Column: October 10, 2019

Pre-Budget Consultation & Meet Your City Services Night

Ward 5 residents are invited to attend my 2020 Pre-Budget Consultation & Meet your City Services Night on Tuesday, October 22 at the Kinburn Community Centre, 3045 Kinburn Side Rd. The evening starts at 6pm when residents can stop by tables displaying information on various services provided by the City of Ottawa. At 7pm, there will be short presentation on the City’s budget for 2020. We will be looking for feedback and suggestions that can be used in the drafting next year’s budget, before it’s tabled at Council on November 6. If you cannot attend this consultation session, you can still provide your input by:

  • Visiting

  • Attending other Councillor-led budget consultations over the coming weeks (visit the City’s website for consultation schedules)

  • Emailing feedback to

Rural Root Theatre’s upcoming productions

Get your tickets now for Rural Root Theatre’s fall production of 12 Angry Jurors, which runs from Tuesday, October 22 to Saturday, October 25 at 7:30pm, as well as a showing on Sunday, October 20 at 2pm, at the Northwind Wireless Centre, 262 Len Purcell Dr. This play is based on the 1957 movie 12 Angry Men starring Henry Fonda. Also, Rural Root is presenting FrankenSteve on Thursday, October 31 to Saturday, November 2 at the West Carleton Amateur Sports Club in Carp. Please visit to purchase tickets for both upcoming productions.

Thanksgiving in Ward 5

Below are some happenings in the ward to help celebrate Thanksgiving weekend:

  • Carp Farmers’ Market: On Saturday, October 12, during the Carp Farmers’ Market (8am-1pm at the Carp Fairgrounds) they are celebrating in the best way possible – with a pie contest! This year’s flavor is pumpkin pie. Visit for rules and pie drop off deadline information.

  • Constance Bay Community Market: On Saturday, October 12, visit this market, where vendors have been busy preparing to share this year’s Thanksgiving harvest. The market runs from 9am to 1pm at 205 Bayview Dr. Visit for more details.

  • KIN Vineyards Fall Harvest Party: Harvest is in full swing and KIN Vineyards would love your help! They are holding a Harvest Party on October 12, from 8:30am to 1pm. The morning will be spent harvesting and then celebrate with a lunch and wine afterwards. Bring your own personal gardening shears and dress for the weather! Register your attendance via Eventbrite (search “Kin Vineyards Fall Harvest Party”).

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

Column: October 3, 2019

Help the West Carleton Food Access Centre this Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving weekend coming soon, now is a good time to donate non-perishable items to the West Carleton Food Access Centre (WCFAC) to assist them with helping families in need. If you can assist, please drop off donations of canned tomatoes, tomato paste, jam, canned fruit and Cheez Whiz. WCFAC is located in basement at the West Carleton Community Complex at 5670 Carp Road. There is also a large blue bin in the main lobby of the building where donations can be dropped off.

West Carleton Disaster Relief holding meetings for flooded residents

The West Carleton Disaster Relief organization is holding bi-weekly community meetings for flooded residents. These meetings will be an opportunity for residents who are in the midst of recovering from the flood to meet and exchange ideas and best practices for repairs, rebuilding and more. Guest speakers will be brought in at the request of residents. The next meeting is on Wednesday, October 9, 7-8pm, at the Constance & Buckham’s Bay Community Centre (262 Len Purcell Drive). To RSVP your attendance and to review the schedule of all upcoming bi-weekly meetings go to

Major bus route changes to begin on October 6

If you are a Ward 5 resident that uses OC Transpo, please be aware as of Sunday, October 6, OC Transpo’s bus service will transform to align with O-Train Line 1. These are the biggest OC Transpo changes in Ottawa’s history. Most customers will be affected so commuters are being asked to plan ahead and find out how your route will change. Five things bus commuters need to know:

  • This is a very big service change and using the Travel Planner on will help with planning your commute;

  • O-Train Line 1 will replace most buses through downtown, meaning many customers will connect at one of the three major transfer stations: Tunney’s Pasture, Hurdman and Blair;

  • Most areas of the city will see changes to bus service, especially Kanata North, west Ottawa, Bridlewood, Bells Corners, downtown, Alta Vista and Orléans. Many routes will be adjusted to align with Line 1, and in many cases, route numbers and schedules will change;

  • Service is changing to major destinations, including Gatineau, hospitals, universities and colleges. Visit ‘Ottawa Destinations’ in the Plan Your Trip section of to download a new printable guide; and

  • OC Transpo staff will be at stations across the city to help – look for them in red vests.

Column: September 26, 2019

Proposed Plan of Subdivision at 1020 & 1070 March Rd.

The City of Ottawa is holding a public meeting on Thursday, October 3 from 7pm to 8:30pm at the Richcraft Recreation Complex, 4101 Innovation Drive (Minto Community Room), to discuss a proposed plan of subdivision at 1020 and 1070 March Road. The owner is proposing to develop a subdivision comprised of 728 residential units including 297 single detached dwellings, 315 townhouse dwellings and 116 back-to-back townhomes. Also included in the subdivision are two commercial mixed-use blocks, a future school block and various park and open space blocks. For more information on this matter, direct inquiries to: Stream Shen, Assigned Planner, 613-580-2424 ext. 244885 or

156th Annual Carp Fair

The Carp Fair is set to open on Thursday, September 26 and will run until Sunday, September 29. In terms of parking, 3629 Carp Road is the new home for Fair parking. Shuttles will bring attendees to and from the fairgrounds and will continually run for the duration of the fair. Also, with your proof of a Carp Fair ticket, OC Transpo buses within Ottawa will bring you, free of charge, to the Terry Fox Park and Ride where you can then catch the Carp Fair shuttle. Shuttle times can be found at

Temporary road closure: Carp Road

From Friday, October 4 to Monday, October 7, Carp Road from Thomas A. Dolan Parkway to Kinburn Side Road will be closed in order to complete culvert replacement work. Notification signs will be posted and local and emergency vehicle access will be maintained.

