Column: October 3, 2019

Help the West Carleton Food Access Centre this Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving weekend coming soon, now is a good time to donate non-perishable items to the West Carleton Food Access Centre (WCFAC) to assist them with helping families in need. If you can assist, please drop off donations of canned tomatoes, tomato paste, jam, canned fruit and Cheez Whiz. WCFAC is located in basement at the West Carleton Community Complex at 5670 Carp Road. There is also a large blue bin in the main lobby of the building where donations can be dropped off.

West Carleton Disaster Relief holding meetings for flooded residents

The West Carleton Disaster Relief organization is holding bi-weekly community meetings for flooded residents. These meetings will be an opportunity for residents who are in the midst of recovering from the flood to meet and exchange ideas and best practices for repairs, rebuilding and more. Guest speakers will be brought in at the request of residents. The next meeting is on Wednesday, October 9, 7-8pm, at the Constance & Buckham’s Bay Community Centre (262 Len Purcell Drive). To RSVP your attendance and to review the schedule of all upcoming bi-weekly meetings go to

Major bus route changes to begin on October 6

If you are a Ward 5 resident that uses OC Transpo, please be aware as of Sunday, October 6, OC Transpo’s bus service will transform to align with O-Train Line 1. These are the biggest OC Transpo changes in Ottawa’s history. Most customers will be affected so commuters are being asked to plan ahead and find out how your route will change. Five things bus commuters need to know:

  • This is a very big service change and using the Travel Planner on will help with planning your commute;

  • O-Train Line 1 will replace most buses through downtown, meaning many customers will connect at one of the three major transfer stations: Tunney’s Pasture, Hurdman and Blair;

  • Most areas of the city will see changes to bus service, especially Kanata North, west Ottawa, Bridlewood, Bells Corners, downtown, Alta Vista and Orléans. Many routes will be adjusted to align with Line 1, and in many cases, route numbers and schedules will change;

  • Service is changing to major destinations, including Gatineau, hospitals, universities and colleges. Visit ‘Ottawa Destinations’ in the Plan Your Trip section of to download a new printable guide; and

  • OC Transpo staff will be at stations across the city to help – look for them in red vests.