Column: November 26, 2018

8th Annual West Carleton-March Food Drive – My annual Christmas food drive for the West Carleton Food Access Centre kicks off today! Residents can drop off non-perishable food items to the ward office (5670 Carp Road) Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Collection will continue until December 21. Specific items needed are canned fruit, canned stew, tomato paste, dish soap, laundry soap and packaged chocolate chip cookies. Please, no expired products.

Collection for Savvy Seconds – My ward office is also collecting new socks and new underwear for Savvy Seconds. Savvy Seconds presently has a very large inventory of used clothing. However, they are in desperate need of new socks and new underwear. To assist them, I am asking residents to drop off donations of new socks and new underwear (must be packaged). All sizes are welcome. (Any underwear not packaged will be discarded). Drop off can be done Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Savvy Seconds is a free clothing venue for the whole family and is located at the West Carleton Community Complex. Anyone in need of clean, gently used clothing can make an appointment to see the current inventory. For more information on this volunteer-run organization, please call 613-240-8644.

Public Meeting: Conserve our Carp Hills – Please join Ducks Unlimited Canada and representatives from the City of Ottawa and Friends of the Carp Hills, for an important public meeting happening on Tuesday, November 27, 7pm, at the Carp Mess Hall, 2240 Craig Side Rd. The Carp Hills are a rare and beautiful slice of nature right in our own backyard. Ducks Unlimited has acquired 440 acres of the conservation land, adjacent to the Crazy Horse Trail. Your feedback and ideas are needed to help determine the best ways of conserving and managing this area so everyone can continue to enjoy its wilderness and wildlife for generations to come.

Carp Farmers' Market Christmas Market – The Carp Farmers' Market is holding their Christmas Market on Friday, November 30 from 3-8pm and Saturday, December 1 from 8am to 2pm. There will be a wide variety of local products and produce available, with over 75 local vendors. The Farmers' Market will be collecting non-perishable food items for the West Carleton Food Access Centre, so please bring along a couple of items to help support local families in need this holiday season. For further details, please go to

Constance Bay Christmas Parade and Christmas Market/One-Of-A-Kind Sale – The CBBCA is holding their annual Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, December 1. The floats will gather on Baillie Avenue for a 10am start. The parade will run along Bayview Drive to Len Purcell Drive and will end at the community centre for hot dogs, Santa and hot chocolate. Make sure to bring non-perishable food items for the West Carleton Food Access Centre. Also, be sure to check out the Constance Bay Community Market's Christmas Market happening inside the community centre. The Constance Bay Community Market is once again partnering with the CBBCA to host a Christmas Market on Saturday, December 1 in conjunction with Santa Day in The Bay. The market runs from 10am to 3pm, giving visitors time to shop for unique and special gifts with over 30 vendors both before and after the parade. Visitors can expect an variety of products and services at the Christmas Market including: preserves, maple syrup, honey & beeswax products, natural soap & body products, photography, an array of practical to whimsical hand-crafted items including jewelry, fabric, yarn, needle & bead crafts, cards and party supplies, painting and woodwork, slime and stress toys, and tie-dye t-shirts. Those looking to satisfy their cravings can choose from Thai food, decadent baking & goodies and fresh roasted coffee.

$100 and Under Christmas Arts & Crafts Sale – The West Carleton Arts Society is holding their popular $100 and Under Christmas Arts & Crafts Sale Friday, November 30 (2-8pm), Saturday, December 1 (9am-5pm) and Sunday, December 2 (11am to 4pm). The sale is happening at St. Paul's United Church at 3760 Carp Road. All arts and crafts are selling for under $100. For more information visit

Breakfast With Santa hosted by Kinburn Fire Station 61 – The firefighters of Station 61 in Kinburn are hosting Breakfast with Santa at the Kinburn Community Centre on December 2 from 10am to 1pm. Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy a hot breakfast with options ranging from $5 to $10. There will also be a silent auction and a raffle, as well as an opportunity to get photos taken with Santa from 10:30am to 12:30pm. All proceeds will go to Station 61 and the Kinburn Community Association to support community events.

