Column: Aug. 21, 2014

5th Annual Kinburn Swampfest

This is the fifth year that the Kinburn Community Association is hosting the popular Kinburn Swampfest. It is happening on Saturday, August 23, at the Community Centre at 3045 Kinburn Side Road. Enjoy canoe and kayak rides and other family activities from 1pm to 5pm. From 5pm to 11pm there will be live music featuring some great local entertainers from classic country to bluegrass. From 5pm to 7pm, elk burgers will be served.

Carp Drive-In Movies

On August 27 attend the Carp Fairgrounds and enjoy the Drive-In Movie night, with a showing of “Frozen.” Admission is $5/person. Showtime is at dusk, but come early for good seats and to enjoy treats at the canteen. Please bring a non-perishable food donation for the West Carleton Emergency Food Aid. 50% of the profits will go to the trust fund for Ewan Munro that has been set up at Scotiabank in Carp. Ewan, a grade 7 student at Huntley Centennial, was recently diagnosed with Leukemia. He has undergone his first month of treatments and is likely facing up to three and a half years of further treatments. The trust fund will help his family to make ends meet and will provide Ewan with some extra comforts during this difficult time. ("The Lego Movie" which was originally scheduled for August 13 had to be postponed due to bad weather. This movie will now be shown on September 3.)

Better Strength, Better Balance

Ottawa Public Health is hosting a FREE 12-week exercise and education program for adults 65+, which will be held in Carp and Fitzroy Harbour starting in September. For more information or to register, please call Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744.

Speeding on our roads

My office hears frequent concerns from residents about speeding on our roads. If you witness a speeding motorist and want to report it, the Ottawa Police have suggested that such complaints be made directly to them (rather than through our office) by calling 613-236-1222 x7300. All complaints received by the police are entered into their records management system and are tracked. This allows them to monitor and identify problem areas, so that enforcement and other responses may be documented and assessed.

Fall Cleaning the Capital

The Public Works Department and Tim Hortons are pleased to announce that the early bird registration for the annual Fall Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital campaign is now open! Participants can register their cleanup projects by calling 3-1-1 or by using the easy online registration form available at The new interactive map on our website will show which locations have already been claimed, and allow residents to register their own project site.

"Have your Say" in Ottawa Public Health’s Priorities for 2015-2018

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is looking for resident input, via a survey, to help shape their strategic plan for 2015-2018 that will guide future public health programs and services. OPH wants to hear what public health issues matter most to you. Your ideas will help them improve health and well-being in our community. The survey has 7 questions and should take 5 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary and your answers are anonymous and confidential. Deadline to complete the survey is September 30, 2014. Here’s a link to the survey:

OPH’s role is to improve the health of people who live, work and visit our city through activities that promote health, and prevent disease and injury. These include encouraging healthy lifestyles, supporting families, creating healthy school environments, ensuring food safety, reducing health hazards such as West Nile virus, promoting immunizations and providing dental health and sexual health services.