February 7, 2017 – The City of Ottawa is warning residents to be vigilant of door-to-door salespeople making false claims about the quality of City drinking water.
The City has received complaints from residents who have been contacted by vendors selling water-filtration or treatment systems and providing incorrect information about water quality. The City reminds residents that Ottawa’s drinking water undergoes rigorous, ongoing testing to ensure it is completely safe and of the highest quality.
Residents are reminded that:
- City employees do not contact residents to sell products or services.
- Except for emergency situations, any visits that may require access to homes or businesses by City staff are scheduled in advance.
- Residents are provided with advance notice of projects that may impact them.
- All employees requesting access to homes have City-issued photo identification cards.
Residents who are directly contacted by individuals claiming to be City employees for City business are advised to check identification and, if concerns remain, contact the City prior to allowing access. The City asks that residents report any suspicious, unsolicited calls or visits to the Ottawa Police Service.
The drinking water delivered to City residents exceeds all federal and provincial health-based water-quality guidelines and standards. Ottawa’s drinking water has already been rated by Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change as being among the safest in the world. The results of the City’s extensive drinking water quality analysis program are posted on ottawa.ca.
City Councillor Riley Brockington invites residents of the Central Park Community to join him for a Community Safety Night on Thursday, February 23rd from 7:00pm-8:30pm at the Park Place Retirement Residence (120 Central Park Drive). There will be presentations from Ottawa Police Services and Crime Prevention Ottawa, followed by a question and answer period. For further details, please call 613-580-2486.
February 4, 2017 – Ottawa –City Councillor Riley Brockington brought together young adults from across River Ward on Saturday, February 4, 2017 for the first River Ward Young Adult Summit. Geared towards residents aged 13-20, the Summit provided the attendees with an opportunity to bring their concerns to their City Councillor, to engage in discussion on issues that directly affect them, to challenge each other and to encourage greater collaboration between youth and city leaders. In addition to Councillor Brockington, Mayor Jim Watson attended the Summit, providing greetings from the City of Ottawa.
Topics of discussion included transit services, employment and community safety. Led by moderator Cathy Curry (former Chair of the Ottawa Carleton District School Board), there was a lively discussion of the issues, challenges and potential solutions.
“My aim for today was to have a structured discussion of important issues challenging today’s young adults,” said Councillor Riley Brockington. “They did not disappoint, providing a lively discussion and valuable input on various issues. I look forward to future collaboration.”
Following the roundtable discussions, the Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee, led by Emma Buchanan, spoke to the attendees about their partnership with Youth Ottawa and the City of Ottawa to encourage youth engagement and amplify youth voice and representation at the City of Ottawa. Their current projects relate to building better communication & relationships between Councillors and youth, the environment, and public transportation.
The Summit wrapped up with a courtesy lunch and with a renewed goal of future collaboration and engagement between the community, youth and government.