Column: November 16, 2017

Draft Budget 2018 has been tabled

The City’s Draft Operating and Capital Budget for 2018 was presented at the City Council meeting on November 8. It will be considered at all committees over the next few weeks, then return to Council on December 13 for final approval. There are still opportunities for the public to offer comments and input before its final approval:

1)    Register as a public delegation at a standing committee, board or commission budget review meetings that take place from November 21 to December 7, as listed below:

November 21 - Environment and Climate Protection Committee
November 23 – Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee
November 27 – Ottawa Police Service Board
November 28 - Planning Committee
November 29 – IT Sub-Committee
November 30 – Audit Committee
December 4 – Transit Commission
December 5 – Finance and Economic Development Committee
December 6 – Transportation Committee
December 7 – Community and Protective Services Committee

2)    Contact me directly at
3)    Send an email to  
4)    Tweet @ottawacity using hashtag #ottbudget
5)    Call 3-1-1

West Carleton-March highlights in Budget 2018

A breakdown of budget items that directly impact West Carleton-March has been prepared for easy reference. The PDF document can be reviewed on my website ( It is located under the “Latest News” section of the home page.

Congratulations to Todd Nicholson

I am happy to announce that Ward 5 resident Todd Nicholson has been inducted into the Order of Ottawa and will be honoured at a ceremony at City Hall on November 16.

A three-time Paralympic medalist winning gold in 2006, silver in 1998 and bronze in 1994, Todd Nicholson represented Canada as a member of Canada’s National Sledge Hockey Team. He won eight medals at the world sledge hockey championships. From 2013 until April 2017, he served as Chairman for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletes’ Council and has been involved in planning and administering the Games from 2012 through 2018. He was named Team Canada’s Chef de Mission for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. He was inducted to the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame in 2014. Mr. Nicholson and his wife now devote their free time to building The Abilities Centre Ottawa, a centre that aims to create an inclusive recreational facility for people of all abilities.

Column: November 9, 2017

Remembrance Day schedule changes
There will be some schedule changes for Remembrance Day, Saturday, November 11. On Monday, November 13, Ottawa City Hall (including my City Hall and Ward offices) will be closed, and will reopen on Tuesday, November 14. Curbside green bin, recycling, garbage and leaf and yard waste collection will take place on its regular day with no changes to the collection schedule. For a complete listing of schedule changes go to
Carp Remembrance Day Ceremony
A public Remembrance Day ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 11 at 11am at the West Carleton War Memorial on Donald B. Munro Drive at Falldown Lane in Carp. Those attending are asked to be in place by 10:45am. Seating and bleachers will be available. Afterwards, everyone is invited to the Diefenbunker (3929 Carp Rd.) for refreshments.
All That Glam Fundraiser for Nunavut
Tomorrow (November 10) will be the last day my ward office will be collecting gently used handbags and costume jewelry for the 5th Annual All That Glam Fundraiser for Nunavut. If you have items you can part with, please drop them off at 5670 Carp Road between 9am and 4pm.
All That Glam Jewelry Fundraiser for Nunavut is taking place on Saturday, November 25 at the Richcraft Recreation Centre in Kanata. There will be thousands of pieces of gently-used jewelry and brand-name handbags for sale. All That Glam raises money for school breakfast programs in Nunavut, and since inception they have donated over $100,000 to Nunavut’s much-needed breakfast programs. For further details visit
ReCollect Collection Calendar app

We are pleased to be launching the ReCollect Collection Calendar app. The new mobile app is now available free of charge through Apple and Android stores. By downloading the collection calendar app, residents will be able to receive notifications about their collection and quickly reference their collection calendar on their Apple and Android devices.
Public Open House - Kinburn Playground upgrade

Please join me and city staff from the Parks & Facilities Planning Services on Tuesday, November 14 at the Kinburn Community Centre (3045 Kinburn Side Road) for a Public Consultation on plans for an upgrade to the existing Kinburn playground. A short presentation will start at 6:30pm in the General Purpose Room.

Column: November 2, 2017

Please yield when you see a green light coming your way

The City of Ottawa would like to remind motorists that vehicles with green flashing lights are being driven by volunteer firefighters who are responding to a call. As a courtesy, all road users are asked to allow these vehicles to pass quickly and safely.

Ottawa’s rural communities are served by 470 volunteer firefighters. Through the Green Light program, volunteer firefighters are equipped with green flashing lights for their personal vehicles. When you see a green light flashing from a driver’s vehicle, it means the driver is a volunteer firefighter responding to an emergency.

Drivers are asked, to please yield the road to these vehicles with green flashing lights. This may mean pulling over, if it is safe to do so, to allow the vehicle to pass.

Volunteer firefighters responding to an emergency typically need to drive their personal vehicles to a nearby fire station where they can transfer into a fire vehicle before responding to the scene of an incident. Pulling over when you see a firefighter’s green light can have a big impact because every second counts.

