Column: December 8, 2016

Nominate an Outstanding Young Farmer for 2017
 
Ontario’s Outstanding Young Farmers Program (OOYF) is designed to recognize farmers and farm couples who exemplify excellence in their profession. Anyone can nominate a young farmer/farm couple as long as they meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be between the ages of 18 and 39
  • Be farm operators
  • Derive a minimum of two-thirds of their income from farming

Nominations are dueJanuary 15, 2017 and are available at www.oyfontario.ca/nominations.html.
 
Snow Go Program
 
If you need help clearing your driveway and/or walkway during the winter, the Snow Go Program can help. It is divided into two parts:
 
The Snow Go Program provides a matching service for seniors and people with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways. Residents are responsible for paying the individual or contractor removing the snow.
 
The Snow Go Assist Program provides financial assistance to eligible low-income seniors or persons with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways. Approved participants may be reimbursed for 50% of the cost of snow clearing per event, up to a seasonal maximum of $250. Rural applicants who pay excessively high costs for snow removal, as defined by staff, are eligible up to 50% of the cost of snow clearing for their private driveways and walkways per event, up to a maximum of $450 per term.
 
Check ottawa.ca/snowgo to find the agency that services your neighbourhood.
 
Carp Christmas Parade
 
Please note, Carp Road will be temporarily closed on December 10, starting at 11:45am, to accommodate the 8th Annual Carp Christmas Parade. The parade will enter onto Carp Road at the Diefenbunker and will finish up there as well. The road will reopen immediately after the parade is over.
 
Budget 2017
 
This is a reminder that the draft City of Ottawa Budget for 2017 is being tabled for final approval at the City Council meeting on December 14. Over the past few months during the consultation process, residents had many opportunities to provide input and suggestions on the budget.
 
In a future edition of my column, I’ll provide an update on the finalized Budget and will highlight the important aspects that will be of interest to Ward 5 residents.