Column: December 8, 2016

Nominate an Outstanding Young Farmer for 2017
 
Ontario’s Outstanding Young Farmers Program (OOYF) is designed to recognize farmers and farm couples who exemplify excellence in their profession. Anyone can nominate a young farmer/farm couple as long as they meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be between the ages of 18 and 39
  • Be farm operators
  • Derive a minimum of two-thirds of their income from farming

Nominations are dueJanuary 15, 2017 and are available at www.oyfontario.ca/nominations.html.
 
Snow Go Program
 
If you need help clearing your driveway and/or walkway during the winter, the Snow Go Program can help. It is divided into two parts:
 
The Snow Go Program provides a matching service for seniors and people with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways. Residents are responsible for paying the individual or contractor removing the snow.
 
The Snow Go Assist Program provides financial assistance to eligible low-income seniors or persons with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways. Approved participants may be reimbursed for 50% of the cost of snow clearing per event, up to a seasonal maximum of $250. Rural applicants who pay excessively high costs for snow removal, as defined by staff, are eligible up to 50% of the cost of snow clearing for their private driveways and walkways per event, up to a maximum of $450 per term.
 
Check ottawa.ca/snowgo to find the agency that services your neighbourhood.
 
Carp Christmas Parade
 
Please note, Carp Road will be temporarily closed on December 10, starting at 11:45am, to accommodate the 8th Annual Carp Christmas Parade. The parade will enter onto Carp Road at the Diefenbunker and will finish up there as well. The road will reopen immediately after the parade is over.
 
Budget 2017
 
This is a reminder that the draft City of Ottawa Budget for 2017 is being tabled for final approval at the City Council meeting on December 14. Over the past few months during the consultation process, residents had many opportunities to provide input and suggestions on the budget.
 
In a future edition of my column, I’ll provide an update on the finalized Budget and will highlight the important aspects that will be of interest to Ward 5 residents.

Column: October 13, 2016

Water, wastewater & stormwater rate review

This is a reminder to residents that the City’s Environment Committee is meeting on October 18 (next Tuesday) to review the Water, Wastewater & Stormwater Rate Review Report that will be tabled. If you haven’t already done so, please read my column from last week (it’s posted on eliel-chantiry.ca) which reviews the full extent of the Report and what it will potentially mean to you as a resident.

I strongly encourage residents to voice their concerns and comments to the Environment Committee members before October 18. This can be done by emailing your feedback to the Committee Coordinator (Christopher.Zwierzchowski@ottawa.ca) and request your messaging be shared with members of the Committee. Alternatively, you may also register as a public delegation and speak to the Committee at its meeting on October 18. If you wish to do so, please contact Christopher Zwierzchowski using the email address above or by calling 613-580-2424 x21359.

Budget 2017

There is still time to provide feedback to the City which will be used in drafting of the City’s budget for 2017, which will be tabled at Council on November 9. You can provide your comments by:

  • Emailing budget@ottawa.ca
  • Participating in the online consultation at ottawa.citizenbudget.com
  • Tweeting @ottawacity using the hash tag #ottbudget
  • Calling 3-1-1

Subsequent to the tabling, residents can make a presentation to Standing Committees, Boards and Commissions when they meet to review the draft budget (go to the eAgenda on ottawa.ca for meeting times/locations).

Red-light cameras being installed at locations across the city

Five new red-light cameras will be installed throughout the city in 2016 with 15 more to be installed in 2017. These 20 cameras will be in addition to the existing 34 red-light cameras currently in operation at locations across Ottawa.

The program’s objective is to improve intersection safety by decreasing the number of red-light running occurrences. In 2014, there were 655 reportable angle collisions at signalized intersections in the city.

Red-light cameras take two photographs: the first is taken when a vehicle is about to enter an intersection with a red light, the second photograph shows the offending vehicle in the intersection. The fine for running a red light is $260, plus a $5 service fee and $60 victim surcharge. The City installs cameras at intersections based on collision rates.

Column: September 29, 2016

Constance Bay Community Market – Final Market of the season!

The Constance Bay Community Market’s inaugural season wraps up on Saturday, October 1. Stop by from 9am to noon at St. Gabriel’s Parish, 205 Bayview Drive. The offerings are plenty: fresh produce, meats, fresh roasted coffee beans, arts, crafts, and more! Please bring a non-perishable food donation too as there will be a collection for West Carleton Food Access Centre. For more information visit marketinthebay.com. Thank you to all of the volunteers who worked very hard in making the first season a successful one. A job well done!

Green Acres Program

The City of Ottawa, in partnership with local Conservation Authorities, needs the help of rural landowners to help create more thriving green woodlands in rural areas. If you own a minimum of 0.4 hectares of suitable, idle land and meet the program criteria, the Green Acres Program will provide you with subsidized tree seedlings, advice/assistance in setting up a proper planting plan and help with caring for the trees after they are planted. Landowners are being sought now for the 2017 planting season. For more information call the Land Owner Resource Centre at 613-692-3571.