West Carleton Snowmobile Club AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the West Carleton Snowmobile Club is being held on Tuesday, October 1, at 7pm, at the Kinburn Community Centre, 3045 Kinburn Side Rd. New board members needed and there are several openings available. To put your name up for a spot on the board, contact Doug at, or call 613-316-6199 (names are needed to prior to the meeting in order to get the names on the ballot).

City of Ottawa 2019 Career Showcase

Are you actively looking for a new career? Are you interested in learning more about working at the City? You should come check out the City of Ottawa’s 2019 Career Showcase on Thursday, October 3, from noon to 6pm at Ottawa City Hall’s Jean Pigott Place (110 Laurier Avenue West). Registration opens at 11:30am. The event will feature information booths where you can meet representatives from across the corporation to learn about career choices with the City. You can also register for several helpful employment workshops. Workshop spaces are limited, so be sure to reserve your early spot early, either at or by calling 3-1-1. Bring hard copy versions of your resumé and covering letter if you are interested in having it reviewed by an HR professional. Also, make sure to load a copy of your resumé and your covering letter onto a USB stick and bring it with you if you will be participating in the building your on-line profile workshop.

Column: September 19, 2019

Ward 5 Official Plan Engagement Session

Residents of West Carleton-March are invited to an Official Plan Engagement Session, which I am hosting as follows:

Monday, September 23
7pm to 8:30pm
West Carleton Community Complex
Roly Armitage Hall
5670 Carp Road

At 7pm, there will be a brief staff presentation on the new Official Plan and the policy changes known as the Five Big Moves. Following the presentation there will be breakout discussions on each of the Five Big Moves. No RSVP required. Light refreshments will be provided.

This engagement session is an ideal opportunity for you to get involved at the early stages of this process. Public engagement and feedback is key to ensuring our updated Official Plan meets Ottawa’s needs now and well into the future. Please remember – the new Official Plan will directly impact your daily life for years to come. Be involved and have your say!

As I’ve noted in past columns, the City of Ottawa is rewriting our Official Plan. This is the strategic document that describes how the city will grow over time, where we will place major infrastructure, and what policies will be in place to support economic growth and guide the development and evolution of communities. The City is proposing to make a number of significant policy changes, known as the Five Big Moves:

  1. Growth: By 2046, achieve more growth by intensification than by greenfield development. This growth will provide a variety of affordable housing options for residents.

  2. Mobility: By 2046, encourage the majority of trips in Ottawa to be made by sustainable transportation.

  3. Urban Design: Improve our sophistication in urban and community design and put this knowledge to the service of strong development at all scales, from the largest to the very small.

  4. Resiliency: Embed public health, environmental, climate and energy resiliency into the framework of our planning policies.

  5. Economy: Embed economic development into the framework of our planning policies.

To learn more about this Official Plan review go to

Column: September 12, 2019

Continued suspension of application fees for demolition permits & building applications for flood affected residents

At the City Council meeting held on September 11, Council approved a motion to continue suspending application fees for demolition and building permits for residents affected by spring flooding. This will give residents more time to repair and rebuild without having to worry about the fees or obtaining minor variances. Staff will report to the Planning Committee in October with proposed changes to the Zoning By-law that could help residents in certain flood-affected areas to rebuild in future years without the need for minor variances.

Garbage & recycling collection concerns

The City is aware of delays to curbside collection in West Carleton and other west-end neighbourhoods. We are working to rectify the situation as soon as possible. Below are ways to report missed collection:

  • Use this link: This link takes you directly to a page where you can report your missed pick up. Your submitted request will go to city staff for their action.

  • Call 3-1-1. (Please note, during peak times callers may experience wait times before speaking with an agent).

  • Contact me directly at 613-580-2475 or

Once you’ve reported your missed collection, please make sure to leave your containers at the curbside so that it can be collected.

At the City Council meeting on September 11, City Council discussed this issue and it was agreed that Waste Management would be invited to attend the next meeting of the Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water & Waste Management, to answer questions and provide information relating to collection delays. The meeting is taking place on September 17, at City Hall. If Waste Management representatives agree to attend, I will be there to listen in and ask questions.

Official Plan engagement session - For Ward 5 residents

As noted in my column last week, I’m hosting an Official Plan Engagement Session for residents of West Carleton-March on Monday, September 23, 7-8:30pm, West Carleton Community Complex, 5670 Carp Rd. At 7pm, there will be a brief staff presentation followed by breakout sessions. No RSVP required. Light refreshments will be provided. Please plan on attending – the new Official Plan that is put in place will directly impact your daily life in Ottawa for years to come. Be involved and have your say! Learn more about this Official Plan review at