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LETTER: City’s vision for garbage stinks

“Look, we all know that garbage happens… The City of Ottawa’s performance in this area frankly stinks.”

Carp Dump II has the passed the Environmental Compliance Application (ECA) and the so called “West Carleton Environmental Centre” is now all but certain.

Frankly, I am more than just a little surprised how little I’ve read about this inevitability.

When the first dump was opened in Carp the early 1970s, it was essentially for local use and it was in the middle of nowhere. Now, some forty years later, the new dump (which will be beside the old one) happens to be in the middle of growing suburbia, and for the use of all of Ontario.

We all know that garbage happens. What is necessary is a well laid plan that is environmentally sound and economically viable. The City of Ottawa’s performance in this area frankly stinks.

Plasco and Orgaworld were both whiffs of legendary proportion, and yet here we are continuing to move forward without a viable 30 year plan.

Operating without a plan continues to cost us money and will have a negative effect on some of our residents’ quality of life.  It could also harm our environment, and it will devalue property.

I think we all know that landfills are not the answer. It’s the way of a bygone era. No one wants them except the companies that make a fortune operating them.

Yet, despite lingering complaints about the first dump, the City of Ottawa is on the verge of adding two more landfill sites.   We already have four!

That’s not very green for a supposedly very green city.


Landfills are not the way of the future, but unfortunately, it seems to be the way of our city.

Moving forward, transparency is a must, and clearly our neighbours should all be entitled to live in an environment that is clean, safe and healthy.

Jonathan Mark
Dunrobin, Ontario

(Jonathan Mark is a broadcaster, Chair for the Ward 5 Citizens’ Council (W5CC), and a candidate for West Carleton Ward in the last municipal election.)


Community groups write open letter about Carp Road landfill concerns

EDITOR’S NOTE: Seven Stittsville and West Carleton community associations have written an open letter to City of Ottawa officials about the development of the Carp Road landfill near their communities.  The entire letter is republished here.

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Volunteers needed for Cleanup the Capital in Jackson Trails

Volunteers are needed to help with the Tim Hortons Cleanup the Capital Campaign in the Jackson Trails area. We will be picking up litter on Saturday, April 25 from 9:30am to 12:30pm. The targeted areas are Pioneer Park fronting on Main Street, Main Street to the dead end, along the path near the Storm Water Run-off Pond and behind and around St. Stephen school. People may participate for as little or as long as they wish, whatever time they can spare. Everyone is welcome. It’s a good idea to bring your own green garbage bags, and wear disposable rubber gloves. Rain date is Sunday, April 26.

Please RSVP to tpaard@bell.net.


Garbage and recycling delayed due to Easter long weekend

From the City of Ottawa:

The City of Ottawa would like to remind residents of the following schedule changes for Friday, April 3 (Good Friday), and Monday, April 6 (Easter Monday).

Client services:

  • The City’s Provincial Offences Court, located at 100 Constellation Crescent, will also be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Business will resume as usual on Tuesday, April 7.
  • The City’s 3-1-1 Contact Centre will be open for urgent matters requiring the City’s immediate attention.  Call 3-1-1 or 613-580-2400 to speak to a customer service representative. For persons living with a hearing-related disability, call TTY: 613-580-2401.

 Garbage, green bin and recycling collection:

  • There will be no curbside green binrecyclinggarbage or bulky item collection on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Good Friday’s pick-up will take place on Saturday, April 4 and Easter Monday’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, April 7. In addition, the collection of green bin, recycling materials and garbage will be delayed by one day for the week of April 6. For curbside collection enquiries, refer to the collection calendar tool.
  • There will be no multi-residential collection of bulky items, green bin and recycling container collection on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Good Friday’s pick-up will take place on Saturday, April 4 and Easter Monday’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, April 7. Recycling container collection and green bin will also be delayed by one day for the week of April 6. However, multi-residential garbage collection is not delayed and collection will take place on its regular scheduled day during the week of April 6.
  • The Trail Waste Facility will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday.


  • All City of Ottawa parking regulations and restrictions will apply during this time.

Transit services:

  • OC Transpo will operate a Sunday schedule on Good Friday. On Easter Monday there will be minor schedule reductions and school routes numbered in the 600s and supplementary school trips will not be in operation. On Good Friday, as well as Saturdays and Sundays, a family may travel all day with a DayPass, which can be purchased for $8.10 from the bus operator when you board. A “family” can include up to six people with a maximum of two who are ages 13 or older. Call 613‑560‑1000 or text 560560 plus your four-digit bus stop number for automated schedule information. For more information, holiday schedules and travel planning, phone 613‑741‑4390 or visit octranspo.com. 
  • OC Transpo Sales and Information Centres will be closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday with the exception of the Rideau Centre office, which will be open Easter Monday from
    8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • The OC Transpo Information Centre (613‑741‑4390) will operate from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Good Friday and from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Easter Monday,


  • The OC Transpo Customer Relations Department (613-842-3600) will be closed Good Friday and Easter Monday.


  • Para Transpo operations:

o    Customer service (613-842-3681) – closed

o    Administration (613-244-1289) – closed

o    Taxi coupons (613-842-3670) – closed

o    Reservations line (613-244-7272) – open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, the line remains open until 12:30 a.m. for inquiries and other general information

o    Cancellation/information/general inquiries (613-244-4636) – open 6 a.m.to 12:30 a.m.


Recreation services:

  • Some pools, fitness centres and some arenas will be open on Good Friday and Easter Monday with modified schedules for public swimmingskating and fitness classes. Most pools, fitness centres and arenas will be open on Saturday and Easter Sunday. Please check with ottawa.ca or the facility of your choice for details.
  • Many registered programs at swimming pools, community centres and arenas are cancelled on Good Friday and Easter Monday. However, you should check with your facility to confirm, as some exceptions will apply.


Ottawa Public Health:




  • Site program – Site office at 179 Clarence Street will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday, however, the site mobile van will be operating on a regular schedule from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.



Cultural services:


  • Arts centres, archives, galleries and theatres will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. However, you should check with ottawa.ca or your facility to confirm, as some exceptions may apply.Karsh-Masson Gallery, the Barbara Ann Scott Galleryand the OAG Annex at City Hall will remain open over the Easter weekend.


Archives Services:

  • The City of Ottawa Archives Reference Services and Gallery 112 will be closed from Friday, April 3 to Monday, April 6 for Easter weekend.


Municipal child care services:

  • City-operated Child Care Centres will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday.


Ottawa Public Library:

  • All branches and services of the Ottawa Public Library will be closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. They will operate as usual on Saturday, April 4.


City’s 18-month collection calendars are in the mail

Press release from the City of Ottawa.

The City of Ottawa has started delivery of its new 18-month waste collection calendar. Most residents should receive the new calendar in the mail by Tuesday, November 25. Residents are encouraged to watch for the calendar, which contains important information regarding waste collection. The new calendar runs until the end of June 2016.

For more information or to sign up for weekly collection reminders (email, phone or Twitter), please visitottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY 613-580-2401).