Column: November 23, 2017

7th Annual West Carleton-March Food Drive

My annual Christmas food drive for the West Carleton Food Access Centre (WCFAC) kicks off on Monday, November 27. Residents can drop off non-perishable food items to the ward office (5670 Carp Road) Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Collection will continue until December 22. Donated items will be used by WCFAC to prepare Christmas hampers for needy families in Ward 5. Specific items needed are canned fruit, canned ham, canned tomatoes, peanut butter, cereal and jam. Please, no expired products.

West Carleton Outdoor Hockey League

Registration is now open for the 2017-2018 season for the West Carleton Outdoor Hockey League. Kids from ages 5 to 15 are welcome to join, regardless of previous hockey experience. The league consists of teams from Dunrobin, Carp, Fitzroy Harbour, Kinburn and Constance Bay. It is a much less competitive league and only runs when the outdoor ice is frozen. For more information and to register visit

On a related note, the Dunrobin Community Center is looking for a candidate maintain the ice rink at 1151 Thomas A. Dolan Pkwy. If interested, contact Greg Patacairk at for details.

Get help clearing snow

The Snow Go and Snow Go Assist Programs can assist eligible residents with snow removal this winter as follows:

  • The Snow Go Program provides a matching service for seniors and people with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways. Participants in this program are responsible for paying the individual or contractor removing the snow.
  • The Snow Go Assist Program provides financial assistance to eligible low-income seniors or persons with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways. Approved participants may be reimbursed for 50% of the cost of snow clearing per event, up to a seasonal maximum of $250. Rural applicants who have excessively high cost of snow removal, as defined by staff, are eligible up to 50% of the cost of snow clearing for their private driveways and walkways per event, up to a maximum of $450 per season.

The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre is the agency assigned to assist eligible residents in our ward with obtaining these services. They can be contacted at: Dee Machum,, 613-591-3686, ext. 315.