Column: May 16, 2019

Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has initiated the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians Program for the City of Ottawa, ‎which may provide financial assistance to residents affected by the flooding. Information about the program is available at www.Ontario.ca/DisasterAssistance to help individuals, small owner-operated businesses, farms and not-for-profit organizations cover emergency expenses and repair or replace essential property following a natural disaster.

Fees waived by ESA

The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) has waived reconnection fees in regard to the restoration of electrical services in flood damaged areas. For any residents who have already paid this fee, a full refund will be provided through ESA’s customer service centre at 1-877-372-7233.

Deferral of tax bills & help with plans to rebuild

On May 8, City Council approved giving more time to property owners affected by flooding to pay their 2019 property taxes. The final payment for property taxes this year is due on Thursday, June 20. Council is extending that due date to Thursday, December 5 for owners whose dwellings were flooded. Go to ottawa.ca for more information. Council also approved a motion to help residents in the flooded areas rebuild without needing to pay building fees or obtaining minor variances.

Canadian Red Cross help

Homeowners that have been directly impacted by spring flooding may receive financial aid from the Red Cross to help meet their immediate needs. Affected residents, where this is their primary residence, may receive up to $600 to help meet their immediate needs. To receive this assistance, impacted households need to be registered with the Red Cross. To register:

• Call: 1-800-863-6582
• Online at redcross.ca
• In-person at designated community centres (Red Cross Services)

Full details of assistance available can be found at redcross.ca/gethelp. Only one registration per household. Funds will be provided through e-transfer or a prepaid cash card.

Temporary road closure - Upper Dwyer Hill Road

On May 8, Upper Dwyer Hill Road, between Vaughan Side Road and Carroll Side Road, was closed due to an emergency culvert replacement. The road closure will be remain in effect for at least the next couple of weeks until the new culvert can be installed. Detour signage is in place.

Column: May 8, 2019

Ward 5 Information Sessions for flood-affected residents

The City of Ottawa is hosting information sessions for West Carleton-March residents affected by spring flooding. These sessions will provide information to help affected residents recover from the flood, including how to safely return home, remove waste and debris, and apply for financial assistance.

Representatives from the City of Ottawa, Insurance Bureau of Canada, Canadian Red Cross, Ottawa Public Health, Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs, which is responsible for the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians Program, and other organizations will be available to provide information to residents. The information sessions are taking place on Monday, May 13 as follows:

  • 2 to 4pm, Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre, 100 Clifford Campbell Street

  • 6:30 to 8:30pm, Constance and Buckham's Bay Community Centre, 262 Len Purcell Drive

Council Helps residents in flooded areas with tax bills & plans to rebuild

At the City Council meeting on May 8, Council approved giving more time to property owners affected by the current flooding to pay their 2019 property taxes. The final payment for property taxes this year is due on Thursday, June 20. Council is extending that due date to Thursday, December 5 for owners whose dwellings were flooded. Go to ottawa.ca for more information on tax deferral. Council also approved a motion to help residents in the flooded areas rebuild without needing to pay building fees or obtaining minor variances. A report detailing these changes will be prepared this summer for Council’s consideration.

Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has initiated the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians Program for the City of Ottawa, ‎which may provide financial assistance to residents affected by the flooding. Information about the program is available at www.Ontario.ca/DisasterAssistance to help individuals, small owner-operated businesses, farms and not-for-profit organizations cover emergency expenses and repair or replace essential property following a natural disaster.

Fees waived by the Electrical Safety Authority

The ESA is waiving reconnection fees effective immediately in regard to the restoration of electrical services in flood damaged areas in the province. For any residents who have already paid this fee, a full refund will be provided through ESA’s customer service centre at 1-877-372-7233.

Canadian Red Cross

Homeowners that have been directly impacted by spring flooding may receive financial aid from the Red Cross to help meet their immediate needs. Affected residents, where this is their primary residence, may receive up to $600 to help meet their immediate needs. To receive this assistance, impacted households need to be registered with the Red Cross. To register:

  • Call: 1-800-863-6582

  • Online at redcross.ca

  • In-person at designated community centres (Red Cross Services)

Full details of assistance available can be found at redcross.ca/gethelp. Only one registration per household. Funds will be provided through e-transfer or a prepaid cash card.

Column: May 2, 2019

Spring Flooding - State of Emergency

As of the writing of this column, Mayor Watson has just announced a state of emergency for the flood-affected areas of the City. Following the declaration on April 25, the City started receiving assistance from the Province of Ontario with management of the emergency operations. Support from the Canadian military arrived in Ottawa last week and members of the military will be continuing to assist residential homes who need help. As this situation will continue to be very fluid and ever-changing, there are several ways residents can stay informed as things evolve:

  • Frequently visit the City’s website (www.ottawa.ca). All of the latest news and information and details relating to state of emergency operations will be updated there.

  • Visit my website and my social media accounts (Twitter and Facebook). I will continue to post updates as required.

