Column: August 24, 2017

Resident feedback needed on Site Alteration By-Law development

City of Ottawa Staff is developing a new by-law to regulate site alteration. The Site Alteration By-law is intended to:

  • Prevent drainage problems
  • Protect the productivity of soils in designated Agricultural Resource Areas
  • Protect designated natural areas and other identified natural heritage features (such as significant woodlands and valley lands) from negative impacts
  • Reduce the risk of root damage to City-owned trees or other trees protected under the City’s tree by-laws
  • Establish basic rules for how site alteration is done, to avoid impacts to neighbours and the environment

Public input is also being invited until Monday, September 25. Comments can be sent to Amy MacPherson, Planner II, Planning, Infrastructure & Economic Development, planning@ottawa.ca, fax 613-580-2459. For further information, please review the discussion paper and draft by-law posted on ottawa.ca.

GLAD Cleaning the Capital 2017 Fall Campaign

Early bird registration for the annual fall GLAD Cleaning the Capital campaign is now open. Participants can register their cleanup projects by calling 3-1-1 or by using the online registration form available at ottawa.ca/clean. This is an excellent opportunity for high school students to earn some community volunteer hours. If your community group is participating and would like my help with your clean up, email me at eli.el-chantiry@ottawa.ca or call 613-580-2475. I’d be happy to participate!

West Carleton Glee Club

The West Carleton Glee Club has been offering quality music programming in West Carleton since 2014. They have both primary and intermediate programs for children from senior kindergarten to grade 8. The 2017 Fall Glee Club session begins on September 13, and they still have a few spots left for interested singers. The Glee Club meets on Wednesday evenings in Carp, and the cost of the fall session is $100. This includes all training as well as the final concert. Other performance opportunities may arise throughout the session. To register or for additional information, email westcarletongleeclub@gmail.com.

The Glee Club is always looking for performance opportunities in the Ottawa area. Please contact Music Director Jennifer Britton at westcarletongleeclub@gmail.com or 613-883-3571 to discuss how the Glee Kids could add to your event!

School resuming soon – watch out for kids

With children heading back to school next week, drivers are being reminded to slow down and be cautious around school buses and in school zones. Wishing all students good luck this school year!

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 marketinthebay.com. 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 eli.el-chantiry@ottawa.ca 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 budget@ottawa.ca
  • Participate in the online consultation at ottawa.citizenbudget.com
  • 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 ottawa.ca for meeting times/locations)

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

Column: September 8, 2016

Free fitness sessions in September
 
Ottawa residents are invited to sample a variety of fitness opportunities for free at City recreation facilities during the fall 2016 edition of Try it!
 
Residents have the month of September to try three fitness sessions at a number of City facilities (a listing participating facilities is noted on ottawa.ca). To give it try, simply visit one of the participating facilities to set up your free membership access card. This is a great opportunity to try aquafitness, cycling and group fitness classes, or to work out in a participating City of Ottawa cardio or weight training centre.
 
Fall Cleaning the Capital
 
The annual Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital Campaign is back and takes place from September 15 to October 15. Early-bird registration is now available. To register a clean-up project, go to ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1. Volunteers who register their cleanup project before Wednesday, September 14 have a chance to win early-bird prizes.
 
This is a great opportunity for families and friends to work together on community cleanup projects that help make Ottawa clean, green, graffiti-free and litter-free. Cleaning the Capital is also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.
 
Hydro One Ombudsman
 
Recently, my office received some calls from Hydro One customers who have concerns with their Hydro One bills. If you have a complaint or a concern you can contact the Hydro One Ombudsman, Fiona Crean. Ms. Crean is an independent investigator who reviews and resolves complaints from Hydro One customers. Her office investigates complaints about unfairness in the delivery of services, but cannot investigate decisions made by government bodies (the setting of electricity rates, for example) or the decisions to change the ownership structure of Hydro One.
 
