Column: February 12, 2018

Shrove Tuesday in Ward 5

To celebrate Shrove Tuesday on February 13, there are a few pancake suppers happening in West Carleton-March:

  • St. Gabriel’s Parish:  Pancake supper at the Constance Bay Legion, 377 Allbirch Road. 4:30-6:30pm. $7 adults and youth, $3 children ages 4 to 10 and free for kids 3 and under. Gluten free pancakes and pure maple syrup available.
  • St. Thomas Anglican Church:  Dinner includes pancakes with real maple syrup, sausages, baked beans, buns, coffee/tea/juice. 4:30-7pm. $7 adults, children under 8 are $3. St. Thomas Church is located at 3794 Woodkilton Rd.
  • Huntley Parish:  Shrove Tuesday pancake dinner at the Huntley Parish Hall, 3774 Carp Road. 5-7pm. Meal includes pancakes, real maple syrup, baked beans, sausages, fresh bread, coffee/tea/juice. Free will offering. All welcome.

FREE Skating in Ward 5 on Family Day

On Family Day, Monday, February 19, 2018, I am sponsoring free skating at the West Carleton Community Complex (5670 Carp Rd.) from 11am to 1pm. The event will be supervised by city staff. All skaters 10 years of age and under, and weak skaters of any age, must wear a CSA approved helmet. Everyone welcome!

Family Day schedule changes to City of Ottawa services

There will be a number of changes to city services on Family Day. Of note, there will be no green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Family Day. Collection will be delayed by one day for the week. As well, all Client Service Centres, and my city hall and ward offices will also be closed, with business resuming on Tuesday. For a full listing of schedule changes to various city services go to

Local musicians invited to participate in 2018 edition of #ottmusik

Ottawa musicians once again have an opportunity to showcase their music to a citywide audience. Through #ottmusik, anyone waiting on hold after calling the City of Ottawa hears local music while they wait.

Between February 5 and March 12, Ottawa singers, bands and musicians of all genres are invited to submit music samples for consideration. Since it began, #ottmusik has received more than 200 submissions and showcased 50 artists. For more information, including submission guidelines, visit