Column: July 9, 2018

Public meeting – Communications in West Carleton-March

There is going to be a community meeting happening this evening to further discuss how news will be communicated in West Carleton-March. There will be some exciting news and everyone is encouraged to attend to learn how we can share local news, community events and local advertising. This meeting starts at 7pm tonight at the Kinburn Client Service Centre, at 5670 Carp Rd. Spread the word to your family and neighbours.

Drive-In Bingo in Carp

Drive-in Bingo is back again this summer at the Carp Fairgrounds on Wednesday evenings. Mark your calendars for July 11, July 25 and August 1. There will be a BBQ which will start at 6pm. Bingo begins at 7pm. Cost is $10 for a full sheet, or $5 for a single sheet.

14th Annual Carp Show n’ Shine

Carp Show n’ Shine is set for its 14th edition on Saturday, July 14 at the Carp Fairgrounds, 3790 Carp Rd. Registration is from 8am-11am and it is $10 per vehicle. The trophy presentations will take place after 1pm. There will be vehicles of all sorts: custom, classic, trucks, tractors, snowmobiles and more. For more information go to their Twitter account at @CarpShownShine.

4th Annual Abilities Centre Ottawa Golf Tournament

The 2018 edition of the Abilities Centre Ottawa golf tournament is set for September 14, 2018 at Irish Hills Golf & Country Club. Registration will start at 1pm with a shotgun start at 2pm. The tournament this year will be 9 holes only. Dinner will be served between 5:30 and 6pm with auction items and prizes. The cost is $75 for golf, cart and dinner. To attend dinner only the cost is $30 per plate. Register by August 10 to be entered for early bird prizes. For more information and to register go to
The Abilities Centre Ottawa Board of Directors (which includes Ward 5’s own Todd Nicholson and Emily Glossop) 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 will be a community hub for healthy living where everyone is welcomed.

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.

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

Column: July 2, 2018

Temporary Road closure - Loggers Way

Loggers Way, from Kinburn Side Road to Donald B. Munro Drive will be closed from Tuesday, July 3 to Tuesday, July 10, for storm sewer and road reconstruction work. Notification signs will be posted and there will be a signed detour in place. Local and emergency vehicle access will be maintained.

Fitzroy Concerts in the Park

As a reminder, Concerts in the Park starts for another season at Fitzroy Provincial Park. Concerts will take place every Thursday evening in July. This year's musical lineup features Sidewinder (July 5), Heartbeats (July 12), Eddie & The Stingrays (July 19) and Ambush (July 26).

Every week, festivities begin at 6pm with a cash BBQ available courtesy of local youth groups. Concerts begin at 7pm. Attendees are reminded to bring lawn chairs and bug spray. All funds raised will go towards local youth initiatives. Donations will also be collected for CHEO.

Fitzroy Harbour Days

Fitzroy Harbour Days is taking place July 5 through 7. The two-day event is jammed packed with events for all ages. The event poster is noted under the “Ward Events” section of my website (

Drop In Pickleball

The Constance & Buckham’s Bay Community Association hosts drop in Pickleball every Monday and Friday at 6:30pm, and Wednesdays at 10:30am. It’s a toonie a session. Paddles and everything else needed to play is provided. Just stop by the Community Centre, at 262 Len Purcell Drive, and see why Pickleball is the fastest growing sport. (CBBCA membership is required and be obtained at the site for $10.). For more information go to

St. Mary’s – Berry Social

St. Mary’s Anglican Church is hosting a Berry Social on Wednesday, July 11, from 5:30-7:30pm, 2574 6th Line Road in Dunrobin. They will be serving up cake with berries and whipped cream and hot dogs. Adults $8, children $4 and families $20.

Used book donations requested

The West Carleton Food Access Centre is ramping up for their Used Book Sale in September and they are now looking for donations of used books. Donations of books will be accepted until August 10. They are looking for DVDs, CDs and gently used books such as fiction, children, cookbooks, gardening, westerns, war, etc. No encyclopedias or textbooks are needed. Donations can be brought to their warehouse at 3075 Carp Rd., or my ward office at Kinburn Client Service Centre, 5670 Carp Rd. You can also call 613-913-4234 and leave a message to arrange for a pick up.

