Column: May 18, 2017

Ongoing flood recovery efforts

As flood recovery efforts in our community will continue for the coming weeks, I have put together some information for residents to use going forward:

  • Red Cross registering:  Red Cross is registering residents impacted by the flood. This registration is an important piece to help identify the needs of impacted residents. Registration can be done by phone at 1-800-863-6582, Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm and Saturday, 9am-5pm. Registration can also be done in-person at the Emergency Community Support Centres during their hours of operation (10am-8pm):
    • Constance and Buckham’s Bay Community Centre, 262 Len Purcell Drive (Woodlawn)
    • Fitzroy Harbour Community Center, 100 Clifford Campbell Street (Fitzroy Harbour)
  • Daily garbage collection:  Garbage collection is happening every day on the following streets for as long as necessary: Bayview Drive, Baillie Avenue, Armitage Avenue, Northwoods Drive, Moorhead Drive, Cottage Lane, Loggers Way and Lighthouse Lane. Please note, regular garbage/recycling collection remains in effect for the rest of West Carleton-March. Garbage dumpsters have also been set out at the following locations and can be used by flooded property owners:
    • 3 bins along Moorhead Drive
    • 2 bins on road allowance at intersection of Greenland and Armitage
    • 2 bins near intersection of Sumac Lane and Armitage
    • 1 at north end of Morris Island Road
  • Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program:  Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians is designed to provide financial assistance in the aftermath of a natural disaster that causes costly, widespread damage to eligible private property. Homeowners, tenants, small owner-operated businesses, farmers, and not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply for financial assistance through this program. Secondary residences and cottages are not eligible. Applicants within an activated area can apply to be reimbursed for basic, necessary costs related to the disaster. The province is currently working on having the City of Ottawa added to the Ministry’s approved areas eligible for assistance. Once added, applications can be submitted. Check the Ministry’s website frequently as it should be updated shortly: www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page13760.aspx.
  • Water testing: Water testing kits are available for pick up and drop off at the Constance Bay Legion and Constance & Buckham’s Bay Community Centre. Results are usually available within 48 hours. More information on water testing and water safety is found on ottawa.ca.

Column: May 11, 2017

Road resurfacing

As part of the City of Ottawa’s annual infrastructure maintenance cycle, road resurfacing will occur to improve roadways, beginning in May and continuing until the late fall 2017.

  • Westhunt Road from 80m east of Carp Rd. to 240m east of Carp Rd.
  • Opeongo Rd from dead end to Crown Point Rd.
  • Bishop Davis Dr from Allbirch Rd. to Fireside Dr.
  • Old Almonte Rd from Upper Dwyer Hill Rd. to 1Km west of Corkery Rd.
  • Dunrobin Rd from Galetta Side Rd. to dead end
  • Golden Line Road from McArton Rd. to Hamilton Side Rd.
  • Limestone Rd from Kinburn Side Rd. to Styles Side Rd.
  • Greenland Rd from Thomas A. Dolan Pkwy to Vances Side Rd.
  • Vaughan Side Rd from Upper Dwyer Hill Rd. to Peter Robinson Rd.
  • Panmure Rd from Hwy 417 overpass to Donald B Munro Dr.
  • Diamondview Rd from 1.58km north of McGee Side Rd. to March Rd.
  • Baskins Beach Rd from 825m north of Vances Side Rd. to dead end (provisional)
  • Ferry Road from Galetta Side Rd. to Alywin Rd.

Online Police Records Checks

The Ottawa Police are now offering an automated online system where residents of Ottawa can submit their application for various types of Police Records Checks. The online Police Record Check service allows eligible applicants to submit their application for a Police Record Check 24/7. Additionally, applicants may also monitor the status of their application online. Go to ottawapolice.ca to review the application process.

Flooding concerns

As of the publication of this column, if areas of Ward 5 are still experiencing flooding issues, my office and City staff will be on standby to assist as needed. Please contact 3-1-1 or my office at 613-580-2475.

St. Thomas’ Church – Annual Fashion Show

St. Thomas' Church in Woodlawn is hosting their Annual Fashion Show on Thursday, May 18, at 7:30pm. It will be taking place at the Kinburn Community Centre, 3045 Kinburn Side Road. There will be desserts, coffee, tea, open bar and door prizes. Fashions provided by Alia/Tanjay Hazeldean Mall. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling 613-832-1400.

Column: May 4, 2017

Making the right call

Ottawa Police have introduced a single telephone number in which to contact them for all non-emergency enquiries. Call 613-236-1222 to report incidents like vehicle theft to harassment complaints. Also, instead of having to find the proper extension to reach a desired party, their new automated system will connect you to the right section or person. For all emergency or life-threatening calls please continue to use 9-1-1.

Ottawa Police online crime reporting available

Via ottawapolice.ca/onlinereporting, residents can file complaints online – including thefts, damage to property, traffic complaints, drug complaints, fraud complaints, and hate crimes. Residents can also utilize the online service if they wish to add supplemental information to an existing report. An analyst will review it within 24 hours.

