and Safer Roads Ottawa, the 529 Garage app is an easy way for cyclists to register their bicycles to help police locate them faster if they are stolen. The app also creates a network with other Ottawa cyclists to alert riders to missing or stolen bikes.

“If you haven’t already received your 529 Garage shield, now is a good time to pick one up,” said Constable Samson Vo, with the Neighbourhood Resource Team.

Introduced in 2019, in partnership with Bike Ottawa and Safer Roads Ottawa, the 529 Garage app is an easy way for cyclists to register their bicycles to help police locate them faster if they are stolen. The app also creates a network with other Ottawa cyclists to alert riders to missing or stolen bikes.

“We find the app really useful in helping police to reunite bikes with owners after they’ve been stolen,” said Cst. Vo. “register on the app or the website, you can still use it without having a 529 shield.”

For more information about 529 Garage, please visit

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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: 

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

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

Here are some resources that might help:

  • Access to food:
  • Access to mental wellness support:
  • Supports for seniors & adults with a disability:
  • Delivery of food & supplies – Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre: 613-591-3686
  • CRB- Canada Recovery Benefits information & support – Service in English & Arabic: Email or