Cleaning the Capital: Time to Put the Shine On

UPDATE: Due to the current stay-at-home order from the province, the City of Ottawa has postponed the “Clean up the Capital” event.  We don’t know when it will happen, but if you would like to take part, let us know. We’ll provide an update as soon as the city updates us.  

That time of year has come again. The snow has melted, revealing our sins of winter: coffee cups, masks, and other debris are on road shoulders, in ditches, and throughout the parks.  

But that also means we “spring” into action. The CBLCA has registered the community again for the bi-annual City of Ottawa “Cleaning the Capital” on Saturday, May 1 (rain day is Sunday May 2). As in the past, people are asked to pre-register with us by sending an email to with the subject line: “Clean up the Capital”. Let us know that you would like to help, how many of “you” there are, and whether you want to focus on a specific area of the community.

On the morning of the clean-up, we will meet at Maki House between 9 and 10 a.m. to coordinate where everyone will work and garbage drop-off locations. This is a COVID-safe event as you will work in your own bubble, outside in the sunlight!

I have taken part in Cleaning the Capital for the last few years (the program itself has been running for 28 years). While a thankless task, you always feel good the next time you walk, cycle, or drive by your clean community and know you helped make it so.

— Kevin Brewer

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