Column: October 12, 2017

Trunk or Treat

West Carleton Trunk or Treat is happening again this year on Saturday, October 28 from 2-4pm at the Kinburn Community Centre, 3045 Kinburn Side Road. Trunk or Treat is where all cars park in a circle, the trunks are popped open and kids trick or treat from car to car. There will be prizes for best decorated car, best family theme and best costumes. There will also be games, colouring, fire trucks, a photo booth, tattoos and much more! Tickets are $5 per child. Proceeds will go directly to the Constance Bay Flood Relief Fund. For more details and to register, visit the event Facebook Page at

5th Annual All That Glam Fundraiser for Nunavut

The 5th Annual All That Glam Jewelry Fundraiser for Nunavut is taking place on Saturday, November 25 at the Richcraft Recreation Centre in Kanata. There will be tens of thousands of pieces of gently-used jewelry and brand-name handbags up for sale. There will be a silent auction featuring some beautiful designer bags or unique pieces of jewelry.

Leading up to this sale event on November 25, my ward office (5670 Carp Rd.) will be collecting gently used handbags and costume jewelry. If you have items you can part with, then please drop them off Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm. We will be collecting items until November 10.

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

2018 Pre-Budget Consultation continues

Residents can still provide comments to the City of Ottawa as part of the 2018 Pre-Budget Consultation process currently underway. Your feedback helps inform the City’s budget priorities, and contributes to key decision about investments in services that you want and need. There are a number of ways to share your ideas and suggestions for the 2018 Budget:

  • Email
  • Participate in
  • Tweet @ottawacity using the hash tag #ottbudget
  • Call 3-1-1
  • Attend pre-budget public consultations hosted by City Councillors (see for remaining dates, times and locations)
  • Attend and/or register as a public delegation atStanding Committee, Board or Commission meetings where the budget will be reviewed and discussed. (A listing of these meetings is noted on

Column: October 5, 2017

WOCRC hosting Flu Shot Clinic in Fitzroy

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) in the Fitzroy Harbour Hub at Bethel St Andrew's United Church, 184 Jack Lougheed Way will be holding flu shot clinic on Tuesday Oct 24, from 2-6pm. To help in the planning, please register by October 13 by calling 613-591-3686 ext. 327.

Please note, Ottawa Public Health will be starting their annual city-wide Flu Clinics in the near future. When dates, times and locations have been confirmed I will provide an update in an upcoming column.

Rural Community Building Grants – Last Call for 2017 Submissions

Calling all non-profit organizations located in Ottawa’s rural area. The Rural Affairs Office is still accepting applications to fund community projects and activities that benefit rural Ottawa.

All non-profit organizations located in Ottawa’s rural area can submit requests by October 2017. For more information on project eligibility and how to submit a proposal please visit

Cleaning the Capital 2017 Fall Campaign

Registration is now open for the annual fall GLAD Cleaning the Capital campaign. Participants can register their cleanup projects by calling 3-1-1 or by using the online registration form available at This is an excellent opportunity for high school students to earn some community volunteer hours.

If your community group is participating and would like my help with your clean up, email me at or call 613-580-2475. I’d be happy to participate!

Please support my Thanksgiving food drive

My food drive is still on and residents have until 4pm on Friday, October 6 to drop off Thanksgiving-themed food items at my ward office at 5670 Carp Rd. We’re looking for items such as canned fruit, canned pumpkin, cranberry sauce, canned peas, canned gravy, boxes of stuffing, packages of cookies, jars of jam, coffee and tea. (Expired items won’t be accepted). My sincere thanks to all residents who have generously donated!

Thanksgiving Holiday schedule changes

There will be schedule changes for the Thanksgiving Day holiday on Monday, October 9. There will be no curbside, green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Thanksgiving Day. That day’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, October 10 and collection will be delayed by one day for the week. A full listing of all schedule changes will be found on

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

Column: September 28, 2017

Yield to vehicles with flashing green lights

Do you know what it means if you see flashing green lights in the front window of another car? Volunteer firefighters activate flashing green lights in their cars and can activate them when they’re responding to an emergency. The lights are meant to signal other drivers that they are travelling to an emergency. If you see flashing green lights, please pull off the road to the right and yield the right of way. Every second counts for first responders – especially in the large rural ward of West Carleton-March.

My Thanksgiving food drive continues

Please consider giving to my Thanksgiving food drive. My ward office at 5670 Carp Rd. is collecting items. I’m specifically requesting Thanksgiving-themed items such as: canned fruit, canned pumpkin, cranberry sauce, canned peas, canned gravy, boxes of stuffing, packages of cookies, jars of jam, coffee and tea. (Expired items won’t be accepted). Items can be dropped off Monday thru Friday from 9am to 4pm until Friday, October 6.

Public Meeting – Highway 17 Mississippi River Bridge, Environmental Assessment & Design

The Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) retained Dillon Consulting Limited to complete the design and Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for work at the Mississippi River Bridge located on Highway 17. Based on the existing condition of the bridge, the recommended alternative is to construct a new bridge. Highway 17 will be closed at the bridge during construction and a signed detour route will be provided along Kinburn Side Road, Upper Dwyer Hill Road and Galetta Side Road.

