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Here’s a look at the schedule changes for the holiday season, from Christmas Day to Wednesday, January 2.

Client Services

  • Ottawa City Hall and all seven Client Service Centres will be closed on December 25, December 26 and January 1
  • The Provincial Offences Court will be closed on December 25, December 26 and January 1
  • The City’s 311 Contact Centre will be open for urgent matters requiring the City’s immediate attention over the holidays

OC Transpo

  • Christmas Day – OC Transpo will operate on a Sunday schedule
  • Boxing Day – OC Transpo will operate on a Saturday schedule with extra service on busy routes
  • New Year’s Eve – OC Transpo will operate on a reduced weekday schedule and free service after 8 p.m.
  • New Year’s Day – OC Transpo will operate on a Sunday schedule

Green bin, recycling and garbage collection

  • There will be no curbside or multi-residential green bin, recycling, garbage or bulky item collection on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
  • The Christmas Day pick-up will take place on Boxing Day and all collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.
  • New Year’s Day pick-up will take place on Wednesday, January 2 and all collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.
  • The Trail Road waste facility will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
  • Christmas trees will be picked up on your regular collection day

City Services

  • All branches of the Ottawa Public Library will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day
  • All municipal child-care centres will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day
  • The Sexual Health Clinic and satellite clinics will be closed on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

Shopping

Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

  • Rideau Centre, St. Laurent Shopping Centre, Place d’Orléans, Bayshore Shopping Centre, Carlingwood Shopping Centre and the Tanger Outlets will be closed.

Boxing Day

  • Rideau Centre, St. Laurent Shopping Centre, Place d’Orléans, Bayshore Shopping Centre, Carlingwood Shopping Centre and the Tanger Outlets will be open.

LCBO and Beer Stores

  • All LCBO and Beer Stores will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
  • 100 Beer Stores across Ontario will be open on Boxing Day. The Beer Store locations in Ottawa at 1860 Bank St. and 515 Somerset St. West will be open on Boxing Day
  • Beer Stores will close at 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve

Museums

  • The Canadian Museum of Nature will be closed on Christmas Day. The museum will be open on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day
  • The Canadian Museum of History will be closed on Christmas Day. The museum will be open on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day
  • The Canadian War Museum will be closed on Christmas Day. The museum will be open on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day
  • The Canada Aviation and Space Museum will be closed on Christmas Day. The museum will be open on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day
  • The Canada Science and Technology Museum will be closed on Christmas Day. The museum will be open on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day
  • The Karsh-Masson Gallery, City Hall Art Gallery and Barbara Ann Scott Gallery at City Hall will operate on a regular schedule throughout the holidays.

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‘Too soon to celebrate’ Ottawa’s low case count, says Etches

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Ottawa Public Health (OPH) logged just 11 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the lowest daily total since Sept. 1.

Because of the lag between testing and reporting, the low number could simply reflect low turnout at the city’s testing sites on weekends — all month, new case counts have been lower on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

During a virtual news conference Tuesday, the city’s medical officer of health Dr. Vera Etches said she doesn’t read too much into a single day’s report.

“I don’t think we can make too much of 11. Actually, it could be a lot higher tomorrow — I would expect that, on average,” she said. “It’s too soon to celebrate.”

Provincewide, public health officials reported 1, 249 new cases Tuesday.

OPH also declared 62 cases resolved Tuesday, lowering the number of known active cases in the city to 462. Two more people have died, both in care homes currently experiencing outbreaks, raising the city’s COVID-19 death toll to 361. 

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Santa Claus isn’t coming to Ottawa’s major malls this year

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Santa Claus may still be coming to town this Christmas, but he won’t be dropping by any of Ottawa’s major malls, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Friday, Cadillac Fairview said Santa won’t be making an appearance at any of its 19 malls across Canada, including Rideau Centre in downtown Ottawa. On Tuesday, Bayshore and St. Laurent shopping centres confirmed they, too, are scrapping the annual tradition.

“Due to the evolution of the situation in regards to COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our Santa Program and Gift Wrap Program this year,” Bayshore spokesperson Sara Macdonald wrote in an email to CBC.

Macdonald said parent company Ivanhoé Cambridge cancelled all holiday activities “due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases across the country.”

Macdonald said families that had already booked an appointment to visit Santa will receive an email with more information.  

Virtual visits with Santa

Rideau Centre said based on customer research and discussions with public health officials, its North Pole is going online this year.

“Children will be able to have a private chat with Santa,” said Craig Flannagan, vice-president of marketing for Cadillac Fairview. “You’ll also be able to join a 15-minute storytime with Santa over Facebook Live.” 

At Place d’Orléans Shopping Centre, visitors are invited to take a “selfie with Santa” — actually, a life-size cutout of Santa Pierre, the man who’s been playing Santa at the east end mall for years.

“We understand that this is not ideal, but in lieu of this tradition we will be doing what we can to maintain and encourage holiday cheer,” according to a statement on the mall’s Facebook page.

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Ottawa Bylaw breaks up two large parties in Ottawa over the weekend

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OTTAWA — Ottawa Bylaw is investigating social gatherings of more than 10 people in private homes across Ottawa last weekend.

Mayor Jim Watson tells Newstalk 580 CFRA that Ottawa Bylaw broke-up two house parties over the weekend, with 20 to 25 people at each party.

“That’s the kind of stupidity that angers me, that’s where the bulk of the transmissions are taking place, if we exclude the tragedy of the long-term care homes; it’s these house parties with unrelated people,” said Watson on Newstalk 580 CFRA’s Ottawa at Work with Leslie Roberts.

“The message doesn’t seem to be getting through, particularly to some young people who think they’re invincible.”

In a statement to CTV News Ottawa, Bylaw and Regulatory Services Director Roger Chapman says, “There are still ongoing investigations from this past weekend that could result in charges.”

Chapman says recent investigations led to two charges being issued for social gatherings of more than 10 people in a private residence in contravention of the Reopening Ontario Act.

“In one case, up to 30 individuals were observed attending a house party in Ward 18 on Oct. 24,” said Chapman.

“The second charge was issued following a house party in Ward 16 on Oct. 31, where up to 16 individuals were observed to be in attendance.”

The fine is $880 for hosting an illegal gathering.

Alta Vista is Ward 18, while Ward 16 is River Ward.

Ottawa Bylaw has issued 24 charges for illegal gatherings since the start of the pandemic.

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