Column: March 12, 2018

West Carleton Softball Association

West Carleton house league softball is now accepting registrations for boys and girls born from 1999 to 2013. Last year, they had over 400 players and the association hopes to continuing growing! Games are played at participating community centres in West Carleton (Fitzroy Harbour, Kinburn, Carp, Dunrobin and Constance Bay) with older age groups also playing against teams in other associations. The house league season runs from May 1 until June 23. All skill levels are welcome and registration fees are very reasonable. To register, please visit or your local Community Association's webpage. To learn more, you can contact

Reminder: Trivia Night in Carp

Tickets are selling fast for my Trivia Night in Carp Fundraiser taking place on April 13. If you have note already done so, get your tickets now!

This fundraiser is in support the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation’s Hopes Rising Campaign for Mental Health.

Event details and ticket purchases can be done via

Friday, April 13, 2018
7pm to 10pm
West Carleton Amateur Sports Club
3832 Carp Rd. (above W. Erskine Johnston Arena)
$25 per adult. Age of majority required.
For questions, email

Mental health will likely affect all of us at some point during our lifetimes. Please support my fundraiser and help ensure we have the facilities required to serve our community.

Ottawa Valley Farm Show

The Ottawa Valley Farm Show is taking place March 13-15, 2018 at the EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Dr. There will be hundreds of exhibitors and many informative events. For more information and to purchase your tickets go to

The Ottawa Valley Farm Show (OVFS) is Ontario’s longest running agricultural trade show. From the beginning, it has been organized by farmers for farmers on a non-profit basis. The OVFS traces those humble beginnings back to 1927.

Column: March 5, 2018

Eli El-Chantiry hosts fundraiser: Trivia Night in Carp

Please attend my fun-filled Trivia Night in Carp Fundraiser in support the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation’s Hopes Rising Campaign for Mental Health.

Organize a team of 6, or attend as a couple or individually and join a team when you arrive! There will be a cash bar and free snacks. There will be prizes for the winning team! There will also be a silent auction with many great items to bid on! Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite:

Friday, April 13, 2018
7pm to 10pm
West Carleton Amateur Sports Club
3832 Carp Rd. (above W. Erskine Johnston Arena)
$25 per adult. Age of majority required.
For questions, email

The QCH’s Hopes Rising campaign is a $5 million initiative to improve mental healthcare in Ottawa. Due to an unrelenting increase in the number of adults of all ages requiring acute mental health services, QCH’s Mental Health Program urgently needs to transform its space and the care it delivers to meet the needs of our community. For more information on the QCH Foundation and this very important fundraising initiative, please visit

Mental health will likely affect all of us at some point during our lifetimes. Please support my fundraiser and help ensure we have the facilities required to serve our community.

Spring/Summer recreation program registration starts today!

Registration for the City’s spring & summer recreation begins as follow:

  • Swimming and aquafitness programs: Online and telephone registration (613-580-2588) starts Monday, March 5 at 9pm. In-person registration on Tuesday, March 6 during regular business hours.
  • All other recreation programs & summer camps: Online and telephone registration (613-580-2588) starts Wednesday, March 7 at 9pm. In-person registration on Thursday, March 8 during regular business hours.

Visit the “Latest News” section of for a listing of the programming available in the West Carleton and Kanata North areas.

Column: February 26, 2018

MVCA issues statement on water safety

With above seasonal daytime temperatures and several millimetres of rain forecasted over the next few days, the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA)  is advising residents to use extreme caution if venturing onto rivers and lakes as ice conditions may be unstable. General flooding is not expected at this time. However, runoff amounts may result in higher water levels in area creeks and streams and along roadside ditches. As spring approaches, parents are urged to remind their children about the dangers of playing on or near ice covered surfaces or fast flowing water. Residents in low lying areas, historically susceptible to flooding, should take the necessary precautions to protect their property, such as:

  • ensuring sump pumps are clear and in good working condition
  • removing or securing items that might float away as flows and water levels increase

Daily water levels and flows are available on the MVCA website. The MVCA flood forecasting and warning program monitors weather conditions, snowpack water content, estimates expected river flows and water levels and issues flood advisories or warnings as required. MVCA provides early warning and continuous monitoring to municipal and provincial emergency response personnel through a flood event.

11th Annual Fishing Derby in Constance Bay

Mike & Peter's 11th Annual Fishing Derby is taking place in Constance Bay, from Horseshoe Bay to the Constance Bay point, on Sunday, March 4, 7am-4pm (weather and ice conditions permitting). $20 registration fee for adults/children, and includes lunch from 11:30am-1:30pm. Pre-register at the Dunrobin LCBO or registration can also be done the day of the event at Peter Strong’s Shack the day of the Derby (marked by a pirate flag).

