Column: December 3, 2018

Galetta Annual Cookie Exchange – Mark your calendar for Tuesday, December 4 for Galetta’s annual cookie exchange happening at 6:30pm at Galetta Community Hall. Bring 50 cookies and/or 50 squares to share and go home with many different treats to make your season brighter. Wear your best Christmas gear too! There will be judges and prizes. (Don’t forget to bring a container to collect your treats).

Community needs assessment for ages 65+ – The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) invites you to participate in a focus group consultation for older adults (65+) on Friday, December 7 from 11:30am-1:30pm at Heart & Soul, 2741 Dunrobin Rd. WOCRC is conducting a community needs assessment that will be focused on older adults (65+) from West Carleton to understand the common needs related to the storm. In an effort to ensure everyone can participate, WOCRC has support in place to offer transportation. Refreshments and a light lunch will be available. To register for either the focus group or one-to-one interview, please contact Tracy Willis at 613-591-3686 x 312 or willis@wocrc.ca.

Huntley Christmas Parade – Santa is coming to Carp on Saturday, December 8 for the annual Huntley Christmas parade. Huntley Community Association is hosting their 10th Annual Christmas Parade, which will start at noon. The parade route this year will be the opposite from last year’s route (the route will be going all the way down Carp Rd. first). The route will start at the Diefenbunker and will follow Carp Rd., turning left onto Donald B. Munro, then left onto Langstaff Dr., then left onto Juanita Ave., and then right onto Carp Rd., finishing at the Diefenbunker.

Christmas craft tornado relief fundraiser – St. Isidore Catholic School (1105 March Rd.) is holding a Christmas craft tornado relief fundraiser on Saturday, December 8, 10am to 3pm. Lots of vendors, raffle draws and a kids’ corner. Admission is $2 or a non-perishable food item for the Kanata Food Cupboard.

Goulbourn Male Chorus – On December 8 at 7pm, attend the Trinity Presbyterian Church at 1817 Richardson Side Rd., as the Goulbourn Male Chorus presents ‘Christmas Tied with Strings’ with special guests The Interlude Piano Trio and Soprano, Skye MacDiarmid. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at goulbournmalechorus.com.

Mayor's Christmas Party – The Mayor's 18th Annual Christmas Celebration is happening on Saturday, December 8 from 2-6pm at the Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West. Celebrate the season in the outdoors on Marion Dewar Plaza by roasting marshmallows and singing Christmas songs around a campfire. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Ice skate on the Sens Rink of Dreams. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride on the downtown streets. Indulge in delicious Beaver Tails. There will also be live music. The fun continues inside in Jean Pigott Place where you can enjoy hot chocolate, assorted juices, cookies, and fresh fruit. To help those in need and to share in the spirit of the holiday season, admission to this sponsored event is a non-perishable food donation to the Ottawa Food Bank.

Galetta Community Christmas Potluck – On Wednesday December 12, at 6pm everyone is welcome to attend the Galetta Community Hall for a Community Christmas Potluck. Food and monetary donations at the door to West Carleton Food Access. This event is sponsored by Galetta Recreation and Lorne Sutherland Women's Institute.

Column: November 26, 2018

8th Annual West Carleton-March Food Drive – My annual Christmas food drive for the West Carleton Food Access Centre kicks off today! Residents can drop off non-perishable food items to the ward office (5670 Carp Road) Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Collection will continue until December 21. Specific items needed are canned fruit, canned stew, tomato paste, dish soap, laundry soap and packaged chocolate chip cookies. Please, no expired products.

Collection for Savvy Seconds – My ward office is also collecting new socks and new underwear for Savvy Seconds. Savvy Seconds presently has a very large inventory of used clothing. However, they are in desperate need of new socks and new underwear. To assist them, I am asking residents to drop off donations of new socks and new underwear (must be packaged). All sizes are welcome. (Any underwear not packaged will be discarded). Drop off can be done Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Savvy Seconds is a free clothing venue for the whole family and is located at the West Carleton Community Complex. Anyone in need of clean, gently used clothing can make an appointment to see the current inventory. For more information on this volunteer-run organization, please call 613-240-8644.

