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 carpfarmersmarket.ca.

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 westcarletonartssociety.ca.

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: June 11, 2018

Reminder: Public Meeting on the Carp Barrens

I would like to remind resident that the Friends of the Carp Hills (FCH) is holding a public meeting at the Huntley Community Centre Mess Hall at 2240 Craig Side Rd., this evening (June 11) at 7pm to share your views on the conservation and use of the Carp Barrens on land owned by the City of Ottawa. I will be on hand along with City staff to participate and answer questions. For more information visit www.carphills.ca. Anyone that cannot attend this evening can send their feedback to info@carphills.com.

Rural Root Theatre fall auditions

Rural Root Theatre is holding auditions for their fall musical "Leader of the Pack" on June 20 and June 24 at 7pm at the Constance & Buckham's Bay Community Centre. There are several roles that need to be filled. Please check www.ruralroot.org for all the details.

Strawberry Tea Social

The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre is hosting a Strawberry Tea Social on Tuesday, June 19, from 1:30pm-3pm, at the Fitzroy Harbour Community Center, 184 Jack Lougheed Way. The event is free to attend, but registration required by June 15. Call 613-591-3686 ext. 327 to reserve your spot.

City’s public beaches opening for the season

The City of Ottawa has four public beaches that residents can enjoy this summer. Beginning June 16, lifeguards will be on duty every day until August 26, from noon to 7pm at the following locations:

  • Britannia Beach, 805 Carling Avenue, 613-820-1211
  • Westboro Beach, 745 Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway, 613-792-3875
  • Mooney’s Bay Beach, 2926 Riverside Drive, 613-248-0863
  • Petrie Island Beach, 727 Trim Road, 613-824-5704

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) tests beach water quality daily for the presence of E Coli bacteria. Visit www.ottawapublichealth.ca for more information on advisories.

OPH would also like to remind residents to stay safe around lakes, rivers and backyard pools by following these important water safety tips:

  • Always keep children within arms’ reach in and around water
  • Children & weaker swimmers should wear lifejackets or personal flotation devices in & around water
  • Supervise and swim with children only when free of alcohol, drugs and distractions
  • Keep safety equipment and a phone close to the pool
  • OPH recommends installing four-sided fencing to ensure access to pool is separate from the house
  • Children under the age of five should never use a hot tub – not even with an adult. Hot tubs are too hot for young children, may have high bacteria, and the drain in the hot tub can trap children
  • Always wear a properly sized lifejacket/PFD when in a boat. When not in use, lifejackets/PFDs need to be kept in a dry, ventilated area and out of direct sunlight
  • Know what to do in an emergency, including CPR and calling 9-1-1

Column: January 22, 2018

City warns of door-to-door sales scam

The City of Ottawa is warning residents about door-to-door salespeople posing as water-quality technicians, making false claims about the quality of City drinking water. These individuals have been known to approach residents to sell water filtration or treatment systems and provide incorrect information pertaining to water quality. Ottawa’s drinking water is rated by the Ontario Ministry of Environment as one of the safest in the world. The City has an extensive drinking water quality analysis program.

Residents are reminded that:

  • City employees do not contact residents to sell products or services
  • Except for emergency situations, home access is scheduled in advance
  • City employees carry identification at all times – you have the right to ask for ID
  • City employees always travel in City of Ottawa logo-identified marked vehicles
  • Should you have concerns or wish to report suspicious visits or calls, please contact 3-1-1

More information on door-to-door imposters is available on ottawa.ca.

Carp Road Corridor Business Improvement Area - Annual General Meeting

The AGM for the Carp Road Corridor BIA will be taking place Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 7:30am at Irish Hills Golf & Country Club, 3248 Carp Road. All BIA members are encouraged to attend.

Breakfast will be served at 7:30am, followed at 8am by guest speaker Michael Tremblay, President and CEO of Invest Ottawa. Invest Ottawa is the City of Ottawa’s “arm’s length” economic development agency. Plan to attend the AGM to hear Michael talk about Invest Ottawa and the challenges and opportunities for existing and new businesses in Ottawa.

Carp Hills - Moonlight Snowshoe Hike

Did you know that the full moon on January 31, 2018 is both a super moon and a blue moon? Celebrate this unusual congruence with a moonlit snowshoe hike in the Carp Hills on Sunday, 28 January at 7pm, at the Carp EcoWellness Centre, 2386 Thomas Dolan Parkway.  The event is on privately-owned land and the hosts have generously opened their beautiful property to the public for this event. CLICK HERE for more information on this event.

Ottawa Next: Beyond 2036

The City is looking for input from residents on a plan for realizing Ottawa’s future as the most liveable city in North America. Please complete a short survey to share your ideas and comments.

Sparks Street Public Realm Plan

The City is looking for resident input on a plan for the revitalization of the Sparks Street Pedestrian Mall. Please complete a short questionnaire to share your ideas and comments.