Column: September 21, 2017

The Carp Fair is Finally Here!
The 153rd Carp Fair is upon us and runs from September 21 to 24 at the Carp Fairgrounds. Full event details can be found on Thanks to the Carp Fair Board and the dedicated employees and volunteers who make this event a success every year.

Dunrobin Road – paving of the shoulders

My office has received a few inquiries from residents regarding work that is currently being done on Dunrobin Road, specifically the paving of the shoulders of the road from Kerwin Road to 800m south of Thomas A. Dolan Parkway.

In partnership with the Federal Government, who directed the funds to be used for cycling initiatives, the City’s Infrastructure Services Department is undertaking the implementation of work at a number of sites in the City under the Federal Government’s Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF). The paving of the shoulders on Dunrobin Road is one of the chosen locations across the City.

The rationale for the work was based on the premise that Ottawa covers 2,770 square kilometres. Many villages in the rural areas lack safe cycling facilities. Ottawa successfully managed to receive 50% funding for the program which is intended to add paved shoulders along rural roads, to improve cycling connectivity as guided by the Ottawa Cycling Plan's Spine Route network.

Ward 5 Thanksgiving Food Drive

I would like to ask residents to help make this a special Thanksgiving for those in need in our community. My office will be collecting food items such as: canned fruit, canned pumpkin, cranberry sauce, canned peas, canned gravy, boxes of stuffing, packages of cookies, jars of jam, coffee and tea. (Expired items won’t be accepted). Items can be dropped off Monday thru Friday from 9am to 4pm at my ward office (5670 Carp Rd.). Collection continues until Friday, October 6.

David & Judy Makin Trail

I was pleased to co-host with Mayor Watson, the unveil of a new trail in honour of David and Judy Makin on Friday, September 15. The new trail (formerly Trail #2) is located in the Sheila McKee Park off of Sixth Line Road in Dunrobin. Both Judy and David (who passed away in 2011) were committed in preserving natural green space for neighbourhood recreation and ecological benefit. Judy remains a tireless volunteer to this community and is most deserving of this recognition.