Column: March 21, 2019

Orphaned Wildlife

The City’s By-law & Regulatory Services (BLRS) is receiving calls regarding injured and orphaned wildlife. Please note, not all wild animals found alone without an adult are orphans. It’s common for mothers to leave their babies in the nest/den while they forage for food. In most cases, these mothers will return to their young. If you find a baby wild mammal on its own, contact the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary first before calling 3-1-1 (613-258-9480 or www.rideauwildlife.org). Do not attempt to move the animal from its den/nest or to feed it. If you have already touched the animal, return it to where it was found. It’s a myth that the mother will reject her babies if they have been touched. Please note BLRS only responds to calls about injured or sick small wild animals.

Reporting potholes

If you see potholes on our roads, please call 3-1-1, or report it online at ottawa.ca/en/serviceottawa. You will receive a service request number making it easier to track for follow up, and your request will be sent to the appropriate department for action.

Mailbox damage

Occasionally mailboxes may get damaged by passing snow plows. Mailboxes will be repaired or replaced as determined by the City’s Roads Department Supervisor. Mailboxes damaged by the snow that comes off the wing of the snow plow will not be eligible for repair or replacement. Mailboxes will be replaced by something basic. Damaged posts will be replaced by a temporary one with permanent repairs undertaken after the frost is gone. To report a damaged mailbox, call 3-1-1 or report it via ottawa.ca/en/serviceottawa.

Spring Cleaning the Capital

Early bird registration is open for the City’s Spring Cleaning the Capital Campaign. Participants can register their cleanup projects by calling 3-1-1 or by using the online registration form available at ottawa.ca/clean. This is also an excellent opportunity for high school students to earn some community volunteer hours.

Camp FFIT

If you know a young woman between the ages 15 and 19 who is interested in a career in firefighting, please have them apply for Camp FFIT 2019 (Female Firefighters in Training). Camp FFIT will run from August 12 to 16. Deadline to apply is May 24. Go to ottawa.ca to get all the details, including eligibility requirements and application information.

Column: March 26, 2018

Flooding information session: Constance Bay

The City of Ottawa is hosting a public information session to share information about flood preparedness and mitigation. This meeting will bring together City staff, Councillors, outside agencies and residents whose neighbourhoods could be affected by a flood. Staff will make a presentation and will be available to answer questions. Key external partners will have information booths on site. This session is taking place at the Constance and Buckham’s Bay Community Centre (262 Len Purcell Dr.), Wednesday, April 4 at 6:30pm. For more information contact AreYouReady@ottawa.ca.

Flooding information session: Fitzroy Harbour & surrounding areas

Councillor El-Chantiry and city staff will be hosting a flooding information session for Fitzroy Harbour and surrounding areas on Wednesday, March 28, from 7pm to 9pm, at the Fitzroy Community Centre (100 Clifford Campbell St.). Residents will be provided with flood preparedness information and the City’s mitigation efforts. There will be a short presentation and a Q&A.

Reminder: Trivia Night in Carp

Tickets are still available for my April 13th Trivia Night in Carp Fundraiser, to raise funds for the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation’s Hope Rising Campaign for Mental Health. If you have note already done so, get your tickets now at https://TriviaNightInCarp.eventbrite.com.

GLAD Cleaning the Capital Spring Campaign

Early bird registration for the annual GLAD Cleaning the Capital spring campaign is now open! Participants can register their cleanup projects by calling 3-1-1 or by using the online registration form available at ottawa.ca/clean.

As part of this campaign “Capital Cleanup Weekend” is scheduled for April 27 to 29. This will be a good opportunity for me to visit cleanup projects in Ward 5 to thank volunteers for keeping our community green and clean. If you are planning a project during Cleanup Weekend, let my office know and I will try and stop by to lend a hand!

Camp FFIT 2018

Ottawa Fire Services, in partnership with Fire Service Women Ontario, is pleased to announce an application call for Camp FFIT (Female Firefighters in Training) 2018. Young women between the ages of 15 and 19, who meet the application criteria, can apply at ottawa.ca. Applications must be returned to Ottawa Fire Services Training Centre, located at 898 Industrial Avenue, no later than May 25, 2018.

Column: March 19, 2018

Flooding information session: Constance Bay

The City of Ottawa is hosting a public information session to share information about flood preparedness and mitigation. This meeting will bring together City staff, Councillors, outside agencies and residents whose neighbourhoods could be affected by a flood. Staff will make a presentation and will be available to answer questions. Key external partners will have information booths on site. This session is taking place at the Constance and Buckham’s Bay Community Centre (262 Len Purcell Dr.), Wednesday, April 4 at 6:30pm. For more information contact AreYouReady@ottawa.ca.

Flooding information session: Fitzroy Harbour & surrounding areas

Councillor El-Chantiry and city staff will be hosting a flooding information session for Fitzroy Harbour and surrounding areas on Wednesday, March 28, from 7pm to 9pm, at the Fitzroy Community Centre (100 Clifford Campbell St.). Residents will be provided with flood preparedness information and the City’s mitigation efforts. There will be a short presentation and a Q&A.

