Column: Feb. 19, 2015

Reminder! Ward 5 budget meeting February 25

As I’ve mentioned in previous columns, I will be hosting my annual public consultation for Ward 5 residents to review the draft 2015 City of Ottawa Budget. It’s happening February 25, in the Roly Armitage Hall at the West Carleton Community Complex, 5670 Carp Rd., from 7pm to 9pm. City staff will be on hand to provide an overview, answer questions and hear feedback.

New term, new website!

Take few minutes to visit my updated/new website. Don’t forget to bookmark it. It’s a great community resource to stay up-to-date on ward-specific and city-wise issues and events.

Free Weekly Rural Shoppers’ Bus

I would like to remind residents that OC Transpo provides a once-a-week service (route 203) from Ward 5 to urban shopping destinations. Route 203 is a free-to-ride Wednesday-only fully accessible bus providing West Carleton residents with a convenient way to get into town for shopping, doctor’s appointments, etc. Route 203 services Dunrobin and Carp and travels to Stittsville, Kanata Centrum, Bayshore, Lincoln Fields and Carlingwood shopping centres. On the afternoon return trip it visits the same stops in reverse order.

In January 2012 OC Transpo introduced this service and since inception, route 203 has steadily increased its ridership and has carried more customers than most of the other rural routes (routes 201-Richmond, 202-Cumberland, 204-Metcalfe and 205-North Gower). If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to give it a try and see for yourself how convenient it is!  Residents should double-check the route beforehand to make sure it’s on schedule (especially on inclement weather days) by calling OC Transpo at 613-741-4390 or visiting

Congratulations to Roly Armitage

I recently attended Dr. Roly Armitage’s 90th birthday celebration at the Constance Bay Legion, and want to thank his family for extending an invitation to me. My wife Maha and I want to wish Roly all the best in the years ahead.

Congratulations Roly and thanks for your many years of work to better to our community and for your dedicated service to our country.

Column: Feb. 12, 2015

Budget 2015

The draft City Budget 2015 has now been tabled. It limits the increase in the municipal portion of the property tax bill to no more than 2 per cent, an increase of approximately $55 per year for a rural home assessed at $355,000. Some Ward 5 areas of note contained in the draft document are:

  • $1.17 million for Ward 5 rural road upgrades and operational improvements
  • $1.01 million for Ward 5 road preservation treatments
  • $5.02 million for the following Ward 5 road resurfacing projects:
    • Kinburn Side Rd. west of Highway 17 to west of Donald B. Munro
    • Kinburn Side Rd. east of Loggers Way to west of Woodkilton Rd.
    • Richardson Side Rd. from Beavertail Rd. to Carp Rd.
    • Old Almonte Rd. from Beavertail Rd. to Corkery Rd.
  • $75,000 for Woodkilton Rd. bridge
  • $844,000 for the Anderson Rd. bridge
  • $1.63 million for Constance Bay low point drainage improvements
  • $84,000 for Ottawa Rd. 29 culvert
  • $100,000 for the Diamondview Rd. culvert phase 1
  • $85,000 to replace fire alarm panel at the West Carleton Community Complex
  • $170,000 for the Carp, Constance Bay and Fitzroy libraries for the RFID project
  • $35,000 for equipment and furniture for the Constance Bay branch of the Ottawa Public Library

To have your say, please attend my Ward 5 public consultation on February 25, 7-9pm, 5670 Carp Road. As well, residents can make five-minute presentations to the upcoming Standing Committees, Boards and Commissions at their budget review meetings. Visit to register to speak and to view the draft budget in its entirety.

Family Day schedule changes

There will be schedule changes to some city services for Family Day on Monday, February 16. Of note, there will be no curbside, green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Family Day. Family Day’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, February 17. The collection of green bin, garbage and recycling materials will be delayed by one day for the entire week. Visit for a complete listing of all schedule changes.

Column: Feb. 5, 2015

Improvements to My ServiceOttawa
Ottawa residents now have the ability to view, print and pay their property tax bill and water and sewer bill online at through My ServiceOttawa. By creating a My ServiceOttawa account, residents can securely access and customize online City services and information that matter most to them including:

  • Paying bills online or setting up preauthorized payments
  • Viewing account summaries, bill history and last payment information
  • Changing mailing address
  • Viewing personalized garbage and recycling calendar
  • Viewing the status of service requests

Set up an account today by going to and selecting the My Service Ottawa button at the top of the web page.
Summer Student Employment Campaign
As reminder to interested young residents, the City of Ottawa 2015 Summer Student Employment Campaign opened on February 2 and runs until February 27. Students interested in summer employment can apply online at This is a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience, so get your resumes in!
City of Ottawa Budget 2015
The City of Ottawa Budget for 2015 was tabled at the City Council meeting on February 4. Before the Budget is finalized at the Council meeting on March 11, there will be series of City-run public consultations. In last week’s column I noted all of the consultations scheduled across the city. I would like to remind Ward 5 residents that the upcoming session for the west-end area is happening on Tuesday, February 10, 7:30-9:30pm at Holy Trinity Catholic High School, 180 Katimavik Rd.
Also as a reminder, my annual Ward 5 public consultation is scheduled for Wednesday, February 25, from 7pm to 9pm in the Roly Armitage Hall at the West Carleton Community Complex, 5670 Carp Rd. City staff will be on hand to provide an overview, to answer questions and hear feedback from residents. Visit for all the latest on the Budget 2015.

Column: Jan. 29, 2015

Ward 5 Public Consultation on the 2015 City Budget

As I do every year, I will be hosting my annual public consultation for Ward 5 residents to discuss and review the 2015 City of Ottawa draft budget. It will be taking place on Wednesday, February 25, from 7pm to 9pm in the Roly Armitage Hall at the West Carleton Community Complex, 5670 Carp Rd. City staff will be on hand to provide an overview, to answer questions and hear feedback from residents. The latest information draft budget will be posted on

PLEASE NOTE: My monthly e-newsletter published on January 20, noted that this public consultation was taking place on February 24. However, the date and time changed to FEBRUARY 25, 7-9PM, to facilitate a larger number of resident’s ability to attend.

2015 City of Ottawa Budget

City Council has directed that the 2015 draft budget for all City tax-supported programs be prepared on the basis of a maximum 2% tax increase. The draft budget is being tabled at the City Council meeting on February 4 and final budget recommendations approved on March 11.

I encourage all residents to submit their budget ideas by emailing (please copy me at or by using the twitter hash tag #ottbudget.

In addition to my Ward 5 budget meeting outlined above, residents can also provide feedback at the regional consultation sessions and at standing committee meetings. The four regional public consultations hosted by the City are scheduled as follows:

  • Central location: Monday, February 9, 7-9pm, City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave., West
  • West location: Tuesday, February 10, 7:30-9:30pm, Holy Trinity Catholic High School, 180 Katimavik Rd.
  • South location:  Wednesday, February 11, 7-9pm, Nepean Sportplex, 1701 Woodroffe Ave.
  • East location: Thursday, February 12, 7:30-9:30pm, Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Blvd.

Charity Snowmobile Poker Run

Join the fun at the West Carleton Snowmobile Trails Association’s annual Charity Snowmobile Poker Run in support of the Snowsuit Fund. It’s taking place on Saturday, February 7 from 8:30am to 8pm at the Kinburn Community Centre, 3045 Kinburn Side Rd. For more information and to buy tickets go to