Column: November 5, 2018

Welcome back – After a brief hiatus from publishing my weekly column due to the ‘black out’ period leading up to the Municipal Election, I am now back at it! I will be publishing my column online via my social media accounts and on eliel-chantiry.ca. My column will be published every Monday. I look forward to this next four years continuing to represent Ward 5. Please accept my sincere thanks for your continued support.

Get your flu shot in West Carleton-March – Ottawa Public Health will be holding a Flu Shot Clinic this week on Thursday, November 8 at West Carleton Secondary School, 3088 Dunrobin Rd., from 3:30pm to 6:30pm. As well, residents can also get their flu shot free of charge at the Constance Bay Pharmacy at 131 Constance Bay Road. No appointment needed and they are open 7 days a week.

Fundraiser for tornado relief – On November 10 the Knights of Columbus are holding a dinner dance with live music by The Heartbeats. The event will be at St. Isidore Parish Hall and begins at 6:30pm. Proceeds will go toward the tornado relief fund. Tickets are $25 per person and are available for purchase from the parish office at 613-592-1961 or office@stisidorekanata.com.

Remembrance Day Ceremony in Carp – On Remembrance Day, Sunday, November 11, there will be ceremony at the Carp Cenotaph with residents gathering between 10:30am and 10:45am. After the ceremony, attendees can head to the Carp Agricultural Hall (3790 Carp Rd.) for a Remembrance Day Luncheon held from noon to 3pm.

Volunteers needed – Santa Claus is coming to town and the Huntley Community Association needs your help. They are looking for volunteers to man the barricades during their Christmas parade on Saturday, December 8 from 11:45am to 1:45pm. They need 2-3 volunteers at each barricade. If interested, please email shelleymccormick@rogers.com.

Kinburn Craft Fair in Kinburn – The 38th Annual Kinburn Christmas Craft Fair is happening November 10 from 9am to 3pm at the Community Centre located 3045 Kinburn Side Road.

Christmas Basket Program – West Carleton Food Access Centre – The West Carleton Food Access Centre (WCFAC) is organizing their annual Christmas Basket Program to help family and neighbours in need this holiday season. Want to help? Here’s how:

1) Sponsor a basket for a family. A complete list of items will be provided to each sponsor. Call WCFAC at 613-832-5685 if you can sponsor.

2) Provide financial donations to cover the cost of preparing the baskets. A tax-deductible donation can be mailed to WCFAC, 5670 Carp Road, Kinburn, ON, K0A 2H0. Please make cheques payable to West Carleton Food Access Centre and note in the memo section “Christmas Basket Program.”

If you will be in need of that extra help this Christmas, please contact WCFAC in the strictest confidence at 613-832-5685. Leave a message and a volunteer will return your call and make necessary arrangements. Deadline for requests is December 17 and delivery of the baskets will be Tuesday, December 20 between 9am and 2pm.

West Carleton Skating Club – Registration is now open with the West Carleton Skating Club for the 2018-2019 season. There are various programs available. Visit www.wcskatingclub.ca for details and registration information.

Column: August 13, 2018

Constance Bay Community Market

Constance Bay Community Market’s next two markets are taking place Saturday, August 18 and Saturday, September 15, from 9am to 1pm. (There will also be a Thanksgiving Market on October 6 and a Christmas Market on December 1). Located at 205 Bayview Drive, stop by and enjoy the full market experience with vendors selling a variety of products and services, such fresh vegetables and fruit, honey, maple syrup, jams, jellies, pickles, baked goods, bath and body products, handcrafted gifts, clothing, and decor as well as ready to eat food. Barking Barista coffee will be available for purchase. Local community groups will be on site sharing their initiatives, and there will be entertainment as well. For more details visit: https://marketinthebay.com.

Reminder: Registration for Fall recreation programming opens August 13

Fall registration for City of Ottawa recreation programming starts August 13 at 9pm! This evening you will be able to register for all aquatics programs/swimming lessons online or by phone after 9pm. For all other programs, registration starts on Wednesday August 15 at 9pm online or by phone. Don’t forget, when you register you need to have your client barcode and family pin. For more details on all programs available as well as setting up your barcode and family pin, go to ottawa.ca.

Savvy Seconds Pop Up Shops

Savvy Seconds has partnered with Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) and they are holding Pop Up Shops on August 13 and August 16, from 9am to noon, at Northwind Wireless Fibe Centre located at 262 Len Purcell Drive in Constance Bay. Gently used clothing is available free of charge for any shopper. There will be a variety of clothing options for families with children and older adults. WOCRC staff will be on site to provide information about their services and referrals.

Savvy Seconds is a free clothing venue for the whole family. Their store is located at 5670 Carp Road in the West Carleton Community Complex. It is free and confidential. Anyone can make an appointment to see the current inventory to take what they need. Donations of clean, gently used clothing gratefully accepted. Please note that the Savvy Seconds store location at 5670 Carp Rd., is closed for holidays during the week of August 13-17 - however this WILL NOT affect the above Pop Up Shops noted above that are happening in Constance Bay.