The book sale will be happening Friday, September 7 (noon to 7pm) and Saturday, September 8 (8am-2pm) at the Carp Agricultural Hall, 3790 Carp Rd.

Camp Awesome

Camp Awesome is a Christian Day Camp for children ages 4-12 and is sponsored by the United, Anglican and Roman Catholic churches of Fitzroy Harbour, Constance Bay and Woodlawn. The camp will run from August 13 to17. Pre-registration for this camp only. For more information, please call 613-623-3882. Registration forms available at and

Column: June 25, 2018

Canada Day in Ward 5

July 1 is coming up this weekend and there are a number of events happening in Ward 5. The events that my office has been notified about are noted below.

  • Canada Day Seniors' breakfast in Carp:  Join the Huntley Community Association for their annual Canada Day Seniors' breakfast, 8am-11am. The breakfast is FREE and it is open to all seniors who wish to attend. The event is happening at the Mess Hall in Carp, 2240 Craig's Side Road.
  • Canada Day at the Diefenbunker:  Join the Diefenbunker Museum on Canada’s 151st Birthday. They will have family-friendly activities including face-painting, a maple leaf scavenger hunt through the entire 4 story underground Bunker, an obstacle course, and more! This year they are excited to offer Little Ray’s Reptiles. The reptile show timing is still to be determined. There will also be a BBQ with hot dogs and veggie dogs, as well as frozen treats and drinks at an affordable price! Please note the special hours of 10am – 2pm. Free admission.
  • Canada Day event at the West Carleton Legion:  The West Carleton Legion in Constance Bay (377 Allbirch Rd.) is holding a Canada Day celebration on Sunday, July 1. Entertainment starts at 3pm with Brian Guilbeault DJ/Karaoke. Steak BBQ at 5pm. $14. Everyone welcome.
  • Canada Day in Corkery:  The Corkery Community Association is hosting Canada Day festivities on July 1 from 4pm to dusk at the community centre are 3447 Old Almonte Rd. This year's event includes a BBQ, games, craft tent, face painting, kids' entertainment, musical entertainment, Canada Day cake and fireworks at dusk. For more information go to
  • Canada Day in Dunrobin:  Everyone is welcome to join the festivities on July 1 at the Dunrobin Community Centre located at 1151 Thomas A. Dolan Parkway. This year's activities include face painting, soft rock music provided by Heavenly Blue, demonstrations by the West Carleton Dog Agility Group, Circus Delights will have a magic show and a bouncy castle and slide. There will also be a BBQ and bake sale. Fireworks at sunset.  
  • Pinhey's Point Historic Site:  On Sunday, July 1, from 10am to 4pm enjoy Canada Day along the Ottawa River at Pinhey's Point, with traditional activities that would have been commonplace in the era of Confederation and the echoes of which you can still see in our modern day celebrations. Challenge your friends and family to lawn games, including tug-of-war, or a classic board game like snakes and ladders. Guided tours of the manor house led by costumed interpreters will be available. Cost: By donation. Pinhey's Point is nestled on the banks of the Ottawa River at 270 Pinhey's Point Rd.

If you are planning on celebrating Canada's birthday, please remember to do so responsibility and do not drink and drive.

Column: June 18, 2018

Kinburn Community Garage Sale & BBQ

On Saturday, June 23, from 8am-1pm, there is a huge community garage sale and BBQ taking place at the Kinburn Community Centre, 3045 Kinburn Side Road. There will be kids clothes, toys, sports equipment, housewares, furniture, handmade soap, home baked goods, candy and loads of other treasures. This event is hosted by the 1st West Carleton & Arnprior Scout groups to support International Youth Travel to the Haarlem Jamborette in the Netherlands. Anyone wishing to sell treasures or crafts can reserve a table by contacting Jenn Maranta at or 613-899-2486. The cost is $10 per table.

Herb Fest

The Carp Farmers' Market is hosting their annual Herb Festival on Saturday, June 23 from 8am to 3pm at the Carp Fairgrounds. On hand at the Festival will be fresh herbs, tea tasking, ask the herbalist table, herb featured baked goods, herbal body car products, growing herbs and much more.

