Column: Jan. 15, 2015

Open air fire permits

Effective January 20, open air fire permits for 2015 will now be available at Fire Station 64, located at 475 Donald B. Munro Drive. The office is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am-4pm (cash or cheque only at the fire hall). Permits will continue to be available at the Client Service Centre at 5670 Carp Rd. on Wednesdays from 8:30am-4:30pm (all forms of payment accepted). Permit renewals have been mailed out. 2014 permits are valid until January 31, 2015.

Fundraising for QCH’s Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit

I am very happy to have joined forces with seven other Ottawa-West Councillors in the “I’m an ACE Ambassador” community fundraising campaign for the Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH).

Along with Councillors Chiarelli, Harder, Qadri, Egli, Wilkinson, Taylor and Hubley, we are asking that each household in our respective wards donate $30. The money, which would amount to a total $1.5 million contribution by Christmas 2015, will fulfill the remaining “community raised” component of the funds required to build a 34-bed Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Unit at QCH.
 
The ACE Unit is the first of its kind in Ottawa and only the second in Ontario specializing in holistic geriatric care. It will be an in-patient unit that will help meet an urgent and growing need in Ottawa for specialized acute geriatric care and enhance a philosophy focused on patient and family-centered care. ACE patients will usually have at least one other chronic disease in addition to their presenting condition making them more vulnerable to the hazards of hospitalization. The ACE approach has been shown to reduce and avoid these complications.

QCH serves one of the fastest aging populations in Canada. Over 70% of their medical in-patients are over the age of 65. The province entrusted QCH with this strategic investment by contributing close to $9 million towards the unit. QCH Foundation still needs the remaining $3 million to fund the ACE Unit. Residents can get in early by donating at www.ace.qchfoundation.ca.

I strongly encourage each household in my ward to donate $30. The ACE Unit will benefit all of us in the future.