The Mayor’s Youth Summit on Oct. 12 is now full. You can also participate by watching the morning events live on the web at ottawa.ca/youth or by hosting a discussion group at your school, youth group, or organization. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Locally, a Rural Youth Summit is being organized for those unable to attend the one at city hall. It is being held in Stittsville, so Kanata youth can also attend on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Johnny Leroux Stittsville Community Arena (10 Warner Colpitts Ln.). For information, and to register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-591-3686. There will be pizza and prizes.
The city is moving forward on Lansdowne Park, now that the last legal challenge has ended. The delay has resulted in some general construction cost increases. All of the work is being undertaken through a public tender process under the purview of a fairness commissioner, with a number of bidders coming forward.
Work on the stadium, arena and parking garage will begin by mid-October, while work on the park section will be tendered later by the city. OSEG is responsible for the tendering of the commercial buildings. All work is scheduled to be completed in 2014.
EXPO 55+, Retirement Living Fair & Meet and Greet
This year’s Expo 55+ was well attended and had more than 40 non-profit organizations, providing excellent information for attendees. The non-profit organizations also benefited from networking among themselves. I’d like to thank Mayor Jim Watson and Councillors Eli El-Chantiry and Allan Hubley for attending, the Kanata Seniors Council for providing the refreshments, and the donors of the many door prizes.
The Kanata Seniors Council is holding its fourth annual Retirement Living Fair on Sunday, Oct. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Mlacak Centre. This fair complements Expo 55+ by bringing in various businesses with expertise on retirement living services and programs for seniors in Kanata and Western Ottawa.
Coun. Hubley is hosting a Seniors’ Meet and Greet on Friday, Oct. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Kanata Recreation Centre in Walter Baker Park (off Terry Fox). There will be entertainment by Robin Averill and refreshments. This is a free event open to all.
CLOSING YOUR POOL
The city has provided information on the safe way to close your backyard pool for winter, so that chemicals do not get into our streams and rivers. Details, available in a media release on Sept. 21, can be accessed by using the following link:
Following the guidelines in the release of pool water will ensure that you follow the Sewer Use By-law (2003-514) which regulates the disposal of pool water. Contravention of the by-law may result in a fine.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD
Council has approved celebrating this International Day on Oct. 11. I will be in contact with local schools about it. I would appreciate hearing ideas from youth in the community and invite them to join me in events being planned for that day. Call or email my office.
NEXT WARD COUNCIL MEETING is on Oct. 22 at the Mlacak Centre. Discussion will include the 2013 budget, projected work in Kanata North and the new garbage system. All are welcome to attend and participate.
YOUSUF KARSH PHOTOS of Ottawa residents from 1935 to 1985 are on display until Oct. 31 at Gallery 112 – City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Dr.
KIZELL DRAIN inclusion in the Official Plan as a provincially significant wetland is now scheduled to be at Planning Committee on Oct. 13. Check the agenda (online a week in advance) to see the report and also check whether it remains on that agenda.
FREE CONCERT AT SCOTIABANK PLACE on Oct. 6, with doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tom Cochrane and Red Rider will headline; is presented by CUPE Local 503 and CUPE Ontario to celebrate the efforts of municipal and health care workers. Donations will be accepted for the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre.