Column: May 19, 2016

Constance Bay Community Market
 
The Constance Bay Community Market (CBCM) website is now up and running and they are ready to accept vendor applications! Applications can be submitted online at marketinthebay.com. CBCM will start reviewing applications soon. Due to public health regulations, they must first focus its attention on recruiting vendors selling food and other agricultural products before reviewing applications from all other vendors.
 
Community Environmental Projects Grant Program deadline approaching
 
Non-profit organizations interested in improving their local environment are reminded that the deadline to apply for the Community Environmental Projects Grant Program (CEPGP) is Wednesday, June 1 at 4pm. CEPGP provides funding for small-scale, community-based initiatives that support the City of Ottawa’s environmental stewardship priorities. Examples of projects are:
 
•        Stream protection and rehabilitation
•        Invasive species removal
•        Species-at-risk/ecosystem monitoring or protection
•        Environmental awareness and education
•        Recycling or composting
•        Energy or water conservation
•        Renewable energy
•        Cycling, walking and sustainable transportation
 
Visit ottawa.ca for eligibility criteria and an online application form. Questions can be emailed to cepgp@ottawa.ca.
 
Green Acres - Ottawa's Rural Reforestation Program
 
The City of Ottawa's Green Acres Program is looking for empty idle fields to be transformed into thriving green woodlands. The program provides landowners with advice and assistance in setting up a proper planting plan for their property. Landowners must be rural property owners in the City of Ottawa, have a minimum of 0.4 hectares (1 acre) of suitable land and must agree to cover the subsidized cost of the tree seedlings, site preparation, planting and tending as well as agreeing to reasonably protect the plantation.  The funding is provided to a maximum of 50% on a cost shared basis. For more information contact, LandOwner Resource Centre at www.Irconline.com, info@Irconline.com, 613-692-3571 or 1-800-387-5304.
 
Victoria Day schedule changes
 
As a reminder there will be some changes to City services on Victoria Day (Monday, May 23).  One change of note is that there will be no curbside, green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Victoria Day. Pick-up will take place on Tuesday, May 24. The collection of green bin, garbage and recycling materials will be delayed by one day for the week of May 23. A full listing of all changes for the holiday can be found on ottawa.ca.