CARPe Diem fundraising event in support of Epilepsy advancement & research

On Saturday, June 23, there is a fun evening planned of dinner and dancing in support of Epilepsy advancement and researched. The CARPe Diem Seize the Day event is taking place at the Carp Agricultural Hall, 3790 Carp Rd, from 6pm to midnight. The event will feature a roast beef and chicken buffet, music, dancing, and live and silent auctions. Tickets can be purchased by emailing, calling 613-257-7128, or going onto

Story Time in Constance Bay

Every Wednesday from 10am to 11:30am the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre is hosting Story Time at the Northwind Wireless Fibe Centre, 262 Len Purcell Drive in Constance Bay. Books will come to life with songs, puppets and exciting twists. Be transported into a new adventure every week. Snack time (bring your own) and crafts follow story time. Please note this activity is offered in English and French and is ideally suited for children 2-6 years old (siblings are welcome).

Rural Root Theatre auditions

Rural Root Theatre is holding auditions for their Fall musical "Leader of the Pack.” Auditions are taking place June 20 and June 24, at 7pm at the CBBCA (262 Len Purcell Drive in Constance Bay). There are several roles that need to be filled. Please check for all the details.

The new Ottawa Central Library

At the June 13th City Council meeting, City Council approved the implementation plan for building the new Central Library. The City will build the library as a joint facility with Library and Archives Canada at 557 Wellington Street, opening in 2024. The design process will start in early 2019 and will include public consultations on the design and function of the library. The City will contribute $104.2 million to the $174.8-million facility, along with the entire cost for an $18.1-million parking garage. The 200-space, underground garage will be cost-neutral, based on estimated revenue.

Column: June 11, 2018

Reminder: Public Meeting on the Carp Barrens

I would like to remind resident that the Friends of the Carp Hills (FCH) is holding a public meeting at the Huntley Community Centre Mess Hall at 2240 Craig Side Rd., this evening (June 11) at 7pm to share your views on the conservation and use of the Carp Barrens on land owned by the City of Ottawa. I will be on hand along with City staff to participate and answer questions. For more information visit Anyone that cannot attend this evening can send their feedback to

Rural Root Theatre fall auditions

Rural Root Theatre is holding auditions for their fall musical "Leader of the Pack" on June 20 and June 24 at 7pm at the Constance & Buckham's Bay Community Centre. There are several roles that need to be filled. Please check for all the details.

Strawberry Tea Social

The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre is hosting a Strawberry Tea Social on Tuesday, June 19, from 1:30pm-3pm, at the Fitzroy Harbour Community Center, 184 Jack Lougheed Way. The event is free to attend, but registration required by June 15. Call 613-591-3686 ext. 327 to reserve your spot.

City’s public beaches opening for the season

The City of Ottawa has four public beaches that residents can enjoy this summer. Beginning June 16, lifeguards will be on duty every day until August 26, from noon to 7pm at the following locations:

  • Britannia Beach, 805 Carling Avenue, 613-820-1211
  • Westboro Beach, 745 Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway, 613-792-3875
  • Mooney’s Bay Beach, 2926 Riverside Drive, 613-248-0863
  • Petrie Island Beach, 727 Trim Road, 613-824-5704

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) tests beach water quality daily for the presence of E Coli bacteria. Visit for more information on advisories.

OPH would also like to remind residents to stay safe around lakes, rivers and backyard pools by following these important water safety tips:

  • Always keep children within arms’ reach in and around water
  • Children & weaker swimmers should wear lifejackets or personal flotation devices in & around water
  • Supervise and swim with children only when free of alcohol, drugs and distractions
  • Keep safety equipment and a phone close to the pool
  • OPH recommends installing four-sided fencing to ensure access to pool is separate from the house
  • Children under the age of five should never use a hot tub – not even with an adult. Hot tubs are too hot for young children, may have high bacteria, and the drain in the hot tub can trap children
  • Always wear a properly sized lifejacket/PFD when in a boat. When not in use, lifejackets/PFDs need to be kept in a dry, ventilated area and out of direct sunlight
  • Know what to do in an emergency, including CPR and calling 9-1-1