Column: July 30, 2018

Rehabilitation of Peter Robinson Bridge

Residents should note that Peter Robinson Bridge will be undergoing rehabilitation, which is set to begin at the end of July and go until mid-November, 2018. Affected residents in the area on Peter Robinson Road, Vaughan Side Road and Carrol Side Road should have already been advised of this work. A signed detour will be in place while the construction takes place.

Torbolton Cemetery Memorial Service

On Sunday, August 5 at 10am there will be a Torbolton Cemetery Memorial Service at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kilmaurs (1325 Kilmaurs Side Road). All are invited to attend. Proceeds will go to the care of the cemetery.

Used book donations requested

As mentioned in a past weekly column, the West Carleton Food Access Centre is getting ready for their Used Book Sale in September and they are accepting donations of used books. Donations will be accepted until August 10. They are looking for DVDs, CDs and gently used books such as fiction, children, cookbooks, gardening, westerns, war, etc. No encyclopedias or textbooks are needed. Donations can be brought to their warehouse at 3075 Carp Rd., or my ward office at Kinburn Client Service Centre, 5670 Carp Rd. You can also call 613-913-4234 and leave a message to arrange for a pick up. The book sale will be happening Friday, September 7 (noon to 7pm) and Saturday, September 8 (8am-2pm) at the Carp Agricultural Hall, 3790 Carp Rd.

First mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Ottawa mosquitoes again this year. There have been no reported confirmed or probable human cases of WNV in Ottawa in 2018.

WNV is an infection spread in Ottawa primarily by the northern house mosquito that, in a small number of cases, can cause serious illness. Most people will not develop any symptoms if infected with WNV, but about 20 per cent may experience flu-like symptoms including fever, headache, muscle aches, and, possibly, a rash. The risk for more serious illness increases with age, with older adults and the elderly as well as people with weakened immune systems being at higher risk. TOPH urges residents to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites by:

  • Applying a Health Canada-approved mosquito repellent containing DEET or icaridin to exposed skin and clothing
  • Protecting yourself especially between dusk and dawn, periods when mosquitoes are most active, and at any time in or near shady, bushy, or wooded areas
  • Wearing light-coloured, tightly woven, loose-fitting clothing including long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks to protect exposed skin.
  • Making sure all windows and doors in your home have screens that are in good condition
  • Reducing standing water sites around your home (bird baths, toys, flower pot saucers, swimming pool covers, old tires, wheelbarrows, buckets, cans, etc. ­– anything that can hold water for 7 days or longer)
  • Ensuring all openings to rain barrels are covered with screen mesh at all times

OPH has a proactive plan to deal with WNV that includes weekly surveillance and, when necessary, mosquito larvicidal treatment of natural and man-made standing water sites located on City property, such as ditches and storm water management ponds. As part of this plan, OPH also has regular applications of larvicide in City-owned roadside storm sewer catch-basins to reduce the mosquito population.

West Carleton Online

As a reminder, this is the last that residents can take a look at West Carleton Online for free. The free preview of the website ends on August 3, 2018. Take a look around and see how easy it will be to stay informed on current news and happenings in and around West Carleton-March. Make sure to subscribe!

Column: July 23, 2018

Know your dog ownership responsibilities

I’ve recently heard concerns from several residents regarding dogs being off leash and owners not cleaning up after their pets. I would like to remind dog owners that they must comply with the City’s Animal Care & Control By-Law. A few main points to remember:

  • In the interest of public safety and animal welfare, dogs must be under the control of their owners at all times, and must not be permitted to roam.
  • Leashing is required on public property and leashes should be no longer than three (3) metres.
  • Dogs may be off leash in some City parks. These areas are signed accordingly. Go to ottawa.ca to find dog park locations.
  • Dog owners must remove waste from public property. If you are caught "in the act" of not removing your animal’s waste you may be fined. The by-law also requires that dog waste be disposed of at the dog owner's home – so don't leave it in park or street waste receptacles. There's a fine for that too.

Please remember, not everyone is comfortable around dogs – big or small. No matter friendly a pet may be, when an off leash dog is barreling towards an unsuspecting child or someone who may have a fear of dogs, it can be a very frightening experience. Please be mindful of this as you continue to enjoy the outdoors with your pet.