Column: August 6, 2018

Temporary road closure:  Mohrs Road

Please note that Mohrs Road, from Galetta Side Road to Riddledale Road, will be closed from Tuesday, August 7 to Wednesday, October 31, 2018. The contractor will be completing north and south Mohrs Road bridge rehabilitation. Notification signs will be posted and there will be a signed detour in place. Local and emergency vehicle access will be maintained. The impact to traffic will be moderate.

Carp Farmers' Market - Garlic Festival

The annual Carp Farmers' Market Garlic Festival is taking place Saturday, August 11, from 8am to 3pm, and Sunday, August 12, from 10am to 3pm. Shop at your favourite vendors as well as a group of hand-picked Garlic Festival vendors! Enjoy the summer weather as you shop local and participate in the Market's special garlic-themed events. Here's some of what to expect at this year's Festival:

  • 100+ LOCAL vendors
  • International food court
  • Cooking demos and information sessions
  • Garlic braiding contest
  • Garlic taste testing
  • Garlic shots - Test your bravery at our garlic shots table!
  • Kids activity tent
  • Live music
  • Free parking and free admission.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Pet friendly (dogs must be kept on a maximum 6-foot leash)

Visit closer to the date for latest details on events and happenings during the 2-day Festival.

Soupindipity Committee - Summer Sales

The Soupindipity Committee of St. Paul’s United Church, 3760 Carp Rd., has already hosted three summer sales from their Repeat Performance Boutique of great bargains on summer fashions, accessories and a large selection of books for summer reading. There are two more sales happening this season: August 11 and August 25. They will run from 9am-1pm. These two remaining sales will have prices significantly reduced to get ready for the fall and winter season. For more information, please call Hester at 613-839-2171.

Get your tickets now for St. Gabriel’s Annual Roast Beef Dinner

St. Gabriel's Church is hosting their annual Roast Beef Dinner on Saturday, September 15 at Northwind Centre, 262 Len Purcell Drive. The cash bar opens at 4pm. The first seating is 4:30-6pm and the second seating is 6-7:30pm. Walk-in at 7pm (if extra food is available). Tickets are $20/adults, $8/youth ages 5 to 11 and free for kids four years and under. Get tickets by calling (613) 808-4573.  Take-out and vegetarian lasagna available. In loving memory of Theresa Wilson.

Column: October 27, 2016

Carleton Street renamed Jack Lougheed Way
On October 17, the former Carleton Street in Fitzroy Harbour was officially renamed Jack Lougheed Way. I couldn't think of a more appropriate person to be honoured with this renaming. Jack Lougheed has a long history of service in the Fitzroy Harbour community. As a community mentor and pastoral care leader, Jack dedicates much of his time to visiting with seniors experiencing sickness or failing health. Congratulations to Jack!
Carp Farmers' Market
The final Carp Farmers' Market of the season is Saturday, October 29. It will be a Kids' Club Halloween Spooktacular. There will be a haunted barn and costume contest (taking place at 11am). Plus, all who visit in their costumes will be able to trick-or-treat from booth to booth. The Market is open from 8am-1pm. (FYI, Carp Farmers' Market will hold their annual Christmas Market on December 2, 3pm-8pm, and December 3, 8am-2pm.)
Snow Go & Snow Go Assist programs
The City of Ottawa provides the Snow Go Program. It helps seniors and persons with disabilities find reliable contractors and/or individuals to clear snow from their private driveways/walkways. Once matched up with snow removal help, residents are responsible for making payments directly to the individual or contractor. Seniors and persons with disabilities can also apply to the Snow Go Assist Program. It provides financial assistance for a portion of their snow removal costs for eligible participants. For more information about any of these services visit or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).
Recruitment of outdoor rink operators and volunteers for the 2016-2017 season
The city is looking for community members to operate or support neighbourhood outdoor rinks. Grants are available to assist you in this endeavour. For more information or if you are interested in becoming a community outdoor rink operator or volunteer, contact the Seasonal Recreation Office at 613-580-2590 or
Have a safe and fun-filled Halloween!
There are a lot of Halloween events happening in West Carleton-March in the coming few days. I’ve listed some on under the “Ward Events” section.
Wishing everyone a safe and fun-filled Halloween night. For those travelling on our roads, please remember to be very cautious of the excited and preoccupied ghosts and goblins roaming the streets. Drive slowly and be alert!