616 Fish & Game Club

The 616 Fish and Game Club is asking all members to weigh in if the 616 Fish and Game Club should continue to go forward (form a new executive) or fold. Please advise Ian Bottriell or Gord Johnson at by March 1, 2018, if you are interested in leading the Club. If there is not sufficient interest by that date, the Club will fold.

Summer Student Employment Program

As a last minute reminder, students still have a couple of days (until February 28) to submit their applications for summer employment with the City of Ottawa. Go to for full details and to apply online.

Column: February 19, 2018

Carbon Monoxide Alarms available to Ward 5 seniors

Ottawa Fire Services received funding for the purchase of carbon monoxide alarms through the City of Ottawa's Older Adult Plan. Fire Services has now provided our ward office with 40 alarms for distribution to Ward 5 residents aged 55 or older. First come, first serve. Residents receiving an alarm will be required to provide their name and address. Before stopping by my ward office (at 5670 Carp Road between 8:30am-4:30pm Monday to Friday), I would suggested calling my office first to confirm availability. Contact my ward staff Sylvia Bell (613-580-2424 x32272, or Kerry Bourgaize (613-580-2424 x32256,

Prepare for Diefenbooker Race: Sign up for FREE Walking Clinic

The annual Diefenbooker Race is happening May 5, 2018. If you've been thinking about your health and fitness, why not join the free 10-week walking clinic in preparation for the race? To register for the clinic, simply register for the Diefenbooker Classic's 5km Walking event ( and then come to the lobby of the W.E Johnston Arena (3832 Carp Rd.) on February 28 at 6:30pm to be ready to start the 10-week clinic (wear running or walking shoes). For more information, please attend a 30 minute information session at the West Carleton Amateur Sport Club, located upstairs in the W.E. Johnston Arena, on February 26 at 7pm.

Temporary road closure: Ritchie Side Road

Starting Tuesday, February 20, Ritchie Side Road, from Ivy Acres Road to Upper Dwyer Hill Road, will be closed to replace a culvert. A signed detour will be in place and local/emergency vehicle access will be maintained. The closure will be in effect until approximately March 8, 2018.

Deep Roots Food Hub AGM

Deep Roots Food Hub is holding their AGM on February 22, 7-9pm, at St. James Anglican Church, 3774 Carp Rd. Residents, farmers, food entrepreneurs and anyone with ideas are invited to attend and help release the Food Hub’s vision of a vibrant local food economy that is fair for all. For more information contact

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre “Coldest Night of the Year” Walk

WOCRC is raising money to help Chrysalis House by taking part in the "Coldest Night of the Year" Walk on Saturday, February 24. The walk will help Chrysalis House serve about 150 women and children this year. Chrysalis House is a 25-bed shelter run by WOCRC in Western Ottawa. It is a place where a woman can go to protect herself and her dependents from violence and abuse. You can register to participate by visiting

Column: February 12, 2018

Shrove Tuesday in Ward 5

To celebrate Shrove Tuesday on February 13, there are a few pancake suppers happening in West Carleton-March:

  • St. Gabriel’s Parish:  Pancake supper at the Constance Bay Legion, 377 Allbirch Road. 4:30-6:30pm. $7 adults and youth, $3 children ages 4 to 10 and free for kids 3 and under. Gluten free pancakes and pure maple syrup available.
  • St. Thomas Anglican Church:  Dinner includes pancakes with real maple syrup, sausages, baked beans, buns, coffee/tea/juice. 4:30-7pm. $7 adults, children under 8 are $3. St. Thomas Church is located at 3794 Woodkilton Rd.
  • Huntley Parish:  Shrove Tuesday pancake dinner at the Huntley Parish Hall, 3774 Carp Road. 5-7pm. Meal includes pancakes, real maple syrup, baked beans, sausages, fresh bread, coffee/tea/juice. Free will offering. All welcome.

FREE Skating in Ward 5 on Family Day

On Family Day, Monday, February 19, 2018, I am sponsoring free skating at the West Carleton Community Complex (5670 Carp Rd.) from 11am to 1pm. The event will be supervised by city staff. All skaters 10 years of age and under, and weak skaters of any age, must wear a CSA approved helmet. Everyone welcome!

Family Day schedule changes to City of Ottawa services

There will be a number of changes to city services on Family Day. Of note, there will be no green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Family Day. Collection will be delayed by one day for the week. As well, all Client Service Centres, and my city hall and ward offices will also be closed, with business resuming on Tuesday. For a full listing of schedule changes to various city services go to

Local musicians invited to participate in 2018 edition of #ottmusik

Ottawa musicians once again have an opportunity to showcase their music to a citywide audience. Through #ottmusik, anyone waiting on hold after calling the City of Ottawa hears local music while they wait.

Between February 5 and March 12, Ottawa singers, bands and musicians of all genres are invited to submit music samples for consideration. Since it began, #ottmusik has received more than 200 submissions and showcased 50 artists. For more information, including submission guidelines, visit