Column: December 7, 2017

Closing of the West Carleton-Review

I was very disappointed to hear that the West Carleton-Review will be closing down in January 2018. During my time in office, I’ve heard time and again from residents that our local newspaper was one of the best ways to keep informed on local news and community happenings. It’s this type of local flavour that matters most to Ward 5 residents, and it’s unfortunate it’s coming to an end.

My weekly column in the West Carleton-Review has been one of my most effective communication tools. Its purpose has always been to have you, the reader, stay informed on the latest ward and city news, and keep you engaged and involved. I will be continuing my weekly column after the paper closes, but how I distribute it to ensure maximum coverage remains to be finalized.

I know there is a segment of the West Carleton community that appreciates having the physical paper delivered to their home every week and, for some, the move to a digital/internet format may be an issue. I will be working with my staff in the coming weeks to come up with a strategy on how to keep everyone informed. Stay tuned to a future column in the next couple of weeks, as I will be providing my communications game plan going forward.

To the staff of the West Carleton-Review, I would like extend my sincere thanks for all of the work and help you’ve provided to my staff and I over the years. Thank you also for the diligent reporting you have done every week to promote Ward 5.

Congratulations to Julie & Cindy Delahunt

The Senate of Canada is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its first sitting by awarding commemorative medals. In a ceremony held last week, medals were awarded to Canadians actively involved in their communities who, through generosity, dedication, volunteerism and hard work, make their communities a better place to live. Congratulations to Julie and Cindy Delahunt, owners of Dunrobin Meat & Grocery, who were awarded medals by Senator Vern White.  

Reminder: West Carleton-March Food Drive

My Christmas food drive for the West Carleton Food Access Centre (WCFAC) is ongoing! Drop off non-perishable food to my ward office (5670 Carp Road) Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Collection continues until December 22. Please, no expired products.

Column: November 30, 2017

Snow clearing maintenance standards

As winter will soon be upon us, I want to remind residents of the City’s snow clearing maintenance standards. Roads Services is responsible for the City’s snow and ice control program. An effective winter maintenance program is essential to allow the City to function under normal winter weather conditions.

When a snowstorm begins, crews clear snow on high priority roads, main arterials and collectors first and then move to residential roads. The City has developed maintenance standards and they are used to prioritize how frequently roads are plowed, how ice is controlled and how snow is removed. City crews plow residential roads to a snow-packed surface. When necessary, materials will be applied to keep roads safe.

All high priority roads and arterials (like Carp, Dunrobin and March Roads) will start being cleared as accumulation begins to the treatment standard of bare pavement within 2 to 3 hours. The time to clear snow from residential roads (like Charlie’s Lane where I live) starts when there is accumulation of 7 cm or more and will be cleared within 10 hours from the end of snow accumulation to a treatment standard of snow packed.

With approximately 882 km of roads in West Carleton-March, City crews cannot possibly plow all our roads at the same time. The maintenance standards in place work well and keep residents and vehicles moving in the most efficient way possible. More information on snow clearing standards are posted on ottawa.ca.

During a snow event, residents can inquire about snow clearing on their road by submitting an online service request via ottawa.ca, or by calling 3-1-1 directly.

Christmas spirit alive & well in Ward 5

December is going to be busy month in West Carleton with many holiday events scheduled. From bake sales and craft fairs, to parades and Christmas concerts, there is something for everyone’s taste this holiday season. Visit the “Ward Events” section of my website frequently (eliel-chantiry.ca) as I’ve listed some of the upcoming events taking place.

Reminder: West Carleton-March Food Drive

My Christmas food drive for the West Carleton Food Access Centre (WCFAC) is now ongoing! Drop off non-perishable food items to my ward office (5670 Carp Road) Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Collection continues until December 22. Please, no expired products.

Column: November 23, 2017

7th Annual West Carleton-March Food Drive

My annual Christmas food drive for the West Carleton Food Access Centre (WCFAC) kicks off on Monday, November 27. 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 22. Donated items will be used by WCFAC to prepare Christmas hampers for needy families in Ward 5. Specific items needed are canned fruit, canned ham, canned tomatoes, peanut butter, cereal and jam. Please, no expired products.

West Carleton Outdoor Hockey League

Registration is now open for the 2017-2018 season for the West Carleton Outdoor Hockey League. Kids from ages 5 to 15 are welcome to join, regardless of previous hockey experience. The league consists of teams from Dunrobin, Carp, Fitzroy Harbour, Kinburn and Constance Bay. It is a much less competitive league and only runs when the outdoor ice is frozen. For more information and to register visit www.dunrobincommunity.com.

On a related note, the Dunrobin Community Center is looking for a candidate maintain the ice rink at 1151 Thomas A. Dolan Pkwy. If interested, contact Greg Patacairk at gpatacairk@gmail.com for details.

