Column: February 19, 2018

Carbon Monoxide Alarms available to Ward 5 seniors

Ottawa Fire Services received funding for the purchase of carbon monoxide alarms through the City of Ottawa's Older Adult Plan. Fire Services has now provided our ward office with 40 alarms for distribution to Ward 5 residents aged 55 or older. First come, first serve. Residents receiving an alarm will be required to provide their name and address. Before stopping by my ward office (at 5670 Carp Road between 8:30am-4:30pm Monday to Friday), I would suggested calling my office first to confirm availability. Contact my ward staff Sylvia Bell (613-580-2424 x32272, or Kerry Bourgaize (613-580-2424 x32256,

Prepare for Diefenbooker Race: Sign up for FREE Walking Clinic

The annual Diefenbooker Race is happening May 5, 2018. If you've been thinking about your health and fitness, why not join the free 10-week walking clinic in preparation for the race? To register for the clinic, simply register for the Diefenbooker Classic's 5km Walking event ( and then come to the lobby of the W.E Johnston Arena (3832 Carp Rd.) on February 28 at 6:30pm to be ready to start the 10-week clinic (wear running or walking shoes). For more information, please attend a 30 minute information session at the West Carleton Amateur Sport Club, located upstairs in the W.E. Johnston Arena, on February 26 at 7pm.

Temporary road closure: Ritchie Side Road

Starting Tuesday, February 20, Ritchie Side Road, from Ivy Acres Road to Upper Dwyer Hill Road, will be closed to replace a culvert. A signed detour will be in place and local/emergency vehicle access will be maintained. The closure will be in effect until approximately March 8, 2018.

Deep Roots Food Hub AGM

Deep Roots Food Hub is holding their AGM on February 22, 7-9pm, at St. James Anglican Church, 3774 Carp Rd. Residents, farmers, food entrepreneurs and anyone with ideas are invited to attend and help release the Food Hub’s vision of a vibrant local food economy that is fair for all. For more information contact

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre “Coldest Night of the Year” Walk

WOCRC is raising money to help Chrysalis House by taking part in the "Coldest Night of the Year" Walk on Saturday, February 24. The walk will help Chrysalis House serve about 150 women and children this year. Chrysalis House is a 25-bed shelter run by WOCRC in Western Ottawa. It is a place where a woman can go to protect herself and her dependents from violence and abuse. You can register to participate by visiting