To increase awareness of the Green Light program, the City launched an awareness campaign on October 25. Drivers in rural areas may notice additional road signs and billboards reminding them of the program. An instructive Green Light Awareness Campaign video is also available on the City’s website,

Ambassadors Raising Hope

As many residents of Ward 5 attend and use the services of the Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH), I have joined forces with ten of my west-end Council colleagues as “Hopes Rising Ambassadors” to raise $500,000 in support of the QCH Foundation’s Hopes Rising Campaign for mental health services for adults of all ages in west Ottawa.

The Hopes Rising campaign donations will support a new, therapeutic environment to deliver the best in holistic mental healthcare for patients and families at QCH, as well as enhance emergency programs and services for people in a mental health crisis.

In the coming weeks and months, my fellow Ambassadors and I will be hosting various events to help fundraise and support this initiative. For already scheduled events go to Online donations can be made at

I am currently planning a fundraising event and it will be held in the coming months – stay tuned!

Column: October 26, 2017

Temporary road closure – Old Coach Road culvert replacement

Old Coach Road, between Diamondview Road and Donald B. Munro is currently closed in order to complete culvert replacement work. Accessibility is an important consideration and the City will make every effort to provide access through and around the construction site. The closure will be remain in place until November 5, weather permitting.

Get your flu shot

Protect yourself and your family from the flu this winter. There are some convenient locations in Ward 5 where you can your flu shot:

  • Ottawa Public Health is holding a flu shot clinic on Thursday, November 2, from 3:30pm-6:30pm at the West Carleton Community Complex, 5670 Carp Road.
  • Constance Bay Pharmacy (131 Constance Bay Rd.) is offering flu vaccines to residents free of charge with a valid OHIP card. No appointment is required. Shots available seven days a week.
  • Ottawa Community Resource Centre has partnered with West Carleton Family Health Team to offer two flu shot clinics:
    • November 6, 2-6pm, Constance Bay Community Centre, 262 Len Purcell Drive
    • November 7, 2-6pm, Bethel-St. Andrews United Church, 184 Jack Lougheed Way

Urban Design Awards recognizes the West Carleton War Memorial

The City of Ottawa recognized the best of the best at its Urban Design Awards. The awards celebrate projects that achieve urban design excellence. This year, one of the worthy award winners was the West Carleton War Memorial, which received the Award of Merit. Congratulations to all of the people and organizations that worked tirelessly to bringing this project to life.

Located in the Village of Carp, the War Memorial is a poignant site honouring those from West Carleton-March who have died serving our country. One of the unique and most touching features of the Memorial is that it has been configured in such a way that every November 11 at 11am the sun falls directly on the list of names etched on the memorial plaque.

Rural Ontario Leaders Awards

The Rural Ontario Leaders Awards recognizes outstanding leaders that help make rural Ontario a great place to live, work and play. Submit a nomination today if you or someone you know demonstrates strong leadership that supports rural economic development. Categories include individual, youth, community, business and not-for-profit. Nomination deadline is November 15, 2017. For more information go to

Column: October 19, 2017

Preventing deer and wildlife collisions

You might have noticed new permanent road signs warning “Speeding Costs You Deerly” that have been placed along our roadways that are known to be high collision corridors.

Ward 5 has a large amount of green space which makes it more likely that you’ll come into contact with wildlife while driving. At this time of year collisions tend to occur more often as days become shorter and deer wander onto our roadways in search of food.

The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) has produced useful resources with tips and strategies for how to lower your risk of a collision with wildlife. Some of these tips include:

  • Reduce your speed
  • Use your high beams, scan roadways and shoulders
  • Take notice of yellow wildlife warning signs posted because other drivers have had collisions in this area
  • Drive defensively in case other drivers do not know how to react properly to wildlife on the road

For more information on staying safe on our roads visit TIRF’s website at You can also go to and review the Safer Roads Ottawa Program. This is a leading community partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Transportation Services Department committed to preventing or eliminating road deaths and serious injuries for all people in the City of Ottawa, through culture change, community engagement, and development of a sustainable safe transportation environment.

Life Skills Food Program for special needs community

Back by popular demand is the Life Skills Food Program at the Dunrobin Community Centre (1151 Thomas A. Dolan Parkway). Children and youth 10 years plus with special needs are welcome to register for this hands on, fun filled and informative program. The next session runs for six weeks from Sunday, November 12 to December 10 from 2-4pm. The cost is $65 and all participants must be accompanied by an adult. For more information visit the Dunrobin Community Association’s website at

Flu vaccines available at Constance Bay Pharmacy

As part of the services available at the Constance Bay Pharmacy (131 Constance Bay Rd.), they will be offering flu vaccines to residents free of charge with a valid OHIP card. No appointment is required and the shots are available seven days a week.