Reminder: Trivia Night in Carp

Tickets are still available for my April 13th Trivia Night in Carp Fundraiser, to raise funds for the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation’s Hope Rising Campaign for Mental Health. If you have note already done so, get your tickets now at https://TriviaNightInCarp.eventbrite.com.

GLAD Cleaning the Capital Spring Campaign

Early bird registration for the annual GLAD Cleaning the Capital spring campaign is now open! Participants can register their cleanup projects by calling 3-1-1 or by using the online registration form available at ottawa.ca/clean.

As part of this campaign “Capital Cleanup Weekend” is scheduled for April 27 to 29. This will be a good opportunity for me to visit cleanup projects in Ward 5 to thank volunteers for keeping our community green and clean. If you are planning a project during Cleanup Weekend, let my office know and I will try and stop by to lend a hand!

Camp FFIT 2018

Ottawa Fire Services, in partnership with Fire Service Women Ontario, is pleased to announce an application call for Camp FFIT (Female Firefighters in Training) 2018. Young women between the ages of 15 and 19, who meet the application criteria, can apply at ottawa.ca. Applications must be returned to Ottawa Fire Services Training Centre, located at 898 Industrial Avenue, no later than May 25, 2018.

Column: March 30, 2017

Wildlife Speaker Series

As part of the Wildlife Strategy, the City of Ottawa initiated a Wildlife Speaker Series to increase residents' knowledge and appreciation of wildlife, and promote coexistence through understanding and respect. Two events are planned for 2017, and the first one is taking place on Thursday, April 6, 2017 and is called "Celebrating Canada's Wildlife." In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary, and leading up to National Wildlife Week (April 9 to 15), the City invites residents to learn more about Canada’s iconic wildlife.

The event will include displays by local organizations and a presentation by renowned naturalist Michael Runtz. Canada’s rich diversity of wildlife is part of our national heritage, and continues to shape our country’s global identity. Beavers, loons and moose are all readily recognized as Canadian symbols, and can all be found living in Ottawa.

The event is being held at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, and begins at 6pm with a Wildlife Expo and then opening remarks and presentation at 7pm. Admission is free. Register online at ottawa.ca.

Camp FFIT

Ottawa Fire Services, in partnership with Fire Service Women Ontario, is pleased to announce an application call for Camp FFIT (Female Firefighters in Training) 2017. Young women between the ages of 15 and 19, who meet the application criteria, are invited to apply. Camp FFIT is designed to educate young women about the career of firefighting. Applications are available now at ottawa.ca and must be returned to Ottawa Fire Services Training Centre located at 898 Industrial Avenue no later than May 26, 2017. Camp FFIT takes place August 21 to 25, 2017, 8am-5pm, at the Ottawa Fire Services Training Centre, 898 Industrial Avenue.

Participants will have an opportunity to speak to women and men who work at Ottawa Fire Services, as well as firefighters from neighbouring communities and students who have graduated from a Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training Program. Instruction will be offered in English. For questions, email campffit@ottawa.ca or call 613-580-2424 ext 29621.

Pancake breakfast in support of West Carleton Food Access Centre

The West Carleton Food Access Centre (WCFAC) is hosting a free pancake breakfast on Saturday, April 1, from 8:30-10:30am, at the Kinburn Community Centre, 3045 Kinburn Side Road. Kindly bring a non-perishable, non-expired food item to help support WCFAC.

Column: Mar. 12, 2015

Older Adult Plan Consultation & Celebration

Mayor Jim Watson will host a consultation event to help shape the City’s Older Adult Plan 2015-2018 and to celebrate the many accomplishments of the current plan since it was adopted in 2012. The consultation is taking place on Wednesday, March 18, from 10am to 3:30pm at Ottawa City Hall. To register for this consultation go to ottawa.ca/olderadults or call 3-1-1.
 
The Older Adult Plan was adopted in October 2012, reinforcing Ottawa’s commitment to becoming an age-friendly and caring community. Among the accomplishments:

  • Improved accessibility of buildings and outdoor spaces
  • Improved access to support for vulnerable older adults who have low incomes or are socially isolated
  • Additional programming for older adults in fitness, computer literary and CPR training
  • Enhanced communication, including an older adult portal on ottawa.ca and printed guides of City programs and services

Feedback acquired at the March 18 event will be used to update the plan and ensure it continues to meet the current and long-term needs of Ottawa’s older adults. The updated plan will go to both the Community and Protective Services Committee and Council for approval later in 2015.

Applications for Camp FFIT

Women between the ages of 15 and 19 can apply for a position in Camp FFIT (Female Firefighters in Training), an annual camp designed to educate young women about a career in firefighting.

Participants will experience such tasks as search and rescue, aerial ladder climb, auto extrication, forcible entry, high-rise operations, as well as wearing full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus and fighting simulated fires. Applications are available at ottawa.ca and the deadline to apply is May 22, 2015.

Apply now for a City environmental grant

The City is seeking proposals from non-profit organizations interested in enhancing and improving our shared environment. Through the Community Environmental Projects Grant Program (CEPGP), the City supports neighbourhoods and environmental stewardship projects, specifically those that aim to improve stormwater management, enhance and protect natural areas and reduce our overall environmental impact. Application deadline is June 1. Visit ottawa.ca for details about the program, eligibility criteria and an online application.