Column: March 30, 2017

Wildlife Speaker Series

As part of the Wildlife Strategy, the City of Ottawa initiated a Wildlife Speaker Series to increase residents' knowledge and appreciation of wildlife, and promote coexistence through understanding and respect. Two events are planned for 2017, and the first one is taking place on Thursday, April 6, 2017 and is called "Celebrating Canada's Wildlife." In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary, and leading up to National Wildlife Week (April 9 to 15), the City invites residents to learn more about Canada’s iconic wildlife.

The event will include displays by local organizations and a presentation by renowned naturalist Michael Runtz. Canada’s rich diversity of wildlife is part of our national heritage, and continues to shape our country’s global identity. Beavers, loons and moose are all readily recognized as Canadian symbols, and can all be found living in Ottawa.

The event is being held at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, and begins at 6pm with a Wildlife Expo and then opening remarks and presentation at 7pm. Admission is free. Register online at


Ottawa Fire Services, in partnership with Fire Service Women Ontario, is pleased to announce an application call for Camp FFIT (Female Firefighters in Training) 2017. Young women between the ages of 15 and 19, who meet the application criteria, are invited to apply. Camp FFIT is designed to educate young women about the career of firefighting. Applications are available now at and must be returned to Ottawa Fire Services Training Centre located at 898 Industrial Avenue no later than May 26, 2017. Camp FFIT takes place August 21 to 25, 2017, 8am-5pm, at the Ottawa Fire Services Training Centre, 898 Industrial Avenue.

Participants will have an opportunity to speak to women and men who work at Ottawa Fire Services, as well as firefighters from neighbouring communities and students who have graduated from a Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training Program. Instruction will be offered in English. For questions, email or call 613-580-2424 ext 29621.

Pancake breakfast in support of West Carleton Food Access Centre

The West Carleton Food Access Centre (WCFAC) is hosting a free pancake breakfast on Saturday, April 1, from 8:30-10:30am, at the Kinburn Community Centre, 3045 Kinburn Side Road. Kindly bring a non-perishable, non-expired food item to help support WCFAC.