Registering for fall 2018 & winter 2019 recreation programs

The fall and winter City of Ottawa Recreation eGuide will be available as of today (July 23). Visit ottawa.ca to review all of the classes and programs available. Registration for the fall and winter sessions will be as follows:

  • Registration for Aquatics and Aquafitness begins online/touch tone, 9pm on August 13 and in person on August 14 during business hours
  • Registration for all other programs begins online/touch tone, 9pm on August 15 and in person August 16 during business hours

Please donate to the West Carleton Food Access Centre

The West Carleton Food Access Centre (WCFAC) are in need of non-perishable food donations. During the summer months, donation levels decrease significantly and WCFAC are currently in need of your generous donations. Currently, they are particularly in need of canned fruit and condiments (ketchup, mustard, relish, mayonnaise, etc.). In addition to these requested items, WCFAC will also gladly accept items such as canned ham, canned tomatoes, canned beans, peanut butter, cereal and jam. Residents can drop off donations to my ward office (5670 Carp Road) Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Please, no expired products can be accepted.

Know your dog ownership responsibilities

I’ve recently heard concerns from several residents regarding dogs being off leash and owners not cleaning up after their pets. I would like to remind dog owners that they must comply with the City’s Animal Care & Control By-Law. A few main points to remember:

In the interest of public safety and animal welfare, dogs must be under the control of their owners at all times, and must not be permitted to roam.
Leashing is required on public property and leashes should be no longer than three (3) metres.
Dogs may be off leash in some City parks. These areas are signed accordingly. Go to ottawa.ca to find dog park locations.
Dog owners must remove waste from public property. If you are caught "in the act" of not removing your animal’s waste you may be fined. The by-law also requires that dog waste be disposed of at the dog owner's home – so don't leave it in park or street waste receptacles. There's a fine for that too.
Please remember, not everyone is comfortable around dogs – big or small. No matter friendly a pet may be, when an off leash dog is barreling towards an unsuspecting child or someone who may have a fear of dogs, it can be a very frightening experience. Please be mindful of this as you continue to enjoy the outdoors with your pet.

Registering for fall 2018 & winter 2019 recreation programs

The fall and winter City of Ottawa Recreation eGuide will be available as of today (July 23). Visit ottawa.ca to review all of the classes and programs available. Registration for the fall and winter sessions will be as follows:

Registration for Aquatics and Aquafitness begins online/touch tone, 9pm on August 13 and in person on August 14 during business hours
Registration for all other programs begins online/touch tone, 9pm on August 15 and in person August 16 during business hours
Please donate to the West Carleton Food Access Centre

The West Carleton Food Access Centre (WCFAC) are in need of non-perishable food donations. During the summer months, donation levels decrease significantly and WCFAC are currently in need of your generous donations. Currently, they are particularly in need of canned fruit and condiments (ketchup, mustard, relish, mayonnaise, etc.). In addition to these requested items, WCFAC will also gladly accept items such as canned ham, canned tomatoes, canned beans, peanut butter, cereal and jam. Residents can drop off donations to my ward office (5670 Carp Road) Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Please, no expired products can be accepted.

West Carleton Online

Residents looking for a way to stay informed on current news and happenings in and around West Carleton-March should subscribe to westcarletononline.com. West Carleton Online is a subscriber-owned media outlet covering Ward 5 news and information. This online publication launched on July 3, 2018 and they are currently allowing free access to allow everyone to preview the website. Make sure to subscribe before the free preview ends on August 3, 2018.
 

Residents looking for a way to stay informed on current news and happenings in and around West Carleton-March should subscribe to westcarletononline.com. West Carleton Online is a subscriber-owned media outlet covering Ward 5 news and information. This online publication launched on July 3, 2018 and they are currently allowing free access to allow everyone to preview the website. Make sure to subscribe before the free preview ends on August 3, 2018.

Column: July 16, 2018

Dief The Chief: October 62

The Diefenbunker Museum and Pierre Brault, Ottawa’s multi award-winning playwright and performer, have come together to create a dramatic and dynamic journey through the life and times of one of Canada’s most progressive leaders - John Diefenbaker.  October 1962 - a world on the brink of nuclear war! Relive the heart-stopping story of the Cuban Missile Crisis through the eyes of Canada’s 13th Prime Minister, John “Dief the Chief” Diefenbaker. Travel with “Dief” through the Diefenbunker, into the war room as he and the world watch the USA and USSR face off in history’s closest brush with nuclear war. Hear in his own words how Dief’s rocky relationship with President John F. Kennedy played an extraordinary role in Canadian/American relations and how each influenced the other’s policies. This immersive theatrical experience, written by playwright Pierre Brault and performed by Peter Haworth and Pierre Brault, is a unique opportunity to relive history and to play a part in it.

