Column: August 10, 2017

Intermittent section closures at Carp Road Park and Ride

Sections of Carp Road Park and Ride will be will be closed intermittently until early September 2017, due to upgrade work being done at the facility. The work will take place in stages during the daytime, and the facility will remain operational at reduced capacity throughout. The upgrades include surface paving, additional lighting, concrete repairs, a new bus pad and bike racks. Directional signage will guide pedestrians during sidewalk repairs.

Get the latest on construction & road work

Residents can access the latest information on road construction, road work, road closures, detours and/or special events happening across the city via the “Traffic Report” search tool on Residents can also follow the City’s traffic account on Twitter (@Ottawa_Traffic) which provides the latest information on road issues affecting traffic.

Plan now to register for fall and winter recreation programs

The Recreation eGuide for upcoming fall and winter programs are now available online at Choose from a wide variety of activities for all ages, including swimming lessons, fitness classes, general-interest courses, sports and instruction in the arts.

  • Registration for swimming and aquafitness classes begins online and by phone (613-580-2588) on Monday, August 14 at 9pm and in person at City recreation facilities on Tuesday, August 15 during regular business hours.
  • Registration for all other classes begins online and by phone (613-580-2588) on Wednesday, August 16 at 9pm and in person at City recreation facilities on Thursday, August 17 during regular business hours.

To register online or by phone you will require a client barcode and family PIN numbers. It’s strongly encouraged to set up your barcode/PIN ahead of when registration begins because high volumes of online registrants are expected throughout the first week of registration, particularly the first evening, which could result in a longer registration experience than usual.

Residents who do not have access to the Internet are encouraged to visit City recreation centres or libraries with public Internet access. They can also visit any Client Service Centre or where customer service staff can help with registration.

Garlic Festival in Carp

The 18th annual Garlic Festival is happening August 12 and13 at the Carp Fairgrounds. Event details can be found at

Column: August 3, 2017

Hydro One reaching out to flood-affected property owners
In response to resident concerns that I heard relating to increased hydro costs experienced during recent flood recovery efforts, I approached Mayor Watson and asked that he reach out to Hydro One regarding these increased hydro costs. On June 21, 2017 the Mayor sent a letter to the President and CEO of Hydro One, requesting some sort of relief to residents. As many residents had to run water pumps and fans 24 hours a day over many days, the Mayor asked for financial relief or deferral of the costs property owners incurred due to the increased use of hydro.
On July 27, the City received a reply back from Hydro One. They indicated they have begun reaching out to affected Hydro One customers on a case-by-case basis.
For more information regarding this matter, residents should contact Hydro One at 1-888-664-9376 or
Colonel By Day schedule changes
The City of Ottawa reminds residents that there will be schedule changes to some city services for Colonel By Day holiday on Monday, August 7. There will be no curbside green bin, recycling, or garbage collection on August 7. Colonel By Day’s pickup will take place on Tuesday, August 8. In addition, the collection of green bin, recycling materials and garbage will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. For a complete listing of changes, visit
Proposed Change to the 3-Hour Parking Rule
In September 2017, Council will receive a report regarding proposed adjustments to the Traffic and Parking By-law. Traffic Services is reviewing the general unsigned on-street parking regulations within city limits that permit parking for a maximum of 3 consecutive hours, from 7am to 7pm on weekends and holidays. However, city staff are now reviewing on-street parking for longer than 3 hours on weekends and holidays, and are engaging the public to provide feedback on this proposal. Transportation Services has developed an online survey which solicits residents’ opinion on a proposal to change the general on-street parking regulations to allow parking for 6 consecutive hours instead of 3 hours between 7am and 7pm on weekends and holidays. The survey is now available and I have provided a link on my website ( under the “Latest News” section of the home page.
The survey will be on until August 22, 2017. A final report will be tabled at the Transportation Committee on September 6.

Column: July 27, 2017

Free well water testing

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) makes it convenient for residents living on residential well systems to have their well water tested for free. OPH has established permanent sites across Ottawa where well owners can drop off their water samples and pick up new bottles for future testing. As part of this program, Ward 5 residents can drop off their water samples every Tuesday at one of these locations:

  • Carp Library, 3911 Carp Road, 10am to 8:30pm
  • Darvesh Grocery, 3084 Kinburn Side Road, 7am to 8pm
  • Dunrobin Meat and Grocery, 2808 Dunrobin Road, 7am to 8pm
  • Kinburn Client Service Centre, 5670 Carp Road, 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Lighthouse Restaurant, 655 Bayview Drive, 7am to 9:30pm

Learn to Sail at Kanata Sailing Club

At the Kanata Sailing Club (1610 Sixth Line Road), sharing their love of sailing with others is a cornerstone of the club and a key to its success. So it offers a wide selection of courses and clinics for kids, teenagers, adults and families. No matter what your level of ability or experience, Kanata Sailing Club is committed to seeing your learning experience being rewarding and fun.  

