Column: January 28, 2019

2019 Pre-Budget Meeting & Meet Your City Services Night – On Thursday, January 24 I held my 2019 Pre-Budget Consultation & Meet Your City Services Night in Kinburn. I want to thank the residents that attended and engaged in this important process. As well, my thanks to the city staff who were on hand to meet with residents one-on-one to discuss the services they provide on a daily basis – Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Police, Ottawa Public Health, By-Law, Planning & Infrastructure, Para Transpo and Roads. This was a great opportunity for residents to have more personal discussions with the City of Ottawa departments that most impact our daily lives in Ward 5.

The next step in the 2019 budget process is the tabling of the budget at a City Council meeting on February 6, 2019. Following the tabling, residents can attend or register as a public delegation at Standing Committees, Board or Commission meetings where the budget will be reviewed and discussed by Councillors and Board members at City Hall (meetings are being held between February 12 and March 4). If you want to attend or register as a public delegation go to for the schedule of meetings and information on the registration process.

Other ways you can have your say on Budget 2019 include:

- Submitting your ideas to me directly at
- Emailing
- Tweeting @ottawacity using the hash tag #ottbudget
- Calling in your commends to 3-1-1

New location for free well water testing – MacEwen Gas located, at 1794 Dunrobin Road, is now accepting private well water samples every Tuesday during regular business hours (5:30am – 11pm). As well, residents can pick up water sampling bottles at the gas bar during normal business hours (Mon-Fri 5:30am-11pm, Sat 6am-11pm, and Sun 7am-10pm). This new location is replacing the previous location that was stationed at Dunrobin Meats & Grocery. For a complete list of all of the well water drop off locations in the City go to

Winterlude at the Diefenbunker – Beat the cold at the Diefenbunker during their annual Winterlude at the Bunker. The dates are Friday, February 1 – Monday, February 18 and the cost is included in the price of admission. Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt, search for and solve clues, and determine the identity of a rogue agent in this remarkable 100,000 square foot underground bunker. Once your mission is complete, the entire family is welcome to enjoy hot chocolate and coding activities in the cafeteria. For more details go to

Fitzroy Winter Carnival – Mark your calendars! The Fitzroy Harbour Winter Carnival is happening February 7, 8 and 9. For the latest details on events visit in the coming days to get all the latest event details.

Column: July 16, 2018

Dief The Chief: October 62

The Diefenbunker Museum and Pierre Brault, Ottawa’s multi award-winning playwright and performer, have come together to create a dramatic and dynamic journey through the life and times of one of Canada’s most progressive leaders - John Diefenbaker.  October 1962 - a world on the brink of nuclear war! Relive the heart-stopping story of the Cuban Missile Crisis through the eyes of Canada’s 13th Prime Minister, John “Dief the Chief” Diefenbaker. Travel with “Dief” through the Diefenbunker, into the war room as he and the world watch the USA and USSR face off in history’s closest brush with nuclear war. Hear in his own words how Dief’s rocky relationship with President John F. Kennedy played an extraordinary role in Canadian/American relations and how each influenced the other’s policies. This immersive theatrical experience, written by playwright Pierre Brault and performed by Peter Haworth and Pierre Brault, is a unique opportunity to relive history and to play a part in it.

Space is limited so book today. (Please note: the play will move around to different spaces and levels underground. Please wear comfortable shoes. There will be very limited seating.) For more information and to purchase tickets go to

New Caregiver Support Groups available in Ward 5

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) will be offering monthly caregiver support groups in both Carp and Fitzroy Harbour. Respite care will be available on-site at both locations. Refreshments and light snacks will be served. Register in advance with CSS by calling 613-591-3686 ext. 333 or by emailing

3rd Friday of each month, starting July 20, 2018
St. James Anglican Church, 3774 Carp Rd.

Fitzroy Harbour
1st Tuesday of each month, starting Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Bethel St. Andrew's United Church, 184 Jack Lougheed Way

Shakespeare in the Park coming to Carp Fairgrounds

Summer means Shakespeare in the Park! Bear & Co. brings the ridiculously over-the-top Cymbeline to Carp Fairgrounds on July 28. The show starts at 7pm, with a suggested donation of $20 per person. The full tour schedule can be found on

Follow a pair of lovers as they react to the mad world around them in a 90-minute version of the play Shakespeare packed with every plot device he could think of: star-crossed lovers, a wicked stepmother, a befuddled king, a loyal servant, separated siblings, wild men, exiled kin, cross-dressing, kidnapping, murder plots, and a Roman invasion. Six actors tackle Cymbeline’s 40-odd characters, full-on or in composite. Megan Carty (who grew up in Carp) plays heroine Imogen, while Ian Campbell (recently artistic director of Shakespeare by the Sea in St. John’s) plays the hero, Posthumous Leonatus. William Beddoe’s roles include King Cymbeline; Rebecca Benson’s include his wicked second wife. Phillip Merriman (last summer’s Romeo) doubles as her unlovely son Cloten and the fascinating Italian lover Jachimo. Ellen Manchee is both the gruff but kindly loyal servant, and the invading Roman army!

