Column: February 25, 2016

Go Fund Me fundraising efforts for Don Gainforth

On December 18, 2015, West Carleton-March resident Don Gainforth was seriously injured after he fell from a ladder. The fall resulted in Don being paralyzed from the shoulders down. He is currently a quadriplegic and doctors have predicted that this condition will be permanent. Don is currently at the Ottawa Rehabilitation Centre with an estimated departure date of April 25, 2016. There are many expenses as Don and his family start this new chapter in their lives. Don and his wife Cathy have decided to renovate their existing home (estimated $50,000-$70,000) as well as purchase a wheelchair-accessible van (estimated $30,000-$60,000 without tax) and other necessary equipment, and hired care (unsure of cost at this time). As Don was self-employed in the construction industry and no longer has an income, these expenses are massive. Please consider supporting this family by searching “Don Gainforth’s Accident Fund” on www.gofundme.com.

Book sale in support of the West Carleton Food Access Centre

A book sale is being held on Friday, March 4 (noon to 5pm) and Saturday, March 5 (9am to 2pm) at the Huntley Parish Hall, 3774 Carp Road. All proceeds from the sale will be going to the West Carleton Food Access Centre. Book donations can be dropped off at the Huntley Parish Hall or at my ward office at 5670 Carp Road. You can also email fundraising.wcfac@gmail.come to arrange pick up of books.

Review of Pet Shop By-Law

As part of the 2015 Council-approved By-law Review Strategy, Council has directed staff to review Schedule 29 of the Business Licensing By-law (2002-189, as amended), respecting pet shops, to consider restricting the sale of cats, dogs and rabbits in pet shops to adoption through specific non-commercial sources, such as humane societies and rescue groups. The City is interested in the views of residents on the subject, and invites you to review the Discussion Document and then complete the electronic Comment Sheet and submit it by February 29, 2016. All documents are posted on ottawa.ca. Additional comments may be sent to bylawreviews@ottawa.ca. Staff will review the comments received and report back to the Community and Protective Services Committee and Council accordingly.