Column: August 13, 2018

Constance Bay Community Market

Constance Bay Community Market’s next two markets are taking place Saturday, August 18 and Saturday, September 15, from 9am to 1pm. (There will also be a Thanksgiving Market on October 6 and a Christmas Market on December 1). Located at 205 Bayview Drive, stop by and enjoy the full market experience with vendors selling a variety of products and services, such fresh vegetables and fruit, honey, maple syrup, jams, jellies, pickles, baked goods, bath and body products, handcrafted gifts, clothing, and decor as well as ready to eat food. Barking Barista coffee will be available for purchase. Local community groups will be on site sharing their initiatives, and there will be entertainment as well. For more details visit:

Reminder: Registration for Fall recreation programming opens August 13

Fall registration for City of Ottawa recreation programming starts August 13 at 9pm! This evening you will be able to register for all aquatics programs/swimming lessons online or by phone after 9pm. For all other programs, registration starts on Wednesday August 15 at 9pm online or by phone. Don’t forget, when you register you need to have your client barcode and family pin. For more details on all programs available as well as setting up your barcode and family pin, go to

Savvy Seconds Pop Up Shops

Savvy Seconds has partnered with Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) and they are holding Pop Up Shops on August 13 and August 16, from 9am to noon, at Northwind Wireless Fibe Centre located at 262 Len Purcell Drive in Constance Bay. Gently used clothing is available free of charge for any shopper. There will be a variety of clothing options for families with children and older adults. WOCRC staff will be on site to provide information about their services and referrals.

Savvy Seconds is a free clothing venue for the whole family. Their store is located at 5670 Carp Road in the West Carleton Community Complex. It is free and confidential. Anyone can make an appointment to see the current inventory to take what they need. Donations of clean, gently used clothing gratefully accepted. Please note that the Savvy Seconds store location at 5670 Carp Rd., is closed for holidays during the week of August 13-17 - however this WILL NOT affect the above Pop Up Shops noted above that are happening in Constance Bay.

Rural Root Theatre - Carp Capers

Get your tickets now for Rural Root Theatre’s Carp Capers! Carp Capers runs August 23 - 25 at 7:30pm at the Carp Fairgrounds. 3 shows in 1 for just $15. Tickets available from or by calling 613-618-9789.

Carp Drive-In Movie Nights

Join the Huntley Community Association for their 2018 Drive-In Movie Nights on August 28 and 29 at the Carp Fairgrounds. The cost is $5 per person. The movies are The Greatest Showman on August 28 and Avengers: Infinity Wars on August 29. (Rain date is August 30). Movies will begin at dusk. Parking opens at 6:30pm and cars are required to be parked by 8pm. The snack bar also opens at 6:30pm. Refreshments will be available for purchase including burgers, hot dogs, popcorn, soft drinks and water. There will also be face painting provided by HoneyDrop Body Art.

Column: May 22, 2018

Community Information Session: Kanata Highlands Urban Expansion Area

On Tuesday, May 29, the City of Ottawa and Richcraft are hosting an information session to present and discuss the preferred concept plan design for the development of the Kanata Highlands Urban Expansion Area. The session is being held at the Mlacak Community Centre, 2500 Campeau Drive. It will run from 6pm to 8pm, with a presentation at 7pm. The purpose this session is to present the Preferred Concept Plan for development of the lands at 820 Huntmar Drive. The Preferred Concept Plan proposes boundaries for future development and environmental protection, as well as the location of stormwater management facilities and municipal parkland. A question and answer period with City staff and Richcraft’s consultant team will follow the presentation. This study will inform an Official Plan Amendment to re-designate these lands to General Urban Area. For more information, visit or contact Robin van de Lande at 613-580-2424 ext. 43011,