Get help clearing snow

The Snow Go and Snow Go Assist Programs can assist eligible residents with snow removal this winter as follows:

  • The Snow Go Program provides a matching service for seniors and people with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways. Participants in this program are responsible for paying the individual or contractor removing the snow.
  • The Snow Go Assist Program provides financial assistance to eligible low-income seniors or persons with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways. Approved participants may be reimbursed for 50% of the cost of snow clearing per event, up to a seasonal maximum of $250. Rural applicants who have excessively high cost of snow removal, as defined by staff, are eligible up to 50% of the cost of snow clearing for their private driveways and walkways per event, up to a maximum of $450 per season.

The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre is the agency assigned to assist eligible residents in our ward with obtaining these services. They can be contacted at: Dee Machum, machum@wocrc.ca, 613-591-3686, ext. 315.

Column: November 16, 2017

Draft Budget 2018 has been tabled

The City’s Draft Operating and Capital Budget for 2018 was presented at the City Council meeting on November 8. It will be considered at all committees over the next few weeks, then return to Council on December 13 for final approval. There are still opportunities for the public to offer comments and input before its final approval:

1)    Register as a public delegation at a standing committee, board or commission budget review meetings that take place from November 21 to December 7, as listed below:

November 21 - Environment and Climate Protection Committee
November 23 – Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee
November 27 – Ottawa Police Service Board
November 28 - Planning Committee
November 29 – IT Sub-Committee
November 30 – Audit Committee
December 4 – Transit Commission
December 5 – Finance and Economic Development Committee
December 6 – Transportation Committee
December 7 – Community and Protective Services Committee

2)    Contact me directly at eli.el-chantiry@ottawa.ca
3)    Send an email to budget@ottawa.ca  
4)    Tweet @ottawacity using hashtag #ottbudget
5)    Call 3-1-1

West Carleton-March highlights in Budget 2018

A breakdown of budget items that directly impact West Carleton-March has been prepared for easy reference. The PDF document can be reviewed on my website (eliel-chantiry.ca). It is located under the “Latest News” section of the home page.

Congratulations to Todd Nicholson

I am happy to announce that Ward 5 resident Todd Nicholson has been inducted into the Order of Ottawa and will be honoured at a ceremony at City Hall on November 16.

A three-time Paralympic medalist winning gold in 2006, silver in 1998 and bronze in 1994, Todd Nicholson represented Canada as a member of Canada’s National Sledge Hockey Team. He won eight medals at the world sledge hockey championships. From 2013 until April 2017, he served as Chairman for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletes’ Council and has been involved in planning and administering the Games from 2012 through 2018. He was named Team Canada’s Chef de Mission for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. He was inducted to the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame in 2014. Mr. Nicholson and his wife now devote their free time to building The Abilities Centre Ottawa, a centre that aims to create an inclusive recreational facility for people of all abilities.

Column: November 9, 2017

Remembrance Day schedule changes
 
There will be some schedule changes for Remembrance Day, Saturday, November 11. On Monday, November 13, Ottawa City Hall (including my City Hall and Ward offices) will be closed, and will reopen on Tuesday, November 14. Curbside green bin, recycling, garbage and leaf and yard waste collection will take place on its regular day with no changes to the collection schedule. For a complete listing of schedule changes go to Ottawa.ca.
 
Carp Remembrance Day Ceremony
 
A public Remembrance Day ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 11 at 11am at the West Carleton War Memorial on Donald B. Munro Drive at Falldown Lane in Carp. Those attending are asked to be in place by 10:45am. Seating and bleachers will be available. Afterwards, everyone is invited to the Diefenbunker (3929 Carp Rd.) for refreshments.
 
All That Glam Fundraiser for Nunavut
 
Tomorrow (November 10) will be the last day my ward office will be collecting gently used handbags and costume jewelry for the 5th Annual All That Glam Fundraiser for Nunavut. If you have items you can part with, please drop them off at 5670 Carp Road between 9am and 4pm.
 
All That Glam Jewelry Fundraiser for Nunavut is taking place on Saturday, November 25 at the Richcraft Recreation Centre in Kanata. There will be thousands of pieces of gently-used jewelry and brand-name handbags for sale. All That Glam raises money for school breakfast programs in Nunavut, and since inception they have donated over $100,000 to Nunavut’s much-needed breakfast programs. For further details visit www.AllThatGlamFundraiser.com.
 
ReCollect Collection Calendar app

We are pleased to be launching the ReCollect Collection Calendar app. The new mobile app is now available free of charge through Apple and Android stores. By downloading the collection calendar app, residents will be able to receive notifications about their collection and quickly reference their collection calendar on their Apple and Android devices.
 
Public Open House - Kinburn Playground upgrade

Please join me and city staff from the Parks & Facilities Planning Services on Tuesday, November 14 at the Kinburn Community Centre (3045 Kinburn Side Road) for a Public Consultation on plans for an upgrade to the existing Kinburn playground. A short presentation will start at 6:30pm in the General Purpose Room.