Column: February 11, 2016

Citizens come together to support refugees

A group of caring citizens from Kanata, Stittsville and West Carleton have come together to sponsor a refugee family from Syria. They have organized to form Refugee Aid Canada and are ready to accept donations of money as well as in kind goods and services. To find out more about the work they are doing to sponsor a refugee family visit refugeeaidcanada.com or follow the group on Facebook at facebook.com/refugeeaidcanada.

Ottawa Public Health seeking feedback on local impacts of alcohol use

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is seeking feedback from the public about the local effect of excessive alcohol use in Ottawa. Every year in Ottawa, about 1,000 adults are hospitalized and 110 people die from factors attributed to alcohol consumption.

The online survey is part of OPH’s Strategic Direction, which aims to start a community dialogue among the public and stakeholders about community concerns related to alcohol use and to explore options to better address the current situation in Ottawa. You can share your views:

•    Online at HaveYourSayOttawa.ca and available for completion until February 29.
•    Call the OPH Information Line to speak with a public health nurse at 613-580-6744.
•    Email healthsante@ottawa.ca

For additional information visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca.

West Carleton Food Access Centre

As a reminder, the West Carleton Food Access Centre has as new home at the West Carleton Community Complex, 5670 Carp Road. Their new phone number is 613-832-5685.  Feel free to connect with them anytime to make food and/or monetary donations.

Family Day schedule changes

As a reminder, there will be schedule changes to some city services for Family Day on Monday, February 15. Of note, there will be no curbside, green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Family Day. Family Day’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, February 16. The collection of green bin, garbage and recycling materials will be delayed by one day for the entire week. Visit ottawa.ca for a complete listing of all schedule changes to city services including recreation programming facility operations.

FREE SKATING ON FAMILY DAY
Monday, February 15, 11am to1pm
Cavanagh Sensplex, 5670 Carp Rd.
Sponsored by Councillor Eli El-Chantiry