The club offers:

  • Adult and youth 16+ Learn-to-Sail Programs
  • Junior (Ages 6-15) Learn to Sail Programs
  • Family Learn-to-Sail Programs
  • Private lessons (available for non members)

For information about course dates and fees visit or email them at

Speeding on our roads

I am receiving numerous calls regarding speeding on our roads. As a reminder, 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.

2017 Order of Ottawa & Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching

The Order of Ottawa recognizes the professional achievements and outstanding service of exceptional Ottawa residents. Any resident of Ottawa who has made a significant contribution in a professional capacity that has been of benefit to our community may be nominated. The Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching recognizes the contribution of an amateur coach who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment. If you know of a worthy Ward 5 resident, please consider nominating them!

For more information, including nomination forms and eligibility requirements, visit Deadline for submission is Friday, September 8.

Column: July 20, 2017

Property Standards By-Law review

Although a comprehensive review of the Property Standards By-law was completed in 2013, which resulted in a new and updated by-law, a few additional issues were raised as part of the By-law Review Strategy approved by Council in 2015. There is currently another review of this by-law which focuses on the following issues:

  • Lighting
  • safe passage (ice and snow maintenance)
  • fences
  • graffiti

More detailed information on the review, including a discussion document and an online survey that residents can complete, can be found on Residents have until July 24 to complete the survey. Final recommendations will be submitted to the Community and Protective Services Committee in August 2017.

Ottawa 2017 event - La Machine

Making its debut in North America as an Ottawa 2017 signature event, La Machine will captivate the public with its travelling urban theatre in the streets of downtown Ottawa. Wandering around in public spaces between July 27 to 30, giant spiders, dragons and more will roam through the heart of the capital. These creatures will live among us 24 hours a day over four days – if you are visiting downtown Ottawa, be on the look out! For more information visit

Abilities Centre 3rd Annual Golf Tournament

The Abilities Centre Ottawa Board of Directors is holding their 3rd Annual Golf Tournament on September 14 at the Canadian Golf and Country Club. Registration is now open at
The Abilities Centre Ottawa Board of Directors are a dedicated group who want to bring to Ottawa a fully-integrated, inclusive, multi-purpose and accessible recreation facility designed to meet the needs of all individuals and families. The Abilities Centre Ottawa will meet an already pressing need in our region and will, in fact, prepare the city to address the needs of an increasing proportion of its population that will benefit from the recreational, training and rehabilitative services and programs that it is uniquely designed to deliver.  Ottawa's Abilities Centre, now in the preliminary stages of development, will be a community hub for healthy living where everyone is welcomed. The proceeds of this annual tournament will support the operational costs in the development stage of this project. For more information on this project go to

Column: July 13, 2017

Kinburn Side Road storm water & road reconstruction

Beginning soon, the City of Ottawa will undertake construction work on Kinburn Side Road as follows:

  • The storm sewers on Kinburn Side Road from 200 m west of Donald B. Munro Drive to Maria Street, and on Loggers Way at Kinburn Side Road, have reached the end of their service life and are in need of replacement.
  • The renewal of existing sidewalks and construction of new sidewalks and/or paved shoulders on Kinburn Side Rd, from west of Mary Street to approximately 230 m east of Loggers Way (Kinburn Community Centre).

Work will start soon and will stop late this fall and re-start again in spring 2018. Final completion including tree planting and sod reinstatement is expected to be completed in spring 2018.

Know your dog ownership responsibilities

I’ve recently heard some concerns from residents regarding dogs being off leash and owners not cleaning up after their pets. I would like to remind dog owners that they must comply with the City’s Animal Care & Control By-Law. A few main points to remember:

  • In the interest of public safety and animal welfare, dogs must be under the control of their owners at all times, and must not be permitted to roam. Leashing is required on public property and leashes should be no longer than three (3) metres. (Dogs may be off leash in some City parks. These areas are signed accordingly. Go to to find dog park locations).
  • Dog owners must remove waste from public property. If you get caught "in the act" of not removing your animal’s waste you may be fined. The by-law also requires that dog waste be disposed of at the dog owner's home – so don't leave it in park or street waste receptacles. There's a fine for that too.

Ottawa named “Best Place to Live in Canada”

Congratulations Ottawa! For the second year in a row Ottawa has been named the “best place to live in Canada” by MoneySense magazine in their annual rankings of 417 cities, towns and villages. MoneySense magazine’s rankings were based on the economy, wealth, affordability, safety and culture of each city, as well as access to health care, airports and schools. Go to to review the rankings.