Public Meeting: Conserve our Carp Hills – Please join Ducks Unlimited Canada and representatives from the City of Ottawa and Friends of the Carp Hills, for an important public meeting happening on Tuesday, November 27, 7pm, at the Carp Mess Hall, 2240 Craig Side Rd. The Carp Hills are a rare and beautiful slice of nature right in our own backyard. Ducks Unlimited has acquired 440 acres of the conservation land, adjacent to the Crazy Horse Trail. Your feedback and ideas are needed to help determine the best ways of conserving and managing this area so everyone can continue to enjoy its wilderness and wildlife for generations to come.

Carp Farmers' Market Christmas Market – The Carp Farmers' Market is holding their Christmas Market on Friday, November 30 from 3-8pm and Saturday, December 1 from 8am to 2pm. There will be a wide variety of local products and produce available, with over 75 local vendors. The Farmers' Market will be collecting non-perishable food items for the West Carleton Food Access Centre, so please bring along a couple of items to help support local families in need this holiday season. For further details, please go to carpfarmersmarket.ca.

Constance Bay Christmas Parade and Christmas Market/One-Of-A-Kind Sale – The CBBCA is holding their annual Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, December 1. The floats will gather on Baillie Avenue for a 10am start. The parade will run along Bayview Drive to Len Purcell Drive and will end at the community centre for hot dogs, Santa and hot chocolate. Make sure to bring non-perishable food items for the West Carleton Food Access Centre. Also, be sure to check out the Constance Bay Community Market's Christmas Market happening inside the community centre. The Constance Bay Community Market is once again partnering with the CBBCA to host a Christmas Market on Saturday, December 1 in conjunction with Santa Day in The Bay. The market runs from 10am to 3pm, giving visitors time to shop for unique and special gifts with over 30 vendors both before and after the parade. Visitors can expect an variety of products and services at the Christmas Market including: preserves, maple syrup, honey & beeswax products, natural soap & body products, photography, an array of practical to whimsical hand-crafted items including jewelry, fabric, yarn, needle & bead crafts, cards and party supplies, painting and woodwork, slime and stress toys, and tie-dye t-shirts. Those looking to satisfy their cravings can choose from Thai food, decadent baking & goodies and fresh roasted coffee.

$100 and Under Christmas Arts & Crafts Sale – The West Carleton Arts Society is holding their popular $100 and Under Christmas Arts & Crafts Sale Friday, November 30 (2-8pm), Saturday, December 1 (9am-5pm) and Sunday, December 2 (11am to 4pm). The sale is happening at St. Paul's United Church at 3760 Carp Road. All arts and crafts are selling for under $100. For more information visit westcarletonartssociety.ca.

Breakfast With Santa hosted by Kinburn Fire Station 61 – The firefighters of Station 61 in Kinburn are hosting Breakfast with Santa at the Kinburn Community Centre on December 2 from 10am to 1pm. Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy a hot breakfast with options ranging from $5 to $10. There will also be a silent auction and a raffle, as well as an opportunity to get photos taken with Santa from 10:30am to 12:30pm. All proceeds will go to Station 61 and the Kinburn Community Association to support community events.

Column: November 19, 2018

Emily Glossop to receive the Order of Ottawa – The Order of Ottawa recognizes exceptional residents who have made a significant contribution in a professional capacity in many areas of city life, including arts and culture, business, community service, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, medicine, sports and entertainment, or other fields that benefit the residents of Ottawa. Last week Mayor Jim Watson announced the 16 residents who will be inducted into the Order of Ottawa this year. I am very happy to announce that Ward 5's own Emily Glossop will be bestowed this recognition at this year's ceremony on November 22 at Ottawa City Hall.

Emily is a former member of the Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team, serving as a guide skier to one of Canada's top vision-impaired skiers, and winning many World Cup medals. Ms. Glossop is a Recreation Therapist with CHEO, providing therapeutic, educational and support services to children and youth with physical and/or developmental disabilities. Her passion, teamwork and advocacy help her clients develop independence, problem solving and life skills.