  • Join the City’s Facebook page called “Spring Flooding 2019.” City staff manage this page and relevant news is posted as it becomes available.

  • Tune into Ottawa’s various TV stations, radio stations and newspapers. Reporting on the situation is ongoing and updated news will certainly be reported on quickly.

  • Visit the website of the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (www.mvca.on.ca) and the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board (www.ottawariver.ca) to get up-to-date information on water levels.

  • I would like thank the many volunteers that have stepped up to help the affected residents. The generous help and support of volunteers will continue to be needed in the coming days and weeks.

  • If you are not volunteering and you are not a resident in the affected areas, please stay away from flooding locations. Roads need to be accessible to volunteers, emergency services and residents. For the safety and privacy of the homeowners, onlookers will be asked to leave.

Column: April 24, 2019

Flood Preparations Continuing This Week

As the water levels in Ottawa continue to rise, we are still vulnerable to flooding into the first week of May. Now is the time to prepare homes and property from potential flood waters. The main priority remains filling sandbags and supporting homeowners. There is a call-out all this week for volunteers. If you can assist, attend the Volunteer Check-In Centre at the Constance & Buckham’s Bay Community Centre, 262 Len Purcell Dr. They are running Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26 from 9am to 7pm. More information on volunteering is outlined on www.ottawa.ca. My sincere thanks to all who have volunteered so far – it’s very much appreciated.

Sand and sandbags have been deployed at the following locations in the Ward and west-end:

  • Greenland Road at Armitage Avenue

  • Beach at Moorhead Drive

  • 4127 John Shaw Road

  • 262 Len Purcell Drive

  • Kingdom Mines Road & Logger’s Way

  • MarcLaren’s Landing at boat launch

  • 1655 Maple Grove Road

  • 2941 March Road

  • 2121 Huntley Road

Listed below are some additional resources for affected residents:

Residents needing help: Residents who need help may be able to access volunteer support. The City has partnered with Team Rubicon Canada and Ottawa Volunteer Search and Research to help residents prepare sandbags. CLICK HERE to register to request support. Those who do not have Internet access can also call 211 to register (please call using a landline phone only).

www.mvca.on.ca: The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority’s website contains up-to-date information regarding watershed conditions and local water levels.

www.ottawariver.ca: The Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board’s website provides the latest news and information regarding Ottawa River water levels.

www.ottawa.ca: The City of Ottawa is monitoring the situation closely and the City’s website is continually being updated with latest news and helpful information.

City of Ottawa Facebook Group: The City created a “Spring Flooding 2019” Facebook Group to provide information to anyone affected by spring flooding or who wishes to keep up-to-date on the situation. City staff are managing this page and any relevant information will be provided as it becomes available.

Some other things to consider:

- The City is monitoring recycling/garbage collection in flood-affected areas. Changes may be required to the collection schedule. Decisions on this will be made in the coming days.

- If you are not volunteering and you are not a resident in the affected areas, please stay away. Roads need to be accessible to volunteers, emergency services and residents. For the safety and privacy of the homeowners, onlookers will be asked to leave.

Column: April 18, 2019

Quyon Ferry open for the season

The Quyon Ferry is open for season. On the Ontario side, the ferry is located at 5692 Ferry Road. On the Quebec side, it’s located at 3 Ferry Road, Quyon. For more information on the ferry, including schedules and contact information, go to www.quyonferry.com.

Rural Economic Development Strategy

At the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee (ARAC) on April 4, the Committee received the 2019 work plan for the City’s Planning, Infrastructure & Economic Development Department, outlining their key initiatives for the year ahead. As part of this Report, ARAC heard about a planned Rural Economic Development Strategy & Action Plan. The department is preparing to develop the strategy, which will help identify opportunities to support and stimulate rural economic growth and build Ottawa’s rural assets. This action plan will identify how and when the opportunities identified in the strategy will be delivered. This action plan was subsequently tabled at the City Council meeting on April 10 and was officially approved. As this strategy and action plan develops, there will be opportunities to provide input. As Chair of ARAC, I will be very involved with this initiative and will make sure to keep rural residents informed every step of the way.

Sidewalk Rehabilitation in Carp

The City of Ottawa has begun work on some sidewalk rehabilitation in Carp. A rehabilitation of approximately 530 metres of sidewalk on Donald B. Munro Drive South, from Langstaff Drive to Farmridge Avenue, is set to begin later this year. Design work is currently underway and the actual construction schedule will begin sometime this summer or fall. A Notice of Construction will be delivered to local residents prior to the commencement of any construction activities. For further information about this project, contact the City’s Project Manager: René Monast, 613-580-2424 ext. 23161, rene.monast@ottawa.ca.

Happy Easter

Make sure to take a look at the “Ward Events” section of my website at eliel-chantiry.ca. There are a number of Easter events happening throughout the ward.

My wife Maha and I want to wish everyone a wonderful Easter holiday. Enjoy your time with family, friends and neighbours.