June 1, 2017

Flood recovery efforts

As the ongoing flood recovery efforts continue, residents can stay informed on the latest information and services being provided via ottawa.ca. Anyone with questions or needing assistance, can call my office 613-580-2475 or 3-1-1.

Flood-affected property owners 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.

I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to the countless residents from all across Ottawa, who have stepped up to the plate and volunteered their time over the past few weeks. I’ve seen first-hand many acts of kindness and generosity that have helped make the lives of those most greatly affected a little more manageable. Community pride is alive and well in West Carleton-March.

Food Aid Day & Mayor’s Rural Expo

The annual Food Aid Day & Mayor’s Rural Expo is taking place at Ottawa City Hall on Friday, June 2. This event is bringing the country to the downtown core and helps urban residents learn more about what rural Ottawa has to offer. A BBQ starts at 11am and The Works will be serving up burgers for $10. There will be many rural vendors on hand as well as live entertainment. This event is in support of the Ottawa Food Bank.

Ottawa River Canoe Club – Open House

Residents are invited to the Ottawa River Canoe Club (ORCC). They are holding an Open House on June 10, from 10am to 3pm. Residents will have the opportunity to paddle in a canoe, kayak, dragon boat, stand-up paddling and outrigger. Demonstrations will also be given throughout the day. ORCC is located at 1610 Sixth Line, at the corner of 6th Line Road and Cameron Harvey Drive (previously Riddell Drive).

ORCC offers summer camps for children aged 6-15 years old, and a Children’s Introductory Evening Paddling Program. They have youth and adult programs from May to September, for competitive racing, masters sprint paddling, dragon boat, outrigger, and stand-up paddling. The club also offers recreational and competitive programs for adults and youth with a physical (Para) or intellectual (Paddle All) disability.  Visit www.ottawarivercanoe.com for more details.