Column: May 28, 2018

Temporary Road Closure – Section of Ridgetop Road

Ridgetop Road from Dunhaven Road to Thomas A. Dolan Parkway will be closed from Monday June 4 to Friday June 8, 2018 to complete culvert replacement work. Notification signs will be posted, and there will be a signed detour in place. Local and emergency vehicle access will be maintained. The impact to traffic should be low.

Upcoming events in the Corkery community

This coming weekend, on June 2, there are some community events taking place in Corkery as follows:

  • Corkery Firefighters Pancake Breakfast: On June 2 start your day off by stopping by the Corkery Fire Station at 3449 Old Almonte Rd. for a hearty pancake breakfast. The breakfast runs from 7:30am to 11:30am.
  • Bake Sale:  After you’ve filled up on pancakes, make sure to swing by the Corkery Community Centre (3447 Old Almonte Rd.) between 8:30am and 11:30am for a bake sale.
  • Corkery Garden Club: The Corkery Garden club will also be on hand on June 2 with beautiful plants to help you fill your garden.

Doors Open Ottawa

Doors Open Ottawa is back again this year on June 2 and 3. This is a free architectural event that celebrates Ottawa’s built heritage. Discover the secrets and stories of over 140 buildings that have shaped the Ottawa landscape. Visit ottawa.ca for a complete listing of all buildings participating from across the City. Below are the buildings participating in West Carleton-March:

Canadian Space Services, 2336 Craig's Side Rd.
Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 10:00 to 16:00

Carleton Masonic Lodge 465, 3704 Carp Rd.
Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 10:00 to 16:00

Carp Exhibit Hall, 3790 Carp Rd. Map
Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 8:00 to 13:00

Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum*, 3929 Carp Rd. Map
Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 10:00 to 16:00
* pre-registration is required. Register here: https://diefenbunker.ca/events/event/doors-open

Ottawa Fire Stations
Station 84 - 3449 Old Almonte Road, Carp
Station 64 - 475 Donald B. Munro Drive, Carp
Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 10:00 to 16:00

Pinhey's Point Historic Site, 270 Pinhey's Point Rd.
Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 10:00 to 16:00

St. Mary's Anglican Church, 2574 Sixth Line Rd.
Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 12:00 to 16:00
Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 12:00 to 16:00

Column: May 25, 2017

Ongoing flood recovery efforts

As the ongoing flood recovery effort is fluid and changes daily, the best way for residents to stay informed on the latest information and services being provided is to frequently access the information on ottawa.ca. Anyone that needs assistance or has questions/concerns, can call my office 613-580-2475 or 3-1-1.

As a reminder, if your home experienced flood damage, you can apply for the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program via www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page13760.aspx. Homeowners, tenants, small owner-operated businesses, farmers, and not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Applicants can apply to be reimbursed for basic, necessary costs related to the disaster.

A gentle reminder to not empty sandbags onto the beaches as the sand may be contaminated. Please call my office and ask for help. Volunteers will be sent to assist any residents who are physically unable to bring the sandbags to the curb.

MVCA hosting public information session for flood-affected residents

On Wednesday, May 31 from 5-8pm, the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) will be hosting an information session for people impacted by flooding in Constance Bay and surrounding area. Affected homeowners will have the opportunity to ask questions to MVCA staff. The session will be held at the Constance Bay Community Centre, 262 Len Purcell Drive.

Also on hand at this meeting will be City staff from the Revenue Department to discuss the deferral of property taxes that has been implemented for those affected by the flood. Staff will provide detailed information on the deferral and answer questions.

Doors Open Ottawa

Explore Ottawa’s architecture during the free Doors Open Ottawa event on June 3 and 4. Doors will be open to 150 historically, culturally, and functionally significant buildings will be featured in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday! Visit ottawa.ca for a listing of participating buildings as well as an interactive map.

Tick season

My office has received word of a high number of ticks in the Kanata Highlands/Terry Fox extension areas. Residents that enjoy the outdoors in that area should be aware of this and take the necessary precautions.

Ticks are becoming more prevalent throughout the City of Ottawa and precautions should be taken to protect your family and pets from tick bites and Lyme Disease. For detailed information regarding ticks and Lyme Disease, go ottawa.ca.