A Public Information Centre will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 to present the study recommendations and receive feedback from the public. It will take place from 4-7pm, as an informal drop-in session, at the Kinburn Community Centre, 3045 Kinburn Side Road. A Transportation Environmental Study Report (TESR) to document the study process will be available for public review at the end the study. Additional information on the project is available at  

Dillon Consulting is interested in receiving comments or concerns that residents may have with the study. Please contact:

Brad Craig, P. Eng., Consultant Project Engineer
Dillon Consulting Limited
130 Dufferin Avenue, Suite 1400
London, ON1-888-345-5668 x1318

Dan Brandao, P.Eng., MTO Project Manager
Ministry of Transportation - Eastern Region
1355 John Counter Blvd.
Kingston, ON1-800-267-0295 x4741

Column: September 21, 2017

The Carp Fair is Finally Here!
The 153rd Carp Fair is upon us and runs from September 21 to 24 at the Carp Fairgrounds. Full event details can be found on Thanks to the Carp Fair Board and the dedicated employees and volunteers who make this event a success every year.

Dunrobin Road – paving of the shoulders

My office has received a few inquiries from residents regarding work that is currently being done on Dunrobin Road, specifically the paving of the shoulders of the road from Kerwin Road to 800m south of Thomas A. Dolan Parkway.

In partnership with the Federal Government, who directed the funds to be used for cycling initiatives, the City’s Infrastructure Services Department is undertaking the implementation of work at a number of sites in the City under the Federal Government’s Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF). The paving of the shoulders on Dunrobin Road is one of the chosen locations across the City.

The rationale for the work was based on the premise that Ottawa covers 2,770 square kilometres. Many villages in the rural areas lack safe cycling facilities. Ottawa successfully managed to receive 50% funding for the program which is intended to add paved shoulders along rural roads, to improve cycling connectivity as guided by the Ottawa Cycling Plan's Spine Route network.

Ward 5 Thanksgiving Food Drive

I would like to ask residents to help make this a special Thanksgiving for those in need in our community. My office will be collecting food items such as: canned fruit, canned pumpkin, cranberry sauce, canned peas, canned gravy, boxes of stuffing, packages of cookies, jars of jam, coffee and tea. (Expired items won’t be accepted). Items can be dropped off Monday thru Friday from 9am to 4pm at my ward office (5670 Carp Rd.). Collection continues until Friday, October 6.

David & Judy Makin Trail

I was pleased to co-host with Mayor Watson, the unveil of a new trail in honour of David and Judy Makin on Friday, September 15. The new trail (formerly Trail #2) is located in the Sheila McKee Park off of Sixth Line Road in Dunrobin. Both Judy and David (who passed away in 2011) were committed in preserving natural green space for neighbourhood recreation and ecological benefit. Judy remains a tireless volunteer to this community and is most deserving of this recognition.

Column: September 14, 2017

Committee aims to make it easier for flood-affected residents to rebuild

At the September 7th Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, changes were approved to facilitate flood recovery by making it easier for residents to rebuild. City-initiated amendments to the Zoning By-law would relieve property owners from having to get minor variances when repairing or rebuilding structures damaged during the May flooding. The intent is to minimize delays and costs involved in rebuilding, and to make it easier for owners who may wish to rebuild at a higher point on their lot. Small increases in building height would also be permitted, to accommodate flood-proofing measures. This item will go to City Council on Wednesday, September 13 for final approval.

Temporary Road Closure for culvert work

Kinburn Side Road from Dominion Springs Drive to Timmins Road will be closed from Monday, September 25 until Friday, October 13, 2017. The closure will be in place in order to complete culvert replacements. Notification signs will be posted in advance of the closure. There will be a signed detour. Local and emergency vehicle access will be maintained.

Hydro One planned power outage

Hydro One has notified my office that they have planned a power outage on Sunday, September 24, from 7am to 11am. (This is the rescheduled outage that Hydro One had planned in the spring but due to the flooding event, they agreed to delay it to a later date).

Hydro One will be replacing two poles at the intersection of Kinburn Side Road and Stonecrest Road. Due to the complexity of the work and to ensure safety of the workers, the power must be shut off. The outage will affect approximately 3,500 customers in the following areas: Canon Smith Road, Limestone Road, Stonecrest Road, Thomas Dolan Parkway and the Ottawa River.

Hydro One will be notifying all customers using their automated call system. If you have questions or concerns, called Hydro One directly at 1-888-664-9376.

Try it: Sledge Hockey

Want to have some fun and learn about a new sport? Join Sledge Hockey of Eastern Ontario on Saturday, September 16, from 9:15am-11:15am at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex to try out sledge hockey. This is open to all abilities and ages. I have proudly sponsored this event along with my colleagues Councillors Wilkinson, Hubley and Qadri.