Column: December 29, 2016

Happy New Year!

Canada’s big year begins in a few days as Ottawa kicks off 150th birthday celebrations! Many events and activities are planned throughout 2017. Take a look at to see what’s on tap for this milestone event.

My wife Maha and I want to wish you a safe, happy and prosperous New Year. As you celebrate please remember to not drink and drive!

I would like to thank residents who donated to my Christmas food drive for the West Carleton Food Access Centre (WCFAC). The contributions helped WCFAC fulfill the demand during the holiday season. Please remember, WCFAC are in need of non-perishable food donations year-round and will gratefully accept your donations at any time. They are located at the West Carleton Community Complex, 5670 Carp Road.

Rural Root Theatre Auditions

Rural Root Theatre will be holding auditions for their spring production "Ghost of a Chance.”  Auditions will be held Sunday, January 8 at 7pm and Wednesday, January 11 at 7pm at the Constance Bay Community Centre, 262 Len Purcell Drive. More info can be found at

NEW! Transportation Services for West Carleton  

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre is now offering low-cost transportation to medical appointments, groceries or recreation for rural clients with a postal code beginning with K0A, K7S or K2K. The fees are:

  • 0-30 km (return trip): $10
  • 31+ km (return trip): $18
  • Grocery shopping (return trip): $10

For more information and to register for transportation call 613-591-3686 ext. 3 or email on weekdays from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Volunteer in your community

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre is looking for volunteers for its new programming in West Carleton. Apply and meet the Centre’s volunteer resources coordinator on January 12, 2017 from 1-3pm at the Constance and Buckham’s Bay Community Centre (262 Len Purcell Dr.) and on January 17 from 1-3pm at Bethel-St. Andrew’s United Church (184 Jack Lougheed Way). Please call 613-591-3686 ext. 280 for more information.

Schedule changes

As a reminder, during the holiday season there are many schedule changes to city services including garbage, green bin and recycling collection. A detailed listing of changes is posted on

Starting the first week of 2017, Christmas trees will be collected on your regular scheduled collection day. Please remove all decorations. Trees in plastic bags will not be collected.