Column: January 19, 2017

Healthy Eats: Seasonal cooking on a budget

Do you find it difficult to come up with healthy meals that your family will enjoy? Or do you need some tips on how to eat locally on a budget? On Thursday, January 26, from 6-8:30pm, at the Galetta Community Centre (119 Darwin St.) join Judi Varga-Toth from Deep Roots Food Hub and Courtney Fowler, Dietician from the West Carleton Family Health Team, for an evening of delicious learning. During this hands on workshop, Judi will teach you how to cook a variety of healthy, simple dishes with locally available foods. While you're eating, Courtney will take the guess work out of winter meal planning. Learn all about immune boosting foods that will help keep you healthy in the winter. Older children are welcome to join and childcare is available upon request. For more information please email

The Deep Roots Food Hub is a coalition of farmers, market gardeners, health professionals and other West Carleton residents who advocate for a healthier, more secure and sustainable food system.

Stay safe around ice

Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) are reminding residents with the thaw and freeze cycles experienced in the last couple weeks ice can be unsafe. Please be cautious and take note that ice thickness should be:

•    At least 15cm for walking or skating alone
•    20cm for skating parties or games
•    25cm for snowmobiles
•    35cm for fishing huts

As a guideline, clear blue ice is usually the strongest; white opaque or snow ice is half as strong as blue ice. Grey ice is unsafe; it indicates the presence of water. When in doubt, simply stay off the ice.

Coming soon! Summer employment recruitment

The City of Ottawa’s 2017 Summer Student Employment Program will be accepting online job applications from February 1 to February 28. This is a great opportunity for students to gain valuable work experience and insight into today's workforce.

Before submitting your application online, review the eligibility criteria and important facts and information at

Ward 5 office support for WC Food Access Centre

I am pleased to announce that my ward office will take non-perishable food (cans and dried goods) Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm year round. Thank you in advance for continuing to help those less fortunate in our community.