Column: January 21, 2019

REMINDER: Public Budget Meeting & Meet Your City Services Night – West Carleton-March residents are invited to attend my 2019 Pre-Budget Consultation & Meet Your City Services Night on Thursday, January 24, 2019. It is being held at the Kinburn Community Centre at 3045 Kinburn Side Rd.

The evening starts at 6pm when residents can stop by tables displaying information on various important services provided by the City of Ottawa. At 7pm, the City Budget portion of the evening begins. This is the time for you, the residents and taxpayers of Ottawa, to have your say by providing feedback and suggestions that will be used in assisting with the drafting of the budget document before it’s tabled at City Council on Wednesday, February 6. The final 2019 Budget will be approved at the City Council meeting on March 6, 2019. Light refreshments will be served – I hope to see many of you there!

If you cannot attend my budget consultation meeting, you can still provide your input by:

- Submitting your ideas to me directly at eli.el-chantiry@ottawa.ca
- Emailing budget@ottawa.ca
- Attending other Councillor-led budget meetings over the coming weeks (visit ottawa.ca for the meetings schedule)
- Tweeting @ottawacity using the hash tag #ottbudget
- Calling in your commends to 3-1-1
- Attending and/or registering as a public delegation at Standing Committee, Board and Commission meetings where the 2019 Budget will be reviewed (meetings being held between February 12 and March 4). Information on meeting dates and how to register as delegation can be found on the City of Ottawa website.

Hockey Day in Corkery – On Saturday, January 26, Hockey Day in Corkery is happening. There's a new format this year with a 4 on 4 hockey tournament. The event runs from 10am to 6pm at the Corkery Community Centre rink, 3447 Old Almonte Rd. Players must be 13 years of age and older. Admission is $10 per person, and includes chili, treats, coffee and hot chocolate. For full tournament details, including registering to play is found on www.corkerycommunity.ca. (Anyone wishing to bring a pot of chili can sign up to do so as well via the Association’s website.)

The Diefenbunker: Valentines for Veterans – The Diefenbunker invites families to join them in making handmade Valentines for the brave men and women who served our country. The Diefenbunker has partnered with The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre to create these tokens of affection for its residents. Attend the Diefenbunker on these upcoming Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4:30pm: January 26, January 27, February 2, February 3, February 9 and February 10. Included in the cost of admission. For more details go to www.diefenbunker.ca.

23rd Annual Diefenbooker Race – On Saturday, May 4, walk, run or bike with the community during the 23rd Annual Diefenbooker Race. Early bird registrations is now open on www.diefenbookerclassic.ncf.ca. Register before March 23 for discounts. The proceeds of this event support literacy in the Ward 5 community.