Column: April 2, 2015

Better strength, better balance

The "Better Strength, Better Balance" fall prevention group exercise program is starting in April for adults 65+. This is a beginner level class and provides participants with instruction by a certified fitness instructor to increase muscle strength, balance and coordination. Ottawa Public Health nurses will also provide education on preventing falls. Registration can be done by calling 613-580-6744. The program begins on April 7 at the following West Carleton locations:

  • Carp Memorial Hall (3739 Carp Rd.), Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-1:30pm
  • St. George's Anglican Church (176 Shirreff St), Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-10:30am

Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

Applications for the 2015 Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program will be accepted until April 10, 2015 at 5pm. The program recognizes innovators who contribute to the success of Ontario's agri-food sector. Eligible applicants could receive a Premier's Award ($75,000), a Minister's Award ($50,000), a Leaders in Innovation Award (3 awards available at $25,000 each) or a provincial award (45 awards available at $5,000 each). For more information about the awards and the application process go to omafra.gov.on.ca.

Take advantage of grants for clean water projects

Ottawa continues to support rural landowners working to improve water quality through its Ottawa Rural Clean Water Grants Program. Applications are now being accepted for projects to be completed in 2015. The deadline for applications is May 1. Grants of up to $15,000 are available, covering 50 to 90 per cent of costs for eligible projects, including:

  • Buffers, windbreaks and land retirement
  • Livestock restrictions from watercourses
  • Stream bank stabilization
  • Well decommissioning
  • Education initiatives
  • Controlled tile drainage and outlet protection
  • Chemical/fuel storage
  • Clean water diversion
  • Manure/washwater storage and treatment
  • Nutrient management plans
  • Precision farming

Grant applicants must own a farm or a property in rural Ottawa to be eligible. Landowners within Ottawa’s urban boundary who are seeking to decommission a well are also eligible, as are not-for-profit groups requesting funds to help with education initiatives that promote best management practices. Visit ottawa.ca for more details about the program, eligibility criteria and instructions on how to apply.

The program is done in cooperation with local conservation authorities. For more information, contact the LandOwner Resource Centre at 613-692-3571 or toll free at 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1128 or 1132.