Column: September 7, 2017

2018 Pre-Budget Consultation evening in Kinburn

West Carleton-March residents are invited to attend my 2018 Pre-Budget Consultation & Meet your City Services Night on Tuesday, September 12 at the Kinburn Community Centre. The evening will start at 6pm when residents can stop by tables displaying information on various services provided by the City of Ottawa. At 7pm, there will be short presentation on the City’s budget for 2018. We will be looking for feedback and suggestions that can be used in the drafting of the budget, before it’s tabled at Council on November 8.

If you cannot attend, but still want to provide your input, you can:

  • Email
  • Participate in and submit ideas on how you would like to see your tax dollars spent
  • Tweet @ottawacity using the hash tag #ottbudget
  • Call 3-1-1

For more information on the Budget 2018, visit

Entrance fee now required at Morris Island Conservation Area

Effective Monday, October 2, 2017 Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) will begin charging a nominal entrance fee at Morris Island Conservation Area (MICA).

MICA, an environmental mecca along the Ottawa River, offers a variety of activities throughout all four seasons. The number of visitors has climbed steadily in recent years.

It should be noted that the revenue generated from charging entrance fees will be reinvested directly into the continued maintenance and development of roadways, parking areas, trails and other infrastructure within MICA.

MICA’s regular hours of operation are from dawn until dusk, seven days a week, with bathroom facilities maintained from May to October. As of October 2, when visitors enter the park they will find a pay and display machine located at the entrance to the trail. This new system will require park visitors to deposit fees (coin or credit) into a machine to receive a slip which they will then display in the windshield of their vehicle. The daily entrance rate will be $3 per vehicle. Visitors will have the option of purchasing an annual pass for $40 which also provides admittance to Purdon Conservation Area and the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area where admission is $6 per vehicle per day. The annual pass is valid for one year from date of purchase. Annual passes are available at the MVCA office in Carleton Place, or online at