Column: Dec. 31, 2014

Here comes 2015!

My wife Maha and I would like to extend a very Happy New Year to the residents of Ward 5! We hope 2015 brings with it health, happiness and prosperity to you and your loved ones.

Let’s keep our roads safe this year for everyone travelling on them – if you are out and about celebrating the New Year, please do not drink and drive.

New Year’s Day schedule changes

As a reminder, there will be no green bin, recycling, garbage collection on New Year’s Day. New Year’s Day’s pickup will take place on Friday, January 2. Collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. Discarded Christmas trees will be picked up as part of the regular garbage and recycling collection schedule in January. Trees must be free of decorations and not wrapped in plastic bags.

Residents are in need year-round

Last month my ward office was collecting donations for the West Carleton Food Access Centre, to help them meet demands during the Christmas season. Since the Access Centre depends on donations year-round, I will be keeping the donation box up for the month of January. We are accepting non-perishable items (please, no expired items) such as:

  • canned food (fish, meat, vegetables, fruit, soup)
  • dry pasta, sauces, peanut butter, rice, snacks, soup, cereals, juice (boxes or cans)
  • baby diapers, infant formula, household products, hygiene products

Free family fun in Ottawa

Are you are looking to have some FREE and fun family time on this last weekend before school and work resumes? Here are some great ideas:

  • Go public skating at any of the City’s 29 indoor arenas (free Saturdays and Sundays until the end of March)
  • Enjoy one of Ward 5’s eight outdoor community rinks
  • Head down to the Rink of Dreams at Ottawa City Hall or the Lansdowne Park skating court
  • Take your toboggan to one of the City’s 56 approved sledding hills

Before attending the ice rinks or sledding hills, check ottawa.ca for hours of operation, schedules and last-minute closures.

Happy New Year one and all!