Fall Cleaning the Capital Campaign

The annual Tim Hortons Fall Cleaning the Capital Campaign is underway and I encourage individuals and groups register a clean up location. The campaign runs until October 15 and there are many locations in Ward 5 that need some attention! This is an excellent opportunity for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours. If you are participating and would like me to help with your clean up, please email me at eli.el-chantiry@ottawa.ca or call 613-580-2475. I’d be happy to participate!

Budget 2017

Last week I held a Town Hall meeting where Budget 2017 was discussed. If you were unable to attend, you can still provide feedback, which can be used in the drafting of the 2017 Budget before it’s tabled at Council on November 9:

  • Email budget@ottawa.ca
  • Participate in the online consultation at ottawa.citizenbudget.com
  • Tweet @ottawacity using the hash tag #ottbudget
  • Call 3-1-1
  • Make a presentation to Standing Committees, Boards and Commissions when they meet to review the draft budget (go to the eAgenda on ottawa.ca for meeting times/locations)

The budget goes to Council for final approval on December 14, 2016.

Column: September 22, 2016

Ward 5 Town Hall Reminder

As noted in my column last week, residents are invited to my Town Hall on Tuesday, September 28 at the Kinburn Community Centre (3045 Kinburn Side Rd). At 6pm, residents can visit various tables displaying information on important services provided by the City of Ottawa. At 7:15pm the City’s Deputy City Treasurer and I will do a brief presentation on the City of Ottawa’s Budget 2017 timeline. We are looking for constructive feedback and suggestions from residents that can be used in the drafting of the 2017 Budget, before it’s tabled at Council on November 9. Light refreshments will be served.

Fridays are my ward days

I would like to remind residents that most Fridays I spend at my ward office in Kinburn meeting with residents and making site visits throughout the ward. If you would like a face-to-face meeting with me, Fridays are a great time to set something up. Please give my ward office a call to schedule a time, 613-580-2424 x32272. Walk-ins on Fridays are also welcome – but please note that I may be busy with a scheduled appointment, but my ward staff will be happy to assist if I’m occupied with another resident.

Public consultation on two news parks in Ward 5

Two Ward 5 parks have been earmarked to receive upgrades, and the City is now seeking public feedback:

  • Dunrobin Park, 1151 Thomas A Dolan Parkway:  Located at the Dunrobin Community Centre, the upgrades will feature two play structure components that offer inclusive play opportunities including a revolution spinner and teeter totter, and an accessible stone dust pathway that leads from the Community Centre to the playground. The protective surfacing for the new play area will be engineered wood fibre.
  • Marathon Park, 210 Linda Loop: The improvement will be a 16’ square park shelter on a concrete pad located off the existing stone dust pathway adjacent the swing set.

The proposed completion date is summer 2017. Feedback on the proposed upgrades should be sent to Donna Williams, Park Planner, City of Ottawa, donna.williams@ottawa.ca, 613-580-2424 x23169. PDFs of the concept plans can be viewed via eliel-chantiry.ca (on the home page under the “Latest News” section).

Column: September 15, 2016

Ward 5 Town Hall

I am holding a Ward 5 Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, September 28 at the Kinburn Community Centre (3045 Kinburn Side Rd.).

At 6pm, residents can stop by tables displaying information on services provided by the City of Ottawa. The departments featured will be Revenue, Rural Affairs, Infrastructure Services, Roads Services, Ottawa Fire, Ottawa Police, Para Transpo, Park & Recreation and Public Health.

At 7:15pm, the City’s Deputy City Treasurer and I will do a brief presentation on the City of Ottawa’s Budget 2017 timeline. We are looking for constructive feedback and suggestions from residents that can be used in the drafting of the 2017 Budget, before it’s tabled at Council on November 9. Make sure to learn about how the City budget works ahead of my Town Hall by visiting ottawa.ca/en/learn-about-budget. If you cannot attend, but still want to provide your input, you can:

•    Email budget@ottawa.ca
•    Participate in the online consultation at ottawa.citizenbudget.com
•    Tweet @ottawacity using the hash tag #ottbudget
•    Call 3-1-1

After the draft is tabled on November 9, there will be additional opportunities to provide input before it goes to Council for final approval on December 14. Residents can make a five-minute presentation to Standing Committees, Boards and Commissions when they meet to review the draft budget. Consult the meeting schedule on the eAgenda on ottawa.ca and inquire with the listed contact person to register.

New pedestrian crossover on Carp Rd.

The Highway Traffic Act was recently revised so that municipalities can install pedestrian crossovers on low speed, low and medium volume roads. One such crossover is now installed on Carp Road at the Carp Fairgrounds. This crossover allows pedestrians to safely cross Carp Road, and vehicles must yield while they’re crossing. The Carp Road crossover is identified with signs, pavement markings and flashing beacons.

It is the responsibility of all road users (drivers, cyclists and pedestrians) to understand and follow the rules at pedestrian crossovers. Ottawa.ca has extensive information on the regulations and I highly recommend it be reviewed – especially as there will be 180 crossovers installed over the next three years throughout Ottawa and we will be encountering them more frequently.