Top 60 Over 60

Join Lisa Taylor, a North American expert on the future of work and shifting demographics, and Helen Hirsh Spence, Founder of the Top 60 over 60, in a casual, interactive session and networking opportunity on May 9 at 6pm at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Councillors' Lounge, 2nd Floor. If you are retired, approaching retirement age, looking to build on your years of experience to inform your next career, or just interested in how the future of work is being redefined, add your voice to this conversation.
 
Light refreshments will be offered. Parking is free on the street and available underground. For more information, please go to topsixtyoversixty.com. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at EventBrite.

Try it for free in May

Ottawa residents are invited to take advantage of the Try it! program in May, when they can sample a variety of fitness opportunities at City recreation facilities for three sessions for FREE. Most fitness centres are participating, so visit ottawa.ca to find a facility near you.

Column: April 27, 2017

Kanata Sailing Club – Open House
 
The Kanata Sailing Club (KSC), located on the Ottawa River at 1610 Sixth Line Road in Dunrobin, is holding an open house on Saturday, April 29, from noon to 4pm. KSC is located beside the Ottawa River Canoe Club and YMCA-YWCA Camp. KSC has been part of the community landscape since 1975 and is a nonprofit cooperative club where members contribute to running the club. KSC owns a fleet of sailing boats for members to use so they do not need to own their own boats. They provide training for new and experienced sailors – young and old alike – so the whole family can get out on the water! Visit kanatasailingclub.com for more information.
 
Opening of ball diamonds and sports fields is delayed
 
The City of Ottawa is asking residents and organizers of large public events to please stay off ball diamonds, sports fields and general turf areas at the City’s recreation centres and parks. Due to recent weather, the fields are extremely wet and could be damaged if used in their current condition. The City will officially open ball diamonds and sports fields as soon as weather conditions make it feasible.
 
Tick season
 
Ottawa is now considered a risk area for Lyme Disease due to ticks. Plan ahead and know what to do this summer if you find ticks. Visit ottawa.ca for detailed information on what ticks look like, signs and symptoms of Lyme Disease, how to safely remove them and steps on how to get ticks tested.
 
You can’t get rid of ticks completely, but you can reduce the number present in your yard by:

  • Keeping your grass mowed
  • Removing brush and fallen leaves from the edges of your property, especially if your yard is bordered by woods or fields of tall grass
  • Cleaning up areas under and around bird feeders to reduce the attraction of small critters such as mice and voles that carry ticks
  • Discouraging deer from entering your yard, as ticks also feed on these animals
  • Keeping your woodpile neat, dry, off the ground, and away from your house

 My office has a supply of tick removal tools that can be used to safely remove ticks. Residents interested in picking one up, can stop by my ward office.

Column: April 20, 2017

Money Sense Magazine names Constance Bay first in Ottawa

Money Sense Magazine’s recent survey on “Where to Buy Now” recently picked Ottawa’s top five neighbourhoods for real estate markets for buyers. In top spot is Constance Bay. According to the Money Sense survey:

“Constance Bay is one of the rare places where homeowners can feel like they’re at the cottage while just 20 minutes from Kanata’s high-tech cluster, the magazine concluded after consulting with Kris Sherry of Re/Max Hallmark Realty Group. It will appeal to people who enjoy life on the water without the hefty price tag of waterfront closer to downtown.”  

The other four neighbourhoods in Ottawa that rounded out the list were Carleton Square, Fringewood, Ottawa East and Plantagenet. Go to moneysense.ca for more details.

Riddell Drive renamed Cameron Harvey Drive

In memory of Ward 5 resident Cam Harvey, I would like to inform residents that Riddell Drive (in Dunrobin) has been officially renamed Cameron Harvey Drive.

Speeding on our roads

My office is receiving calls from residents with concerns about speeding on our roads. As mentioned in previous columns, residents need to contact the police directly at 613-236-1222 ext.7300. All complaints received by the police are entered into their system and tracked. This allows them to monitor and identify problem areas, so that enforcement may be assessed.

Please be aware and slow down. With spring weather upon us, pedestrians, motorcycles, bicycles and children will be out and about on our roads.

"Slow Down for Us" signage

If speeding is a concern in your community, you may want to consider installing a “Slow Down for Us” sign on your lawn to warn passing motorists to follow the speed limits and watch out for children. If you would like one for your lawn, please stop by my ward office – we have a small supply on hand.

Rural Root Theatres’ Spring Production

Rural Root Theatre’s spring production, “Ghost of a Chance,” will run from May 3 to 6 at 7:30pm and a matinee on April 30 at 2pm at the Constance and Buckham's Bay Community Centre. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased via ruralroot.org.

If you haven’t been to a Rural Root production yet, I highly recommend you attend. It’s a great evening out and their productions are always very entertaining.