Space is limited so book today. (Please note: the play will move around to different spaces and levels underground. Please wear comfortable shoes. There will be very limited seating.) For more information and to purchase tickets go to www.diefenbunker.ca.

New Caregiver Support Groups available in Ward 5

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) will be offering monthly caregiver support groups in both Carp and Fitzroy Harbour. Respite care will be available on-site at both locations. Refreshments and light snacks will be served. Register in advance with CSS by calling 613-591-3686 ext. 333 or by emailing css@wocrc.ca.

Carp
3rd Friday of each month, starting July 20, 2018
10am-noon
St. James Anglican Church, 3774 Carp Rd.

Fitzroy Harbour
1st Tuesday of each month, starting Tuesday, August 7, 2018
10am-noon
Bethel St. Andrew's United Church, 184 Jack Lougheed Way

Shakespeare in the Park coming to Carp Fairgrounds

Summer means Shakespeare in the Park! Bear & Co. brings the ridiculously over-the-top Cymbeline to Carp Fairgrounds on July 28. The show starts at 7pm, with a suggested donation of $20 per person. The full tour schedule can be found on www.bearandcompany.ca.

Follow a pair of lovers as they react to the mad world around them in a 90-minute version of the play Shakespeare packed with every plot device he could think of: star-crossed lovers, a wicked stepmother, a befuddled king, a loyal servant, separated siblings, wild men, exiled kin, cross-dressing, kidnapping, murder plots, and a Roman invasion. Six actors tackle Cymbeline’s 40-odd characters, full-on or in composite. Megan Carty (who grew up in Carp) plays heroine Imogen, while Ian Campbell (recently artistic director of Shakespeare by the Sea in St. John’s) plays the hero, Posthumous Leonatus. William Beddoe’s roles include King Cymbeline; Rebecca Benson’s include his wicked second wife. Phillip Merriman (last summer’s Romeo) doubles as her unlovely son Cloten and the fascinating Italian lover Jachimo. Ellen Manchee is both the gruff but kindly loyal servant, and the invading Roman army!

Keep an Eye on Family & Neighbours During Heat Warnings

With this hot spell continuing for the next couple of days in Ottawa, please take precautions to stay cool. Extreme heat can cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and even death. Seniors, infants, young children, outdoor workers and athletes, people who are homeless and people taking certain prescription medications for conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and depression are at a greater risk of suffering from heat-related illness. Please stay connected with people in your community who have a difficult time coping with hot weather and those who live alone and check on them regularly. For more tips on staying cool visit www.ottawapublichealth.ca.

Column: July 9, 2018

Public meeting – Communications in West Carleton-March

There is going to be a community meeting happening this evening to further discuss how news will be communicated in West Carleton-March. There will be some exciting news and everyone is encouraged to attend to learn how we can share local news, community events and local advertising. This meeting starts at 7pm tonight at the Kinburn Client Service Centre, at 5670 Carp Rd. Spread the word to your family and neighbours.

Drive-In Bingo in Carp

Drive-in Bingo is back again this summer at the Carp Fairgrounds on Wednesday evenings. Mark your calendars for July 11, July 25 and August 1. There will be a BBQ which will start at 6pm. Bingo begins at 7pm. Cost is $10 for a full sheet, or $5 for a single sheet.

14th Annual Carp Show n’ Shine

Carp Show n’ Shine is set for its 14th edition on Saturday, July 14 at the Carp Fairgrounds, 3790 Carp Rd. Registration is from 8am-11am and it is $10 per vehicle. The trophy presentations will take place after 1pm. There will be vehicles of all sorts: custom, classic, trucks, tractors, snowmobiles and more. For more information go to their Twitter account at @CarpShownShine.

4th Annual Abilities Centre Ottawa Golf Tournament

The 2018 edition of the Abilities Centre Ottawa golf tournament is set for September 14, 2018 at Irish Hills Golf & Country Club. Registration will start at 1pm with a shotgun start at 2pm. The tournament this year will be 9 holes only. Dinner will be served between 5:30 and 6pm with auction items and prizes. The cost is $75 for golf, cart and dinner. To attend dinner only the cost is $30 per plate. Register by August 10 to be entered for early bird prizes. For more information and to register go to http://abilitiescentreottawa.org.
 