Rural Root Theatre - Carp Capers

Get your tickets now for Rural Root Theatre’s Carp Capers! Carp Capers runs August 23 - 25 at 7:30pm at the Carp Fairgrounds. 3 shows in 1 for just $15. Tickets available from www.ruralroot.org or by calling 613-618-9789.

Carp Drive-In Movie Nights

Join the Huntley Community Association for their 2018 Drive-In Movie Nights on August 28 and 29 at the Carp Fairgrounds. The cost is $5 per person. The movies are The Greatest Showman on August 28 and Avengers: Infinity Wars on August 29. (Rain date is August 30). Movies will begin at dusk. Parking opens at 6:30pm and cars are required to be parked by 8pm. The snack bar also opens at 6:30pm. Refreshments will be available for purchase including burgers, hot dogs, popcorn, soft drinks and water. There will also be face painting provided by HoneyDrop Body Art.

Column: August 6, 2018

Temporary road closure:  Mohrs Road

Please note that Mohrs Road, from Galetta Side Road to Riddledale Road, will be closed from Tuesday, August 7 to Wednesday, October 31, 2018. The contractor will be completing north and south Mohrs Road bridge rehabilitation. Notification signs will be posted and there will be a signed detour in place. Local and emergency vehicle access will be maintained. The impact to traffic will be moderate.

Carp Farmers' Market - Garlic Festival

The annual Carp Farmers' Market Garlic Festival is taking place Saturday, August 11, from 8am to 3pm, and Sunday, August 12, from 10am to 3pm. Shop at your favourite vendors as well as a group of hand-picked Garlic Festival vendors! Enjoy the summer weather as you shop local and participate in the Market's special garlic-themed events. Here's some of what to expect at this year's Festival:

  • 100+ LOCAL vendors
  • International food court
  • Cooking demos and information sessions
  • Garlic braiding contest
  • Garlic taste testing
  • Garlic shots - Test your bravery at our garlic shots table!
  • Kids activity tent
  • Live music
  • Free parking and free admission.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Pet friendly (dogs must be kept on a maximum 6-foot leash)

Visit carpfarmersmarket.ca closer to the date for latest details on events and happenings during the 2-day Festival.

Soupindipity Committee - Summer Sales

The Soupindipity Committee of St. Paul’s United Church, 3760 Carp Rd., has already hosted three summer sales from their Repeat Performance Boutique of great bargains on summer fashions, accessories and a large selection of books for summer reading. There are two more sales happening this season: August 11 and August 25. They will run from 9am-1pm. These two remaining sales will have prices significantly reduced to get ready for the fall and winter season. For more information, please call Hester at 613-839-2171.

Get your tickets now for St. Gabriel’s Annual Roast Beef Dinner

St. Gabriel's Church is hosting their annual Roast Beef Dinner on Saturday, September 15 at Northwind Centre, 262 Len Purcell Drive. The cash bar opens at 4pm. The first seating is 4:30-6pm and the second seating is 6-7:30pm. Walk-in at 7pm (if extra food is available). Tickets are $20/adults, $8/youth ages 5 to 11 and free for kids four years and under. Get tickets by calling (613) 808-4573.  Take-out and vegetarian lasagna available. In loving memory of Theresa Wilson.

Column: July 30, 2018

Rehabilitation of Peter Robinson Bridge

Residents should note that Peter Robinson Bridge will be undergoing rehabilitation, which is set to begin at the end of July and go until mid-November, 2018. Affected residents in the area on Peter Robinson Road, Vaughan Side Road and Carrol Side Road should have already been advised of this work. A signed detour will be in place while the construction takes place.

Torbolton Cemetery Memorial Service

On Sunday, August 5 at 10am there will be a Torbolton Cemetery Memorial Service at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kilmaurs (1325 Kilmaurs Side Road). All are invited to attend. Proceeds will go to the care of the cemetery.

Used book donations requested

As mentioned in a past weekly column, the West Carleton Food Access Centre is getting ready for their Used Book Sale in September and they are accepting donations of used books. Donations 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.

First mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Ottawa mosquitoes again this year. There have been no reported confirmed or probable human cases of WNV in Ottawa in 2018.

