Column: May 25, 2017

Ongoing flood recovery efforts

As the ongoing flood recovery effort is fluid and changes daily, the best way for residents to stay informed on the latest information and services being provided is to frequently access the information on ottawa.ca. Anyone that needs assistance or has questions/concerns, can call my office 613-580-2475 or 3-1-1.

As a reminder, if your home experienced flood damage, you can apply for the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program via www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page13760.aspx. Homeowners, tenants, small owner-operated businesses, farmers, and not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Applicants can apply to be reimbursed for basic, necessary costs related to the disaster.

A gentle reminder to not empty sandbags onto the beaches as the sand may be contaminated. Please call my office and ask for help. Volunteers will be sent to assist any residents who are physically unable to bring the sandbags to the curb.

MVCA hosting public information session for flood-affected residents

On Wednesday, May 31 from 5-8pm, the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) will be hosting an information session for people impacted by flooding in Constance Bay and surrounding area. Affected homeowners will have the opportunity to ask questions to MVCA staff. The session will be held at the Constance Bay Community Centre, 262 Len Purcell Drive.

Also on hand at this meeting will be City staff from the Revenue Department to discuss the deferral of property taxes that has been implemented for those affected by the flood. Staff will provide detailed information on the deferral and answer questions.

Doors Open Ottawa

Explore Ottawa’s architecture during the free Doors Open Ottawa event on June 3 and 4. Doors will be open to 150 historically, culturally, and functionally significant buildings will be featured in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday! Visit ottawa.ca for a listing of participating buildings as well as an interactive map.

Tick season

My office has received word of a high number of ticks in the Kanata Highlands/Terry Fox extension areas. Residents that enjoy the outdoors in that area should be aware of this and take the necessary precautions.

Ticks are becoming more prevalent throughout the City of Ottawa and precautions should be taken to protect your family and pets from tick bites and Lyme Disease. For detailed information regarding ticks and Lyme Disease, go ottawa.ca.