Emily has dedicated her life and career to working with children and youth with multiple physical, developmental and associated behavioural needs. She advocates for programs and services for people of all abilities to ensure equal opportunities and equal access. Since 2013, Emily and her husband Todd Nicholson have been planning Abilities Centre Ottawa, a major component of the proposed redevelopment of LeBreton Flats. The Centre is planned to be a 125,000-square foot fully integrated, fully accessible, inclusive, multi-purpose recreation and community facility for people of all ages and all abilities. Abilities Centre Ottawa will offer four streams of service: sport and recreation, arts and culture, life skill development and research and innovation.

As a motivational speaker, Emily gives talks on the importance of physical activity and following your dreams. She is the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award, one of the highest honours Rotary can bestow upon a person, in recognition of her outstanding contributions, exemplifying the highest ideal in Rotary in placing “Service Above Self.” She also received the Growing Up Great Award for Stable and Nurturing Relationships from the Ottawa Child and Youth Initiative. Most recently, Emily was one of 16 women acknowledged for their contributions at CHEO in celebration of International Women’s Day.

My sincere congratulations to Emily. She is a very worthy recipient of this recognition and I’m so proud that she’s a resident of West Carleton-March.

Huntley Township Historical Society AGM – The Huntley Township Historical Society is holding their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, November 20 starting at 7:30pm, at the Carp Memorial Hall, 3790 Carp Rd. There will be an election of 2019 slate of officers, constitution amendment, plans for 2019, displays and more. Everyone is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Annual Dinner of the Fitzroy Township Historical Society – The Fitzroy Harbour Township Historical Society is holding their annual dinner on Friday, November 23 starting at 6:30pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, 49 Daniel Street in Arnprior. The guest speaker this year is Dr. Norman Hillmer. Tickets are $25 and purchased by calling Pat Tait at 613-623-2002.

All That Glam Fundraiser – On Saturday, November 24 attend the Kanata Recreation Complex (100 Charlie Rogers Place) from 8am to 2pm for the All That Glam fundraising event. All The Glam is a fundraiser that sells gently used jewelry and handbags. This is a major fundraiser for DueNORTH, a not-for-profit organization that works to address issues of food insecurity in the far north. 100% of the profits from this event go to fund hot breakfast programs in Nunavut through the Breakfast Club of Canada.If you have any gently used handbags or jewelry you would like to donate to this very important cause, there is a collection box set up at my Ward Office at 5670 Carp Rd. Please drop off your donated items by end of day Thursday, November 22.

Column: November 13, 2018

Carp Christmas Craft Sale – The 4th Annual Carp Christmas Craft Sale is taking place on Saturday, November 17 from 9am to 3pm at the Carp Agricultural Hall. This will be a fundraiser for the West Carleton Food Access Centre. There will be gifts and décor available for the whole family! As well, there will be a lunch special for $5. There will also be a Secret Santa Shop for children under 12 years of age.

Fitzroy Harbour Craft Fair – Fitzroy Harbour’s Annual Craft Fair is being held on Saturday, November 17, from 9am to 2pm at the Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre, 100 Clifford Campbell St. There will be raffle prizes. The canteen will be open and a light lunch will be available for purchase sponsored by The Arnprior Wrestling Club.

Fundraising Concert – A free concert by Sterling is being held at the Northwind Centre (262 Len Purcell Drive) on Saturday, November 17 starting at 7:30pm. Donations are being collected for the West Carleton Food Access Centre and West Carleton Disaster Relief.

St. John’s Turkey Dinner – St. John’s Anglican Church is hosting their annual turkey dinner on Sunday, November 18 from 3:30pm to 6:30pm at the Kinburn Community Centre, 3045 Kinburn Side Road. Tickets available at the door. $15/ adults, $7/kids ages 6-12. Everyone welcome.