Column: July 30, 2015

Earlier Hours at the Kinburn Client Services Centre

To ensure residents have every opportunity to take advantage of the convenience of paying for fire permits, dog licenses, parking tickets etc., the Kinburn Client Services Centre will be open 7:30am to 3:30pm on the first Wednesday of each month for the next 6 months (August 5, September 2, October 7, November 4, December 2 and January 6, 2016). This is on a trial basis and will be revisited after January 2016 to determine practicality.

Colonel By Day Schedule changes

There will be some schedule changes to city services for the Colonel By Day holiday. Of note, there will be no curbside green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Monday, August 3. Pick up will be on Tuesday, August 4. In addition, the collection of green bin, recycling and garbage will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. For full details on all of the schedule changes happening, visit

Carp Farmer’s Market 15th Annual Garlic Festival

Stock up on those garlic recipes, the Garlic Festival is coming! Come to the Carp Farmer’s Market Saturday August 8 (from 8am to 3pm) or Sunday August 9 (from 10am to 3pm). There will be many vendors and products to choose from.

Pan Am Games Medalists

I would like to congratulate our very own Cameron Smedleyand Samantha Cornett who won medals at the Pan Am Games! Cameron won silver in the Canoe (C1) men’s final and Samantha Cornett was a triple-medallist in women’s Squash. Well done!

Speeding in Ward 5

I am receiving numerous calls to the office regarding excessive speeding on our roads.  As in previous columns, let me reiterate to please contact the police if you witness speeding at 613-236-1222 ext.7300.

Police will only be aware of a problem area by the number of calls received. All complaints received by the police are entered into their records management system and are tracked. This allows them to monitor and identify problem areas, so that enforcement and other responses may be documented and assessed.

Column: June 25, 2015

Carp Farmers’ Market – 25 Years & Still Growing!

The Carp Farmers’ Market is celebrating their 25h anniversary this year and they want to hear about your favourite market memory. In the days leading up to their birthday bash on July 4, post your favourite memory on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (and don't forget to tag the Market). Four favourite memories will win a $25 Carp Farmers' Market gift certificate. The contest rules are simple, share a picture, video and/or short paragraph that explains why this is your favourite memory about the market. The deadline to enter is Friday, July 3 at 11:59pm.

Mayor’s Tele-Town Hall on city budget process

Mayor Jim Watson invites residents to call into a pre-budget tele-town hall on Thursday, June 25. Residents will be able to ask questions and share their views before City staff begins developing the draft Budget 2016, which will tabled later this fall. It is taking place Thursday, June 25 at 7pm. Phone lines open at 6:45pm. Call 1-866-696-5910, use code 6653792. Social media will offer another opportunity for residents to participate by allowing them to tweet questions ahead of time using #ottbudget.

Load the hay wagon at the Carp Farmers' Market

The West Carleton Food Access Centre is hosting their 1st annual food drive to fill their shelves at the food bank. They will be parking a tractor and hay wagon at the Carp Farmers' Market on June 27, with the goal of loading the wagon full of non-perishable food items.

Canada Day schedule changes

There will be some schedule changes to city services for the Canada Day holiday. Of note, there will be no curbside green bin, recycling or garbage collection on July 1. Canada Day’s pick up will be on Thursday, July 2. In addition, the collection of green bin, recycling and garbage will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. For full details on all of the schedule changes happening visit

Canada Day in Ward 5

Check out the “Ward Events” section of my website ( for a listing of some of the great festivities happening in Ward 5 on July 1.

Wishing everyone a fun-filled Canada Day. If you plan on celebrating, please do not drink and drive.