If you have a customer service complaint or a concern with your bill, the first step is to raise it directly with Hydro One at 1-888-664-9376 or CustomerCommunications@HydroOne.com. If the issue did not get resolved, then contact the Ombudsman’s office. There are several ways to file a complaint:

-   Online complaint form at HydroOneOmbudsman.com
-   Call 1-844-608-8756
-   Fax 1-416-345-6129
-   Email Ombudsman@HydroOne.com
 
When filing your complaint, make sure to include as much information as possible including your name, address and all relevant details and history.

Column: August 25, 2016

Warning: phoney sales pitches
 
The City is warning residents 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
  • All employees requesting access to homes have City-issued photo identification cards

 Residents should check identification before allowing anyone access to their home and, if concerns remain, call 3-1-1 or report it to the Ottawa Police, 613-236-1222.
 
Traffic calming measures for Ward 5
 
In an ongoing effort to reducing speeding on our roads, my office is purchasing two additional speed display boards. They will be installed at strategic locations in the ward where we have received frequent complaints about speeding. The boards will be installed in the near future.
 
As a reminder, if you witness speeding on our roads please call Ottawa Police directly at 613-236-1222 ext.7300. All complaints received are entered into their system and tracked. This allows the police to monitor and identify problem areas so that enforcement may be assessed.
 
Another way to remind motorists to slow down is by installing a "Slow Down for Us" sign on your lawn. This let drivers know there are kids playing and to proceed with caution. I have supply of signs at my ward office at 5670 Carp Road. Stop by anytime to pick one up.
 
In addition to the initiatives mentioned above, I’ve implemented traffic safety enhancements throughout West Carleton-March over the last couple of years, including traffic calming measures on Langstaff Drive at Huntley Centennial School in Carp, and cross walks/signage at a number busy intersections.
 
Cleaning the Capital
 
The City of Ottawa’s annual Fall Cleaning the Capital campaign is taking place from September 15 to October 15, and early-bird registration is now available! Go to ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1 to register your cleanup location. Let's all work together to keep Ottawa clean, green and litter free!

Column: August 27, 2015

Temporary road closures

In the coming few weeks, there will be some temporary road closures in Ward 5 as follows:

  • Weatherly Drive - August 24 to September 4: Weatherly Dr. from Maley Lane to Old Second Line Rd. will be closed for culvert work. A detour will be in place and local/emergency vehicle access will be maintained.
  • Riddell Drive - Sunday, August 30:  Approval has been granted to a local community group to close Riddell Dr. between March Valley Rd. and Sixth Line Rd., between Riddell Dr. and a point 500 metres west of Riddell Dr., to facilitate a community event. The closure may be in effect from 6am to noon.
  • Barlow Crescent - September 3 & 4:  Culvert replacement work is being done on Barlow Cres. between Vances Side Rd. and Thomas A. Dolan Pkwy. A detour will be in place and there will be access for local and emergency vehicles.
  • Donald B. Munro Drive - September 8 to 17: Culvert replacement work is being done on Donald B. Munro Dr. between Robertlee Dr. and March Rd. There will be a detour with local and emergency vehicle access maintained.

Tim Hortons Fall Cleaning the Capital

Early bird registration has started for the Tim Hortons Fall Cleaning the Capital campaign, which takes place from September 15 to October 15. Register your cleanup project before September 15 and you’ll have a chance to win an early bird prize! To register go to ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1. This is a great way for you and neighbours to work together to keep Ottawa clean, green and litter-free. It's also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.

West Carleton Garden Club

The West Carleton Garden Club is holding a special meeting featuring gardening expert Ed Lawrence, who will be speaking on proper pruning practices and techniques followed by a Q & A. Mr. Lawrence is featured on CBC Radio’s Ontario Today program, and is a retired Head Gardener for Rideau Hall and other Ottawa official residences. The meeting is September 8 at 7pm, Carp Agricultural Hall, 3790 Carp Rd. The cost is $5/members and $10/guests. (It is also the gardening club’s fall flower and vegetable show and membership renewal time). For more info visit wcgc.ca.