Keep an Eye on Family & Neighbours During Heat Warnings

With this hot spell continuing for the next couple of days in Ottawa, please take precautions to stay cool. Extreme heat can cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and even death. Seniors, infants, young children, outdoor workers and athletes, people who are homeless and people taking certain prescription medications for conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and depression are at a greater risk of suffering from heat-related illness. Please stay connected with people in your community who have a difficult time coping with hot weather and those who live alone and check on them regularly. For more tips on staying cool visit

Column: June 22, 2017

Funding secured for Stage 2 of LRT

In an announcement made on June 16, the federal government pledged to contribute up to $1.09 billion in total eligible costs to Ottawa’s Stage 2 of LRT. Further, the provincial government also promised an investment of $1 billion towards this project, plus 50 per cent of the cost associated with extending the O-Train system to the Ottawa airport and from Place d’Orleans to Trim. The remainder of the LRT costs, approximately $1 billion, will be covered by the City of Ottawa.

Once complete, Stage 2 of LRT will bring 70 per cent of Ottawa residents within five kilometers of efficient, clean and reliable rail service with the capability of carrying an estimated 24,000 riders per hour per direction during peak periods. The complete O-Train system will span nearly 60 kilometres and include 41 stations. Shovels are expected to be in the ground starting in 2019. For all the latest information on Stage 2 of LRT go to

Fire Services receives naloxone training

In the City’s efforts to deal with the opioid crisis and to ensure all first responders are equipped with naloxone, all 45 fire stations (both rural and urban) have now received naloxone training, and all fire trucks and engines are carrying supplies of nasal spray naloxone on board. Firefighters will be recertified every year as part of their training program.

Naloxone is a drug that can temporarily reverse an opioid overdose. Opioids are drugs that are usually used to treat pain (fentanyl, morphine, heroin, methadone, oxycodone). For more information on drug related matters including overdose prevention visit

Diefenbunker needs your votes & donations

THIS PLACE MATTERS is the National Trust for Canada’s innovative crowdfunding competition that brings community members together to raise funds and awareness to save and renew beloved historic places.

The Diefenbunker Museum was successful in their application for THIS PLACE MATTERS competition, and they have an opportunity to win a community builder award of $10,000, and if the Diefenbunker raises the most funds in their category, they have a chance of winning a national prize of $60,000 and a regional prize of $30,000. Residents can help by voting for and donating to the Diefenbunker’s Flushes with Success Project: Cast one vote every 24 hours until July 17, 2017. Please share widely, as every vote counts!

Column: January 26, 2017

“Be Well” Survey – Your health & well-being matters

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) invites you to join them in exploring a snapshot of the health and well-being of people living in the far-west and rural communities. The “Be Well” survey (, developed by the Association of Ontario Health Centres, aims to capture overall quality of life indicators derived from the Canadian Index of Well-being. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and all information is kept strictly confidential. With this survey data, WOCRC aims to better understand the well-being needs of the far-west and rural communities, while making comparisons with communities across the city, province and country. Participation ends March 8, 2017. WOCRC will share their community well-being report at a public forum later this year. Please share this survey far and wide!

On a related note, I would like to personally thank Cathy Jordan – retiring Executive Director of the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre – for her unwavering dedication to the residents of Ward 5. Cathy will be missed and I hope she enjoys her well deserved retirement!

Valentines for Veterans

The Diefenbunker invites families to join them in making handmade Valentines for the brave men and women who served our country. They have partnered with The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre to create these tokens of affection for its residents. Let’s show them our love with heartfelt messages of gratitude:

•    Dates: Saturday, January 28 and Saturday February 4
•    Time: 11am to 4pm
•    Included in the cost of admission

Winterlude beginning soon

Winterlude 2017 will run from February 3 to 20 at various locations throughout Ottawa, including Ottawa City Hall and Lansdowne Park. There will lots to see and do and hopefully (fingers crossed!) the Rideau Canal will be open for skating. Lace up your skates, grab a Beaver Tail and enjoy all that Winterlude has to offer. Visit the Winterlude website at for a complete listing of events and activities.

Registration open for March Break camps

School will be out from March 13 to 17 for March Break, and the City is offering fun-filled March Break camps in sports, arts, swimming and more. Registration begins on January 18, at 9pm. For more information and to register go to or visit a recreation facility or Client Service Centre.

Column: October 29, 2015

Flu Shot Immunization Clinic in Ward 5

Unfortunately it’s that time of year – flu season. With it comes the reminder for residents to get their flu shot. Ottawa Public Health is holding a flu shot clinic on November 4 from 3:30-7:30pm at the West Carleton Community Complex, 5670 Carp Road.

You can also get the vaccine from your family doctor, participating pharmacies and at any of other Ottawa Public Health clinics (a complete listing can be found on under the “Latest News” section of the homepage). You can also visit and enter your postal code or address to find the nearest location where you can get your vaccine.
Accessibility services survey

The City of Ottawa is currently consulting on a new multi-year accessibility plan. Please visit to complete a short survey and provide your input.

This is an opportunity to share innovative ideas on City programs, services and facilities to better ensure they are responsive to our diverse communities. Please contact the Accessibility Office ( should you require any assistance completing the survey.

4th Annual Whiskey Business Fundraiser

The Diefenbunker's 4th Annual Whisky Business Fundraiser is coming up on November 28, and tickets are now on sale. Tickets can be purchased at

With the help of Geoffrey Skeggs, master sommellier, guests will taste 5 different whiskies with 5 different food pairings. Light fare, tasting notes, and educational handouts are all part of this event. There will be a selection of prizes for raffle, with all proceeds going to the preservation of the Diefenbunker.

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 many of them on my website ( under the “Ward Events” section. There’s something for everyone’s taste – from family-friendly events through to spookier happenings not for the faint of heart!

Wishing everyone a safe and candy-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!