Constance Bay Community Market back for another season

This year, the Constance Bay Community Market (located at 205 Bayview Drive) will host four markets offering the full market experience with vendors selling a variety of products and services, such fresh vegetables and fruit, honey, maple syrup, jams, jellies, pickles, baked goods, bath and body products, handcrafted gifts, clothing, and decor as well as ready to eat food. You can expect the same great social venue as last year – Barking Barista coffee will be available for purchase, local community groups will be on site sharing their initiatives, and hopefully entertainment as well. The markets will be held on June 16, July 21, August 18 and September 15, with special markets celebrating Thanksgiving being held on October 6 and Christmas on December 1. In addition, the market is planning a series of mini markets when the regular full market is not being held. These markets will make it possible for food producers to provide the community with local produce when it’s freshest, and will feature offerings such as fresh produce, honey, preserves and home baked goods made with local ingredients. For more information go to their website at

City of Ottawa Careers Showcase

The City of Ottawa is hosting a special career showcase on Friday, June 8, from 9am to 1pm, at Ottawa City Hall’s Jean Pigott Place: “Connections: Showcase.”

Over the next five years, the City of Ottawa will see 30 per cent of its workforce either retiring or being eligible to retire. As a result, the City wants to connect with the community to promote its respectful, inclusive and collaborative work environment, making it a workplace of choice. The event will feature information booths where visitors can come and meet representatives from all of the City’s departments to learn about the various career choices and areas of expertise. In addition, people can register for and attend several helpful employment workshops, such as:

  • How to create an online profile and apply for positions on
  • Learn effective resume writing and interview skills
  • Hear from employees from diverse backgrounds as well as local community members.

Since available spaces at the workshops are limited, people are encouraged to reserve their spot at

People planning to attend are reminded that hard copy resumes will not be accepted at the event. However, people who are planning to attend the online profile development workshop can bring a listing of their experience on a USB stick to assist them in creating their profile.

Column: April 23, 2018

City-wide fire ban is currently in effect

Ottawa Fire Services has placed a city-wide fire ban into effect to prevent the rapid spread of fire due to grass and brush fires. This ban will remain in place until conditions improve and the green grass starts to show through tall dead grass.

Certain periods in the year create conditions that make even controlled burning dangerous, and this risk can quickly lead to fast and uncontrolled spread of fire. There are a number of conditions that warrant restrictions throughout the year. These circumstances include, but are not limited to: high winds, prolonged dry spells, early spring surface conditions, cut fields or wet conditions that do not allow our firefighting equipment to access remote or rural locations.

All open air fires are prohibited during a fire ban, including for those properties that have an Open Air Fire Permit. This ban applies to agricultural burns, brush pile burns, as well as campfires. There will be zero tolerance enforcement during the fire ban.

Reduce your risk around the home – residents are encouraged to take advantage of weekly yard waste collection and use the following tips to prevent grass and brush fires:

  • Clear all combustible materials such as tree limbs, leaves and other dry materials away from buildings and propane tanks
  • Keep barbecue propane tanks at least three metres from buildings
  • Wood piles should be stored a safe distance from your home
  • Trees should be pruned to create a good vertical separation from the ground
  • Clear out any accumulated dry or dead debris from your property
  • Carelessly discarded cigarettes are a major cause of grass fires during dry periods. Smokers are reminded to please use care when butting out. Do not throw lit cigarettes out vehicle windows.

Clean up the Bay

As part of the Glad Spring Cleaning the Capital Campaign, the Constance & Buckham’s Bay Community Association is hosting a “Clean Up the Bay” event on Sunday, May 6, from 9am-1pm (rain date May 12). Register, choose a location – the beach, forest, roadways or community centre grounds – and pick up your supplies in the Northwinds Wireless Fibe Centre parking lot at 262 Len Purcell Drive. Join the fun and help beautify Constance Bay!

Constance Bay Community Market Annual General Meeting

The Constance Bay Community Market is having their AGM on Saturday, April 28 starting at 10:30am at the Northwind Wireless Centre (formerly the Constance and Buckham's Bay Community Centre) in the Multipurpose Room. All are welcome!

