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

Column: Mar. 5, 2015

ARAC meeting location changed

A change has been made to the location of the Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee meetings. Effective starting on March 5, all regular ARAC meetings will be held in the Council Chambers at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive and will begin at 10am. As well, ARAC will still be able to hold special meetings off-site as deemed necessary by the Committee Chair. Moving the meetings to Ben Franklin Place is ideal as parking is free, and it’s a central location making it easier for all rural residents to attend. To view the ARAC agendas and scheduled meetings for 2015, please go to

Congratulations to Chief Pingitore

I am very pleased that Ward 5’s very own Gerry Pingitore has been appointed Chief of the Ottawa Fire Services. With over 37 years of experience, Gerry brings with him an extensive background and tremendous knowledge. I have worked closely with Gerry over the years and have seen firsthand his dedication to serving our city. Congratulations Chief Pingitore!

Peoples’ Choice Business Awards

On February 26, the West Ottawa Board of Trade held their 16th Annual Peoples’ Choice Business Awards. It was a great evening where several West Carleton-March businesses were honoured. Congratulations to the following Ward 5 area award recipients:

  • Community Support/Non-Profit Organization of the Year – Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre
  • Tourism Business of the Year – Diefenbunker Museum
  • Retail Business of the Year – Sobeys in Stittsville (which serves West Carleton & Goulbourn)
  • Restaurant of the Year – The Cheshire Cat
  • Health & Wellness Business of the Year – Yoga & Tea Studio
  • New Business of the Year – Quitters Coffee (which serves West Carleton & Goulbourn)
  • Small Business of the Year – The Herb Garden

Ottawa Architectural Conservation Awards

At the recent Ottawa Architectural Conservation Awards event, three Ward 5 locales were honoured as noted below. It’s great to see some ‘gems’ of West Carleton being recognized – a job well done!

  • Carp Village Café & Apartments received an Award of Excellence-Infill
  • Gourlay Ruins received an Award of Excellence-Other
  • The ruins of Old St. Mary’s Anglican Church & Cemetery presented with a heritage designation plaque

Column: Dec. 18, 2014

Congratulations to Patricia Tait

Last week Ward 5 resident Patricia Tait was awarded the Mayor’s City Builder Award in recognition for her extensive community activism in West Carleton. I know Pat personally and have worked closely with her over the years. She is very deserving of this recognition and I congratulate her wholeheartedly. The detailed media release regarding her award is posted on my website.

My Role in the New Term of Council 2014-2018

City Council recently approved the Councillors who will serve on Ottawa’s various committees and boards. My appointments are noted below. I am looking forward to this next term in office and will keep the priorities of Ward 5 front and centre as I work in the roles delegated to me.

  • Chair, Ottawa Police Services Board
  • Vice Chair, Finance & Economic Development Committee
  • Chair, Member Services Sub-Committee
  • Member, Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee
  • Member, Audit Committee
  • Member, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority and Mohr’s Landing/Quyon Port Authority
  • City Council representative for Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA)

Carp River Wetland & Habitat Creation Project

Ducks Unlimited Canada, the City of Ottawa and the Mississippi Conservation Authority have reached an agreement in principle with a private landowner for the restoration of 1.5 hectares of wetland “ox-bow” habitat along 600 m of the Carp River floodplain downstream from Huntmar Dr., for an estimated cost of $500,000.

Ducks Unlimited secured federal approval under the National Wetland Conservation Fund for 50% of the cost of the project. At the Ottawa City Council meeting on December 10, I tabled a motion (which was passed) to request the use of the City’s Environmental Resource Area Acquisition Reserve Fund to fund the other 50% to a limit of $250,000. This is excellent news and I’m pleased that the Carp River Wetland & Habitat Creation Project will be able to continue their restoration work of the wetlands as far as the Village of Carp.

Reminder! Ward 5 Christmas Food Hamper

Residents have until December 19 to drop off non-perishable food items at my ward office, 5670 Carp Rd. All donations will go to the West Carleton Food Access Centre. Thanks to all who have already generously donated.