Column: June 25, 2015

Carp Farmers’ Market – 25 Years & Still Growing!

The Carp Farmers’ Market is celebrating their 25h anniversary this year and they want to hear about your favourite market memory. In the days leading up to their birthday bash on July 4, post your favourite memory on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (and don't forget to tag the Market). Four favourite memories will win a $25 Carp Farmers' Market gift certificate. The contest rules are simple, share a picture, video and/or short paragraph that explains why this is your favourite memory about the market. The deadline to enter is Friday, July 3 at 11:59pm.

Mayor’s Tele-Town Hall on city budget process

Mayor Jim Watson invites residents to call into a pre-budget tele-town hall on Thursday, June 25. Residents will be able to ask questions and share their views before City staff begins developing the draft Budget 2016, which will tabled later this fall. It is taking place Thursday, June 25 at 7pm. Phone lines open at 6:45pm. Call 1-866-696-5910, use code 6653792. Social media will offer another opportunity for residents to participate by allowing them to tweet questions ahead of time using #ottbudget.

Load the hay wagon at the Carp Farmers' Market

The West Carleton Food Access Centre is hosting their 1st annual food drive to fill their shelves at the food bank. They will be parking a tractor and hay wagon at the Carp Farmers' Market on June 27, with the goal of loading the wagon full of non-perishable food items.

Canada Day schedule changes

There will be some schedule changes to city services for the Canada Day holiday. Of note, there will be no curbside green bin, recycling or garbage collection on July 1. Canada Day’s pick up will be on Thursday, July 2. In addition, the collection of green bin, recycling and garbage will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. For full details on all of the schedule changes happening visit

Canada Day in Ward 5

Check out the “Ward Events” section of my website ( for a listing of some of the great festivities happening in Ward 5 on July 1.

Wishing everyone a fun-filled Canada Day. If you plan on celebrating, please do not drink and drive.