Column: February 15, 2019

Family Day Free Skate

I am sponsoring my annual Family Day Free Skate event and everyone is invited to lace up your skates with your family and friends. Enjoy two hours of free skating, and make sure to say hi to me as I’ll be handing out free treats to kids and hot beverages for all. Hope to see you there! (This event is supervised by staff. All skates 10 years of age and under, and weak skaters of any age, must wear a CSA approved helmet.)

Monday, February 18

11am to 1pm

West Carleton Community Complex (Sensplex Cavanagh Arena)

5670 Carp Rd.

Chair’s Report: Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee

As many of you will know, I have been appointed Chair of the City of Ottawa's Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee (ARAC) for this term of Council. As part of this new role, I will provide updates on the latest news and information regarding my work on ARAC to keep residents informed.Interested residents should be aware that the first ARAC meeting of 2019 is happening on Friday, February 22, starting at 10am, at the Chambers at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive.

One of the items on this meeting's agenda is Budget 2019. (Visit to review ARAC's 2019 draft budget document). Members of the public are welcome to attend this meeting to listen in and to speak to the Committee as a public delegation on any item on the agenda. Details on registering as a delegation are noted on the City of Ottawa website.

Apart from the special ARAC Budget meeting mentioned above, ARAC meetings are usually held the first Thursday of each month at 10am, and they take place at the Chambers, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive. Committee meetings are always open to the public and the Committee will receive presentations by members of the public and community organizations.

Attention all seniors – Tea & Toast

Are you a senior looking for a retirement home? Do you know a senior looking for a retirement home? With over 80 retirement homes in Ottawa and the surrounding area, this journey can be very overwhelming. Tea & Toast is a local complementary search team that can help ease the stress of this task. They will work with you and/or your family to figure out your needs and then start to identify homes in the city that are appropriate. They will also stay with you and your loved one throughout the touring process. If you know of a senior or are one yourself, please contact Tea & Toast at 613-698-1319 and speak to one of their Senior Living Advisors. You can also visit