Column: May 26, 2016

Mayor’s Rural Expo & Food Aid

The annual Mayor’s Rural Expo and Food Aid BBQ is taking place at Ottawa City Hall on Thursday, June 2. This event helps urban residents learn more about what rural Ottawa has to offer. If your organization wishes to participate in the Rural Expo, please contact the Rural Affairs Office at ruralaffairs@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424 x25488. The Food Aid BBQ will help the Ottawa Food Bank raise the necessary funds to sustain its food programs and support local farmers.

Doors Open Ottawa

There are more than 120 buildings participating in this year's edition of Doors Open Ottawa. On June 4 and 5, the public will have access, at no charge, to many buildings in the Ottawa region. For full event details including a listing of participating buildings visit ottawa.ca/doorsopen.

Make sure to get your Burn Permit

Before you start an open air fire, make sure you obtain a burn permit. Open Air Fire Permits can be obtained at any City of Ottawa Client Service Centre. The West Carleton Client Services Centre at 5670 Carp Road, issue permits on Wednesdays, 8:30am-4:30pm. Permits can also be obtained on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Rural Fire Administration Office, Carp Fire Station, 475 Donald B. Munro Drive, 8:30am-4:30pm. Please contact the office in advance (613-580-2424 x32260) to ensure someone is available to assist you.

City warns residents of phoney water sales pitches

Residents are asked to be vigilant of door-to-door salespeople making false claims about the quality of City drinking water. The City has received complaints from residents who have been contacted by salespeople of water filtration or treatment systems who are providing incorrect information about water quality. Residents are also reminded that:

  • City employees do not contact residents to sell products or services,
  • Except for emergency situations, any visits that may require access to homes or businesses by City staff are scheduled in advance,
  • Residents are provided with advance notice of projects that may impact them; and
  • All employees requesting access to homes have City-issued photo identification cards.

If you have any concerns, contact 3-1-1 and/or report suspicious visits to the Ottawa Police Service, 613-236-1222.

Column: May 21, 2015

Doors Open Ottawa

On June 6 and 7, 2015 residents are invited to enjoy Doors Open Ottawa. It’s free and is the perfect way to discover over 120 of the city’s historically, culturally, and functionally significant buildings. West Carleton-March is well-represented with the following buildings taking part:

  • Canadian Space Services, 2336 Craig's Side Rd., Sat., June 6, 10am-4pm
  • Carleton Masonic Lodge, 3704 Carp Rd., Sat., June 6, 10am-4pm
  • Carp Exhibit Hall, 3790 Carp Rd., Sat., June 6, 8am-1pm
  • Diefenbunker, 3929 Carp Rd., Sat., June 6, 10am-4pm and Sun., June 7, 10am-4pm
  • Pinhey's Point, 270 Pinhey’s Point Rd., Sat., June 6, 10am-4pm & Sun., June 7, 10am-4pm
  • St. Mary's Anglican Church, 2574 Sixth Line Rd., Sat., June 6, noon-4pm & Sun., June 7 noon-4pm
  • Ward 5 Fire Stations, Sat. June 6 – 10am-4pm at the following stations:
    • 3449 Old Almonte Rd.
    • 475 Donald B. Munro Dr.
    • 341 Bayview Dr.
    • 6900 Harbour St.

For a full listing of all participating buildings across the City, visit ottawa.ca/doorsopen.

Green Acres Program

The City's Green Acres Program is looking for empty idle fields to be transformed into thriving green woodlands. It provides landowners with advice and assistance in setting up a proper planting plan for their property. Landowners must be rural property owners in the City of Ottawa, have a minimum of 0.4 hectares (1 acre) of suitable land and must agree to cover the subsidized cost of the tree seedlings, site preparation, planting and tending as well as agreeing to reasonably protect the plantation. The funding is provided to a maximum of 50% on a cost shared basis. For more information go to www.Irconline.com.

Mayor’s Rural Expo & Food Aid BBQ

The annual Mayor’s Rural Expo and Food Aid BBQ is taking place at Ottawa City Hall on Thursday, June 4. This event helps urban residents learn more about what rural Ottawa has to offer. If your organization wishes to participate in the Rural Expo, please contact the Rural Affairs Office at ruralaffairs@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424 x28352.