Column: March 3, 2016

Paramedic service in West Carleton-March

As many Ward 5 residents are fully aware, recently there have been some serious concerns raised about the quality of paramedic services in our Ward and the established response times. This issue is of huge importance to me and I have spearheaded meetings with my rural Council colleagues and Mayor Watson to come up with a solution so that West Carleton-March receives the best paramedic services possible.

In the past five years, there has been a 23% increase in paramedic response volumes in Ottawa. As a result of this increase, designated rural paramedic resources are often required to respond to the urban core where demand is greatest, which consequently creates a greater reliance on surrounding municipalities, who are then required to respond to Ottawa's rural wards.

Ottawa City Council has previously directed City staff to complete a review of paramedic services to identify current and future operational needs and efficiency opportunities, and this service review is anticipated to be completed this spring. However, I am not willing to wait until then to deal with the need for better service for Ward 5, so at the Ottawa City Council meeting on February 24 I introduced a Notice of Motion to request:

1)    The addition of 12 paramedics in 2016, and

2)    The purchase for 4 emergency response vehicles to support the additional 12 paramedics.

This will be debated at the next Council meeting and I will be pushing very hard for this to be approved. Stay tuned!

Damaged mailboxes

Occasionally rural roadside mailboxes are damaged by snow plows. Mailboxes will be repaired or replaced as determined by the City of Ottawa Roads Department Supervisor. Mailboxes damaged by the snow that comes off the wing of the snow plow will not be eligible for repair or replacement. Mailboxes will be replaced by something basic. Damaged posts will be replaced by a temporary one with permanent repairs undertaken in the spring after the frost is gone. To report a damaged mailbox, call the City of Ottawa at 3-1-1 or report online at ottawa.ca/en/serviceottawa.

Pothole reporting

As spring approaches, this will be the time when potholes start appearing. If you notice one, please contact 3-1-1 and it’ll be fixed right away.