Column: June 13, 2019

State of emergency lifted

As of June 12, Mayor Watson terminated the state of emergency, which was declared on April 25 in response to flooding along the Ottawa River. The City’s emergency operations centre remains in operation while the flood response and recovery are ongoing. The City of Ottawa continues to assist residents and businesses return to a state of normalcy following the flooding. The City has implemented a demobilization guide to oversee ongoing work in the following areas:

• Debris Management
• Infrastructure services
• Building Code services
• Well water testing

Keep up-to-date with latest flood information through and the City’s “2019 Spring Flood” Facebook group page.

Ward 5 resident receives City Builder Award

At the City Council meeting on June 12, Ward 5 resident Janet Mason was presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award. While working over 30 years in management positions within the defence and technology industries, Janet Mason has always found time for the environment. In the last several years, she has volunteered for several environmental groups and initiatives. She helped co-found the Friends of the Carp Hill and led the development of the recreation trail system. She still chairs the volunteer organization, as she does with the Friends of the Carp River. Her commitment to the environment does not end there. For the past five years, Ms. Mason has sat on the board of directors for the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority. She has spent the last five months as chair, representing the City of Ottawa. She has served as the Chair of the Ottawa Stewardship Council and sat on the boards of the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust and the Macnamara Field Naturalists’ Club. She remains a champion for environmental issues facing Ottawa’s west end. Congratulations to Janet!

West Carleton Garden Club - Garden Tour

The West Carleton Garden Club is hosting a Garden Tour of nine local gardens on Saturday, June 15 from 10am to 4pm. Tickets are $20 and proceeds will go towards the purchase of a garden bench for Carp Memorial Hall. The tour will include a diverse variety of gardens in and around the Carp area: large and a small suburban properties, some larger acreages, a community garden, the garden of a commercial business and also, KIN Vineyards. A Victorian tea will be served at the Huntley Mess Hall. More information including where to buy tickets can be found on the Garden Club’s website at

Column: Dec. 18, 2014

Congratulations to Patricia Tait

Last week Ward 5 resident Patricia Tait was awarded the Mayor’s City Builder Award in recognition for her extensive community activism in West Carleton. I know Pat personally and have worked closely with her over the years. She is very deserving of this recognition and I congratulate her wholeheartedly. The detailed media release regarding her award is posted on my website.

My Role in the New Term of Council 2014-2018

City Council recently approved the Councillors who will serve on Ottawa’s various committees and boards. My appointments are noted below. I am looking forward to this next term in office and will keep the priorities of Ward 5 front and centre as I work in the roles delegated to me.

  • Chair, Ottawa Police Services Board
  • Vice Chair, Finance & Economic Development Committee
  • Chair, Member Services Sub-Committee
  • Member, Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee
  • Member, Audit Committee
  • Member, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority and Mohr’s Landing/Quyon Port Authority
  • City Council representative for Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA)

Carp River Wetland & Habitat Creation Project

Ducks Unlimited Canada, the City of Ottawa and the Mississippi Conservation Authority have reached an agreement in principle with a private landowner for the restoration of 1.5 hectares of wetland “ox-bow” habitat along 600 m of the Carp River floodplain downstream from Huntmar Dr., for an estimated cost of $500,000.

Ducks Unlimited secured federal approval under the National Wetland Conservation Fund for 50% of the cost of the project. At the Ottawa City Council meeting on December 10, I tabled a motion (which was passed) to request the use of the City’s Environmental Resource Area Acquisition Reserve Fund to fund the other 50% to a limit of $250,000. This is excellent news and I’m pleased that the Carp River Wetland & Habitat Creation Project will be able to continue their restoration work of the wetlands as far as the Village of Carp.

Reminder! Ward 5 Christmas Food Hamper

Residents have until December 19 to drop off non-perishable food items at my ward office, 5670 Carp Rd. All donations will go to the West Carleton Food Access Centre. Thanks to all who have already generously donated.