Column: June 29, 2017

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre wants to know what matters to you
WOCRC is asking Ward 5 residents to join them for a conversation that will help identify the issues that matter to them, as they prepare for the 2018 City budget and the upcoming municipal and provincial elections. Feedback will be rolled back to the Making Voices Count project of the Coalition of Community Health Centres and CAWI. A key question that will be asked is what City of Ottawa social services matter to you, and where are the gaps? Session objectives:

  • Reflect on how city services (or lack thereof) affect the wellbeing of your community
  • Recognize that residents can have an impact on the city decision making process
  • Prepare to have an impact on the 2018 City budget, provincial and municipal elections
  • Identify city social service gaps and possible solutions

The conversation starts at 7pm on July 11 at the West Carleton Community Complex, 5670 Carp Road. Please RSVP to Julie McKercher (, 613-591-3686 x498) or Megan Richards (, 613-591-3686 x324).
Canada Day schedule changes to city services
There will be some changes to city services for the Canada Day holiday. For a full listing of changes go to Please note that green bin, recycling and garbage collection will take place on its regular day with no changes to the collection schedule.
Canada Day in downtown Ottawa
If you are planning to celebrate the 150th festivities in downtown Ottawa on July 1, be sure to plan ahead and arrive early to the downtown core. Record crowds are expected on Parliament Hill and there will be a number of road closures and heightened security. Revelers will only have access to the Parliament Hill grounds if they have already gone through the security screening tents that will be set up on Wellington Street near Parliament Hill. Keep updated on the latest on street closures and other safety measures by visiting
Canada Day fun in West Carleton-March
Visit the “Ward Events” section of my website ( for a listing of some of the events planned in Ward 5.
Wishing everyone a fun and relaxing Canada Day long weekend! No matter where you celebrate Canada's big day, please remember to do so responsibly and do not drink and drive.

Column: June 15, 2017

Mosquitoes & West Nile Virus

Ottawa Public Health continues to be diligent in testing for the West Nile Virus throughout the mosquito season. OPH treats any standing water that has had a positive result with the appropriate treatment. If you are concerned about a specific area of standing water and you would like to check if that area is being tested, simply call the Ottawa Public Health Information Line at 613-580-6744 or 3-1-1. The City's website at has useful tips and suggestions on avoiding mosquito bites and eliminating standing water around your home.

I have received a couple of inquiries wanting to know if the City can spray for nuisance mosquitoes in the Ward 5 area. There are no plans at this time to implement such a program. There is currently a trial program running in Ward 4 (Kanata North) relating to nuisance mosquitoes. It is too soon to conclude if positive impacts are occurring, and the research program will continue for another two years. As well, it should be noted that the residents of Kanata North have to pay a yearly tax levy of approximately $40 for this program. As West Carleton-March is over 30 times larger than Kanata North and boasts many ponds, creeks, and other bodies of water, it would be challenging to institute a similar program in our ward. It should be noted too that the tax levy that would be incurred by the Ward 5 taxpayer would be much higher than what Kanata North is currently paying.

Celebrate Canada’s 150th in Kinburn

The Kinburn Community Association is taking part in Ottawa 2017 celebrations. They hosting Kinburn Fun Day on Saturday, June 24 at their community centre, 3045 Kinburn Side Rd. The day will be filled with free activities for all ages. The schedule of events is listed on

Fitzroy Concerts in the Park back for another season

I am sponsoring this year’s Concerts in the Park series happening at Fitzroy Provincial Park every Thursday evening in July. This year's musical line up includes John Henry & The Steel Driving Band (July 6), The Heartbeats (July 13), The Debenham Brothers (July 20) and Ambush (July 27). Beginning at 6pm there will be a cash BBQ available courtesy of local youth groups. All funds will go towards local youth initiatives. Concerts begin at 7pm. Donations will also be collected for CHEO.