Column: Feb. 19, 2015

Reminder! Ward 5 budget meeting February 25

As I’ve mentioned in previous columns, I will be hosting my annual public consultation for Ward 5 residents to review the draft 2015 City of Ottawa Budget. It’s happening February 25, in the Roly Armitage Hall at the West Carleton Community Complex, 5670 Carp Rd., from 7pm to 9pm. City staff will be on hand to provide an overview, answer questions and hear feedback.

New term, new website!

Take few minutes to visit my updated/new website. Don’t forget to bookmark it. It’s a great community resource to stay up-to-date on ward-specific and city-wise issues and events.

Free Weekly Rural Shoppers’ Bus

I would like to remind residents that OC Transpo provides a once-a-week service (route 203) from Ward 5 to urban shopping destinations. Route 203 is a free-to-ride Wednesday-only fully accessible bus providing West Carleton residents with a convenient way to get into town for shopping, doctor’s appointments, etc. Route 203 services Dunrobin and Carp and travels to Stittsville, Kanata Centrum, Bayshore, Lincoln Fields and Carlingwood shopping centres. On the afternoon return trip it visits the same stops in reverse order.

In January 2012 OC Transpo introduced this service and since inception, route 203 has steadily increased its ridership and has carried more customers than most of the other rural routes (routes 201-Richmond, 202-Cumberland, 204-Metcalfe and 205-North Gower). If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to give it a try and see for yourself how convenient it is!  Residents should double-check the route beforehand to make sure it’s on schedule (especially on inclement weather days) by calling OC Transpo at 613-741-4390 or visiting www.octranspo.com.

Congratulations to Roly Armitage

I recently attended Dr. Roly Armitage’s 90th birthday celebration at the Constance Bay Legion, and want to thank his family for extending an invitation to me. My wife Maha and I want to wish Roly all the best in the years ahead.

Congratulations Roly and thanks for your many years of work to better to our community and for your dedicated service to our country.