Column: December 24, 2018

West Carleton Adult Recreational Badminton Club – The West Carleton Adult Recreational Badminton Club invites players of all skill levels to participate in its winter season, on Wednesday evenings. Club members play each Wednesday, from 6:30pm to 10pm at Stonecrest Elementary School. Membership is open to those 18 years and older. A limited number of junior memberships (15-17 years old) are available for children of parents or guardians, who are members of the club, and are present with the junior member on club nights. Players of every skill level are welcome, from beginner to more skilled recreational participants. As a club member you can play at your own level, or if you wish you can play to improve your game. Players bring their own racquets and wear non-marking soft-soled shoes and comfortable clothing. The club supplies nets and birds. Participants pitch in with court set-up and take-down. Register on game night. For more information and costing to participate, call Randy at 613-623-8215, Sarah at, or visit the web site at

Holiday hours for the West Carleton Client Service Centre - The Client Service Centre at the West Carleton Community Complex (5670 Carp Rd.) will experience some schedule changes to their hours of operation during the holidays as follows:

• Wednesday December 19, 2018 – 8:30am to 12pm
• Wednesday December 26, 2018 – Closed
• Wednesday January 2, 2019 – Closed

Schedule changes to some City services – There will be some schedule changes to some City of Ottawa services during the holidays from Monday, December 24 to Wednesday, January 2, 2019. Of note, there will be no curbside green bin, recycling, garbage or bulky item collection on Christmas Day. Christmas Day’s pickup will take place on Boxing Day and all collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. New Year’s Day pick-up will take place on Wednesday, January 2 and all collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. Christmas trees will be picked up on your regular garbage day. Please remove all decorations. Christmas trees in plastic bags will not be collected. For a complete listing of all holiday closures and schedule changes go to

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year - Maha & I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas & best wishes for a Happy New Year. Please enjoy the festivities with your family & friends – and please be responsible & do not drink and drive.