Kanata Sailing Club Open House

The Kanata Sailing Club is holding an Open House April 28, from noon to 4pm, 1610 Sixth Line Road, in Dunrobin. KSC has been operating on the Ottawa River for 40 years. Visit their website at

Column: September 29, 2016

Constance Bay Community Market – Final Market of the season!

The Constance Bay Community Market’s inaugural season wraps up on Saturday, October 1. Stop by from 9am to noon at St. Gabriel’s Parish, 205 Bayview Drive. The offerings are plenty: fresh produce, meats, fresh roasted coffee beans, arts, crafts, and more! Please bring a non-perishable food donation too as there will be a collection for West Carleton Food Access Centre. For more information visit Thank you to all of the volunteers who worked very hard in making the first season a successful one. A job well done!

Green Acres Program

The City of Ottawa, in partnership with local Conservation Authorities, needs the help of rural landowners to help create more thriving green woodlands in rural areas. If you own a minimum of 0.4 hectares of suitable, idle land and meet the program criteria, the Green Acres Program will provide you with subsidized tree seedlings, advice/assistance in setting up a proper planting plan and help with caring for the trees after they are planted. Landowners are being sought now for the 2017 planting season. For more information call the Land Owner Resource Centre at 613-692-3571.

Fall Cleaning the Capital Campaign

The annual Tim Hortons Fall Cleaning the Capital Campaign is underway and I encourage individuals and groups register a clean up location. The campaign runs until October 15 and there are many locations in Ward 5 that need some attention! This is an excellent opportunity for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours. If you are participating and would like me to help with your clean up, please email me at or call 613-580-2475. I’d be happy to participate!

Budget 2017

Last week I held a Town Hall meeting where Budget 2017 was discussed. If you were unable to attend, you can still provide feedback, which can be used in the drafting of the 2017 Budget before it’s tabled at Council on November 9:

  • Email
  • Participate in the online consultation at
  • Tweet @ottawacity using the hash tag #ottbudget
  • Call 3-1-1
  • Make a presentation to Standing Committees, Boards and Commissions when they meet to review the draft budget (go to the eAgenda on for meeting times/locations)

The budget goes to Council for final approval on December 14, 2016.

Column: August 4, 2016

West Carleton Health Access Foundation

The West Carleton Health Access Foundation (WCHAF) is a non-profit charity in Carp with a mandate of keeping healthcare access local. As they look toward future initiatives, they need your help! WCHAF is inviting anyone who may be interested to apply to join their Board. To apply, please contact WCHAF at For more information on WCHAF, visit their Facebook page at

Constance Bay Community Market

If you haven’t shopped at the Constance Bay Community Market yet this season, I highly recommend you do! It’s a convenient way for residents to obtain fresh fruit and vegetables, meats, fresh roasted coffee beans, arts and crafts and a lot more. Located at St. Garbriel’s Parish, 205 Bayview Drive, it runs 9am to noon on August 6 and 20, September 3 and 17 and October 1. The Market also collects donations for the West Carleton Food Access Centre. For more information visit

Free exercise program for adults 65+

Better Strength, Better Balance is a free fall prevention exercise and education program for people aged 65+. It is a beginner level program for those wishing to improve their strength and balance. Participants attend class twice a week for 12 weeks. Classes are progressive, becoming increasingly difficult over the 12 weeks and participants practice exercises at home and review the provided health information related to preventing falls.

The program is offered from September 19 to December 9, 2016 and from January 9 to March 31, 2017. Fall 2016 registration for returning participants begins August 15, 2016 and Winter 2017 registration for returning participants begins November 14, 2016. First time participants can register for the next available session at any time. To register or for more information, please call Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 or visit

Order of Ottawa & Brian Kilrea Award for Excellent in Coaching

The deadline is fast approaching to get nominations in for the Mayor’s Order of Ottawa recognition and for the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching. The deadline is September 9, 2016. Please go to and view the eligibility criteria for both awards. If you know someone that should be recognized for their work and commitment to helping make our city a great place to live, please nominate them.