The Abilities Centre Ottawa Board of Directors (which includes Ward 5’s own Todd Nicholson and Emily Glossop) are a dedicated group who want to bring to Ottawa a fully-integrated, inclusive, multi-purpose and accessible recreation facility designed to meet the needs of all individuals and families. The Abilities Centre Ottawa will meet an already pressing need in our region and will, in fact, prepare the city to address the needs of an increasing proportion of its population that will benefit from the recreational, training and rehabilitative services and programs that it is uniquely designed to deliver. Ottawa's Abilities Centre will be a community hub for healthy living where everyone is welcomed.

Speeding on our roads

I am receiving numerous calls regarding speeding on our roads. As a reminder, residents need to contact the police directly at 613-236-1222 ext.7300. All complaints received by the police are entered into their system and tracked. This allows them to monitor and identify problem areas, so that enforcement may be assessed.

Free well water testing

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) makes it convenient for residents living on residential well systems to have their well water tested for free. OPH has established permanent sites across Ottawa where well owners can drop off their water samples and pick up new bottles for future testing. As part of this program, Ward 5 residents can drop off their water samples every Tuesday at one of these locations:

•    Carp Library, 3911 Carp Road, 10am to 8:30pm
•    Darvesh Grocery, 3084 Kinburn Side Road, 7am to 8pm
•    Dunrobin Meat and Grocery, 2808 Dunrobin Road, 7am to 8pm
•    Kinburn Client Service Centre, 5670 Carp Road, 8:30am to 4:30pm
•    Lighthouse Restaurant, 655 Bayview Drive, 7am to 9:30pm

Column: July 2, 2018

Temporary Road closure - Loggers Way

Loggers Way, from Kinburn Side Road to Donald B. Munro Drive will be closed from Tuesday, July 3 to Tuesday, July 10, for storm sewer and road reconstruction work. Notification signs will be posted and there will be a signed detour in place. Local and emergency vehicle access will be maintained.

Fitzroy Concerts in the Park

As a reminder, Concerts in the Park starts for another season at Fitzroy Provincial Park. Concerts will take place every Thursday evening in July. This year's musical lineup features Sidewinder (July 5), Heartbeats (July 12), Eddie & The Stingrays (July 19) and Ambush (July 26).

Every week, festivities begin at 6pm with a cash BBQ available courtesy of local youth groups. Concerts begin at 7pm. Attendees are reminded to bring lawn chairs and bug spray. All funds raised will go towards local youth initiatives. Donations will also be collected for CHEO.

Fitzroy Harbour Days

Fitzroy Harbour Days is taking place July 5 through 7. The two-day event is jammed packed with events for all ages. The event poster is noted under the “Ward Events” section of my website (eliel-chantiry.ca).

Drop In Pickleball

The Constance & Buckham’s Bay Community Association hosts drop in Pickleball every Monday and Friday at 6:30pm, and Wednesdays at 10:30am. It’s a toonie a session. Paddles and everything else needed to play is provided. Just stop by the Community Centre, at 262 Len Purcell Drive, and see why Pickleball is the fastest growing sport. (CBBCA membership is required and be obtained at the site for $10.). For more information go to www.cbbca.ca.

St. Mary’s – Berry Social

St. Mary’s Anglican Church is hosting a Berry Social on Wednesday, July 11, from 5:30-7:30pm, 2574 6th Line Road in Dunrobin. They will be serving up cake with berries and whipped cream and hot dogs. Adults $8, children $4 and families $20.

Used book donations requested

The West Carleton Food Access Centre is ramping up for their Used Book Sale in September and they are now looking for donations of used books. Donations of books will be accepted until August 10. They are looking for DVDs, CDs and gently used books such as fiction, children, cookbooks, gardening, westerns, war, etc. No encyclopedias or textbooks are needed. Donations can be brought to their warehouse at 3075 Carp Rd., or my ward office at Kinburn Client Service Centre, 5670 Carp Rd. You can also call 613-913-4234 and leave a message to arrange for a pick up.

The book sale will be happening Friday, September 7 (noon to 7pm) and Saturday, September 8 (8am-2pm) at the Carp Agricultural Hall, 3790 Carp Rd.

Camp Awesome

Camp Awesome is a Christian Day Camp for children ages 4-12 and is sponsored by the United, Anglican and Roman Catholic churches of Fitzroy Harbour, Constance Bay and Woodlawn. The camp will run from August 13 to17. Pre-registration for this camp only. For more information, please call 613-623-3882. Registration forms available at www.anglicanfitzroyparish.com and
www.bethelstandrews.com.