Column: November 16, 2017

Draft Budget 2018 has been tabled

The City’s Draft Operating and Capital Budget for 2018 was presented at the City Council meeting on November 8. It will be considered at all committees over the next few weeks, then return to Council on December 13 for final approval. There are still opportunities for the public to offer comments and input before its final approval:

1)    Register as a public delegation at a standing committee, board or commission budget review meetings that take place from November 21 to December 7, as listed below:

November 21 - Environment and Climate Protection Committee
November 23 – Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee
November 27 – Ottawa Police Service Board
November 28 - Planning Committee
November 29 – IT Sub-Committee
November 30 – Audit Committee
December 4 – Transit Commission
December 5 – Finance and Economic Development Committee
December 6 – Transportation Committee
December 7 – Community and Protective Services Committee

2)    Contact me directly at
3)    Send an email to  
4)    Tweet @ottawacity using hashtag #ottbudget
5)    Call 3-1-1

West Carleton-March highlights in Budget 2018

A breakdown of budget items that directly impact West Carleton-March has been prepared for easy reference. The PDF document can be reviewed on my website ( It is located under the “Latest News” section of the home page.

Congratulations to Todd Nicholson

I am happy to announce that Ward 5 resident Todd Nicholson has been inducted into the Order of Ottawa and will be honoured at a ceremony at City Hall on November 16.

A three-time Paralympic medalist winning gold in 2006, silver in 1998 and bronze in 1994, Todd Nicholson represented Canada as a member of Canada’s National Sledge Hockey Team. He won eight medals at the world sledge hockey championships. From 2013 until April 2017, he served as Chairman for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletes’ Council and has been involved in planning and administering the Games from 2012 through 2018. He was named Team Canada’s Chef de Mission for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. He was inducted to the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame in 2014. Mr. Nicholson and his wife now devote their free time to building The Abilities Centre Ottawa, a centre that aims to create an inclusive recreational facility for people of all abilities.