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August 2020

15 Minute Neighbourhood

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The new Official Plan is a document that describes how the city will grow and has a goal to be the most liveable mid-sized city in North America. To achieve this goal, Five Big Moves were adopted to frame new Official Plan, including the concept of 15-minute neighbourhoods. 

What do we mean when we say a 15-minute neighbourhood? It is a neighbourhood where you can access most of your day-to-day needs within a 15-minute walk from your home, including when using a wheelchair or other mobility aids, on sidewalks or pathways.  

A 15-minute neighbourhood is a neighbourhood where you can walk to get to the grocery store, where you can easily walk to frequent transit, and where children can safely walk to school.    

Walkable, 15-minute neighbourhoods reduce our dependency on cars, promote equity, social connections and a greater sense of community, foster physical and mental health, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  

Learn more about the connection between health and our built environment here(External link).

We’d love to hear what makes a successful 15 minute neighbourhood for you! Please take a few minutes to complete this survey(External link), it will close on September 4th, 2020.

Community Garage Sales are permitted in Ottawa

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Community Garage Sales are permitted in Ottawa but are bound by event numbers and restrictions under the Provincial Order.  Events are now permitted for up to 100 people outdoors.  Buyers and sellers should wear masks and practice physical distancing.

We encourage everyone to be COVIDwise and, when possible, practice all of the recommended precautions:  (Insert Graphic Attached if desired)

W – Wear a mask or face covering when you are in indoor public spaces and when you cannot maintain a physical distance of two metres (six feet).

I – Isolate yourself from others when you are sick (and get tested promptly if you have COVID-like symptoms).

S – Stay two metres (six feet) apart from those outside your household.

E – Exercise proper hand hygiene; wash your hands regularly or use sanitizer especially before touching your face.