Column: June 29, 2017

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre wants to know what matters to you
WOCRC is asking Ward 5 residents to join them for a conversation that will help identify the issues that matter to them, as they prepare for the 2018 City budget and the upcoming municipal and provincial elections. Feedback will be rolled back to the Making Voices Count project of the Coalition of Community Health Centres and CAWI. A key question that will be asked is what City of Ottawa social services matter to you, and where are the gaps? Session objectives:

  • Reflect on how city services (or lack thereof) affect the wellbeing of your community
  • Recognize that residents can have an impact on the city decision making process
  • Prepare to have an impact on the 2018 City budget, provincial and municipal elections
  • Identify city social service gaps and possible solutions

The conversation starts at 7pm on July 11 at the West Carleton Community Complex, 5670 Carp Road. Please RSVP to Julie McKercher (, 613-591-3686 x498) or Megan Richards (, 613-591-3686 x324).
Canada Day schedule changes to city services
There will be some changes to city services for the Canada Day holiday. For a full listing of changes go to Please note that green bin, recycling and garbage collection will take place on its regular day with no changes to the collection schedule.
Canada Day in downtown Ottawa
If you are planning to celebrate the 150th festivities in downtown Ottawa on July 1, be sure to plan ahead and arrive early to the downtown core. Record crowds are expected on Parliament Hill and there will be a number of road closures and heightened security. Revelers will only have access to the Parliament Hill grounds if they have already gone through the security screening tents that will be set up on Wellington Street near Parliament Hill. Keep updated on the latest on street closures and other safety measures by visiting
Canada Day fun in West Carleton-March
Visit the “Ward Events” section of my website ( for a listing of some of the events planned in Ward 5.
Wishing everyone a fun and relaxing Canada Day long weekend! No matter where you celebrate Canada's big day, please remember to do so responsibly and do not drink and drive.