Yoga Fundraiser – There is a Yoga Fundraiser happening on Monday, November 19 at the Kinburn Community Centre, 3045 Kinburn Side Rd. All funds raised at this event will be donated to West Carleton Disaster Relief. The class runs from 7:30-8:30pm. Cash donations only. This is open to everyone and no previous yoga experienced required. Please bring a yoga mat. For further details, contact Elaine at Elaine.j.yoga@gmail.com.

West Carleton Outdoor Hockey League – Sign up your child for one of the oldest outdoor hockey leagues in Canada! This league is ideal for kids who want to learn how to play or just want to have fun. Non-contact, non-competitive. Season runs January to mid-March. Open to boys and girls in four age groupings: 5-7, 8-9, 10-12 and 13-15. Games are typically on Saturday with one weekly practice. For more information and to register contact ohl@fitzroyharbour.com. Please register ASAP as it takes a lot of preparation by the dedicated volunteers to ensure the kids have a great season!

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. Our Wad has a large amount of green space which makes it more likely that you’ll come into contact with wildlife while driving on our roadways. 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 a resource 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

  • If yellow wildlife warning signs are posted, this means 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

Column: November 5, 2018

Welcome back – After a brief hiatus from publishing my weekly column due to the ‘black out’ period leading up to the Municipal Election, I am now back at it! I will be publishing my column online via my social media accounts and on eliel-chantiry.ca. My column will be published every Monday. I look forward to this next four years continuing to represent Ward 5. Please accept my sincere thanks for your continued support.

Get your flu shot in West Carleton-March – Ottawa Public Health will be holding a Flu Shot Clinic this week on Thursday, November 8 at West Carleton Secondary School, 3088 Dunrobin Rd., from 3:30pm to 6:30pm. As well, residents can also get their flu shot free of charge at the Constance Bay Pharmacy at 131 Constance Bay Road. No appointment needed and they are open 7 days a week.

Fundraiser for tornado relief – On November 10 the Knights of Columbus are holding a dinner dance with live music by The Heartbeats. The event will be at St. Isidore Parish Hall and begins at 6:30pm. Proceeds will go toward the tornado relief fund. Tickets are $25 per person and are available for purchase from the parish office at 613-592-1961 or office@stisidorekanata.com.

Remembrance Day Ceremony in Carp – On Remembrance Day, Sunday, November 11, there will be ceremony at the Carp Cenotaph with residents gathering between 10:30am and 10:45am. After the ceremony, attendees can head to the Carp Agricultural Hall (3790 Carp Rd.) for a Remembrance Day Luncheon held from noon to 3pm.

Volunteers needed – Santa Claus is coming to town and the Huntley Community Association needs your help. They are looking for volunteers to man the barricades during their Christmas parade on Saturday, December 8 from 11:45am to 1:45pm. They need 2-3 volunteers at each barricade. If interested, please email shelleymccormick@rogers.com.

Kinburn Craft Fair in Kinburn – The 38th Annual Kinburn Christmas Craft Fair is happening November 10 from 9am to 3pm at the Community Centre located 3045 Kinburn Side Road.

Christmas Basket Program – West Carleton Food Access Centre – The West Carleton Food Access Centre (WCFAC) is organizing their annual Christmas Basket Program to help family and neighbours in need this holiday season. Want to help? Here’s how:

1) Sponsor a basket for a family. A complete list of items will be provided to each sponsor. Call WCFAC at 613-832-5685 if you can sponsor.

2) Provide financial donations to cover the cost of preparing the baskets. A tax-deductible donation can be mailed to WCFAC, 5670 Carp Road, Kinburn, ON, K0A 2H0. Please make cheques payable to West Carleton Food Access Centre and note in the memo section “Christmas Basket Program.”

If you will be in need of that extra help this Christmas, please contact WCFAC in the strictest confidence at 613-832-5685. Leave a message and a volunteer will return your call and make necessary arrangements. Deadline for requests is December 17 and delivery of the baskets will be Tuesday, December 20 between 9am and 2pm.

West Carleton Skating Club – Registration is now open with the West Carleton Skating Club for the 2018-2019 season. There are various programs available. Visit www.wcskatingclub.ca for details and registration information.