Column: December 24, 2018

West Carleton Adult Recreational Badminton Club – The West Carleton Adult Recreational Badminton Club invites players of all skill levels to participate in its winter season, on Wednesday evenings. Club members play each Wednesday, from 6:30pm to 10pm at Stonecrest Elementary School. Membership is open to those 18 years and older. A limited number of junior memberships (15-17 years old) are available for children of parents or guardians, who are members of the club, and are present with the junior member on club nights. Players of every skill level are welcome, from beginner to more skilled recreational participants. As a club member you can play at your own level, or if you wish you can play to improve your game. Players bring their own racquets and wear non-marking soft-soled shoes and comfortable clothing. The club supplies nets and birds. Participants pitch in with court set-up and take-down. Register on game night. For more information and costing to participate, call Randy at 613-623-8215, Sarah at sarahjmiller9@gmail.com, or visit the web site at www.badmintonottawa.com/WestCarleton.htm.

Holiday hours for the West Carleton Client Service Centre - The Client Service Centre at the West Carleton Community Complex (5670 Carp Rd.) will experience some schedule changes to their hours of operation during the holidays as follows:

• Wednesday December 19, 2018 – 8:30am to 12pm
• Wednesday December 26, 2018 – Closed
• Wednesday January 2, 2019 – Closed

Schedule changes to some City services – There will be some schedule changes to some City of Ottawa services during the holidays from Monday, December 24 to Wednesday, January 2, 2019. Of note, there will be no curbside green bin, recycling, garbage or bulky item collection on Christmas Day. Christmas Day’s pickup will take place on Boxing Day and all collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. New Year’s Day pick-up will take place on Wednesday, January 2 and all collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. Christmas trees will be picked up on your regular garbage day. Please remove all decorations. Christmas trees in plastic bags will not be collected. For a complete listing of all holiday closures and schedule changes go to www.ottawa.ca.


Merry Christmas & Happy New Year - Maha & I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas & best wishes for a Happy New Year. Please enjoy the festivities with your family & friends – and please be responsible & do not drink and drive.

Column: December 28, 2017

Schedule change to City service during holiday season

There will be a number of schedule changes to city services until Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Some changes of note:

  • There will be no curbside green bin, recycling, garbage or bulky item collection on New Year's Day. New Year’s Day pick-up will take place on Tuesday, January 2. Collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. For curbside collection inquiries, refer to the collection calendar tool on ottawa.ca.
  • Christmas trees will be collected on your regular scheduled collection day. Please remove all decorations. Christmas trees in plastic bags will not be collected.
  • The Client Service Centre, located at the West Carleton Community Complex, will be closed Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

Visit ottawa.ca for a complete listing of changes and closures during the holidays.

Don’t forget to recycle and compost

Your green, black and blue bins are ready to meet all your holiday recycling needs. Turkey carcass and other food scraps like peelings, shells, cores and bones, all belong in the green bin. It’s also ideal for soiled paper plates and cold fireplace ashes. You can use discarded paper gift wrapping to wrap your food waste or to line your green bin. Your black box can be used to get rid of empty cardboard boxes and used paper wrapping, while the blue box can handle your plastics and glass.

Stay informed by signing up to my monthly e-newsletter

With the closing of the West Carleton Review (their last edition will be January 11, 2018), it will be important for West Carleton residents to stay informed by signing up to receive my monthly e-newsletter. This is a great way to stay informed on the latest ward and city news. If you haven’t already done so, please sign up to receive the newsletter in your inbox. Either email ward5@ottawa.ca and ask to be added to the mailing list, or complete the sign up form on my website’s home page.

Winter Zumba Fitness

Kick your New Year off to a great start with winter Zumba Fitness. Running for twelve sessions (January 10, 2018 to March 28, 2018) at St. Paul’s Church Hall on Thomas Dolan Parkway in Dunrobin. Sessions are from 6:30-7:30pm for a fee of $84. Contact Instructor Emma Venes to register or for more information at zumbazinemma@gmail.com.

Column: December 24, 2015

Grassroots project gets green light to grow food security in West Carleton

My sincere congratulations to the West Carleton Healthy Food Coalition (WCHFC). The WCHFC is a grassroots coalition of farmers, market gardeners, health professionals, business people and residents in West Carleton who have won a grant of $125,000 from the Community Foundation of Ottawa (CFO) to improve food security in our ward. This grant will allow the WCHFC to create programs and physical infrastructure that will make it easier for residents to access affordable, healthy food grown close to home.

In partnership with the Ottawa Good Food Box, the WCHFC will boost West Carleton’s ability to grow, store and distribute healthy local food. It will also help educate residents about preparing and growing it. To achieve these goals, the WCHFC will:

  • Set up a community root cellar at the Diefenbunker Museum, where area farmers can store their produce year-round;
  • Distribute more locally grown food through West Carleton retail outlets and the Good Food Box program;
  • Start a community garden with local partners in Constance Bay where residents can rent a plot for a small fee to grow their own produce; and
  • Conduct workshops on topics such as cooking, nutrition, food gardening, canning and preservation, and home root cellaring.

This is fantastic news for our community. I’m looking forward to seeing firsthand the many ways our Ward will benefit from this great initiative.

Schedule changes during the Christmas season

There will schedule changes to city services during the holidays. A complete listing is posted on ottawa.ca. Of note, there will be no green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Christmas Day. Christmas Day’s pickup will be on Boxing Day. New Year's Day's pick up will take place on Saturday, January 2. As well, Christmas trees will be collected on your regular scheduled collection day. Please remove all decorations. Christmas trees in plastic bags will not be collected.

Merry Christmas!

My wife Maha, my staff and I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas. Stay safe, have fun and please do not drink and drive!