Column: January 14, 2016

Update on Hydro Ottawa acquisition of Hydro One customers
 
As many of you will already been aware, in December 2015 Hydro Ottawa announced that a deal could not be reached with Hydro One to acquire the existing Hydro One customers within the City of Ottawa limits.
 
In recent months, senior officials from both Hydro Ottawa and Hydro One met and exchanged detailed financial data and models. Several options were presented and discussed, but ultimately they were unable to conclude a commercial agreement for the 45,000 customers in the outlying areas of the City of Ottawa. Due to the confidentiality agreement between Hydro One and Hydro Ottawa, the exact valuation/costing was not made available.
 
To say I'm disappointed with this outcome is an understatement. I will be pursuing this with the other rural Councillors and Mayor Watson to see if there are any options we can take in pursuing this issue. I will update my constituents once further information is forthcoming.
 
Senators Alumni Hockey Game in Carp
 
The West Carleton Minor Hockey Association (WCMHA) is hosting a Senators Alumni hockey game against the WCMHA's team made up of coaches. The game is scheduled for January 16 from 1 to 3pm in the Erskine Johnston Arena in Carp. Tickets are only $5 and are available for purchase at the door. The Senators Alumni players will be available for autographs after the game. Please contact the WCMHA for more details. Their website is wcmha.ca.
 
Roly Armitage to be roasted!

In the next few weeks, the Constance Bay Legion is planning an event where Dr. Roly Armitage will be roasted! Roly's friends and family will be requested to attend the Legion and help appreciate this fine member of the Legion and the West Carleton community. For more information on the date, time and tickets, please call the branch at 613-832-2082.
Ottawa's Sledding Hills Open
 
The City of Ottawa has opened its approved sledding hills. Outdoors enthusiasts are invited to sled while weather and hill conditions permit, and to keep personal safety in mind while sledding by wearing a certified multi-impact helmet. Throughout the season, follow the City on Twitter @ottcity for updates or check ottawa.ca to make sure the sledding hills are open.