Column: January 28, 2019

2019 Pre-Budget Meeting & Meet Your City Services Night – On Thursday, January 24 I held my 2019 Pre-Budget Consultation & Meet Your City Services Night in Kinburn. I want to thank the residents that attended and engaged in this important process. As well, my thanks to the city staff who were on hand to meet with residents one-on-one to discuss the services they provide on a daily basis – Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Police, Ottawa Public Health, By-Law, Planning & Infrastructure, Para Transpo and Roads. This was a great opportunity for residents to have more personal discussions with the City of Ottawa departments that most impact our daily lives in Ward 5.

The next step in the 2019 budget process is the tabling of the budget at a City Council meeting on February 6, 2019. Following the tabling, residents can attend or register as a public delegation at Standing Committees, Board or Commission meetings where the budget will be reviewed and discussed by Councillors and Board members at City Hall (meetings are being held between February 12 and March 4). If you want to attend or register as a public delegation go to ottawa.ca for the schedule of meetings and information on the registration process.

Other ways you can have your say on Budget 2019 include:

- Submitting your ideas to me directly at eli.el-chantiry@ottawa.ca
- Emailing budget@ottawa.ca
- Tweeting @ottawacity using the hash tag #ottbudget
- Calling in your commends to 3-1-1

New location for free well water testing – MacEwen Gas located, at 1794 Dunrobin Road, is now accepting private well water samples every Tuesday during regular business hours (5:30am – 11pm). As well, residents can pick up water sampling bottles at the gas bar during normal business hours (Mon-Fri 5:30am-11pm, Sat 6am-11pm, and Sun 7am-10pm). This new location is replacing the previous location that was stationed at Dunrobin Meats & Grocery. For a complete list of all of the well water drop off locations in the City go to ottawa.ca.

Winterlude at the Diefenbunker – Beat the cold at the Diefenbunker during their annual Winterlude at the Bunker. The dates are Friday, February 1 – Monday, February 18 and the cost is included in the price of admission. Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt, search for and solve clues, and determine the identity of a rogue agent in this remarkable 100,000 square foot underground bunker. Once your mission is complete, the entire family is welcome to enjoy hot chocolate and coding activities in the cafeteria. For more details go to diefenbunker.ca.

Fitzroy Winter Carnival – Mark your calendars! The Fitzroy Harbour Winter Carnival is happening February 7, 8 and 9. For the latest details on events visit fitzroyharbour.wordpress.com in the coming days to get all the latest event details.