WNV is an infection spread in Ottawa primarily by the northern house mosquito that, in a small number of cases, can cause serious illness. Most people will not develop any symptoms if infected with WNV, but about 20 per cent may experience flu-like symptoms including fever, headache, muscle aches, and, possibly, a rash. The risk for more serious illness increases with age, with older adults and the elderly as well as people with weakened immune systems being at higher risk. TOPH urges residents to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites by:

  • Applying a Health Canada-approved mosquito repellent containing DEET or icaridin to exposed skin and clothing
  • Protecting yourself especially between dusk and dawn, periods when mosquitoes are most active, and at any time in or near shady, bushy, or wooded areas
  • Wearing light-coloured, tightly woven, loose-fitting clothing including long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks to protect exposed skin.
  • Making sure all windows and doors in your home have screens that are in good condition
  • Reducing standing water sites around your home (bird baths, toys, flower pot saucers, swimming pool covers, old tires, wheelbarrows, buckets, cans, etc. ­– anything that can hold water for 7 days or longer)
  • Ensuring all openings to rain barrels are covered with screen mesh at all times

OPH has a proactive plan to deal with WNV that includes weekly surveillance and, when necessary, mosquito larvicidal treatment of natural and man-made standing water sites located on City property, such as ditches and storm water management ponds. As part of this plan, OPH also has regular applications of larvicide in City-owned roadside storm sewer catch-basins to reduce the mosquito population.

West Carleton Online

As a reminder, this is the last that residents can take a look at West Carleton Online for free. The free preview of the website ends on August 3, 2018. Take a look around and see how easy it will be to stay informed on current news and happenings in and around West Carleton-March. Make sure to subscribe!

Column: July 23, 2018

Know your dog ownership responsibilities

I’ve recently heard concerns from several 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 ottawa.ca to find dog park locations.
  • Dog owners must remove waste from public property. If you are 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.

Please remember, not everyone is comfortable around dogs – big or small. No matter friendly a pet may be, when an off leash dog is barreling towards an unsuspecting child or someone who may have a fear of dogs, it can be a very frightening experience. Please be mindful of this as you continue to enjoy the outdoors with your pet.

Registering for fall 2018 & winter 2019 recreation programs

The fall and winter City of Ottawa Recreation eGuide will be available as of today (July 23). Visit ottawa.ca to review all of the classes and programs available. Registration for the fall and winter sessions will be as follows:

  • Registration for Aquatics and Aquafitness begins online/touch tone, 9pm on August 13 and in person on August 14 during business hours
  • Registration for all other programs begins online/touch tone, 9pm on August 15 and in person August 16 during business hours

Please donate to the West Carleton Food Access Centre

The West Carleton Food Access Centre (WCFAC) are in need of non-perishable food donations. During the summer months, donation levels decrease significantly and WCFAC are currently in need of your generous donations. Currently, they are particularly in need of canned fruit and condiments (ketchup, mustard, relish, mayonnaise, etc.). In addition to these requested items, WCFAC will also gladly accept items such as canned ham, canned tomatoes, canned beans, peanut butter, cereal and jam. Residents can drop off donations to my ward office (5670 Carp Road) Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Please, no expired products can be accepted.

Know your dog ownership responsibilities

I’ve recently heard concerns from several 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 ottawa.ca to find dog park locations.
Dog owners must remove waste from public property. If you are 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.
Please remember, not everyone is comfortable around dogs – big or small. No matter friendly a pet may be, when an off leash dog is barreling towards an unsuspecting child or someone who may have a fear of dogs, it can be a very frightening experience. Please be mindful of this as you continue to enjoy the outdoors with your pet.

Registering for fall 2018 & winter 2019 recreation programs

The fall and winter City of Ottawa Recreation eGuide will be available as of today (July 23). Visit ottawa.ca to review all of the classes and programs available. Registration for the fall and winter sessions will be as follows:

Registration for Aquatics and Aquafitness begins online/touch tone, 9pm on August 13 and in person on August 14 during business hours
Registration for all other programs begins online/touch tone, 9pm on August 15 and in person August 16 during business hours
Please donate to the West Carleton Food Access Centre

The West Carleton Food Access Centre (WCFAC) are in need of non-perishable food donations. During the summer months, donation levels decrease significantly and WCFAC are currently in need of your generous donations. Currently, they are particularly in need of canned fruit and condiments (ketchup, mustard, relish, mayonnaise, etc.). In addition to these requested items, WCFAC will also gladly accept items such as canned ham, canned tomatoes, canned beans, peanut butter, cereal and jam. Residents can drop off donations to my ward office (5670 Carp Road) Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Please, no expired products can be accepted.

West Carleton Online

Residents looking for a way to stay informed on current news and happenings in and around West Carleton-March should subscribe to westcarletononline.com. West Carleton Online is a subscriber-owned media outlet covering Ward 5 news and information. This online publication launched on July 3, 2018 and they are currently allowing free access to allow everyone to preview the website. Make sure to subscribe before the free preview ends on August 3, 2018.
 

Residents looking for a way to stay informed on current news and happenings in and around West Carleton-March should subscribe to westcarletononline.com. West Carleton Online is a subscriber-owned media outlet covering Ward 5 news and information. This online publication launched on July 3, 2018 and they are currently allowing free access to allow everyone to preview the website. Make sure to subscribe before the free preview ends on August 3, 2018.